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Spam an Evening Gown – Maria Teresa Turns 64

Maria Teresa is turning 64 years young today. We know how MT loves a good gala gown, and she has done them proud during her long career as the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. Here Maria Teresa sparkles at the Dutch/Luxembourg State Visit in 2018.

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Share you own favorite Maria Teresa gown in the comments.

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Random Royaling – Cancellations and the Way Forward

During this unprecedented time, the most important thing to the Hofdames is that all of our Handbaggers remain safe and healthy. We know many people will be busy and distracted, so we expect that our comments will be fewer as people sort out complicated aspects of their new daily lives. We’ll still be here!

Our intent is, as always, to provide an entertaining diversion. In that vein, we will continue to post royal content. Since there will be far fewer events, there will also be fewer posts. We will rely on our Rotogravurer, LiL, for some fun throwbacks. Also, if any Handbagger has an idea for a pop quiz or some past event that needs revisiting, drop a note in these comments.

We are going to corrall the next few weeks and months of cancellations for the royal houses in this post. Please feel free to add any cancellations or rescheduling you are aware of in the comments, but let’s not get involved in conversation in general about the crisis.

Belgium

  • Crown Princess Elisabeth will remain in Wales until travel between the countries is allowed.

Bhutan

  • Public gatherings have been cancelled and tourism curtailed. The royals have no scheduled events on their calendar.

Britain

  • The Queen’s visits to Camden and Cheshire will be rescheduled. The British government has recommended self-isolation for those over seventy, which could potentially affect the Queen and other senior members of the family.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s spring tour to Bosnia, Herzegovina, Jordan and Cyprus has been postponed. Date TBD.
  • The Countess of Wessex has been ill with a non-Corona virus related illness and all upcoming engagements have been cancelled.
  • The London Marathon, with a scheduled appearance by Prince Harry, has been postponed until October.

Denmark

  • Denmark has temporarily closed all borders and airports. Only Danish citizens are allowed to enter the country.
  • All official engagements up to April 20, 2020, have been cancelled or postponed. This includes Queen Margrethe’s 80th Birthday celebrations, which have been postponed. Dates TBD.
  • The Crown Prince and his family have returned to Denmark from Switzerland. The children will attend school at home. Danish schools are currently closed.

Luxembourg

  • The Grand Duke and Duchess have continued with a scaled back program of engagements.

Monaco

  • The Rose Ball, scheduled for the 21st, has been cancelled. Will be rescheduled to a later, unannounced date.

Netherlands

  • The King and Queen have cancelled or postponed all remaining engagements for the month of March.

Norway

  • All official engagements up to April 12, 2020, have been cancelled or postponed. Norway itself has closed all airports and borders for the time being.
  • The King and Queen are in quarantine after returning from abroad.

Spain

  • The King and Queen have been tested for the virus, and their health has been cleared.

Sweden

  • Crown Princess Victoria’s Name Day celebrations have been cancelled.

We’ll keep updating this post as more information becomes available.

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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Getty

Getty was on the ball this week and they have included photos from yesterdays Commonwealth Service in their royal week roundup. If you missed anything, it’s the place to get completely caught up.

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Britain

They just won’t quit us, will they? The Brits (well, Kate, actually) slipped in one more glam event for our pleasure, repeating her sparkly blue Packham gown from the India tour at the 25th Anniversary celebration of Place2Be. Surprise! Erdem earrings.

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Netherlands

Max and Wax landed in Indonesia for the first day of a four day visit. The windy weather didn’t stop Max from repeating her cold shoulder Oscar de la Renta with the bonus ruffles. Tragically, there was a boating accident during the preparations for the visit, resulting in several fatalities. As a result, the visit will be more low-key, in respect to the victims and their families. We’ll check in on the Dutch later in the week.

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Spain

Where are my cropped flappie fans? Letizia is dedicated to making you all happy! Here she is at the “Queen’s Cup” basketball final. (BTW, the skirt everyone loved last week was a debut of the Reiss brand on the Queen).

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Sofia! Hello! I really like this. Springtime in Spain, and you know how to channel it. The Classic Queen attended the traditional thanksgiving to Medinaceli in Madrid, Spain.

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Luxembourg

I don’t have any Benedikte appearances to end with, but the glowing happy Stephanie (also sporting a new haircut!) should make you smile. White is working for her ; ).

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Luxembourg

Spam a Gown – Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg’s 36th Birthday

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg is 36 today! In honor of the occasion, we are sending out the call to bring your favorite photo of one of her gowns forward. She has always done well with the evening occasion, and here is my favorite, where she takes my least liked precious stone – topaz – and makes it sing. Yes it’s another appearance from a Swedish wedding, and a good one.

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Random Royaling – 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.

Elie Wiesel

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a contingent of royals from Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and Belgium attended the official ceremony in Oswiecim, Poland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a commemorative ceremony held at Methodist Central Hall Westminster. Prince Charles, Grand Duke Henri and Crown Prince Haakon were among world leaders attending the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. There will be no fashion commentary in the post and we ask respectfully that we also refrain from it in the comments.

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Holacaust Memorial Trust

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Never forget.