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February is already upon us. In my neck of the woods it’s a consistent cold and gray season, but here’s hoping the royals bring a little sunshine into your life.

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All the royal news you missed the week of January 27.


King Harald is back, and looking healthy!


Two handsome men represent in the Light Dragoons.


There is some speculation that Sophie will be busier now that the British royals are shuffling duties around. She has been highly visible in the last few weeks, so let’s take a look. Here she stepped out the next generation event at the London Stock exchange.

At the University of Surrey, Sophie opened up a cancer center named in honor of Dr. Kate Granger, who died of the disease.

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👩🏽‍⚕️🏥👨‍⚕️ ‘We all know from our own personal experiences that the way medical professionals treat those in their care can make all the difference to their wellbeing and outlook; simple gestures of kindness and compassion along with an introduction make patients feel unique, valued and respected.’ Chris Pointon (widower of Dr Kate Granger) spoke of his wife’s legacy as The Countess of Wessex opened a new facility named after her at the University of Surrey. Dr Granger, an NHS doctor who spearheaded the #hellomynameis campaign encouraging healthcare staff to establish a personal connection with patients to support better health outcomes and interactions. The new facility is home to the prestigious School of Health Sciences, which is at the forefront of educating the next generation of nurses, midwives, physicians’ associates and paramedics in the United Kingdom. 📸: David Hartley

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While in Sierre Leone, Sophie repeated her ARoss Girl green dress (Kate also wore a similar dress, shown at the link).


Anne-Marie and Theodora were recently seen attending Celia Krithiatori’s fashion show. Word is the Greek designer has been chosen by Theodora to design her wedding gown. If you are like me, that wedding had completely fallen off your radar. I am glad to put it back on. Here is a link to the designer’s wedding gown collection for 2019. It appears we are in for a dramatic time!

The Netherlands

We haven’t focused on them much lately, but many members of the The House of Orange have been working. Let’s do a Deep Dive on the Dutch, shall we?

Margriet visited the Military Rehabilitation Center (Aardenburg) in Doorn, Netherlands, and sport that she is, tossed a few balls around.

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She slowed down to open the Beukenstein care and nursing home in Driebergen-Rijsenburg. Additional photos of the wonderful dress are at New My Royals.

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Beukenstein in Driebergen-Rijsenburg is een van de eerste verpleeghuizen in Nederland dat in de jaren zeventig de deuren opende. Vandaag opent Prinses Margriet het vernieuwde pand van het verpleeghuis. Ouderen met een zorgindicatie, bijvoorbeeld dementie, kunnen in een van de woningen van Beukenstein terecht. Kleinschaligheid en persoonlijke zorg staan daarbij voorop, zodat de bewoners zich veilig en vertrouwd voelen in hun omgeving. Na de symbolische opening krijgt de Prinses een rondleiding. Ook spreekt zij met bewoners en medewerkers over hun ervaringen in het nieuwe pand en over de zorg die het verpleeghuis biedt. #prinses #Princess #Koninklijk Huis #RoyalHouse #Margriet #verpleeghuis #Beukenstein #zorgindicatie #dementie 📸Victor Schutijser

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I feel we should drop by and check out some relatively recent “Looks of Laurentien”. We featured one last week, but she is always interesting, if not always conventional. I don’t think we focused on her during the Prince Claus Award ceremony in December, but her ruby (well, orange) slippers and earrings are deserving of a deep dive.

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LIteracy is one of Laurentien’s pet causes, and in that vein she opened an event supporting those with reading disabilities at the Amsterdam Public Library. I like the colorful scarf against the stark black pantsuit, which from these photos looks like it fits like a dream.

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Prinses Laurentien is bij de boekpresentatie van ‘Knokken voor je boeken’ ter gelegenheid van het 125-jarig bestaan van de Vereniging Onbeperkt Lezen (VOL). Na het in ontvangst nemen van het eerste boek opent de Prinses de gelijknamige fototentoonstelling in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA). In ‘Knokken voor je boeken’ vertellen 22 mensen met een leesbeperking hoe zij lezen met gebruik van vingers, of door te luisteren naar een gesproken boek en wat lezen voor hen betekent. Tien van deze mensen worden uitgelicht met hun portret in de fototentoonstelling. Met het boek en de fototentoonstelling in de bibliotheek vraagt VOL aandacht voor mensen met een leesbeperking en de mogelijkheden om op andere manieren te kunnen (blijven) lezen. De tentoonstelling is te zien van 30 januari tot en met 24 februari op de 1e etage van de @obamsterdam. #lezen #leesbeperking #boek #fototentoonstelling #VOL #PrinsesLaurentien #prinses #Princess #Amsterdam #OBA 📸Patrick van Katwijk en RVD

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