Royal Recap

Royal Recap – Royal Lady Trouser Pant Edition

Anyone who has listened to me bang on about modern royal women knows I love a good royal lady trouser pant. The royal women have been listening, my friends, and they have brought out a variety for us to gaze at – let’s see if they fall into the good category.

Denmark

Crown Princess Mary at the Danish Rainbow Awards. It’s a MaxMara jumpsuit! Hit up New My Royals for the details, because we are painting with a broad brush here, and I will only say it’s very blush and bashful before I move on.

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Spain

Letizia at a Media and Mental health forum, sporting a repeat of her Hugo Boss pants with buttons – so many buttons – and Carolina Herrera blouse. Queen Letizia Style delves into the rest of the ensemble, including an ID on her butterfly earrings.

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Queen Sofia brought her own elegant twist to the trouser pant game, and paired hers with a softly shining cream blazer as she spoke at an annual sailing regatta in Palma de Majorca. I am utterly charmed by this outfit – check out the regatta brooches shown in our featured image.

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Sweden

Sils, in an uncharacteristic move, is also getting into the trouser pant game. No ID on this yet – a recurring issue with our more mature royal friends – but I felt it should be included since it is an unusual approach for her. That collar detail makes me think of Teddy bears and snuggly royal grandkids, but the rest is all business.

Jordan

Rania wore a pair of Calvin Klein trousers and a gorgeous printed shirt while visiting Wadi Shueib in the Al Balqa governorate. Check out Queen Rania’s Closet for some great closeups.

Japan

We cannot leave this topic without a gentle nod to Empress Michiko, who sports the Royal Lady Trouser Pant with an elegance unmatched. I will miss her on the scene.

So what do you think about the royal lady trouser pant game? Is it on? It is way off for you? Would you rather see a dress or is this the modern way? Let us know in the comments!

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Royal Recap – Globetrotters

The standard Royal Recap will return in a couple of weeks. We just have too many tours to discuss, so many that this post should be subtitled: Official and UnOfficial Visits: Everyone is Doing It!

We’re going to dispense with tour formalities and just do quick hits for each royal lady. You may catch a glimpse of their better halves, but then again, I make no promises ; ). We are busy here.

Ok, everyone! Hit your marks and let’s go.

Norway

King Harald and Queen Sonja made an official trip to Chile, and it was Chile’s lucky week because Sonja pulled out some sophisticated bold stripes and pattern mixing and matching.

Quick Hit One: Sonja understands that a Queen must be visible, and this dense and vibrant striped ensemble definitely draws the eye. It also is entirely flattering, colorwise. I always dig her sunnies.

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Quick Hit Two: Sometimes, you have to back away from the color and just go with a bold stripe to set yourself apart from the crowd. I have always liked Sonja in grey, but I think this jacket might be a bit long, a bit too overwhelming for her small frame.

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Quick Hit Three: I always like a good pattern mix and match, and Sonja agrees with me. I like this version of the scarf as neck bow so much better than the tight, short versions sported by some of our younger royals. Hello, Harald ; ).

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Spain

For a week, Argentina housed four of the best looking people on the planet. Lucky Argentina is on their second royal visit in as many weeks, and Leti and Felipe are up. Check out Queen Letizia Style for details and lots more photos.

Quick Hit One: The arrival. Leti is wearing what is described as a jade green Hugo Boss sheath dress – I would call the color more watery green myself. Leti + Sheath = Certain Success

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Quick Hit Two: The official welcome. Leti is wearing a sleeveless cream Pedro Del Hierro. I am very fond of Juliana Awada’s lovely navy, which reminds me of the night sky.

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Quick Hit Three: Vivid orange Zara, assymetrical to boot. My favorite thing about this outfit is the fabulous bee brooch – and brooches aren’t usually my thing.

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Quick Hit Four: I wish I had information on Juliana Awada’s fabulous cocktail dress, but alas I do not. Leti shines in red, as she always does. This dress is by Roberto Torretta.

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Quick Hit Five: The fabulous Awada and Letizia managed to mirror each other without matching cutely – quite a feat. Leti is wearing a repeated polka dot Massimo Dutti dress.

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Belgium

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde embarked on an official visit to Korea, and Mathilde packed a boatload of clothes with an Asian theme.

Quick Hit One: Tils brought along not one, but two, Armani coats, both with embroidery that extend a diplomatic nod to her hosts.

Quick Hit Two: She pivoted back to her favorite designer, Natan, for the next two outings. I prefer the outfit without the jacket, which you can see at ModekoninginMathilde. A few astute internet observers have pointed out the outfit’s resemblance to Tils Benelux Sister In Sartorial Adventures, Max.

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Quick Hit Three: The state banquet was “smart” dress, not a tiara occasion. No big jewels, but there was some sparkle added to the pale blue pleated skirt, again by Natan. Tils also sported some lovely blue topaz earrings, which some think might have been an inheritance from Fabiola.

Quick Hit Four: Tils in jaunty red, unidentifed designer. But my favorite! The color is great for her and she just seems happy and youthful in this ensemble.

Denmark

Mary made a quick unofficial visit down to Ethiopia in support of her favorite causes: equality and rights for women and girls. For more information on the trip, and some incredible photos, see Style of Mary

Quick Hit One: Mary was the guest of honor at dinner hosted by Ethiopia’s first female President, Sahle-Work Zewde. She became Ethiopia’s first female president last year. Mary is wearing a Vilshenko printed midi dress – a mirror image of a white version we have seen in the past.

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Etiopien fik sidste år sin første kvindelige præsident, og i aftes havde hun inviteret H.K.H. Kronprinsessen og udviklingsminister Ulla Tørnæs på middag i anledning af deres besøg i det østafrikanske land. Med høje ambitioner på særligt ligestillingsdagsordenen satte Etiopiens premierminister sidste år et nyt ministerhold, hvor der er lige dele kvinder og mænd. Den etiopiske regering har ambitioner om at skabe lige muligheder på det sociale og økonomiske område, og kvinder markerer sig i stigende grad som iværksættere og virksomhedsledere. I den forbindelse besøgte Kronprinsessen og udviklingsministeren i denne uge Etiopien. Besøget havde fokus på FN’s verdensmål 5 om ligestilling mellem kønnene og kvinder og pigers rettigheder og muligheder.

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Quick HIt Two: Mary is just like us! She is wearing a Malene Birger blouse and practical pair of North Face pants, which I do believe I have seen in my own closet. Quite down to earth for visiting the children in a school at Shire.

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I går ankom H.K.H. Kronprinsessen til byen Shire i regionen Tigray, hvor én af Etiopiens største flygtningebefolkninger befinder sig. Her mødte Hendes Kongelige Højhed både en gruppe skoleelever, der har fået bidrag fra Dansk Flygtningehjælp, og en gruppe uledsagede mindreårige, der udgør en stor beskyttelsesudfordring i de etiopiske flygtningelejre. De mindreårige er ofte flygtet alene med henblik på at blive genforenet med familiemedlemmer, der i nogle tilfælde flygtede for flere år siden. Onsdagens besøg var sidste del af Kronprinsessens besøg i Etiopien sammen med udviklingsminister Ulla Tørnes. Her har Kronprinsessen og ministeren i to dage besøgt det østafrikanske land med fokus på FN’s femte verdensmål om ligestilling mellem kønnene. 📸 Ida Marie Odgaard, Ritzau Scanpix ©️

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That’s it folks! Whew, time for everyone to REST.

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Another week another recap! Hit the beat boys and let’s go.

Bhutan

I wasn’t joking when I said that I would feature them every week if I could. This brought me to tears, particularly when I saw the young man had a photo of the previous year with him almost every year.

Belgium

Queen Mathilde attended the opera performance ‘Push’. The story in Push is based on the true experiences of Simon Gronowski during World War II. Gronowski was put on a deportation transport to Auschwitz in 1943, but managed to escape. Tils is sporting a coat by Natan, but I didn’t need to add that for you to know that, right?

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During the Week of Care, Tils visited DVC Heilig Hart in Deinze, a home for children and adults with mental disabilities.  The blue suit is Giorgi Armani and I think it’s a very flattering one for her. Suits suit her ; ). She is also wonderful with everyone, a real asset to the royal family. New My Royals has more details on the clothes and the events.

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Spain

Letizia and Felipe presided over the delivery of National Culture Awards at the Prado National Museum in Madrid, Spain. The Queen wore a Lurex-details silk midi dress by Intropia, and LODI Burgundy Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps.

Letizia channels Christmas! Well, not really, but this dress pings more fall and/or winter to me than spring. There is also something about the bodice that I am not finding entirely flattering. Felipe is the one who grabs my attention here, exuding his usual grave charm.

We last saw this dress on a state visit to Peru in November 2018. It may have been the approaching holiday season, but I remember liking this dress better at that time. I may have been dazzled by my favorite pair of shoes, her LODI ‘Sara’ ombre patent pumps. Queen Letizia Style blog has all the details on that previous outing.

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Denmark

The Queen and the second-in-command headed out of the country, and look who they left in charge. That’s right, the elegant Princess Benedikte is currently regent, and I don’t know about you, but I feel the country is in capable hands. Also, a book has been written about her for her seventy-fifth birthday. Anyone care to learn Danish and read it to us?

Mary returned from Texas and got right back into it. I don’t know about you, but I would need at least a week of R & R after that flight. Mary she didn’t miss a beat. Style of Mary has lots of details, but the short story is that grey dress is Prada, the colorful blouse is Erdem, and those grey pumps are bringing me life.

Japan

As the abdication approaches, the 30 year anniversary celebrations continue. The Imperial family gathers here for a Gagaku performance. The lovely kimonos are front and center.

Prince Hisahito has graduated from elementary school, and the graduate and his parents look mighty pleased about all of it.

Jordan

Sometimes I think Rania should wear local dress like this all the time. There is something about the combination of colors and patterns that just works for her.

Iran

Yes, you read that correctly! Not a current royal house, but an interesting piece of news from the former Empress, Farah Pavlavi, on Twitter. There is something very haunting about these photos to me.

So what do you think? Did we miss your favorite? If so, let us know in the comments. Until we meet up again next week, farvel, all!

Royal Recap

Royal Recap

So much going on everywhere! It’s busy royal season. Let’s move on briskly. You know the drill, scroll through the entire masterpiece or use the table of contents to get to your area of interest, fast.

Bhutan

What, you didn’t think International Women’s Day made it out to Bhutan? Well, it did, and in its usual colorful fashion. Royal Bhutan Airlines has its first all women’s crew, and the Gyaltsuen posed with them to commemorate the day. I love this country more and more every day.

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8 March 2019: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with the all-women crew of @drukair_royalbhutanairlines flight KB 130 this morning to Bangkok from Paro, on International Women’s Day. Her Majesty congratulated the women, who made history by being the first all-women crew to operate a Druk Air flight. The crew included the country’s first female Captain, Ugyen Dema, Sr. First Officer ,Sonam Lhamo, and the country’s first female licensed flight engineer, Sonam Deki Tshering, along with all-women cabin crew, push back team, check-in, catering, and other ground staff. Druk Air employs 168 women, who constitute 35.44% of its total workforce. According to Druk Air, the milestone flight celebrates the indispensible contribution of women to the airline and the aviation industry, and intends to inspire more women to join the aviation industry in the future. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #QueenofBhutan #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay #DrukAir #RoyalBhutanAirlines #balanceforbetter #Bhutan #TheRoyalFamilyofBhutan Courtesy : @queenjetsunpema

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Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, the Grand Duchess did her part for Women’s Day, standing up for survivors of abuse. MT has been bringing attention to this serious issue for years.

Spain

My favorite Queen was spotted charming my favorite Prince. Charles and Letizia attended the opening of ‘Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light’ at the National Gallery. Yes, hand kissing was on the agenda. Letizia’s dress was Carolina Herrera, according to Queen Letizia Style. I sort of wish she had worn the runway version shown at the link.

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Belgium

Queen Mathilde was almost as busy as the Countess of Wessex. She spent the week splashing her colorful fashion choices across her country. She attended a meeting on gender equality in Liège, and also hosted a lunch meeting for International Women’s Day.

Sweden

Here are two for my Vickan in a side part ponytail and business suit file.

No business suits to be seen in Miami, where Madeleine continues to live her best life. She has taken to the beach in winter like the proverbial duck to water.

Netherlands

Princess Margriet displayed how the fashionable woman takes on biking! As she should know since she’s was born to it – both being fashionable and biking.

Monaco

Albert turned 61 this week and I totally wish he had just gone for 61 of these rockets on his cake, but I suspect the fire department might have to be involved.

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Happy Birthday 🎂 ❤️🎈

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Note: We recently reorganized our category files into countries here at The Handbag. We noticed, despite our best intentions, that we are skewing heavily toward British coverage. There have been a number of highly covered events in Britain lately, and frankly, it’s easier for us to find photos of the Brits at work. We are working to balance our coverage, and the recap is one place where we hope to cover other folks more thoroughly. We are trying an experiment, putting all the random British activities into a new category, the “Brit Brief”. It will be a highlight of the British weekly activities during the busy royal season. If there are major events, we’ll cover them separately. When the busy season recedes, we’ll roll the British royals back into the recap.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at all the stuff we either missed during the week or simply feel we must revisit. As always, read through the entire epic or use the table of contents to head to your area of interest.

Spain

Letizia and Felipe attended an In Memoriam Concert for victims of terrorism. Lovely and appropriate Hugo Boss dress on the Queen, but it’s the earrings that grab your attention.

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Sweden

I was taken with both Sil’s hair and suit here. She and the King made an official visit to the European Institutions at the European Council. She is, as always, an elegant and consistent presence on the scene.

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Victoria appeared at a Google event, pressing the flesh and adding a royal presence to the proceedings. I was fascinated by the volume in her ponytail and the elegant manicure. The blazer and blouse combo is giving me unfortunate eighties flashbacks.

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Netherlands

I was charmed by this retrospective of Max in the royal lady pants (and one dotted dress) that a clever Instagrammer put together. I mean, I myself would never wear any of this but the fact she does just endears her to me. The fact remains that Max is a very busy lady, out and about all the time. Consider that she wore this array of plaid, cuffs and sparkles in February alone. More on her recent appearances to come next week.

Japan

Everyone in the family gathered for the Emperor’s Thirtieth Jubilee and sipped their way through several tea parties. Scroll through for some gorgeous kimonos and cheerful faces. For the brooch crowd, there are some interesting pieces on display. We are on countdown for the retirement after this…

Norway

Ack, they cut into Haakon’s gorgeous ears! Seriously, he had some minor surgery and was up and about immediately, it seems. Health vibes, handsome!

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has undergone surgery this morning. The statement from the Royal Court: His Royal Highness The Crown Prince will today, on Monday, March 4, 2019, have a minor surgical intervention for exostosis in the ear canal. The surgical procedure takes place at Rikshospitalet in Oslo. As a result of the intervention, the Crown Prince will have a reduced program for the next two weeks. I wish him a speedy recovery! – Hans Kongelige Høyhet Kronprinsen skal i dag, mandag 4. mars 2019, få foretatt et mindre kirurgisk inngrep for exostose i øregangen. Det kirurgiske inngrepet finner sted på Rikshospitalet i Oslo. Kronprinsen vil som følge av inngrepet ha et redusert program de nærmeste to ukene. God bedring 🙏

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Denmark

It feels like it’s been more than a minute since we last checked in with Mary. Here she is, appearing at the EliteForsk (Elite Research) awards. She wore a high necked Dolce and Gabbana red dress, which has injected me with a nice dose of energy in this groggy March.