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Autumn! Here in the northern hemisphere, it means cool air and a good night’s sleep. Hope it treats you well, wherever you find yourself. As for the royals, the season brings back a more active work schedule and some actual state visits. Celebration all around!


Everyone was in New York City last week: Queen Mathilde, Queen Maxima, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. See it all here.

Back in the Bag

If you were looking for wedding coverage on the royal-related weddings last weekend, we have a lively Open Post here. Right now, Queen Maxima in the maximal Stuart Tiara is leading in our State Visits of the Tens poll.


This section should be subtitled “An Ode to Crown Princess Mary”, who has returned to work and Poppins Princessing with a vengeance.

Maz attended the opening of Campus Horsens at VIA University College in Horsens, an institution with a highly diverse and international student body. She wore a Beulah dress, and the solid color and fitted silhouette – not to mention the perfectly placed belt – are bringing me great joy after years of floating florals.

Mary brought back her H&M brocade skirt and off-the-shoulder shirt for an appearance with Handsome Fredi at the 20201 Crown Prince Couple’s Awards. She’s worn this combo several times and it deserves the repeat. It works for those in-between, not quite gala, not quite casual, appearances.

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Just prior to the appearance, the couple visited the museum Kongernes Jelling (the home of the Viking Kings). I was puzzling for far too long as to what to call her sweater/vest/pullover so I’ll just throw it to all of you.

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Finally, she appeared at the Danish Army’s honorary stage dinner, hosted by Queen Margrethe (The Queen was escorted by one of her household, you need to watch the video to see who). Mary also participates in this event, and this year she wore the newly designed women’s dress military uniform.


Queen Silvia (with King Carl Gustaf) paid a visit to the province of Uppsala to discuss the effects of the pandemic with local citizens. The Queen upped her standard Sils suit game – which is always very good – by wearing a bright Chanel suit. It fits like a dream and adds some gusto to the fall landscape.

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The Netherlands royal gang was a-hopping from event to event last week. There was some excellent Classic Princessing and Queening going on.

Classic Princess Margriet was a guest editor at the weekly magazine Margriet, and she also sat down for an interview with the publication. Love the bright zazzy patterns, which stand out as the days get grayer and colder in her neck of the woods.

Margriet joined her sister, the Queen of Classic Princesses, Beatrix, for the 50th jubilee show of Introdans and a continuation of the zazzy pattern theme. I don’t know what you take away from these photos, but I think that the Sister Act had a Very Good Time.

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We are once again honored to have some special photos from a Dutch event. Thanks to our friend Triple-A’s connections, the photographer Gert-Jan de Wit has graciously allowed us to use these lovely photos of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in attendance at the 100th anniversary Jubilee of the Dutch Bach Society. Maxima is wearing Natan Top and Trouser set and carrying a clutch by annacecerebag.

You might remember that Gert-Jan has previously allowed us access to his photos of the 2019 Order of the Garter service and the 2019 Corps Diplomatique Dinner. You can see more of his current work at and Thank you Gert-Jan, we’re really honored to host your photos here again!


Princess Caroline accompanied her brother Prince Albert to the 5th Monte-Carlo Gala For Planetary Health. Sharon Stone was an honored guest (she has known the Grimaldis for YEARS). It’s a room full of beautiful people and actors, so the outfits are definitely outside our usual royal parameters. That’s your heads up in case you seek out more photos. It’s an unusual event when the Grimaldi women are by far the most restrainedly dressed in the room.

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