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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Welcome to a much delayed Bits, folks. Do you ever wonder how Bits gets written? Or am I overestimating how interested you are in our processes around here; )? Well, all week the hofdames drop things in our chat room for Bits. I grab what grabs me and put it out here for you. That said, this week there were actually quite a few appearances, so we’ve combined them together in the final section, a pattern party. Hope you enjoy it.


Sverre Magnus is confirmed, William pets a dog, we are blessed with a Sophster sighting, and lots of royal kids get back in the saddle – the school saddle, that is. Photos are here.


It was a very small group at the opening of Swedish Parliament this year, just the King and Queen and a smaller contingent of members. It’s a bit sad, so I’ll glide on by quickly, and note only that Sils zhuzzed it all up with some fringy sleeves, best seen up close at New My Royals. Nice view of the pearl brooch, too.

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I feel like it’s been forever since we checked in with Laurentien, so let’s rectify that. She never disappoints or bores us, and that streak continues here. She and her handsome boyfriend attended the opera, “The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas”. Yes, there is the flowered jump suit to take in, but let’s also marvel at those winged creature masks ; ). A sense of humor is a requisite for getting through these times, and perhaps, for getting through that opera. She was also interviewed about her new initiative, developing a teaching module on child poverty. The video is below.

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Pattern Party

It’s the last gasp of the summer season and our royal ladies have been spanning the European continent in one pattern after another. We typically don’t compare women to each other here, so we ask you to focus on the fabric here and pick your favorite pattern. Choose as many as you like!


The Queen repeated her Natan blue print (last seen at the Van Eyck exhibition in June), but I appreciate on last chance to see the summery print on her.

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Maxima print number one is a black and white number, worn for “More Music in the Classroom”.

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Max print number two is an embroidered midi from Antrim Batik, worn with some snazzy boots.

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Mary, Mary, Mary, I feel like we haven’t visited in so long. The princess is wearing an Erdem print blouse here, and although we are focusing on the prints I must also point out the purple suede shoes, you can see a close-up if you head over to Style of Mary.

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I’ll tell you my vote up front. Cams looks splendiforous in her printed Fiona Clare dress – Camilla’s Closet has the breakdown on her jewels and accessories.

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I am fascinated by this dress. It seems at once something that is very Victoria and nothing like I’ve ever seen before. I’m going to have to file it under “Mystery Designer” since I can’t dig up anything on it. (From our sharp eyed reader, Helen, it’s by Malina. Thanks, Helen!)

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Med anledning av den amerikanska konstnären Alice Aycocks skulpturutställning på Kungl. Djurgården gav USA:s ambassadör Kenneth A. Howery i går en trädgårdsmottagning för Kronprinsessparet och inbjudna gäster. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Under mottagningen närvarade även konstnären via länk och berättade om sina verk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Skulpturutställningen, som invigdes av Prins Daniel i juni, är Alice Aycocks första i Skandinavien, och den första som arrangeras i Prinsessan Estelles kulturstiftelses regi. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer om utställningen på @preks_kulturstiftelse ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @usembsweden @usambsweden ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Förenta staternas ambassad

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