Thursday, 26 June 2014

Royal Roundup: An Emotional Prince Harry Recalls Diana's Death & The Latest from the British Royals

Prince Harry is currently enjoying a tour of Brazil, a visit which has shown the Prince combining his love of sport with working with children.

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After spending a day playing soccer with underprivileged children he openly cried while meeting two young Brazilian girls who had lost their mother. Harry said part of the reason he shed tears was because he understood their loss, remembering the painful loss of his own mother.


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'I was completely overwhelmed and shocked. There are two little girls - I'm quite emotional - just looking at them. I wanted to talk about my own experiences but there's no point because it is just so far removed. The bravery of them looking at me, smiling at me... I wanted to use my own experience in a very small way, to try to give them a bit of understanding about the fact, that I saw what they were going through.'

The visit to ACER, a project run by a British man outside of São Paulo, works specifically with those who have lost their parents and helps to reunite them with extended members of their family. This trip has been an enormous success for Harry, highlighting how the royals can extend their influence abroad, something I would love to see other members of the British Royal Family doing.



However, this trip is receiving relatively little press in Britain, it's a terrible pity because if there were photos of Harry intoxicated at a wedding it would dominate every single front page..


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Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed a widely successful visit to Northern Ireland, which saw the couple visit the set of Game of Thrones (Her Majesty declined to sit on the iron throne).

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They also visited St. George's Market and laid a wreath at the war memorial in Coleraine to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

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Perhaps the most memorable photo from the visit was this one. A young boy took the opportunity to take a 'selfie' with The Queen :)


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The Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor helped celebrate the 100th birthday of the Brownies with tennis and Jenga at Buckingham Palace. Lady Louise, is a brownie herself, and showed off an impressive number of badges on her sash - which brownies earn for carrying out duties and activities.


Sophie is president of the Brownies and had invited 50 members to the party who were chosen following a prize draw.


Sophie looked summery in a black top, print trousers and her L.K. Bennett 'Shilo' Pumps.


Sophie's pants are the Emilio Pucci Silk Printed Zaffiro Pants. The tonal blue/black paints are high-waisted with a straight leg and feature a retro silhouette. Printed trousers are everywhere at the moment. Have you embraced the trend yet? It's one I'm definitely going to let pass by me :) If you do like them, they're half price at the moment over at Style Bop.

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You can watch a great little video from the event here.


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Princess Beatrice was frequently photographed out and about in London throughout the week. The 25-year-old was dressed in black when she stepped out for a party honouring jewellery designer Eugenie Niarchos at Notting Hill's Greek eatery Mazi.


Beatrice chose an edgy black top by Topshop. The Crochet Patch Fringe Top retails for £65 and comes in sizes XS - L. It's a summery piece, perhaps more suited to casual styling as seen below.

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Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Style File: Queen Letizia Pretty in Rose Print Hugo Boss

In our last post we discussed Queen Letizia's style with some brevity - her love for business attire including sharp suits and fitted dresses. We asked, would her new role as Queen alter her style and allow her to experiment? If The Queen's latest look is any indication the answer is a resounding yes.


Attending the opening of the "El Greco and Modern Painting" exhibiton at the El Prado Museum in Madrid, Letizia selected a stunning floral print dress.

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The Hugo Boss Sleeveless Rose Print Dress features a lush bouquet of three-dimensional roses finished with a cinched skinny belt. The tailored sheath has a modified boatneck and front and back princess seams. It's currently on sale reduced from €695 to €278 in limited sizes at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Hugo Boss

Letizia accessorised with nude heels and a matching envelope clutch.


Letizia completed the look with pretty floral studs.


It was a beautiful look for the Queen. Sophisticated, chic, colourful and perfect for summer. Letizia has long been a fan of Hugo Boss and the designer's garments work very well for her slender figure.


In other news, Felipe and Leitzia received members of solidarity institutions yesterday and the Queen was in one of her go-to looks; a chic jacket and fitted pants. Whilst we do prefer the rose print dress, the ponytail adds a freshness.


The hairstyle works extremely well for her and showcases her face.


Share your thoughts on Letizia's style in the comments section! :)

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Royal Roundup: King Felipe & Queen Letizia, Royal Babies & Royal Ascot!

Hello-Hello,

We hope you're all enjoying a relaxing Sunday. It's been a busy week for the royals, particularly in Spain, where King Felipe VI's ascension was marked by a low-key ceremony at the Palace of Zarzeula, located on the outskirts of Madrid. Despite the importance of such a prestigious event it was a decidedly intimate family affair.


The elegant Queen Letizia (who has widely been dubbed the world's most stylish Queen by the media) looked on proudly in a white coat dress by her go-to designer Felipe Varela. Letzia was joined by the couple's two daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia.


A romantic moment for the new King and Queen.


In his address the new King pledged to lead a "renovated monarchy for new times". The Spanish monarchy has endured many scandals and negative headlines recently. One cannot help but feel King Juan Carlos' abdication could not have come at a more opportune time. We wish Felipe and Letizia every success in their new roles and have no doubt they will do a stellar job.


It will be interesting to see if her new role changes Letizia's style at all. If her latest public appearance - a meeting with victims of terrorism - offers any indication, it seems the Queen's smart business style comprising of fitted skirt and pants suits is here to stay. It works well for her and she's always appropriately dressed. I do hope we get more insight into her evening wear choices shortly.


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Moving on to another enjoyable topic: royal babies! Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg took their two-day-old newborn daughter Princess Amalia home the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg last week. The new parents were beaming with happiness as a casually dressed Claire cradled Amalia in her arms.


The first official photo of the family.

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All eyes were on Princess Charlene of Monaco on Friday as she stepped out for the opening of the Monaco Yacht Club. The Princess is expecting her first baby (rumoured to be twins) and looked radiant in a floaty white dress.

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The baby is expected at the end of this year. Exciting times for the couple, whose marriage has been a subject of intense speculation in the media.

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Elsewhere in Monaco, new mother Charlotte Casiraghi also visited the Monaco Yacht Club with her partner Gad Elmaleh.


The always stylish Charlotte looked beautiful in the Gucci beach ball print silk halter dress. The turquoise 100% silk dress featured an open back and pleated skirt. It's currently on sale at the Gucci website reduced from $2,800 to $1,400.

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One knows summer is well and truly upon us when shades of yellow, lemon and custard are being worn by style icons, celebrities and royals. Queen Maxima has a fabulous daring sense of style and chose a vibrant yellow colour-block dress for the International Consumer Authority Seminar.


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Now on to the royal event of the week in Britain: Royal Ascot. Her Majesty was in her element throughout the week, thoroughly enjoying the racing. Her horse 'Estimate' came a very pleasing second in the Ascot Gold Cup. Estimate came first last year much to The Queen's delight.


It's always a treat to see the York sisters choice of headwear (no pretzel hats for Bea).


The Countess of Wessex in a black Emilia Wickstead dress was well and truly immersing herself in the festivities.



Sophie, who celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary with Prince Edward last week, received some terrible news when her race horse Zilber was put down after a freak fall. Apparently the Countess was informed before Trooping the Colour.


Prince Harry attended for the first time.


The Princess Royal in a colourful ensemble.


With her daughter and son-in-law Zara and Mike Tindall.


The royals appeared to have a wonderful time! :)

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Royal Roundup: Danish Royal Family gathers for Photocall; Cressida's Revealing Look & More

Hello and welcome, we have updates from various royal families to share with you today.

The Danish Royal Family marked Prince Henrik's birthday with a family celebration yesterday and a lovely photo-call featuring informal snaps of Prince Henrik, Queen Margarethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie and Prince Joachim and their children.

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The family opted to mark the milestone in Henrik's native France by travelling to Chateau de Cayx, their stunning royal residence located in the southern wine district of Cahors (do pop over to the Chateau's website and watch the picturesque intro). In medieval times the castle formed part of the defences of the town of Luzech due to its dominance of the Lot river.

Chateau de Cayx

Prince Henrik was in high spirits as he stepped out to the gardens with his grandchildren.

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A lovely shot of Princess Mary with her daughter Princess Josephine.


The Crown Princess looked beautiful in a sweeping emerald green dress by Ilse Jacobsen.


The Plizze Long Dress is currently available at Amazon for £125 a variety of colours, though Mary's green appears to be sold out. The polyester dress a fabulous piece for summer and would look amazing with sandals or wedges.

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Princess Marie looked stylish in a summery dress and wedges.


The Danish Royal Family get it just right in so many ways. They don their tiaras and finery more than any other, yet manage to pull off relaxed, informal photo-calls with aplomb.


These photos could have been from any family and in terms of protecting their privacy it's an excellent idea. One cannot help but feel the British Royal Family could benefit from such an arrangement with the press.


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Princess Eugenie and her mother Sarah, Duchess of York attended the Art Antiques Gala Evening in in aid of Children in Crisis at Kensington Gardens on Tuesday.


Also in attendance, Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas in a very revealing black top.


Were you all surprised when Prince Harry and Cressida broke up? The high-profile relationship led to a string of stories in the press. From "Harry found Her Boring" to "Making Up in the Autumn", we've seen many a recycled story from William and Kate's break up. Only time will tell but something tells me this one may be over for good. Since the break-up Cressida has been landing plum roles and gave an interview to The Times about her career. Interviews are a major no no in the eyes of the Royal Family, and one can only imagine if Kate or Chelsy had done so to further their careers or business ventures.


I have to say, I thought the look rather inappropriate (Cressida is not a member of the Royal Family and entirely free to dress without protocol considerations) for the event. For a charity event I would have thought something a little more demure would have been more suitable. What are your thoughts?

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Queen Máxima wowed fashion critics and royal fans alike in a lavender ball gown with floral overlay and a dramatic cape by her go-to designer Jan Taminiau.


The King and Queen were attending Máxima's brother Juan Zorreguieta's wedding to Austrian Andrea Wolf.  I loved the fact that Princess (formerly Queen) Beatrix attended too; this family appears to be so close.


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Speaking of stylish royals, Crown Princess Mette-Marit looked stylish at the AmFAR Gala in New York in an elegant H&M Conscious black dress. The brand is popular amongst royals because it's committed to producing ethical fashion and using natural resources responsibly. Below we see the Princess with actress Sarah Jessica Parker.


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Finally, a belated congratulations to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, who are expecting their first child. Rumour has it it's twins!

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We omitted the Spanish royals as our next post will be solely about the abdication and Spain's future king and queen.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Tiara Time: The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara

For this week's edition of Tiara Time, we look at one of the (if not the) most famous tiaras of all time - The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.


The sparkler was commissioned from Garrard in 1913/1914 by Queen Mary, Queen Consort of King George V, using jewels she already had in her possession. Mary wanted to have a tiara created based on the design of her maternal godmother Princess Augusta of Hesse, The Duchess of Cambridge's  'Lover's Knot Tiara', whence comes the name. The original was a striking piece, but back then, lover's knot bows were very popular and there were several similar ones made.

Regency History

The characteristics of Mary's tiara are very interesting; because it was based on the original Lover's Knot Tiara, it shows features of Gothic Revival style. The circle of the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara  is made up of a lower semi-circular band, set with a row of brilliant cut diamonds. Where two adjacent arches meet a pillar like structure is formed that rises up and ends in a round diamond, forming a diamond spike. There are nineteen diamond spikes of this nature and the size gradually decreases from the centre towards both ends.


Swinging pearls add a romantic edge to the tiara, and they could be dismantled - something Queen Mary did frequently. Below we see Mary wearing the tiara with upright pearls attached, after her death it was never worn that way again.

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After Mary died in 1953, and the tiara passed to Queen Elizabeth II who wore it on a number of occasions in the early 1950's but The Queen decided to put it into storage, electing to wear only her favourites which we still see today.

Tiara Day Discussion

In 1981, the day before Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, Her Majesty gave her new daughter-in-law a red leather box; inside lay the tiara. According to various media outlets young Diana exclaimed: "I have Brenda's rocks", referring to a nickname the British press had given The Queen.


Diana did not wear the tiara for her wedding day, instead selecting her family tiara, the lighter-weight Spencer tiara. The two would become her 'go-to' tiaras throughout her time as Princess of Wales.


Princess Diana wore the tiara both at home and abroad for an array of engagements and it completed many of her most iconic looks.


However, the Princess found it quite heavy and headache inducing - reportedly the reason she reverted to her family tiara so often.


Following Charles and Diana's divorced in 1996 the tiara was returned to The Queen. When Diana vacated her title she was able to keep personal gifts but not official ones and as the tiara was and is part of The Queen's Collection it was classed as official. 


I think you'll agree she didn't need the tiara to shine or command attention wherever she went. A topic for another post, but I always wonder how her public role would have developed and what influence she would have continued to have for charitable organisations.


The tiara has remained in the vault since. When will it be worn next and most importantly by who? Some speculate The Duchess of Cambridge will be given it when she becomes Princess of Wales, although the piece is so heavily associated with her late mother-in-law, I'm inclined to doubt it. Also, Kate favours smaller, simpler jewellery. Harry's future wife is definitely a possibility although the same comparisons would exist. Perhaps it won't get another outing until the next generation of royals grow up. A future daughter of William or Harry? Prince George's future wife? Too far in the future to contemplate but this royal blogger believes it will be some time before it's seen again.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Princess Leonore's Christening

Hello and welcome back!

What better way to return after a hiatus than with a royal christening.

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Princess Leonore, Duchess of Gotland was christened yesterday, almost exactly a year after her parents Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill were married.


Princess Leonore was baptised in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace outside of Stockholm. Born on 20 February in New York, she is the second grandchild of Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf, following Princess Estelle, the two-year-old daughter of Madeleine's older sister Crown Princess Victoria.


150 guests were in attendance - mostly family and friends - including six godparents. Crown Princess Victoria, Ms Louise Gottlieb, Madeleine's best friend, Patrick Sommerlath, Madeleine's cousin, Tatjana D'Abo, Chris's half sister, Count Ernst Abensperg und Traun, Chris' brother in law and Alice Bamford, Chris' childhood friend.


Proud father Chris gave a short address at the start of the address asking God to "bring love to the child". Victoria was then tasked with pouring water into the font, which was used to baptise Princess Leonore. The water had come especially from a special spring in Öland, a large Swedish island located in the Baltic Sea.


The forty-minute christening was conducted in English and Swedish. Archbishop Anders Wejryd baptised her and said, "We welcome you into the family of God and receive you in love", as Chris cradled her in his arms.


Princess Estelle inside the chapel.


Princess Leonore's christening gown was first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf when he was christened in 1906. The gown was also worn by Princess Victoria, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine, and most recently Princess Estelle.


After the christening service, guests enjoyed a reception in the Ehrenstrahl Hall followed by a private lunch hosted by the King and Queen.

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Lobster-filled pickled apple cannelloni, Norway lobster panna cotta, trout roe and smoked dill crème
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Lemon thyme-stuffed chicken breast, confit of chicken leg, potato and asparagus terrine, garden sorrel sauce, tomato and asparagus tips
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Summer trio of rhubarb and strawberries

The table decorations.
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Princess Leonore's coat of arms and her monogram.


One of the official photographs with Madeleine's parents and Chris' mother.

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Moving on to the royals' sartorial choices today and what a fabulous selection there was. Princess Madeleine chose a dress by Valentino, her wedding gown designer.


The Cotton-Blend Pink Lace Dress is a short-sleeved garment with a flared skirt. The scallop borders highlight the lace's characteristics and its delicate floral pattern. The dress is lined in georgette and doubled in organza with two side pockets featuring organza pocket bags. It originally retailed for £2,035 at My Theresa. It's a gorgeous, feminine, lady-like piece and so very Madeleine.

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Crown Princess Victoria was also pretty in pink and selected a dramatic Philip Treacy headpiece for the event.


Victoria chose the Belted Jacquard Dress by Dolce & Gabbana. This dress is simply beautiful and oh-so-feminine. The baby pink design is nipped at the waist with a crystal embellished belt and is fully lined in smooth silk. It currently retails at Net-A-Porter for €1,450.

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Coincidentally, the dress was just worn by Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece at the Derby. I glanced past it whilst reading an article about the day and recall thinking it was such a regal looking dress. Did you prefer it on Victoria or Marie-Chantal?


And we can't forget about Princess Estelle, whose dress might look familiar to seasoned royal watchers (in fact, it was first noted by the wonderful Order of Splendor). It was worn by her mother, Crown Princess Victoria in 1980. Such a lovely occasion to bring this dress back and as always Estelle looked adorable.

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It was a splendid christening.


In case you missed it, you can watch the christening in full at YouTube.


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