Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Queen Máxima Celebrates Smallest Life on Earth

Queen Máxima officially opened the Micropia Museum which is located next to the Artis Royal Zoo today; the first museum in the world for the smallest life on earth.


From Artis:

'They sit on your tongue, under your arms, in your gut and on your skin. You name it, micro-organisms live on, under, in or between it. In unimaginably large numbers they determine our lives,  and yet they never see you. A micro-organism is a being that is too small to see with the naked eye. For example, one million bacteria can fit on the point of a needle.'
The Queen toured the zoo and met staff.

With Máxima, we tend to be offered colourful surprises from time to time, sartorially speaking, and today was certainly no exception.

The ensemble featured a nude-coloured dress with a short yellow jacket.

The accompanying headwear.

A look at the shoes.

The look is reminiscent of something one might see at your typical wedding. It was a miss for the Queen, however, we love Max and it's always great to see her.

Two Stylish Looks for Crown Princess Mary

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was all smiles as she officially opened the new Hans Christian Andersen playground in the Danish City of Odense (the city is the birthplace of Hans Chrisian Anderson). As the Princess cut the ribbon she said, "I hereby declare the playground open".


There was an impressive turnout from locals to see the popular Crown Princess who looked chic in a fitted black blazer with leather detailing, a cream blouse from Rosemunde and black capri pants.


The €149 Oyster Blouse with Lace is available in a number of sizes on the Scandinavian designer's website. In these product photos you can see the lace in better detail.


Mary chose ladylike accessories; a pearl bracelet with a matching ring and completed the look with her snake print Christian Louboutin shoes, which we saw during the royal tour of Canada earlier this month. Below we see the very similar Louboutin Batignolles 100 Python Pumps.


The Crown Princely couple also attended their own awards show, The Danish Crown Prince Couple's Awards. A set of art and culture prizes are handed out annually by the couple since 2004, and range from 50,000 to 500,000 kroner.


The objective of the awards is to highlight and recognize exceptional achievement in the arts, culture and social work. Winners on the night included TUBA, an independent organisation under Blue Cross Denmark that helps children living in abusive homes.


Mary looked elegant as always, in a pink asymmetrical Prada dress she's had for some time. The Crown Princess wore her hair in a chic updo. Prince Frederik also looked dapper in a tailored suit and green tie.


Two great looks from the Crown Princess.

Belgian Royal Couple Visit SHAPE

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium today paid an official visit to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) at Casteau near Mons in Belgium. The royal couple were greeted by General Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations.

The King was briefed on various NATO concerns including the on-going conflict in Ukraine and the recent NATO Summit 2014 in Wales, while the Queen visited SHAPE International School to meet the children of NATO staff who are educated there.

Afterwards Queen Mathilde attended a luncheon at the residence of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

The Queen's dress is a royal repeat, which we saw her wear in August for the World War One commemoration.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine for Children's Rights Talks

Queen Silvia of Sweden was joined by Princess Madeleine in New York on Friday and Saturday to discuss children's rights and child protection.


At Columbia University on Friday, the Queen attended a seminar titled 'Children in the Age of Sustainable Development'. In her speech to the audience she spoke of the work of the World Childhood Foundation, which she established, and its ThankYou campaign, which was launched by Princess Madeleine. The campaign aims to involve young people in children's causes through social media, and to raise awareness of problems children face world wide, including homelessness, abuse and poverty.
"Through the power of partnerships, we hope to create environments where children feel safe, secure and respected; where they can grow up to reach their full potential."
 The Queen finished her speech saying:
"My hope is that we can work together to put children at the centre of the sustainable development agenda."
The royal duo also met volunteers working with ThankYou in Washington Square Park.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden Facebook

On Saturday, Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine attended the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, which featured acts such Jay Z and DJ Tiësto and was hosted by actor Hugh Jackman. The festival was held to raise funds to fight poverty world wide. People attending the concert received tickets by lottery after using social media and email to sign petitions, contact politicians and share information on driving positive social change.

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The royals at the Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty in Childhood t-shirts.

Princess Madeleine with actor Ryan Reynolds.

It's been excellent to see more of Madeleine lately!

Queen Rania Speaks Passionately of Social Change and Jordan's Role in the Middle East

On Wednesday in New York, Queen Rania of Jordan joined former US president Bill Clinton and Cisco CEO John Chambers for a Clinton Global Initiative discussion on CNN. The Queen spoke of the effect Middle Eastern conflicts are having on Jordan, including the problem of massive numbers of refugees fleeing to Jordan from the war in Syria, and the strain being put on Jordan's society as it attempts to cope with the ensuing social and economic problems.


Queen Rania said she believes Jordan is a "linchpin" for stability in the Middle East and that this is down to the country's "unflinching commitment to moderation, even when it wasn't popular". She added global networks such as the Clinton Global Initiative are a very important support for driving social change through education, and "education is the first line of defence against instability and poverty and extremism".

Queen Rania Facebook Page

Earlier, the Queen met with social activists and humanitarian groups to discuss how change can be effected and to see how social programs are working to better people's lives through far-reaching projects instead of short-term solutions.

Queen Rania Facebook Page

Hearing Queen Rania's words leaves one in no doubt of the love she has for her country and its people, and of how well she represents them on the international stage in both elegance and eloquence. She looked professional in a white blouse and black and cream shirt.

Queen Rania Facebook Page

Also in news from Jordan, the Queen wished her daughters a Happy Birthday. Princess Iman turned 18 yesterday, the 27th,  and Princess Salma is now 14 having celebrated her birthday on the 26th.

Queen Rania Facebook

Proud mum Rania shared the photo via her Facebook Page.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia's Week in New York!

A number of royals have descended upon New York this week for the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, including King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain who have been keeping a packed schedule in the city in recent days. It's an important visit for the royals and their first to New York as reigning king and queen.

On Monday Letizia bonded with a group of students in Manhattan. Students at the Dos Puentes Elementary School were very impressed to have royalty at their school. One schoolboy asked, "Why aren't you wearing a crown?' and Letizia gave the impression she's very pleased to be Queen, according to principal Victoria Hunt.

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Letizia looked professional in a burgundy skirt suit by Hugo Boss. Letizia wore a cream knit top underneath the blazer and a pair of matching heels.

Hugo Boss

The next day began with King Felipe's first speech abroad as King of Spain, at the United Nations Climate Summit. He spoke about Spain's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Queen Letizia enjoyed a one-to-one meeting with Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.

Casa de S.M. el Rey Twitter Feed

The day was filled with meetings and introductions with prominent figures.

Casa de S.M. el Rey Twitter Feed

Letizia debuted a new outfit from her favourite designer Felipe Varela - a blue sheath dress with a matching long blue coat. The look is a bespoke version of the Autumn/Winter style suit shown below (with thanks to Queen Letizia Style).

Felipe Varela

Meanwhile, King Felipe met with president Barack Obama.at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.


King Felipe and Queen Letizia with President Obama and the First Lady at a reception for heads of state and government officials participating in the General Assembly of the United Nations. Letizia's midnight blue and black off the shoulder dress is stunning.

Letizia was seated next to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the opening ceremony of the General Debate of the assembly.

What did you think of Letizia's sartorial choices in New York?

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde View 'Sacred Places, Sacred Books'

Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde enjoyed an educational visit to the Museum aan de Stroom (Museum on the River) in Antwerp today, where they viewed the exhibition 'Sacred Places, Sacred Books'.

Belgian Royal Palace Twitter

The exhibition features more than two hundred pieces relating to the sacred art and sacred texts of Rome, Mecca and Jerusalem in an examination of both the differences and similarities between Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Museum aan de Stroom

The King and Queen seemed fascinated by the pieces displayed and listened with interest to the experts as their historical and religious significance was explained.

Museum aan de Stroom Twitter

Quite a number of people attended the museum to show support and see the King and Queen.

Museum ann de Stroom Twitter

The exhibition runs until 18th January 2015 and cultural events are also planned around Antwerp, including walks and lectures about the city's churches, synagogues and mosques. There is also a presentation of Jerusalem by the Berlin theatre company, which is described as "a portrait of a city" and explores the historic and ancient city from all aspects of life within.

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