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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

I am off adventuring this weekend and will not be back until late Sunday. Thus you are getting an early Bits and Bobs, while Luckey Girl has a tiara post planned for the Monday spot. Fortunately we have plenty to cover from these few days. Let’s proceed without delay.

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Kate attends a Scout cookout, Charles and Camilla make a quick Northern Ireland visit, and Masako waves to us on her way to an autumn rite. See it all here.


I was joking with the other hofdames that in the two years since we started this drama-free blog there has been more drama among the royals than in the last two decades. The latest:

Talk away about the royal ramifications, but as always, let’s stay away from the more gossipy aspects.

Mathilde did her best to distract from all this business with her repeated Natan and new coordinating mask. She was out at Laarne Castle, doing her Queen-like best to carry on.

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The King offered his prayers for the recently deceased Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (16 June 16, 1929 – September 29, 2020). The King is touring southern Bhutan, to encourage resilence among the population during the Covid-19 crisis. The photos below were taken at the Rabdey Dratshang, the monastic community of Samdrup Jongkhar. The monastery, inaugurated in 2004, looks like a beautiful place to pause and honor an ally’s long life.

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Sophie and Ed paid a visit to the Vauxhall City Farm to see the farm’s community engagement and education programmes, as the farm begins their activities for Black History Month. I think Sophie looks wonderful as she comes face to face with an adorable alpaca. We have no intel on the designers, alas.

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It’s only barely royal adjacent, but we all need a wedding now. Flora Ogilvy, the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra and daughter of James Ogilvy, married Timothy Vesterberg, former hockey player and current financier. The wedding took place at the Royal Chapel in St. James Palace. I love a square neckline and overall, the Emilia Wickstead simplicity is very pleasing to the eye. The earrings have been identified as her grandmother’s by the sharp-eyed Royal Watcher on Twitter.


Mary wore her Max Mara tuxedo pant suit for presenter duties at the Danish Rainbow Awards. If the mechanics outfit didn’t do it for you, maybe this take on pared down elegance will!

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Maxima lent her very orange presence to the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. The pleated silk dress is by Mattijs van Bergen.

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She went with a saturated color for the opening of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m not sure what to call this color so I’ll throw it out to you all. However I do know a Max hat when I see one – and that is definitely a Max hat.

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What color is this?


Four reasons to include what is a rather workaday ensemble for Letizia: great flat shoes (Hugo Boss), nice pocket detailing (Hugo Boss blazer), royal lady ponytail, and the sobering fact that Madrid and much of Spain are experiencing a resurgence of the corona virus and we might see less of her going forward. She is headed to a meeting with the Spanish Red Cross here.

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Victoria and Daniel visited the Maxim Theater, to support one of the many performing arts centers affected by Covid restrictions. Victoria is wearing one of her new designers, By Malina, and despite sporting a length I don’t typically care for, and a dust ruffle, I like this. I appreciate how the deep plum is working for her.

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