17 November 2017

Royal Flashback of the Day: Queen Elizabeth II's Wedding Gown

Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten
November 20, 1947
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With their big 70th anniversary approaching, how could we not revisit this famous royal wedding gown? The dress Queen Elizabeth II wore to marry the Duke of Edinburgh is every bit as much of a dream today as it was back in post-war Britain. It was extravagant yet tailored to the austere times, and the perfect match for an event that, in a way, helped mark a new era. As Jock Colville wrote of the wedding, “The war, it seemed, really was over.”

The Botticelli inspiration and the wedding gown sketch
The bride selected leading couturier Norman Hartnell, already a royal favorite, to design her gown. The final design was approved in mid-August, leaving Hartnell’s team less than three months to make the dress. His inspiration for the gown was Botticelli's Primavera and the result was an intricate gown in ivory duchesse satin covered in embroidered garlands created with white seed pearls imported from the United States, silver thread, crystals for sparkle and transparent tulle appliqués.

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Princess Elizabeth wore a 15 foot court train attached at the shoulders. The train was made of silk tulle embroidered with pearls, crystals and appliqué duchesse satin. She also wore a silk tulle veil under her tiara. The veil was shorter than the train, leaving the embroidery to be the star of the show. The overall effect is quite diaphanous, like a halo of tulle surrounding the bride.

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The heavy embellishment would remain a hallmark of Hartnell’s work for Elizabeth for decades to come, and is particularly reminiscent of the gown he created for her coronation. (It is distinctly not reminiscent of his other most famous royal wedding gown, Princess Margaret’s, which had a simpler line thanks to the strong requests of the bridal couple.)

The train
Just like everyone else in the country, Princess Elizabeth had to fund her gown with clothing ration coupons. Unlike everyone else, she was allowed 200 extra coupons by the government. Famously, people sent in their own coupons to help the Princess out (these were sent back with a note of thanks, since it was illegal for her to use them). In another sign of the times, the government had to be reassured that the silkworms used to create the gown came from China and the United Kingdom, rather than enemy countries such as Italy and Japan, and the fabric had been woven in England and Scotland.

The bride accessorized with high heel sandals by Edward Rayne in ivory duchesse satin fastened with a silver buckle ornamented with yet more pearls. Her bridal bouquet was made of white orchids and the traditional sprig of myrtle.

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Her bouquet was temporarily lost until someone remembered it was in a refrigerator, just one of several hitches that must have truly tested Elizabeth’s famous sense of calm. The two strands of pearls she wanted to wear also went missing, until it was remembered that they had already been placed on display with the rest of the wedding gifts in St. James’ Palace. Jock Colville, Princess Elizabeth’s Private Secretary, was dispatched to retrieve the pearls, taking the King of Norway’s car – nearly not allowing the King to exit the vehicle before he raced off – and facing an ordeal to convince the officers guarding the presents to allow him to remove the pearls. (They agreed after finding his name in the official program.) And, of course, the tiara broke.

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Everything was found and repaired and the bride made it down the aisle with all the appropriate accessories: Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara on loan from her mother, the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Pearl Necklaces that were among her wedding gifts from her parents, and the Duchess of Teck Earrings she received from Queen Mary earlier in the year.

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The Queen views her dress at Buckingham Palace, in an exhibition for the couple's 60th wedding anniversary.
The wedding gown has been displayed many times in the decades since the wedding. It was last on display for the Queen’s 90th birthday (as of this writing). Seventy years on, the fabric is beginning to show its age and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes on display less often in the future. If you’ve had a chance to see it in person already, you’re lucky.

Unlike other milestone anniversaries the couple have celebrated, they'll be spending this one privately. Reportedly, a family dinner will be held.

16 November 2017

Tiara Thursday: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, Revisited

The diamond fringe tiara, based on the traditional Russian kokoshnik headdress, is an essential tiara design. Given how prevalent the design has been, it's no surprise the huge British royal collection includes multiple examples; there are at least three fringe necklaces and/or tiaras in the Queen's possession today. It's also no surprise that these examples are easy to get mixed up.

Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara
Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara is probably the most famous British fringe, thanks to its use as Queen Elizabeth II's wedding tiara in 1947 (although it didn’t exactly behave during its shining moment, managing to break on the young bride – but more on that in a second). Queen Mary had the tiara created after another diamond fringe in the collection apparently didn't suit her needs. The two fringes are still regularly confused.

Two different fringe tiaras: Queen Mary wears Queen Adelaide's Fringe Necklace as a tiara on the left and she wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara on the right
Queen Mary originally used a piece called Queen Adelaide's Fringe Necklace. Adelaide's Fringe was made in 1831 for the wife of William IV from diamonds previously used by George III. That necklace was inherited by Queen Victoria, who used it as a tiara and a dress ornament. Queen Victoria designated Queen Adelaide's Fringe as an heirloom of the Crown and it has been worn by queens ever since: Queen Alexandra used it as a dress ornament, Queen Mary wore it as a tiara right after George V took the throne, Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) used it as a necklace. It is now with the Queen, who is not known to have worn it publicly. Because of the confusion with Adelaide's necklace/tiara, Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara has often been referred to as the King George III Fringe Tiara or the Hanoverian Fringe Tiara. (The difference between the two was not really clarified until the publication of The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts in 2012.)

A sketch of the necklace dismantled to make Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Victoria; Mary wore it in her hair on her wedding day (right), and it is strikingly similar to another wedding gift, the Surrey Fringe Tiara.
Despite having Queen Adelaide's Fringe at her disposal, Queen Mary decided to commission a new piece that was a little tidier in the graduation of its bars and had fewer diamond bars overall, likely making it easier to wear. Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard & Co. in 1919 and includes 47 diamond bars separated by smaller diamond spikes. As was her usual practice, Mary had an existing jewel dismantled to make the new piece: a Collingwood & Co. stylized diamond fringe necklace she received as a wedding gift from Queen Victoria in 1893. Mary's Fringe Tiara can be removed from its frame for use as a necklace.

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In 1936, Queen Mary gave her fringe tiara to Queen Elizabeth, who wore it regularly during George VI's reign. Queen Elizabeth loaned the tiara to her daughter, Princess Elizabeth (now, of course, Queen Elizabeth II), to wear when she married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.

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It turned out to be a bit of a problematic wedding tiara selection. On the big day, the tiara suddenly broke while the bride was getting ready. The Queen herself can be overheard telling the story in the video below, while touring the Buckingham Palace exhibition of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown in 2011, with the Duchess and officials from the Royal Collection.

After the Duchess of Cambridge explains that her wedding team had to experiment with ways to attach her tiara and veil, ultimately sewing the veil to the Cartier Halo Tiara (to which the Queen responds, “Oh yes, one has to do that, in case it comes off,”) the Queen tells the story of how she suddenly learned Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara was also a necklace, at the most inopportune time: “The catch, which I didn’t know existed, it suddenly went [gestures with her hands]. And I didn’t know it was a necklace, you see…I thought I’d broken it…we stuck it all together again, but I was rather alarmed…” According to the book Garrard: The Crown Jewelers for 150 Years, the mother of the bride kept the calm by remarking, “We have two hours and there are other tiaras.”

Luckily, being a VIP royal bride affords you all the help you need in just such a pickle, and Garrard was able to solve the problem. “I think he taped up the spring,” the Queen recalled. The Garrard book reports that the frame snapped and was taken by police escort to their workroom for a quick fix. You can tell that the tiara had problems in the wedding pictures, because its strict symmetrical design is a little bit off at the center.

Princess Anne
That little mishap didn't put the royal family off of using Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara as a wedding tiara, although it did ensure that the Crown Jeweler was on hand next time, just in case. Princess Anne borrowed the tiara from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for her wedding to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.

Double fringes: Queen Elizabeth II wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara and the City of London Fringe Necklace. (A complete rundown of the jewels in this portrait can be found here at the Vault.)
The tiara then disappeared into the Queen Mother's vault for several decades as she spent her later years switching between the Greville Tiara and the Oriental Circlet. Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara was inherited by Queen Elizabeth II on her mother's death in 2002. She has worn it a couple of times since, but it hasn't unseated any of her regulars as a favorite.

It’s such a versatile piece and I always think fringes have a modern edge, despite the fact that this one's a century old. My diamond fringe-loving heart would love to see it used more often, and I continue to cross my fingers that it will become one of her increasingly frequent loans to family members.

Who would you like to see give this one a spin?

15 November 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: Queen Letizia in Mexico

Here's Queen Letizia, on a solo trip this week to Mexico for the World Cancer Leaders Summit:

Visiting the headquarters of Red Cross Mexico
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I saw this from the waist up at first and thought, waaaaay too conventional, there must be a Letizia twist somewhere in here.

Hugo Boss Gingham Cotton Jacket
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And indeed there was, in the form of a cropped pant! Not exactly a mind-blowing plot twist or anything, just a hint of a Letizia spin.

Meeting with the President and First Lady of Mexico
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What sort of trip would it be without a jumpsuit along for the ride, huh? Not a Letizia trip, that's for sure. This one's Felipe Varela, a repeat. And that's how you do a ponytail for a formal event.

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Her hosts changed into something a little more formal for their dinner, which was good because La Reina was looking a little overdressed for a second. (Although if you can't wear as many diamonds as you want, whenever you want when you're the queen...) The bracelets and earrings from the joyas de pasar also made the trip!

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Attending the conference
Here's a handbag surprise. I'm firmly in the Red Is A Neutral camp and all, but this seems a sharp stylistic turn from the more formal Nina Ricci outfit, what with the people on there and the chains. No?

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14 November 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for November 14: Splendid Jewels, Sumptuous Fabrics

Opulence ahead:

--The Japanese imperial family held their autumn garden party, for which they bring out the kimonos and which subsequently is a delightful feast for the eyes. Those fabrics. [Imperial Family of Japan Blog]

--Fictionally royal: I love this oral history of 1997's Cinderella, starring Brandy Norwood and Whitney Houston, for every possible reason, but most of all for the knowledge that Whoopi Goldberg rejected all costume jewelry and insisted on wearing the real stuff. So she had the filmmakers contact her guy at Harry Winston. SPLENDID. [Shondaland]

--I am very interested in Princess Haya's dress here, speaking of fabulous fabrics.
سعدت اليوم بلقاء سيدة كولومبيا الأولى ماريا كليمنسيا رودريغيز دي سانتوس خلال زيارتها الرسمية لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. تربطنا بكولومبيا علاقات متينة على جميع الأصعدة. نتشارك مع السيدة الأولى أهمية العمل الإنساني ونشيد بدورها في إعادة إعمار موكوا بعد الفيضانات التي ضربتها في شهر أبريل الماضي I was pleased today to meet with First Lady Maria Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos during her official visit to the United Arab Emirates. We enjoy strong bilateral relations with Colombia and share with the First Lady the importance of humanitarian work. We commend her efforts for the reconstruction of Mocoa after the floods that hit the city in April.
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--The hunt for a missing ruby, fascinating: Who stole Burma’s royal ruby? [BBC, h/t Emi]

--Australians, mark this one on your calendar: Cartier is bringing a big exhibit to the National Gallery of Australia from March 30 to July 22, 2018. This will include gems like Daisy Fellowes' Tutti Frutti necklace, Elizabeth Taylor's rubies, Princess Grace's engagement ring, and the Cartier Halo Tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth II. Never miss a chance to see a tiara in the flesh (in the diamonds?), that's my motto. [NGA]
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--The rest of us can be content to view rare gems via photo, and QEII herself gave us a glimpse of rare brooch from her collection last week: a wee swan! [Jewel Vault]


Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

13 November 2017

Royal Events of the Day: The Windsors at Remembrance Ceremonies

As they do every year, the British royal family spent their weekend in solemn and stately mode, attending the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday and Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London.

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The Queen chose to join the newly retired Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall on a balcony above the scene at the Cenotaph, a first for this year and what felt like a major passing of the baton moment. (The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall were also covered at the Jewel Vault; the Queen's brooch is a regular for poppy-holding and Camilla's has some extra special significance for the event.)

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The Prince of Wales led the service and laid a wreath for the Queen in addition to his own wreath. The rest of the wreath-laying regulars joined Charles: the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal, and the Duke of Kent.

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On another balcony, the Duchess of Cambridge watched the service with Princess Alexandra of Kent and the Countess of Wessex. Both Alexandra and Sophie wore badges from The Rifles; each lady is a Royal Colonel of a different battalion.

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Frivolous as it is to talk about the looks on display here (and, well, this happens to be a blog that specializes in the frivolous, says so right on the sidebar), I think it's worth noting what a sharp look this was for Kate. Very dignified. And just right, I thought.

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Her orderly buttoning was a continuation of the theme from the previous evening at the Festival of Remembrance, where she debuted a cozy velvet option.

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The Queen was in a velvet mood as well, just the top part of her dress for a little textural contrast. (She, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall, were also covered at the Vault for this event.) Solemn and stately all around, as always.

10 November 2017

Royal Collection of the Day: Erdem x H&M for Victoria and Mary

You knew that the Erdem x H&M collection was going to be big on the royal scene, right? Erdem = popular with several royal regulars, H&M = popular with several royal regulars, you did the math. We could also deduce that Crown Princess Victoria was likely to be its biggest fan, because she's H&M's biggest royal fan: she's personal friends with the Persson family that runs H&M, she and Prince Daniel paired up with the chain for their GEN-PEP initiative, she's the one that wore an H&M dress to a gala royal wedding. This was expected.

I did not, however, expect quite this level of enthusiasm. Here's what she's worn from the collection so far, all in the last few weeks:

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This is the royal equivalent of running through the store screaming, MINE! MINE! Victoria, calm down.

Crown Princess Mary, another H&M and Erdem aficionado, managed to wrangle one piece for herself:



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Probably the most successful Erdem x H&M showing so far, no? Really just because Mary picked the piece that requires the least styling to be successful.

The question is, what's next? Who's next? Time to get your royal wish lists prepared... (Here's the complete collection and lookbook.)

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Some of these coats are very appealing to me. Not gonna lie, I kinda want someone to go for the leopard one.

09 November 2017

Royal Dresses of the Day: Kate and Letizia in Black and Sparkle

Don't have a tiara for you today; do have a whole bunch of other diamonds. Because this is a week of our royal regulars falling in accidental sync with one another, and two of them opted for one eternal favorite combo: black dresses loaded up with diamond accessories.

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The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Gala Dinner on Tuesday.
Kate repeated this Diane von Furstenberg black lace gown, one she wore when she was pregnant the last time around. Then she pepped up the whole thing with a big dose of diamonds on loan from the Queen, which was a nice touch for those of us put right to sleep by the dress itself.

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Along with Diamond Pendant Earrings that she's borrowed before, she debuted the Diamond Quatrefoil Bracelet. This bracelet goes back to the Queen Mother (covered here at the Vault). I think we can officially add her name to the membership list of the Royal Bracelet Fan Club.

The King and Queen of Spain attended a return dinner with the President and First Lady of Irsrael during their state visit to Spain.
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And then we have the current President of the Royal Bracelet Fan Club, who unearthed a pair of bracelets not seen since earlier in her marriage for the Israeli return dinner.

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To those, she added a ring and the mega diamond earrings from the joyas de pasar. She debuted those earlier this year, when she first wore the Fleur de Lys Tiara.

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All of that was in addition to a new Carolina Herrera dress which is, by itself, a vision of a sparkly night sky. Sparkle on sparkle on sparkle, atta queen.

08 November 2017

Royal Visits of the Day: Mathilde and Mette-Marit's Pink Trips

Pink's the new it color for all your state- and official-visiting needs! So say Queen Mathilde and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, at least.

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have embarked on their state visit to India, including the official welcome ceremony.
Mathilde contributed another ensemble to the pile of soft pink state visit welcoming outfits that she and Queen Máxima have been hoarding with this new pink lace number and matching hat. Lovely, yes. Kinda the same as all the rest, also yes.

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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit are on an official visit to Ethiopia, where they also had an official welcome ceremony.
Mette-Marit's contribution to the pink welcoming ceremony trend is a more sugary shade. The shape and the fabric remind me of the dress she wore to Prince Oscar's christening, and I so desperately wish the fit here was just a smidge more flattering. There's potential we're missing.

The duo also brought the pink trend into the evening hours.

I'm much more enamored of M-M's choice for the evening banquet. Hot pink and some fabulous earrings! I'm into it. Not exactly sure what is happening with the back of the thing, which has apparently been altered with a contrasting color; doesn't change my state of into-it-ness.

The Belgian sovereign couple attended a state banquet in India yesterday.
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Mathilde is in on the hot pink too and I am into THIS too. You can definitely tell that she picked this design for an Indian trip, but she's keeping it in inspiration territory and out of the dreaded costume trap and that's all very good. We might have a contender for her 2017 best list right here.

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Back view! Mathilde did opt out of a tiara (when she's worn tiaras to similar events, such as the state banquet in Poland), which is a bummer, and kept the tiara hair anyway.

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Hey, also, this happened: King Philippe took this pic of his wife when they did the standard Taj Mahal photo op, and shared it on social media. THAT'S CUTE, YOU TWO.

07 November 2017

Tiara Watch of the Day: Spain Hosts a State Banquet for Israel

Maybe Queen Letizia loved the mantón de Manila dress she wore this summer so much, she remembered that she had this other treat lurking somewhere in the closet:

The King and Queen of Spain welcomed the President and First Lady of Israel for a state visit on Monday, including a state banquet at the Royal Palace.
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This black and white Manila shawl skirt by Lorenzo Caprile is from 2004 and she's worn it with a couple different white tops (this one and this one) and with this black top in the past. The skirt's a treat indeed, even if this might be my least favorite combo of the options to date.

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I suppose you could say her return to her usual favorite tiara, the Spanish Floral Tiara, qualifies as keeping her jewelry on the quieter side for the evening. That's just what the comedown from two La Buena appearances in a year will do to ya, though, because this queen's still wearing a tiara, the double bracelets from the joyas de pasar, two diamond brooches to pin her sash in place, and earrings. That's a whole lotta diamonds and the floral tiara's a great choice for this skirt. Fabulous.

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On the other hand, I did find Queen Letizia's outfit for the arrival to be a bit on the quieter side for a state visit, just this simple dress that was mostly covered by a trench coat. Simple but very purple, so I think you know where I fall on the judgment scale.

06 November 2017

Monday Tidbits for November 6: Family Outings and Sparkly Nights

It'll be a state visit-filled week (YAY) but first things first:

--Crown Princess Mary and the kids had a family day out at the Hubertus Hunt yesterday, sharing a nice video and some family snapshots on the Danish royal family's social media accounts. Unfortunately, they also witnessed an accident right in front of their balcony, but luckily it seems the injured man will be okay. [Lokalavisen, Instagram, Facebook, BT]
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--Crown Princess Mette-Marit filled in for Queen Sonja (who was out with back pain) at an engagement last week, where she revealed that Princess Ingrid Alexandra nearly had a very different name: Tyra Eufemia! I kinda like it. Now I want to know second-place name choices for all the royal kids. [NRK]

--Queen Sonja recovered enough to accompany Queen Margrethe to a gala concert in Copenhagen, where an award winner from the Queen Sonja International Music Competition performed with Denmark's Radio Symphony Orchestra. I am especially into Sonja's sleek sparkly jacket with a long skirt. Queens' night out! [Kongehuset]
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--The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on a big tour of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and India, and it's been a festival of every long, flowy outfit in Cams' closet. Including this flattering pink number, which she paired with her Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake Earrings. [Telegraph, Zimbio, Jewel Vault]


Coming up this week: We'll have coverage of state visits in Spain and the Belgians in India, stay tuned...


Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

02 November 2017

Tiara Thursday: The Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara


Psst: The blog returns next week!

The Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara
The honeysuckle or palmette design is a common one in tiaras. It can be used as an accent, as it is in the Bedford/Tavistock Amethyst Tiara, or as a main motif, such as the stylized example of the Medinaceli Art Deco Tiara and the more basic examples found in the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara and Princess Chichibu’s Honeysuckle Tiara. This particular version, belonging to the princely family of Liechtenstein, stands out as one of the purest adaptations of the popular design.

Princess Mathilde Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
The Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara is made of diamonds set in gold and silver. It can also be used as a necklace. According to family tradition, the diadem was given by Ferdinand Bonaventura, 7th Prince Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau, to his wife, Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, around 1870.

Today, the tiara still belongs to a Liechtenstein/Kinsky couple, but there was a little curve in the road on the tiara’s path from owner to owner. After passing down through generations of the House of Kinsky, it was apparently sold in the late 1980s/early 1990s and was purchased by Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. Hans-Adam is the current reigning Prince of Liechtenstein; his wife is Princess Marie, née Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz and Tettau. The original Liechtenstein/Kinsky owners were Princess Marie’s great-grandparents. (And the Liechtenstein/Kinsky marriage connections don’t end there, as Luxarazzi explains in their piece on this tiara.)

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Princess Tatjana and Philipp von Lattorff
Princess Marie first wore the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara in 1993, which may be the only time she’s worn it publicly. Her daughter, Princess Tatjana, chose the wear the tiara to marry Philipp von Lattorff in 1999 in Vaduz. Angela Brown wore the Honeysuckle Tiara when she married Marie and Hans-Adam’s son, Prince Maximilian, in 2000; the prince and his bride, who was born in Panama, held their religious ceremony in New York City. Another daughter-in-law, Hereditary Princess Sophie, has also worn the tiara on at least one occasion.

Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela
Despite its use as a wedding tiara and its appearances on several family members, the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara remains a secondary piece in the Liechtenstein collection. The large Habsburg Fringe Tiara is the usual pick for international tiara events and they rarely wear tiaras for events at home; the past several years have seen Hereditary Princess Sophie wear the fringe in Sweden, Monaco, and the Netherlands. The princely family’s tiara collection is small, but with tiara events so few and far between, it all basically evens out.

Which would you pick: Habsburg Fringe or Kinsky Honeysuckle?

01 November 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: Danish Royals Mark Reformation Anniversary

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Danish royals had to sit through a do-over of October’s parliament opening yesterday, based on the hats and gloves and venue alone. But instead they gathered to attend the government’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, once again in their proper royal best, and later attended an evening concert.

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Queen Margrethe led the way with a feather in her cap...

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...and Princess Benedikte brought up the rear with a koosh ball in hers.

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Classic black and white for Crown Princess Mary and black and blue for Princess Marie, who even included a bit of sparkle in the form of Queen Alexandrine's Diamond and Sapphire Pendant Brooch.

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Marie turned over her jewel chest and shook out two brooches for the day, in fact, pinning an unusual brooch to the center of her dress. The multi-colored jewel was debuted at Princess Athena's christening and is said to have been a gift from Queen Margrethe.

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Mary called on the power of déjà vu to make her evening ensemble a winner, because there's no way she's wearing sparkly navy and her aquamarine chandelier earrings without causing flashbacks to this glorious appearance, right? A winning strategy once, and twice.

While we're in Denmark, no déjà vu was required at one of Mary's appearances last week. In a moment of pure coincidence, Crown Princess Mary arrived for the Magasin du Nord Fashion Prize 2017 wearing the same Britt Sisseck dress as a board member from the foundation. What're the odds of that, huh?
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And so the ladies did the only thing you can do when faced with an accidental twin moment: they had a good laugh and merrily posed for pics together. Top marks to both for making the best of it!
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