24 July 2010

This Week in Princesses

After a fun weekend, the week started out with our favorite royal ladies addressing some serious topics: AIDS, nuclear disarmament, war memorials. But things started to take a lighter turn toward midweek.

JULY 17, 2010

17th July, 2010: Asprey World Class Cup Polo held at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, Surrey. Among those attending, Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock. Credit: GoffPhotos.com  Ref: KGC-40/starmaxinc.com Photo via Newscom

Prince Albert of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock reenacted a scene from the Julia Roberts' movie, "Pretty Woman," stomping on divots at a polo match in England. She looks delightful, Grace Kelly-esque. She gets five stars. He gets two and a half for poorly chosen accessories: a ball cap and no socks. He would have received fewer stars but he does have one fabulous accessory: her!

JULY 19, 2010

Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit displays her T-shirt as she attends an exhibition of the 18th World Aids Conference in Vienna July 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA - Tags: POLITICS ROYALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attends an exhibition in Vienna, Austria, during 18th International AIDS Conference, on July 19, 2010. A world forum on AIDS opened in Vienna yesterday to warnings led by UN's Secretary General that the 29-year war against the disease was at threat from funding cuts. Photo by Tom Hansen/Stella Pictures/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway started the week in Vienna, Austria for the 18th World AIDS Conference. I have a feeling that her playful T-shirt was inspired by U.S. President Obama's successful campaign slogan. And this time, it was her shoes rather than Letizia of Spain's, that generated a buzz. In all seriousness, however, the princess spent the conference strongly advocating for more youth involvement and warning the United Nations about the negative impact of funding cuts on the proliferation of the disease.

NEW YORK - JULY 19: ( ueen Noor of Jordan attends the taping of 'The Road to Global Nuclear Disarmament: The Origin, The Evolution and The Future of a Movement' at SIRIUS XM Studio on July 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

It is almost impossible to believe that Queen Noor of Jordan is going to be 60 next year! The American-born grandmother-of-three is the widow of King Hussein, who is remembered for his valiant attempts to broker peace in the Middle East. This week, she was in New York City for several events related to the "Global Zero" project, which advocates for nuclear disarmament. On Monday, she was interviewed by Deepak Chopra for a program on the topic.

LILLE, FRANCE - JULY 19: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall attend the burial of the final soldier who died in the battle of Fromelles in 1916 at Fromelles cemetery on July 19, 2010 in Fromelles, France. Today marks the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles in Northern France, the first battle fought by the Australians on the Western Front, and sees the completion of the Fromelles Military Cemetery which was constructed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The dedication ceremony includes the re-burial, with full military honours, of the last of the 250 WWI soldiers recovered from communal graves in France, followed by an official reception for families of identified soldiers. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were among many international luminaries who attended a memorial service marking the re-burial of soldiers killed in the World War I Battle of Fromelles in France. About 250 British and Australian soldiers who were buried in a mass grave have now been reinterred in individual graves. DNA is being used to identify them.

JULY 20, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 20: Queen Noor of Jordan attends the premiere of 'Countdown To Zero' at the Paley Center for Media on July 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Queen Noor continued her no-nukes visit to New York, attending the premiere of the film "Countdown to Zero."

JULY 21, 2010

(L-R) Belgian Crown Princess Mathilde, Crown Prince Philippe and Queen Fabiola arrive for a Te Deum Mass in celebration of Belgium's National Day, in Brussels, Belgium on July 21, 2010. Photo by Danny Gys/Reporters/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Queen Fabiola of Belgium (left) looked lovely as she joined her nephew Crown Prince Philippe and his wife Crown Princess Mathilde for Belgium's National Day celebrations. Spanish-born Fabiola is the widow of King Baudoin. She has been plagued by death threats and ill health over the last couple of years. Last year, someone threatened to kill her with a crossbow, so she carried an apple with her to the National Day celebrations tempting her anonymous nemesis to reenact the legend of William Tell. At 82, she is clearly still a spirited lady!

Belgium's Princess Claire and Prince Laurent watch the traditional military parade on National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels July 21, 2010. Belgium celebrates on Wednesday its National Day and its 180th anniversary of independence.  REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY ROYALS MILITARY)

Meanwhile, it appears that Princess Claire of Belgium was flashing back to Fabiola's hey-day. She could easily have worn this complete ensemble to Fabiola's engagement party in 1960. Perhaps, Claire's husband Prince Laurent had to wear the sunglasses--to hide how drowsy this snooze-fest of dress is making him.

Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium attends a reception to mark Belgium's National Day in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium on July 21, 2010. Photo by Danny Gys/Reporters/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Poor Crown Princess Mathilde! It must be difficult to maintain your figure when you live in Belgium where someone is always passing around a platter of fabulous chocolates!

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is handed a bag as she buys yams from a stall in Brixton Market on July 21, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It's a little-known fact that Camilla Duchess of Cornwall does her own marketing. Perhaps she's preparing a little fry-up for hubby Prince Charles. Actually, the royal couple were making an official visit to Brixton Market in south London. They are advocates for organic farming and sustainable agriculture.

JULY 22, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Guests gather in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to meet HRH Queen Elizabeth II (C) during a garden party hosted by the Queen on July 22, 2010 in London, England. At least three garden parties are hosted by the Queen every summer, an event which dates back to the 1960's and are held as a way of rewarding and recognising public services. British National Party leader and member of the European Parliament Nick Griffin who had initially been invited to attend the event has had his invitation revoked after officials said he was using his invitation for party political purposes. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II really knows how to throw a party--a tea party, that is! The tiny queen was decked out in the brightest of blues so that she would stand out amidst the thousands of guests. Just look at that crowd. That's a lot of crumpets and cucumber sandwiches!

JULY 23, 2010

MADRID, MADRID - JULY 23: Princess Letizia of Spain attends several audiences at Zarzuela Palace on July 23, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Crown Princess Letizia of Spain often draws attention with her sartorial style. On Friday, her snazzy ensemble had cameras snapping not just her shoes--a usual fetish for the photogs--but also her belt. I'm personally a fan of the belt but I'm not in love with cuffing the pants, but I guess she didn't want to obscure anyone's view of the shoes.

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