Britain · Denmark · Italy · Japan · Luxembourg · Monaco

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Royal watching got even more complicated this week. We’ll go over the extraordinary first, and then head into the mundane (which is still pretty exciting).

Changes and Controversy

First up, the Sussexes. Yes, even though they won’t be working royals we will still feature them occasionally. We aren’t currently covering each new release of information because, frankly, it is controversial, and it has the potential to take us far from our drama-free mission. Going forward, we will treat the Sussexes like the other British non-working royals. We’ll cover the clothes at their individual events – Invictus, etc., – and definitely give their ensembles a once-over when they appear with the rest of the Windsors at family events.

In Luxembourg the Waringo Report will be released in a few weeks, and it has the potential to significantly change things up in the Ducal household. You can find more information at the link, but we ask that we keep gossip about it off the blog. It, too, has the potential for great controversy. In the meantime, we’ll focus on more happy news out of the Cour, including new tiara surprises, how good the hereditary Grand Duchess has been looking, and the upcoming birth of the heir.

A hat tip to Lesleyc for this next bit of intriguing royal news. The erstwhile Italian royals (the monarchy was abolished in Italy in 1946) are battling the question of absolute primogeniture between two branches of the family. My writing skills are not nearly good enough to describe the various branches of the House of Savoy and their positions on the matter, but this article in The Telegraph details it in all its colorful glory. If anyone can clarify further in the comments, please do!

Manners from Marie-Chantal

Marie-Chantal has carved a bit of a career for herself out of high-end child rearing. She started by selling classic kid clothes and now she is dipping her toe into publishing. She has a book out on manners, and I have a bit of curiousity about how the really rich approach this topic. If it happens to cross your path, let us know what you think of it!

Japan

The theme for the January 16th poetry reading was hope, and I think we can all get behind that message. I was particularly touched by the Empress’ poem, and my sartorial side was intrigued by her single lapel dress. You can read all the poems here.

Monaco

The circus came to Monaco, as it does yearly, and we have COLOR IN THE ROOM. On day one, I liked Stephanie’s coat and one shoulder orange-red dress very much, and her daughter Pauline Ducruet wore a flowing dress I would classify as interesting on anyone else, but she looks chic.

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On day two, mother and both daughters (Camille Gotlieb joined the fray, in lavender and BIG sleeves) appeared as a trio. I like the black on Stephanie, and the girls are looking pretty snazzy without being ridiculous. Ok, maybe the big sleeves are a tad…..absurd.

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Day three! I think this is among the best ever of Stephco’s ensembles. The chic black and white works with her own high contrast coloring, and I am seeing something Char-like in Pauline’s ensemble, in a good way.

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Day four brought another good outfit from Steph (all our Stephanies are doing SO WELL, sniff). Love the color, and she is altogther well-pulled together. Pauline looks cute and funky.

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Denmark

I wanted to end with Benedikte, but I couldn’t find anything recent for her, so we’ll end with her great nephew instead. Prince Nikolai of Denmark continues his modeling career, and I thought his runway appearance might send you off to your week in a good mood.

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Denmark · Jordan · Lesotho · Monaco

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Well, well, well. Yes a busy royal week is done and dusted. I admit to following the British drama on other blogs and media outlets, but to remain true to our mission here we are turning our eyes to some alternative events. Lot of interesting life going on in other monarchies.

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All the royal photos you missed from the week of January 6th can be found here.

Jordan

OC brought this to the Handbag’s attention, and it’s so touching. Just watch King Abdullah’s face – at times wistful, proud, and joyful – as he pins the aviation flight wings on his daughter, Salma Bint Abdullah, the country’s first female military pilot. This, folks, is a big deal. Hashemite women getting it done, yet again.

Lesotho

I fell down a rabbit hole of Masenate Mohato Seeiso last week. I was unaware that she was the first commoner to marry into the royal family. At some point we will take a look at some of her style choices, since she is a master of mixing elegant Western styles with the traditional clothes of Lesotho. Ambidressterous, in Handbag language.

Monaco

Tatiana Casiraghi did some modeling with her younger son, Maximillian. We don’t see her often in public. It’s an interesting combination, Wickstead and Casiraghi.

Denmark

If you are on Twitter, I highly recommend you follow JR. He’s been a good friend to us and other bloggers, and he is fountain of royal information. He has some interesting background on the photo of Princess Benedikte wearing Queen Desiree’s parure and train (a photo that many of us have come to love).

Oman

Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, died on January 10. He was the longest serving ruler in the Middle East. More about him and his tenure can be found here. Like many other royals, he was trained at Sandhurst and has many friends among the current royal families. Queen Noor, King Felipe, Queen Elizabeth, and many other royals have send condolences.

The funeral has been held, but here is now an official mourning period. Both Prince Charles & King Willem-Alexander are in Oman to pay respects, participate in the official days of mourning, and meet the new sultan. Yes, Charles will fly back to attend to his own royal business on Monday.

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Belgium · Britain · Romania · Spain

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Welcome back to the working week. If you are an Elvis Costello fan, you will remember the lyrics “I know it don’t thrill you, I hope it don’t kill you….”, and if even if you have never heard that song, you can understand the sentiment. No worry, we are back too, bringing you some Bits and Bobs to make it all better.

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Britain

The Queen remains in Sandringham until February, and various members of the royal family and friends have joined her at church. Last week we got a lovely surprise in that both Michael and Carole Middleton were in attendance, with Kate and William. It is rumored that a group of friends and family gather at Anmer for Kate’s birthday every year, and this might be the weekend (edited: It is. Check out Regal Fille if you want to see the guests). I love this multi-colored coat (Roksanda) and bright blue fedora (Hicks and Brown) on Kate, and Carole looks elegant as always in her large fur hat. See New My Royals for more photos.

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Romania

It doesn’t seem like it’s possible to an old-timer such as me, but it’s been thirty years since the Romanian Royal Family returned from exile. The family will be celebrating on January 17 and 18th, and you can marvel at a young Margareta below. She’s barely changed, right? It’s been a long road for her, and she carries it all lightly, as if it is in a day’s work.

Spain

Now this is interesting! Queen Sofia and her sister, Princess Irene, attended a recycled instrument Orchestra Cateura at Teatro Real royal opera house. We don’t often get to see Irene, and the recycled instruments intrigue me. I also wish we saw more of Sofia’s outfit.

New My Royals explains the orchestra: Cateura’s Recycled Instruments Orchestra was created by children and youth from Praguay’s city of Asunción, a marginal neighbourhood built on top of a landfill.

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Belgium

The fabulous Queen Mathilde Blogger, Modekoningin Mathilde, has a comprehensive post about Mathilde’s 2019 fashion choices. It’s in Dutch, but there are enough graphics that you can pick up on what is going on. HInt: Over 50% of her official wardrobe is ….. ta da….. Natan!

Denmark

Let’s wrap up the fashion with some Benedike, attending a performance of The Snow Queen. More photos at New My Royals.

Royal Response to Australian Fires

We would be remiss not to mention the fires currently raging in Australia, and, in the spirit of this blog, provide the royal responses below. For those looking to take practical action, the Sussex Instagram post lists some ways to help.

We are greatly concerned about our Australian community members during this long, very difficult summer. We understand that people are – rightfully – concerned about each other. To keep the comments royal-focused, please let us know if you would like to reach one of our Australian Handbaggers and we will facilitate the exchange of email addresses. If you live in Australia and wish to communicate with fellow Handbaggers, please let us know and advise us of your email address. We can be reached at lilibetshandbag@gmail.com.

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Community Bits and Bobs

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Christmas Day Appearances

Other than British royals, we sometimes see the Danes and Norwegians headed to services on Christmas Day.

Scheduled Christmas Speeches

The schedule below is based on previous year’s events, and so it remains tentative. We’ll update as information becomes available.

Christmas Eve, December 24

  • Belgium, given by King Philippe 
  • Spain, given by King Felipe
  • Luxembourg, given by Grand Duke Henri

Christmas Day, December 25

New Years Eve, December 31

  • Denmark, given by Queen Margrethe
  • Monaco, given by Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Norway, given by King Harald

New Year’s Levees and Events

Denmark

  • January 1st – New Year’s Day Banquet at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg, 7:30 p.m. local time
  • January 2nd – New Year’s Receptions for Supreme Court judges, the Royal Guard and Regiments Officer Corps at Christian VII’s Palace
  • January 3rd – New Year’s Reception for the military, patronages, and other leaders, at Christiansborg Palace

Japan

Britain · Denmark · Norway · Spain · Sweden

Hofdame Bits and Bobs

This is an exciting week in Handbag-land. The Nobel ceremonies are happening in Oslo and Stockholm, and one of my personal favorite events of the royal year, Camilla decorating her tree with the children, is Thursday. (Edited to add: Luckey Girl just reminded me of the Diplomatic Reception in London on Wednesday, too!)

Luckey Girl has an Open Post scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday to cover the Nobel ceremonies, and we will circle back and catch up with Camilla. We’ll put up an Open Post on Wednesday so anyone who catches photos of “Tiaras and British royals in Cars” can post them.

Some Nobel ceremony preparation:

The official program and schedule.
Viewing links

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Before we go forward, let’s look back at a few things we didn’t cover here last week.

Newsworthy on the Net

  • The Dutch Royal Family attended the Prince Claus Prize en famille. The article is in French, so Google Translate will be most of our friends.
  • Eagle-eyed geogirl found a jewel story those who admire Vita Sackville-West and Cartier might find intriguing!
  • Oh Sophie, you are such a kind person and a great representative for the Royal Family, which was demonstrated while hosting an afternoon tea for the Scar-Free Association.
  • Princess Anne is a patron of Not Forgotten, an organization supporting wounded, injured or sick veterans. The holiday party was held at St. James Palace and there is a lovely, lovely video here.

Spain

We need to catch up with Letizia, who has been super busy in advance of the holidays. As always, if you want to deep dive into the events she attended and the accessories that accompanied her ensembles, head to the Queen Letizia Style blog.

She visited La Alhambra, Granada, to open an exhibit on the Zirid Granada and the Berber Universe, wearing a crowd favorite repeat Varela suit. Honestly, I could see this once a month and not tire of it. Until this outing, I hadn’t realized the embroidery was purple.

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The coat and dress combination she wore to a seminar on “Health and Climate Change” is simply a Best-of-the-Year for me. The double breasted Herrera coat with pearlized buttons needs to find its way into my closet pronto, but the Boss fringed dress is what is really breathtaking. And, no, I couldn’t pull that off, but she does.

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The King and Queen hosted a reception in advance of the climate change seminar, and Letizia wore what is described as an H&M “maxi” skirt, although I would describe it as tea length, myself.

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Sweden

Estelle is absorbing some culture.

Monaco

Brother and Sister Monaco attended the opening of a Christmas Village and – call me cuckoo – but I love this coat on Caroline.

Britain and Denmark

I love this (pretty much) annual convergence of Denmark and Britain. The Duchess of Gloucester and Queen Margrethe at the Anglo-Danish Society.

Norway

Let’s end with pure joy, ok? Auntie Astrid attended a Christmas show at Dissimili’s, as she does every year, in snowflake earrings a big smile.

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