Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Royal Visit Canada, day four


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on day four of their visit to Canada
(photo UBC Twitter)

After the rain, some sunshine. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge more than made up for the partially rained off schedule of day three with an action packed itinerary as they travelled between British Columbia and Yukon. Whistlestop all the way for William and Kate.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Royal Wardrobe Canada: day three


The Duchess of Cambridge in red for an evening reception in Victoria, British Columbia
(photo The Crown in Canada Twitter)

Day three was the first for two outfits and the Duchess of Cambridge kept it extreme. She started with ultra casual for her day in Bella Bella and ended in gala for the first evening reception of Royal Visit Canada 2016. And there's a colour scheme emerging for this tour - Kate kept to predominantly blue and red just as she has the past two days. Here's Royal Wardrobe Canada, day three.

5 September Royal Brides


Princess Claire of Luxembourg was a September royal bride
(photo Grand Court Ducale/ Guy Wolff)

September isn't the most popular month for royal weddings. Summer holidays are still coming to an end and everyone's getting back into the swing of the royal agenda. That's not to say the month is a marriage free zone and to prove it here are five September royal brides.

The Royal Wardrobe poll winner: Letizia


Queen Letizia of Spain in the outfit that topped this week's Royal Wardrobe poll
(photo casareal Twitter)

In the end, she just sneaked it. Queen Letizia of Spain topped this week's Royal Wardrobe poll with a red and white dress that saw off the opposition. Chosen for a visit to New York, Letizia's Big Apple style was a winner all the way.

Royal Visit Canada, day three: bring out the brollies


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Bella Bella on day three of their tour of Canada
(photo Kensington Royal Twitter)

The clue was in the itinerary. Day three of Royal Visit Canada saw the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heading to a rain forest. Umbrellas were all but inevitable.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Sapphires for September: the Netherlands


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in the sapphire tiara of her royal house on the day her husband ascended the throne
(photo koninklijkhuis.nl)


Sapphires are stunning and the regal blue of the deepest stone has made them a favourite for royals for centuries. The modern royal families of Europe possess some pretty cracking tiaras set with sapphires and among the most striking is the one that belongs to Dutch ruling house. The sapphire tiara of the Netherlands is among the most photographed of recent times after Queen Maxima chose to wear it on the day her husband became monarch. But that historic appearance was just the latest chapter in the tale of this diadem. Her are more sapphires for September.

Christian X, King of Denmark


Christian X, King of Denmark 1912 - 1947
(photo Wiki Commons)

Christian X, King of Denmark, was born on this day in 1870. Famous for his solo ride through the streets of Copenhagen every day during the Nazi occupation - he rode without a guard as a symbol of defiance - he ruled Denmark from 1912 until his death in 1947.

Royal Visit Canada Wardrobe: Day Two


The Duchess of Cambridge on day two of her visit to Canada
(photo Government of British Columbia via Flickr)

Canada meant two things were guaranteed when it came to Kate's wardrobe. First, there was bound to be at least one appearance by the Maple Leaf Brooch and we got a glimpse of that as the plane door opened. Secondly, there was always going to be at least one red and white outfit in homage to the country's colours and day two ticked that box for us. Royal Visit Canada is doing everything we hoped.

Royal Visit Canada, Day Two


The Duchess of Cambridge arrives in Vancouver on day two of Royal Visit Canada
(photo The Crown in Canada Twitter)

Day two of Royal Visit Canada was all about planes, boats and rain. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Vancouver using a rather unusual mode of transport and walked through a lot of drizzle as they fulfilled their wish to meet as many Canadians as possible while visiting projects and a reception in the city. Welcome to Vancouver as Royal Visit Canada continues.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Royal Visit Canada Wardrobe: Day One


The Duchess of Cambridge looking regal in royal blue on day one of her visit to Canada
(photo British Colombia via Flickr)

Royal Visit Canada is under way and with it, excitement and interest and all kinds of eagerness over Kate's royal wardrobe for the coming seven days. The first time she visited Canada in 2011, she was a newly married duchess undertaking her first overseas tour and we were all still getting used to her wardrobe. Five years on, the Kate Effect is everywhere and this royal wardrobe is packed full of looks everyone wants to see again. But a tour means new and the Duchess of Cambridge started off as she means to go on. We got a debut, we got a hat, we got vintage bling. Royal Visit Canada has debuted in style.

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