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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate (in particular, our own LiL)! I live in an area where it may be the busiest and most universal holiday of them all, and I must prepare for all the little goblins this evening. The Open Post for the Dutch state visit to Greece is up, and the morning activities have been added. However, the evening updates will not happen until return to duty late tonight or tomorrow. The Crown Princely couple of Denmark are headed to Vietnam for a state an official visit this week, too, so we will circle back with them mid-week.


Some Baguettes and Hofdudes were disappointed that Princess Elisabeth’s 21st birthay photos didn’t show more of the beautiful Palace of Laeken. Getty has some photos that just might cheer you up. There are also more of the Princess of Asturias Awards and the recent Belgian state visit to Lithuania. See it all here.


Princess Anne has barely broken stride in the last four weeks, just as we would expect from her. She and her husband, Tim Laurence, paid a four-day visit to Uganda last week. There was a bit of discussion in the last Bits about her re-wear of mother’s Sapphire Pearl Pendant brooch. You can see more about the visit and see the brooch here.


Never say the Dutch royal princesses are afraid of color or pattern matching. From Vorsten:

Princess Christina Competition keeps alive the memory of Princess Christina, the youngest sister of Princesses Beatrix, Margriet and Irene, who passed away in 2019. The sisters celebrated the 55th anniversary of her competition today in The Hague. Christina’s son Bernardo Guillermo, Irene’s son Prince Carlos and Margriet’s son Prince Maurits and his wife Marilène were also present at the concert.


The Crown Princess attended a meeting of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature last week. Have we seen her in contrasting separates recently? Or ever? Well, we have now! She is wearing a Zara blazer and Celine trousers at the event, looking more pulled together than I could with a monochrome ensemble. As always, I recommend the Style of Mary blog for details.

We don’t have much information on her meeting with the Advisory Committee at the University of Copenhagen, but we can gaze upon her chic Gucci glasses, can’t we?


The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg joined UNESCO 75 years ago. The Grand Duke and Duchess celebrated the event at the Abbey of Neumünster. The Grand Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen blazer and a white dove pin (possibly fabric), which symbolizes new beginnings, peace, and prosperity.

Zulu Kingdom, South Africa

There was a lot of drama preceding the official recognition of Misuzulu kaZwelithini as the King of South Africa’s largest ethnic group. I don’t even have an elementary understanding of the proceedings, so I won’t go into it. Instead we will look at the brilliant colors and joy of the event. If you want more information on the details, this will get you started.

The Lesotho royals sent a delegation. You have seen Prince Seeiso and Princess Mabereng at some of the British royal events. They are friends of the family, particularly Prince Harry, who they worked with on Senteble. Prince Seesio is the brother of the current King of Lesotho.

There were beautiful clothes and accessories on some of the royal women. (There is nothing sensitive at the link, only beautiful photos. The warning is pulled over from Twitter and I can’t remove it here.)


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