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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Blasting through Bits because a) the Handbag is exhausted from the whirlwind of the last two weeks and b) we have an Open Post for the Order of the Garter coming up later today. We’ll have Open Posts practically all week – covering Order of the Garter, Ascot, and Ingrid Alexandra’s birthday celebrations. So get your bling on and fill up the champers glasses, because another party is on this week.

In the meantime, let’s check in on a couple of events and a few print dresses that are not that bad at all.


There were audiences at Zarzuela Palace and Dog Shows in Britain. See it all here!


 The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall held a reception at the palace to celebrate the Commonwealth Diaspora of the United Kingdom ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda. Early this summer, they will be the first members of the Royal Family to ever visit Rwanda. Camilla upped her print game in this red and white dress. It was practically a necessity since the guests at the reception brought their own sartorial charm. Of particular note is the necklace on Baroness Floella Benjamin (wowza) and the elegant print suit on  Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

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We have determined that the Wessexes do not sleep or pause, right? Sophie returned from Gibralter and was right back at it. She popped up at the Royal Windsor Flower show wearing an Etro dress and those Penelope Chilvers block heel shoes many of you wanted to see again.

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Hisako, Princess Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko commemorated the tenth anniversary of Prince Tomohito’s death last week.

Throwing Princess Akiko in here for the brooch lovers and the lovers of grey on grey (ME).


Now this is how you do a summer print! An open neckline and white blazer make it all work.

Crown Princess attended the “Open Ship” event at the Museum of Photography (Fotografiska) in Stockholm.. If you thought that dress was bit different for her, it is. It’s Polo Ralph Lauren All-Over Floral Print Shirt Dress in Navy, which is not one of her usual go-to designers. She paired it with her Malene Birger blazer (follow the link to UFONoMore for the details!)

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There is a new National Museum of Art in Oslo and of course the cultured Queen was there to cut the ribbon. Queen Sonja, who has been going all in on these modern neck collars lately, gave a speech to open the new facility. She wore a blue suit (probably a repeat). Her family, including the King and the Crown Prince and Princess, were also along. Mette-Marit continues to look striking in white. She wore a repeated Valentino cowl-necked dress.

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde wrapped up their tour of the Congo. We delved into deeply last week, so we are just going to give you a taste of the ensembles that made up the latter part of the tour. Colorful Mathilde continued her spectrum of prints. She did a lot of branching out designer-wise. Her long maxi is by Odile Jacobs, the pink print is by Charlotte Kambeya, and the multi-color print is by Dries Van Noten. As always, head to Modekoningin Mathilde for details!

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We’ll end with Daisy, spectacular in pink while awarding a new literature prize. Fabulous Queening, there.


Leave them if ya got ’em!