Happy April to you! May it bring you joy wherever you are, and whatever season you find yourself in.
If you, like me, are a great fan of the Great British Baking Show, there’s a nice convergence in Getty this week. Also, the King of Norway is back at work, Princes Charles visits Cambridge and there is a platinum jubilee exhibit at Balmoral. See it all here.
Spam the Sapphire Earrings Earrings Results
I think the terrific trio of Baguettes/Hofdudes/Hofdames loves sapphires in all forms. The response to the poll was overwhelming and we ended up with a nice selection from various styles and eras. Did your favorite make the top ten?
Mathilde has kept herself busy – as always – and there are two Royal Lady Pantsuits and one rather cushiony dress suit to consider here.
The Queen attended the exhibition ‘Le monde et l’intime’ by the artist Charles Szymkowicz, wearing an oft-repeated Natan ensemble. I think she chose beige so as not to clash with the dramatic art.
Switching gears, she visited a business event: Sustainable Value Chains. From legislation to action. This is my favorite type of Tilly, all business in an Armani zip-front jacket and black trousers. Seriously, wear this often!
With the King, she visited Freyr Castle and Gardens and she channeled the greenery of spring in a repeated Natan. As always, Modekoningin Mathilde has the details on all the outfits!
We don’t often feature the twins since they are busy living their lives, but they popped up at a football match looking cute. So hello Josie and Vincent!
30 mars 2022. Le prince Vincent et la princesse Joséphine de Danemark ont assisté à un match de football opposant le Danemark à la Serbie au Parken Stadium de Copenhague.https://t.co/kx2M362PHT pic.twitter.com/K2aBkH77nC
— Louise G. (@LouiseGhislaine) March 31, 2022
Princess Marie is on a visit to Cambodia in her role as a patron of DanChurchAid. You can read a little more about her impressions and her mission here. She is wearing a Zara dress and her Tod wedges. (H/T to Heaven of UfoNoMore)
Queen Emeritus Sofia of Spain traveled to New York last week and attended several events. She was a guest at the presentation of the Royal Academy of History’s Electronic Biographical Dictionary, the largest database of characters in the history of Spain. I was entranced by her deep purple blazer.
She presented the Sophia Awards for Excellence, a commemoration of individuals who have participated in the influence of Hispanic culture in the world. It was a chance to see the Queen with the great Carolina Herrera, who has pretty much retired these days and isn’t seen as often. Two Classics!
La reine Sofia a remis les Sophia Awards for Excellence lors d’une cérémonie à New York.
Les prix, qui font référence au prénom de “sagesse” de la reine, récompensent des personnes ayant participé au rayonnement de la culture hispanique dans le monde.https://t.co/LAQ3DlRd5B
— Histoires Royales (@ActusRoyales) April 1, 2022
I knew all the European royals were worldly polyglots, but it is still amazing to me how well they switch from one language to another. The Queen gave her speech in English and it was nice to hear her voice.
🗨️”La excelencia en el trabajo es la característica que ha guiado sus decisiones a lo largo de décadas de esfuerzo.”
— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) April 1, 2022
There’s a lot going on in Sweden, but let’s focus on Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip, who attended a concert in aid of Ukraine. The Princess is wearing a Rodebjer blazer, but it’s her Caroline Svedbom Penelope Earrings that fascinate me. As always, UFONoMore has all the details.
Avery posted this on last week’s Bits, but I know lots of you don’t get back there. Princess Hisako is a favorite around these parts. She attended a cherry tree planting at the Pakistan Embassy, and the lovely mask and bedazzled chapeau were extraordinarily spring-like.
We have a Pocket Profile about Empress Meiji in the very early draft stages but in the meantime, I invite you to feast your eyes on this fabulous court dress. It’s on display at the Yokohama Museum of Art, and what I wouldn’t give to see it! The embroidery is incredible.
This week’s #FridayFrills is Empress Meiji’s 1910 court dress worn. She wore only Western clothing in public as seen here. It was at an exhibit called Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art @yokobi_tweet. Look at the immaculate embroidery! #Fashionhistory pic.twitter.com/KMi6Zy6i3X
— Lauren Deutsch (@LaurenCDeutsch) April 2, 2022
(Note: The Zulu royals participate in polygamous marriages. It’s a big world. We touch on many different cultures here. However, if polygamy is something you don’t want to read about, skip over this section!)
We posted about the death of the previous Zulu King, His Majesty King Zwelithini, last year. There’s been a lot of back and forth and general drama over who would be the next ruler. Although he has not had a coronation, one of King Zwelithini’s sons, Misuzulu Zulu, has been generally accepted as the new king. He has been in a union with Ntolozo Mayisela for a long time, and she will now be his official first wife. Last week the families held an umembeso. Two of the deceased king’s wives attended the event. You can read more about Umembeso celebrations here.
That long explanation was a lead-up to posting this photo of some brilliant color on the Queens on their way to the event.
#ZuluRoyalWedding The wives of late king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuZulu, queens Thandekile Ndlovu and Zola Mafu (wives 4 & 6 respectively), are attending umembeso of King Misuzulu and Ntokozo Mayisela at her home in Osizweni,Newcastle. @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/PcuEh3gw7S
— Ziyanda N (@ZiyandaNgcobo) April 2, 2022
Here’s a video of the ceremony.
#ZuluRoyalWedding [WATCH] Queen Ntokozo Mayisela being brought out her home here in Osizweni, Newcastle where her family will be receiving gifts from King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s family as a part of #Umembeso @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/yDaZZl1kh4
— Ziyanda N (@ZiyandaNgcobo) April 2, 2022
Tiaras in the Wild
Isabelle Junot, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco’s first husband, married Álvaro Falcó last weekend. The dress was by the design house Pronovias and said to be a bespoke piece designed by the firm’s artistic director, Alessandra Rinaudo. See here for more information. What fascinated me the most were the pockets!
The Falco-designed tiara belonged to the groom’s great-grandmother, the Duchess of Montellano, and was bought in Paris, where she lived with her husband at the end of the 19th century. You can head to last week’s Bits comments for some photos of the interior and guests. (H/T to our Baguette Iselen!)
#TiaraAlert Isabelle Junot wore a pearl and diamond tiara at her wedding to Álvaro Falcó Chávarri, 4th Marqués de Cubas, at the Palacio del Marqués de Mirabel in Plasencia, Spain on 2 April 2022. pic.twitter.com/D3Y9DQFTmR
— Tiara Mania (@TiaraManiaBlog) April 3, 2022
The great Patrick Demarchelier died at seventy-eight, and it was a sad day for photography and for all those who appreciate the beauty in the world. You probably know him best from the series of portraits he did of Diana in the nineties. A great talent is gone.
#BREAKING Patrick Demarchelier die today at the age of 78, the french iconic photographer work with princess Diana and took some of her most iconic portraits. May he Rest In Peace 💔#patrickdemarchelier #rip #princessdiana #princessofwales pic.twitter.com/vnCS7KZHlQ
— Eugenia Garavani (@eugeniagoficial) March 31, 2022
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