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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

We aren’t wasting time with a fancy lead-in. The Hofdames have summer to celebrate, so let’s get down to brass tacks!


LOTS of Wimbledon (we’ll check in on some of it too, never fear), King Felipe going solo while Queen Letizia is indisposed, and quite a display of Platinum Jubilee “odds and ends” at Windsor. See it all here!


The Monacos gathered and partied (when do they not?) for the Princess Grace Foundation at the annual Rose Ball. The theme was the twenties, but as usual, that didn’t stand in their way of wearing whatever took their fancy. That works in some cases and in others – well, we will let you make up your own mind.

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Princess Alexandra exploded like a festive candy mint in a Giambattista Valli Couture ball gown. I searched hard for the 1920s influence but you’ll have to help me out there.

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Princess Caroline and Prince Albert co-chair the ball, but I have my suspicions that Caroline alone runs the show. She hewed pretty closely to the 1920s theme in a sequined tiered gown from the Chanel Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture. The bubble in the skirt loses me, but I do like her styling from the shoulders up! She was escorted by Christian Louboutin, who ably filled the “what fresh fashion insanity is this” slot previously held by Karl Lagerfeld.

I could not find any decent full-length photos of Al, but those of you who like to check out the hems of his trousers might be able to discern whether he’s still on track in this long shot (I don’t think he is, alas).

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Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo strode in looking glamorous, although I wonder if La BB was told about the theme. Or maybe she decided that channeling 1970s Halston was a better bet than cosplaying flapperdom?

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 Temperley London has been everywhere this summer, and Tatiana Santo Domingo hopped on the bandwagon in the ‘Bardot’ sequin gown.

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Charlotte Casiraghi is a Chanel ambassador so she opted for that design house. She really committed to the theme with her hair. It’s nice to see Dimitri Rassam, who I think we often overlook and my question is WHY? He might be the most handsome of the Monaco men.

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Princess Caroline has been out and about lately, and in some pretty good ensembles, too. If you are interested in Caro’s fashion (or any royals!) follow Polka Popp on Twitter.


The Duchess of Cambridge is the royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and she was in the royal box for both Saturday and Sunday’s finals.

On Saturday she repeated her Roksanda Brigitte dress from the Caribbean tour. She was *very* visible as she presented the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.

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The “no hats in the royal box” rule has been loosened up so that people can be shaded a bit from the sun, which gives us more chapeau viewing opportunities. The Duchess obliged us by wearing an L.K. Bennet straw number. I am sure she was glad of its broad-brimmed and shady properties on a sunny Saturday.

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On Sunday, she presented the men’s singles trophy to Novak Djokovic. She wore a 1980s throwback Alessandra Rich dress and a pair of surprisingly fun Alessandra Rich Fab 105 Two-Tone Pumps.

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She was accompanied by Princes William and George. It’s nice that George is getting some more royal duties to add to his list although I feel like he would rather be watching the football.

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Meanwhile, the Phillips side of the family celebrated a wedding. Stephanie Phillips is the half-sister of Zara and Peter Phillips, and the daughter of Mark Phillips and his second wife, Sandy Pflueger. The younger family members were in the wedding party, and the rest of the family was there in support – including Anne in mom and grandmother mode. Stephanie (and her father and mother) lived at Gatcombe, so the family closeness is not surprising.

And, finally, a few trinkets from the Jubilee exhibit at Windsor.

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Princess Madeleine is still in Europe, and she has taken the time to do some Random Royaling. She headed over to Frankfurt to attend to business with the World Childhood Foundation. She is the Deputy Honorary Champion of the organization. Her long summery dress is by Misa, and she paired it with a Veronica Beard linen blazer.


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