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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

The hofdames live in all four corners of the U.S., so two of us were freezing our tushes off this week and the other two we don’t speak of ; ). Just kidding, they were enjoying their mild weather and not rubbing it in too much, because they are diplomatic like that. All four of us agreed that there were a lot of royal birthdays that went unmarked and un-spammed last week, and we need to get to those in this post. Onward.


More faces in boxes and a few birthday photos await you here.

Back in the Bag

Last year the entire Spanish royal family attended the opening of parliament, and Letizia’s earrings stole the show.


On January 30th, Felipe turned 53, and I think we mentioned that Abdullah also celebrated his 59th birthday that day. Crown Princess Mary turned 49 on February 5th (unbelievable) and Marie celebrated number 45 on February 6th (also crazy). Reaching a bit further back Sophie, Countess of Wessex, turned 56 on January 20th. StephMonaco turned 56 on February 1st and on the 12th everyone’s favorite Aunt, Astrid of Norway, celebrates 89.

Here’s a celebratory collage – CP Mary’s photo is new, released for her birthday.

Saving the cutest for last, the Gyalsey celebrated number 5 on February 5th.


Here is a gallery of the Duchess of Cambridge, in various shots behind her computer. She’s been busy doing virtual support for the Ribbon Academy, Holocaust Educational Trust, and the Roe Green Junior School.

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The Countess goes a-crafting! I’m sure the birds of Bagshot appreciate the new lodgings.

We don’t often get to see too much of the private life of Princess Anne – by design, I am sure – so the release of this photo took me quite by surprise. LOTS to dissect here ; ). She and her husband were cheering on Scotland in the Calcutta Cup.

Was this what you expected from Anne?


Princess Sofia threw a lovely cozy looking coat on over her basic black turtleneck dress and stepped out for a digital graduation ceremony. If only I could throw practicality to the wind and invest in a white coat, I would, but I don’t think I would wear it as well as the princess.


Queen Letizia goes full-on monochrome for a meeting with the Spanish Association Against Cancer. I don’t think I could balance on those shoes and keep the coat on my shoulders, but for the practiced Spanish royal it’s no problem.

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Google translate tells me it was “Warm Sweater Day” in the Netherlands and WAX looks beyond chuffed with his gift. He also appears pleased as punch to meet with Julia and Jonah, the creators. Do the women in his life not knit for him ; )?


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