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A little more light creeps into our lives every day here in the north country. Here’s hoping it spreads far and wide, no matter where you live.


The Prince of Wales was incredibly busy this week. Check out his latest appearances here.

Fifty for the Fiftieth

Like many of you, I never really associated Mary with stellar hat outings. I was wrong, she not only wears them but wears them exceedingly well. Large brims, headbands, calots, even cloques. Bring them on, the Crown Princess will work her magic.

This wrapped up our “Fifty for the Fiftieth” project. It was so much fun, more so than we even anticipated. If you want to relive some of the magic, here are the choices for the top ten daytime lookscoatsmaternity wear, and evening wear. Thank you all for your enthusiastic participation!


Princess Marie attended the 100th anniversary of Folkekirkens Nødhjælp (Danish Church Aid), an organization that is currently providing support to Ukrainian refugees. The Princess wore a Sandro coat and Emilia Wickstead blouse. She also wore a brooch from the organization. You can see the breakdown on her ensemble at Princess Marie’s Closet.


They are so low-key as to be barely visible, but the Litchies did crop up on our radar while visiting this exhibition. Hello folks!


Apparently, there are major renovations going on at Buck House and the Queen has “permanently” moved to Windsor. I think that has always been the home of her heart, at least close to London, so it seems appropriate.

We don’t cover her much, but Princess Anne is consistently one of the hardest working British royals. Last week alone she visited a helipad and popped over to the Netherlands. I think she would be amused to find herself featured on a fashion blog! A grey ensemble and a blue one are featured here for your viewing pleasure. The grey is about as modern as we ever see her.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance team. Sophie wore one of her trademark midi lengths, and I know I usually am not a fan of them. However, this Harris Wharf London coat is new, and I like it paired with the sleek boots. To see the coat in full, check out UFONoMore’s Daily Recap.


The Queen and King greeted the 2018 Nobel winner Doctor Denis Mukwege at the Royal Palace. The Queen wore a repeated Natan with a lovely brooch. Those of you who want a closer look at the Percossi Papi pin should head to Modekoningin Mathilde for a larger photo.

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The museums are bustling again and the Royal Collection has lent out quite a few items. If anyone is contemplating travel to Europe, here are some highlights.

The Dordrechts Museum portrait is displaying a miniature of George IV. Two silver candlesticks can be viewed in the ‘Secret of the Blacksmith’ exhibition in the Zilvermuseum. The candlesticks were a gift from King Willem III to his daughter Princess Wilhelmina. The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting the portrait of Queen Juliana by the Javanese nobleman and painter Raden Basoeki Abdullah in the exhibition ‘Revolusi!’. Museum Veere, located in City Hall on the Market in Amsterdam, is displaying envelopes with drawings by Hendrik Willem van Loon to Princess Juliana when she was staying in Canada.

The exhibition ‘Juliana – Ein Jahrhundert in Puppen’ can be seen at the @hpusm in Hanau, Germany. The exhibition contains a collection of Princess Juliana’s dolls.

Tiaras in the Wild

Tatler highlighted some of the jewels from the bi-yearly “High Jewelry” exhibition held in Paris. A Chaumet Tiara (pictured below) and several other pieces of other jewelry are featured here. Not everything is to my taste (I can’t wait to hear your comments on the Chopard heart-shaped ring) but if one of you buys the Dior pin, would you be so kind as to loan it to me? Thanks in advance.


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