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April showers bring more showers, at least to this part of the world. Let’s relieve the gloom with some royal sartorial efforts.


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It is Ramadan, and during this period King Abdullah and Queen Rania have been attending a collections of iftars honoring various Jordanian citizens. This is the first time in two years these public events have been held.

Ramadan is always a month of goodwill, blessings, and reconnecting with loved ones, but this year it feels even more special than usual – perhaps because we have been unable to get together for Iftar like this for the past two years

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Below, the Queen is shown at an iftar hosted at Al Husseinieh Palace in honor of the contributions of young Jordanians.

The Queen and King attend an iftar honoring orphaned children and youth, with the Queen dressed in a crisp white blouse.

The Queen also attended an iftar honoring women from Al Karak. It was held at historic Karak Castle and commemorated the achievements of women in all fields. It’s interesting how close citizens can get to their Queen! A beautiful coat was presented to the Queen, who was very appreciative.


Mette Marit attended Den Rosa Sko (Pink Shoe Day), an initiative to include girls in organized sports. It began in 2016. Winter has not entirely let go of Norway, and the Crown Princess was dressed to stay warm in her Chloé coat over her Pia Tjelta blouse.

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Speaking of lingering winter, it holds on in Denmark too. Classic Princess Benedikte attended an unusual event: an exhibition of “Macabre Masterpieces” at Museum Sønderjyllan, jewelry made from bones and chains and other strange materials. I think the hat suits the visit.


Queen Letizia presented the “Princess of Girona Foundation Award 2022” in the social category, which honors young people with a personal commitment to the betterment of society. The Queen wore a sophisticated combination of colors, with an ivory Carolina Herrera blouse, camel shoes, and bag by the same designer, all paired with her Massimo Dutti skirt.

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Breaking royal news! Zara Tindall wore a hat with a brim by Bradley Hill to the Aintree Festival on Saturday. Also, royal lady pantsuit (by Lalage) alert.

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Her mother, Princess Anne, has been touring Australia and Papua New Guinea as part of the Jubilee festivities. I think we need to appreciate her hats, too.

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This is not at all royal-related, but since we talk about recycling and how it really translates with regard to fashion, I thought you might be interested in this jacket. Made from fabric scraps and a Vogue pattern, it was recently exhibited at the Quilters Guild Museum in York.

Finally, this portrait of the sixth wife of Henry VIII, Katharine Parr, is undergoing some restoration at the National Portrait Gallery. I do believe the vivid colors of her skirt and the practically touchable rendition of the brocade on the bodice deserve some appreciation in these parts.


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