Royal Shares and Re-wears – Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel

Happy Friday Fun Day! Last week we determined that Baguettes preferred the first outing of the Duchess of Cambridge’s bottle-green Jenny Packham sparkler. It seems the diplomatic-dressing won out this time around!

Let’s dive into a Classic Royal Share today. The is a favorite among long-time royal watchers and one that seems to work on both women equally well. Our poll requests that you help us out with the burning question: how can this be?

Princess Beatrix

In June 1965, the engagement of Princess Beatrix to Claus van Amsberg was announced. The couple and their families posed on the grounds of the Soestdijk Palace. The groom-to-be was controversial, but the dress the bride wore for the event was not. The sleeveless dress had a drop waist and a low cowl neckline embellished with a small bow. On Beatrix, the hem fell just below the knee. The cool blue/green print was perfect for an early summer day in the garden. The Princess wore a set of brooches, a pearl bracelet, and, of course, her engagement ring.

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Princess Mabel

You might say this dress is always marriage-adjacent! Forty years later, in a different style period altogether, the dress reappeared. Princess Mabel borrowed if from her mother-in-law to attend the wedding of Prince Peter Christian in 2005. Mabel is considerably taller and fuller-figured than Beatrix was in the original wearing. The dress fits differently and is shorter, but is no less charming. Mabel wore a pair of pearl earrings and carried a coordinating clutch.

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The conundrum is this: why does this dress, with all its design detail, work so well on two such different women, so many years apart?

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What makes this work so well?