Nine inches of snow are on the ground outside my window, but spring is a coming here. We have some royals trying to break out of the monochrome mold and others who are still wearing the basic black and white and grey and camel. What can we say? It’s a weird time of the year sartorially.
The Westminster Abbey Twitter account continues to drop bits of information in the lead up to the big event. Look at that beautiful original decoration on the coronation chair! I look forward to seeing it on the day itself.
'In that chair where kings and queens are crown'd'
– Henry VI, Part II (I, 2)
Here is some of the surviving decoration on the 700-year-old Coronation Chair, which was originally painted with patterns of birds and foliage on a glittering gilt background.#ShakespeareSunday pic.twitter.com/0t8VLmsEdz
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) March 5, 2023
There’s also this additional bit from the The Royal Family account.
I include these members of the Japanese Imperial family not so much for the parade of suits or the events themselves but because the Brooch Babes among us need their fix. The Empress wore a brooch, as she does, and telegraphed springs-a-coming with her blue suit.
March 3: Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako met 7 winners of the Reiwa 4 (2022) Emperor's Cup of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival at the Imperial Palace's Shunju-no-Ma (Grand Hall).
📸 https://t.co/liD2tfeJW5 pic.twitter.com/lPi15sX7nb
— Prisma 😷 (@ImperialJPNfan) March 4, 2023
Princess Akiko gives an interview! That’s a substantial brooch, right?
Tokyo Shimbun interviewed Princess Akiko of Mikasa about the biography of Prince Mikasa (Takahito)
– remorse for WWII, criticized atrocities in Nanjing, China
– postwar research, promoting folk dance
– wish for peace
– connecting with the people
📸📄 https://t.co/bPt2U1oZlS pic.twitter.com/SItK6HrlDp
— Prisma 😷 (@ImperialJPNfan) March 5, 2023
Their Serene Highnesses opened a new nursery in Monaco, and Charlene’s camel coat would not normally register with me too much, other than the fact that she rarely repeats her clothes and this is an actual Akris re-wear! Wise choice on her part, since it’s a style that suits her.
#NEW Today Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco inaugurated the Testimonio II Nursery at @MairieMonaco 🇲🇨 pic.twitter.com/d6UrdpgAtN
— CoutureAndRoyals (@CoutureRoyals) March 1, 2023
We haven’t focused much on the senior Luxembourg royals lately, so here’s a mini round-up of late winter events.
The Grand Duke and Duchess attended a charity concert to promote inter-cultural exchange between refugees and Luxembourgians. The Duchess wore an animal print Dries van Noten blazer paired with asymmetrical shirt and the Duke looked casually handsome in his turtleneck.
We missed this outing late last month when the Grand Duchess popped over to Paris to see “Les Lauriers De L’Audiovisuel”. Sparkly blazer and basic black – quite Parisian, right?
I don’t know why this ensemble intrigues me, but it does. The Duchess holds audiences throughout the year, and for this late winter event she paired so many layers – velvet blazer, white blouse, lacey – well, I’m not sure what to call that. Undergarment? Teddy? Second blouse?
All beige all the way for this event at a local school, where she answered questions about gender violence. She pulled together pieces from every corner of her closet, including Barbara Bui sweater set, a skirt by Joseph, and a belt by Etro.
Princess Iman bint Abdullah will be married to Jameel Alexander “Jimmy” Thermiótis in one week! Rest assured we’ll have an Open Post on March 12 for those who want to discuss it on the date itself. I’m not sure how much actual news will filter through but we’ll capture what we can from Twitter. The Princess’ mother, Queen Rania, left a lovely emotional note to her daughter on Instagram. Stick with it to the end for a tiara sighting!
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