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.
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.
Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended the opening of the Royal Windsor Flower Show today wearing her Etro floral midi dress with her Penelope Chilvers ‘Tango’ heels and Sophie Habsburg ‘Capri’ bag. 📸 PA pic.twitter.com/mO1w5vz3qC
— Polka Popp (@polkadotpopp) June 11, 2022
Hisako, Princess Takamado, and Princess Tsuguko commemorated the tenth anniversary of Prince Tomohito’s death last week.
June 6: Princess Takamado (Hisako) and Princess Tsuguko attended a memorial ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of Prince Tomohito’s death at Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Bunkyo, Tokyo.
📸 https://t.co/tnFyNTgo3C pic.twitter.com/6VcAQPQpeM
— Prisma 😷 (@ImperialJPNfan) June 10, 2022
Throwing Princess Akiko in here for the brooch lovers and the lovers of grey on grey (ME).
June 2: Princess Akiko of Mikasa gave an interview to Mainichi about the publication of “The Diary of the Bearded Prince,” which she supervised. The book contains 91 essays her father Prince Tomohito wrote for newsletter “The Todo” between 1980 and 2011.https://t.co/CvpSHaRlqK
— Prisma 😷 (@ImperialJPNfan) June 12, 2022
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!)
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.
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!
We’ll end with Daisy, spectacular in pink while awarding a new literature prize. Fabulous Queening, there.
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Presents a New Literature Prize in Copenhagen. https://t.co/TTjZR487wT
— Alexandra, The Royal Correspondent (@RoyalCorrespond) June 11, 2022
Leave them if ya got ’em!