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Hofdame Bits and Bobs


The royal week of February 20 was a busy one, and everything we missed can be found at Getty here.

Other Voices, Other Blogs

We can’t cover everything royal here (and quite frankly, we don’t even try, we have to sleep and eat!) but there are other independent bloggers on the case. Weekly we’ll try to send you to the stuff that looked very interesting:

Style of Mary has an excellent post on the red coat worn by Mary to the Anthology about Violence last week. She’s had it in her wardrobe since 2008, and it’s undergone several reworkings, Mary-style.

Our English speakers might have to resort to Google translate, but Modekoningin Maxima had a lovely piece on the makeup of Maxima. Yes, you too can have Max’s expressive eyes.

Our own Iselen keeps us up-to-date on Letizia’s outings but if you want to dive really deep into her wardrobe, Queen Letizia Style has even more information. I was particularly intrigued by the  navy Magrit ‘Liza’ suede shoes she wore to a recent audience at Zarzeula.

I am dazzled by the dress worn by Rania to the Aqaba Governorate. I am also dazzled by her unending support for Jordanian women.

Two royals have been in Africa recently, albeit quite far apart on the huge continent. Crown Princess Marie has been in Uganda as Patron of DanChurchAid, and Princess Marie’s Closet has all the details. Royal Central has information on Princess Sofia’s trip to South Africa for her Project Playground charity.


We haven’t talked about Sophie for a while, so let’s take a look at her recent outings.

Sophie attended an opening of the new location at the Central School of Ballet, where she is a patron. This is a lovely, feminine dress, and it seems very appropriate for a ballet school. There is no intel on the designer yet, but she did wear her Max Mara coat with the ensemble.

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Sophie stepped out at the Sulpher and White premiere in a Galvin and White dress. I’m not going to pretend to love this one, but I was intrigued by her choice. These unstructured satin dresses are having a bit of a moment (one of Princess Stephanie’s daughters wore a mini version this week). The execution on this dress has some obvious flaws, but will say I like the color and shoes, and Sophie’s Kiki earrings.

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She sported a great pair of earrings during her visit to the Shooting Star Chase hospice last week, and I want to throw out another piece of ammo in our ongoing royal mythbuster endeavor – more color nail polish at work ; ).

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While we are here in Britain let’s look at some coats and suits on Camilla. Yes, I know the Handbag community wants to start a fund to get her some new boots, but winter will be over soon and hopefully she’ll pick up a few new pairs in the after season sales. Clothes now – first up, electric blue coat in Brent.

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Green suit at Buck House with Charles, to hand out the Queen’s Anniversary prizes.

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Black and white dress at the Royal School of Needlework, where she is a patron. Looks like she has some needle skills, too!


Let’s end with some beauty, shall we?

The Bhutanese King celebrated Losar with citizens, government officials, members of the military at the Simtokha Dzong. This is the Bhutanese New Year, and every description of it makes me more and more determined to visit. The royal family released a lovely photo for the event.

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