23 January 2018

Royal Jewels of the Day: An Engagement Ring Update

In 2013, I ran a series of posts on royal engagement rings from multiple royal families. (You can check them out here.) I have received many requests to update those posts in the years since, and while continuous updates are not a goal I can achieve, we have accumulated enough to do a little update post. Let's add a few from brides of the past five years (and of the year to come!):

Princess Eugenie of York
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We'll start with the most recent addition to the collection, the stunning ring shown off by Princess Eugenie as she and Jack Brooksbank posed in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace after announcing their engagement yesterday. (Her Erdem dress, by the way, is a repeat.) The couple are thought to have designed the ring together.
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Carrying on the British royal family's love of a colored stone ring, this one is a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds, on a gold band. Padparadscha sapphires have a pinky-orange color that varies by stone. Pink engagement rings are a bit of a trend in some circles, from pink stones to rose gold settings, and unusual stone choices are having a new moment in engagement rings, too. But nestling the stone in a ring of diamonds brings it back to one of the most classic ring designs (and understandably draws easy comparisons between Eugenie's ring and those of her mother, or of her aunt and cousin-in-law). I've seen reports place the value of this ring anywhere from £7,000 to £100,000, so - as is always the case - you have to take these figures with a grain mountain of salt.

Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle's engagement ring from Prince Harry joins Queen Elizabeth II's and the Countess of Wessex's rings on the all-diamond side of the family. The ring is by Cleave and Company and Harry is said to have helped design it; it features a center diamond from Botswana with two diamonds on either side from the personal collection of Diana, Princess of Wales, on a gold band. This will look good with a plain Welsh gold wedding band, assuming Meghan is given one in accordance with family tradition. More pictures are in our engagement post.

Princess Sofia of Sweden
The main ladies of the Swedish royal family have a string of diamond engagement rings in classic settings. Prince Carl Philip added to the pile by proposing with a round diamond in a diamond halo on a split shank diamond band. Princess Sofia now wears it alongside her diamond wedding band.

Beatrice Borromeo
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There wasn't a here's the ring photoshoot when Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo got engaged, though it seems like this ring is the one: a pear-shaped stone with halo of diamonds on a diamond band. Early reports on their rumored engagement suggested that Pierre had proposed with a pink diamond ring; in some photos, the pear stone looks like it might have some color to it, but it's hard to tell. (Beatrice does have a pair of magnificent morganite earrings reportedly from Princess Caroline, so she is not without her pink stones.)

Ekaterina Malysheva
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I don't recall a presentation of the ring when Prince Ernst August of Hanover got engaged to Ekaterina Malysheva, either, so this might be a bit of guesswork as well. This ring with a central sapphire on a thick and detailed diamond band seems to be the one; the bride wore it during the wedding festivities. Sapphires once again prove to be one of the most popular royal engagement rings.

22 January 2018

Monday Tidbits for January 22: A Royal Engagement and More

Windsor Castle's going to get a royal wedding workout in 2018, huh?

--Princess Eugenie is engaged to Jack Brooksbank! The announcement was made today. They'll marry at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, in Autumn 2018.

--Crown Prince Haakon's trying his hand at the royal parent-turned-photographer game with this most casual of snaps, released to celebrate Princess Ingrid Alexandra's 14th birthday.
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--Celebrity style twin alert: Here's Laura Dern on the awards circuit, trying out the same Stella McCartney dress we saw on Queen Rania back in October. Both demonstrating how a pair of shoes can change the dressiness of a look, I'd say. [Zimbio]

--Royal style twin alert: Queen Letizia's joining the ranks of royals who go shopping in the closets of family members for a little vintage flair. Vanitatis reports that the striped dress Letizia wore to King Juan Carlos' 80th birthday was one worn by her mother-in-law, Queen Sofia, back in 1984. It intrigues me that, of all the things Sofia must be keeping, this is the one she picked. [Vanitatis]

--More birthday snaps released by the Dutch royal house, who celebrated the 75th birthday of Princess Margriet (sister of Princess Beatrix, aunt of King Willem-Alexander) with a couple new portraits.
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--And finally, plenty of updates over at the Jewel Vault: a peek into what the royals were gifted in 2017, a new-to-the-blog and super rare brooch from the Queen, and three lovely royal church-going outfits from the weekend.

Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

19 January 2018

Readers' Favorite Outfits of 2017, Evening Division: The Results, Part 2!

Here we are: The End. It's time for your final five favorite outfits of 2017, the very best that royal evening wear had to offer us:

#5. Princess Sofia at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Ida Lanto
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A supremely princess-y turn for Sofia on one of Sweden's biggest nights gave her a tidy showing on both your day and evening favorite lists for the year.

#4. Princess Tatiana in Australia in Celia Kritharioti
Princess Tatiana doesn't appear here very often, but when she does, her continued partnership with this Greek designer wins her consistent praise. Also, CAPE!

#3. Queen Máxima at the Argentina State Banquet in Jan Taminiau
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Can't beat a great necklace or a great repeated dress, from the Dutch designer that's landed Máxima her greatest praise - and her second spot on your evening top 10.

#2. Queen Letizia at King Willem-Alexander's Birthday in Stella McCartney
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And finally, the two themes that ran through this year in review ring true once more: it was the year of Letizia, and...

#1. Queen Letizia at the Spanish/British State Banquet in Felipe Varela
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...it was the year of the red dress. I can't think of another year when one person could have taken the top two spots, and I can't think of another year in which it would have been so well-deserved.  La Reina, folks.

So, tell me: How'd your picks make out? Are you in agreement with the group vote?

18 January 2018

Tiara Watch of the Day: Sweden in State Banquet Splendor

The first state banquet of 2018 brings us some tiaras in action for our Thursday treat (with a side dish of other evening fashion from this week, while we’re at it). The Swedish royal family welcomed the President and First Lady of Iceland for a state visit yesterday, and despite being one tiara down for the state banquet – Crown Princess Victoria was out sick – the remaining tiaras did their best to give us a good show.

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Queen Silvia, gearing up for the Winter Olympics by bringing back one of her signature eau de figure skater dresses, let her sash be her stylist for the night.

She pulled her dress from the stripes down the side of Iceland’s Order of the Falcon, and pulled the Leuchtenberg Sapphires from the sash’s main color. It's a very flag-waving look. You'd have a hard time finding a bad situation for those sapphires, though.

The Dowager Countess Princess Sofia didn’t play with any of that, in a black Ida Sjöstedt gown and her wedding tiara with pearl toppers. It’s…a lot of fuss, with the bow and the stuff all over and the clutch and the sash and all the rest on top. A lot of fuss.

Sofia found a little better balance between fussy elements earlier in the week at a sports gala.
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Something about the sportiness of the top isn’t quite matching for me, but a plain top is the way to handle the triple tiered skirt of this lavender By Malina gown. And that plain top makes an excellent canvas for some jewelry interest:

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Fun! And purple, so double fun. (She's also a good advance advertisement for Swedish design here. The dress is from an upcoming By Malina collection, the brand shared on Instagram; likewise, the earrings are by Caroline Svedblom and they shared on Instagram that they'll be available in February. The perks of being a princess, man.)

17 January 2018

Readers' Favorite Outfits of 2017, Evening Division: The Results, Part 1!

There were some surprises in the results from your day division 2017 vote, both in which outfits made your top 10 and perhaps more so in which outfits (and royals) didn't make the cut. Will the evening division be any more predictable? The first half of your top 10, coming right up...

#10. Queen Máxima at the Italian State Banquet in Jan Taminiau
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The winner of your day division poll also had several contenders for the evening division (so many that not all of them got to be included in the vote, because I wanted the options to include more than, like, four royals). This red gown was worn twice in 2017, and while it didn't really resonate with me, it slides onto your list at #10.

#9. Crown Princess Mary at the New Year's Reception in Lasse Spangenberg
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It's not easily classifiable between day and evening, this one, but it's great enough in either category to nab this spot on your list.

#8. Crown Princess Mary at the Norway Birthday Dinner in Erdem
Two spots in a row! After her conspicuous absence from your day division favorites, Mary's not wasting any time making her mark in the evening division. (I'm actually really liking the bow at the waist in the stock photo, now that I'm looking at it again. Game for a repeat, hmm?)

#7. The Duchess of Cambridge at the Spanish/British State Banquet in Marchesa
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Huge enthusiasm for this state banquet appearance, despite not really seeing a proper picture from the front (just glimpses in motion and while at dinner). That launches Kate to her first spot on your evening favorites...

#6. The Duchess of Cambridge in Paris in Jenny Packham
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...and the first of her two 2017 blue Jenny Packhams grabs her a quick second spot. I preferred the second one; it seemed like more of you preferred this first one. Either way, mission accomplished.

Have your picks made the list yet? Stay tuned for the final five...

16 January 2018

Readers' Favorite Outfits of 2017, Day Division: The Results, Part 2!

I thought there were some real surprises at the top of the pile from your day division favorites. Let's investigate (and click here for #6-10!):

#5. Princess Madeleine at Crown Princess Victoria's 40th Birthday in Erdem
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I honestly forgot about this appearance entirely when making my own lists of 2017 bests, but I can't argue with all the affection for it in the final vote. Erdem has served Princess Madeleine well.

#4. Queen Rania at Jordan's Independence Day
Did this Queen Rania outfit make the list because of this seriously fierce wind-blown photo? Yes. Do you think creating a moment like this is an accident? No. That's planning, and planning is as much a factor in a good royal outfit as anything else, if you ask me. (By the way, some wondered why this outfit wasn't classified in the evening section. I kept it in the day section because Queen Rania's outfits for this event include a nod to traditional style - albeit often in her own, high fashion way - and therefore it is not something that I'd expect to see used as an evening gown on another occasion.)

#3. Princess Eugenie at Royal Ascot in Preen
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One of my personal favorite Ascot outfits last year got a lot of love from your votes, and I hope this silhouette and this color gets a lot of love from Princess Eugenie in the future. It's such a good match.

#2. Crown Princess Victoria at Prince Gabriel's Christening in Pär Engsheden
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The reds are a good match for anyone, as this voting has made clear. Crown Princess Victoria's sharp turn at December's Swedish christening makes her the second and final royal to earn double spots on your top 10.

#1. Queen Máxima at the Woman 20 Summit in Natan
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And there it is, the biggest surprise of all: I wouldn't generally call daywear Queen Máxima's strongest suit, but an excellent pose and an assist from a coordinated bouquet has elevated her and her favorite designer to the very top of your 2017 favorites. Well done, Máx!

Any surprises for you? Did your favorites make the cut?

15 January 2018

Monday Tidbits for January 15: More New Year's Fun

We are not done with the royal New Year's festivities, but first, a documentary update:

--The Coronation documentary, featuring commentary from Queen Elizabeth II herself on her coronation, aired for the first time last night. Highlights and chat are over at the Vault. Also over at the Vault: a splash of purple and pink on the way to church, with a sneaky ruby brooch.

--Luxembourg's grand ducal family held a New Year's reception last week. I get that Stéphanie pulled the black accents from the dress, but still would have loved to see something less heavy. [Facebook, via Luxarazzi]
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--A shiny Queen Mathilde joined King Philippe for a New Year's reception for European institutions at the Royal Palace, wearing a repeated Natan ensemble.
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--The Japanese imperial family held their traditional New Year's Lectures and their traditional New Year's Poetry Reading last week, both with a dress code of long day dresses and hats for the imperial princesses. The Lectures this year were a special treat, because Crown Princess Masako attended for the first time in 15 years (after withdrawing due to her illness). [Imperial Family of Japan Blog]
Crown Princess Masako, Princess Kiko, and Princess Mako at the Lectures
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Coming up this week: More of your 2017 favorites revealed...

Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

12 January 2018

Readers' Favorite Outfits of 2017, Day Division: The Results, Part 1!

You voted for your favorite outfits of 2017, day and evening division, just before the calendar flipped over. Now, finally, it's time for the results. We're counting down your top 10 favorites from both divisions!

We're starting with your favorites from the day division, part 1:

#10. Queen Letizia at Spain's National Day in Felipe Varela
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A perfectly classic royal outfit which could have appeared on a young QEII or anyone else from then until now, Queen Letizia's suit and surprising royal accessory (a brooch! In traditional brooch position! On Letizia!) just slide onto your top 10 list in the bottom spot.

#9. Princess Sofia at Prince Gabriel's Christening in folk dress
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A traditional outfit of a different sort that also doubled as a big royal surprise takes the next spot, with Princess Sofia's choice to wear the traditional dress of Älvdalen - a dress reportedly made by relatives - to her son's christening.

#8. Crown Princess Victoria in a Birthday Portrait
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Crown Princess Victoria looked like a boss in her 40th birthday portraits, the simple white shirt and white trousers perfectly portraying a princess at work and complementing the sleek backdrop of her home, Haga Palace.

#7. The Duchess of Cambridge at the V&A in Gucci
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The cute mod flair of this Gucci day dress lands the Duchess of Cambridge, one who had an awful lot of potential contenders for the day division, on your list.

#6. Queen Letizia at the UNICEF Awards and Peru Visit in Carolina Herrera
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Letizia's second spot on the list goes to this flippy and fun summer dress from a designer that always serves her well, Carolina Herrera.

Will anyone else hit the list a second time? Stay tuned next week to find out...

11 January 2018

Tiara Thursday: A Fife Tiara Update

When the Fife Tiara took home the #2 spot in your Favorite Tiaras Rematch, I noted that it had achieved its tremendous popularity despite scarce appearances and hardly any public exposure. Well, following news that dropped in December – while we were in yearly review and holiday mode (thanks to those of you that contacted me about it!) – that’s about to change. The Fife Tiara has changed hands, and it looks like you’re going to be able to see it in person.

The Fife Tiara
Quick recap first: The Fife Tiara was an 1889 wedding gift to Princess Louise of Wales, the oldest daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, from her new husband, the Earl of Fife (who was made the Duke of Fife by Queen Victoria right after the wedding). The tiara has diamonds mounted in silver and gold and the design is dominated by a series of pear-shaped diamonds that hang freely in a Gothic-inspired diamond framework. More large pear-shaped diamonds alternate with round diamonds along the top of the tiara. The design is attributed to Oscar Massin because an identical design was included in an 1878 display of his work.

Princess Louise
The Fife Tiara passed to Princess Louise’s eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra, and she, as Duchess of Fife in her own right, wore it to the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937. Alexandra was predeceased by her own son, so the title – and the tiara – passed down to her nephew, James Carnegie, the 3rd Duke. The tiara stayed within the family, though there’s really just about one public example of it in use in recent decades.

The Fife Tiara
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And here’s the 2017 update: The Fife Tiara has been given to the U.K. government as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme and will be displayed at Kensington Palace! The Acceptance in Lieu program enables taxpayers to transfer important works of art and heritage objects into public ownership while paying Inheritance Tax; the 3rd Duke of Fife died in 2015. The government’s report on items accepted in 2017 (excerpted above and below; the full PDF is here) notes that the Fife Tiara was accepted as “pre-eminent under the second and third criteria” for assessing objects offered, which means that it was determined to have “especial artistic or art-historical interest” and was of “especial importance for the study of some particular form of art, learning or history”.

The government feature on the tiara
The government has now permanently assigned the tiara to Historic Royal Palaces, which manages Kensington Palace and other palaces, for “retention and display at Kensington Palace in accordance with the condition attached to the offer.”

The Fife family is also assumed to be in possession of another major tiara, Queen Victoria’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara. Which is interesting, considering this recent tweet from Historic Royal Palaces:


That would be sight to see, if we're talking about the real deal and if it might be shown at the same time as the Fife. We'll see what happens.

10 January 2018

Royal Outfit of the Day: More Semi-Casual for Meghan

And now for a brief check in with these two cozy lovebirds:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton yesterday.
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Literally cozy here, as the pair are once again winning at the coordinated coat game. It's another Canadian coat for Meghan, from Smythe, paired with a top from Marks & Spencer, trousers from Burberry, and a scarf from Jigsaw.

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Meghan's once again winning at the semi-casual royal game in this page taken straight from the Things Seen in a, Like, Regular Workplace catalog. It's nice to see a wider leg trouser, and the lightly messy bun keeps it from getting too formal. Like it right down to the tortoiseshell heels.

09 January 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for January 9: Jewel Heists and Picture Highlights

HELLO. It's been a minute since we tidbit-ed together. Let's see if we can remember how it goes:

--Here are two sweet photos of Princess Charlotte, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate Charlotte's first day at the Willcocks Nursery School yesterday. (And also, I assume, to commemorate her first contribution to our Royal Coat Museum.)
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--I'll buy a ticket for the movie adaptation of this jewelry heist: A pair of jewel thieves pulled off a daring burglary in Venice, stealing earrings and a brooch from the Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajahs exhibition before disappearing into the crowds. The pieces are from the Al Thani Collection, which is owned by Qatar's ruling family and is regularly displayed around the world. [Guardian]

--In more photo news, new portraits of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent of Denmark were released. The twins celebrated their seventh birthday yesterday.
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--Aww, good news: Zara and Mike Tindall announced they are expecting their second child! The baby will join daughter Mia, who turns four later this month. The couple lost a baby after announcing a pregnancy in 2016. [BBC]

--The annual television programs remembering the royal year the Scandinavian monarchies always present us with a few never-before-seen goodies. Case in point: King Harald and Queen Sonja's big 2017 birthday banquet featured their grandkids interviewing some of the royals in attendance, and it's super cute. (Turn on the closed captions for English, and check out Scandinavian Royalty's YouTube channel for the 2017 documentaries and more.) [YouTube]

--Over at the Jewel Vault: I published my big yearly wrap up of QEII's jewels, including my tally of which brooches were worn most often. There's also an alert for a new documentary on the coronation, featuring the Queen herself and one massive brooch.

--And finally, taking a cue from 2017's bests to get a jump on her list of potential 2018 bests, Crown Princess Mette-Marit indulged in the power of a fab red dress at a sports gala this weekend.
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Coming up this week: Time to start digging into the results of your 2017 Favorites vote, plus an update on a fan favorite diadem...

Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

08 January 2018

Royal Outfits of the Day: Spanish Royals at the Pascua Militar

Of all the ways Queen Letizia could have followed up her spectacular sartorial ownership of 2017, I gotta say, a sharp steer back to Edwardian times is not what I was expecting.

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, King Juan Carlos, and Queen Sofia attended the Pascua Militar, a military ceremony, on Saturday.
And yet! Blue velvet from head to toe for our Spanish queen for her first formal event of the new year, which asks for long skirts in the daytime for the ladies (much like the New Year's Court receptions in Denmark last week).

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Now, I generally approve of draping one's self in velvet whenever socially acceptable, but this particular Felipe Varela number...hmm. The buttons? I think the fancy buttons might be one fussy step too far. The aquamarine Bulgari earrings can stay, because yum.

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia returned to this event for the first time since the abdication, and I think Sofia's been saving up all her floral power for this very moment. She is shiny.

05 January 2018

Royal Outfit of the Day: Mary Remixes for the Last New Year's Court

When Crown Princess Mary isn't repeating for her New Year's Court appearances, she's busy remixing her existing pieces. The final reception yesterday involved a remix of one of my very favorite court dress ensembles, a fitted brown velvet jacket and a big pink skirt. And the remixed version is...

...still a fitted brown velvet jacket (with a belt) and a big pink(-ish beige) skirt, it's just a different big pink(-ish beige) skirt. Okay, so maybe we're using the term "remix" a little loosely today.

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In 2013
There's the original, and you can see what drew Mary to it. Other than the beautiful contrast between the heavy velvet and the light tulle, it's a separate jacket and skirt, so it's ripe for the remixing that Mary loves to do. The skirt's been worn with a different outfit as well, although - much like the jacket, I think - it has yet to match the perfection of the original pairing.

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The new skirt isn't new itself; Mary wore it in a Vogue Australia photoshoot. It's a ball skirt by Australian designer Rachel Gilbert. Can't ever have too many ball skirts, can you? Of course you can't.

Better one way, or the other? You tell me.

04 January 2018

Royal Outfit of the Day: Mary Repeats for New Year's Court

It's a Danish week here, as we slowly inch our way back to our regularly scheduled programming.

It's a Danish week because they don't just start the year with in full gala mode, they continue it with more New Year's Court receptions. There are three, two held yesterday and one today (which we'll also cover); they involve the Queen, Crown Prince, and Crown Princess greeting various groups (on Wednesday, they met the justices of the Supreme Court, the officer corps of the Royal Life Guard and Guard Hussar Regiment, and the Diplomatic Corps). These receptions are held in the day and the ladies wear a modern sort of court dress that calls for long skirts/dresses but no tiaras.

For Crown Princess Mary, yesterday was a chance to pull out something very familiar to us...

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It's that caped plum dream from Lasse Spangenberg that just featured in our best of 2017 vote! She debuted this cape and dress last year at these receptions.

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This year gives us a little better look at the dress underneath. The belt is a tidy way to keep her Order of the Elephant sash in place (I personally love it when a dress incorporates the sash, something we see regularly). There's a little bit of shoulder embellishment too, which I'm not necessarily a fan of, since the look has such clean lines otherwise. Perhaps it is not as destined for future gala use as I previously thought.

For Queen Margrethe, these receptions are all chances to pull out something very familiar to us...

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She settled on this blue and brown fur-trimmed ensemble for these events some years ago, and best of luck to anyone who tries to tell the years apart since.

A uniform to go with the uniforms, if you will.

01 January 2018

Royal Fashion Awards: New Year Receptions, 2018

Greetings and Happy New Year! We always get to start off the year with tiaras around here, courtesy of the sparkling New Year receptions held in Japan and Denmark, and there’s no better way to celebrate. And sometimes, we even get a few early contenders for the best outfits of the new year…

Best in Brand New
Crown Princess Mary
Red gowns ruled the royal scene in 2017, and if Crown Princess Mary has any say in it, that trend will be going strong right into 2018. In a classic shape pepped up with a little neckline interest – and the perfect sleeve and neckline configuration to wear the golden collar of the Order of the Elephant, so clearly a well-planned design – this red gown is a serious winner. The gown the custom work of Soeren Le Schmidt (as found by Heaven), continuing Mary’s exploration of the best that Danish design has to offer.

Mary always wears her Danish Ruby Parure here, since it’s often the most formal event of the year, which makes the red gown an even better choice. This year her selections from the flexible ruby set include the tiara, the full version of the earrings (oh, do I love any opportunity to see those earrings in their full glory), the hairpins, the bracelet, and the ring. It seems like she might have done some more tinkering with the Ruby Parure Tiara, by the way; the middle seems a little less flat this time around. I wonder if one of the three hairpins has been added back in.

Most Coordinated in Repeats
Queen Margrethe and Princess Marie
All of the Danish royal ladies were very gown-to-accessory coordinated this year. Queen Margrethe has worn this green lace dress for this occasion in the past (with these jewels) (and with her trusty Yeti wrap, obvs) and it’s a natural match for the Danish Emerald Parure. The emeralds are part of the Crown Jewels.

Princess Marie wore this gold and white Rikke Gudnitz dress to the Belgian state banquet last year. It shines even more here as it picks up the gold in her Order of the Elephant chain splendidly. She wore her Diamond Floral Tiara, as she usually does.

Best in Bulk Diamonds and Pearls
The Japanese Imperial Family
You can always count on the Japanese ladies to start your year with all the diamonds and pearls your heart desires. Empress Michiko, who no longer wears tiaras, led the way draped in her favorite diaphanous cape sleeves and multiple strands of pearls.

Because she'll be marrying in 2018, this was Princess Mako's last appearance at this gala, and the countdown of her last appearances in her tiara and parure continues. Her mother, Princess Kiko, was also in her own tiara and parure.

In addition to the multiple ladies that appeared in front of the cameras, Crown Princess Masako was seen arriving in the Japanese Pearl Sunburst Tiara. See her, and more pics, in this gallery.

Who makes your best dressed list for 2018's gala New Year receptions?