26 February 2015

Mary, Queen of the Leather Vest

Let's be honest, if you were asked which Royal lady could rock a leather vest, Crown Princess Mary would likely be near the top of your list. She's always be fairly fashion forward, including being a patron of Copenhagen Fashion Week. 

When I first saw that this was leather, I was a little taken aback. It's a fabric one often associates more with bikers and less future Queens. Once I got over the initial shock/intrigue this look is starting to grow on me. Especially once I decided that it definitely did not look like a bullet proof vest although you have to admit it's treading close to such territory.

In all honesty, it's the boots I can't get on board with. The fact that her skirt only just overlaps with them makes for a weird look especially while she's walking. I'd have preferred tights and some good ol' classic black pumps but I suppose you can't have everything.

Mary was out to support the Danish Handicap Organisations House and the Society of Rare Diagnosis. The visit, as you can see, involved meeting many children so I can imagine leather could actually be rather practical. It's like a stylish, built-in bib. Jam hands? Not a problem. Just wipe that right off. 

I'm sure Mary is wearing this in a much more conservative fashion than many would choose to sport such a garment but that's understandable and I'm going to put it out there and call the leather vest a success!

20 February 2015

Princess Leonore Turns One!

This little cutie patootie celebrates her 1st birthday today and in honour of the occasion two new official photographs have been released. They are both lovely photos but this one has to take the crown purely for the presence of the teddy bear and an adorable pose which just add an extra cute factor.

I have to say, it surprises me how little Leonore looks like her cousin Princess Estelle. I'm not very good at saying who babies look like but I definitely fell like Estelle gets her looks from her mother, Crown Princess Victoria, whereas it seems Leonore here takes after her father, Chris O'Neill. 

It seems crazy to think that it's already been a year since Princess Leonore was born and the first little glimpse of her (sort of) was the dinky little footprint on her daddy's arm. Just another reminder of how fast time goes by.

This next year will surely be an exciting for little Leonore, and Sweden, as she becomes a big sister with Princess Madeleine due to give birth this Summer. But for now, let's focus on today by wishing her a very happy birthday.

Grattis Prinsessan Leonore!

Photos: Brigitte Grenfeldt, The Royal Court, Sweden 

12 February 2015

Princess Madeleine: Tiara Game is...Questionable.

I'm not sure how I feel about Princess Madeleine's tiara game from last night while attending an official dinner at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. I fear it is weak. To start with, she's working with what is quite possibly the smallest tiara in existence. Then she has decided to run with the fact that it is technically a bandeau tiara by wearing it further forward than we're used to seeing. It all adds up to a bit of an odd look.

It also didn't help that her sister, Crown Princess Victoria, chose to pull out the Six Button Tiara that is quite the beast and as such Madeleine's pretty much pales into insignificance. 

In all fairness, this is a tiara that probably has rather a lot of sentimental value for Madeleine as it was a gift for her 18th Birthday and her first ever tiara. And I imagine it's a lot more comfortable to wear compared to some of the larger tiara's she has access to and hey, she's already lugging around a growing baby inside of her so it's understandable that she didn't want to add any unnecessary weight on her head as well.

I certainly don't hate it but I definitely think it's the positioning in this instance that makes it seem particularly strange. It would however be the perfect addition to a Cleopatra costume. Multi-purpose ftw. 

08 February 2015

What's in a Name: Frederik

I absolutely love names, it's always the first thing I want to know when someone has a baby. I don't know where or when my fascination started but I thought I'd indulge myself a little on here by exploring some royal names, both past and present. To kick it off, let's take a look at a name that's extremely popular over in Denmark, Frederik.

Frederik and it's various forms has it's roots in the Germanic regions of Northern Europe. It means 'peaceful ruler' which is very apt for any member of a royal family, particularly a future King.

Frederik has been used by many of the royal families but the most notable is without a doubt Denmark. For almost 500 years, Danish Kings have alternated between the names Frederik and Christian. The tradition continues with the current heirs, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian. The name is also popular generally amongst the Danes with it coming in at number 7 on the list of most popular boys names.

When I was younger I always saw Frederik as quite an old man's name but now I absolutely love it. I'm not going to lie, Crown Prince Frederik has definitely helped, as has a certain member of the Weasley clan. Honestly, if Baby Cambridge #2 is a boy, it would make my year if William and Kate called him Frederick! It's probably unlikely but a girl can dream, right? Seriously though, I can understand why it's as popular as it is, it's classic and sophisticated and who can deny the cuteness of it's nicknames, Fred and Freddie?

Current Royal Fred's
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
HRH Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander of Denmark
HH Prince Nikolai William Alexander Frederik of Denmark
HRH Prince Constantijn Christof Frederik Aschwin of the Netherlands

Let me know what you think of this little series. I plan to cover all the popular and interesting names that are currently in use with the Royals but let me know if there's any names you want me to talk about.

Megan x

Photo: Franne Voight for kongehuset.dk

04 February 2015

The First Royal Gif, Apparently

Well, that's what the papers are saying. Clearly they've never been on tumblr where not only can you find endless amounts of gifs of all of the royals but they are much better quality than these.

Ok, so these are the first ones in which a royal has posed specifically for it to become a gif but still, it's not exactly groundbreaking.

The whole point of these gifs is to promote Guillemot, which is a short film that has been funded by The Royal Foundation. Prince Harry, who of course is a patron, was in Nottingham yesterday for the film's premiere.

I have to be honest, I don't really get the whole thing. It probably is because I'm on tumblr and see gifs every single day but I feel like they're trying really hard to come across as, dare I say it, "hip" and it's just not working for me. Maybe if the gifs were more interesting and well, better, then I could get on board but I can't say that I'm itching to see the film because of them.

What do you think? Are they trying to hard or do you think it's a clever way of bringing attention to the film?

Megan x

28 January 2015

Remembering Auschwitz

Yesterday marked the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz. In honour of the occasion a memorial service took place which including many members of various European Royals alongside dignitaries and over 300 survivors. This is obviously about much more than the royals, it commemorates the loss of nearly one million victims during the war. However, I feel that the attendance of the royals is important as it reminds us just how important it is that we remember those killed and it shows just how many countries were affected by the war.

Among the royals who attended the event in Poland were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands along with King Phillip and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians.

The Scandinavian heirs, Frederik, Haakon and Victoria were also in attendance. The latter of which was surrounded with a small amount of controversy as a reporter questioned her about her maternal grandfather who was involved with the Nazi party. I have to say personally that I felt the reporter was rather tactless given the event and that, at the time, Victoria was standing next to Holocaust survivors. You can see the short clip from the interview (with English subtitles) here.

Earlier in the day Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess St├ęphanie laid a wreath in memory of the victims.

Many other events took place all over the world to commemorate the anniversary including a ceremony that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended at London's Westminster Central Hall. There the Prince made a moving speech reminding us of why it is so important that we never forget the Holocaust and it's victims. You can hear the speech in full here.

I will end with a fact that I read yesterday which I found particularly moving and eye-opening; if we were to have a single minutes silence for every victim of the Holocaust then we would be silent for eleven and a half years.

27 January 2015

Royal Baby Gifts

When Prince George came into the world back in 2013, his parents were bombarded with gifts. On nearly every one of their visits they are presented with a miniature version of something from amphibious boats to basketball jerseys. And it seems that the case is no different over in Monaco ,where the baby gifts have begun in earnest, with the presentation of two adorable mini race-cars for Princess Gabriella and Prince Jaques.

What is it about things in miniature that makes the so insanely adorable?! Sure they're probably a little extravagant especially given the sheer amount received. Prince George, for example, received over 700 gifts just last year! That aside, I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing all the gifts for Royal babies. They're just so freaking cute!

And let's be honest, it's even cuter when they present the gift to the child themselves, even if they do throw it to the ground about 2 seconds later...

What do you think of all the Royal baby gifts? A bit much or just harmless, adorable fun? Let me know in the comments below.

25 January 2015

Badass Queen

With the sad news of the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud came a lighthearted anecdote of a visit the then Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia made to Great Britain back in 1998. While visiting Balmoral he was treated to a tour and to his surprise the Queen took her seat behind the wheel.

An image from King Abdullah's visit to Britain in 2007

Saudi Arabia still does not allow it's women to drive so it was unnerving enough to see a woman drive, much less a Queen. Crown Prince Abdullah was even more scared when the Queen put her foot down and sped down the narrow roads around the estate. You can read the full story below:

And that my friends, is how one makes a statement. Just another reason to love good ol' Lilibet!