I just watched 58 minutes of a documentary where I did not UNDERSTAND ONE WORD and remained totally riveted because the jewels are just so so beautiful. I encourage those non-Swedish speakers to do the same, particularly if you are a jewel lover. There are so many up close shots, and so many scenes of events we have seen (weddings, Nobel ceremonies) that will be fun to revisit.
A couple of notes before I leave this to our community and to those who understand this much better than I do. Silvia, Victoria and Christina all have much deeper voices than I expected. At approximately the 20 minute mark, the Swedish hairdresser comes in to show his magic, and it is mesmerizing. Immediately following are scenes of the Cameo at Victoria’s wedding, and the pure joy jumps off the screen. If you are a lover of late 18th and 19th century European portraiture, you are in for a treat. The Cut Steel? It’s amazing up close and it’s en tremblant – which I did not know.
If you are on Twitter, follow JR. He is unspooling information about the documentary bit by bit and he is always worth a listen.
The Cut steel parure was not found by Queen Silvia herself while rummaging through the cupboards of the Royal Palace but by historian Göran Malm in the palace Silver chamber while doing an inventory before an exhibition about Karl XIV Johan in the 1970s pic.twitter.com/Dh18fkBRjY
The tiara, which is very fragile, is a big favourite of Crown Princess Victoria who delights in it being set en tremblant & the feeling of it’s slight tremble as she moves her head. Because of it’s fragility she only wears it to events where she knows that there’ll be no dancing pic.twitter.com/fOA3zAKcJx
One of the few benefits of the present sequestering is that we get to see much more of the personal working spces of royals. Voyeur that I am, I love this. I know a few of you do, too, if the “guess the photo on the table” game we play whenever we post a photo of HerMaj at an audience is any indication. It’s also interesting to see how difference cultures and different tastes play out in royal decor.
Here’s a sampling of the interior of a few royal studies. You lucked out in that I did not include a photo of me in sweats at my Ikea desk. We’ll stick to the more glamorous people.
I wonder, if like many of us, if Philippe is camped out temporarily at the dining room table?
The Queen holds her first ever audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson from her study at Windsor. Not too many family photos in view, but I am intrigued by the many porcelain animal sculptures on disply.
William and Kate are at work,too, in what looks like Kensington Palace offices. I am speculating that it’s not Anmer since they are wearing the clothes they wore for their last appearance in London. Bonus points for guessing the books on Kate’s desk.
If you take even a cursory tour through Getty, you’ll see that WAX has been energized by this virus, and has been everywhere (six feet from everyone). He is great at this kinging business. It’s almost a shame to show him sitting, but this is a royal room post, so here we are. Who is in that photo behind him?
My favorite interiors are in this country. We featured Haakon yesterday in his office, but I think he likes to move around the palace. It looks like he is in the living room here, but correct me if you think I am wrong. He keeps up the sartorial standards, anyway. It’s also a good time to peek back at Harald in the best office ever.
I hope one of our Swedish community members can identify which palace Victoria and Daniel are in here, because this is a great room for an audience. I am mentally moving everyone several feet apart in my mind, though. This was back a couple of weeks ago.
The Duchess of Brabant has returned home and the family is reunited. The family continues their efforts to keep loneliness at bay for thos seniors confined to care centers by making breakfast and phone calls.
Maxima paid a visit to a plant nursery, lending the royal support to a company who has seen their business plummet during the crisis. I applaud the Namaste greeting, and the social distancing on display.
The Swedish royals have stepped up to provide support to organizations still open and servicing customers. While the King and Queen remain isolated, Sofia and Carl have visited grocery stores, and Victoria and Daniel completed a series of visits, including one to a military field hospital.
The Swedish Double Diamond Bandeau. A headband? A black tie tiara? A hair ornament in general? Doesn’t matter. Let’s get this puppy cleaned up and on display! You can read more about it at Order of Sartorial Splendor.
What royal pieces are so underused you consider it a crime? Share a photo and why you’d like to see it worn again in the comments!