The Duchess of Cambridge's BAFTA 2018 gown

There has been quite a bit of controversy stemming from Catherine's dress color choice at the BAFTAs on Sunday, February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Duchess wore a dark forest green Jenny Packham gown that featured a black sash around the middle. She was also carrying a black clutch and wearing a pair of black Prada wavy cutout heels. She also added to her ensemble with emerald and diamond earrings, necklace and bracelet from her personal collection that was given to her as a gift. 

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@KensingtonRoyal/Twitter

Many expressed their displeasure that Kate did not wear black while others defended her saying she showed solidarity in a very royal way as to not appear to be showing any sort of political statement (as the Royal Family is discouraged from doing). 

We asked our Twitter followers to vote on whether or not they approved of Catherine's choice. We very much appreciated hearing everyone's thoughts. Below are the results with the vast majority believing green was appropriate: 

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For me, the Duchess wore exactly what I was expecting. I did not think she would show up in a black gown and actually predicted something similar to her navy Jenny Packham gown that she wore in New York while pregnant with Princess Charlotte. I'm not personally a huge fan of green, so I wish she had gone with a navy. I do think she was showing solidarity, especially adding black with the sash, shoes and clutch. Sadly, no matter her choice, she was going to be criticized. 

American actress Olivia Munn went to the Duchess's defense on Twitter saying, "The Times Up dress code suggestions should not be used to ostracize or control. What we stand for & what we fight for matters more than the color of our dress. I have a hard time believing that the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t stand beside us just because she was wearing green."

Our own fashion editor, Heaven concurred on Twitter by posting, "I honestly don’t mind Kate not wearing black tonight. It would have been nice of course but she chose a dark color with black details and accessories and that’s good enough for me. I would have been mad had she worn red or pastels but here, I think she found a good balance. I love the whole outfit and I think it’s one of her best maternity one and I’m glad to see the emeralds again. I think it’s another case of damned is she does, damned if she doesn’t, as always with Kate."

In our weekly podcast, fashion editor Laura also spoke about the event saying how she could see both sides of the argument and personally did wish Her Royal Highness had been in black. She made a very important point in the recording that we should all take note of: It is fine to disagree, but when you do so, do it in a respectful and thought out way. You can hear her full thoughts on our podcast here

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I'm quoting my article from Royal Central to explain where the #MeToo campaign came from regarding Sunday night, "...most actresses in attendance kept to the similar dress code as the 75th Golden Globes in January where actresses dressed in black as a show of solidarity. Likewise, the Grammys saw attendees wearing or carrying white roses for the same purpose.

"The #TimesUp and #MeToo movements developed late last year after explosive revelations about influential Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual assaults and harassments were exposed by The New York Times and New York Magazine, causing an avalanche of anger and condemnation across the entertainment industry as well as other sectors, including politics."

 

UFO No More Podcast Episode 5: Prince Henrik's Death and Kate's BAFTA Gown

On episode 5 of the podcast, a still sick but recovering Laura discusses the death of Prince Henrik and why some of the headlines frustrated her.  She also discussed the Duchess of Cambridge not wearing black to the BAFTAs and how some of the Twitter reactions frustrated her.  Let us know your thoughts on Henrik's passing and Kate's gown.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie's outfit in her new portrait

Yesterday, the Grand Ducal Court (Cour Grand-Ducale) of Luxembourg released a new photograph of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie ahead of her 34th birthday on Sunday, February 18. 

The image was taken at an unknown location last year by Lola Velasco. 

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© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

For the new photo, Stephanie is in a white and black coat by Paule Ka. It features black around the cuffs, neck, belt buckle and down the middle where it buttons. Her Royal Highness is also in a pair of black dangling Kenneth Jay Lane earrings. 

Our fashion editor, Heaven found the coat, while our founder, Sarah ID'd the earrings. 

All of us here at UFO No More are wishing Stephanie a happy early birthday! 

Charlene Wittstock in Isabella Kristensen for WWF fundraiser

For a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Panda International Ball event on April 5, 2008, in Monaco, the then-Charlene Wittstock wore a strapless Isabella Kristensen white ballgown. 

The unique haute couture gown featured a panda on the skirt as a nod to the Panda Ball. By 2005, it was in Switzerland with the Duke of Edinburgh as the guest of honor where he presented the first edition of the Duke of Edinburgh Medal for nature conservation.

The dress was later put on display at the Charity Ball for World Wildlife Fund in Singapore which took place on November 21, 2008. There it was put up for auction at the St. Regis Hotel.

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Charlene and Prince Albert have attended the ball on many occasions; you can read more about the ball here.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 4: Brittani and Laura weigh in on Henrik and other royal news

On this week's episode of the podcast, Laura is joined by her first guest UFO No More Blog Editor Brittani.  Laura and Brittani discuss Henrik's health situation, royals and the Olympics, Harry and Meghan's wedding details, Madeleine's decision to give birth in Sweden, and Kate's fashion for the BAFTAs and Scandinavian trip.  They wrap up answering a few questions about their interest and favorites when it comes to royals.

Be sure to leave comments or questions for next week's episode here or on Twitter/Facebook.  You can also leave a voicemail at +1(402)-370-8638.  Fees/rates may apply.

Queen Máxima and Princess Laurentien on Prinsjesdag 2015

For a rainy Prinsjesdag on September 15, 2015, Queen Máxima and Princess Laurentien wore Jan Taminiau and Missoni gowns, respectively. 

The Queen's short-sleeved gown was a very pale pink with floral beaded details in burgundy that were hand embroidered. She also wore a pair of matching burgundy gloves with the ensemble. True to her vibrant personality, Máxima was wearing a pair of matching burgundy beaded drop earrings; sadly, these earrings are still UFO. 

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Queen Máxima's floral headpiece was also by Jan Taminiau and matched her gown perfectly. Princess Laurentien's cream hat was by Eudia. 

Laurentien's green long-sleeved gown featured a cape and a chevron design from top to bottom. Of course, the orange Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau stood out against the green (which actually found more flattering together than I would have thought). 

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Prinsjesdag (also referred to as Prince's Day in English) is an annual holiday in the Netherlands where the Dutch monarch addresses a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives for a speech from the throne. It takes place in the afternoon at the Ridderzaal. In 2018, it will take place on September 18.

After the King addresses the joint session, he, the Queen and his brother, Prince Constantijn and sister-in-law Princess Laurentien appear on the balcony of The Noordeinde Palace to wave to well-wishers who have gathered below.

Danish Royal Family's 2014 French photo session

On June 11, 2014, the Danish Royal Family held their traditional summer photo call in Cahors, France. Those present were Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. 

The photo session took place in the garden of the Queen and the Prince Consort's home Cayx Palace (or Château de Caïx) in Cahors. It also took place on the 80th birthday of Prince Henrik, and that is, no doubt, the reason the family was gathered in their French home. 

The family spent the rest of the day privately celebrating the milestone birthday for their patriarch. 

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Crown Princess Mary wore a sleeveless, bright green maxi dress by Isle Jacobsen which had a thin tie around the middle. Mary also wore a gold bracelet by Dulong Fine Jewelry, a rose gold bracelet by Shamballa Jewels and a pair of gold hoop earrings by Georg Jensen. 

Princess Marie was in a faint pink sleeveless dress, but the designer is still UFO. She was wearing a pair of matching Tod's heels. 

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Flashback to the royal outfits at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

While we have covered some of the outfits at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Daniel Westling in separate articles, we are compiling them all into this one piece. We are looking at the gowns worn at the concert the night before their wedding and the wedding ceremony itself.

For the outfits of Princess Charlene, Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, please click on their names for the full article on their outfits. Charlene was in Armani, Rania in Antonio Bardi and Mette-Marit in Old Yde for the wedding ceremony. 

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Queen Letizia, who attended with her husband Felipe and mother-in-law, wore a strapless red Felipe Varela gown with roses on the skirt portion, while for the wedding she looked gorgeous in another Felipe Varela creation. This time the then-Princess Letizia's gown was blush and short-sleeved. It also featured roses on the skirt. The future Queen of Spain was wearing the Spanish Floral Tiara.

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Her mother-in-law Queen Sofia wore a Valentino creation to the wedding (where she arrived with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands). The dress had been customized from its strapless original form to feature long sleeves. The dress features floral lace on the lower portion. The Queen wore the Mellerio Shell Tiara, as well. Her dress for the concert the evening before is still UFO. 

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, along with her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Essex representing Her Majesty The Queen at the festivities in two Amanda Wakeley custom gowns. For the concert, she wore a short-sleeved navy gown with jewels around the waist and on the shoulders. On the day of the wedding, her gown was a silver/gray color with a slit up to her left knee. While the gown was strapless, the Countess wore a thin matching shawl over her shoulders. She was in what has been called "Sophie's Wedding Tiara" as it was new for her nuptials to Prince Edward in 1999. 

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While a separate article (see above) has been written about the gown Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore to the wedding, we have not written about the Emilio Pucci gown she wore the concert gala. Mette-Marit wore a light pink, square-necked gown with short sleeves. The bottom have was ruffled, giving off a fringe effect. The middle featured jewels. 

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Mette-Marit's sister-in-law, Princess Martha Louise, who attended with now ex-husband Ari Behn, wore a TSH gown to the concert and a Nora Fara gown to the wedding. The TSH gown was violet, v-necked and sleeveless. Her bright purplish pink Nora Fara gown the next day, had one strap on the right shoulder. She paired it with the Amethyst Necklace Tiara.

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We only have the then-Princess Maxima's gown from the concert gala ID'd. The pink and white summery floral gown was by Valentino. It featured sheer short sleeves and, like Mette-Marit's, what I would describe as ruffles along the skirt. 

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Crown Princess Mary wore a nude, strapless Ralph Lauren gown (featuring lace around the bodice) to the concert gala. We saw her in a Jesper Hovring creation for the wedding. This teal gown gave the appearance of being strapless, but if you look closely, you can see an almost clear, sheer lace top with short sleeves. The Crown Princess was also wearing the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, which she has been seen in on numerous occasions. 

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For Tatiana Blatnik (who would become Princess Tatiana just a few short months later when she married Prince Nikolaos of Greece), she was able to get a taste of what was to come. She wore a strapless gown by Carolina Herrera which featured the colors baby pink and gray with golden designs along the bodice. 

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Last, but certainly not least, we are looking at the gowns Victoria's younger sister, Princess Madeleine wore. For the concert gala, she arrived on the arm of her brother Prince Carl Philip in a sky blue, strapless gown by Angel Sanchez. 

Her outfit for the wedding reminded me of Cinderella. It was a beautiful blue strapless gown by Linda Nurk. For the church service, she had a matching shawl draped over her shoulders, which she shed for the later events that day. It's one of my favorite looks of hers. She arrived with her mother, Queen Silvia and was wearing the Connaught Diamond Tiara.

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Crown Princess Victoria wed her personal trainer on June 19, 2010, exactly 34 years after her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia wed. The ceremony was in the Stockholm Cathedral and was dubbed as "Europe's biggest royal wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981." Huge celebrations took place all across the country and an estimated 1,100 were invited to the wedding. 

Several of the royals in attendance had their children in the wedding, as they are some of Crown Princess Victoria's many godchildren: Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Amalia of the Netherlands and Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 3: All the Bloggers Weigh in on #RoyalVisitSweden and #RoyalVisitNorway

It's the third episode of the podcast, and this one's a bit shorter (thanks bronchitis for kicking Laura's butt).  The big happening this week was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Scandinavian Tour.  We got to hear from blog editor Brittani and founder Sarah for the first time in podcast history as they shared their highlights.  Samantha and Heaven also provided quotes of their most memorable moments.

Let us know here or on Twitter your feedback on the podcast and if you have any questions for next week's show.  Also, if you want to call our new voicemail line with comments or questions to be featured on our show that number is +1(402)370-8638 (Fees and charges may apply.  Make sure to research this, especially if you're outside the US).

Crown Princess Mary at Prince Christian's christening

In celebration of her birthday today, we are taking a look at Crown Princess Mary's outfit at Prince Christian's christening. 

When Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's first child was to be christened on January 21, 2006, Mary chose a printed Hugo Boss skirt and a Birgit Hallstein dusty blue blazer with white trim. She also wore a pair of nude Yves Saint Laurent pumps. Mary also wore a floral headpiece cream/nude by Malene Birger that we would see at the subsequent christenings of her other three children.

As a gift for the christening, Queen Margrethe gave Mary's a brooch to wear, as well. It was a royal heirloom that had been given to Margrethe by her mother, Queen Ingrid, who had been given it by her mother, Princess Margaretha of Sweden. 

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In Danish tradition, the newborn prince's name was not revealed until the ceremony, which took place in the Christiansborg Palace Chapel in central Copenhagen. His names were then announced as "Christian Valdemar Henri John." It should be noted his name continued the tradition of future kings being named either Christian or Frederik, as the names are alternated between the two. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen.

The three-month-old (he was born October 15, 2005)'s godparents were his paternal uncle: Prince Joachim, maternal aunt: Jane Stephens, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, and two friends of his parents: Jeppe Handwerk and Hamish Campbell. 

Christian wore the traditional Danish royal christening gown which was first worn by King Christian X. A silver baptism font from 1660 was also used. Both went on display afterward at Amalienborg Palace.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at dinner ahead of Oslo Climate And Forest Conference in 2010

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Oslo today for a two-day trip, we take a look back at an outfit Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore in 2010 with the Duke's father, the Prince of Wales, in town.

On May 26, 2010, Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a dinner in Oslo ahead of the Oslo Climate And Forest Conference alongside the Prince of Wales and then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway for Heads of State and Government 

The Crown Princess wore a ivory lace and embroidered dress by Valentino and a pair of black and gold Valentino heels. She even had her toes painted with fuchsia nail polish. UFO No More recently found that she also wore a matching satin Lela Rose Coat for the occasion.

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The Crown Princess posed outside with the Prince and Prime Minister before entering to enjoy dinner. They were also photographed on the balcony during the evening. 

The Prince of Wales was in town to speak at the May conference where he urged "the representatives of the some 30 countries gathered at the meeting to focus on the contributors of deforestation such as agriculture, encouraging governments to work together to reach a solution that enhances ecosystems and protects local communities, " according to Hello!

The Norwegian Prime Minister was later praised in Norway for securing a financial agreement worth around USD 4 billionwith countries around the world on new quick start measures which will aim to halt deforestation, as well as cut emissions that harm the environment. 

Crown Princess Victoria attends Gothenburg's Symphony Choir's 100 Year Anniversary Concert

In honor of the Crown Princess Couple of Sweden hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Sweden for the next two days, we take a look back at an outfit of Victoria's from December 2017:

On December 8, 2017, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended Gothenburg's Symphony Choir's 100 Year Anniversary Concert at Gothenburg's Concert Hall as the Swedish Royal Family was winding down for the holidays. 

The music played covered a wide range of styles and timeframes - including Mozart and Björn and Benny. While this program of music certainly was not played back when Crown Princess Margareta and Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf first visited 100 years ago, I think it perfectly fits the celebration of 100 years: celebrating how much music has shifted throughout the years. 

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For this event, Victoria wore a new navy top and skirt from Baum und Pferdgarten; the navy top featured pink around the waist and wrists (with the wrists also featuring a bit of yellow). Victoria's skirt came just below the knee and is a mix of navy, silver and a lighter blue mixed together to form a gorgeous design. She also wore her Tiger of Sweden black embellished pumps, dark tights, and carried her bedazzled Judith Leiber clutch. This clutch, which many won't recognize, dates back to almost exactly six years ago when she first (and only) carried it to the King's Dinner for the Nobel Laureates back in 2011. Upon arrival, Victoria was seen wearing her black Faux Fur coat from Filippa K.  

Confirmed details on the jewelery are unknown. We think she wore the Ebba Brahe black diamond hoops, but it is hard to know for sure. We are also unsure of her necklace at the moment. 

(This post originally featured on The Royals And I and you can see it here.)

UFO No More Episode 2: Four Speeches and an Engagement

On the second episode of the UFO No More Podcast, Laura discussed speeches from Crown Princess Victoria, Crown Princess Mary Prince William, and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.  She also talked about the engagement of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and the...um...interesting social media posts from Sarah Ferguson.

Fashion topics covered included Eugenie's outfit from the engagement portraits and interview and her engagement ring, the designer spotlight of the week Stewart Parvin, Queen Maxima's wearing a similar skirt to the World Economic Forum that another royal wore in December, Princess Sofia's new stylist, and tiaras Meghan might wear.

AMAs included what question Laura wants to answer but hasn't been asked, royals wearing dresses worn many years ago, glittering events we might see this year, and weighing in on the Great Kate Coat Debate.

As always, tweet @Japanese_Ginger or @UFONoMore or comment here with your thoughts on this podcast or if you have questions you'd like included in next week's AMA.  New episode will drop next Monday and will of course cover William and Kate's Scandinavian trip!

Princess Mabel at the aftershow party of the 24th Opera Gala

Princess Mabel van Oranje, the widow of the Netherlands' Prince Friso (younger brother to King Willem-Alexander), attended the aftershow party of the 24th Opera Gala in Berlin, Germany, on November 4, 2017. The gala was in benefit to Deutsche Aids-Stiftung (German AIDs Foundation) at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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For the event, Princess Mabel wore a floor-length Needle and Thread gown. It is described on Net-A-Porter as a "petal embellished tulle gown". It is now sold out on the website. 

Princess Mabel was seen posing for photographs alongside Carola Ferstl and BILD chief Julian Reichelt. She was also seen taking a selfie with Carola and even appeared on stage during the event. 

Last year, the German AIDs Foundation described the opera saying, "Now one of the most important charity events in the federal capital, it has become an indispensable part of Berlin's cultural life both artistically and socially. Together with the choir and orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, top-class interpreters - artists of international significance as well as young talents of tomorrow - will offer versatile and moving insights into the world of opera. This promises pure enjoyment of the opera, splendid socializing - and the certainty of serving one thing that still concerns us all."

The Orchestra of German Opera Berlin performed as well as the Chorus of the German Opera Berlin. 

Tickets sold at the minimum of €260 and the maximum of €650. 

UFO No More Podcast Episode 1: State Visits, Statement Fashion, and More

In the first episode of the UFO NO More podcast, fashion editor Laura discusses an array of royal topics including Crown Princess Victoria's cold, the Sweden-Iceland state visit, the upcoming trip by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Norway and Sweden, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's day in Cardiff, and Princess Marie of Denmark's engagements.  She also discusses some of the happenings in royal fashion, defends fashion bloggers, and answers some of your questions.

Don't forget to leave your comments here or on Twitter and to submit questions for the next podcast.

Three times the charm: Catherine's pink Mulberry coat

Three times the charm! The Duchess of Cambridge has made her third appearance in her £1500 hot pink Mulberry coat. The latest appearance was on January 16, 2018, when she and the Duke of Cambridge visited Coventry Cathedral and the Coventry University Campus to open their new £59m Science and Health Building. She also wore a pair of pale pink Kiki McDonald earrings on this outing with her black Tod's pumps and black Cornelia James Beatrice gloves. 

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The couple met staff and volunteers, as well as those out on the street who waited in the cold to see Their Royal Highnesses. The visit to the cathedral and university were part of a day of engagements in Coventry. They also had an event at the Positive Youth Foundation where they were able to watch a performance. Read more about the visit here

The first time we saw Catherine in this coat by one of her favorite British brands was in New York City in 2014 while visiting the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial is located where the Twin Towers once stood before the tragic terror attack in 2001 that killed almost 3,000. This was during the early months of her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte. 

On this occasion, she was wearing her black Seraphine "Vanessa" dress underneath with her Episode "Angel" pumps. For jewelry, she accessorized with her long, gold Cartier necklace and the Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings

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We saw the gorgeous coat once more while she was carrying Charlotte - on her last official engagement before maternity leave. On its second appearance, the Duchess also wore her black suede Stuart Wiseman Power heels and Kiki McDonald diamond drop earrings. She also carried a Mulberry "Bayswater style" clutch. In March 2015, she and Prince William were at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London. There they met with Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, who created the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in memory of her late son. 

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Princess Marie in Armani in 2014 trip to New York

Back in September 2014, Princess Marie of Denmark traveled to the United States - New York City to be specific. While there, she attended an international conference on autism and opened the LEGO store on 5th Avenue. LEGO is a Danish company so it was fitting that a Danish princess opens the new flagship store.

On her last day in New York, September 26, 2014, Marie was on 5th Avenue to open the new LEGO store. For this occasion, the Princess wore a navy Emporio Armani dress with matching navy heels. The dress was short-sleeved and v-necked. She also kept her jewelery simple with a pair of earrings and a brooch on her right shoulder. Marie toured the store, mingled with guests, spoke to and played with the children invited to the opening and cut the red ribbon, with a pair of giant LEGO scissors, to officially open the store. 

The Princess wore this dress in navy while in New York.

The Princess wore this dress in navy while in New York.

Marie was impressed by one child who made the American and Danish flags out of LEGOs. She went on to spend an hour with the children in the store. 

You can see pictures from the day here.

The total amount spent by the royal ladies on clothes in 2017

It's time again to look over the amount spent the previous year by the royal ladies on their outfits. Our prices are based on the Euro for Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie, Princess Charlene, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, Queen Letizia and Queen Rania. 

Regarding Queen Rania's and Crown Princess Mary's clothing, it is important that we mention that theirs, we believe based on our research, are paid for by the taxpayers whereas we believe the others are not. We do want to state, regarding Queen Rania's budget, that the Court has never confirmed or denied how her clothes are paid for; however, our research has led us to believe that much of the funds used are tax and public funds related. For Crown Princess Mary, the Crown Prince Couple are given a parliamentary annuity each year which is to account for all of their expenses; additionally, Crown Prince Frederik's "personal savings" - worth reportedly up to $3billion in land holdings - also contribute (via the Sydney Herald). 

In total, the royal women spent a whopping 916,127.12 € in 2017 altogether - but these are only the pieces that were identified! Because there were some pieces that were custom made (like Nobel Prize Ceremony Gowns for example) we cannot give an exact estimate of what was spent. Please note that there are 347 pieces not included in this number. 

Now on to the rankings of who spent the most to who spent the least!

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Coming in first place was Queen Rania of Jordan who spent 267,238.00 €, with 29 of her custom outfits being excluded due to not knowing the price. 153 pieces were identified this year for her and seven pieces still being unidentified. The average price of her clothing per piece was 1,724.12 €. Queen Rania had a total of 191 new pieces.

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Second place belonged to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who spent an average 1,580.01 € per item. She had a total of 106 new pieces this year; 74 were identified with price and 8 are still outstanding. Her total spent on outfits in 2017 was 129,560.51€. 

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark ranked third, spending 91,869.22 € this year, of which 174 pieces were new. The average price per piece was 734.95 € with UFO No More identifying 117 with the price while 43 are still UFOs. 

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Fourth place in price spent goes to Princess Charlene who spent an average 2,575.44 € per piece for a grand total being 77,263.08 €. 26 pieces were identified with the price while 17 are still UFOs. Charlene had 56 new pieces in 2017.

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The Countess of Wessex was next spending 58,525.03 € in 2017 with an average price of 1,194.39 €. 43 were identified with 11 outstanding. Sophie, who had 60 new pieces, was followed by Queen Letizia who spent 51,342.97 € with the average per piece at 466.75 €. Fashion identifiers located 98 with the price with 22 still as UFOs. Letizia had 162 new.

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Seventh place was Crown Princess Victoria, with her sister-in-law, Princess Sofia barely nudging out Victoria's sister, Princess Madeleine for eighth place. Victoria spent 50,737.17 € with an average per piece being 393.31 €. Sofia spent 37,323.72 € in 2017 with 583.18 € being spent per piece. Madeleine spent 37,235.67 € last year with the average per piece being 1,379.10 €. There were 125, 60 and 27 pieces identified with the price for Victoria, Sofia and Madeleine, respectively. There are UFOs for both Victoria and Sofia and 9 for Madeleine. In terms of the amount of new pieces, it was 152, 85, and 40 respectively for Victoria, Sofia, and Madeleine. 

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit came in after Madeleine, spending 25,263.26 € with the average price being 701.76 €. 35 pieces were found with the price, but there are 41 which are still UFOs. She had a total of 83 new pieces.

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The royal lady who spent the least was Princess Marie with a grand total of 23,512.86 €. Her average price per piece was 635.48 € with 34 pieces being identified with the price. However, 37 are still unidentified. Marie had 82 new pieces in 2017.

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The order for prices spent (from highest to lowest) are as follows:

1. Queen Rania of Jordan
2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
3. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

4. Princess Charlene of Monaco
5. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
6. Queen Letizia of Spain
7. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
8. Princess Sofia of Sweden
9. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

10. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
11. Princess Marie of Denmark

As explained below, there are many custom pieces that have been left out and therefore the numbers would be higher for each royal. The infograph below details who had the most new pieces, as well as who has the most that still need to be identified. 

Please note that our previous graphic had a mistake in in Crown Princess Mette Marit and the Duchess of Cambridge's numbers. The one above has been corrected. 

Please note that our previous graphic had a mistake in in Crown Princess Mette Marit and the Duchess of Cambridge's numbers. The one above has been corrected. 

* We have clarified our paragraph regarding tax payers paying for the clothing of Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mary.

If you would like to use these numbers for your own article- please make sure to credit us and link back to our original post. If you have any questions or want more information about the data posted here, send us an email .

Highlights of 2017

2017 is almost gone, and our editors took the time to share their thoughts on some of the big events and fashion highs of 2017.

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One of the most talked about events was when King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the UK.  The visit had been postponed creating more anticipation.  The visit did not disappoint.  On the tiara front, there was much excitement.  It was Letizia's second outing wearing the Fleur de Lys tiara (aka La Buena), the Queen of the UK wore the Brazilian Aquamarine parure, the Duchess of Cornwall in the Greville tiara, the Duchess of Cambridge in the Lover's Knot tiara and a new necklace, and more.

This state visit was Heaven's highlight as it was one of her wishes for 2017! She says " I was thrilled that one of my wishes happened, and this was a really good visit. Queen Letizia looked so regal, and I loved seeing La Buena."

Our editor Laura's highlight was Princess Anne at the dinner at Guildhall.  She says "this was the epitome of princess in my mind, and it was so great to see on Anne."

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Emma on Twitter told us that the whole visit was a highlight for her and that she loved seeing La Buena on Letizia.

Norwegian 80th Birthday Festivities

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Surprisingly, it is not a Swedish event that captured the heart of editor Sarah this year- instead it was the celebration of the King and Queen of Norway's birthdays. This celebration was a family affair, complete with family heirloom tiaras, thoughtful gifts, teasing from family members, and kids raiding their parent's closets and dressing up as them. It was also a festive and glamorous affair that brought in many royals from around the world.

One of the big highlights was the white tie banquet from the first night which meant many tiaras and of course a jewel-filled photo.  There was also a boat ride and black tie dinner the next day that were also field days for the fashionistas. (we are still identifying pieces months later!)

Laura's highlights were Sofia in the 6 button tiara and the happy birthday song and dance on the balcony.  She said "It was nice to see Sofia in another new-to-her tiara, and seeing Haakon, Mette-Marit, Martha Louise, and their children dancing on the balcony was so fun."

Heaven says : " It was really exciting to see so many royals together on such a happy occasion! I am also very happy with King Harald and Queen Sonja's decision to not celebrate their wedding anniversary publicly next year as they think they have already celebrated enough with the Jubilee in 2016 and their birthdays in 2017. This is such a thoughtful decision." 

Another shout out to Emma on Twitter who called this her favorite event of the year.

Prince Gabriel's Christening

It was a year of many milestones.  One of them was the christening of Prince Gabriel.  It was a cold affair as the christening was held on December 1st. Our blog editor Brittani cited the christening as one of her favorite events. She said, "There is nothing like a Swedish christening. I love how they allow kids to be kids and how they let Estelle be part of the day pouring the baptism water. I only wish Leonore and Nicolas had been there. The good news is we get another Swedish christening in 2018!"

There were many exciting fashion moments, as well, including Crown Princess Victoria in a beautiful and festive red skirt suit that was well coordinated with her daughter Princess Estelle and pregnant godmother Princess Madeleine in Valentino.

But the sartorial highlights belong to the Prince Family.  Prince Gabriel, of course, wore the traditional christening gown.  Prince Carl Philip looked dashing in his uniform.  Prince Alexander continued the family tradition of re-wearing family hand-me-downs by wearing an outfit his dad wore as a child.  And of course, Princess Sofia surprised everyone by wearing the traditional dress of Dalarna, an outfit that has been in her family for decades.  This was a great nod to her heritage and a nod to Gabriel's duchy which is Dalarna.  Sofia's outfit was a favorite of Pilar Christina on Twitter.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Tour of Poland and Germany

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Another highlight of the year was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Germany and Poland in the summer. They took Prince George and Princess Charlotte with them.

It was one of Heaven's highlight because " it is most likely the last time we saw George and Charlotte on tour or visit abroad with their parents as George started school and Charlotte will go to the nursery in January. It was great to see them on tour again after the successful Canada tour."

Pilar Christina on Twitter particularly liked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's day in Heidelberg because "there they have been incredibly down to earth."

The Engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Photo: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace

Photo: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace

Keeping with the British theme, Brittani loved the engagement announcement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, "I love that Harry has found someone he loves and that makes him happy. The fact that Meghan is American makes it all the better in my view, as I am American, as well. I loved their engagement interview and how relaxed she has been on royal appearances. I also think it was great that she was included in the royal Christmas this year, too. I can't wait for the wedding in May!"

Laura also is excited about Meghan joining the family.  "While it's sad to see some people pitting Kate and Meghan against each other, I think in reality William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan could become a powerful group.  They all have different strengths, and I think they will compliment each other quite nicely."

Touring the White Garden to Commemorate Princess Diana

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It was the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. On a rainy day, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry toured the White Garden at Kensington Palace.  There were several touching moments.  William and Harry did a walkabout and placed flowers given to them by the crowd at the makeshift memorial.  Kate wore a Prada dress very much evoking the style of Diana and very similar to a dress Diana had worn. They also met with charities supported by Diana. 

Our contributor Samantha found this to be a touching event and chose it as her highlight of the year.

Our Wishes For 2018

Like we did last year, we are sharing some of our wishes for 2017.  We gave each blogger 3 royal wishes.

Laura

1. Another royal tea party.  In 2016, we had Madeleine's (best royal event every) tea party for Min Stora Dag.  In 2017, William, Kate, and Harry hosted a party at Buckingham Palace for children of fallen service people.  I love events like this.  My dream would be to see Kate host a Madeleine-style tea party complete with a tiara (maybe at EACH).  That probably won't happen, but I would settle for any kid's party like we've seen.

2. More press around Princess Marie's engagements.  Because of my fellow editor Heaven, I've learned a lot this year about all of the great work Marie is doing (particularly around food waste).  It saddens me that not only are the media outlets not covering it but the Danish Royal Court routinely drops the ball by not covering her events much (if at all).  I'd love to see her great work recognized more.

3. Prince Daniel named a godparent.  Victoria, Carl Philip, and Madeleine have understandably used each other as godparents for their children.  But now that Madeleine's having her 3rd child, I'd love to see her name Daniel as a godparent.  Daniel seems like such a great person, husband, and father, and I'd love to see him honored in this way.

Heaven

1. Laura already said this but it really is my number one wish, I hope Prince Joachim's and Princess Marie's work will get more recognition and coverage next year. They both have a day job as they are not the heirs but they do work , and they both support really important causes and I don't find it normal that the Danish Court doesn't show that. It's really a struggle to publish posts about what they do sometimes because of the real lack of information and photos. Hopefully, the documentary about Prince Joachim's work and life that aired a few days ago is the first step of a better coverage from the Court and Danish media.

2. I've said this before but I would really like to see the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle attending an event together after the wedding. A lot of people are already pitting both women against each other and I find this really unnecessary as both women are different and are in really different positions and as it creates a really bad atmosphere in the royal watchers community. I think a fun event involving causes they both support would be a good way to show what a great team they could be and how much they can accomplish as part of the royal family.

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3. This third wish is less important than the others but I really want someone (Madeleine!) to wear Georges Hobeika designs. As part as my work on Luxarazzi, I have seen Princess Sybilla of Luxembourg wearing two beautiful Georges Hobeika gowns and I can picture Madeleine in most of their designs! Another Fadi El Khoury masterpiece for Madeleine at the Nobels would also be much appreciated.

Brittani

1. I said it last year, and I will say it again. I would love to see more royals take up the cause of ALS as it is so close to my heart with my mother passing from the disease on January 9, 2016. Princess Anne and Queen Letizia are two specifically involved, but I'd love to see a Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish royal take it up. Queen Maxima swam in the river in Amsterdam for ALS so it would be great and make sense if she took up the cause. 

Photo: ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/GettyImage

Photo: ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/GettyImage

2. I really hope to see Meghan and Harry have their first royal tour be in the US and Canada. In particular, since Meghan has East Tennessee roots in Chattanooga, I think it would be great for them to visit there (and selfishly I want them to visit there since it is pretty close to me). 

3. Like Laura, I really hope Prince Daniel is made godparent for Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill's third child due in March. Victoria is godmother for Leonore and Carl Philip for Nicolas. Since Madeleine has no more siblings, it makes perfect sense that their third child's godparent be Daniel. If they have a fourth child, I hope it's Princess Sofia as godmother!

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Samantha

1. I really hope for a Swedish/UK state visit where the Swedish royals go to the UK. We always see the British royals traveling to the rest of Europe to do tours but rarely do we see the Swedish royals travel to the UK for tours. It would be different but let's be honest, royals doing different things is what us royal lovers admire.

2. For Princess Madeleine to have another daughter. The Swedish royal family is boy dominant right now and another princess would bring up the girl numbers, because Leonore and Estelle are outnumbered.  

3. Taking a bit of inspiration from Brittani, I would like to see more royals take up the cause of Alzheimer's/ Dementia. Being someone who lives with someone who suffers from the disease, I'd like to see how royals get involved with it. Since Prince Henrik of Denmark was recently diagnosed with Dementia, I think this would be a great way for the royal family to start getting involved with different organizations that not only support Alzheimer's/ Dementia patients, but also their families. 

Sarah

1. For Madeleine to host another Min Stora Dag tea party.

2. Like Laura and Heaven, I'd like to see more coverage of Princess Marie's work.

3. A new Fadi el Khoury gown