Saturday, 27 May 2017

Emeralds for May: Denmark

Queen Margrethe of Denmark in emeralds for her 40th birthday in 1980

It's one thing to have a stunning set of emeralds at your disposal, it's another when only you can wear them. The Danish royal collection includes an emerald tiara about as impressive as you will find anywhere and only Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark can wear it.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Belgium's royals and political debuts

The art of being royal can be tricky sometimes in the 21st century. Part of the mystique is the unchanging nature of the institution but to remain the same when everything else is different is a challenge. We want modern royals to be in touch with how people feel but we also want silent, elegant figureheads who do the whole smile and wave without causing, well, waves. So let's take a moment to appreciate the King and Queen of the Belgians who this week took on a headline grabbing couple of days and sailed through them with flying colours. This is what happened when Philippe and Mathilde met the President of the United States of America.

State Sparklers: Netherlands Diplomatic Corps Dinner

It wasn't just the glassware that was sparkling in Amsterdam on May 23rd 2017. The Dutch Royal Family hosted the annual Diplomatic Corps Dinner at the Royal Palace and brought out some of their grandest and glittery tiaras. Pearls, diamonds and emeralds were all on the menu - settle back and enjoy the sparklers worn by the royal women of the Netherlands at this important. yearly event.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Queen visits Manchester (updated)

The Queen has visited Manchester today to meet some of those injured in Monday's bomb attack. The Queen spent time with some of those still being treated at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital this morning and told them that the bomber was 'very wicked'. The bomb went off at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena. Twenty two people were killed, many of them children and young people.

State Dinner Sparklers: Luxembourg welcomes Portugal

The Portuguese State Visit to Luxembourg might not be the highest profile royal event of recent weeks but it's packing sparkly punch. Once we'd all stopped wondering why Stephanie has taken to holding her increasingly large clutch bags in front of her tummy over the past week or so, we got down to some serious diamond counting. There were no big surprises but plenty of stones - here are the State Dinner Sparklers when Luxembourg welcomed Portugal.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Royal Wedding Dresses: Princess Marie of Denmark

The royal wedding of Prince Joachim and Marie Cavallier might have been relatively low key but that didn't mean a full on white frock and tiara were out of the question. When Joachim and Marie said 'I do' on May 24th 2008, we got a lace confection with diamonds and train. Here's a look back at the dress worn by Marie of Denmark on the day she became a princess.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Royal Response to Manchester (updated)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pay tribute to the 22 people killed in the Manchester bomb attack 

The Queen has, this afternoon, led thousands of people in a minute's silence to remember those killed in the Manchester bomb attack. The silent tribute took place at the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Eugenie of York, the Queen bowed her head to remember the 22 people killed on May 22nd 2017 by a bomber as they enjoyed an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Emeralds for May: Sweden

Sofia of Sweden in her emerald tiara

If there's one thing a royal bride need, it's a tiara. And like many a royal bride before her in the last twenty years or so, Sofia had none to call her own. So she got one as a gift instead. That wasn't where the party stopped. Sofia's wedding tiara was topped with emeralds meaning Sweden finally got a modern green gem of a diadem to call its own. Here are Emeralds for May, Swedish style.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Royal Wedding Tiaras: Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia of Spain in her 'something borrowed' tiara
(photo casa real)

When you're royal, something borrowed takes on a whole new meaning. And when you're a TV presenter with no tiara to call your own marrying a future king, then there's really only one thing you can take loan of for your big day. Letizia of Spain borrowed her mother in law's wedding tiara when she said 'I do' to Felipe on May 22nd 2004. She couldn't have made a more symbolic choice because this tiara has serious royal wedding history.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

George and Charlotte's wedding debut: first photos

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have completed a royal rite of passage - their first outing as page boy and bridesmaid. The third and fourth in line to the throne were among the attendants at the marriage of their maternal aunt, Pippa Middleton, who wed James Matthews at Englefield this morning. Mummy Kate was on hand to keep the two in hand and everything, as you'd expect, looked rather lovely. Here are the first photos of George and Charlotte's wedding debut.

The Royal Wardrobe: summer beckons

Summer is on its way and the royal choice of clothes is starting to reflect that. Summer can be a difficult season to live up to what Diana so famously called 'The Princess Expectation'. She said people have an expectation of what royalty looks like but the happy, strappy style of summer is often one step removed from how we think regal dressing works. So as we head towards that chic trap, here are five outfits attempting to royally negotiate their way into summer and you get to pick which one does it best. The poll is on the right (you might need to switch to web view) and the results here on Tuesday.  In the meantime, enjoy the sunny style.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Emeralds for May: Luxembourg

The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Maria Teresa, in the Emerald Tiara

It's one of the most striking and difficult to wear tiaras in modern Europe but there's certainly no forgetting this one. Like it or loathe it, the Luxembourg Emerald tiara won't ever be missed. It's a bit of a favourite of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and its green stone has some very green and very royal credentials. For this standout set of jewels was made of gems rattling around looking for a home. That's real royal recycling.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

4 royal surprises of the day

One of these royal ladies sprang a surprise on us today - but who was it?

Some days are filled with royal surprises. They're the bonus days, the ones where the fun of watching the royals is ramped up by them turning the tables and leaving us ever so slightly discombobulated. May 17th 2017 was one such day. We had flying kings, unexpected smiles and the return of facial hair. The last one is probably the least surprising. Prepare to be amazed by four royal surprises.