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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

We’re just jumping in this week with no preamble, because lots has happened. I actually had to pull all the royal lady pants out of this, so you’ll get a Random on all that later in the week, I promise. Or threaten, depending on what you think of the trousers on offer.

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Loads of photos on the Planetary Health Gala (they auctioned off Charlene’s water bike), Eug and Jack are beaming over baby news, Pauline Ducruet becomes a merchant princess, Meghan is doing her civic duty, and Max delivers a speech to the UN, all here.

Belgium

Do you remember Princess Salma’s military training graduation video? I swear these things make me cry, reliably as clockwork. You lovely people can watch Philippe present Elisabeth with her blue beret from the Royal Military Academy, I’ll be over here sniffling. Look at her posture!

Jordan

Speaking of Jordan, not one, but two, princesses had birthdays! Princess Iman is 22, Princess Salma is 18 and Rania is perpetually young. Zef Dahlia has some great photos on her blog.

Mother pride – just in time for Daughter’s Day (which I understand was last week).

Britain

One of Britain’s most reliably photogenic families had a movie night with Sir David Attenborough. The Cambridge family screened his new film, which is described as a documentary on the director’s personal journey as a naturalist. The Duchess wore a denim midi by Gabriela Hearst and the Princess was in Zara.

Prince George received a shark’s tooth which seemed to fascinate his brother as much as it did him. He better hide it somewhere in his room, that’s all I can say. Also, when did Charlotte and Louis become blondes? Am I just not paying attention?

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I fibbed. I kept these royal lady pants because Sophie is in her country element here at Coverwood Farm. She looks incredible in her jeans and boots, doesn’t she? Makes me wish she would explore the royal lady pants for more visits.

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Norway

Reports are that King Harald is doing well and on the mend from his respiratory distress. In the spirit of the “show must go on”, Queen Sonja travelled to Lillehammer to appear at the opening of her childhood home. If her bold poncho could talk, it would say, we are fine, we are soldiering on and doing so with some style.

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Bhutan

The King is celebrating his 40th birthday this year, and a book is being released in his honor. Yes, the author is pictured below and yes, everyone in the country is apparently crazy beautiful. Brooch lovers, check out the pins.

Sweden

In the spirit of eight year olds everywhere, Estelle is struggling to understand what Mom finds so interesting about home decor. Oscar must have spotted something intriguing, though (I suspect in his heart of hearts he would rather be looking at a shark’s tooth).

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Tidigare i veckan besökte Kronprinsessan, Prinsessan Estelle och Prins Oscar utställningen “Se på mattorna – det är jag” i Rikssalen på Kungliga slottet. Utställningen visar ett urval av textilkonstnären Märta Måås-Fjetterströms verk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Utställningen, som sker på Kungens initiativ och invigdes av Kungen i oktober 2019, visar ett sextiotal av Märta Måås-Fjetterströms verk. Flera av mattorna kommer från de kungliga samlingarna. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ”Se på mattorna – det är jag” pågår till och med den 4 oktober. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer om utställningen hos @kungligaslotten ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Sara Friberg/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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Denmark

I think we could have a selection of this blog titled “Art and the Danish Royals”. They are definitely Europe’s artiest family. Daisy donated one of Prince Henrik’s sculptures, “The Feminine Torso”, to the city of Fredensborg. The city recently unveiled it. Henrik started sculpting shortly after their wedding, and made several of these torso sculptures in different materials.

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I går blev Prins Henriks skulptur ”Torso Feminin” indviet i Fredensborg by. Skulpturen er en gave fra Hendes Majestæt Dronningen til Fredensborg Kommune, som har besluttet at opstille den permanent på Langedammen foran Kulturhuset Fredensborg Gl. Bio, hvorfra man kan se til Fredensborg Slot.⁣ ⁣ ”Torso Feminin” hører til de første værker, som Prins Henrik udførte og er oprindeligt modelleret i en maskulin og en feminin udgave. Begge versioner er siden fremstillet i flere størrelser og skabt i så forskellige materialer som marmor, bronze, chamotte (små korn af brændt ler) og sølv.⁣ ⁣ Prins Henrik begyndte at lave skulpturer nogle år efter Regentparrets bryllup i 1967, og Prinsen skabte gennem tiden både små og store skulpturer. Nogle af Prinsens skulpturer er allerede at finde i det offentlige rum som i Slotsparken ved Marselisborg Slot, hvor Prinsen er repræsenteret med skulpturerne ”Åbent hjerte”, ”Torso” og ”Elskende par”, og ved bygrænsen ved Strib på Fyn samt ved Kongevejen i Tønder ses ligeledes en af Prinsens skulpturer.⁣ ⁣ 📸 HANNE JUUL / ALLER FOITO & VIDEO ©️

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Ending with some Benedikte, which we haven’t been able to do recently. Two distinct versions of Benedikte style are in the Instagram slide show. Feast your eyes on some Classic Princessing, then let us know what you think below. I’m partial to hatted Benedikte myself, because that necklace is giving me a case of the “gimmes”.

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Indvielse af nye træningsfaciliteter for bevægelseshandicappede i Gårslev og dagen efter officiel åbning af en udstilling på Randers Kunstmuseum har de seneste dage været på H.K.H. Prinsesse Benediktes program. ⁣ ⁣ I Gårslevhallen indviede Hendes Kongelige Højhed fredag eftermiddag stedets nye træningsfaciliteter, der skal give lige træningsbetingelser for alle borgere i området. Dagen efter var det en udstilling af billedhugger Helen Schou, som Prinsessen kunne åbne. Udstillingen ”HELEN SCHOU – Monumenternes kvinde” tager afsæt i Helen Schous arbejde med statuen Den Jyske Hingst, som kan ses i Randers by. ⁣ ⁣ Både i Gårslevhallen og på Randers Kunstmuseum fik Hendes Kongelige Højhed en rundvisning. I Gårslev hilste Prinsessen på to frivillige fitnessinstruktører, som har gennemført en supplerende uddannelse i fitnesstræning for bevægelseshandicappede, så de kan vejlede i brug af de nye faciliteter. I Randers var det kurator Anne Sophie Lykke-Poulsen, der gav Prinsessen en introduktion til udstillingen, der blandt andet dykker ned i Helen Schous interesse for ridning. ⁣ ⁣ 📸 Roar Paaske / Randers Kunstmuseum og Susanne Clemmensen ©

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Which Benedikte ensemble floats your boat?

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