It’s family week in royal-land. Sophie and Lady Louise attended the Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley House in Stamford. Sophie wore a Gabriela Hearst wool and cashmere midi skirt, but I am more onboard with Louise and her jeans and boots.
Further south, Charlene, Albert and the twins attended the annual end-of-Summer Pique-Nique, held at the Princess Antoinette Park. Honestly, the less I think about Charlene’s outfit the longer I will live, but Gabriella is simply styling in her colorful play dress.
Victoria, Dan, Estelle and Oscar attended Prince Daniel’s annual Race Day at Haga Palace Park in Stockholm. No real sartorial excitement here, but a nice event regardless. Estelle participated in the children’s run again this year, and Victoria and Oscar did some hanging out. More photos of the family at New My Royals.
The Imperial Chrysanthemum is a hefty piece, and is only worn by the Empress. I love that the symbol of the entire monarchy is encapsulated in a sparkly piece of jewelry worn only by the leading lady.
Mary’s arrangement with Ole Lynggaard means she has exclusive use of the Midnight Tiara. It’s not to everyone’s taste (though it certainly delights me!) but there is no doubt a floral motif was created here and it inspired the brand’s Leaves collection.
A sweet and historical gift from her dear mother Ingrid, Daisy’s daisy brooch delights each time it appears. Just look at the Queen’s wedding ensemble here–my favorite royal wedding gown EVER, historical veil, the Khedive tradition and her mom’s brooch. If you’ll pardon the phrase, this brooch has really grown on me over the years.
I love me some pinecones, but in the original version where the round piece is centered. You can’t beat the stones in this piece, but I think the design really suffered when Anne had it shortened.
Betty’s Australian (HOW did I do that?!?) New Zealand Fern is fabulous–both delicate and sturdy at the same time. It goes anywhere with anything.
Betty gets two entries today, because She Is Deserving. The Maple Leaf Brooch has been shared around the family quite a bit. It has presence and is simply pretty at the same time. Be sure to scroll through the pages of the Instagram post for great individual portraits.
Friends, indulge me, please on my very last ROYGBIV jewelry post, would you? I don’t usually post items that are not identifiably royal in nature, whether that be current or historical use. But, I am IN LOVE with this acorn tiara and really want Billy to buy it for Queen Cathy, when their time comes. I’ve chatted about it for years, but what a way to harken back to her Middleton coat of arms in a tiara fit for a queen. She’s even got matching earrings already. Sigh.
The royal ladies of Spain have a beautiful floral tiara at their disposal, and I look forward to seeing it on Leonor’s head in the coming years. Editor’s note: This particular Instagram link was displaying at huge sizes for some, so a screenshot is now displayed with a link to check out the fantastic photos. Click through the pages of the Instagram post!
This charming piece was worn by a Swedish princess to marry into the Hohenzollern family. I think it has real possibilities and I’d love to see it fanned out in the current style.
Now, you didn’t think I’d get through all of these posts without the GOAT, did you? Here it is in all it’s glory. It’s got the goat, yes. But it also has some lovely floral elements that help to soften the fact a medium sized milkable mammal is in the top spot.
And with that, I bid you a fond adieu from ROYGBIV-land. I hope you have enjoyed yourself and please show me your favorite floral pieces in the comments below!
We are reallllllly stretching our ROYGBIV category now with this week’s entry in our series, but by popular request, I present Stripes! For me, stripes are much like gold. Very easy to look garish, but also the potential to look absolutely spectacular. Let’s get started!
Victoria has worn this striped Dolce & Gabbana dress several times and I love it more each time I see it. These photos are from her dad’s 70th birthday party and display excellent family matching without being over the top.
Silvia wore this gown to the Nobels in the early 1990s. It’s…a lot.
Maxima wore this Mary Katrantzou dress to a children’s concert in 2016 and I think she nailed it. It’s not a “pretty” dress per se, but I think she carries it off quite well. Not everyone can wear Katrantzou, much less wear it well.
Welcome to this Thursday’s edition of ROYGBIV. Today we’ll be looking at gold entries. For me, gold clothing is hit or miss. It can either be so incredibly gaudy or really classy. Here’s hoping I picked some entries that please your eyes! If you’d like to look back on our lengthy ROYGBIV series, just search for it using the tag feature on the sidebar.
This one is a doozy. Depending on where you are in the world, get yourself set up with a snack, a cup of coffee or tea, or an evening cocktail and let’s get started!
Oh Betty. You slay me sometimes. Somehow this design manages to make the more senior lady look positively svelte!
OK, I admit this gold entry barely makes it into our category as it was pre-royal days, but this Edith Head creation from To Catch A Thief must be posted. Click the caption to read a great article with more snapshots and design sheets. The sculptural details pull me in on this one.
Alexia rocking the gold sequins here in a tasteful way.
Making her debut in today’s category is Desiree, sister to the King. I thought she carried this bevy of sequins off quite nicely, as I would expect any woman from Sweden to do! I especially like the neckline and that she wore the Cut Steel tiara. Nice touch.
Sister-in-law Silvia looks great here in 2015.
And here is Victoria, in one of my favorite Jenny Packham gowns of all time. Stunning.
Maxima knocked me out at Prinsjesdag 2013 in this golden creation. I cannot wait to see it again.
Maxima wore this Benito Fernandez tweed to Prinsjesdag in 2004 and I think it’s really striking. I’m not convinced it hit in the right place for this odd dress code event, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Almost Chanel-ish, no?
I love this gray coat Mathilde has worn a few times. It looks luxurious and totally wearable at the same time.
Theodora rocked this glittery gown at Madeleine’s wedding. I’m actually interested to see what she’ll do for her own upcoming wedding.
Margrethe wore this gray dress along with her precious Yeti to the 2006 New Year Celebrations. If it looks a little familiar to you, it’s because that eye searing apple green dress is the same pattern in a different color. I believe (though have not confirmed) this is the dress worn in this glorious portrait.
Mary has worn this pale silver dress to tailoring perfection.