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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Summertime summertime summertime summertime summertime….. Let’s see what bits float by us while everyone is hidden away in various palaces and summer homes.


This woman just simply can’t sit still. She is on holiday, and appearing everywhere, looking spiffy. Love this hat, Daisy. Find about two dozen more like it and wear them all the time!

Here is another one with endless energy. She’s on maternity leave and guest editing the September issue of Vogue. Although given publication schedules, it was all pretty much in the books before she began her leave. According to Emily Andrews, Meghan won’t be on the cover. Instead it will feature a montage of women she admires.

Rania visited the community of Al Salt, and it’s obvious that she is beloved there.

Zara and Mike Tindall made an appearance on BBC’s Top Gear – I think that classifies as WORKING.


Well, hello! Look who was spotted strolling around on holiday. And looking as cutely coordinated as ever.

Wedding in Monaco

This isn’t really royal, but there is lots of royal adjacency underfoot. Louis Ducruet, the son of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, married his college sweetheart Marie Chevallier. Although it was mostly a family affair, a few photos and some interesting tidbits of information surfaced. The civil ceremony was held at the Prince’s palace, and the bride wore an open-necked Rosa Clara jumpsuit. So help me, from the released photos, I *really* like this departure from the usual.

The religious ceremony was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate, where Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier. The dress was designed by the Atelier Boisanger, a Parisian design house, in conjunction with Pauline Ducruet, the groom’s sister. In a lovely touch, before leaving the cathedral, the couple stopped at the vault containing the graves of Ranier and Grace to lay flowers.

I peered at this photo and blew it up to look at Beatrice’s hat, which some say is a repeat of a hat Caroline wore at the civil service of Charlene and Albert, way back in 2011. I mourn the lack of close-ups because I love that hat. Stephanie looks fabulous here, as well.

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For the reception, the bride changed into another Rosa Clara creation, one that proves she is not shy about changing tradition.

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It’s celebration time! Impressive Marie Chevallier wore one of our unique designs as her second wedding dress for her church ceremony. She selected an amazing lace dress with a beautiful deep neckline, subtle beaded appliqués and a bold short hemline under a spectacular extra-soft tulle and embroidered overskirt – the perfect blend of striking statement, elegance and sophistication! A marvelous wedding full of love, charm and happiness. We have enjoyed so much the design of both dresses, it’s been a pleasure. Congratulations once again! __ ¡Hora de celebrar! Rosa Clará ha diseñado el segundo vestido de la boda religiosa de Marie Chevallier. Hablamos de un vestido “two looks in one”; es un atrevido diseño corto y de pronunciado escote confeccionado con encaje y sutiles apliques de pedrería con una espectacular sobrefalda de tul extra suave y encaje bordado. ¡La combinación perfecta para arriesgar de forma elegante y sofisticada! Hemos disfrutado muchísimo de la creación de ambos vestidos para la preciosa boda real de Marie Chevallier y Louis Ducruet. ¡Enhorabuena nuevamente! __ Thank you Bruno Bebert for this special picture! #RosaClara #RoyalWedding #BridalFashion #Monaco

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So, what else is up in the royal world?