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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Stateside we are marching into summertime, and our living is easy here at the Bag. This is a reminder that next Monday, May 31st, is a national holiday here in the U.S. The Bag will be on vacation the following week and will return on Tuesday, June 8th. There will be a Community Bits and Bobs post available for those who want to contribute and keep the conversation going.


It’s all Great Britain at Getty this week. Coverage includes many photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Scotland, Queen Elizabeth visiting her ship, and the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall completing their visit to Ireland. See it all here.

Back in the Bag

Last year at this time many royals went out into the world wearing their sporty blues, and the community heartily approved of it all.


Swedish May must be much cooler than the American Midwest because I would definitely lose the coat on this ensemble. The Crown Princess attended a meeting of Friends of Nordiska Museet and Skansen, an organization she has been affiliated with for over 25 years. The dress is by Timo, the jacket by Toteme, and the pumps by Gianvito Rossi.

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The entire family was in their element for this official photo. Keep this neckline in mind, folks, for a future Spam post.


Twin alert. These varsity-style jackets are just killing me, particularly when paired with dad’s mask and Gabriella’s bow. Jacques and Gabriella accompanied dad to the practice and qualifying of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco, while Princess Charlene remained in South Africa, where she is recovering from an ear infection.

At least in Monaco, the weather aligns with my expectations. The next day, La BB, Pierre, and Princess Alexandra all appeared wearing apparel that screams late spring on the Mediterranean, in a good way.

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I think I could use a double dose of bright orange in my life, how about you? The Classic Princess of Denmark unveiled a portrait of herself at the opening of the exhibition “The Contrapuntal Portrait” at the National History Museum.


Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Solís, Count of Osorno, is the younger son of the Duke of Alba. Last week, he married Belén Corsini in the Madrid home of the Dukes of Alba. The wedding dress seems to elicit some strong reactions, so I won’t be surprised to see anything in the spectrum show up in the comments. I love the headpiece and the train. I am a fan of many of the guests, starved for weddings and new dresses as I am.

Zulu Nation/South Africa

The Zulu Kingdom has suffered another unfortunate loss. We covered the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini in March, and now the Queen Consort has also died. This is a lovely pictorial tribute to her life.


If you have been reading here a while you know my fascination with the Tudors. I feel into the rabbit on this article about Ann Boleyn’s prayer book. Girl power in the House of Tudor.

The Countess of Wessex took part in the launch of the “Inspire a Generation” programme, designed to introduce people to wheelchair basketball. No word on whether she sunk a basket, but she sure did bring the enthusiasm. Honestly, she doesn’t look a day over 35 in these shots. I wouldn’t want to go one-on-one with her.

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Reminder that if you are looking for Kate and William Scotland tour updates, our Open Post is going strong.


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