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ROYGBIV—Black and White

Welcome to another extracurricular category in our ROYGBIV series: Black and White. There are enough examples of this classic color combination to have our own category, no? Let’s get started.


Beatrice wore this eye catching coatdress for one of Granny’s 90th birthday celebrations and was the topic of many a conversation. A real departure for her and I love it.

Diana wore this velvet dress with a lace collar, which screams Fancy Pilgrim to this American.

Catherine wore this happy black and white print while pregnant with Louis.

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Letizia floored me in this beautiful polka dot dress on a recent visit to the United States. Gorgeous cut with a simple print.

Ignore the shoes.

This dizzying day dress was just recently repeated and it always makes my eyes cross.

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An interesting 2006 entry from Elena.


I LOVE this entry from Maxima.

And let’s not forget about this glorious Roland Mouret jumpsuit. Legitimately the first jumpsuit of the modern era I could appreciate.

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Laurentien looking fab at Prinsjesdag at Victoria and Daniel’s wedding a few years back. I love the red shoes peeking out underneath.

And our dear lady Oma, shown here in 1965.

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Ah, Victoria. Just gorgeous.

Madeleine’s dress from 2011 speaks to me for some reason. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s kicky.

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Charléne? Tres chic. Kindly lose the hat at the races, please.

Grace, looking as amazing as ever.


I love the simplicity of this daytime entry from Mary. Accented with the snakeskin pump? Yes, please!

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A little bit of Dior from Mozah to round out today’s category. Swoon.

What say you about these black and white entries? Would you like to see any of them worn again?

Show us your favorite royal black and white outfits in the comments?

Programming note: Next week, we’ll do black, white, and black and white jewelry combined and then get ready for silver and gray!