Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Royal Week, in Numbers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Radio 1 Teen Heroes at Kensington Palace 
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

One week, so many royal events. From Olympic receptions to major prize ceremonies, the ruling houses of Europe have been out and about in force. And for those moments you might have missed, here are those seven days and dozens of events boiled down to five - it's the Royal Week, in Numbers.

Felipe and Letizia, picture perfect in Asturias

The King and Queen of Spain get ready for their close up in Los Oscos
(photo casareal Twitter)

Felipe and Letizia are used to posing for photos but on a visit to an award winning community in Asturias on their three day visit there, the King and Queen of Spain encountered a whole new picture opportunity. But it didn't phase this pair of royals and the result was picture perfect.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Royal Wardrobe: feeling the chill

Victoria of Sweden in a favourite print dress features in this week's Royal Wardrobe
(photo Kungahuset Instagram)

The royals of Europe seem resistant to autumn. The weather got colder and brisker this week which seemed to press a button somewhere in the Royal Wardrobe which removed sleeves, coats and any semblance of warmth from this week's style choices. And there wasn't a sign of a shiver anywhere. Here are five style statements from this week's Royal Wardrobe - don't expect any coats.

Felipe and his two queens

King Felipe of Spain with his consort, Letizia, and his mother, Sofia, at the Princesa de Asturias Awards 2016

They are among the most high profile prizes handed out in Spain and a regular point in the royal calendar. The Princess of Asturias Awards recognise excellence in the arts, sciences and humanities and are presented every year at a glittering ceremony in Oviedo. And while the royal whose name they carry, Leonor of Asturias, is too young to do the honours, there is still plenty of regal presence at the big event. For King Felipe took the two queens in his life, Letizia and Sofia, along as always for this royal highlight of the year.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Varmland's home visit

The Duke and Duchess of Varmland on a walkabout in their duchy today

The Duke and Duchess of Varmland popped back to their duchy today. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden spent the day in the area, bringing back memories of their first trip to the duchy they call their own soon after their wedding last year. This autumnal trip included forests, sport and a bit of business as Sweden's newest royal parents enjoyed a day in Varmland.

Charles remembers at Aberfan

The Prince of Wales in Aberfan on October 21st 2016
(photo Clarence House Instagram)

It was one of the saddest days in British history and today the Prince of Wales joined millions of people across the UK in remembering those who died at Aberfan. Prince Charles travelled to the Welsh village to join commemorations on the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy which claimed 144 lives. The prince came to mourn and to mark one of the worst disasters to affect Wales.

Prince Harry remembers

Prince Harry bows his head after laying a wreath at the Metropolitan Police service
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)

Prince Harry led tributes and remembrances at a service in honour of all those who have lost their lives while serving with the Metropolitan Police. The prince attended a service at Hendon Training School in Middlesex on October 20th 2016 where he paid his tributes by laying a wreath and bowing his head in remembrance.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Letizia's cape work

Queen Letizia keeps her cape on for at least ten seconds before shivering for the sake of style 
(photo casareal Twitter)

Have cape, will drop it. The Queen of Spain went for a cover up on her way to the Princess of Asturias Awards concert this evening and then thought better of it. Letizia is made of strong stuff because as autumn attacked Oviedo, this consort's cape work left her out in the elements in an outfit that would shiver in the summer. And that's before we get to the hair.

Royal Wedding Tiaras: Stephanie of Luxembourg

A family tiara for Stephanie of Luxembourg on her wedding day
(photo By Denis Probst - Own work, archive Denis Probst, CC BY-SA 3.0 lu, Link)

The royal family that Stephanie de Lannoy married into on October 20th 2012 has one of the best collections of tiaras around. But on her big day, the new Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg chose a tiara much closer to home - her family diadem, worn by her sisters on their own wedding days. This royal bride followed her own tradition with a tiara filled with sentimental value.

Royal Wedding Dresses: Stephanie of Luxembourg

Stephanie of Luxembourg in Elie Saab on her wedding day, October 20th 2012
(photo Grand Cour Ducale)

When you're the bride at what's being billed as the last big royal wedding of a generation then there's quite a lot of pressure on the dress. There was a huge amount of interest in the marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Stephanie de Lannoy on October 20th 2012, partly because of the stellar royal guest list and partly because the groom was the last heir to a throne of his generation to say 'I do'. When Stephanie stepped onto the red carpet leading to Luxembourg Cathedral, she certainly wowed in a wedding dress that did royal and modern all at the same time.


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