28 September 2016

Royal Outfit Grab Bag of the Day: September 28

I love it when royals get together and I love it when they unknowingly coordinate themselves at the same time. A unified color scheme kicks off our latest grab bag edition:

While in New York last week, Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Rania attended the 2016 Global Goals Awards Dinner.
The blacks and whites and grays ruled the day here. Queen Rania has one of my favoritest ever Peter Pilotto dresses, but even that's not enough to distract me from Victoria's overwhelming jewelry set. Imma need at least the necklace subtracted here.
Queen Rania's Peter Pilotto dress, Crown Princess Victoria's Baum und Pferdgarden skirt (previously worn here)

Queen Rania attended an event for the Royal Health Awareness Society.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BKsCvo_AQkq/?taken-by=queenrania
Queen Rania Instagram
Speaking of Queen Rania and speaking of black and white outfits, how great is this? The more stripey goodness, the merrier, I say.

Crown Princess Mary attended the Design Awards 2016 last week.
Feels like Mary's also been all about the prints n' patterns lately, right? I think this is a pretty successful version. Or at least I would think it was a successful version, if I could stop thinking that top yellow flower is some giant pesky name tag. I've apparently been compromised by whatever Victoria was so dutifully sporting at the top of our post.
Alice + Olivia dress (thanks to Heaven)
Mary and Fred are on a working visit to Washington, D.C. and Boston at the moment, by the way, so cross your fingers for something fab.

27 September 2016

Royal Trip Update of the Day: September 27

Might this be the best version of a red-in-Canada outfit yet?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended an evening reception at Government House on Monday, which was Day 3 of their Canada tour.
It just might be. This reception seems to be the most formal event on the itinerary, and she turned it up several notches accordingly. This is good, friends.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress, via Net-a-porter
Sure, I'd swap the shoes - I'm usually a red shoe lover, and yet nope - but the dress is from Preen, a label that does these solid color, slightly full skirt dresses so well, and it works no matter what. This is very good.
With her repeated Soru earrings, we also have the second appearance of the Queen's Maple Leaf Brooch. Ya gotta give her credit for wearing that diamond-packed sucker every chance she gets, right? That's the spirit.

(Also on the jewel front, by the way, I talked a bit about Kate's earrings from Sunday and a pair from the Queen's jewel vault over at the Jewel Vault.)

26 September 2016

Monday Tidbits for September 26: Royal Movie Night, and More

ICYMI, we covered the arrival of the Cambridges in Canada this weekend, and we have on ongoing open post for your tour chats there. Elsewhere:

--The Countess of Wessex arrived in London to finish out her DofE Challenge and received a warm welcome home from the Earl and their kids. She blogged along the way at the royal family's site. [BBC, Royal Family]
BBC screencap

--This is cozy: Norway's royal family held a little movie night in the park! A big movie night, really, by the looks of that crowd. They screened The King's Choice (Kongens Nei), about King Haakon VII and the German invasion of Norway in World War II. [VG]

--The Duke and Duchess of Parma christened their third child, Prince Carlos Enrique Leonard. King Willem-Alexander, cousin of the proud father, was one of the godparents and he brought his family along to Italy for the christening. Queen Máxima wore a repeated Dolce & Gabbana dress. [Blauw Bloed, Telegraaf, Gazzetta Di Parma]

--And finally, here's the fabulous Princess Alexandra, elegantly rocking the perfect color combination.


Coming up this week: We'll be checking in with the Cambridge tour again, and more...

Tidbits is your place throughout the week to share things we haven't covered yet and for all your off topic chats. Enjoy!

24 September 2016

The Cambridges in Canada: Your Open Post

And they're off! The Cambridge family has landed in Victoria, Canada, kicking off a week long tour.
You knew it was only a matter of time before William converted them all to the blue suit brigade. The Duchess is handling her part of the family coordination scheme in a blue Jenny Packham dress, with maple leaves all around (a blue Lock & Co. hat adorned with maple leaves - this is the same designer that did 2011's red maple leaf hat - plus the diamond Maple Leaf Brooch on loan again from the Queen). Really lovely.

We'll be checking in with the tour periodically over the next week on the blog. For those of you that want to discuss the whole thing as it happens, you're welcome to use this post throughout. As always, mind the comment policy and enjoy!

23 September 2016

Royal Flashback of the Day: September 23

The Cambridge family lands in Canada on Saturday! Yes, we will have a weekend post once we see what sort of sartorial selection the arrival brings.

But first, let's flashback one more time to their 2011 visit to the country, and one more frequent royal tour feature: the good old flag interpretation.

By tsaiproject [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
A white Reiss dress (repeated from the couple's engagement photographs) and a red maple leaf-adorned Lock & Co. hat made for an unmistakable interpretation of the Canadian flag for Canada Day festivities, with the Queen's diamond Maple Leaf Brooch added in for good measure. This outfit seems a bit...contrived, I want to say, but that's a silly thing to say when any outfit echoing a country's colors and/or motifs is by nature at least a little bit contrived. Still, some outfits seem to work a little harder at it than others.

This outfit, on the other hand, was a nod instead of a blinking arrow. A red Catherine Walker coat and a repeat of that loaner brooch closed out the Canadian leg of the tour. Can't ever go too wrong with the classics, can you?

So, what's to come? We'll find out this weekend. See you then.