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The Royal 2015: the year in black and white

The old year is almost done, a new one is about to begin. 2015 leaves behind many royal memories - here, in black and white, are some of the standout moments of the past twelve months.

The marriage of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden June 13th 2015, Stockholm

The christening of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco May 10th 2015, Monaco

Queen Margrethe of Denmark celebrates her 75th birthday with a gala dinner April 15th 2015, Copenhagen

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The christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of CambridgeJuly 2015, Sandringham, Norfolk

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima meet President Obama at the White HouseJune 1st 2015, Washington DC, USA

Prince Nicolas Paul Gustaf of SwedenBorn June 15th 2015, Stockholm

First boat launch for Princess Ingrid Alexandra of NorwayMay 4th 2015, Honor Bryggen, Norway

Prince Harry tours New ZealandMay 2015

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde lead commemorations for the 200th anniversary of WaterlooJune 15th 2015, Water…

Prince Henrik to retire

The Prince Consort of Denmark, Henrik, is to radically reduce his royal engagements. The decision, taken by the prince, was announced by Queen Margrethe in her New Year's speech.

Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark is to retire with immediate effect
Henrik is now 81 and earlier this year he had to miss his wife's 75th birthday celebrations because of illness. The queen said in her speech that her husband had decided to 'slow down' and used the word 'retire'.  The change will take effect almost immediately although it isn't yet known if that means the prince will miss the annual New Year's celebrations set for tomorrow.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark during her 2015 New Year's speech during which she announced that her husband is going to 'retire'
Henri Marie Jean Andre de Laborde de Monpezat was born on June 11th 1934 in Talence in the Gironde in France.  His parents, Count Andre de Laborde de Monpezat and Renee de Laborde de Monpezat, took him t…

The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, August 2015

August is traditionally a quiet month on the royal front with summer holidays taking over. But there are still some fabulous fashion moments to enjoy as the royal wardrobe hits the height of the season. Here are 5 looks worth remembering from August 2015.

Princess Marie chose a pretty black and white dress when she opened Copenhagen Cooking on August 21st 2015

There was another super summer look in black and white as Crown Princess Victoria joined her parents and husband to mark 90 years of Swedish Radio

The casual white blouse and green trousers chosen by Queen Letizia for the traditional summer photo call at the Marivent Palace in Mallorca was sleek and on trend

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For a service to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, the Countess of Wessex chose a black and white suit with hat that was pure elegance

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It doesn't come much more summery than this sherbert mix sundress and hat chosen by Queen Maxima for an engagement at a home for young people w…

The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, July 2015

Royal dressing in the height of summer can be a tricky one. The balance between staying cool and staying regal can be hard. But this July produced some vintage royal looks, beginning with another regal wedding dress.

And the bride wore Valentino - for her civil marriage to Pierre Casiraghi in Monaco on July 25th, Beatrice Borromeo chose a pale pink and gold dress by Valentino. Another beautiful royal bride for 2015.
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The prize for looking totally cool in warm weather went to Queen Letizia of Spain who wowed in white on a visit to Expo 2015 in Milan on July 23rd.

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For the christening of her second child, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a cream creation by McQueen which stunned at Sandringham on July 5th

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To celebrate her country's national day, and the second anniversary of her husband's accession to the throne, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians picked a floaty frock in palest dove grey and conquered Brusselson July 21st

The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, June

June brought the big royal wedding of the year and as Europe's reigning houses got out their best frocks and diamonds, it seems churlish not to make this fashion flashback all about the dresses worn to the marriage of 2015. Glitzy, glamourous and glittering, it was a sparkling occasion all round and led, of course, by a beautiful bride.

The wedding dress worn by Sofia Hellqvist was fit for a princess. The white gown with lace overlay, designed by Ida Sjostedt, featured a cascading train and lace trimmed veil kept in place with a brand new diamond and emerald tiara. 

Add in mounds of peachy pastel flowers and a groom who couldn't have been more besotted if he'd tried and you have the perfect royal wedding look.

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Sofia's wedding guests didn't disappoint on the fashion front either. The prize for total princess dress went to Mary of Denmark who chose palest purple and looked about as pretty as could be. Princess Perfection.

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The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, May 2015

There was only one dress that really mattered in May 2015. When Kate of Cambridge stepped out of the Lindo Wing looking stunning just hours after giving birth to her second child, the yellow print dress by Jenny Packham that she had chosen for this seemingly impossible feat of public appearances became just about as famous as a frock can be. There were some other great looks but they have to take a back set in the round up of five fab fashion moments from May.

When she left hospital with George in July 2013, Kate chose a blue dress for her baby boy. She had said before the birth of Charlotte that she didn't know her baby's gender and that seemed to be the case as Kate carried her little girl home in a yellow dress with not a touch of pink anywhere to be seen. What we did see was a woman looking totally fabulous having delivered a baby less than ten hours earlier. Mother and daughter were healthy and this mummy really did look yummy.

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The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, April 2015

The Easter break didn't put the royal women of Europe off their game when it came to style. April proved a vintage month for dresses, coats and hats not to mention hair. Here are 5 of the best looks.

It was her birthday and she'll look fab is she wants to. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark showed the world how to turn 75 in style when she stunned in a red dress and her very best diamonds at the gala dinner for her big day.

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One of the royal looks of 2015 was Queen Letizia's new bob which made its debut at a Madrid awards ceremony in April. The dress it was first worn is pretty stunning too even if it does emphasise the queen's slim physique. Put the hair and the sparkles together and you get a winner.

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It's been many years since the Netherlands had a King's Day but the reign of Willem-Alexander has brought that change. It doesn't really matter because this year it was still a queen's day as Maxima reigned supre…

The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, March 2015

March was an embarrassment of riches when it came to royal style. It was State Visit season which meant diamonds aplenty while the weather started to warm up which meant coats off and a bit more variety in the royal wardrobe. It was hard to pick five standout looks but here goes with five times the royals stunned us with their style in March.

When you bring your best blue evening gown and spectacular sapphires to the game, no one else stands a chance. Queen Maxima is truly regal in royal blue at the Gala Banquet held in honour of the Dutch State Visit to Denmark in March. Who cares that she got off the plane in what looked like a bamquet when the evening style is this good?

Embed from Getty Images March for Mathilde was all about the crutches after an accident left her needing support for much of the month. But what March should really be all about for Mathilde is this super pretty dress worn for a visit to RTBF in Brussels. On Kate, this would have started a stampede to the nearest re…

The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, February

February traditionally sees the royal year really get going with an increase in engagements and public appearances. Oh, and a little bit of ski-ing as well. There were plenty of fashion statements in February this year and here are five of my favourites.

Queen Letizia scored a total hit with her geometric three colour dress on a visit to ARCO 2015. The best bit of this outfit for me is the shoes which match the minor colour on the dress to perfection. And, let's face it, Letizia has her fair share of shoes issues so to see her score a hit on this one is a bit of a win.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked downright stunning in a white coat with matching skinny belt and black accessories on a visit to Portsmouth in February. Quite possible the queen of Kate's looks for the year. Perfection.

Crown Princess Mary finished off February in a leather jacket with textured skirt and looked about as good as a royal looks. 

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Tweed for Kate at Sandringham Sunday service

There is a clear vibe for the Duchess of Cambridge this Christmas. After a muted sage green coat (albeit topped off with a Christmas cracker of a hat) on the big day itself, Kate has toned it down even more with a tweed two piece for Sunday service at Sandringham.

Kate joined the Royal Family at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham this morning
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of the Royal Family for the Sunday service, walking to St Mary Magdalene as they had done on Christmas Day. Only the Queen took the car.

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 There was no Duchess of Cornwall either and no word on why she didn't attend although with a growing brood of grandchildren she may have had granny duty. Kate walked alongside Prince Charles but it was her father-in-law whose coat stood out in the crowd. Kate went for a dark brown tweed effect print that was so muted as it be almost silent. The brightest thing about the whole outfit was the black hat and that jarred with the coa…

The Royal 2015: 5 fab fashion moments, January

The end of the year is always a time to look back and remember what has been and as far as 2015 is concerned, there's been some great royal fashion to recall. There's also been a few duds along the way but let's start with the good stuff. Here are my top 5 outfits for each month, starting with January. It's totally my opinions, just the looks that caught my eye, made me look twice, the ones I wanted to wear myself. If I could. Which I can't. So instead, let's take a look.

When you're a Crown Princess heading off to your country's main fashion week you need something casual but classy, sleek and chic, on trend but not so out there everyone laughs at you. Step forward Mary of Denmark who rocked Copenhagen fashion week in a dress that anyone would want to wear.

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Christmas at Sandringham: festive red and green

It's the most festive colour combination and the women of the House of Windsor made sure it starred at their royal Christmas this year. Wellwishers at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham were treated to a royal vision of red and green as they gathered to see the Queen and her family attending Christmas Day service.

The Queen arrives at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on Christmas Day December 25th 2015, Norfolk
The Queen led the way in bright red with both hat and coat adding a festive feel to proceedings. She is known to prefer clear umbrellas so that people can catch a glimpse of her and the one selected for her trip to church on Christmas Day had a matching red trim to keep things seasonal.

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 The Duchess of Cambridge provided the green, choosing a dark sage coloured coat and a deep green velvet hat on top of a very sharp and sleek updo.

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But Kate has either chosen a different umbrella path from her grandmother in law or she fo…

The Queen at Christmas: gathering round the tree

It was all about a Christmas tree. The Queen linked past, present and future in her traditional festive speech by doing what everyone likes to do at this special time of year - getting others to gather around the tree and celebrate the season.

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It was an appropriate theme in this truly historic year for Elizabeth II. For the Christmas tree was brought to Britain in the 1840s by her great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, who this year passed into history as her descendant claimed her crown as longest reigning monarch in her country's history. And by keeping the tree at the centre of her speech, the woman who now holds the title of longest reign kept the memory of the woman she surpassed to take that record at the very heart of her Christmas message.

There were other reasons for the tree being so integral to the Queen's Christmas Speech this year. As Elizabeth II reminded her audience, it is a big par…

A Tale of Two Christmases: Aarhus and Byron Bay

It was a tale of two Christmases for Denmark's royals this year. While Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik attended church in Aarhus, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary were tens of thousands of miles away in Australia spending the festive season with her family.

Margrethe II of Denmark and Prince Henrik leaving church in Aarhus on Christmas Eve 2015

Margethe wrapped up warm for the Christmas Eve service. She and Henrik were joined by Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their two children, Henrik and Athena. Marie rocked a red coat in keeping with the spirit of the season and the gathering gloom of a late December evening added a sense of Christmas to the whole scene.

Princess Marie of Denmark holds her daughter's hand as they leave church in Aarhus with Prince Joachim on Christmas Eve 2015
But in Australia, it was very different. In warm weather and with not a hope of a snowflake in sight, Crown Princess Mary went hot with her fashion appearing in a bright yellow shirt …