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Getty was on the ball this week and they have included photos from yesterdays Commonwealth Service in their royal week roundup. If you missed anything, it’s the place to get completely caught up.

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Britain

They just won’t quit us, will they? The Brits (well, Kate, actually) slipped in one more glam event for our pleasure, repeating her sparkly blue Packham gown from the India tour at the 25th Anniversary celebration of Place2Be. Surprise! Erdem earrings.

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Netherlands

Max and Wax landed in Indonesia for the first day of a four day visit. The windy weather didn’t stop Max from repeating her cold shoulder Oscar de la Renta with the bonus ruffles. Tragically, there was a boating accident during the preparations for the visit, resulting in several fatalities. As a result, the visit will be more low-key, in respect to the victims and their families. We’ll check in on the Dutch later in the week.

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Spain

Where are my cropped flappie fans? Letizia is dedicated to making you all happy! Here she is at the “Queen’s Cup” basketball final. (BTW, the skirt everyone loved last week was a debut of the Reiss brand on the Queen).

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Sofia! Hello! I really like this. Springtime in Spain, and you know how to channel it. The Classic Queen attended the traditional thanksgiving to Medinaceli in Madrid, Spain.

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Luxembourg

I don’t have any Benedikte appearances to end with, but the glowing happy Stephanie (also sporting a new haircut!) should make you smile. White is working for her ; ).

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The royal week of February 20 was a busy one, and everything we missed can be found at Getty here.

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We can’t cover everything royal here (and quite frankly, we don’t even try, we have to sleep and eat!) but there are other independent bloggers on the case. Weekly we’ll try to send you to the stuff that looked very interesting:

Style of Mary has an excellent post on the red coat worn by Mary to the Anthology about Violence last week. She’s had it in her wardrobe since 2008, and it’s undergone several reworkings, Mary-style.

Our English speakers might have to resort to Google translate, but Modekoningin Maxima had a lovely piece on the makeup of Maxima. Yes, you too can have Max’s expressive eyes.

Our own Iselen keeps us up-to-date on Letizia’s outings but if you want to dive really deep into her wardrobe, Queen Letizia Style has even more information. I was particularly intrigued by the  navy Magrit ‘Liza’ suede shoes she wore to a recent audience at Zarzeula.

I am dazzled by the dress worn by Rania to the Aqaba Governorate. I am also dazzled by her unending support for Jordanian women.

Two royals have been in Africa recently, albeit quite far apart on the huge continent. Crown Princess Marie has been in Uganda as Patron of DanChurchAid, and Princess Marie’s Closet has all the details. Royal Central has information on Princess Sofia’s trip to South Africa for her Project Playground charity.

Britain

We haven’t talked about Sophie for a while, so let’s take a look at her recent outings.

Sophie attended an opening of the new location at the Central School of Ballet, where she is a patron. This is a lovely, feminine dress, and it seems very appropriate for a ballet school. There is no intel on the designer yet, but she did wear her Max Mara coat with the ensemble.

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Sophie stepped out at the Sulpher and White premiere in a Galvin and White dress. I’m not going to pretend to love this one, but I was intrigued by her choice. These unstructured satin dresses are having a bit of a moment (one of Princess Stephanie’s daughters wore a mini version this week). The execution on this dress has some obvious flaws, but will say I like the color and shoes, and Sophie’s Kiki earrings.

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She sported a great pair of earrings during her visit to the Shooting Star Chase hospice last week, and I want to throw out another piece of ammo in our ongoing royal mythbuster endeavor – more color nail polish at work ; ).

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While we are here in Britain let’s look at some coats and suits on Camilla. Yes, I know the Handbag community wants to start a fund to get her some new boots, but winter will be over soon and hopefully she’ll pick up a few new pairs in the after season sales. Clothes now – first up, electric blue coat in Brent.

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Green suit at Buck House with Charles, to hand out the Queen’s Anniversary prizes.

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Black and white dress at the Royal School of Needlework, where she is a patron. Looks like she has some needle skills, too!

Bhutan

Let’s end with some beauty, shall we?

The Bhutanese King celebrated Losar with citizens, government officials, members of the military at the Simtokha Dzong. This is the Bhutanese New Year, and every description of it makes me more and more determined to visit. The royal family released a lovely photo for the event.

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Did you miss a royal event last week? There were a lot! See Getty for a look back at the week of February 17th. Warning for those with snake phobias, Kate’s visit to the Ark Open Farm is included.

Milestones

So many royal milestones came and went last week. We celebrated some birthdays on the blog, but we missed a great deal too. Let’s rectify that.

Emperor Naruhito turned sixty! The original cheeks ; ).

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck turned forty. Although we don’t need an excuse to post a beautiful photo of Bhutan, let’s use this milestone as a chance to do so.

Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso and King Letsie celebrated their 20th anniverary, and their daughter Senate Seeiso posted an Instagram tribute. I know the Queen’s dress- her entire ensemble, indeed – intrigues many of you, so here is a chance to look at it close-up.

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Style Inspirations

Thanks to our intrepid community member Beth for the heads up on this bit here – Queen Elizabeth, Diana and Princess Anne – are style inspirations. Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland developed her Autumn 2020 line around the stylings of these three woman, and we are fully onboard.

Speaking of styling, in this announcement that WAX and MAX will be attending Daisy’s birthday celebrations was a photo of WAX’s christening . Daisy was one of his godparents, and, yes, there is that fabulous sixties dress we have discussed so many times. I can never see it enough.

Belgium

We need to check in with Mathilde, who has had a very busy February. The below is just a sampling of the Natan outings. For her full schedule, head over to Modekoningin Mathilde.

For a management symposium in Flanders, she broke out a new Natan, shown below with and without the jacket.

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She visited a horticultural school to talk about anti-bullying initiatives. I think she may have pulled this skirt from the end of the closet that holds her thigh-high boots ; )

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She wore various shades of gray for the yearly mass honoring deceased family members. It’s a good color choice, not as somber and unrelenting as black, but very respectful.

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Winter wanders on…..let’s spread warmth with some royal news.

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Did you miss some royal news last week? Check out Getty images for the week of February 10th. There is a lot we didn’t cover, including Prince Albert at the glitzy Hollywood Ocean do and Anne being, well, very Anne.

Britain

The Brits have been everywhere. Cams tried to give the Beefeaters at the Tower a run for their money, stylewise, with this complicated coat, while Charles inspected the family jewels.

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Sophie, as always, has a wardrobe that doesn’t excite me, but her work is flawless. She was great with the kids at The Shooting Star Chase Hospice.

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Kate visited Scotland (rewearing her excellent “Delaney” coat), sat in on the “Happy Mum, Happy Baby” podcast, and released a lovely new photo of Charlotte. Her husband stayed home in London, hosting the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund at St. James Palace.

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Japan

Several of the senior Japanese royals attended the Grand Prix Orchid and Flower show, which is an event I am very happy to learn exists. Princess Hisako stands out to me for her boucle suit and her very obvious enjoyment of the festivities.

The Netherlands

Does it surprise anyone that Princess Laurentien is game for a singalong? Tap your feet under your desk and sing along with her, “What the world needs now…..”

Meanwhile, what do we have here? Movie star or Max’s husband? You tell me.

Sweden

Princess Victoria, carrying on a strong Swedish royal tradition, granted the wish of a child with a brain tumor, and it’s as touching as you would imagine. Royal Central has some further information on the event, which included an hour with the princess and a carriage ride through town.

Let’s End with a Different Classic Princess

Princess Alexandra opened St. Christopher’s hospice in 1967, when it was a new concept in health care. She has been patron since 1981 and has visited every year since 1982. Now that is commitment, and that is why royals remain relevant.

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To those who celebrate such things, have a happy Valentine’s week. Here are some royals to bring a sprinkling of love to your life.

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The royal week of February 2nd, in case you missed something.

Official Portraits

Official portraits from the Dutch, Swedish and (late addition) Spanish royal families. Margriet seems to shine here, doesn’t she? That’s hard to do when you have such charismatic competition!

The Crown Princess Couple, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court of Sweden

The Spanish royals have some incredible genetic material to work with, don’t they? Infanta Sofia also continues to channel her great aunt Irene in strong ways. Check out Casa Real for all the photos.

Not at all royal, but….

… an Oscar tiara! Well, actually, thanks to our friend Tiara Mania we know that it’s not a tiara but a necklace. It fascinated me – I wonder if the tiara-averse Char would be amenable to something like this? Oh, heck, the only one I could see actually doing this is Daisy, and she has already her aigrette to play with.

Great Britain

It amuses me to see an obviously star-struck Katy Perry sharing the stage with Charles. They were attending a reception for the British Asian Trust, of which Charles is the founding royal patron. Like everything these days, there was a bit of a kerfuffle about Katy Perry coming onboard, but I say if it’s doing good, keep doing it.

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Romania

If you are interested in the repatriation of the Romanian royals, there is a documentary on Facebook that may intrigue you:

Denmark

Let’s end with some Benedikte and her sister, attending the Faberge Chamber opening at Amalienborg Palace. Now there’s a glamorous way to spend time with family.

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