Tuesday, 21 February 2017

State Dinner Sparklers: Canada in Sweden

Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine sparkle as they prepare to join the Governor General of Canada in a toast at the State Banquet at the start of his State Visit to Sweden
(photo Governor General of Canada Twitter grab)

State Visit alert. The Swedish Royal Family has been welcoming the Governor General of Canada and his wife as the week gets under way. David and Sheila Johnston are in Sweden for four days and we all know what the start of a State Visit means. Yes, State Banquets. It was glitter as far as the eye could see at the Royal Palace on February 20th 2017 as King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia hosted a gala dinner in honour of their guests. Three royal ladies, three tiaras. Enjoy.

King Harald V of Norway at 80: 8 decades, 8 photos

King Harald of Norway if 80 on February 21st 2017
(photo Royal House of Norway)

King Harald V of Norway is 80 today. The prince born on February 21st 1937 is now one of the most respected monarchs in the world and about as popular as a royal can ever hope to be. But then Harald has always been loved and respected, as these 8 photos from 8 decades of a royal life show.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Leonore at 3

Princess Leonore of Sweden in one of her official third birthday photos
(photo Brigitte Grenfeldt/ kungahuset.se)

Leonore of Sweden is three today. The daughter of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill was born on February 20th 2014 and celebrates her special day with two new official photos.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Royal Week, in 60 seconds

It's been a big royal week with the end of a court case that has hung over Spain's monarchy for over a year, the final moments of a marriage and a serious hospital stay. There were some ligther moments too - here's the Royal Week, in 60 seconds.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Royal Wardrobe: an image of royalty

What does royalty dress like in 2017?

After the royal week we've had, we need a bit of relaxation so step into the Royal Wardrobe. There have been plenty of regal sightings this week but as we've also got an Herrera evening gown the poll has to be slightly different. Because skinny jeans vs Herrera evening gown isn't going to be tense. Ever. This time round, there are 5 royal outfits worn within 24 hours of each other, but with a different question. Which best fits your idea of modern royal dressing in 2017? If you want to join the debate, check the opinion piece here. Or if you just want to look at the clothes, here they come - and remember to vote.  Results here on Tuesday.

The Princess Expectation

Images of royalty are everywhere - but what do we really want our royals to look like today?

The previews of the exhibition of Diana’s clothes, set to open soon at Kensington Palace, aren’t just a walk down memory lane. They’ve raised important points about modern royalty. One theme has really struck me. It’s the comments, from designers who dressed Diana, about her sense of royal image. They mention that Diana didn’t just know what she wanted to wear, she knew what people wanted her to look like and a big consideration of any outfit she picked was whether it matched the princess expectation. She knew her hosts had an idea of how royalty appeared and part of her dress code was to make sure they got what they hoped for.

Belgium's Royals Remember

The King and Queen of the Belgians arriving at the mass remembering members of their country's royal family
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

The King and Queen of the Belgians have led commemorations at the mass held every year to remember the members of their country's royal family who have died. The service takes place on February 17th at Laeken where many members of Belgium's royal family are buried.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Louis and Tessy divorce

Louis and Tessy's marriage is at an end
(photo Grand Cour Ducale)

The marriage of Louis and Tessy of Luxembourg is at an end. The couple were granted an decree nisi in London today - it will become absolute in six weeks time.  The divorce was requested by Princess Tessy and it was granted on the grounds of Prince Louis' 'unreasonable behaviour', a common term in divorce papers.

Danish Royal Family Fun in the Snow

Mum and daughter having fun in the snow in one of the winter holidays snaps shared online
(photo credit: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark/ detdanksekongehus Instagram)

It's that time of year. After Spain's royals unexpectedly got the (snow) ball rolling (couldn't resist it, sorry) with their surprise ski-ing trip last week, the ruling houses of Europe are off enjoying the slopes and sharing fun photos to prove it. No formal photocall for Crown Prince Frederik and his family as they get their ski-ing fix for the year. Instead, they've shared family pics on social media. And rather nice they are too.

BREAKING NEWS: Infanta Cristina of Spain not guilty

Cristina de Borbon, acquitted of tax fraud
(photo Casa Real press)

Infanta Cristina has been found not guilty of tax fraud. The Infanta, sister of King Felipe VI and daughter of King Juan Carlos I faces a fine of 265,000 euros after a trial lasting over a year.  Her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, has been found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison.


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