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?
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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.
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.
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?