Let’s say hello to Princess Marie. The other Danish Princess often lives in the shadow of not only Crown Princess Mary, but Princess Alexandra, Prince Joachim’s ex wife, in regards of fashion. But, she does have moments of sartorial brilliance. Is this one?
Hair: It’s nice, I guess. I would like to have seen a half-bun to show off the detail of the dress. 1/2.
Accessories: I love the bold bracelet and clutch. Her earrings are getting lost in her hair. 1/2.
Outfit in general: It definitely highlights her figure well. But, I think it might be just a tad too sexy due to the sheerness of the material. I don’t know about it. 1/2.
Suitability for event: I guess it works for an event like this. 2/2
Suitability for wearer: Marie often plays it safe, which makes her seem not as exciting to watch (in regards of fashion) as daisy or Mary. But, like I said, she can really be amazing. But, this outfit, besides the hint of sexy, is simple and safe and pure Marie. 2/2
Overall, this outfit gets a 7/10. I just get bored by looking at this dress.
Tomorrow, we will be going to Stockholm to see the World Childhood Foundation Ball as all three main Swedish royals were there!
Let’s take a look at what Queen Margrethe wore to the Danish Red Cross Dinner.
Hair: her hair is in an elegant bun. 2/2
Accessories: She went with her subtle pearl jewelry. Not a bad choice for my sake. 2/2.
Outfit in general: I love the blue color of the dress. The fit looks really good as well. My problem is with the cover-up/top to the outfit. It doesn’t work for me, especially since it doesn’t do it’s job as a coverup. 1.5/2.
Suitability for event: I think it is a lovely dress to wear to a dinner. 2/2.
Suitability for wearer: A lush color, somewhat-theatrical bottom half to the dress, and a little bit of flair. Essential Daisy. 2/2.
Overall, this dress is a 9.5/10. A lovely repeat brought out for a wonderful occasion.
Tomorrow, we will be talking about a relative newcomer to our coverage. Join me then!
I thought that Crown Princess Mary’s appearance at the Danish Red Cross dinner was perfection. We don’t often see Mary in yellow but she rocks. I love the edgy elements that she adds to the classically beautiful outfit. The belt almost doesn’t work but then totally does (it also highlights her waist like any good belt should do). I love the jewelry she wearing with this. I also love that she let her hair down and flowing (which corresponds to the bottom of the dress very well). All in all, a wonderful showing by Maz.
Here are the list of events I will be covering over the next couple of weeks (and I’m sure there will be more added to this list).
Danish Red Cross Dinner
World Childhood Foundation Ball in Stockholm
What I refer to as “The Royals Take Manhattan”
If I am missing any MAJOR events, please let me know.
My least favorite tiara is the Burmese Ruby tiara from the British royal family. It is not a good design at all. The rubies and diamonds are integrated well with each other at all. The fact is Queen Elizabeth is not a strong jewelry redesigner. The biggest fact is that she destroyed one of the prettiest tiaras around, the Nizam of Hyderabad tiara, to make this one is probably one of the saddest tiara stories around. This tiara is just a royal pain in my neck when I see it.
Well, that wraps up my least favorite tiaras list. I will be posting later the schedule of events for the next couple of weeks.
My number two least favorite tiara is the Malteser (or Maltese Cross) Tiara from Norway. It is just a clunky tiara that suffered a very bad redesign. It looks too masculine on top and oddly feminine on the bottom. I read online that it looks like a crown from the Crusades and that is all I see now. It is especially weird that someone who is as feminine as Sonja would wear this at all. But if you think this is bad, it can be worn as a bandeau (which Martha Louise did). At least the crosses are visually distinctive. The bandeau looks like something you could get at Claire’s.
I want to add that although I had a few Norwegian tiaras on this list, they have some great tiaras. The Diamond Daisy is my second favorite tiara, and the King Olav Gift Tiara (Martha Louise’s 18th birthday tiara) is quite lovely and delicate. They just haven’t pared down their more eccentric jewels yet.
Tomorrow’s tiara is my least favorite tiara and that is all I will say…
My number three least favorite tiara is Queen Josephine’s Emerald Tiara from Norway. I can already hear the complaints. “That is Sonja’s favorite tiara!” “It is big and has emeralds.” While all of this may be true, I really hate the design of it. I especially hate the center square piece. I think if you took the center piece and maybe made it into a ring or a brooch and add more emerald jewelry to go with this tiara, that would be amazing. I am also not a big fans of the fans structure to this tiara. Every time I see this tiara, I get a bad taste in my mouth.
Tomorrow’s tiara is our last Norwegian tiara. Get excited!
All right, I feel like I need to clear the air. I will never do this list, but the person on top of my overrated royal dressers list would be Madeleine. I feel like she just tries so hard to fit into some many different modes and is rarely successful. I especially dislike when she dresses like Silvia because Madeleine doesn’t have the dramatic flair like Silvia does. I feel like stepping away from the royal spotlight (as I highly predict she will be doing in the next couple of years) might heighten her fashion game. I could see her pulling off the mette-marit route of bohemian high-fashion since Madeleine seems to be a low-key kind of personality that would work with those clothes.
My number four least favorite tiara is the Aquamarine Bandeau from the Swedish Royal Family. This was Madeleine’s 18th birthday present (which is a Scandinavian royal family tradition) and I dislike it. My complaints about Victoria’s birthday tiara can be applied here. It is wire and a jewel, nothing else. But, this is further down my list, because it is such a disappointment. There isn’t that many aquamarine tiaras out there and the Swedish royal family has one big tiara event every year, so we got to see this tiara a LOT! I think this might actually be better as a necklace or actually worn like a bandeau should be worn-across the forehead. All I see is the frame and I shouldn’t be distracted by the tiara.
Tomorrow, we are returning to Norway.
My number five least favorite tiara is the Chaumet Emerald tiara from Luxembourg. It has such high potential to be amazing. I am a sucker for Art Deco and good emerald tiaras are hard to find. But, this is not a good tiara. The massive emerald disrupts the lovely diamond frame and it doesn’t look good on modern tiara wearers because it is supposed to be worn across the forehead like a bandeau. I have a little more sympathy for the modern gold tiara than this because this one is an antique. You would think that they could have found a way to make this one better, but they haven’t and that is disappointing.
Tomorrow’s tiara is another one belonging to the Swedes.
I regret the error. I always read “French Embassy” as being in Paris, not London (stupid American assumption). I apologize for it. I will say that I love the quote that King Frederik IX’S said about his dsughter’s relationship with Henrik which, “He came, he saw, and you conquered” Kinda adorable.
Princess Margrethe was not your normal future queen. She wasn’t conventionally beautiful, she was extremely tall, she was extremely well-educated, and she had a very strong personality. In fact, legend says that her parents were worried that she would never find a potential spouse. Fortunately, while attending university in France, she met her perfect match- Henri de Monzepat. Henri was a Frenchman trained as a diplomat but also enjoyed writing poetry and spent some of his childhood in Vietnam. He was basically the perfect royal spouse for our Daisy.
So when he proposed to Daisy, he chose a fairly unique ring. First of all, he chose a big ring, which works for someone who has a bigger than life personality. Secondly and most importantly, he chose a ring with two big diamonds. In a way, this shows their relationship in a piece of jewelry. They are two bigger than life personalities who are united in marriage. He may have to sacrifice some (he had to change his name to Henrik, he converted from Catholicism to Protestantism) but he is willing to do so because he is in love with his Daisy. Yes, they may have been one big bump in the road when he was upset about being passed over by his son (known as his 2002 “flight” from Denmark), but they are still together and being adorable together. I honestly don’t think that they could have found a better match than each other and that ring symbolizes it. Some people may see it and laugh about how crazy unusual it is, but others look out at it and smile because that is such a great ring for the two of them.
I thinks this whole idea of sacrifice is going to continue throughout the top two. One spouse sacrifices his or her happiness to ensure the happiness of their union and showing it through jewelry? Yeah, the next two rings highlight that to a t.
They actually met in London at a dinner party whilst he was working at the French Embassy and she was studying at the London School Of Economics. He nearly didn’t go when he heard that the guest of honour was going to be the heir to the throne of Denmark as he thought she would be boring. The rest, as they say, is history……If anyone found their soulmate those 2 did :)
My number six least favorite tiara is the Modern Gold Tiara from Norway. Often called one of the Wonder Woman tiaras and with good reason. I don’t see the appeal in this particular tiara, besides the fact that Harald bought it for Sonja for one of their anniversaries. It doesn’t particularly look good on a woman her age, although I suspect it wouldn’t look good on anybody. It just looks like a fake tiara that Lynda Carter would wear back in the day.
Tomorrow, let’s take down the other Wonder Woman tiara.
Number seven on my list of least favorite tiaras is Astrid’s Aigrette Tiara from Norway. Astrid (who is King Harald’s older sister) is known for her kooky sense of humor and fashion. Despite her status in the family, she still attends quite a few events and even has a few tiaras at her disposal. This is her favorite and also my least favorite of them. It is just not traditionally pretty. It also just looks a little too weird and I don’t think there is anyone in the younger generations that could pull off this tiara. The framing, the central position of the bug, it all adds to a kinda ugly tiara. However, it suits Astrid very well, so it is low on this list for that reason.
Let’s stay in Norway for tomorrow.
chloabelle said: I love your blog! do you have any other royal fashion blogs you suggest following?
First of all, thanks! For suggestions, I am going to give you a few.
The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor- This blog is the grand daddy of royal fashion blogs and I love it! She does a lot of great analysis of tiaras alongside the fashion.
The Court Jeweller- Ella Kay is a great royal resource out there. She has had a few blogs that are sadly gone. But The Court Jeweller is her best achievement. The blog is simply that she looks at royal jewels. Tiaras, brooches, earrings, orders, etc. she does it. She also has a variety of coverage and she has content everyday.
Luxarazzi- Although not exclusively a fashion blog, Luxerazzi covers the Luxembourg and Lichtenstein royals with a passion. If you are interesting in finding out more about these particular royals, that is the best place around. They are also on here as lux-arazzi.
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These are the ones come to my mind. If anyone else knows of any please let me know, because I would like to follow them myself :)
My number eighth least favorite tiara is the modern sapphire tiara from the British royal family. I love sapphires, but there is something about this tiara that doesn’t work for me. I feel that the diamonds and sapphires being used are lovely, but the design leaves something to be desired. It has elements of wreath tiaras, traditional crowns, and something else, but I don’t like it. Sorry, I can’t be eloquent on it, but I don’t like it.
Number seven is located in Norway. Let’s go there, shall we!
My number nine least favorite tiara is the Flora Danica tiara from Denmark. Marie definitely needs another tiara because the Danish family do have tiara events, so in a similar regard to the Midnight Tiara, a designer designed and owns it and Marie has exclusive borrowing rights. However, there is a big difference because Marie helped design it.
Why do I dislike it? I feel like it was almost a bit of a ripoff of the Midnight Tiara. I also don’t like the combo of the lilies and the amethyst beads underneath. It just feels like a hodge podge of a tiara. Marie’s only other tiara option is a floral option, so that seems bit a redundant. If she would have just went with one or the other, she would have been fine. It is especially sad when she wore this tiara, that row of beads was hidden in her hair.
I don’t know but this tiara just strikes me in the wrong way. For tomorrow’s tiara, let’s head to the place of much contention today.