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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Back to the working week for most of us! Hope this finds you in good spirits, whether your part of the world is in deep winter (as mine is) or in lovely summer sun.

Belgium and Spain

King Philippe and Queens Mathilde and Sofia attended the funeral of Pope Benedict, which was held at the Vatican last week. It’s not a fashion occasion, but we can say there were a lot of pearls in evidence. Queen Mathilde wore her seven strand pearl dog collar necklace. Queen Sofia wore the pearl brooch from “La Chata”, which she also wore to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. You can read our write-up here – with many thanks to our Baguette Iselen for the information.

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Princess Akiko of Mikasa was interviewed recently, and it gave us a chance to see a couple examples of traditional Japanese dress. Per Prisma, our friend on Twitter, “Princess Akiko appears to be wearing “Homongi,” semi-formal kimono. The gentleman is Ichikawa Somegorō VIII and is most likely wearing “montsuki-hakama,” formal men’s kimono. His real name is Itsuki Fujima & he succeeded stage name “Ichikawa Somegorō” in 2018 at age 12.”

It was the anniversary of the Emperor Showa’s death, and various family members attended ceremonies honoring his memory. Princess Kako is shown below – brooch lovers who rue the fact that many young western royals don’t wear pins should definitely turn their attention to the young Japanese royals. Kako has quite a collection and this modern piece is particularly beautiful.

Lovely color here, and of course, some interesting jewels from our Japanese sparkler.


We joke about changing the name of this blog to “King Charles’ Overcoat”, and the King is provided us with ample material. He greeted well wishers outside church in Norfolk on Sunday wearing this well-worn favorite. OH – and look closely at his tie!

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The Tindalls are back in Australia (I’d love their credit miles for myself). They attended the Magic Millions Festival in Brisbane and Zara opted for some SLEEVES.

I have always loved this Edelstein dress that Diana wore back in the early nineties. Now, you too can own it!


If you come to this blog purely for beautiful clothes, here is the post for you!


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