Norway

Happy Anniversary CP Haakon and CP Mette-Marit!

Yesterday (August 25th) was M-M and Haakon’s 18th wedding anniversary so I’m going to wrap up our “Mini-Mette-Marit” celebration with some photos from the various pre-wedding events, like photocalls, dinner parties, sailing events… you know, all of the usual Scandinavian royals pre-wedding fun! And if you’re hankering for some actual wedding day coverage, OC’s got you covered here, with her very first Masterpiece Theater entry – Mette Marit’s Wedding Gown.

There were two photocalls before their wedding, the first at The Royal Palace in Oslo…

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And the second at Skaugum, before a private party for friends as part of the pre-wedding celebrations on August 23rd.

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Some of the guests leaving The Grand Hotel on their way to the private party at Skaugum on the 23rd.

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In a move highly reminiscent of Their Majesties 80th Birthday celebrations from just a couple of years ago, the royal couple hosted a pre-wedding day “at sea” for their guests on August 24th, followed by a formal dinner at Akershus Castle.

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A few of the guests. Looks like it might have started off cold, then warmed up a bit. Although I suppose that could also indicate how much bubbly was flowing as well. LOL

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Arrivals for the banquet at Akershus Castle. We’ll start with the bride-to-be and groom, along with the family.

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And now the guests!

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Those Norways sure know how to party. And they slip so easily between oo-la la tiaras and big puffy ski jackets! No wonder they are the RF I’d most like to be adopted by! So what say you? Did everyone get it right for the times? Or do some leave you scratching your heads? Let us know in the comments. And feel free to share any photos you might have of the events as well!

Norway

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!

Tiaras

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?
Tiaras

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

ROYGBIV-Yellow!

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.

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The Duchess of Sussex in a bright surprise last year.

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

Norway

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

Denmark

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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Sweden

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.

Japan

Here we have an interesting entry from Michiko.

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

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Netherlands

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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Spain

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!