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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

So much happened over two days! Let’s not waste time on boring preambles, let’s jump right in.


Lots of G7 coverage there this week, Princess Cristina of Spain is a beautiful 56, and so much more. See it all here.

Back in the Bag

Last year photos were released for Vic and Dan’s 10th wedding anniversary, and the royal world let out a collective romantic sigh.

Royals in their Summer Prints

Because we had such a busy weekend, I am not breaking everything into countries. We’ll do a quick rollcall of the various summer prints and florals on display to speed up the proceedings.

Queen Mathilde paid a visit to the Circus School of Brussels (Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles), which presents workshops for citizens with disabilities. The Queen actively participated in several of the activities. She is wearing a blue and white Diane von Furstenberg midi dress. She hit my favorite color combination here, and I personally love it all: the dress, bangle, and blue shoes.

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Queen Maxima was spotted at a visit to the “Special Olympics National Games” on the Zuiderpark Sports Campus in The Hague. Yes, that is a wide-legged jumpsuit (by Seren). It’s such a quintessentially Maxima appearance I can’t muster up anything to say other than “she does her thing and she exudes charm”.

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The Duchess of Cornwall and summer prints just go together like coffee and cream, don’t they? She had a particularly good run with them last week. She wore a pair of Fiona Clare dresses, a deep vibrant floral for her daytime engagement opening British Flowers Week, and a lighter blue “snowdrop” print for her evening event at The Royal Ballet.

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Queen Sofia tackled a community clean-up with other volunteers on in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain, projecting pure energy and wearing a floral shirt to perk up the proceedings.

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Queen Margrethe hosted the President of the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Fr. Elke Büdenbender, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, and Mr. Bo Tengberg on the royal yacht Dannebrog. The event was the closing ceremony for the 100th centenary of Denmark’s reunion with South Jutland (more on that below). Daisy wore a spring-like floral wrap dress.


(Subtitle: Netherlands Edition) The Princess of Orange has graduated high school with honors and took part in a tradition that I had never heard of – running her backpack up the flagpole. She also got both parents up on the roof for the event. Congratulations to Princess Amalia and good luck to her in her future endeavors. Hold on tight up there, old folks, you still have two more daughters to graduate.

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In other Amalia news, she has shown a deft diplomatic hand by waiving the yearly income that was provided to her once she turned 18. Let’s face it, the House of Orange is stupendously wealthy, and the income for a royal who would be doing minimal royal work was controversial. She either has some pretty good PR instincts of her own or she has great advisors. If it is the latter, she has shown some wisdom in listening to their counsel.


(Subtitle: Denmark Edition) The centenary of Denmark’s reunion with Southern Jutland was actually in 2020, but the celebration was postponed due to the pandemic. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, and Prince Christian all attended the ceremony to commemorate the event. Yes, the photo caught the Queen in a Diana-at-the-kindergarten moment, but it happens and a monarch just carries on.

It’s good to see our King-in-Training join the Queens-in-Training at some official duties, right? Per Royal Arjan on Twitter, the royals used the same carriage as Queen Alexandrine did at the 1920 reunion ceremonies.

The Wessexes

The Wessex team opened a new Pre-Prep and Music School at  Eagle House School in Sandhurst, and handled it like the pros they are. Sophie wore a ME + EM cotton dress.

Tea with The Queen

Queen Elizabeth hosted US President, Joe Biden, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for tea at Windsor Castle. The Queen wore a lovely pink print dress (she knew we were featuring prints this week, right?), and the Jardine Star (ahem, Hofdame LiL, your favorite brooch alert). We don’t dwell on political figure’s clothes, so I’ll just say that Dr. Biden looked lovely and appropriate – and wore a brooch! – for the visit

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Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour was not firing on all cylinders, but there were some added festivities this year. The Queen seemed delighted with remaining at Windsor and with what was on offer. She has repeated this pale gray coat dress for several events now, including the Opening of Parliament and Ascot 2017. The Queen wore her mother’s Aquamarine bar brooch (thanks, Wendy!).

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G7 Leaders’ Summit Events

I absolutely love this “Three Queens” photo from the Eden Project reception. The event, focused on the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, was held during the G7 Leaders’ Summit on June 11, 2021, in St Austell, Cornwall, England. The Queen proved herself still a dab hand with a sword. It’s thought that the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress is by McQueen.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Dr. Biden toured some classrooms at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle. The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen dress, and Dr. Biden again nailed the appropriate First Lady Look to the wall.

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Oh, our Baguette Royal Warrant has a special treat for you all. Her friends know she is a tried and true royal watcher, and they captured some video of the Queen in Cornwall as a gift for her. Royal Warrant is generously sharing it with us. Enjoy!


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