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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

So so much has happened that we have no time for chitty chat. Royals, get in line and we’ll get to you all one by one!


William launches his Earthshot prize, Tils and Phil attend the annual Cinquantenaire Parade, Kate checks in with some students, and Camilla visits St. St Bartholomew’s hospital. See it all here.


We haven’t kept up with Cams as we should. In her role as President of the Royal Voluntary Service, she recently visited to The Royal Voluntary Service Lunch Club. The club serves not just food, but warmth and companionship to the elderly and disenfranchised, a group that is vastly underserved. Camilla is wearing a Fiona Clare dress and mask.

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Really, watch the video, where she gladly cuts up food for one of the lunch participants, Kay Francis. She also decorated trifles and stopped for a chat with her pen pal Doris. Her PEN PAL, PEOPLE. Am I going on and on? I am just impressed by Cam’s commitment and wish I were her pen pal.

Here’s a first: William and Kate had a meet and greet at Buckingham Palace. They spoke with the Ukranian President and the First Lady, Olena Zelenska. No one seems to have a clue who designed Kate’s dress (good job there, Duchess!) so we have to content ourselves with saying it is blue. The sapphires are a lovely touch, though.

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Another good Sophster sighting is on the docket here. Sophie is wearing a Victoria Beckham blazer. While I am at it, will someone please go beg her to get a Wessex Instagram so we get better photos? I like what I am seeing here but it’s incomplete. She was visiting the National Space Centre for space week – how cool is that?

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🚀 The Countess of Wessex today visited the National @spacecentre to mark #WorldSpaceWeek, and to see first-hand the educational programmes on offer. HRH was joined by astronaut Helen Sharman – the first Briton to go into space – at the Centre, which has recently re-opened with social distancing measures in place. The Countess met a small number of students participating in the National Space Academy’s Space Engineering Course, and heard from them about the key role the Centre plays in space education in the UK. 🛰 HRH also took part in a live Q&A session (transmitted via satellite!) with Helen Sharman, discussing ways to inspire the next generation to embrace science and space education. #DidYouKnow the Royal Family has a long history of supporting the study of astronomy? Visit our stories to learn more.

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Lil wanted to make sure you all saw this gorgeous portrait that is on display at Osborne House. It is Queen Victoria’s goddaughter, Sarah Forbes Bonetta. If you have time, follow the link in the bio for more information on a fascinating life. Also, look at that gorgeous tulle overskirt. Incredible, right?


Red! Max swept in wearing head to toe red, wearing a Massimo Dutti dress and an Oscar de la Renta embroidered coat swinging from her shoulders. Hint: If you have a snake phobia, don’t look too closely at her ears. She was visiting Tivoli Utrecht, where she worked with her patronage More Music in the Classroom.

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Purple! Max appeared at a video conference with the new location of Dutch Technology company Prodrive Technologies in Canton, Massachusetts. I do not know what the orb is. I do not know the designer of her dress. I do know that her earrings here are much easier on my eyes. She’s in her office at Huis ten Bosch Palace, and we are really going to have to do a Defense of that room one day.

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Purple Max or Red Max?


Harald, who is enduring an extended rough patch, continues with his leave. On Friday (today), he will undergo an operation to change a heart valve. Haakon continues as regent. Sonja, who is the very definition of “carrying on”, made an appearance to present her art prize to Canadian artist Ciara Phillips.

I dag kunne Dronningen overrekke Queen Sonja Print Award til den irsk-canadiske kunstneren Ciara Phillips.

– Det gleder…

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Does Victoria’s assistant read us and heed us? Look, she broke up the plaid with a pair of dark trousers. She and Daniel met with members of their foundation to discuss the efficacy of their most recent inclusion programs.

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Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel träffade i dag deltagarna i expertrådet och ungdomsrådet för Kronprinsessparets stiftelse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stiftelsen stöttar organisationer som jobbar för att främja god hälsa och motverka utanförskap hos barn och ungdomar. Till sin hjälp har stiftelsen ett expertråd som agerar rådgivare, bedömer och prioriterar mellan ansökningarna som kommer in. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I år har stiftelsen engagerat niondeklassare från Hjulsta grundskola utanför Stockholm till ett ungdomsråd. De har diskuterat och bedömt de ansökningar som kommit in till stiftelsen och gav under ett möte med Kronprinsessan, Prins Daniel och expertrådet sina synpunkter på fördelar och nackdelar i ansökningar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Victor Ericsson/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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Letizia visited a traditional students residence in Madrid yesterday. Other than the totally unecessary slit in the bottom of the royal lady trouserpant, I find this look perfection. La Reina.

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