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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Maybe it’s because I’m coming down from the joyful ride of anniversary celebrations here at the Bag, but I am having a hard time focusing today. Forgive the randomness of some of these entries. To start us off, a non-royal-related topic. I think Baguettes have an interest in fashion and museums, so here are the twelve most beautiful fashion museums in the world.


This week features all sorts of birthdays, random and not-so-random pairings, and the incredibly beautiful dress worn by Her Excellency Sara Affoue Amani, the Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire, during a virtual audience at Buckingham Palace. See it all here.

You know what, let’s put Her Excellency here, too, because this is a fine, fine ensemble. Hat, dress, all of it.

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Back in the Bag

Two years ago at the Bag and in Japan, the new era of Naruhito began. The official abdication ceremonies featured the Imperial Palace and stellar tiara appearances.

Birthday Roll Call

King Carl Gustav of Sweden turned 75 dignified years old, Princess Charlotte entered into a charming sixth year, Infanta Sofia became a graceful 14, and the Classic Princess of them all, Princess Benedikte, elegantly turned 77.

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The Spanish Queen continues to work almost non-stop, this past week giving the colorful and slightly edgy end of her closet some love. She attended the 6th Educational Congress on Rare Diseases, wearing Uterque head to toes: sweater, shoes, and button culottes. I like the neckline here and am avoiding thinking too much about the rest of it. It might grow on me. Well, the block shoes hit my sweet spot and I hope to see more of them.

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For a visit to FundeuRAE, the Queen wore a Mirto raincoat over her leather leggings. The coat is a fine visual spectacle, but I wish we could see more of the blouse.

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The Queen repeated her Gabriela Hearst dress (originally worn in 2019) for a visit to the exhibition “The world of Clovis. Merovingian Itineraries” at the Royal Museum of Mariemont. ModekoninginMathilde has details you don’t want to miss.

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As a patron of the Mary Foundation, the Crown Princess helped launch the Skolestyrken project, which seeks to unify schools around the concept of a safe community. She repeated one of my favorite blouses, one which hasn’t been identified but it believed to be from Prada. It has a lovely springlike feel, no matter the designer. See the Style of Mary blog for more information.


The convergence of the three Scandinavian Crown Princely couples makes things so easy for me. We can peer into three palaces at once (Norwegian CHINA ROOM alert!). Of course, the Swedes at Haga Palace are soothing. I do glimpse some of Fred’s office bonkers wall coverings in one shot, although I am personally sad not to see the Danes dancing in the dizzy room.


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In the words of our Baguette Princess Patricia, Keep Calm and Handbag On!