Well, well, well. Yes a busy royal week is done and dusted. I admit to following the British drama on other blogs and media outlets, but to remain true to our mission here we are turning our eyes to some alternative events. Lot of interesting life going on in other monarchies.
All the royal photos you missed from the week of January 6th can be found here.
OC brought this to the Handbag’s attention, and it’s so touching. Just watch King Abdullah’s face – at times wistful, proud, and joyful – as he pins the aviation flight wings on his daughter, Salma Bint Abdullah, the country’s first female military pilot. This, folks, is a big deal. Hashemite women getting it done, yet again.
I fell down a rabbit hole of Masenate Mohato Seeiso last week. I was unaware that she was the first commoner to marry into the royal family. At some point we will take a look at some of her style choices, since she is a master of mixing elegant Western styles with the traditional clothes of Lesotho. Ambidressterous, in Handbag language.
Tatiana Casiraghi did some modeling with her younger son, Maximillian. We don’t see her often in public. It’s an interesting combination, Wickstead and Casiraghi.
New Photos of Tatiana and Maximilan Cadiraghi for Emilia Wickstead pic.twitter.com/UBniEyYxxh
— Royal Ladies (@vaninaswchindt) January 10, 2020
If you are on Twitter, I highly recommend you follow JR. He’s been a good friend to us and other bloggers, and he is fountain of royal information. He has some interesting background on the photo of Princess Benedikte wearing Queen Desiree’s parure and train (a photo that many of us have come to love).
The dress and train came to Denmark with Désirée’s great-granddaughter Princess Louise who married Crown Prince Frederik in 1869.
While the skirt and the train are original the top was missing so Queen Ingrid had a new one made to be worn by Princess Benedikte.
— JR (@Jakreg76) January 8, 2020
The Swedish Royal collections include a similar train that belonged Empress Josephine of France. It was later worn by Queen Sofia for her golden wedding celebrations in 1907. pic.twitter.com/wJKrLlxr3d
— JR (@Jakreg76) January 8, 2020
Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, died on January 10. He was the longest serving ruler in the Middle East. More about him and his tenure can be found here. Like many other royals, he was trained at Sandhurst and has many friends among the current royal families. Queen Noor, King Felipe, Queen Elizabeth, and many other royals have send condolences.
The funeral has been held, but here is now an official mourning period. Both Prince Charles & King Willem-Alexander are in Oman to pay respects, participate in the official days of mourning, and meet the new sultan. Yes, Charles will fly back to attend to his own royal business on Monday.
His Majesty King Abdullah II and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II extend condolences to Sultan Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimour Al Said of #Oman, over the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said #Jordan pic.twitter.com/83xL0L4uPC
— RHC (@RHCJO) January 12, 2020
The Prince of Wales has travelled overnight to Oman, following the death of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
The Prince is attending the first of three days of official condolences. This morning he met with new Sultan, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. pic.twitter.com/SjPdElwVA1
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) January 12, 2020
What did I miss?