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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Who loves a September wedding? I hope all of you do because much of this Bits is devoted to one. Excuse my excitement, but it’s been a while since we’ve had a flock of royals all in one place. But first, a few more pieces of business. If you are looking for coverage of yesterday’s state visit in Sweden, check out the Open Post.


Queen Rania turned 51, Carl Gustaf is a-speechifying, and the Duchess of Cornwall supported the “Brilliant Breakfast Initiative”. All here.

Back in the Bag

Two years ago, we began commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe after World War II. It started off with two Benelux Queens at the same event.


Want some sunshine? Queen Mathilde is here to provide it. The Queen inaugurated the new school year by paying a visit to the KAZ primary school, called the “School for the Future”. I’m sure the children appreciated the cheeriness of the bright Natan separates and the Queen’s participation in the ping pong game.

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Queen Letizia and King Felipe greeted Chilean President Sebastian Pinera at the Royal Palace. The Queen borrowed a dress from Queen Sofia’s closet for the event. Per Iselen from last week’s Bits, “Queen Sofia wore this dress for a State Visit to Italy so it’s probably a Valentino. Letizia has changed the pink sequins and they’re all silver now matching her belt.”

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Max and Wax attended the opening of the Amare cultural center, striding in together like the Vikings they are. Max is wearing a green Zeus+Dione dress.

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The duo also took a look at the preparations for the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort, with the Princess of Orange and Princess Ariane in tow. For the return of the Grand Prix to the country in 36 years, Max is wearing a very patriotic Orange printed dress from Zimmermann.

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We were also treated to a rare(er) appearance from Princess Oma Beatrix She attended the opening ceremony of the windmill De Vlijt in Zuidwolde, Drenthe. If there is anything more Dutch than Oma and a windmill I can’t think of it.

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Mary and Fred represented at Denmark’s Flag Day, held at the Military Headquarters Kastellet in Copenhagen. She was totally our Poppins Princess here, wearing her Prada coat over a Max Mara printed dress.

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Well, this kind of sounds terrible – a portrait made from “waste” – but the result is actually flattering. Mary met Italian artist Maurizio Giani, and she visited an exhibition displaying the art and design works by thirteen Danish companies at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo Da Vinci. She’s in Milan for Design week, wearing her Marc Jacobs pink dress for this round of events.

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Ah, the sights and sounds of a European wedding in the autumn! Princess Maria Anunciata of Liechtenstein is the daughter of Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, which makes her the niece and granddaughter of two monarchs. She wore a Valentino gown for her wedding to her beau, Emanuele Musini. The ceremony was held in the gorgeous Schottenkirche in Vienna. The two were previously married in a civil ceremony earlier this year.

The bride wore the Habsburg Fringe tiara, the diadem of the Royal Family of Liechtenstein, which held the embroidered veil in place.

The bride also wore the earrings that her mother, Princess Margarethe wore for her own wedding, which were reportedly a gift from Queen Fabiola. Quite a royal tradition.

The mother of the bride looked very chic in her Chanel suit. More photos of the many royal and distinguished guests are available at New My Royals.

The was an evening reception held at the magnificent Liechtenstein Garden Palace (Gartenpalais). Princess Maria Anunciata wore the Luxembourg Vine Leaves tiara, loaned from her maternal uncle, Grand Duke Henri, and a flowing Grecian style gown.

The guests were equally glittering, as we expected. There was lots of Dior, including a red cloud on blog favorite La BB. The Daily Mail coverage is here.

The family is not done with weddings this year. The bride’s younger sister, Princess Marie-Astrid, had a civil wedding in the Spring of 2021 and will be married in a religious ceremony in Rome on September 18, 2021.


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