29 January 2016

This Week in Princesses

SPAIN: Fighting cancer, Jan. 22
Queen Letizia once again donned her standard black pants suit for a meeting of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).

BELGIUM/THE NETHERLANDS: Serenading the European Union, Jan. 22
The King and Queen of The Netherlands joined their Belgian counterparts for a concert to open the Dutch Presidency of the European Union. Each queen outshined (get it?) her husband with Mathilde in shiny pink and black, while Maxima went with multicolored sparkles and asymmetrical hair.

SWEDEN: An exhibition of clocks, Jan. 22
Looks like Crown Princess Victoria also got the shiny pink-and-black memo (good thing she and Mathilde were at different events!) as she joined her parents for the opening of an exhibition tracing four centuries of royal clocks.

THE NETHERLANDS: Celebrating the Dutch Masters, Jan. 23
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Princess Beatrix turned out for the EYE film museum in Amsterdam for a screening of the series "Dutch Masters." Few things are more deserving of applause than Dutch art. (I'm a fan.)

SWEDEN: Sports awards, Jan. 25
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Looks like asymmetrical hair was also a trend this week as Sweden's Princess Sofia attended the Swedish Sports Gala with a hairstyle designed to show off her unusual (and large) earrings. Her earlobes are clearly stronger than mine.

JAPAN: State visit, Jan. 26

The chief members of the Japanese Imperial Family were on hand Tuesday to bid bon voyage to the Emperor and his 82-year-old Empress Michiko as they departed for an official visit to The Philippines, where they will be until Jan. 30.  Their sons, Prince Akishino and Crown Prince Naruhito waved off their parents along with their wives Kiko and Masako, who has been seen in public slightly more often lately. She looks striking in this blue coat and hat.

SPAIN: Helping children speak, Jan. 26
Queen Letizia brightened up her color palette for audiences back at Zarzuela Palace, where she received members of ATELMA, an organization that helps children with specific language impairment. This condition is characterized by delayed speech development that is not caused by other recognized issues like autism, brain damage or hearing loss.

UNITED KINGDOM: An evening at Annabel's, Jan. 26
Princess Eugenie of York and her longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank popped into the famous Annabel's in London for a party launching nutritionist Gabriela Peacock's new GP Nutrition Supplements. Tatler's snarked that it was a "marvellous party" despite cocktails infused with spinach and kale. Yum.

MONACO: Saint Devote festivities, Jan. 26-27
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The Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended mass and other celebrations, including a bonfire and the obligatory balcony appearance, honoring their national saint, Devote.

BELGIUM: Visiting a welfare organization, Jan. 27
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Queen Mathilde checked in on the Centrum Algemeen Welzijn in Brussels. The organization assists people who are having personal, financial, and family problems, including both those who have been victims of crimes and those who have been incarcerated.

MONACO: New York film premiere, Jan. 27
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, oldest daughter of Prince Albert of Monaco, attended the premiere of "Jane Got a Gun" in New York City, where she is living. She was raised in California by her American mother.

THE NETHERLANDS: Taking in the films, Jan. 27
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Queen Maxima's love of pattern, unusual colors and jumpsuits came together in a delightful ensemble that surprised many royal fashion watchers--not because of the unique style but because they actually liked it. Max debuted the new outfit at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.

SWEDEN: Remembering the Holocaust, Jan. 27
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Crown Princess Victoria was on hand for the presentation of Micael Bindefeld Foundation scholarships in memory of the Holocaust at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm. Victoria has shown a great interest in healing the the pain and loss caused by the Holocaust. Although her maternal grandfather was a member of the Nazi party, she prefers to draw inspiration from her first cousin twice removed Swedish Count Folke Bernadotte af Wisborg, who saved thousands of people from concentration campus. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway also takes an active part in carrying on the legacy of Folke, who is also his first cousin twice removed through his paternal grandmother Princess Martha of Sweden. Meanwhile, across town, Victoria's sister-in-law Princess Sofia attended a Holocaust memorial ceremony at the Stockholm Synagogue.

UNITED KINGDOM: Battling domestic violence, Jan. 27
The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to the SafeLives Centre in London. SafeLives seeks to "end domestic abuse, and build a society where every family is safe" by training domestic violence professionals, working to improve services available to victims, and political advocacy.

THE NETHERLANDS: Attending a dance festival, Jan. 28
Princess Beatrix, her son Prince Contantijn and his wife Princess Laurentien attended the opening gala of the 15th Holland Dance Festival in The Hague.

UNITED KINGDOM: Music and restoration, Jan. 28
The Prince of Wales and his wife The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Wilton's Music Hall in London, following its extensive conservation efforts. The historic venue not only offers performances but also features educational programming and a pub.


  1. What an interesting post you shared here! All these princesses are looking fabulous in the photos. I loved the outfit of Queen of The Netherlands. I am a big fan of her outfits. You know dear I am also going to have royal wedding at a popular royal Chicago event space. I am really excited!!

    1. Thanks for your kind words! And, congratulations on your wedding. I hope it will be a truly royal event and all that you dreamed of! You can see highlights from my own royal wedding here: http://bit.ly/PPECCwedding I had 10 little bridesmaids and pageboys and they all behaved impeccably! We gave them all Bibles plus the girls received necklaces and the boys received superhero pocket watches. What a fun time it was!! Just remember to enjoy everything and don't be too stressed out!!