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For those re-emerging from the Thanksgiving Holiday, welcome back to the working week. For everyone else, hello again – hope you didn’t miss us too much ; ). Let’s just just get right down to it.

Housekeeping

Getty has been busy re-coding their embed function again, so we are relying on Instagram photos for the time being. Hopefully all that is sorted out soon (before the Nobel Ceremonies!).

We have been doing a 24 day to Christmas countdown on Twitter, featuring iconic royal evening gowns. Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for more fun!

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Newsworthy on the Net

  • Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have filmed a television special with Mary Berry, due to air on December 16. I hope our British Handbaggers report back.
  • Queen Elizabeth I was an author and translator, as well as Queen.
  • Love Cartier as much as I do? Head on over to Tokyo for the “Crystallization of Time” exhibit. Even the website is pure beauty.
  • File this in the “What Already?” folder: Princess Aiko turns 18!
    • And file this under “Interesting and why hasn’t it happened yet”, per the article: “An October poll by Kyodo News showed that 81.9 percent of the public are in favor of Japan having a reigning empress.”
  • Wondering what happened with Princess Mako’s engagement? Her father is, too, and wants her to update the public about it.
  • The Norwegian Princely couple hosted their annual dinner at Skaugum for the Norwegian civil society, the country’s Red Cross. Mette-Marit was there, looking great in red.
  • Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, has been standing firm in her defense of her family and country. If you have a chance to read the speech at the link (in English), I encourage you to do so. For our purposes here, she has been doing so while looking extremely pulled together.
  • Speaking of Romania, were you aware that Queen Mother Helen of Romania, the divorced wife of Carol II, is a Righteous Among Nations, just as Princess Alice was? There is an upcoming program on Romanian television about her fascinating and courageous life, and I encourage any Romanian speakers here to report back.

Denmark

The Christmas season is here, ready or not. The Danes have been telegraphing it by wearing a lot of red to events, Marie in particular. It’s a good thing it suits her.

Luxembourg

The entire Grand Ducal family convened at the Château de Colmar-Berg on the 100th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Grand Duchess Charlotte.

Britain

Sophie attended a “Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth” discussion, and although I could sit and quibble about the clothing I prefer to focus on how absolutely thrilled everyone was with her participation. Joy all around.

Spain

We all got a bit too excited on last weeks Bits and Bobs at a possible hair bob reappearance, but Leti had us fooled with a fake-out hairstyle. Still, this was an overall stellar appearance in a Dries Van Noten midi. Utterly Leti and and utterly chic. Queen Letizia Style will bring you up to date on all the accessorizing.

The Netherlands

WAX just endeared himself to me, yet again, by gamely climbing on to this two-person bike, which allows those who can no longer bicycle continue on with the activity. The way the Dutch look after their elderly and compromised populations is truly heart warming.

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Duty endures. Let’s see what it looks like at the end of 2019.

Getty Photos

Even if we didn’t feature it here, you know it happened when Getty has the photos.

The stories behind the scenes of The Crown.
Emperor Naruhito hosts closing banquet of the enthronement ceremonies.
Quick tour of all royal houses for the week of November 18th.

Newsworthy on the Net

Looking for a good read over the holidays? Anne Boleyn and QEII are up at History of Royal Women.
Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter being just, well, ADORABLE. Modekoningin Maxima.
Prince Joachim produced a documentary on Denmark and Marie’s Closet has been reporting on it.
Over in Sweden, Princess Sofia has been incredibly busy. Royals and I.
Victoria and Daniel continue to champion active, healthy children at the Pep Forum. Royal Central.
Updates on Romania, and the power of royalty even in the modern age. Royal Central.

Japan

The Emperor and Empress attended a ritual at the outer shrine of the Ise Jingu Shrine in Ise, Mie Prefecture to report the completion of major rites of the emperor’s enthronement.

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Spain

Queen Sofia attended the ‘Premio Reina Sofia Iberoamericana’ poetry gala wearing an eye-catching jacket and a most intriguing brooch.

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She also attended a concert, to pick up an award, wearing a glistening green suit that I cannot imagine liking on anyone but her. I do have a soft spot for that type of neckline, though.

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Denmark

I have no doubt Mary will have this under control.

Also, an appearance as pure, vintage Maz. This suit dates back to 2004, per Style of Mary, and has been re-worn many times. Yes, she is wearing the same suit after 15 years and 4 kids.

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Danmark var vært, da H.K.H. Kronprinsessen tidligere i dag deltog i OECD-konferencen Health in the 21st Century: Data, Policy, and Digital Technology, der fandt sted på Langelinie Pavillonen i København. Konferencen er en del af OECD’s Knowledge-Based Health Systems-projekt, der handler om, hvordan lande kan udnytte sundhedsdata til at skabe viden, der kan bruges til politisk udvikling og til at drive forandringsprocesser i sundhedsvæsenet. Kronprinsessen blev modtaget af sundheds- og ældreminister Magnus Heunicke og vicegeneraldirektør for OECD Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen og holdt efterfølgende tale om digitalisering, innovative løsninger i sundhedsvæsenet og ligestilling. I forbindelse med konferencen offentliggør OECD desuden en rapport relateret til Knowledge-Based Health Systems-projektet. OECD, eller The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, består ‪af 36‬ medlemslande og har til formål at samarbejde med henblik på at sikre stabil, høj økonomisk vækst til forbedring af befolkningernes levestandard.

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Britain

Charles makes a point, reminding me strongly of his mother all those years ago.

The Danish Sisters

The Danish sisters were all out and about last week. It was good to see Constantine and Anne-Marie both looking so well.

I love it when Daisy indulges her artistic side. Here she is at a new ballet, “Snedronningen” looking about as engaged as anyone ever could. Love the earrings.

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Let’s end with some Benedikte, visiting the Christmas bazaar at the Swedish church. Yes, that season is upon us.

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🇸🇪🎄 I går åbnede H.K.H. Prinsesse Benedikte den 107. julebasar i Gustafskyrkan, der er den svenske kirke i København. Siden den første julebasar i 1902 har boder med blandt andet svensk håndværk og svenske madretter samt lotterier og aktiviteter for børn været til glæde for besøgende ved basaren i den svenske kirke. Gustafskyrkan har fungeret som svensk kirke i Danmark siden 1901 og støtter svenskere bosat i København gennem møder, gudstjenester samt kulturelle tilbud som for eksempel julebasaren. I Sverigesalen åbnede Hendes Kongelige Højhed basaren og blev derefter vist rundt i salen. Her blev Prinsesse Benedikte mødt af juleboder, medarbejdere klædt i svenske folkedragter og et glas svensk juleglögg, som Prinsessen blev budt på i forbindelse med rundvisningen. Åbningen af julebasaren er en tradition, som Hendes Kongelige Højhed viderefører efter Dronning Ingrid. Prinsesse Benedikte deltog senest i åbning af julebasaren i 2018. 📸 Hasse Ferrold©️

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Who knew November was such a busy royal month? Birthdays, feasts, appearances – the royals have been everywhere. Let’s get started.

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Getty Weekly Photo Roundups

If you are reading here, we assume you like royals and you like photos. Getty links to some of the events of last week:

Emperor Naruhito performas Daijosai Rite
King Albert and Queen Paola celebrate King Philippe’s Birthday
Princess Charlene distributes Red Cross Christmas Gifts
Duchess of Cambridge Opens Nook Children Hospice

Mathilde

Queen Mathilde sometimes likes to sidle up to the sartorial crazy side and just embrace it. Here she wore a very complicated Natan coat ( I think I would need a set of step by step instructions just to put it on) during a royal visit to the ‘Institut du Sacre-Coeur’.

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I haven’t been able to find confirmation on the designer of this ensemble, but I would put money on Natan. The Queen was attending the opening of the 1st Congress of the International Mukwege Chair, a group dedicated to interdisciplinary study on the effect of sexual violence. 

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She repeated her Carolina Herrera blue lace dress in a joint appearance with Philippe.

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Japan

The banquets related to the enthronement continue in Japan.

Once of our classic princesses, Princess Hisako, has been insanely busy, including a lovely kimono outing. It is astounding how her good humor never flags.

Our Community Efforts

Our community members Iselen and Too Much Hemlock have submitted videos that are balm for the eyes.

From Iselen, a video about the clothing of Queen Sirikit of Thailand, who developed a new, traditional style for her 1960 royal tour of Europe and the United States. The fashion incorporated traditional Thai style and modern elements, many of which were designed by Balmain. You’ll also glimpse an enormous tiara and some European royals of the day. Enjoy the beautiful video of the beautiful Queen. More videos can be found here.

From Too Much Hemlock, here is an enchanting video on the wedding of the Duchess of Vendome, whose dress we covered a couple of weeks ago.

If you are looking to do some early royal-related Christmas shopping, you should check out The Crown Chronicles shop. Working in conjunction with artist Amelia Noyes, they have created a royal-themed collection in time for the holidays.

Book Nook

It’s in Swedish, but it might be worth learning to read the language! Princess Christina has written a book about her grandmother Princess Margaret of Connaught. The cover alone is intriguing, and apparently the book features conversations with Princess Benedikte and Queen Margrethe. Princess Margaret (Margareta) has descendants in the Swedish, Danish and Greek royal houses, and we have discussed some of the wedding traditions that continue on due to her legacy.

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If you missed our Remembrance post this weekend, you can catch up here. Let’s get moving into a new week, where we’ll see Chuck and Cams going on tour and a Koningsfeest (King’s Feast) in Belgium. We’ll proceed with our regular weekly schedule, with wedding dresses tomorrow and some What If Wednesday action, too.

The Plaid life

Back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, I owned a few plaid pant suits of my own, so I was interested to see they seem to be having a royal resurgence. Princesses Marie and Victoria put their own spins on the trend. Marie’s suit is by Maje, and Victoria is wearing a suit from a Swedish brand, Acne Studios.

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En særlig boggave bestående af en række af Prins Henriks litterære værker blev i dag for første gang vist offentligt frem på Mulernes Legatskole i Odense. H.K.H. Prinsesse Marie åbnede bogudstillingen på skolens bibliotek og fik samtidig mulighed for at møde de danske afdelinger af Alliance Française, der i dagens anledning var samlet på skolen. Prinsesse Marie takkede i foråret ja til at overtage protektionen af ”Alliance Française i Danmark” efter Prins Henrik og mødte dermed i dag for første gang medlemmerne af alliancen, der fortalte Hendes Kongelige Højhed om deres arbejde med at udbrede kendskabet til fransk sprog og kultur i Danmark. 📸 Kongehuset©️

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Tours

Speaking of Victoria, she and Dan made a two-day official trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina. They began with a visit to the Presidential council, attended a few meetings on smart cities, and toured the old town and Childhood War Museum. On the sartorial side, Victoria wore an Andiata suit during the first day activities, which I find very flattering. She opted for Quite A Pattern in the evening, in a dress by House of Dagmar.

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Mary!

Our Poppins Princess made some unusual choices last week, but they worked for me. She was in an educational mood, visiting Rødding Højskole, one of the oldest high schools in Denmark. She wore a swinging cape over a full skirt, but in her Mary manner was able to overcome all that fabric and look great. The skirt was by the Giuliva Heritage Collection and the blouse by CO. She went casual in a grey sweater with fitted black trousers for a visit to a boarding school. Style of Mary has all the details and more photos

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Den 7. november 1844 slog Danmarks første højskole dørene op til sit første elevhold, og i dag var H.K.H. Kronprinsessen med til fejringen af skolens 175-års jubilæum i Rødding i Sønderjylland. Rødding Højskole blev grundlagt som led i kampen for at bevare dansk sprog og kultur i grænselandet og for at forberede bønderne til at kunne deltage i det gryende demokrati. Ved arrangementet var der sang ved Sønderjysk Pigekor, officielle taler ved blandt andre formanden for Folkehøjskolernes Forening i Danmark og forstanderen samt elevindlæg. Derudover blev Kronprinsessen vist rundt i den ombyggede stald- og ladebygning, hvor det nuværende elevhold fremviste, hvad de arbejder med. Rødding Højskole er en almen højskole, der bygger på Grundtvigs tanker om livs- og folkeoplysning. Fra starten har det været en almen højskole med vægt på både uddannelse og dannelse. 📸 Morten Svane ©

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Letizia

Letizia and her boyfriend Felipe appeared at the closing ceremony of the 16th Congress of the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language. That is a Zara split sleeve blazer, and it might signal a mini-trend since Camilla wore something similar recently.

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Masako

The Empress is finally through the round of enthronement activities. A long journey, and one that brought on a lot of emotion.

Sisters in Solids

Two of the Danish sisters were out and about this week, sporting some dashing solids. Queen Margrethe wore a gorgeous shade of purple (with her super snazzy BRIMMED hat, just recently seen at the opening of Parliament) to greet Germany’s foreign minister.

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So, let’s end with her sister, as is our wont. Princess Benedikte indulged in some very well dressed classic princessing at the Laugenes Show. The show is held at Moltkes Mansion, and showcases fashion and jewelry designers.

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All right! We got through a week without an enthronement! Good job, coming off that high point. Let’s move on into Happy November.

C-C-C-Changes and Strange Stories

There was a Changing of the Guard, literally, in Oslo. The King’s Guard, which had been on duty at the Akershus fortress for over 100 years, will no longer be at that post.

Did you ever dream of seeing your favorite British royals in cake form? Dreams do come true.

I suppose even royals can get bamboozled in the high stakes and sophisticated world of art forgery. We’ll see how this shakes out.

British Good Works and Goodwill

While we are on the subject of Charles, Part 2 of the documentary “Inside the Duchy of Cornwall” is now on YouTube. I found it as interesting as the first part.

The Duchess of Sussex visited the Luminary Bakery, and everyone glowed with goodwill and good baked goods!

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex visited the women of @LuminaryBakery as they celebrated the opening of their new location. It was a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalisation) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed. Having sat down with @luminarybakery at their flagship location earlier this year and from that inspiring visit choosing to feature them as #ForcesForChange in the September issue of @britishvogue, Her Royal Highness was proud to be invited to attend the launch of their second bakery. This addition will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women. Luminary Bakery – a sustainable grassroots organisation in the heart of London – is a beautiful example of community and uplifting those during hardship for the greater good. If you find yourself in the area, please visit and support the women of @LuminaryBakery to enjoy their delicious baked goods and to see the impactful work they’re doing. Video © SussexRoyal

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Memorials

There were many memorial services last week. The Luxembourg royals made an appearance, and we got of glimpse of Princess Claire and her growing-too-fast children.

Haakon attended the memorial at Akershus Fortress.

Mary was Everywhere

Fred, too! They attended the Crown Prince Couple’s Prize Award and Mary wore a dramatic pumpkin one shoulder gown by a new-to-me designer  Soeren le Schmidt.

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The couple visited the Brandts Art Museum prior to the ceremony. That’s a Zara turtleneck on Mary, the only part of her ensemble yet to be identified.

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Mary attended the  award ceremony of FSR-Danish Auditors solo. That is a Max Mara blazer over a yet unidentifed pleated skirt.

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Samfundsansvarlige virksomheder blev i går hyldet, da Hendes Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsessen overrakte CSR Prisen 2019 på Børsen i København. Prisen gik til den bedste CSR-rapport i henholdsvis kategorierne “stor børsnoteret virksomhed” og “stor ikke-børsnoteret virksomhed”. I kategorien “stor børsnoteret virksomhed” gik prisen til A.P. Møller Mærsk og blev modtaget af Executive Vice President Morten Engelstoft. I kategorien “stor ikke-børsnoteret virksomhed” gik prisen til Grundfos og blev modtaget af Poul Due Jensen. Revisorbranchen omsætter for cirka 17 milliarder kroner og beskæftiger cirka 15.000 medarbejdere. Det er sjette år i træk, at Kronprinsessen deltager i arrangementet. 📸 Carsten Lundager ©

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As always, Style of Mary is an excellent resource to learn more about the Princess’ events and wardrobe.

No Benedikte to end with this week – but what else did I miss?