Belgium · Netherlands · Sweden

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

The hofdames are on summer vacation for the next two weeks. Never fear, posts will pop up daily, but they will be of the easy breezy summer type. Since Wimbledon is on hiatus for the year, we’ll have some quick look backs at iconic previous Wimbledon events, we have guest post with a fun scavenger hunt activity, and the intrepid LiL continues with her Designer Diary Thursday series. You won’t be bored, but this Bits will have to do for two weeks.


Max and Wax have been out and about. The Belgians released a family photo and everyone is tall, tall, tall. And leggy! See it all here.


I don’t know about you, but when Captain Sweden and the lovely Sils get their summer on, I am reminded of sherbet and ices and all kinds of summer glory. I know summer is brief in that part of the world and I applaud that they dress to dive in and just enjoy it.


Well, darn you Duchess for just missing my print post by a day. The opinions on prints were decidedly mixed there, but I think Kate looks very summery. She would fit right in walking hand in hand with Sils and CG.

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I feel like we haven’t checked in with Mary lately, but even without our oversight she continues with her stylish ways. The message here is worthy, but my shallow side is simply marveling over her master class in earring and neckline combination.

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Som protektor for Copenhagen 2021, der er fællesbetegnelsen for LGBTI+-begivenhederne WorldPride og EuroGames, holdt H.K.H. Kronprinsessen i dag tale ved eventet Global Pride, som er et 24-timers online event med talere og kunstneriske indslag fra hele verden. Det virtuelle event er svar på de mange aflysninger af nationale Pride-arrangementer verden over pga COVID19. Se hele Hendes Kongelige Højheds tale her. ⁣ ⁣ Til næste år er København vært for det internationale event Copenhagen 2021, der har til formål at sikre lige rettigheder for LGBTI+-personer over hele verden. Copenhagen 2021 finder sted den 12.-22. august i 2021 i København og Malmø.⁣ ⁣ 🎥 Global Pride ©

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This is for LiL, and all those dreaming of vacationing abroad while we are all stuck in our respective countries. There is joy in staycationing, but I invite you to join me in fantasizing about visiting the summer palace of Oscarshall, on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo.

Please add anything I may have missed, and we’ll see everyone in two weeks! Enjoy the quick pop-up posts in the meantime.

Japan · Netherlands · Spain · Sweden

Random Royaling – Florals and Prints

I like them. Either I have been worn down or these are just good prints.

Felipe and Letizia continue their tour around the country. In Majorca, Letizia wore a print dress by Maje, and another pair of lace up shoes by Mint and Rose. She accessorized with a nice tan, of which I am envious.

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I wish we had a better photo and more intel on Victoria’s dress. It might be among the best print I have ever seen her wear. Daniel and Victoria were visiting various sites around Stockholm to review progress against Covid 19.

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I dag och i går genomförde Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel fyra besök i Stockholmsområdet relaterade till covid-19-pandemin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Med besöken önskade Kronprinsessparet att dels uppmärksamma företag och organisationer som ställt om med anledning av pandemin, dels visa uppskattning till sjukvården. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer på ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 Kungafamiljen är angelägen om att visa sitt stöd för de insatser som görs i olika delar av samhället för att bekämpa covid-19-pandemin. Genom samtal, digitala möten och besök informerar sig Kungafamiljen om hur pandemin påverkar Sverige. Besök planeras utifrån rådande rekommendationer och med en strävan att inte i onödan ta verksamheternas tid och resurser i anspråk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Victor Ericsson/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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I am really soothed by the gentle print on Masako’s suit. It adds a nice summery note to her usual daywear. She and Naruhito were receiving a briefing on elder care.

Polka dots? Navy? I don’t know if I could love Margriet any more. This is a fresh and lively look for a visit to the Red Cross in Utrecht. She is the honorary Chair of the Red Cross in the Netherlands.

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⁣Prinses Margriet bezoekt het Rode Kruis in Utrecht. Het bezoek staat in het teken van de werkzaamheden van het Rode Kruis in de bestrijding van de coronapandemie. Prinses Margriet is erevoorzitter van het Nederlandse Rode Kruis.⠀ ⠀ De Prinses gaat in gesprek met vrijwilligers over hun inzet en werkzaamheden tijdens de coronapandemie. Zo is er o.a. een belteam dat belt met mensen die om hulp hebben gevraagd via het landelijk telefoonnummer van het Rode Kruis.⠀ ⠀ Ook spreekt Prinses Margriet met betrokkenen over o.a. een coronatestlocatie voor mensen die met de fiets of te voet komen, die het Rode Kruis Utrecht in samenwerking met de GGD heeft opgezet. Daarnaast wordt gesproken over de voedselpakketten van het Rode Kruis voor mensen die door de coronacrisis hulpbehoevend zijn geworden.⠀ ⠀ #werkbezoek #rodekruis #coronavirus #covid19 #prinsesmargriet #prinses #princess #royalvisit #Utrecht @rodekruis 📸Rode Kruis – Arie Kievit

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Let’s toss a throwback in here. It fits our print theme. Aren’t the Haga princesses just lovely here?

Weigh in on the florals: yeah or nay?


Ten Best for the Tenth Anniversary – Tiaras

Continuing our look at Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding for their tenth anniversary, today we are tackling tiaras!

These are in no particular order, just our faves from the day.

Crown Princess Victoria and the Cameo Tiara

Starting with the star of the day, Vickan and the Cameo. This was the first time a lot of royal watchers got to see the Cameo in action, and Vickan hit it out of the park. Vickan also wore the earrings and bracelet from the Cameo Parure.

Crown Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and the Rosecut Bandeau

We all thought at the time that Max, our magpie princess, would bring out a big gun for Vickan’s wedding. Well, she didn’t, but that didn’t mean she didn’t bring out the carats. Máxima wore the Rosecut Bandeau along with a smattering of other diamonds.

Crown Princess Mary and the Ruby Tiara

Crown Princess Mary wore most of the Ruby Parure, with this being the first event with the remodeled tiara. She switched out the chandelier earrings for the ruby stud and a pearl drop.

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara

Princess Laurentien went for a slightly cyclops-y look with Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara, replacing the central diamond with a ruby. She accessorized one of OC’s fave tiaras with some magnificent earrings from the Dutch vault.

Princess Letizia, Princess of Asturias and the Spanish Floral Tiara

Princess Letizia dug into the Spanish vaults and pulled out one of LIL’s fave tiaras: The Spanish Floral. She also wore her Wedding Earrings, which were a nice romantic touch.

Princess Christina of Sweden and the 6 Button Tiara

Princess Christina wore the one tiara that she rocks better than anyone else, The 6 Button Tiara. Also worn a magnificent pearl choker and small pearl brooch.

Queen Silvia of Sweden and the Braganca Tiara

As was fitting for the wedding of the heir, Queen Silvia broke out the big gun of the Swedish vaults: The Braganca Tiara. Along with the amazing tiara, she wore the Russian Pink Topaz Demi Parure.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Queen Maud’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore (for the first time) the smaller version of Maud’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara. While I wish she had worn it a touch more foreward, less headband-y, a tiara debut is always something we enjoy. She also wore another of Maud’s jewels, the brooch that was gifted to Maud from the Drapers’ Company on her wedding.

Princess Benedikte of Denmark and the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara

Princess Benedikte broke out her big gun, the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara (you know I had to get one fringe in here). Bene wore the SWB Fringe with the Diamond Fan Earrings and her portion of Queen Alexandrine’s Sautoir Necklace (both inherited from Queen Ingrid, who was originally a Swedish Princess – nice throwback Bene).

Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara

Hereditary Princess Kelly wore a tiara that is a bit divisive here: some love it, some think it should be in the dress-up box: The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turqouise Tiara. Part of a parure that it is thought was gifted to Princess Victoria Adelheid of Schleswig-Holstein upon her marriage to Duke Carl Eduard of SCG.


Random Royaling – Victoria and Daniel Official Portrait

We’re rounding out our week of all Vic and Dan, all the time. They provided a handy wrap-up by releasing an official photo, and it is a beauty.

Per New My Royals, it appears Victoria’s dress is a floaty, feminine floral by Frida Jonsvens. Be still my heart, it even has a small, transparent train. It is wonderful on her, and coordinates well with the gardens at Gustav III’s pavilion at the Haga Palace. Daniel is not so shabby, either. As a perennial fan of hair bling, I applaud the flowing hair and the deployment of the hair ornament (alas not identified).

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Thank you for being with us through this week of a wonderful retrospective. I hope Victoria and Daniel enjoy celebrating their anniversary as much as we did re-living it.

If you liked this remember that in about ten months we have another big ten year anniversary coming up!

Sweden · Tiaras

Ten Best for the Tenth Anniversary-Wedding Guest Attire

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times here on the Bag…THIS is the event that keeps on giving. These guests are in no particular order, until the very last (and best according to this Hofdame). Let’s get down to business!

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think we can all agree this is a fine appearance in a striking uniform.

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Princess Tatiana of the Hellenes

For some reason, this gown just screams junior Greek royal family to me. It’s a bit seaside, a bit floaty, and a bit glam all at the same time.

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Parents of the groom, Olle and Ewa Westling

Both of these people have a LOT of sartorial competition and I think they each did more than holding their own. Mrs. Westling looks lovely in what looks to be a dove gray somewhat traditional mother dress. Mr. Westling can do white tie just as well as anyone.

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Daisy brought her A-game in the Green Apple Awesomeness.

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

The striking entry into the division is worthy of discussion. Black and white with red accents kept true to this princess’s quirky style.

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King Abdullah of Jordan

He always smartens up nicely. Throw in white tie and hey there!

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Parents of the bride, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Mom brought out baby pink for her baby girl’s wedding and Captain Sweden shines in full regalia.

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Queen Anne Marie of the Hellenes

I mayyyy be cheating a bit with this entry as it could be I love Anne Marie’s outfit because of the fine ruby parure suite accompanying the navy gown.

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Princess Claire of Belgium

This princess is often turned out quite nicely, but I find this red gown to be one of her finer appearances.

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Hofdame’s Choice

We’ve come to the end of our post. It should be no surprise that Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo is my winner here. You can read more about this fabulosity in our Masterpiece Theater entry for this ensemble.

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What say you? Who were some of your favorite entries in the wedding guest division? Show us a photo and tell us why you love the appearance in the comments!