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Well, our fabulous run of State Visits has hit a bit of a bump, due to the increasing number of Covid 19 cases in Europe. The Belgian State Visit to Italy scheduled for December 1st and 2nd has been significantly shortened. Queen Mathilde will stay home, while King Philippe will travel with a small delegation for a one-day trip on December 1, 2021.

Also, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) in Japan is considering canceling the 2022 New Year General Public Greetings on January 2 due to the pandemic. The event was also canceled in 2021.

Let’s hope for good health for everyone, and focus on the anticipation of the fabulous upcoming 2022. Two Jubilees! In the meantime, we send out wishes for all Baguettes to stay safe and healthy.


Prince William presented at the Tusk Awards, Queen Maxima visited the event “Thrive Amsterdam Mentally Healthy” supported by mental health institute MIND wearing some vivid orange, and then donned a brimmed chapeau to accept the first copy of the photo book of the Stichting Haags Verhaal at the Museum Beeld en Geluid. See it all here.

Handbag Instagram

Over at Instagram this week, we highlighted a junior type of state visit ; ).


The Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex attended the Rifles Awards Dinner at the City of London Guildhall. Camilla took over as Colonel-in-chief of The Rifles from the late Duke of Edinburgh in July 2020. Camilla had the perfect neckline for her Saudi Emerald Necklace, fondly known as the Chicklet Necklace around these parts. She also wore her badge that was commissioned by The Rifles.  For her part, Sophie looked elegant in her repeated Emilia Wickstead. She wore two silver brooches, one the shape of a flower and the Bugle Horn of the Rifles badge pinned underneath.

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Let’s not forget the Duchess of Gloucester (her husband, the Duke, was also there) looking striking in blue and wearing her diamond clips.

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Decorations are up at Windsor Castle, including an exhibit of the costumes Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret wore during Christmas pantomimes.


The Crown Prince and Princess hosted a dinner at Skaugum to honor victims and survivors of the July 22, 2011, terrorist attacks in Norway. The Crown Princess wore a long sparkling H & M skirt and a CO sweater.

The Netherlands

Princess Beatrix paid a three-day visit to Curaçao, focusing on nature organizations within the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), activities of social organizations, art, young people, and the impact of the corona pandemic on the island. She fit right in here – I doubt anyone not in the know would pick her out as anything but a European tourist on a sunshine holiday.

The Princess also attended the Jantje Beton award ceremony, where they honored Culemborg as the most play-friendly city, I admire the total commitment to autumnal colors here, and the return of the Beatrix approved Prominent Hat Pin and Cake Hat.

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Tis the season for Christmas markets, which are tentatively opening up throughout Europe. Given the pandemic situation we don’t know how long they will continue to be bustling, so let’s enjoy this festive visit by Prince Joachim and Princess Marie while we can.

Her Majesty the Queen has once again sensed our tiara longing and released a photo to celebrate her 2022 Golden Jubilee. Bless you, Daisy, you know how to Queen.


The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel attended various events in Skåne County to investigate the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the population and various institutions. The Crown Princess went chic black and white, which I always feel works for her. She paired her cable knit sweater from & Other Stories with a skirt by Stand Studio in faux leather. She also wore new Sania D’Mina boots.

Uganda (Tooro Kingdom)

The Queen Mother of the Tooro Kingdom hosted the Royal Gala dinner, held during the annual cultural festival, Ekyooto Tooro. I thought you all might like to see some pretty sparkly dresses. Among her other projects, the Queen Mother promotes the Tooro culture through dress design.


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