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Everyone’s busy this time of year so let’s just hustle on into the royal news of the day.


The British royals released Christmas cards, the Princess Royal attended the Sovereign’s Parade, and the Prince of Wales visited Wales. See it all here.

The Netherlands

Friend-to-the-blog Gert-Jan took some lovely photos of The Princess of Orange at her first State Council last week. As always, we are so lucky to feature these unique views of the event here. All are copyright Gert-Jan, so please do not reproduce them elsewhere.

For those of you who are not on the cape train, this might be a difficult season. Everyone is in capes these days, including Maxima. She attended the taping of a Christmas music gala television show, wearing

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A blog dedicated entirely to Princess Laurentien would not go amiss. She always gives us a statement piece or two to talk about, and her causes are close to my heart. She supported “reading for pleasure” during a recent visit to the Education Museum. She looks smashing in her Ba&Sh dress and dramatic earrings.

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Prince Constantijn, honorary chairman of the Prince Claus fund, was interviewed in the Burgerzaal by Keng Sen Ong, artistic director of the program. Since 1996, the Prince Claus Fund has honored artists, thinkers, and organizations in areas where cultural expression is under pressure.


The Hereditary Grand Duchess took her date to her a brewery last week. New My Royals has better photos of Stephanie’s jacket, and UFONoMore has details on it. It’s by Carolina Herrera and I can’t help but think it really belongs in Caroline of Monaco’s closet.


“Show me something in green, please!” Colorful Tils, the hardworking Queen Mathilde, is happy to oblige. She visited with some Belgian female farmers wearing a repeated Natan dress and matching coat, which I somehow missed the first time around. Hit up ModekoninginMathilde for the details.


Putting this photo of the glamorous sisters-in-law of Greece out there because I don’t often see these two together, but you know they probably are a lot!


Maybe we should add Hisako to the Laurentien “statement piece” blog? In this case, she attended a competition at Osaka University wearing a bold necklace and earring combination that we should all take time to appreciate.

Official portraits were released on the occasion of the Empress’ 58th birthday. I am fond of the Empress’ suit because it hits that sweet spot between completely appropriate and just a little zazz. The Emperor’s coordination is just very sweet in my eyes.


We haven’t ended with Benedikte in a long time, but let’s do it!

Tiaras in the Wild

Are you a woodland sprite or a nymph? Here is a tiara in the wild that might take your fancy!


Bring the comments on, one and all! We’ll be here all week waiting for your royal news.