Royal Monograms

Our post awhile back on the art of royal signatures was such a hit that we thought we’d branch out and talk about royal monograms. There are just so many to choose from that we haven’t rounded up ALL of them but instead have focused on the ones that are most interesting to us.

Hopefully they’ll be the ones that are most interesting to you, too.

Diana Princesss of Wales

Let’s start with Diana, Princess of Wales

Star Editions
Diana on tour of Canada (via Star Editions)

Her monogram really stands to me since the cursive D reflects her loopy (for lack of a better word) handwriting.

Here is a sample of her writing on a KP notecard. See what I mean?

And because we’re all over this stuff, check this out. While Diana was living at Coleherne Court in the days before she became engaged to Charles, she has personalized stationary with the apartment’s address and phone number. She really appreciated proper stationery and must have really have loved that D with the coronet!.

A letter from Diana to Rain Spencer (via The Telegraph)
A letter from Diana to Raine Spencer (via The Telegraph)

Kate is up next.

The Duchess of Cambridge

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I can’t help but wonder how this went down…did Catherine/Kate have a few monogramoptions presented to her before she settled on this monogram? Or was it more of a “here you go, this will be your monogram” situation? Whatever the case, it seems like that would have been a fun and surreal moment. And she got the same type of crown as Diana.

The monogram has already shown up on this special bracelet which is reported to be from Camilla thought that has not been officially confirmed. I like to think that it was a gift from Charles to both the “C” ladies in his family since the other side of the charm has Camilla’s monogram.

While we’re at it, here’s the signature Catherine has been using. Must be strange to suddenly not have to sign with a last name, right?

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On to the Swedes!

King Carl Gustav

The royal family of Sweden has grand monograms that are done in gold.

Queen Silvia 

Queen Silvia seems to have a double S going on, perhaps because her maiden name was Sommerlathe?

Victoria & Daniel’s Joint Monogram

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

This is lovely.

And be still our hearts, Princess Estelle has her own webpage and monogram. Of course!

via official webpage of the Swedish Royal Family
via official webpage of the Swedish Royal Family

Obviously she needed a monogram to go with her mini Order of the Seraphim:

Princess Estelle of Sweden,
Princess Estelle of Sweden shows us how its done (via Daily Mail)

Princess Madeleine

Via Hello
Via Hello

That looks like a sprightly crown on top of that M! Her hubby doesn’t get one since he declined the title of Prince…

 

but Princess Leonore’s monogram was revealed at the same time as her christening, which took place on Sunday June 8, 2014. Like her cousin Estelle, Leonore now has her own page as well. Check it out here.

via kungahuset.se
via kungahuset.se

Oh, and Princess Leonore got her own mini Order of the Seraphim as well!

via Queens of England
Hello, World! via Queens of England

Here’s a better look.

via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor
Having a snooze via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor

Prince Carl Philipe

Prince Carl Philip with Prince Daniel at the Olympics
Prince Carl Philip with Prince Daniel at the Olympics

They got both the C and the P in there which must have taken some time to sort out!

Royal Family of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway

Double M! Love it so much we’ll ignore the rest of the Norwegian royals and move along to the Danes, ok?

Royal Family of Denmark

The Royal Family of Denmark have done a good job at making the monograms cohesive.

Mary & Frederik’s joint Monogram:

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive for a religious ceremony at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam

Prince Joachim of Denmark:

This has got to be the most modern looking one of the bunch. Love it:

Princess Marie

Note how the M is different from Princess Mary’s ‘M’. Details, details!

Countess Alexandra

Countess Alexandra is the former wife of Prince Joachim and we have some more juicy on the Countess that you can read here.

Princess Alexandra in 2004
Princess Alexandra in 2004

When she and Joachim divorced, not only did she get to keep her diplomatic passport and the title of countess, but she also gets to use this delightfully regal monogram:

It’s interesting to note that this monogram is a downgrade from her original. When she was Princess, she was given this monogram with the closed crown to use (on the left). After the divorce, the monogram was revised to the open crown (on the right).

Alexandra's Monogram downgrade (via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra )
Alexandra’s Monogram downgrade (via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra )

Before we move along, I recently found these pictures of the then Princess Alexandra at Schakenborg Castle, her home with Prince Joachim. These gates were a gift from the Queen. Joachim now lives there with Princess Marie so the gates were changed to their joint cypher. More about that here.

Princess Alexandra outside the gages of Schakenborg c. 1996 (via CountessAlexandra.net)
Princess Alexandra outside the gages of Schakenborg c. 1996 (via CountessAlexandra.net)

Alexandra and Joachim outside those lovely gates.

(via Countess Alexandra.net)
(via Countess Alexandra.net)

Principality of Monaco

Prince Albert & Princess Charlene

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Lord only knows what the deal is with these two, both they have used a joint monogram since the wedding. As far as we can tell from their official website, Princess Charlene does not have her own. Their website was recently given a sorely needed upgrade, and you can check it out here.

During the wedding celebrations, the monograph was everywhere!!! Case in point:

Princess Grace of Monaco

Princess Grace in her princess finery
Princess Grace in her princess finery

Grace Grimaldi got two G’s in her monogram.

Well that’s it for now. Anyone else share our interest in royal monograms? Hope so! 🙂

Awkward (and sometimes creepy) Royal Portraits

Our last post reminisced about some unusual and fun royal portraits and today we’re looking at some delightfully awkward and sometimes creepy ones. Let’s dive in.

Princess Marie Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece

These two got married on July 1, 1995 in London and chose to sit for this wedding portrait afterwards.

whatever you do, look thoroughly over this, ok? (via Tumblr)
whatever you do, look thoroughly over this, ok? (via Tumblr)

So blasé. And she’s the definition of haughty, right?

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Next up is Charlene. I get what they were going for here – but it’s just a bit much for me. Fascinating that she and Albert a) thought this was a good idea and b) signed off on it.

Princess Charlene razzle dazzle (via IB Times)
Princess Charlene razzle dazzle (via The Times Magazine)

And this one is a bit random thanks to the equestrian look – I don’t know that Charlene has ever been on a horse – but it’s a fun homage to Princess Grace. And a bit warrior princess-y to boot.

Charlene strikes a pose (via Tumblr)
Charlene strikes a pose (via Tumblr)

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Maxima had some 40th birthday portraits taken back when she was a princess and a lot of them were lovely. Just not sure about a few of them…

I mean, I get the idea behind this one…White on white. Professional woman. Regal. All that is great. It just doesn’t look very comfortable. Maybe she needs to learn the Tyra Banks schmize trick (aka “smile with your eyes”).

Are we sitting? Leaning? (via )
Are we sitting? Leaning? (via Happy Pixels)

And this is pretty – who doesn’t love seeing spring time blossoms fluttering to the ground- but we’re talking about a future Queen here! Not someone celebrating their sweet 16. And she looks like she’s grimacing…maybe she’s not sure about this, either?

The Floral Princess (via Happy Pixels)
The Floral Princess (via Happy Pixels)

Alexandra Manley and Prince Joachim of Denmark

Alexandra Manley and Prince Joachim posed for this engagement photo in 1995. So that’s really the problem here I suppose…the oh so dated outfit and hair do on the future Princess. Otherwise it’s pretty cute!

Engagement Photo of Joachim and Alexandra (via Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page)
Engagement Photo of Joachim and Alexandra (via Unofficial Countess Alexandra Page)

Here’s another for good measure. So young!

via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra page
via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra page

The British Royal Family

We’ve posted one of these before (see here and here for more) but think it’s totally worth another visit.

I mean, this is exactly how Harry and William hoped to spend their Saturday off from school, right?

Diana with an unimpressed Harry & William (via Tumblr)
Diana with an unimpressed Harry & William (via Tumblr)

Here’s some more interesting info on the circumstances of this photo shoot with  Lord Snowdon over at The Daily Mail.

And what is the deal with this one?

Diana's Out of Africa homage? (Via Getty Images)
Diana’s Out of Africa homage? (Via Getty Images)

Seriously…what was the train of thought from “I’d like my portrait taken by Terrence Donovan” to “and I’d like to be in my Safari get up.”

This was taken by Lord Snowdon and really couldn’t be more posed!

Who wants a sandwich? Oh wait we don't have any. (via Daily Mail)
Who wants a sandwich? Oh wait we don’t have any. (via Daily Mail)

But maybe this one gets the prize? I gotta say I still love it, though.

It's so comfy to sit here reading a book (via Daily Mail)
It’s so comfy to sit here reading a book (via Daily Mail)

Love everything about this image – but why does the future Queen Mum have to be hanging out the window?

Just hanging out (Via )
Just hanging out (via The Image Works)

The Danish Royal Family

I’ve saved the best for last. This one really takes the cake, particularly because it was an official portrait of the royal family of Denmark. A LOT of effort and time went into this and when it was  released in November of 2013, it caused a stir for all the wrong reasons.

Prince Christian looks into the bleak and scary future (via )
Prince Christian looks into the bleak and scary future (via Daily Mail)

Note that the only sitters who are looking out at the viewer are the Queen and the first three in line to the throne. Princes Felix and Nikolai are hard at work on a red tower of doom. Princess Isabella rubs her hands together as she plots her next move while Prince  tries to make a run for it. Shivers!

What’s your favourite of the bunch?

Royal Visitors at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

For the London 2012 Olympics we had fun reviewing all of the royals who came out to cheer on their fellow countrymen and today we wrap up the Sochi Olympics with more of the same. What’s not to love? This is an event where even Kings and Queens have to wear credentials in the venues, jump up and down waving flags, and wear olympic uniforms.

Princess Charlene & Prince Albert

We’ll dive in with Charlene and Albert who were both there at the beginning of the games (and before this whole thing started to get attention). Take a good look at La Princesse Charlene’s credentials, which give her access to ALL venues. Not too shabby!

Charlene & her Credentials (via Zimbio)
Charlene & her Credentials (via Zimbio

They showed up at skiing where Albert showed of his Olympic gloves.

Albert & Charlene (Via Zimbio)
Albert & Charlene take in some Alpine Skiing (Via Zimbio)

This guy like them, too.

Hey, can I borrow those? (via Zimbio)
Hey, can I borrow those? (via Zimbio)

Afterwards, they congratulated Arnaud Alessandria of Monaco.

Is a camera guy getting this? Oh good. (via Zimbio)
Is a camera guy getting this? Oh good. (via Zimbio)

The Princess Royal

Moving on, Princess Anne joined other IOC members and met with Vladimir Putin before the opening of the games.

via Zimbio
via Zimbio

She paid a visit to the Athlete’s Village as well. Gotta say, those uniforms look very smart.

(Via Zimbio)
(Via Zimbio)

Much more British Olympic fun can be found here.

PS Why doesn’t Zara stage a hair intervention?? WHY?

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden

The King and Queen of Sweden paid a short visit to Sochi and cheered on their fellow Swedes from February 14th to 16th. The visited the athlete’s village, watched the Swedish country relay team scoop of two gold medals, and took in some hockey, figure skating, and curling. Here they are meeting with Swedish figure skating champion Alexander Majarov before his competition where he ended up placing 14th and scored a personal best.

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Naturally, they also got the traditional picture in front of the olympic flame.

The King, Queen, and the Flame (via kong
The King, Queen, and the Flame (via kungahuset.se)

We can’t not mention that the King and Queen first met at the 1972 Olympics in Madrid, where Silvia Sommerlath was working as an interpreter for the Olympic Organizing committee and participated in the medal ceremonies. See?

SIlvia Sommerlath presents a medal at the 1972 Olympic Games
SIlvia Sommerlath presents a medal at the 1972 Olympic Games

For more on that, check out our post here.

Crown Prince Haakon, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

The winter Olympics are definitely Norway’s thing, so Crown Prince Haakon paid a visit from the 10th to the 14th of February (boo! Princess Mette-Marrit stayed home).

Prince Haakon takes in some skiing (via Zimbio)
Prince Haakon takes in some skiing (via Zimbio)

Flashback: Here’s Prince Haakon lighting the Olympic flame to declare the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway open.

Prince Haakon lights the flame at the opening ceremony of the Lillehamer Olympics
Prince Haakon lights the flame at the opening ceremony of the Lillehamer Olympics

The King and Queen came out later and stayed from the 17th to the 22. They flew the flag watching a biathlon event.

Wave that flag! (via Zimbio)
Wave that flag! (via Zimbio)

Hey, did you know that King Harald was an Olympian himself? Yep, he was on the Olympic Sailing team at the Tokyo ’64 games, the ’68 Mexico City Games, and finally at the ’72 Madrid Games. Much more on the Norwegian royal’s Olympic history is in our post here.

Queen Maxima

Hold on to your hats, I’ve saved the best for last. King – and Queen Maxima paid a visit to Sochi near the beginning of the games and they did not disappoint. Our favourite and most enthusiastic cheerers were decked out in orange and out in full force .

They showed up at the village riding orange bicycles.

Maxima led the way (via Hello!)
Maxima led the way (via Hello!)

They felt their athlete’s pain while watching speed skating.

(via Zimbio)
(via Zimbio)

And, just as we’ve come to expect, they really got into it when things were going well.

(Via Zimbio)
(Via Zimbio)

Oh, the joy.

via Daily Mail
via Daily Mail

This time we didn’t have the little princess’ enthusiasm which was a bummer. They must have had to stay home for school. Remember this? Heck, one little princess (Princess Ariane, I believe) was waving Maxima’s orange coat around. Can you see her?

Via Zimbio
The Dutch Royals get into the spirit – heck they ARE the spirit- at the London 2012 Games Via Zimbio

Here are some more great pics of Maxima getting into the spirit of things. As is to be expected, Princess Anne was much more sedate and Tim Laurence and the King didn’t want to get too cozy it would seem.

via Zimbio
via Zimbio

Well, that was fun. Any other favourite Olympics moments to share, royal or otherwise?

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?

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

Continuing with our series of Royals and the Olympics in the lead up to London 2012, today we’re chatting all about the Princely family of Monaco. They have quite a history with the Olympic Games, and it all began with Princess Grace’s family, shown here in a candid snapshot. That’s little Grace in the middle with her parents:

The Kelly’s were a very athletic family; Grace’s dad and brother were both Olympians, and her mum lead the Physical Education department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Here are some more details on those Olympians:

John “Jack” Kelly:

Grace Kelly’s dad Jack Kelly was a triple gold medal Olympic winner in rowing. Here he is rowing at the Antwerp Games in 1920, where he won gold for both the single and double scull events:

He won his third gold metal at the Paris Olympics in 1924 for the double scull event, which made him the first athlete to win three Olympic gold medals in the sport of rowing.

John Kelly Jr.

Grace’s brother John “Kell” Kelly followed in his footsteps and was also an Olympic medallist. He won bronze in the single skulls event at the 1956 Melbourne Games, which is when this photograph was taken:

He also competed in the 1948 London Games and the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

This photo of Kell with his sister Grace (and I believe that may just be their sister Lizanne on the right) was taken at the Henley Regatta in 1947:

Kell’s final Olympics were the 1960 Games in Rome. Princess Grace and Prince Rainier were there to cheer him on.

This photograph was taken during those games. Love the hat, Grace!!

This photograph was taken there as well. Rainier was taking some family snaps:

In 1985, Kell was elected President of the United States Olympic Committee. Sadly, he died the following year so was not able to fulfill that post for very long.

Prince Albert

Grace’s son Prince Albert followed suit as an Olympian when he participates in the winter Olympic Games as a bobsledder for Monaco. Yes, this is kind of random, but there you go.

His first Olympic Games were in Calgary in ’88, where he competed against the Jamaican boblsed team made famous by the movie Cool Runnings (feel the rhythm, feel the ride..it’s bobsled time).  Here he is warming up with some serious hopping:

He also participated in the 1992 Albertville Games, the 1994 Lillehammer Games, the 1998 Nagano Games, finally the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. So, he’s a  five time olympian, folks! Not too shabby.

Prince Albert has been involved with the International Olympic Committee since 1989 and continues to be a member.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Prince Albert also of course married a former Olympian, Charlene Wittstock. Charlene Wittstock participated in the 2000 Sydney games on the South African team, where her 4×100 medley team placed fifth. This photograph was taken during her race:

She also participated in the Marenostrum championships in Monaco that year, which is where she first met Prince Albert. She continued to swim competitively and qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2007 but decided to retire from the sport before the Games.

Turin 2006 Winter Olympics

The couple has since travelled to various Olympic Games. Notably, the Opening Ceremony for the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 was the first time that the couple was photographed together publicly.

Here we have Prince Albert clowning around before the Opening Ceremony began. The audience was given flashlights to participate with and Charlene is loving it:

Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics:

Charlene and Prince Albert were also in Beijing. Was it time for a manicure?

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics

They also both attended the Games in Vancouver. The couple was engaged by this point and sat for an interview.

Check it out here:

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Here’s Prince Albert posing with Team Monaco bobsledders Patrice Servelle and Sebastien Gattusoat the sliding centre in Whistler:

And here they are saying hello to the Swedish royals:

No doubt we will be seeing lots of the Princely couple in London. Can’t wait!

See Also:

 

Spain’s Royals at the Olympics

 

Denmark’s Royals at the Olympics

 

Monaco’s Royals at the Olympics

 

Sweden’s Royals at the Olympics

 

The Dutch Royals at the Olympics

 

 

 

Princess Charlene of Monaco at the Oscars

So, after some speculation that they would be there, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert did indeed showed up at the Oscars tonight. According to their representatives, they were guests of Robert Iger, the President and CEO of Disney. What’s the connection? Well, a statement from the couple’s representatives explains:

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Disneynature signed a global agreement in 2010 to help raise public awareness through films and documentaries on the emergency to protect the environment.

Clearly, they weren’t about to say no to the opportunity. The princely couple was also at the Montblanc Champagne Brunch held  at the Hotel Bel-Air on Saturday. The brunch showcased the Princess Grace of Monaco Collection:

At the Oscars, the couple didn’t go in through a side door, they walked the red carpet and took part in some interviews. Charlene was in an Akris dress and this is the most she smiled as far as we can tell from all the pictures we’ve looked through.

Maybe she should talk to Kate about chilling out and trying to enjoy herself; it’s really too bad that she seems to feel perpetually uncomfortable. It really doesn’t do much for all those rumours she tried to escape before her wedding. This was her general expression the rest of the night, even when the cameras panned over to her and Albert sitting in the audience:
On a happier note, let’s take a step back in time to when Grace Kelly won her Best Actress Oscar in 1955 for The Country Girl wearing my favourite Oscar dress of all time. It was designed by Edith Head and I even got to see it in person at an exhibit in Rome a couple of years ago. I might have even touched it when the guards weren’t looking. It has still retained that beautiful blue colour:
 Hope you enjoyed the Oscars…

Royal Roundup ~ Oct 7 – 14

It’s been another eventful week for the Royals! Here are a few of our favourite news items

October 8th: Prince Harry and Chelsy reportedly had dinner…

Katie Nicholl is quite a reputable royal resource so if she says Chelsy and Harry had dinner before he left for the States, they very well may have done. Check out more on this here. In the meantime, Harry has arrived in the States for his Royal Air Force training and has been spotted out and about enjoying burgers and beer.

October 10: Prince Philippe & Princess Letizia out and about

The Crown Prince & Princess of Spain attended  the World Heritage Committee Meeting in Segovia and took the time to meet the kiddies. Love Letizia’s orange accessories! And this pic here is priceless. Work it, Letizia!

October 11: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene Stepped out Together

The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the Monaco Humanitary Group Presentation and Charlene seems pretty relaxed here! Nice to see.

October 11: More information released regarding Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary’s official visit to Australia

Prince Frederick and Princess Mary will be visiting Mary’s native Australia in an official capacity from November 19 to 26. They will be visiting Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne and hopefully Mary will be able to have a nice, private week or so with family and friends afterwards. This will be the couple’s first official visit to Australia since 2005.

October 12: Changes to Royal Succession Laws Proposed

This is VERY SIGNIFICANT: Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed that succession laws be revised to allow for girls to have the same rights to succession as boys. So, this means that regardless of gender, Prince William and Kate’s first child would be the future King or Queen.

Other countries have already gotten on this bandwagon; Sweden amended their Act of Succession in 1980 to allow for equal primogeniture. This meant that Princess Victoria of Sweden, who was born in 1977, became the heir apparent over her younger brother Prince Carl Philip, who was born in 1979 and so had about a year as the Crown Prince and future King. Before this ammendment, only male heirs could inherit the throne. After the amendment, Princess Victoria became Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Carl Philipe became plain old Prince Carl Philip. Of course, Carl Philip was a year old when his title changed so he can’t have been all that cut up about it.

But we digress. Check out this article from the BBC for more details on Mr. Cameron’s proposal. If you’re curios about the British Monarchy’s current Act of Settlement, click here to be redirected to the British Monarchy’s official page on this topic.

October 13: Official Trip Announcement: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are headed to South Africa & Tanzania in November

This official visit will take place from November 2 to 9th and will include  a celebration of Tanzania’s 50 years of independence from the UK, visits to children’s literacy programs, and support of the World Wildlife Fund.

Royal Round Up October 2 – 5

Many Royals have been out and about this week. We’ve rounded up a few key sightings if you’ve missed them:

October 2: Princess Charlene surfaces in Paris at the Akris runway show

Princess Charlene sat in the front row, two seats down from none other than the Queen of Vogue, Anna Wintour. She also spoke to the Daily Telegraph when they requested an impromptu interview. She told them, “I think for anyone living in a new country and adapting to a new lifestyle, it’s a different role…I’m just learning.I was an Olympic swimmer, I lived in a swimsuit, I lived on tour.” She also said she isn’t taking on royal duties full time: “I have just taken a bit of a break. I need time to adjust. I just got married.”

That may be very true, and no doubt it’s an adjustment to go from Prince Albert’s girlfriend to Princess of Monaco, but she has lived in Monaco since 2007 and had a good amount of time to get familiar with it all. So….it can’t be that big of a shock, can it? There does seem to be something else afoot here.

October 3: Princess Eugenie hailed a cab in her socks

We’ve all been there. Apparently it took ages for a cab to stop…

October 4: Princess Beatrice attended an exclusive Tony Bennet Concert

And then headed to Paris!

October 5: Princess Beatrice sat in the front row at Elie Saab in Paris

Not a shabby way to spend a Wednesday. And we love this dress on her – this has got to be one of the best looks Bea has turned out in lately. Apparently there was a bit of a kerffufle with Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand, who also sat in the front row..basically Bea’s bodyguard reportedly told her, “She don’t want to meet no princesses. She’s sitting here, not getting up.” Hmmm…no politeness points there. We hope this is just a rumour. These things can turn into international incidents!

October 5: Prince Philip Hobnobbed with Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow

The night of the fashion, show, Prince Philip attended an evening at The Arts Club in London’s Mayfair. Bear in mind Prince Philip recently celebrated his 90th birthday. What a guy to be out on the town. Can you imagine if the Queen had showed up with him? It would have been quite a different event in that case…this looks like it could be a little more relaxed. Gwyneth even got up and stage and sang her heart out.

What on earth were they talking about, do you think?

October 5: The Duchess of Alba married for the third time

Ok, she’s not technically ‘royal’ but heck the Duchess of Alba is 85 years old and the Guiness Book of World Records has her as the most titled woman on the planet. She is also enourmously wealthy and On October 5th, she married for the third time. Her new husband is 60 year old Alfonzo Diez. As you can imagine, this marriage caused great friction amongst her children who reportedly believed that Alfonzo was something of a gold digger. To prove them wrong, the Duchess divided up her fortune amongst them before the wedding. We hope she’s right!

Here’s a picture of the Duchess at her first wedding:

The Royal Wave Part Two

You may recall our first post on royal waves (click here for a refresher). There are just so many, we had to split the post into separate segments. We started out with British Royals and are now moving over to the continent. Here we take a look at Monaco, Sweden, and Denmark. Here we go!

Princess Grace

Such a wonderful royal waver. Here she is with Prince Rainier on their wedding day as if she’s been doing this her whole life. It’s a demure wave:

I think this is quintissential Grace here as well. She was partial to the side wave that Queen Elizabeth is known for:

Princess Charlene

Princess Charlene has definitely been studying up on Princess Grace, likely for many years. How could she not? Check out how similar the wave is here. This was taken after the civil wedding ceremony and is the first real princess waving Charlene has done:

She wasn’t a princess yet when she was photographed on the palace on Monaco’s National Day in 2010 but she still looks plenty regal. That is a serious princess outfit to go with that wave. It seems to be from another era:

And here was a tentative wave right before the engagement was announced. The couple was photographed attending Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s Wedding. They waited until just after the wedding weekend to announce their own engagement (so as not to detract attention from this wedding, natch):

It would be really nice to see Charlene loosening up and having more fun and less worried about keeping up the “Serene” in her title…(Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco, that is)…but we digress. On to Sweden!

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Princess Victoria could definitely teach Charlene a thing or two about loosening up. Victoria is an enthusiastic waver. Here she is at her wedding, pleased as punch, doing the hand flap wave. Prince Daniel, on the other hand, is being careful to keep his wave good and formal. He had JUST become a Prince about an hour before, after all:

Just look at them here. Adorable:

And here. This was the night before the wedding, so a thumbs up was also in order from the future prince:


In case I haven’t made my point on the enthusiasm front, a final shot:

And so from herewe move onto a more “serious” princess for some contrast. Let’s talk about Mary.

Crown Princes Mary of Denmark

Mary seems like a lovely person. She also seems to take the whole Princess thing very seriously. Take, for example, this wedding wave. It’s like she’s saying. “Yes. Here I am. Carry on”:

And here’s Mary’s standard wave again – 90 degree angle shoulder and straight fingers:

And again:

This one seems to go against the norm. Big time. I really wouldn’t have put her down for a royal hand flapper.  This was taken at Queen Margrethe’s 70th Birthday Gala. I wonder who she’s waving at:

That’s a splendid wave to end off on if I ever saw one…more to come later!