Liechtenstein

Random Royaling – Staatsfeiertag

We don’t talk about Liechtenstein very often, but there is one holiday a year where the royal family is out in full force. That is Staatsfeiertag, or National Day. National Day is celebrated on August 15. It was established by law in 1990, to take advantage of a current bank holiday, the Feast of the Assumption, and to honor the birthday of Prince Franz Josef, who had died in 1989.

There are various celebrations, but the royals appear on the lawn in front of Vaduz Castle. This year was of particular note, as the celebrations mark the 300th anniversary of the country. So let’s take a peek at who was there this year.

The current monarch, Prince Hans-Adam, and his consort, Princess Marie, in blue, lead the way. Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and his wife, Princess Sophie, are in the background with their children.

Three of the grandchildren of the monarch are below. It’s also nice to get a peek of Hans-Adam’s second son, Prince Maximilian, and his American born wife, Princess Angela. Their very handsome son, Prince Alfons, is with them. They live primarily private lives and it’s rare to see much of them.

Here is a view of most of the family, with a good look at the lovely dresses of Princess Sophie, Princess Marie and Princess Marie-Caroline. Also, a glimpse of some of the official speechifying. Just your typical family outing, right?

If you are interested in Liechtenstein in general, check out this article. Some cool, unusual facts you can wow the family with!

Britain

Random Royaling – Regatta

The Cambridge family went regatting at the King’s Cup, which is held off the Isle of Wight in Cowes. I know nothing of sailing or regattas. It was all for good causes, so let’s dive in, focus on the clothes, and glide by the subject of which we are lacking knowledge ; ).

The arrival outfit is …well, here it is. The shirt is Sandro, the trouser pant is a repeat LK Bennett, and that is all I am going to say on the subject of this ensemble.

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Kate sailed for the Royal Foundation, relating to her work on early child development. William sailed his yacht on behalf of Child Bereavement UK. They changed into sporty gear, and honestly, I think those two would wear this type of stuff to every engagement if it were allowed. I have rarely seen them so comfortable. I just wish I could achieve that type of even tan on my legs and be that fit. I would wear shorts year around.

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The actual sailing looked cold. And windy. And hard. I am obviously not a sailor, but the Cambridge duo looked perfectly at home. Kate’s boat was unfortunately disqualified, and there was some ribbing from her spouse at the awards ceremony.

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Granddad Mike and Gran Carole were on hand to lend support. Both George and Charlotte were there, too, adding to the general esprit de corps of the whole endeavor. Charlotte, in the grand tradition of her uncle Harry and Danish neighbor, Princess Josephine, had a moment when the urge to stick out her tongue just overcame her.

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The cutest child moment didn’t come from the Cambridge children, though. That belongs to this young lass and her deep curtsy. It was a curtsy so grand, it quite impressed the Duchess and Queen-to-be. I doubt I could do half as well.

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Do you like the sailing? The sportiness? Weigh on in!

Denmark · Sweden

Random Royaling – Family Reunion

It’s a mini reunion. I don’t know about you, but I keep forgetting that Daisy is a first cousin of Carl Gustav and the Haga princesses. Here is an extended family visit: Christina with Daisy and Bene, viewing the changing of the guard at Gråsten Palace.

Nice way to spend a summer day, right? Bene, ever the King’s daughter, is standing at attention but still letting the Queen take the lead. Christina, the cousin and visitor, stays in the doorway. The doggie? Remains entirely unimpressed.

Spain

Random Royaling – Leti’s Summer Swagger

Let’s face it, she has autumn, winter and spring swagger, too, but she’s worn some good stuff this summer in particular. Before she disappears into her summer break, let’s take a look at some of her recent outings. As always, an enormous hat tip to our own Iselen for bringing her styles to our attention, and to the blog Queen Letizia Style for filling in with details. Head there to get more intel, and to find out what Leti has worn to these events in the past.

First up, my favorite, and once again I am puzzled by my own inconsistency. I don’t like handkerchief hems, smocking on adults, most florals, and most flowy fabric. But this is ….. a great exception. Letizia visited Oviedo to open the 2019 summer courses of the International School of Music.  She wore this print dress by Maje, a French label, in the ‘Rayema’ style. I think the deep v, which opens the neckline, goes a long way to mitigating any overwhelming feeling from the print. And, yes, you can dress like a queen because the dress is $204 (U.S.) at maje.com.

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Two wonderful repeats, the coral/peach Michael Kors that was first worn to a visit at the White House, and a red lace Carolina Herrera that is on (at least) its fourth outing. I add them here because they are quintessential Leti. She paired the Kors with a royal lady ponytail and some pretty well matched shoes, and the Herrera with Herrera slingbacks.

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Leti wore this repeat fit and flare Herrera for audiences ​at  Zarzuela last Friday, although I seem to have blocked the first wearing out of my mind so I was pleasantly wowed all over again. I am particularly intrigued by the LODI burgundy suede ankle strap pumps, although my own feet scream in agony over the thought of wearing them. I’ll just enjoy them on Leti’s soles of iron.

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What do you think? A good summer showing for the Queen of Spain?

Britain

Random Royaling – Eugenie’s Summer Style

She’s been highlighting her waist, and letting it all flow else where. It works. I know we have been having a bit of flowy floral fatigue around here this summer, but Eugenie’s youth and figure are suited for this style and she has worn a couple of ensembles to prove it. Eugenie is having a good sartorial summer.

At the Duke of Edinburgh awards in May, she wore a flowing Peter Pilotto print. Her wedding designer understands her figure, and what to highlight. The silver leaf pattern added some zip and zazz, I believe.

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On Day Three of Royal Ascot, Lady’s Day, she opted for a dark color to show up in the sea of pastels and flowers. This teal (or emerald, depending on your monitor) dress with a key hole detail is truly flattering to her. If anyone knows the designer, speak up, because I think she should reach for this type of thing more often.

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Most recently, she wore this repeated green, floral Alice & Olivia dress to an event at Westminster Abbey. She can repeat it again and again, as far as I am concerned. When something works, it works.

So, what do you think? Is Eugenie enjoying a good run this summer? Let us know below!