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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

All right all right all right – spring is coming folks. There’s some actual bright cheeriness in this week’s Bits. We’ve tried to use as few Getty images as possible since we are having issues with them showing up on all devices, but sometimes they are the best source out there. If you see the text “Embed from Getty” rather than the image, click on the link to bring up the photo.

Housekeeping is over, let’s jump in.


There is heavy British royalty coverage in Getty this week, to be expected given all the publicity swirling around the family. Philippe was out supporting athletes, and the Spains continue to work like the committed royals they are. See it all here.

Back in the Bag

This week last year was The. End. of. Royaling. As. We. Knew. It. Too dramatic? I’m sure it will pick up again, very soon. In the meantime, look back on some Zara hats from the Cheltenham races.


William joined Catherine on a visit to the re-opened School 21 in Stratford. I’m sure the moral support was nice, and the schoolchildren got a surprise twofer. Shallow as I am, I focus on the Duchess’ ensemble, which is perfect from my point of view. She’s wearing a Boden pullover and a Max & Co midi coat. Royal lady ponytail alert!

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Princess Charlene expressed her condolences over the death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. The Zulu King collaborated with HSH in her foundation and was a consequential ruler in his own right. For more in-depth information on the King’s life, please see our other post.


I think the world should celebrate Pretzel Sunday. Prince Charles makes it look like the best holiday ever.


If Fred knew how much scrutinizing I do of his palace decor I would have Danish security on my doorstep in an instant. Fredi doodles on his deskpad when he is bored, folks! Just look at that. Also, check out the glimpses of some of his modern art in the background. I’m all Team Paintings over Team Wallpaper. He’s been busy, so hit the Danish Instagram account to see where he’s been and what he has been up to.


Speaking of decor, how good does Sonja look in this room? She couldn’t have stage managed a better shot. There was a hike in her honor, and the participants gifted her with a vintage ski in tribute.

Harald remains on medical leave, resting after the surgery on his knee, and Haakon continues in his regent role.


The sobering news out of Sweden was that Victoria and Daniel were both diagnosed with Covid 19, and are quarantining. They were described as doing “as well as possible”.

On the more positive side, we get a Princess Christina sighting! Carl Philip and Christina read a prayer with Pastor Michael Bjerkhagen at the memorial service in Drottningholm’s castle church. They honored the memory of those lost in the pandemic, and support to those who are grieving.

Royal Adjacency

There was a royal adjacent wedding last week, which included as guest a recent subject of one of our Pocket Profiles, Grand Duke George. Joachim, Prince of Pontecorvo, of the Murat family married Lorraine Briki on March 5.

You may better remember the family as the former owners of the Murat tiara, built to showcase three enormous pearls. The tiara was auctioned off by Sothebys in 2012.

Murat Tiara, by Chaumet

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