Prinsjesdag! Where the Dutch royals remind the population that they have a monarchy. Elaborate carriages! Morning dress for men and long dresses with hats for women! It’s as if a bit of the 19th century swoops into the 21st. The hofdames, of course, love every bit of it.
We’ll be updating the post periodically, but given that we are working folks it might not happen until later in the day. We are throwing it out to our community – please post anything Prinsjesdag-related in the comments. Often our community is ahead of us and we don’t want to hold you up!
The initial photos have come in through Getty. I do like the detailing on the cape although it does still seem a little evening to me. I think I like Laurentien’s pink better in larger photos. Great jewels!
It’s Prinsjesdag week! We will have two Prinsjesdag posts: today we’ll ask the community to post their favorite Prinsjesdag dresses from the past (worn by Max, Oma or the royal of your choice). On Tuesday we’ll follow the action with an open post. We hope everyone jumps in with their favorite comments and photos of the ongoing action. Next week we’ll return to weddings on Tuesdays.
This weeks Hall of Fame vote will be Grand Duchess Stephanie – Evening division. We think you’ll be surprised when you review some of her evening looks. We sure were. The woman has worn some things that just announce “Grand Duchess.”
Look who we found! Princess (always Queen Oma to us) Beatrix attended the Zwaluwen Youth Action event, an initiative to help young athletes to raise money for their peers with muscular diseases. Holy bows, Oma ; ).
I know I keep returning to her tour to Canada, but she’s just so darn engaging. Princess Takamado (Hisako) wore an unusual for Japanese royalty floral dress during her recent visit to Edmonton, Alberta.
Between August 29th to August 31st, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, visited Edmonton, Alberta to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. pic.twitter.com/VfGOIEZ2SA
The trio of Prince Harry, Queen Letizia and Prince Daniel celebrated their shared birthdays on September 15th. Quick – who is 47? Who is 35? Who is 46? Daniel, of course, was born on the day Carl Gustaf became King. If you ever have to make up a royal trivia game, that day is full of fodder.
If you want to hire out some fantastic replicas of the British Crown Jewels – among various other things – LiL found this for us. Dare I say some of these are an improvement over the genuine article? Or you could call on this company. If you click the link you will see an excellent replica of the Vladimir.
Tomorrow is Prinsjesdag, the yearly event during which the monarch of the Netherlands addresses a joint session of the Dutch congress. The event is quite a spectacle, and follows very specific traditions, particularly in the sartorial department. Here is a quick primer at Order of Splendor.
So…. that leads us to our business. To get in the mood, let’s post our favorite Prinsjesdag ensembles. Although Max is always a great source, don’t limit yourself. Queen Beatrix was always a delight at this event, and Laurentien often astounds us with many surprising combinations. You can even throw back to previous monarchs, if you feel inclined.
Here is a sampler of our favorites. What are yours?
It’s almost autumn! Everyone is returning to work, or at at least to public appearances. They look refreshed and renewed and all patterned up (for the most part).
The Duchess of Cambridge took her two oldest off to school, and to my North America eyes this whole set up is quintessentially British. The uniforms! Kate in patterned Michael Kors, which I find fresh and flattering. OC is twitching a bit over the belt/shoe color collision, though.
In the Netherlands Max marched off to in full Max gear and I love every bit of it. I should since it’s Carolina Herrera. Please Max wear more of this and Tory Burch! Hit up ModekoninginMaxima for more intel.
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!