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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

I am not even going to tell you about the weather we are experiencing in my neck of the woods, other than to say it’s not remotely spring-like. I hope the royal news both cheers and warms me up. Let’s see.


We dedicated this blog to British coverage last week, but the Swedes, Spains, and Dutch were very busy too. See it all here.


While we were distracted by a little tour in the Caribbean, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall had a whirlwind tour of Ireland. There was LOTS of green in play, and, yes, the boots and cape are also still in the rotation. C’mon spring, get here so we can see some different shoes on Cams.

It was all green all the time for a visit at the Rock of Cashel. The Duchess wore her Irish Claddagh brooch.

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The Duchess is in her element at Henry de Bromhead’s stables in Knockeen, County Waterford, where she cozied up to the Grand National winner A Plus Tard. Cams is always at her best in casual clothes, I think, and all this works for her. Bonus: different boots!

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The Prince and Duchess were joined by Mary Butler, Minister of State and Eamonn McEneaney, Waterford’s Medieval Museum Director, for a walkabout in Waterford, Ireland.

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The other Brits were in action, too. The Countess of Wessex visited the 5th Battalion Rifles Headquarters in what I felt was a very fresh look. The skirt is a Victoria Beckham midi.

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The Danish sisters gathered at Amalienborg to hand out Queen Ingrid’s Honors Award and to watch performances by previous winners. I can’t imagine a more elegant collection of Classic Royals, can you?

Holding the performances in this location was the brainchild of Queen Ingrid, whose presence is still felt keenly throughout Denmark through events like this. She felt that the public should see the palaces and artists should use them as performance spaces.

Here is a video clip of some of the performances, and it’s worth a look to see earring sparkle on Bene and Daisy in the throes of genuine artistic appreciation.


Princess Elisabeth, along with her parents, attended a meeting with academic experts on the situation in Ukraine. It was a serious topic, and the Princess exuded gravitas in her Emporio Armani suit.


Were you aware that Princess Märtha Louise was in a movie? I wasn’t until Hofdame LiL enlightened me. Apparently, the Princess documented the process of having the silicone mask made for “Long Flat Balls 3” on her Instagram account (of course I giggled as I typed that). She recently attended the premiere with her daughter Leah Isadora Behn. Yes, it’s a wacky ensemble, but mercy if we don’t get this kind of thing from the Princess of Norway we’d be disappointed.


Prince Felix and Princess Claire popped up at a royal-adjacent wedding in Columbia. Claire wore a Zuhair Murad gown that is best described as a “rich person’s boho”. Personally, I keep getting distracted by that handbag and those earrings.

The groom is the nephew of both Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein and is the brother of Princess Maria-Anunciata and Princess Marie-Astrid (you’ll remember their weddings from last autumn). I know you all like to see the bride’s dress, so here you go. You now see where the boho theme came from. The dress is by Organse Paris.


The extended family (sans Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip – who was on child care duties) attended a meeting of “Child Protection Can Not Wait”. The Crown Princess wore a Mayla jacket and H&M skirt, while Princess Sofia wore a colorful Rodebjer skirt. Queen Silvia’s ensemble is not identified, but it’s my favorite of the bunch.

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Tooro Kingdom

I like to check in with the Tooro Kingdom periodically. It is one of the five traditional kingdoms located within the borders of Uganda. Queen Kemigisa Best Olimi – essentially the Queen Mother – is a whirling dervish of activity, and she recently met with a delegation from South Korea about developmental opportunities for her kingdom.

Tiaras in the Wild

This sighting isn’t entirely in the royal wilds, but the connection is pretty far back. Margherita von und zu Arco-Zinneberg is a great-granddaughter of Emperor Charles I of Austria and Empress Zita. She wore the Savoy-Aosta tiara at her recent nuptials. It is on loan from her Uncle Lorenz (husband of Princess Astrid of Belgium). H/T to our Baguette Elizabeth Davies, who found a photo of the bride’s sister Anna wearing the tiara in 2012.


I’ve gone on and on and on and on, so let’s wrap it up with a request that you leave any royal news you have in the comments!