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Did you miss a royal event last week? There were a lot! See Getty for a look back at the week of February 17th. Warning for those with snake phobias, Kate’s visit to the Ark Open Farm is included.

Milestones

So many royal milestones came and went last week. We celebrated some birthdays on the blog, but we missed a great deal too. Let’s rectify that.

Emperor Naruhito turned sixty! The original cheeks ; ).

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck turned forty. Although we don’t need an excuse to post a beautiful photo of Bhutan, let’s use this milestone as a chance to do so.

Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso and King Letsie celebrated their 20th anniverary, and their daughter Senate Seeiso posted an Instagram tribute. I know the Queen’s dress- her entire ensemble, indeed – intrigues many of you, so here is a chance to look at it close-up.

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Style Inspirations

Thanks to our intrepid community member Beth for the heads up on this bit here – Queen Elizabeth, Diana and Princess Anne – are style inspirations. Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland developed her Autumn 2020 line around the stylings of these three woman, and we are fully onboard.

Speaking of styling, in this announcement that WAX and MAX will be attending Daisy’s birthday celebrations was a photo of WAX’s christening . Daisy was one of his godparents, and, yes, there is that fabulous sixties dress we have discussed so many times. I can never see it enough.

Belgium

We need to check in with Mathilde, who has had a very busy February. The below is just a sampling of the Natan outings. For her full schedule, head over to Modekoningin Mathilde.

For a management symposium in Flanders, she broke out a new Natan, shown below with and without the jacket.

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She visited a horticultural school to talk about anti-bullying initiatives. I think she may have pulled this skirt from the end of the closet that holds her thigh-high boots ; )

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She wore various shades of gray for the yearly mass honoring deceased family members. It’s a good color choice, not as somber and unrelenting as black, but very respectful.

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Netherlands

Random Royaling – Let’s Look at Max’s Hat

It’s something!

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In preparation for the Indonesian State Visit in March, the King and Queen attended “Indonesia and The Netherlands seminar: a joint future” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on February 18, 2020. According to Modekoningin Maxima, the designer of the “beret style hat with pheasant feathers” is unknown, although I like OC’s idea that it’s the other, greater half of her hat from the Luxembourg wedding (shown below, in case you forgot!). The dress is an A-line by Natan, and it is a repeat.

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Since WAX is rapidly becoming a pin-up favorite around here, drink in his coordination with his wife here. I love to watch WAX kinging it up – he loves his job and it loves him.

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So what do you think of the statement beret?

Netherlands · Spain

Bosom Buddies-Beatrix & Sofía

Beatrix of the Netherlands and Sofía of Spain always seem to enjoy each other’s company. One lady a Queen Regnant and one lady a Queen Consort, state visits along with gala celebrations and many other opportunities have given us some lovely photos of these ladies over the years.

Here we have some love upon Spain’s arrival for Beatrix’s 60th birthday back in 1998.

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A lunch date with the Dutch Prime Minister in 2001.

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Attending the pre-wedding celebration for Frederik & Mary in 2004.

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A state visit from Netherlands to Spain…

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Both ladies wearing their big gun tiaras here.

I have no idea of the occasion here, but what a great photo!

And from Victoria & Daniel’s 2010 wedding, the gift that keeps on giving.

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And last, but by no means least, this absolutely gorgeous photo. Yes, this is a photo from Fabiola of the Belgians’ funeral, but we should all be so lucky to have a friend that looks at us like this.

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Show us your favorite photo of Beatrix & Sofía in the comments!

Britain · Japan · Netherlands · Sweden

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Winter wanders on…..let’s spread warmth with some royal news.

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Did you miss some royal news last week? Check out Getty images for the week of February 10th. There is a lot we didn’t cover, including Prince Albert at the glitzy Hollywood Ocean do and Anne being, well, very Anne.

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The Brits have been everywhere. Cams tried to give the Beefeaters at the Tower a run for their money, stylewise, with this complicated coat, while Charles inspected the family jewels.

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Sophie, as always, has a wardrobe that doesn’t excite me, but her work is flawless. She was great with the kids at The Shooting Star Chase Hospice.

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Kate visited Scotland (rewearing her excellent “Delaney” coat), sat in on the “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast, and released a lovely new photo of Charlotte. Her husband stayed home in London, hosting the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund at St. James Palace.

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Japan

Several of the senior Japanese royals attended the Grand Prix Orchid and Flower show, which is an event I am very happy to learn exists. Princess Hisako stands out to me for her boucle suit and her very obvious enjoyment of the festivities.

The Netherlands

Does it surprise anyone that Princess Laurentien is game for a singalong? Tap your feet under your desk and sing along with her, “What the world needs now…..”

Meanwhile, what do we have here? Movie star or Max’s husband? You tell me.

Sweden

Princess Victoria, carrying on a strong Swedish royal tradition, granted the wish of a child with a brain tumor, and it’s as touching as you would imagine. Royal Central has some further information on the event, which included an hour with the princess and a carriage ride through town.

Let’s End with a Different Classic Princess

Princess Alexandra opened St. Christopher’s hospice in 1967, when it was a new concept in health care. She has been patron since 1981 and has visited every year since 1982. Now that is commitment, and that is why royals remain relevant.

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Britain · Denmark · Netherlands · Romania · Spain · Sweden

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

To those who celebrate such things, have a happy Valentine’s week. Here are some royals to bring a sprinkling of love to your life.

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The royal week of February 2nd, in case you missed something.

Official Portraits

Official portraits from the Dutch, Swedish and (late addition) Spanish royal families. Margriet seems to shine here, doesn’t she? That’s hard to do when you have such charismatic competition!

The Crown Princess Couple, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court of Sweden

The Spanish royals have some incredible genetic material to work with, don’t they? Infanta Sofia also continues to channel her great aunt Irene in strong ways. Check out Casa Real for all the photos.

Not at all royal, but….

… an Oscar tiara! Well, actually, thanks to our friend Tiara Mania we know that it’s not a tiara but a necklace. It fascinated me – I wonder if the tiara-averse Char would be amenable to something like this? Oh, heck, the only one I could see actually doing this is Daisy, and she has already her aigrette to play with.

Great Britain

It amuses me to see an obviously star-struck Katy Perry sharing the stage with Charles. They were attending a reception for the British Asian Trust, of which Charles is the founding royal patron. Like everything these days, there was a bit of a kerfuffle about Katy Perry coming onboard, but I say if it’s doing good, keep doing it.

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Romania

If you are interested in the repatriation of the Romanian royals, there is a documentary on Facebook that may intrigue you:

Denmark

Let’s end with some Benedikte and her sister, attending the Faberge Chamber opening at Amalienborg Palace. Now there’s a glamorous way to spend time with family.

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