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Welcome back, U.S. folks, to the working week. Our guest contributors from other locales worked hard over the long weekend, so if you missed Iselen and Lady M’s posts, check out these entries on Queen Sofia and Maharani Gayatri Devi.

This week, we have an exciting selection of “Royals on Videoconference” for you all, although the first Sunday of Advent adds some additional glow and good cheer to the proceedings.


In addition to all the normal royal activities, you really should see WAX’s encounter with an elephant, here.

Back in the Bag

Last year, pre-Covid, Mary and Fred were blissfully maskless in Poland. Mary was a dream in her pale blue coat.


The Duchess of Cambridge has been very busy releasing data from her Early Years Program. It’s a cause that’s very near and dear to her heart, and you can just sense her enthusiasm for the effort in this collage. She has been very professional in a string of businesswear, too. The white blazer is by Zara, and I don’t have current IDs on the light purple blouse and blazer, but they suit the circumstances well.

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Possible changes are afoot, but don’t get your hopes up too high for quick action. The Japanese are very deliberate about changes like this.

Below, also some possible good news, but we will wait to see how this all unfolds. These pieces of news may or may not be related – the ways of the Imperial court are often not clear to outsiders.

In the meantime, the Emperor and Empress, along with Princess Mako, attended the Japanese Parliament’s 130th anniversary ceremony at the House of Councillors in Tokyo.


Maxima attended the 2020 King Willem award, and wore a repeated Natan from 2018. She added a fabulous diamond collier, the star of the show (apart from Max herself).

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The Danish sisters are afoot, in a proper, socially distanced manner. Daisy paid a visit to the Danish Society for Natural Science to award the Ørsted Gold Medal, and she did it in royal style with a sophisticated color pairing of red and deep purple. Royal Hats did a deep dive on the amazing new hat Daisy wore (great use of a hat pin!).

Benedikte indulged in some Classic Princessing, and attended a videoconference of the Girl Scouts’ Joint Council. Bene, of course, was a lovely picture in blue, but instead of focusing on her I found myself daydreaming about transporting myself to the study in Christian VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg. What a perfectly cozy room with a great view.


Queen Sonja lit the first candle of the advent wreath, and I am beyond impressed by how she channels the season without looking like an overdressed Christmas tree. Very nice white dress with berry accents, Sonja. You know how to pick the right room for the event.


I would like to move here, thankyouverymuch. Victoria, Daniel, Estelle and the Gingerbread Man Oscar lit their own first candle of Advent. Thanks to JR on Twitter for the translation: “Today is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival & hope – something that feels especially important this year”.

Which royal room would you like to hunker down in?


As always, we are so glad you joined us here. Please leave your contributions in the comments all week long.