Royal February Birthdays

The end of the month is quickly approaching so we’re just squeezing in our  second edition of  royal birthdays. Here are a few favourites for February.

February 5th Princess Mary of Denmark

Let’s start off with Princess Mary. She was born in 1972 so this year marks her 42nd birthday.  She and the family spent some time in Switzerland for a ski holiday, and posed during a photo call.

All bundled up (via Daily Mail)
All bundled up (via Daily Mail)

February 6: Princess Marie of Denmark

Princess Marie celebrated her 38th birthday this year one day after sis-in-law Mary (What are the odds?). Her family’s photo call seems to be been more extended. Here we have Marie, Princess Athena, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Prince Joachim.

Smile! (via Zimbio)
Smile! (via Zimbio)

This photo with Princess Athena is my favourite for obvious reasons.

Where are your goggles? (via Zimbio)
Where are your goggles? (via Zimbio)

Marie and the family did a little meet and greet with the press in a restaurant as well. She likes a good pares-ski beverage!

Princess Marie in Villars (via ZImbio)
Princess Marie in Villars (via ZImbio)

Looks like  a cozy little joint. Happy Birthday to Marie.

via Zimbio
via Zimbio

February 20: HRH Princesss Leonore Lillian Marie, Duchess of Gotland

Next up is Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s new daughter, who’s name and title was just announced today. It’s official: she’s a princess AND a duchess, so Madeleine clearly decided NOT to go the Princess Anne route and forgo titles for her children. It had seemed to me like the Swedish royal family wanted to keep things tight and streamlined (and therefore focused on Princess Victoria and her family), but clearly not! Fascinating, right?

A chill photo (via Princess Madeleine's Facebook page)
A chill photo (via Princess Madeleine’s Facebook page)

King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia travelled to New York over the weekend to meet her. The King was back in Sweden today, where he announced the name at a meeting of the Cabinet Council and made the name public.

The King and Queen and wee Leonore (Via Princess Madeleine's Facebook Page)
The King and Queen and wee Leonore (Via Princess Madeleine’s Facebook Page)

When I first heard the name I instantly thought of Infanta Leonor, the eight year old future Queen of Spain. Slightly different spelling, but close!

Lillian is likely a nod to Princess Lillian,  Madeleine’s late great-aunt who had a fascinating life. Here it is in a nutshell: she was born in Wales in 1915, worked as a model and factory worked during WWII, married and divorced a Scottish actor, and met Prince Bertil of Sweden in 1943. They lived together but didn’t get married in case Bertil had to serve as regent, and that would’t have been allowed if he’d been married to a divorcee. Once Prince Carl Gustav (the current King) came of age and ascended the throne in 1973, they got married. Anyway, It seems like she was an awesome aunt.

Princess Lillian with Princess Victoria and Prince (via The Times)
Princess Lillian with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip (via The Times)

Chris’s mum is named Eva Maria so that could be where Leonor’s second middle name comes from.  So nice that she’s just two years younger than her cousin Princess Estelle!

February 21: Prince Amadeo of Belgium

Next up is Prince Amadeo of Belgium. He turned 28 on February 21st and I believe this is his first appearance on this blog. He is included here since he just announced his engagement to his girl friend of seven years, Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, and that means we have another royal wedding to countdown to.

Amadeo & Elisabetta (via Hello!)
Amadeo & Elisabetta (via Hello!)

Amadeo is sixth in line to the Belgian throne as the son of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Elisabetta is Italian-born and they  currently live in New York City (he has worked for Deloitte and  she is a journalist). It’ll be interesting to see how the wedding plays out – I’m thinking it’ll be somewhat low key but still grand and held in Belgium (something in the vein of Zara’s wedding, but perhaps with a few more public pictures will be released). What do you think?

February 23: Princess Estelle of Sweden

Princess Estelle, big cousin to Princess Leonore, celebrated her second birthday on the 23rd. This is one of the pictures that was issued to celebrate.

Princess Estelle turns 2 (via )
Princess Estelle turns 2 (via Kungahuset.se)

It seems this ‘blowing out the candle pic’ will be a new tradition – last year we were treated to this picture.

Princess Estelle turns one (via Kungahuset.se)
Princess Estelle turns one (via Kungahuset.se)

My grandmother will not be delighted to see that the bow in the hair tradition has not only continued, but has gotten bigger. In her words: “you don’t do this to children.”

On that note,  we’ll be back with more birthdays and royal fun in March!

Royal January Birthdays

This year, we thought we’d write a post each month on royal birthdays (hurrah!). This won’t be a comprehensive list, instead we’ll be sticking to our favourites and we’re kicking things off with a wee prince and princess of Denmark.

Because everyone deserves a birthday tiara (via Ideas by Blog)
Because everyone deserves a birthday tiara (via Ideas by Blog)

January 8th, 2011: Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent of Denmark

To mark their third birthday, the Danish Royals released three new pictures of twins Josephine and Vincent. Cute, eh?

Bro & Sis (via )
Bro & Sis (via Kongehuset.de)

The other two pictures can be seen here. Following tradition, Vincent and Jospehine’s names were not revealed until their christening day in April of 2011. Since there were two of them, a second christening gown had to be rustled up. More on that can be found here, in our post on Danish Royal Christening Gowns. It’s one of our most read posts ever!

Joesphine & Vincent's christening (via Sky News)
Joesphine & Vincent’s christening (via Sky News)

January 9: Kate Middleton aka the Duchess of Cambridge

Kate celebrated her 32nd birthday today and, just like every other year since she and William were engaged the palace simply said she was celebrating the day “privately.” So, we’re guessing there was a cake either in Kensington Palace or at Kate’s parent’s house in Berkshire.

The Birthday Girl in 2007 (via NyMag)
The Birthday Girl in 2007 (via NyMag)

The picture above was taken on January 9, 2007, as Kate made her way from her apartment to work at Jigsaw. There was a real flurry of attention on Kate that day, and lots of conjecturing that William would propose. The pressure was a bit much for William, and they borke up three months later.

Kate in a new pair of Kiki McDonough Christmas Day 2011 (via Grazia Daily)
Kate in a new pair of Kiki McDonough Christmas Day 2011 (via Grazia Daily)

As far as birthday gifts go this year, I know I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a new pair of Kiki McDonough earrings.

January 20, 1965 : Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Sophie is another January baby, and it turns out that some good people out there have been making and selling mugs to commemorate the big day. Seriously! This one marks her 35th Birthday:

Sophie's 35th Birthday Mug (via eBay)
Sophie’s 35th Birthday Mug (via eBay)

Whoever made it should have perhaps done a bit more research. They thought that Edward and Sophie are the Count and Countess of Wessex…whoops!

Count and Countess of Wessex! (via eBay)
Count and Countess of Wessex! (via eBay)

This mug is for the big 4-0, Both of these mugs are currently available on eBay, if you’re interested!

Sophie's Birthday Mug (via eBay)
Sophie’s Birthday Mug (via eBay)

January 20, 1973: Mathilde, Queen of Belgium

For her birthday last year, she was a Princess. Then the King abdicated and now she’s a Queen. Also, she is only nine years older than Kate. Funny, eh? She seems so much older (in a good way!). Anyhow, to mark her 40th birthday last year, Mathilde did a little better than a mug. She got an official stamp. And it’s gorgeous.

Classy! (via Pinterest)
Classy! (via Pinterest)

She also released this birthday portrait:

Awesome Birthday Portrait (via )
Awesome Birthday Portrait (via My Royals)

January 25, 1978 : Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene is turning 36 this year, so she’s just four years older than Kate and five years younger than Queen Mathilde.

Albert & Charlene Christmas 2013 (via The Prince's Palace)
Albert & Charlene Christmas 2013 (via The Prince’s Palace)

I don’t know why I find this so fascinating, I just do. Anyway, who knows what she’ll be up to this year – Charlene is such a wild card – but my guess is she’ll be getting home to South Africa to see her family.

January 31, 1938: Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.

The last birthday girl of the month is Princess Beatrix. Last year her birthday came before her abdication so she celebrated as a Queen, and this year I’m sure her family will treat her like one.

Beatrix & her Grandkids (via Ready for Royalty)
Beatrix & her Grandkids (via Ready for Royalty)

Happy Birthday to all the royal ladies and Prince Vincent. So, who’s buying that mug???

PS Happy Birthday, Big Pete! & KSTA:)

Favourite Royal Olympic Moments Part Two

In our last post, we recapped some delightful moments from the Danish, Swedish, and Dutch royals. Today we’ll jump right in with the Belgian royals.

The Belgian Royals

Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe brought their family to London to take part in the festivities. Here they are at Wimbledon watching a rousing game of tennis. That’s Princess Elisabeth hiding behind the Belgian flag; as we discussed back in February, she is second in line to the throne. Hurray for the enthusiasm:

They also did a bit of sightseeing:

The Norwegian Royals

Skipping along, Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon were in London for the start of the games, and are shown here ready for the Opening Ceremony:

They were at several events with their family. That’s Princess Ingrid on the left with her brother Prince Sverre Magnus.

The Spanish Royals

The Spanish royals did their fair share of cheering, too. Here they are during the Spain’s basketballgame against Russia:

The Queen was there, too:

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

Now I think we’re coming to a true highlight. As you may recall, we’ve been a bit concerned about Princess Charlene after that rather dreadful interview with CBS, so we were happy to see her looking very spirited while cheering on the South African swimming team. She was a member of the South African swim team for the Sydney Olympics, and here she is when Chad le Clos won the gold in a major upset for Michael Phelps who ended up with silver.

It was awesome.

A tearful moment with mom and pop le Clos:

High Five for that:

Near the end of the games, we had another royal greeting when Prince Albert sat behind the Duchess of Cambridge

Which leads us to the British Royals…

The British Royals

Naturally, they were out in full force. Let’s boil down some key moments. First of all, let’s give it to the Queen for her involvement in the Opening Ceremony:

Would have been nice if she’d cracked a smile, but what can you do:

Kate and William were very enthusiastic cheerers:

But Prince Harry was really my favourite to watch…

…especially when he got out his camera at women’s volleyball:

Sophie got out her camera during the swimming:

And, look, Prince Daniel of Sweden made sure to say hello at another event:

And let’s here it for Lady Louise and Viscount Severn who showed up at an equestrian event:

Eugenie and Beatrice didn’t miss out, either:

But the best moment has to be when  Zara and her team won the silver medal and Princess Anne was there to award them.

Did we miss any of your favourite royal moments?

Royals in their Prams Part Two

Part One of this series focussed on four generations of the British Royals enjoying the view from their baby carriages. Today, with one exception, we’re looking at  the youngest generation of European Royals out and about their prams.

But first, in case you haven’t yet seen the pictures released of Princess Estelle of Sweden at four days old, take a look. The sweater Estelle is wearing was knit by her great-great grandmother Alice.

Cute! Onto the those baby carriages…

The Danish Royal Family

We’ll start with one of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s many royal godchildren, Prince Christian, Count of Monpezat. There he is with his mom Princess Mary of Denmark and their family dog in Copenhagen. Prince Christian was born in 2005 and is the second in line to the Danish thrown after his father. Perhaps we should have a series on Young Future Kings of Europe?

Prince Frederik of Denmark got in on things on a different occasion:

The Spanish Royals

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had their carriage out in April 2008 with daughters Princess Leonor and Princess Sophie.

The Belgian Royals

We love this old family picture of Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz , the future Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Duchess of Brabant.

This photograph was taken at her family’s beautiful estate where she grew up. It is called, Castle Losange:

Too bad we haven’t yet been able to track down a picture of her daughter and future Queen of the Belgians, Princess Elisabeth.

The Royal Family of the Netherlands:

Ok, so this isn’t your traditional pram, but they sure do like their bikes there in the Netherlands so it works for us! That’s Princess Maxima and Prince Willem-Alexander with two of their daughters, Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Alexia:

We’ll be back on Thursday March 1 for a review of Kate, Camilla, and the Queen’s visit to Fortnum & Mason that day.  See you then.

Royals in their Prams Part One

Today we’re looking at a collection of photographs of the British Royals in their prams for no other reason than they are adorable.  We’ll take a look at some European Royals later this week for Part Two.

So we’ve got four generations of British Royals to check out. Up until Princess Eugenie, each these royal babies (including future royal The Hon. Diana Spencer) is in a Silver Cross pram. Silver Cross has been making these classy looking prams for the British Royals since the 1920’s. One of their most famous styles is, not surprisingly, called The Balmoral. The company describes this style as “quite simply the Rolls Royce of prams.” Indeed. Check them out here.

Princess Elizabeth

This photograph of Princess Elizabeth of York was taken on the grounds of Windsor Castle in April 1927, when the future queen was one year old.

Prince Charles & Princess Anne

Skipping ahead quite a bit, how adorable are Prince Charles and Princess Anne here?? This picture was taken on the grounds of Balmoral.

Prince Andrew

That’s Prince Andrew being pushed along by Queen Elizabeth and a young Princess Anne. Looks like he’s enjoying the view:

Prince Edward

Prince Edward got his turn in the pram a few years later:

The Honourable Diana Spencer

You may recognize this photograph of the future Princess of Wales sitting in her pram. Looks like she just dropped a little white toy over the side:

When Diana spoke to Andrew Morton for Diana: Her True Story she told him that her first memory “was really the smell of the inside of my pram. The hood was plastic.”
Skipping ahead to the next generation, we recently discovered this picture of Princess Beatrice being pushed by Princes William and Harry during a polo match. Cute!

Sadly no picture of these two Princes has been made public as far as we know, but we’ve got to believe that they got rides in a Silver Cross pram during their time at Balmoral as babies. Let’s hope those pictures show up one day.

And lastly, that’s Savannah Philips in a modern and sporty pram all tucked in. She was at a horse show with Princess Anne and Autumn Philips:

Speaking of Autumn, we should be getting some baby news very soon.

Future Queens of Europe: Princess Elisabeth of Belgium

One of our readers requested that we do a post on Princess Elisabeth of Belgium as part of our series on Future Queens of Europe and so here it is! We have certainly been remiss with our posts on the Belgians so it’s about time.

Princess Elisabeth is now ten years old; she’s the cutie at the forefront of the picture to the left. Her other siblings are Prince Gabriel (born in 2003), Prince Emmanuel (born in 2005), and Princess Eleonore (born in 2008).

She was born in the Brussels municipality of Anderlecht on October 25, 2001. Her full name is Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth Therese Marie Helene of Belgium.

Princess Elisabeth’s parents are Princess Mathilde (wearer of one of our favourite all time royal wedding dresses) and Prince Philippe. They are also known as the Duke and Duchess of Brabant. Belgium was one of the first European countries to amend their laws to succession so that the first born child of the heir, regardless of gender, is next in line to the throne. Princess Elisabeth is consequently second in line to the throne ahead of her younger brothers.

Interestingly, it has been a Belgian tradition that the first son of the heir apparent be titled Count Hainaut. Consequently when Princess Elisabeth was born it was expected that she would be styled ‘Countess Hainut’ but instead the title was abolished along with the courtesy titles Count of Flanders and Prince of Liege.  The Belgians certainly have some different traditions when it comes to titles. One fun fact is that one month before Princess Mathilde’s December 1999 wedding to Prince Philippe, she was created a Princess of Belgium in her own right. The  Order was put into effect on the date of the wedding. The reason all of this went down was that the wife of a Belgian prince used to receive this title automatically, but a special Order is now required. She’s not the only one who acquired a title; Mathilde’s father and mother were given the title of Count and Countess and her two uncles were also elevated to the rank of Count. Can’t imagine the British royals taking that tradition up, can you??

Back to Elisabeth. We love this picture of her hard at work at her bridesmaid duties at her maternal aunt’s wedding. Very focussed!

She currently attends an elementary school where she is educated in Dutch, which is a first for an heir to the Belgian throne. Her cousins, the children of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, were also educated there.

If you missed our other posts on this series on Young Future Queens of Europe, you can read about Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands here, Princess Ingrid of Norway here, and Infanta Leonor of Spain here.

Tiaras Worn in Untraditional Ways: Part Two

We’re all about tiaras this week here at the royal post. Yesterday we had a good look at Queen Victoria’s untraditional way of wearing her sapphire and diamond tiara and today we are skipping ahead to the 1920’s.

During the roaring twenties, tiaras were often worn in an entirely different manner from the norm.  Many ladies shook things up by wearing their tiaras low on the forehead. Bands on the forehead were extremely popular at this time (any flapper costume at Halloween includes one) so ladies with tiaras decided to get in on the act, too. Here are a few prime examples.

To begin, this is Queen Elisabeth of Belgium in a diamond bandeau tiara now worn by Princess Mathilde. Queen Elisabeth’s dress and long pearl necklace really are the epitome of 1920’s fashion, no?

The bandeau tiara that Princess Mathilde wore on her wedding day is a different one than the photograph above, but was also worn by Queen Elisabeth, likely across her forehead. Pity we can’t find a picture to prove it yet…

Back to the low-on-the-forehead tiaras. This is Princess Astrid of Sweden wearing the Nine Provinces tiara. There must have been an elastic attachment around the back of the head to keep it on.

Princess Charlotte of Monaco got in on things as well. She did things a little differently by having her bangs under the tiara.

And of course Elizabeth, Duchess of York (nee Bowes-Lyon) chose this look for a formal portrait wearing the Strathmore rose tiara given by her parents as a wedding gift.

Here she is in another tiara across her forehead. She sure liked this look:

In a way, Princess Diana resurrected this trend by wearing two of her necklaces across her forehead in the ’80’s:

Of course, this wasn’t the first time this look was in style. This portrait of Lucretia Crivelli by Leonardo da Vinci proves it. We hope it comes back…

Part three will be posted tomorrow. See you then!

What are your favourite royal wedding dresses? Here are ours…

What could be more fun than having a good look at the most gorgeous royal wedding dresses? We’ve rounded up our top ten favourites and would love which one you love the most.Disclaimer: We didn’t include the gowns of Lady Diana Spencer or Sarah Ferguson, just because…well, we just couldn’t imagine wearing either. In our opinion, the dresses that made the cut are still timeless and gorgeous so they made the cut.

If you disagree with our choices, please add your vote to the poll and sound off in the comments! All right, let’s get started:

10. Lady Sarah Chatto, London, July 1994

Via Fashionista.com

It feels wrong to have this gorgeous dress down at the end of the list but someone had to be #10. Lady Sarah Chatto (nee Armstrong-Jones) is the late Princess Margaret’s daughter and therefore the Queen’s niece. She was also one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids in 1981. When we first saw pictures of Sarah in this Jasper Conran designed dress back in 1994, it just seemed so ladylike and perfect. 17 years later it still looks timeless. We love the square neck, sheer sleeves, and drape of the fabric.  And how lovely are the matching bridesmaids dresses? the corsetry and fastenings up the back are stunning.

9. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, London, 1960

Via The Telegraph