Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Royal Wardrobe: rosy royals


Five rosy royals in this week's wardrobe selection

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden. But you're getting one anyway because this week, the Royal Wardrobe has hit the rose button. We've had all kinds of rosy shades on show this past seven days from pale and interesting to so bright it can be seen from space. Five picks and a poll, of course. Here's the Royal Wardrobe in a week where everything is coming up roses.


Saturday, 25 February 2017

February State Visits: Spain welcomes Argentina


King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain welcome the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and his wife, Juliana Awada, for a State Visit this week 
Stop looking at the tiara. Yes, the Argentinian State Visit to Spain featured the first appearance of Queen Letizia in ‘La Buena’ but other things happened as well. OK, not as sparkly and exciting as Leti becoming just the fourth royal woman to be seen in that towering tiara but still fun. The one thing that really stands out in this State Visit is just how well all four main players involved get on with one another. Get ready to smile, here’s how Spain’s royals hosted the Argentinian State Visit.

Friday, 24 February 2017

February State Visits: Canada to Sweden



King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia welcome the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and his wife, Sharon to Sweden on their State Visit
(kungahuset.se) 
We have incoming. The Swedish Royal Family welcomed the Governor General of Canada this week for a four day State Visit. The trip included business, basketball, tiaras and trucks but no Crown Princess Victoria. Here’s a look back at the week when Sweden welcomed Canada.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

State Dinner Sparklers: Spain welcomes Argentina


Spot the tiara - Queen Letizia of Spain in a truly historic diadem debut 
(photo Mauricio Macri Twitter)

It's quite low key so you may not have even noticed but Queen Letizia wore one of the most famous tiaras in Europe at the State Dinner to welcome the President of Argentina to Spain last night. After her last State Dinner, in Portugal, drew groans at the total lack of tiara, Letizia made sure no one missed the diamonds this time round when she stepped out in the Fleur de Lys Tiara belonging to Spain's queens. Yep, this is a biggie. A diadem only for queens and one which packs a real historical punch. Oh yes, and it's huge. This State Dinner sparkler has caused quite a stir.

Estelle at 5


Princess Estelle of Sweden in one of her 5th birthday photos
(kungahuset.se)

Sofas are made for lounging on and the future queen of Sweden has it sorted. In her best birthday photos yet, Princess Estelle takes it easy as she hits this landmark celebration.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Estelle's birthday portraits


February 23rd 2016, Estelle's most recent birthday portraits. Tomorrow could see a new set join them in the family album
(photo credit: (photo Kate Gabor/ The Royal Court Sweden)


As the fifth birthday of Princess Estelle of Sweden approaches, there's big excitement about special pictures to mark the occasion. Estelle might be holidaying with her mum, dad and baby brother, Oscar, but the chances of this being the first birthday of hers with no official images must be pretty slim. The second in line to the throne of Sweden already has a pretty impressive album of birthday photos to her name. Ahead of birthday number five, here's a look back at some of Estelle's special anniversary photos.

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.

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