Random Royaling – Swedish Royal House Updates

We will pull this out of the Bits and Bobs discussion so that people can find it more easily. There was a big announcement from the Swedish Royal House this morning. Thank you to our community member ellendiane for bringing this to our attention.

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Tidigare i dag fattade H.M. Konungen beslut om att begränsa den krets av personer som ska ingå i Det Kungl. Huset. Syftet med Kungens beslut är att tydliggöra vilka personer som kan förväntas ha offentliga åtaganden på Kungens uppdrag. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dagens beslut innebär i korthet att Prins Alexander, Prins Gabriel, Prinsessan Leonore, Prins Nicolas och Prinsessan Adrienne inte längre ska tillhöra Det Kungl. Huset och inte längre ha ställning som Kungliga Högheter. De tillhör dock fortsatt Den Kungl. Familjen och behåller sina titlar som prins/prinsessa respektive hertig/hertiginna. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Klicka på länk i bio för ytterligare information. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Sandra Birgersdotter Ek/Kungl. Hovstaterna (bild 1)

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Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Phillip both posted on their Instagram, applauding the decision. You can find those posts in the Bits and Bobs comments.

It is big news and worthy of discussion. I know I am personally fascinated. We can wonder whether other royal houses will follow suit, but let’s not tell them they have to. In other words, let’s keep our speculation on the Handbag side, which is to say let’s keep it light and positive!

Britain · Denmark · Lesotho · Sweden

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

October is a busy month as everyone is back in full swing in royal-land. We are also back into our groove, including royal weddings on Tuesdays, What If Wednesday, and tiaras on Friday. This Thursday we have a fascinating guest post on deck, one that you won’t want to miss. You are going to be very envious of Royal Warren(t)’s summer vacation.

We will resume with the Hofdame Hall of Fame in two weeks, where we will be taking a look at the Empress Emeritus Michiko’s evening wear. We know you need two weeks to think about that one!

Crown Princesses Princessing

Mary took a quick two-day working visit to Morocco to attend a youth innovation forum. She participated in a fun run, making exercise look easy. Her arrival dress was the black and white dress by Vilshenko, and she wore a beautiful print skirt on the second day. For close up photos, see New My Royals.

Victoria brought back the veiled hat look for the annual meeting of the Swedish Church in Uppsala. She also demonstrated the power of a monochromatic look, including accessories. The dress is by Camilla Thulin.

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First Tiara Sighting

Well this is exciting and unexpected. Princess Senate Seeiso, of Lesotho, who is now 18, and had official photographs released. They are beautiful, so head to the African Royalties blog to see some great images. She also wore a tiara, which is a possible birthday present although I can’t find anything confirming that. She is an impressive person, whose work to end child marriage we have highlighted previously.

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The war is over 🎀

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This and That

Proof positive that you can wear a kilt anywhere. Prince Charles climbed into an excavator at the headquarters of W M McDonald, a construction and civil engineering company.

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We thought our own Onegin might be interested in this one.

An inconic Egyptian royal necklace has surfaced.

Our resident historian, archivist and fact-digger-upper, geogirl, has unearthed a couple of interesting stories for you! Did Queen Alexandra enamel her face to remain youthful? Also, how many times does the current Queen Elizabeth wear a hat? Another book for the royal book nook.

What did I miss?


Random Royaling – Sils and Maddie Sparkle

Remember last week? (Neither do I, ha!) We talked about the royals converging in New York City? Well, Sils and Maddie are there, a week later, to attend the annual Thank You Gala for The World Childhood Foundation. The Foundation was established by Queen Silvia twenty years ago to end childhood exploitation.

Since it’s a gala, and it’s the Swedish royals, there are sparkles a plenty.

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There is no designer identification on Silvia’s white gown, but it is pretty on her, right? and Madeleine wore a repeat, the Temperley London gown and a Jimmy Choo clutch. The Royals and I has details and some additional photos.

What do you think of the mid-week sparkle-fest?

Photoshops · Sweden

What if Wednesday: Clothing

Clothing is always fun to do, even if it can be a bit challenging. Changing colors of items is super simple though, and we’ll be taking a look at that today.

First up is Crown Princess Victoria at the Cambridge wedding. That was A LOT of peach. I’m no fan of that particular color on anyone, so I thought a change was needed. Even different colored accessories helped. I can’t remember who it was that asked for the scarf on the right in the second slide, but while a bit heavy for a wedding I think it would do well at a different event.

Let’s stick with Sweden and see what can be done with BIG RED. For the record, I LOVE BIG RED as is. I really do. Hopefully we’ll see it again soon.

Last up is a mini-Sofia switch up. Some wanted to see her gown from her first Nobel ceremony switched from raspberry into a more traditional fall pallet.

What do you think of the color changes? I think my favorites are the purple and green changes to Sofia’s. How about you?

Netherlands · Norway · Sweden

Royal Wedding Gowns – Deceptively Simple

Welcome our Royal Wedding Gown summer series, which has now evolved into a autumn series. This is where we look at royal gowns from a different perspective. Let’s take a look at gowns that seem simple but could only be rendered that way by the most elusive of qualities: impeccable tailoring. In other words, it takes a lot of work and money to look that simple.

Previous entries in this series can be found in the Recurring Feature section, Weddings, in our sidebar.

Bride: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Designer: Pär Engsheden

When we say “deceptively simple royal wedding dress”, this is the one that comes to most minds. Princess Victoria’s cream-colored duchess silk dress is so unadorned it depends on a perfect fit for its wow factor. I’d say the dress delivers.

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The dress has a fitted bodice which is tucked into a wide cummerbund at the waist. The dress features short sleeves and a turned-out collar, and a row of buttons down the back. The dress sported two trains: a shorter train that flowed from the skirt, and for the ceremony, a detachable train nearly 5 meters long, as befits a crown princess.

Most royal watchers know that Victoria nodded to tradition by wearing the Cameo Tiara, believed to be a gift from Napoleon to his wife, Empress Josephine. She added the heirloom Swedish lace veil, worn by three of the King’s sisters, her grandmother and her own mother.

Bride: Infanta Cristina of Spain
Designer: Lorenzo Caprile 

From a distance, it looks almost unadorned, but zoom in and you’ll see plenty of flattering detail. It just looks like a super simple dress, but is actually a cleverly designed and perfectly tailored gown, which suited the bride to a T. Featuring a princess line silhouette, the gown is made from Valencia silk, and shaped in a princess line. Unusually for a royal, the neckline exposes her shoulders, but is cut high so there is no hint of immodesty. The dress also features silver embroidery, both at the waist and across the 3 meter train.

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Cristina finished her ensemble with the Mellerio floral tiara, the Spanish heirloom veil, and a soft chignon.

Bride: Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Designer: Balmain

There was so much craziness surrounding this wedding it makes some of the current royal kerfuffles look sane. It’s definitely worth a trip back to the Order of Splendor entry for a refresher, if you have forgotten. However, we are here for the dress, which ranks among my favorites.

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Princess Irene chose Balmain as her designer, and, as we say now, he got her. He understood her figure and provided a design that accentuated her thin torso and tiny waist. Done up in white silk, with a bolero jacket over a fitted bodice, the dress featured a wide boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. The skirt flared dramatically from the waist and flowed into a long train. The dress included trim on the bolero of Bruges lace, which was also used on the wedding gown of Irene and Carlos Hugo’s daughter Princess Carolina . (Another favorite gown of mine, but not deceptively simple in the least.)

Even the washed out photos from the past cannot erase the fact that the dress fit like a dream. She received the Bourbon-Parma diamond tiara as a wedding gift, and she used it to anchor the long tulle veil. As an aside, this tiara was later reported as stolen and has not been seen in public since. We here at the Handbag mourn the loss of this great beauty.

Which is your favorite "simple" wedding gown?