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It’s Thursday and you know what that means! It’s time for another entry in our ROYGBIV series! Today we will feature all black clothing. Friends, we will have a category EACH for black, white, & black and white combined. Please be selective in your posted photos–there will be time for all of your favorites! If you are new to our blog (welcome!) and would like to review other parts of the series, just search for the tag ROYGBIV in the sidebar.


Today, Ms. Cambridge is the winner of having two dresses featured. The first is from when she wowed early on in her public life with this black velvet gown. I’d love to see it again.

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The second is this simple yet stunning dress worn on the New Zealand tour. Love this. LOVE.

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Diana wore a fantastic black beaded Jacques Azagury dress on her last birthday in 1997.

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Margaret stuns in this black Dior circa 1952.

Which, in turn, reminds me a bit of this famous Winterhalter painting of Helena.

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Charlene wowed in this black Tom Ford dress earlier this year in Macau. This dress contains a lot of jersey which helps to make it so form fitting and figure flattering.

Charlotte shows us a simple black summer dress–every lady should have one, no?



I’ve always been intrigued by the black gown Madeleine wore for the Elle Sweden feature. It seems like it has potential.

That is some GOOD hair.


Well, you KNOW I had to post this vision. Simply gorgeous.

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Mary wore this simple black dress in 2017. Simplicity is key here.



Again, another simple silhouette here. Maxima wore this classic style to a movie premiere in 2011.

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Mabel is STUNNING in all of the photos in this feature from The Gentlewoman in 2011, but this one is absolutely my favorite. You can click on the link below the image to read the article.

What say you about these black outfits? Would you want to see any of them again?

Show us your favorite ALL black royal clothing in the comments!

Next up is white (and mayyyybe some ivory)—-remember no wedding gowns! Happy hunting!

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What if Wednesday: Leuchtenberg Tiara Follow Up

Please don’t expect this fast of a turn around on every one of my “What if Wednesday” features. The stars just happened to align on this one. LOL

So here you go! Sixteen new photoshops to look over, all subjects suggested by you! I hope you like them.


Next up are our more seasoned ladies


Our dark haired ladies


Our redheads

Lalla Salma
 Märtha Louise

And last but not least, Vickan in a softer hairstyle for Miss Jane Maple.

So what do you think? I have to admit that this tiara was – A.) the EASIEST tiara I have ever worked with, and 2.) Looks FABULOUS on just about every head. Thanks for all of your suggestions!


Guest Post–Huis ten Bosch

Please give another warm welcome to our own Kamerheer Triple-A for providing us this glimpse into Dutch history!

Last week, the international press and other media were allowed to visit the completely renovated Royal Dutch Palace, Huis ten Bosch (House in the Woods) in The Hague. This is the palace where the Dutch King lives with his family. After former Queen Beatrix abdicated and moved to her personally owned Castle Drakensteyn, Huis ten Bosch was extensively renovated with costs of more than € 63 million.

The history of Huis ten Bosch Palace can be divided into six periods.

Summer residence and memorial (1645-1652)

Huis ten Bosch Palace began its life as the Sael van Oranje (Hall of Orange), a summer residence for stadholder Frederik Hendrik and his wife, Amalia van Solms. It was Princess Amalia herself who was the driving force behind its construction.

On 2 September 1645, the cornerstone was laid by Elizabeth, the former Queen of Bohemia. The palace was designed by Pieter Post, an architect who had also had a hand in the Mauritshuis, the assembly hall of the States of Holland (now the assembly hall of the Senate) and the Oude Hof (now Noordeinde Palace).

When Frederik Hendrik died in 1647, his widow converted Huis ten Bosch from a summer residence to a memorial to her late husband. Under the supervision of the painter and architect Jacob van Campen, the central chamber – known as the Oranjezaal- was dedicated to the Prince’s life and work. The largest and most striking painting in the room, a 1652 work by Jacob Jordaens, depicts Frederik Hendrik triumphant.

Residents (1675-1795)

During this period, the palace had four different owners. The last of these, Prince William IV, had the palace thoroughly restored.

Albertine Agnes (1675)

When Princess Amalia died in 1675, the palace became the property of her daughters. It was used by Albertine Agnes, the wife of Willem Frederik of Nassau, stadholder of Friesland, the only one of Amalia’s daughters living in the Netherlands.

Prince William III (1686)

In 1686, Albertine Agnes sold the usufruct of the palace to Frederik Hendrik’s grandson, Prince William III, who was in need of a summer residence near the seat of government in The Hague. He made some changes to the furnishings and the gardens.

Prince William IV (1732)

On the death of William III without issue in 1702, Huis ten Bosch passed to the King of Prussia, a grandson of Frederik Hendrik’s. However in 1732, he returned it to the House of Orange-Nassau, in the person of Prince William IV, who undertook large-scale renovations. Two wings were added to the building, under the supervision of the architect Daniel Marot. Thus enlarged, the Palace was frequently the residence of the last two stadholders, William IV and William V.

French occupation (1795-1813)

Under French rule, the palace became state property. King Louis Bonaparte also altered the interior of the palace, thereby bringing the Empire style to the Netherlands.

State property

When the French invaded in 1795, all the stadholder’s residences were seized as the spoils of war. The French made a gift of Huis ten Bosch to “the Batavian people”. Most of the furniture and works of art were sold and the palace became state property, which it remains to this day.

King Louis Bonaparte

Following a coup d’état in 1798, some members of the National Assembly were interned in the palace. The east wing was rented out. The building then served as a museum until 1805, when Rutger-Jan Schimmelpennick, appointed grand pensionary by Napoleon, moved in. Fifteen months later, Napoleon’s brother Louis Bonaparte, who had been elevated to the throne of Holland, took up residence there. In 1807, Louis moved to Utrecht, where he lived until he could take possession of Amsterdam town hall on the Dam, which had been refurbished as a palace. Although Louis occupied it for only a short time, he left his mark on both the interior and exterior of Huis ten Bosch. The expansions and renovations he initiated introduced the Empire style into the Netherlands, and many pieces of Empire furniture are still in use in the palace.

Royal summer residence (1815-1940)

After Willem I was proclaimed King of the Netherlands in 1815, members of the royal family often lived in Huis ten Bosch, among them King Willem I himself and his wife, Queen Wilhelmina. Later, it became the summer home of Queen Sophie, the first wife of Willem III. During the First World War, Queen Wilhelmina exchanged her summer residence at Het Loo near Apeldoorn for Huis ten Bosch. There she remained until she, Princess Juliana and the Juliana’s children had to flee to England after the German invasion in May 1940.

Second World War (1940-1945)

Huis ten Bosch suffered serious damage during the Second World War. The comptroller succeeded in foiling plans by the German occupying forces to demolish the palace to make way for tank traps.

At the end of the war the palace was uninhabitable. Though the art treasures had been removed and taken to a safe place, the walls, ceilings and floors had been damaged by bullets, shells and shrapnel.

Royal residence (1950 onward)

Between 1950 and 1981 there were two rounds of restorations. On 10 August 1981, Queen Beatrix, Prince Claus and their children took up residence in Huis ten Bosch.

Since January 2019, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their three daughters have lived at Huis ten Bosch Palace.

Thanks again to Triple-A for his contributions!

Here’s a video for a bit more information–enjoy!

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ROYGBIV—Pink jewelry

Hello everyone! It’s time for pink jewels—the first unofficial color we’ve added to our ROYGBIV series. If you are new to our community, search for the tag ROYGBIV on the sidebar to revisit all of the other rainbow fun!

Wishing all of our American readers a Happy 4th of July!


The Savoy pink tourmalines turn up on the royal scene even now. I love how they can be delicate and have a strong presence at the same time.

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#dnaroyalsarchive 🇮🇹 The Savoy Tourmaline Parure (our logo 👑😉) 🇮🇹 Questa paure è stata realizzata da Musy (gioielliere di corte di Casa Savoia) per la Regina Maria Teresa nel 1830 e include una tiara, una collana, una spilla con tre pendenti, orecchini pendenti e due bracciali. Nel 1850 la Principessa Elisabetta di Sassonia sposa il Principe Ferdinando di Savoia, Duca di Genova e fratello di Re Vittorio Emanuele II. La nuova Duchessa riceve la parure come regalo di nozze dalla suocera, la Regina Maria Teresa. Alla fine dell’800 i bracciali vengono ridisegnati da Musy con nodi Savoia. Nel 1912 Elisabetta muore e questi gioielli vengono ereditati dalla figlia Margherita, la prima Regina consorte d'Italia. Oggi sono ancora con la famiglia Savoia. Di recente è stata indossata da Marina, moglie di Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, figlio di Re Umberto II, e dalla nuora Clotilde, moglie di Emanuele Filiberto. Le pietre sono sostituibili con turchesi o coralli o granati. È possibile anche utilizzare uno dei bracciali come girocollo 💎👑💎 This paure was made by Musy (Hours of Savoy court jeweller) for Queen Maria Teresa in 1830 and include a tiara, a necklace, a brooch with three pendants, pendant earrings, and two bracelets. In 1850 Princess Elisabeth of Saxony married Prince Ferdinand of Savoy, Duke of Genoa and King Vittorio Emanuele II’s brother. The new Duchess received the parure as wedding gift by her mother-in-law, Queen Maria Teresa. At the end of 1800s the bracelets were redesigned by Musy with Savoy knots. In 1912 Elizabeth died and this jewels were inherited by her daughter Margherita, the first Queen consort of Italy. It is still with the Savoy family today. It has been worn in recent years by Marina, wife of Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, King Umberto II’s son, and by their daughter-in-law Clotilde, wife of Emanuele Filiberto. The stones are replaceabled with turquoises or corals or garnets. It is possible to use one of the bracelets as a choker 🇮🇹 (😍💎 swipe left ⬅️) #diamonds #jewels #tiara #houseofsavoy #casasavoia #savoia #savoy #margheritadisavoia #italianroyalty #italianroyalfamily #dnaroyals #royal #royalty #royals #monarchia #queenmargherita #famigliareale

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The Württemberg Pink Topaz and Diamond Parure is quite impressive and it would be fantastic to see these pieces on parade again. There are quite a few photos in this Instagram post–be sure to scroll through and see all the pieces! You can also read more here at Royal Magazin.

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Topaz is well known mineral occurring in several colours, the most common being colourless (today typically treated to obtain other colours, including irradiation for shades of blue, coating for any colour), with varieties in the yellow to orange range, and the less common natural blues, browns, pinks and reds. Although pink may be obtained by heat treatment at 400-500ºC in chromium-bearing orangey topaz or by introducing a pink foil-back in the closed setting (a common technique in the late 18th century), there are also natural pinks. In the image, the Württemberg Pink Topaz and Diamond Parure, dated ca. 1810-1830, from the fabulous collection of the , consisting of several jewellery pieces including tiara, necklace, bracelets, earrings and brooch. It belonged to Marie Georgina Henrietta (1857-1882) wife of Wilhelm II of Württemberg, Germany. The colour of these topazes is consistent with Sanarka material, Chelyabinsk Oblast (Urals) in Russia. It happens though that the suggested dating of the parure predates a few decades the period reported for the discovery of topaz in the gold washings of the Sanarka river. Interesting observation that jewellery historians might possibly sort out. Photos © Albion Art Jewellery Institute, Japan . . #gemmology #gemology #jewellery #topaz #pinktopaz #tiara #parure #royaljewellery #royalty #finejewellery #19thcentury #wurttemberg #russiantopaz #diadem #diamondtiara #topaznecklace #topazjewelry #historicaljewelry #jewelleryart #jewelryart #jewelrycollection #jewellerycollection #albionart #japan #finearts #portugalgemas

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The Prussian Pink Topaz Parure is quite impressive and yet another set I’d like to see out and about. Check out the link the photo caption for more information and photos.


Elizabeth was given the Saskatchewan Tourmaline Flower Brooch in 2013, but did not wear it in public until 2014. I think this piece is fascinating. When I first saw it, I was all okayyyyyyyy. But having spent some time looking at the details, I really appreciate how this is a wonderful gift for Elizabeth. Pink is her signature color, there is a huge pearl and it’s lined in diamonds. A modern take on classical elements for our best girl.

Eugenie received a lovely pink papadaschra sapphire surrounded by diamonds upon her engagement to Jack Brooksbank. Classic style, but again updated for a modern girl.

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Silvia has a few extraordinary pink pieces in the Swedish collection which, at least in modern times, have only been worn by the queen. She often pairs the necklace and brooch with the Connaught tiara, but once again Victoria’s wedding proves a great event to show things off as Mom wore the pink with the Braganza (scroll through the slides).

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Maxima’s kunzites. Le sigh.

Here we have the foundation’s Russian Devant de Corsage. It can be worn in many forms, but check out those giant pink diamonds!

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This diamond and pearl devant de corsage belonged probably to the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, mother of Queen Anna Pavlovna of the Netherlands and grandmother of Queen Sophie (first wife of King Willem III). Sophie inherited this jewel from her mother Grand-Duchess Catharina Pavlovna. (Queen of Württemberg) The jewel consists of a diamond open work or lace work bow containing five cushion cut pink diamonds, from which are suspended a pearl and two tassels with pearls with in between a small diamond bow. Queen Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Maxima all wore this stunning piece in different versions. The full version, the version without the pendant, but with the three drop pearls or with the three diamonds directly hanging from the bow and the version with the shortened pendant with the pear shaped pearls. #dutchroyaljewels #devantdecorsage #stomacher #bow #brooche #pink #diamonds #cushion #cut #pearls #pear #pendant #russian #provenance #empress #pavlovna #queen #sophie #queenmaxima #juliana #wilhelmina #beatrix #historical #antique #jewelry #jewels #dutch #foundation #royals #royalty

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Another beauty from the Nizam of Hyderabad, this one a sarpech. Stunning.

What are you favorite pink royal jewels? Show us in the comments!

Programming note: Our next entries in the ROYGBIV series will be Black (only), White or Cream (only), and Black & White (only). We will keep true to these colors and the only other caveat is that we will NOT be using wedding gowns in the White or Cream category–gotta keep it interesting for your research plans! And yes, Blergh is a separate category from White or Cream. Happy internet searching!!