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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

The hofdames are on summer vacation for the next two weeks. Never fear, posts will pop up daily, but they will be of the easy breezy summer type. Since Wimbledon is on hiatus for the year, we’ll have some quick look backs at iconic previous Wimbledon events, we have guest post with a fun scavenger hunt activity, and the intrepid LiL continues with her Designer Diary Thursday series. You won’t be bored, but this Bits will have to do for two weeks.

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Max and Wax have been out and about. The Belgians released a family photo and everyone is tall, tall, tall. And leggy! See it all here.

Sweden

I don’t know about you, but when Captain Sweden and the lovely Sils get their summer on, I am reminded of sherbet and ices and all kinds of summer glory. I know summer is brief in that part of the world and I applaud that they dress to dive in and just enjoy it.

Britain

Well, darn you Duchess for just missing my print post by a day. The opinions on prints were decidedly mixed there, but I think Kate looks very summery. She would fit right in walking hand in hand with Sils and CG.

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Denmark

I feel like we haven’t checked in with Mary lately, but even without our oversight she continues with her stylish ways. The message here is worthy, but my shallow side is simply marveling over her master class in earring and neckline combination.

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Som protektor for Copenhagen 2021, der er fællesbetegnelsen for LGBTI+-begivenhederne WorldPride og EuroGames, holdt H.K.H. Kronprinsessen i dag tale ved eventet Global Pride, som er et 24-timers online event med talere og kunstneriske indslag fra hele verden. Det virtuelle event er svar på de mange aflysninger af nationale Pride-arrangementer verden over pga COVID19. Se hele Hendes Kongelige Højheds tale her. ⁣ ⁣ Til næste år er København vært for det internationale event Copenhagen 2021, der har til formål at sikre lige rettigheder for LGBTI+-personer over hele verden. Copenhagen 2021 finder sted den 12.-22. august i 2021 i København og Malmø.⁣ ⁣ 🎥 Global Pride ©

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Norway

This is for LiL, and all those dreaming of vacationing abroad while we are all stuck in our respective countries. There is joy in staycationing, but I invite you to join me in fantasizing about visiting the summer palace of Oscarshall, on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo.

Please add anything I may have missed, and we’ll see everyone in two weeks! Enjoy the quick pop-up posts in the meantime.

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Random Royaling – Florals and Prints

I like them. Either I have been worn down or these are just good prints.

Felipe and Letizia continue their tour around the country. In Majorca, Letizia wore a print dress by Maje, and another pair of lace up shoes by Mint and Rose. She accessorized with a nice tan, of which I am envious.

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I wish we had a better photo and more intel on Victoria’s dress. It might be among the best print I have ever seen her wear. Daniel and Victoria were visiting various sites around Stockholm to review progress against Covid 19.

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I dag och i går genomförde Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel fyra besök i Stockholmsområdet relaterade till covid-19-pandemin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Med besöken önskade Kronprinsessparet att dels uppmärksamma företag och organisationer som ställt om med anledning av pandemin, dels visa uppskattning till sjukvården. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer på kungahuset.se ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 Kungafamiljen är angelägen om att visa sitt stöd för de insatser som görs i olika delar av samhället för att bekämpa covid-19-pandemin. Genom samtal, digitala möten och besök informerar sig Kungafamiljen om hur pandemin påverkar Sverige. Besök planeras utifrån rådande rekommendationer och med en strävan att inte i onödan ta verksamheternas tid och resurser i anspråk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Victor Ericsson/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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I am really soothed by the gentle print on Masako’s suit. It adds a nice summery note to her usual daywear. She and Naruhito were receiving a briefing on elder care.

Polka dots? Navy? I don’t know if I could love Margriet any more. This is a fresh and lively look for a visit to the Red Cross in Utrecht. She is the honorary Chair of the Red Cross in the Netherlands.

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⁣Prinses Margriet bezoekt het Rode Kruis in Utrecht. Het bezoek staat in het teken van de werkzaamheden van het Rode Kruis in de bestrijding van de coronapandemie. Prinses Margriet is erevoorzitter van het Nederlandse Rode Kruis.⠀ ⠀ De Prinses gaat in gesprek met vrijwilligers over hun inzet en werkzaamheden tijdens de coronapandemie. Zo is er o.a. een belteam dat belt met mensen die om hulp hebben gevraagd via het landelijk telefoonnummer van het Rode Kruis.⠀ ⠀ Ook spreekt Prinses Margriet met betrokkenen over o.a. een coronatestlocatie voor mensen die met de fiets of te voet komen, die het Rode Kruis Utrecht in samenwerking met de GGD heeft opgezet. Daarnaast wordt gesproken over de voedselpakketten van het Rode Kruis voor mensen die door de coronacrisis hulpbehoevend zijn geworden.⠀ ⠀ #werkbezoek #rodekruis #coronavirus #covid19 #prinsesmargriet #prinses #princess #royalvisit #Utrecht @rodekruis 📸Rode Kruis – Arie Kievit

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Let’s toss a throwback in here. It fits our print theme. Aren’t the Haga princesses just lovely here?

Weigh in on the florals: yeah or nay?

Netherlands

Random Royal Rotogravure

Princess Beatrix, daughter of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, with her sister (in the cot), Princess Irene. March 4th, 1940. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Skeptical Oma is skeptical. I guess all big brothers and sisters are a bit put out by the “newbie”. Even royal ones. Can you find any photos of royal siblings giving each other the side-eye? Share below! If you can’t find Sibling Side-eye, feel free to post sibs in general, in prams/cots, or in various stages of disgruntlement.

Britain · Japan · Luxembourg · Netherlands · Spain

Not-So-Bitty Bits and Bobs

Things are picking are picking up, little by little. Warning – pure charm attack ahead.

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Wills and Kate continue to be the face of young Britain, now brought to you in person. At least for a couple events. Not to be outdone, Chuck and Cams show they are adapting well to the digital age, and can still knock it out of the park for the traditional visits. The Spains have been working and exhibiting good mask behavior. See it all here.

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Spain

The Spanish royals continue their absorption of culture with a visit to a contemporary flamenco performance. Shallow sort that I am, I just sit in envy over their long slim legs. Letizia is wearing a Massimo Dutti skirt and Leonor is in Hugo Boss.

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Japan

It seems like a thousand years, not nine months, since the enthronement. The Sparkle Sisters, Mako and Kako, appeared at the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death. The attire is subdued, as required, and the masks add an eerie flavor to the appearance. Nevertheless, I was glad to see them. Naruhito and Masako, as well as most of the Imperial Family, were also there.

Do you like tea? I do, and am fascinated by the proper preparation of the beverage. Let’s just say here in the U.S. we make a bad job of it for the most part. Princess Akiko held an online seminar on tea and it all looks interesting.

Britain

Happy birthday and a happy father’s day to Prince William. Kate snapped the photos on the now-famous Anmer swing, to honor her husband the father of her kids. He’s 38 which is mind boggling to the couple of hofdames who remember waiting for his birth back in the hot summer of 1982. We will not reveal which ones but one of them is typing this with her ancient fingers ; ).

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This montage just slays me.

Luxembourg

The over-the-moon Luxies released a series of photos of Prince Charles and I don’t blame them. He is winning all the beautiful baby contests these days.

Cour Grand Ducale

Netherlands

Let’s end as we like to, with some Classic Princessing. Princess Margriet opened a food forest for pygmy monkeys (yes, you read that correctly). She looked utterly charming in her gray and white and utterly charmed by the monkeys.

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Britain · Netherlands

Bitty Bits and Bobs

Super bitty this week because The Handbag is taking a mini vacation today.

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King Philippe visited a market, Prince Philip had a birthday (and there are some great shots of Windsor), and the Duchess of Cambridge displays some of the Hold Still photos. Check it all out here.

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Britain

Kate recorded a video encouraging participation in her Hold Still project. The Duchess wore a Stella McCartney dress that has a long history. What Kate Wore has all the details.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex celebrate their 21st Wedding Anniversary on the 19th.

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Netherlands

Maxima a paid a visit to the mental health care institution to discuss the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health care. The shirt is by Zara.

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Let’s end with a Classic Princess visiting a playground.

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