Happy Birthday Mette-Marit!

Crown Princess Mette-Marit was born on August 19th, 1973, which makes today her 46th birthday! So in honor of this special occasion, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at “pre-engagement/engagement” Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby.

Here she is heading to work in July of 2000, about three months before the news of their eventual engagement was announced.

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And here they are after it was announced that they would be getting formally engaged at some point, but not just yet, in October of 2000.

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And finally the official engagement on December 1st, 2000.

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Now it’s your turn! Help us celebrate her big day by sharing your favorite photos in the comments!


Battle of the Tiaras – Daughter-In-Law Edition

The last few weeks we’ve run down a few of the tiaras given to some royal daughters-in-law. Time to see which is your favorite!

The Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara

Catch up on it’s history and poll results here.

The York Diamond Tiara

Catch up on it’s history and poll results here.

The Diamond Daisy Tiara

Catch up on it’s history and poll results here.

Which tiara is your favorite?

In Defense of the Tiara – The Diamond Daisy Tiara

For our last entry in this series of “daughter in law” tiaras, we are focusing on the Diamond Daisy Tiara that Mette-Marit wore for her wedding.

The History

This tiara of daisies surrounded by scalloped circles, was made in 1910 and was given to Mette-Marit by King Harald and Queen Sonja. It is believed to have been made by Garrard.

For the 1999 movie, An Ideal Husband, Cate Blanchett either wore either this tiara or a duplicate. Since the movie was released two years prior to the wedding, it may indeed be the same tiara. As Garrard’s provides loans to movie makers, and has sold jewelry to the Norwegians in the past, it is likely the tiara came from them.

In the years after the wedding, this has become Mette-Marit’s most worn tiara, although she has worn others from the vault as well.

The Case for the Tiara

LiL: I LOVE this tiara. Would I like to see her shake it up a bit, and branch out more often? Sure. But this is so HER, that I can’t complain too much.

The Handbag: Can a tiara be low-key? If so, this is it. It is lovely. Feminine. Very MM, and will be suitable for Ingrid Alexandra when the time comes. It is so…..Norwegian. It never shouts, it whispers.

LG: I’m not usually one for smaller tiaras, but this one is gorgeous. It is perfectly suited for our Norwegian Crown Princess, and will one day suit Ingrid Alexandra as well.

The Case against the Tiara

OC: As part of MM’s reimaging campaign, this piece cannot be beat. However, this is not the tiara of a Crown Princess, but rather her daughter coming of age.

What do you think of MM's tiara?
Britain · Denmark · Netherlands · Norway · Spain · Sweden


Welcome to this week’s edition of ROYGBIV clothing! We’ve now made it to yellow. If you’d like a refresher, please feel free to revisit Red and Orange!

Let’s get started!

United Kingdom

Betty looks amazing! I love the crustiness of this dress combined with the sheer cape action. She always looks good in a bright yellow no matter her age.


The Duchess of Sussex in a bright surprise last year.


Any finally, Princess Michael. Not sure what’s going on up top but I really appreciate the skirt on this gown.


Mette Marit does NOT wear a lot of the brighter colors, so I was pleased to find this entry from 2010.


Mary famously did a spread in Australian Women’s Weekly and wore this gorgeous yellow gown.

And while not completely yellow, I quite enjoyed this appearance at Captain Sweden’s birthday in 2016.

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Sofia makes her ROYGBIV debut wearing this yellow gown to a family friend’s wedding.

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Oh, Victoria. Remember when you wore your mom’s old dress? Unfortunately, despite all efforts, I remember it too.


Here we have an interesting entry from Michiko.


And look at this ray of sunshine from Masako. Le swoon.

New My Royals


Máxima, as usual, has some high moments and low moments with the color yellow. A high? This fab dress worn to Mr. & Mrs. Monaco’s wedding. Hey there Wax in your dress whites…I see you.

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This? This is not my favorite, though I could defend it if I had to. Bonus Oma sighting (in one of my favorite outfits of late)!

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Letizia’s Daffodil Dream worn to Spain’s state visit to Betty back in 2017 was a real departure for her and The Handbag was HERE for it! Hats and gloves on a Queen of Spain set many hearts aflutter.

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What say you about these yellow designs?

Tell us your thoughts and show us some of your yellow favorites in the comments!


Defense of the Dress – Princess of Boho

Welcome to In Defense of the Dress, where we fearlessly take on dresses that caused controversy on their first (and sometimes second, and third!) appearances.

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The Facts

Today we turn our eyes to that Scandinavian beauty with the propensity for ruffles and prints, Crown Princess Mette-Marit. At the 2015 wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, Mette-Marit wore a bespoke Giambattista Valli gown. The dress featured several of Mette-Marit’s signature touches: a high neck, long sleeves, and a flowing, printed skirt. The bodice and skirt fabric is chiffon, and the neck and waist are embellished with black lace.

As you can see, the dress fit in with the attire of the other attendees very nicely. She wore flat sandals to complete the easy breezy summer effect.

Cwn Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Franca Sozzani meet LApo Elkan. COPYRIGHT STELLA PICTURES

The Case For the Dress

The Handbag – Ok, so bear with me. It’s a pretty dress, and it really reflects the wearer. It is flowing and soft and it suits her glowing skin. It is a lovely, summery color. The black accents enhance the subtle flower pattern, and do not overwhelm. It may ping prairie to North American eyes, but for a glamorous European island wedding, I think it telegraphs summer sunlight and celebration.

LiL: She’s worn worse. Is that defense enough? LOL

The Case Against the Dress

OC: Newp. It’s a black bib gone too far. I agree with the esteemed Handbag that the black accents don’t overwhelm the dress. For me, they are just plain ugly. Honestly, I’d prefer no black. But if I have to I could live with the black belt and the black clutch. Otherwise, no thanks.

LG: Just no. Black, crocheted bibs do not belong with a floaty, summery floral.

What do you think of Mette-Marit's bohemian wedding guest dress?