Wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

On the 19th and 20th of October 2012, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy married in both a civil and religious ceremony which reportedly cost 500,000 euros - or $650,000 US. 

Their civil ceremony was held on the 19th (with Stephanie also becoming a naturalized Luxembourg citizen on the same day). It was a small service conducted by Luxembourg Mayor Xavier Bettel which took place in the Town Hall (a break from tradition as the civil ceremony is usually held in the Grand Ducal Palace). Afterwards, the couple greeted the assembled crowds and collected gifts like paintings from children in the crowd. The couple spent over an hour speaking to those in the crowds. 

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Stephanie wore a white suit with minor silver embellishments on the pockets, arms and down the center by Chanel. She wore matching silver heels by the designer. Continuing the Chanel theme, her silver bag was also by the designer.

That evening a gala dinner was held at the Grand Ducal Palace for the guests invited to the ceremony the next day. The guests included an array of foreign royals. Stephanie wore a gorgeous couture long sleeved lace Elie Saab gown with the Vine Leaves Tiara. 

Guests dined on wild sea bass and lobster, chicken, green cabbage, and dark chocolate pears. 

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The Roman Catholic religious service took place in French the next day on October 20th at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg at 11:00 am. It was officiated by Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg. Stephanie walked down the aisle with her eldest brother - Count Jehan - due to their father being confined to a wheelchair. However, when she arrived at the altar, her father was helped to his feet so he could kiss his daughter and speak to her and her groom for a few moments. 

Photo: Denis Probst (CC BY-SA 3.0 lu)

Photo: Denis Probst (CC BY-SA 3.0 lu)

The wedding attendants included Guillaume's sister, Princess Alexandra and Stephanie's niece, Antonia Hamilton as the maids of honor. The flower girls and ring bearers were Stephanie's nieces and nephew - Madeleine Hamilton, Countess Caroline de Lannoy, Countess Louise de Lannoy, Isaure de le Court, and Lancelot de la Court - and Guillaume's nephew - Prince Gabriel.

The bride and groom exchanged rings made of fair trade gold. After exchanging vows and receiving a blessing from the Archbishop, the Luxembourg national anthem was sung and the couple signed their marriage register. 

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Stephanie wore a custom Elie Saab lace wedding gown featuring three quarter sleeves, high neckline that dipped in the back, and a 4.5 meter train. According to The Royal Splendor, "Masses of fabric went into this creation: 70 meters of silk crepe and tulle for the lining, plus another 30 meters of satin organza, 50 meters of Chantilly lace, and 40 meters of Calais lace. More silk tulle was used for the veil. The leafy pattern embellished all over the ensemble included 50,000 pearls, 80,000 crystals, and 10,000 meters of silver embroidery thread."

She chose to wear her family tiara (the Lannoy) for the occasion as her sisters and sisters-in-laws had done before her. Stephanie also wore diamond earrings, as well.

The wedding was a joyous occasion, but marked with sadness for the future Grand Duchess. Tragically, Stephanie's mother died after suffering a stroke just two months before the wedding. Stephanie wore her mother's ring during the ceremonies to keep her close to her heart. An additional tribute to her mother saw the statue of the Lady of Consolation in the cathedral being draped in her mother's veil.

Aside from the Grand Ducal Family, royal guests included the majority of the Belgian Royal Family; Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; King Constantine, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece; Princess Caroline of Monaco; then-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands; King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Martha Louise of Norway; then-Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain; Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden; and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

A reception was held after the wedding at the Grand Ducal Palace where the couple waved to the crowds from the balcony and shared a kiss.

Wedding gown of Princess Beatrix

It was on March 10, 1966, that Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands married the German Claus von Amsberg. Their engagement had been announced almost a year prior on June 28, 1965. 

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The future Queen of the Netherlands married Claus in both a civil and religious ceremony. Beatrix wore a custom Caroline Bergé-Farwick of Maison Linette duchesse silk satin design that featured a high neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and slim skirt. The designs all came from Beatrix herself who also wanted subtle patterns on the gown, which according to the Order of Splendor, mimicked her tiara - Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara. The train, which also included the subtle designs, began at her waist. Additionally, Beatrix wore a pearl and diamond brooch on her left shoulder which was a family heirloom.

The civil ceremony took place at Amsterdam City Hall before the couple traveled to Westerkerk for the religious ceremony. Claus was granted the title of Prince of the Netherlands, as well as the designation Jonkheer van Amsberg. 

The Princess had her younger sister, Princess Christina, as one of her bridesmaids, along with Princess Christina of Sweden, Lady Elisabeth Anson, Joanna Roëll, Eugénie Loudon, and Christina von Amsberg (the sister of the groom). She also had junior bridesmaids with Daphne Stewart-Clark and Carolijn Alting von Geusau serving in the roles. The pageboys were Joachim Jencquel and Markus von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff.

The wedding was not without controversy, and it surrounded her German diplomat husband-to-be. Claus has been a member of the Hitler Youth (a requirement of German children), and the Dutch still had hard feelings toward the Germans from the Second World War. He had also been drafted into, but was never in combat, the Wehrmacht. As a result, there were protests during the wedding which included a smoke bomb being thrown at the carriage procession.

Beatrix's father helped persuade her mother, Queen Juliana, on the union, and the Dutch Parliament gave their consent. Claus also became a Dutch citizen.

 

The couple remained happily married until the death of Claus in 2002. They had three sons: King Willem-Alexander, Prince Friso (d. 2013), and Prince Constantijn.

The, er, interesting outfit of Princess Charlene at the Versace fashion show 2017

First of all, I try not to make this an opinion blog about the outfits of the royal ladies. However, this outfit by Princess Charlene of Monaco is one of the worst and most tacky I've seen from a woman who usually has wonderful fashion sense. 

The Versace figure-hugging dress was in no way flattering or very royal looking. The odd cutouts on the stomach led dangerously low on her body, in my opinion. It was a smart way to show skin without showing too much skin - at least according to some. 

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The sequined silver dress (fitting with the metallic theme) was low cut and spaghetti strapped with an odd strap going diagonally across her chest. The skirt was asymmetrical and longer on the left. Charlene wore a black leather biker jacket by the designer draped over her shoulders. The jacket was from the men's collection. Her silver strap Versace heels even looked slightly painful.

The Princess had on smoky eye makeup and was without her trademark red lipstick. She also wore a pair of simple diamond stud earrings.

Charlene traveled from Monaco to Milan, Italy, for Milan Fashion Week for the event on September 22. She sat beside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. 

Versace's show was not the only one she attended in Milan. She was also in the audience at Armani's show where she sat alongside Cate Blanchett and designer Giorgio Armani's niece, Roberta in the front row.

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For this fashion show, she wore a more demure and likeable outfit by, naturally, Armani. Her olive green v-neck jumpsuit was under a beige trenchcoat. Her Serene Highness also carried an olive designer Ecurietote and wore a pair of snakeskin flat mules, assumed by Armani, in the same color. 

Crown Princess Victoria at the September 2016 Representation Dinner

Last September 16, 2016, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia hosted a representation dinner "Sweden Dinner" at Stockholm Palace. Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were also in attendance where dinner was served in the White Hall. Princess Madeleine was in New York with the United Nations during this time. 

For the Sverigemiddag dinner, Victoria wore an old blue Ann Sofie Back pleated creation with black Tiger of Sweden pumps. Victoria's sleeveless gown was two layered with the top layer only coming to the knee and the bottom layer to the floor. Victoria accessorized with a glittering belt around her waist. Her clutch remains UFO but our founder, Sarah, strongly suspects that it was YSL.

This dinner is held once a year since 2013 at the Palace for people in Swedish society who have contributed to the society in some way or another. The Royal Family hosts the dinner to thank them for what they have done and to learn more about their contributions to Swedish society. The dinner is formal with guests expected to wear long dresses or cocktail dresses; however it is not as formal as the Representationsmiddags held twice a year where the expensive jewels and tiaras are worn.

The guests dined on duck liver mousse with baked figs and rye bread crisps, butter-baked pike-perch with vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, and crispy red cabbage, and a dessert of blackberry mousse and yoghurt sorbet. More information and photos can be seen from the Royal Court's page here.

Additionally, Princess Sofia wore a black Kay Senchai gown. She carried a black Diane von Furstenberg clutch. 

Make sure you check out Jess's copycat look for this outfit Victoria wore last year over on our Dress Like a Princess section of our blog! It will be posted soon!

Princess Maria-Olympia's outfit to her 21st birthday bash

For her 21st birthday bash that was shared with her father, Crown Prince Pavlos's 50th birthday bash at a manor in Gloucestershire, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece wore a long-sleeved Steven Khalil gold and grey studded one piece with a longer and full train from her waist. She also wore a pair of elevated gold Gucci sneakers with red, blue yellow, and white stripes on the elevated section.

Like all the women in attendance, Maria-Olympia wore an extravagant headpiece to fit in with the theme of "revolution."

Images were splattered all across social media of the event with hashtags like #princeandrevolution and #5021revolution. Maria-Olympia's mother, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal later said they should have had a social media blackout for the party because it portrayed the family in a way that they are not. 

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Those at the celebration were Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, alongside members of the Greek Royal Family. Other guests included members of the Bulgarian Royal Family, socialites and fashion designers like Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti.

It would be a safe bet to say that safe to assume that members of the Danish and Spanish royal families were there as well as they are closely related to the Greeks.

Princess Iman surprises parents in DC

While Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan were in the capital of the United States, Washington D.C. in February 2017, their older daughter, Princess Iman surprised them. She is currently studying at Georgetown University in D.C. The reason for the surprise was that it was King Abdullah's 55th birthday, and she obviously wanted to spend some time with her father on his birthday. 

For the surprise visit, Iman wore a light pink sweater by Stella McCartney and an Army Yves Salomon coat with fur lining. 

Not much is known about her day with her parents and how long she was with them. The Royal Hashemite Court did share an image of Iman and Abdullah during the day at what looked to be during lunch at an unnamed location.

Queen Rania also posted an image to her Instagram of Iman with her and Abdullah on the streets of D.C. 

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@QueenRania/Instagram

The King and Queen were on a working visit to the United States where they met with President Trump at the White House and King Abdullah met with members of Congress and other administrative officials. Rania also visited a local school with First Lady Melania Trump. The King and Queen met with the House Foreign Affairs Committee together.

Queen Maxima UN trip to Argentina 2016

On October 12, 2016, Queen Maxima was in her native Argentina as part of her role as the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance. She had several events on her agenda while there including meeting the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, at Casa Rosada. Additionally, she returned to her alma mater, The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. Her parents were in the audience for this appearance.

For her meeting with President Macri (and Argentina Minister of Economy Alfonso Prat-Gay at a separate location), Maxima wore a red Natan blouse and a tartan Natan skirt with a Steltman bracelet and red Gianvito Rossi heels. Her matching red purse was also by Natan. 

Photo: UNSGSA/Robin Utrecht

Photo: UNSGSA/Robin Utrecht

When she returned to her alma mater to give an exclusive speech to the students regarding financial inclusion for development, the Queen wore a green animal print dress by Givenchy, Cartier watch, Steltman bracelet, a pair of large diamond stud earrings and Christian Louboutin black heels. She carried a black Chanel medium sized bag. 

For both days, some of her jewlery still stands as UFO.

Photo: UNSGSA/Flickr

Photo: UNSGSA/Flickr

This was Queen Maxima's first time visiting Argentina as the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance. About the trip, the Royal House of the Netherlands said in a press release, “She will speak about the government’s plans to develop a national strategy for inclusive finance. Better access to financial services can improve people’s economic development.”

According to Royal Central, "They cited the World Bank Group’s statistics that only half of adult Argentinians have a savings account, and most monetary transactions are done through cash. Because of this and the lack of proper financial records, it is difficult for small businesses to be granted a loan to expand their businesses."

Before returning to the Netherlands, she made sure to thank her home country for warmly welcoming her back in a press conference with Vice President Gabriela Michetti regarding her visit.

The engagement dress of Kate Middleton

On November 16, 2010, news broke that Prince William was to, finally, wed his girlfriend, Kate Middleton, after being together since their time at the University of St. Andrews. 

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The couple met the press for a photocall in Buckingham Palace where Kate showed off her familiar diamond and sapphire engagement ring - the one that had belonged to William's late mother, Princess Diana, and was made by Garrard.

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During the interview, while speaking of the ring, Kate said, "It's beautiful. I just hope I look after it. It's very, very special." William also explained why he proposed with this ring, "It is very special to me. It was my mother's engagement ring. It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we are going to spend the rest of our lives together."

Kate perfectly matched her dress to the 18-carat ring wearing a royal blue Issa wrap dress that had a v-neck, long sleeves and was of mid-length. She also wore a dainty gold necklace with a matching stone and a similar pair of earrings by Tiffany & Co. The dress by Issa was an instant hit and sold out soon after and began what is known as the "Kate effect" in fashion. Since then, copycats have been made, which also were very popular. Issa even worked with the Banana Republic for a temporary line which included a very similar dress to the one Kate wore on the day her engagement was announced. This one, however, was only three-quarter sleeves.

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Our co-editor, Jessica, has written a post about Kate's dress and where you can find her look for less. Read it here. Be sure to check out all of her posts about where you can dress like your favorite royal ladies for less!

The interview after the press conference was conducted by Tom Bradby for ITV. 

It was the first time, for many, to hear Kate speak and get a good look at their future queen. The interview covered the engagement in Kenya, their breakup in 2007, and how they met. About the short breakup Kate admitted, "At the time, I wasn’t very happy about it. But actually, it made me a stronger person. You find things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized. I really valued that time for me.” They also spoke about meeting at university and becoming friends first before their love blossomed. 

Kate also spoke about entering the Royal Family and Diana calling her inspirational and saying, "I'd have loved to have met her." When it came to her charity work, then 28-year-old Kate said, “I really hope I can make a difference, even in the smallest way,”

The couple went on to marry on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey; they were given the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They now have two children and are expecting their third. Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2, will be joined by a brother or sister sometime early next year. The expected month of the birth has not yet been announced as the Duchess has not passed the first trimester. She was forced to announce her third pregnancy earlier than most mothers like due to suffering from acute morning sickness which plagued her first two pregnancies. 

Crown Princess Mary packs "Comfortpacks" with Mary Foundation

Crown Princess Mary packed "Comfortpacks" which includes backpacks with the necessities to children arriving at women's shelters in in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. She did this with her namesake foundation, The Mary Foundation or Mary Fonden in Danish which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Mary Foundation partnered with the Lego Foundation and packed the bags in Billund, Denmark, earlier this year on May 27. Mary also participated in 2014.

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Photo: Kåre Viemose

2,300 bags are packed per year and research has shown that the items in the backpacks (towels, toothpaste, toys, etc.) are vital to the children entering the shelters and utilized by them. These shelters are for women escaping from domestic violence. Over 19,000 backpacks have been distributed since its inception.

For this, Mary kept her outfit simple. She wore a blue pin-striped, bell sleeve top and black pants. She also had on a simple gold bracelet on her left wrist. Mary also wore navy heels and arrived in a black coat carrying a brown Ralph Lauren bag. 

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Style of Mary said her jewlery was the following: 

Earrings: Hartmann's

Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet

Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry

Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring

This took place just a couple of days after Mary, as the patron, attended the opening of the 2017 European Emergency Medical Services Congress. There, she spoke at the Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center in Copenhagen to kick off the event. She was also shown the ambulance specifically modified for infant and toddlers called the ‘Babylance’. Here she carried a Naledi Copenhagen clutch and wore a pair of nude Gianvito Rossi pumps with her navy dress.

Style of Mary had all the details on her jewlery here, too:

Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry Luna Earrings with Diamonds

Pendant: Dulong Fine Jewelry Globe Pendants

Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Bracelet

Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet

Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring

Princess Madeleine at the 2015 Nobels

For the 2015 Nobel events, Princess Madeleine wore a custom Fadi el Khoury creation for the Nobel Prize Ceremony and an Alberta Ferretti dress from the Pre-Fall 2015 collection for the King's dinner for the Nobel Laureates. 

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The Nobel Prize Ceremony was first and took place on November 10, 2015, in Stockholm. Princess Madeleine wore a gorgeous grey custom Fadi el Khoury (one of my favorite gowns of hers ever). The gown, with a hint of glitter throughout, featured buttons down the front and sheer long sleeves. She wore her aunt, Princess Margaretha's Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara that perfectly matched her blue eyes. Madeleine carried a grey Jimmy Choo clutch and wore Queen Silvia’s diamond flower earrings and the aquamarine ring that Princess Lilian left her upon her death in 2013.

Note: This gown was worn in an official photo released by the Court and again (tiara and all) by Madeleine for a "fairytale tea party" at Stockholm Palace for children dealing with serious illnesses in coordination with her patronage Min Stora Dag (My Big Day) which is the Swedish version of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. 

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Photo Kate Gabor Kungahuset.se

Queen Silvia was in a red gown with the 9 Prong Tiara. Crown Princess Victoria wore a By Malina violet gown specially made Aubergine Silk Chiffon Gown and Cape while carrying a pink Bottega Veneta clutch. She wore the Connaught Tiara.

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Photo Jonas Ekstromer Kungahuset.se

Princess Sofia was in a navy Oscar de la Renta gown with a matching clutch. Sofia also wore her wedding tiara. 

For the King's dinner for the Nobel Laureates at Stockholm Palace, Madeleine chose a dark grey Alberta Ferretti gown that featured a high collar and lace detailing. The Princess wore the Modern Fringe Tiara and carried a black Bottega Veneta clutch. 

Her mother was in a still to be identified gown; her sister was in a navy sequined Pär Engsheden gown that she had previously worn while pregnant with Princess Estelle in 2011. She wore the Baden Fringe Tiara and carried a dark Alexander McQueen clutch. Madeleine's sister-in-law was in a custom made couture dress from Zetterberg Couture which is slightly reminiscent of Madeleine's Nobel gown with the lace and button detailing. It would also be a gown she wore in an official photo. She was in her wedding tiara and carrying a Mango clutch.

The Nobels went as follows:

Physics: Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald

Chemistry: Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar

Physiology or Medicine: William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura, and Youyou Tu

Literature: Svetlana Alexievich

The awards were presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf in the Concert Hall. The banquet was held afterward at Stockholm City Hall. 

Nobel prizes are always handed out on December 10 - the day Alfred Nobel died - in his memory.

Queen Sofia at Easter Mass in 2016

On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Queen Sofia joined her son, King Felipe; daughter-in-law, Queen Letizia; and granddaughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia for Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. 

For the religious service for the most important day on the Christian calendar, Queen Sofia wore a green floral Oscar de la Renta jacket. It had blue trim and she was wearing a matching blue dress underneath. The Queen wore metallic heels and carried a smaller metallic purse.

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© House of SM the King

The Royal Family was received outside the Cathedral by the Bishop of Mallorca, Monsignor Javier Salinas, members of the cathedral chapter and acolytes. Salinas presided over the ceremony.

Upon entering the Cathedral, the King, Queens, Princess and Infanta greeted their fellow attendees.

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© House of SM the King

Her daughter-in-law wore a hot pink Carolina Herrera coat and carried a matching Adolfo Dominguez clutch. The Queen had on a black and white striped wool sweater by Hugo Boss and wore a pair of navy Uterque pumps. 

Princess Sofia at a 2017 Project Playground dinner

 

On 2nd August 2017, Princess Sofia attended a conference on sustainability called A Sustainable Tomorrow in Bastad. The conference, organised by Border Meetings, invites people to come together to discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. One of the conference’s key partners is Project Playground and so the charity hosted a dinner in the evening after the conference, attended by their Honorary Chairman Princess Sofia. 

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Princess Sofia arrived alongside her Project Playground co-founder Frida Vesterberg. The two close friends both wore pieces by Swedish designer By MalinaDespite being heavily pregnant, Sofia looked elegant and effortless in the pale blue jersey dress which features a distinctive layered top. 

She attended a similar conference last year with Project Playground, as well. You can read more about Project Playground in this article by our co-editor for Royal Central.

I've found a great copycat for less. You can read about it here.

Royal ladies at 2017 Royal Ascot Day 1

Autumn Phillips attended Royal Ascot alongside her husband, Peter Phillips - the son of Princess Anne and the eldest grandchild of Her Majesty The Queen - on June 20, 2017. 

She wore a blue and white Rumour London dress with sleeves to her elbow and the skirt just below the knee. The dress itself was white with blue embellishments all over. The dress had scalloped edges and was pleated. She wore nude shoes and carried a nude bag on the first day of Ascot. Autumn was also wearing a white Emily London hat with the Goodwick design from SS 2017 according to Royal Hats. Additionally, she wore a pair of simple diamond earrings. 

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She attended on the same day as her sister-in-law, Zara Tindall, and cousins-in-law, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Princess Anne, The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex were also there.

Zara wore a royal blue dress by Escada that featured a pleated skirt. She carried a navy clutch and wore navy heels. Royal Hats reported that she was wearing a white and blue Sarah Cant hat.

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Princess Beatrice wore an embellished dress by Claire Mischevani while carrying a blush colored clutch that matched her Stuart Weitzman shoes. Her hat was by Goldust Millinery. Her sister, Princess Eugenie was in a sleeveless floral dress with a matching bespoke Ethan K clutch and shoes by Reiss. Eugenie also wore a navy and pink hat by Emily London.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a long lace Alexander McQueen high-neck dress with a nude Loeffler Randall clutch. Additionally, she wore a pair of Gianvito Rossi suede heels. She wore a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings on loan from The Queen (who had been given them by Bahrain as a wedding gift).

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Naturally, Her Majesty and Prince Philip were in the first carriage of the royal procession with Prince Andrew while the second carriage carried Andrew's daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie and Charles and Camilla. The third carriage had Prince Edward and Sophie and William and Kate. Autumn and Peter rode in the last carriage with Princess Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes and her husband.

A moment of silence was held before the race in memory and honor of those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena and London attacks, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire. The racecourse donated "£100,000 to the British Red Cross UK Solidarity and London Fire Relief Funds and local charities" for all those affected, according to The Telegraph.

Princess Iman of Jordan at charity event with the Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans

Princess Iman, alongside her mother Queen Rania, attended a charity event with the Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans on June 20, 2016. They joined orphans and their caretakers to break the fast for Iftar - the fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holiday month of Ramadan. 

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Copyright © 2009, The Royal Hashemite Court

Iman wore a white and black patterned Roland Mouret jacket over a white shirt and a pair of black pants for the event in Amman. Queen Rania wore an UFO pink blouse with a thin nude leather belt. She carried a small nude shoulder bag, as well. 

The Queen and the Princess fixed plates for the children and cut up their food for them when they needed it. They both happily chatted with the children who seemed very excited to have a meal with their Queen and Princess.

@QueenRania/Twitter

@QueenRania/Twitter

In a press release by Her Majesty Queen Rania's Press Department, they said, "One of the largest integrated social welfare institutions in Jordan, Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans was founded in 1953 and today provides accommodation, food, clothing, and educational services to 119 children. Hosting both orphans and victims of broken families, the Foundation’s mission has been to provide underprivileged children with a home-life environment." 

After the event, Queen Rania tweeted, "Adorable company over iftar today; with Iman and a group of children at the Al Hussein Social Foundation for orphans."

She also posted a video to her Facebook page highlighting the day, which is posted above.

Kate Middleton and the dress that caught William's eye

When she was still Kate Middleton and a student at St. Andrew's University in Scotland, Kate decided to model in a charity fashion show in 2002. Prince William was in the audience.

The 19-year-old future Duchess of Cambridge walked down the runway in a see-through black slip with turquoise trim at the top and bottom by Charlotte Todd. Kate wore black underwear and a black bandeau bra under it. It was supposed to be a skirt, but Kate chose to wear it as a dress. 

It only cost £30 to make, but it was worth £10,000 after the engagement announcement (and was more in the future) according to its designer who admitted to the Daily Mail that it has been in the back of her closet ever since. 

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The designer is pictured with the famous dress above before an auction. The dress ended up selling for $125, 871 to an anonymous buyer. 

The slip caught the Prince's eye in the audience and reportedly, their relationship started soon after. They had been friends, but he saw her in a new light after the fashion show. Reportedly, she was dating her first university boyfriend Rupert Finch at the time, and after their breakup, she began dating William. The rest, as they say, is history!

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at Jubilee Tour Garden Party

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore the Vilshenko Lavender Midi Dress during the Silver Jubilee Tour of King Harald and Queen Sonja in 2016.  

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Her Royal Highness wore the long-sleeved cotton dress that comes below the knee to a garden party in Trondheim, Norway, on June 23, 2016. Mette-Marit was also wearing a flower crown like other members of the Norwegian Royal Family on the day. The Crown Princess, as she usually does, kept her makeup simple. She also carried a straw clutch by Kotur. 

She changed into the outfit after a church service in the town to mark the 25th anniversary of the King and Queen's ascension to the throne. In attendance were the King and Queen, the Crown Prince Family (including Marius Borg Holby - Mette-Marit's son from a previous relationship), and Princess Martha Louise and her three daughters. 

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According to the Royal Court, the morning garden party was at "Stiftsgården [their home] was the final event of a day of celebration. The festivities started at 10:00 am with “breakfast with the people” at the Ravnkloa fish market. Mayor of Trondheim Rita Ottervik spoke at the event, which also featured music, children’s art and breakfast delicacies."

"The day came to a close with the garden party at Stiftsgården, which is the Royal Family’s official residence in Trondheim. The 600 guests included President of the Storting Olemic Thommesen, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway Toril Marie Øie."

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She also wore it to the 73rd Venice Film Festival in 2016. Princess Claire of Luxembourg has also been seen in it. She wore it to a Te Deum service (on the same day at Mette-Marit in Norway) for Luxembourg's National Day.

Wedding gown of Maria Teresa

When Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla married the then Hereditary Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg on February 14, 1981, she wore a custom Balmain creation for the Roman Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. 

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The future Hereditary Grand Duchess (and now Grand Duchess) wore a white silk embellished gown with fitted bodice and a fur trim by the French designer. It featured long sleeves with the fur around the neck, wrist and bottom of the bell skirt. The gown had a train that began at the shoulders like a cape and flowed down. It was two meters and equal to that of her veil.

The future royal held her lace-trimmed veil in place with the Congo Diamond Tiara - a tiara worn by other members of the Grand Ducal Family on their wedding day. 

They first wed in a civil ceremony at the Grand Ducal Palace before the religious service later that day. The couple then appeared on the balcony of the Grand Ducal Palace to wave to the crowd assembled below. They shared a kiss to the thrill of the Luxembourgish people watching. 700 guests then attended a wedding reception inside the Palace.

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Aside from the Grand Ducal Family in attendance, other European royals were represented. They included King Olav of Norway; then-Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Princess Marie Aglae of Liechtenstein; King Baudouin, Queen Fabiola, Prince Albert, Princess Paola, Prince Philippe, Princess Astrid, and Prince Laurent of Belgium; Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark; and Princess Christina of Sweden and husband, Tord Magnuson. 

Henri met the Cuban born but New York City raised Maria Teresa while studying in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Their engagement was announced on November 8, 1980, and they married less than a year later on Valentine's Day. However, the holiday is not widely celebrated in Luxembourg so the couple later said that they did not recognize the significance of the date - odd since Maria Teresa grew up in New York where it is widely celebrated. 

Together, they now have five children: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Sebastian. They also have four grandchildren: Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah from Prince Louis' marriage to Tessy Antony and Princess Amalia and Prince Liam through Prince Felix and his wife Princess Claire. 

Our favorite pregnancy looks of the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Madeleine

Since two of our featured royal ladies are expecting (and both are having their third child), we thought we would share our favorite outfits they have worn during their previous two pregnancies. Take a look below: 

Princess Madeleine of Sweden:

Sarah's Picks

UFO outfit from meeting with Melinda Gates

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Photo: royalcourt.se

Tiffany Rose Navy Gown from Queen Silvia's 70th Birthday Concert

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Off-White Seraphine Maternity Coat from the King's 69th Birthday in 2015

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Heaven's Picks

Elie Saab Gown from Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Wedding

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Pink Fadi el Khoury Gown from 2014 Nobel

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Seraphine Dress for Publishing of the bans of Carl Philip and Sofia's wedding

Jessica's Picks

All Black Outfit While Shopping in NYC

Karen Millen Outfit from New York Green Summit

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Elie Saab Gown from Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Wedding

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UFO Grey Gown from the Pre-Wedding Dinner of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia

Tiffany Rose Navy Gown from Queen Silvia's 69th Birthday Concert

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Brittani's Picks

Pink Fadi el Khoury Gown from 2014 Nobel

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Elie Saab Gown from Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Wedding

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Light Blue Tadashi Shoji Gown from 2013 New York Green Summit

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Off-White Seraphine Maternity Coat from the King's 70th Birthday in 2015

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White BCBG Max Azria Sweater from Childhood Offices

Photo: Princess Madeleine/Facebook

Photo: Princess Madeleine/Facebook

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge:

Sarah's Picks

Erdem printed dress from Willows Primary School

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Navy Beulah London Coat from Afghanistan Service of Commemoration

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Jenny Packham for The Queen's Westminster Abbey Service for 60th Anniversary of Coronation

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Heaven's Picks

Navy Beulah London Coat from Afghanistan Service of Commemoration

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Green Mulberry Coat from Garden Party

Floral Erdem Dress at Goring

Orange Tara Jarmon Coat at Naomi House

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Jessica's Picks

Jenny Packham for The Queen's Westminster Abbey Service for 60th Anniversary of Coronation

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Jenny Packham Ink Blue Gown in New York

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Zara Ensemble While Shopping in February 2013

Laura's Picks -

Topshop Polka Dot Dress from Harry Potter Tour

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Madderson Black London Dress with Trim

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Hobbs Dalmation Print Coat/Dress

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Brittani's Picks

Topshop Polka Dot Dress from Harry Potter Tour

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Max Mara Studio Dress from Hope House

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Brown Hobbs Coat from Grimsby

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White Maternity Coat by JoJo Maman Bebe from Downtown Abbey Visit

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Hot Pink Mulberry Coat from New York

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Navy Beulah London Coat from Afghanistan Service of Commemoration

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White Max Mara Coat in Portsmouth

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Princess Mabel's wedding gown

On April 24, 2004, Mabel Wisse Smit married Prince Friso of the Netherlands in the Old Church of Delft in Delft, Netherlands. 

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For her wedding, Mabel (soon to be Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau) wore a very interesting and unique design by Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf. According to Order of Splendor, she turned down their more conservative designs and asked for something "memorable." The duo then delivered! 

The white satin gown featured a bateau neckline with long sleeves. It also had a flared skirt that contained a 3.15-meter train. The train itself was unique as it featured several large bows all the way down (bows also featured in other places on the gown with a grand total of 248). The bows gained in size as they continued down the train. A short veil was included on the soon-to-be princess - held in place by smaller scale version of the Mellerio Sapphire Tiara. 

Mabel had her hair in a bun and wore a pair of simple diamond drop earrings. 

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The Dutch Royal Family, naturally, all attended to nuptials. Foreign royals included King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway as Harald was one of Friso's godparents. 

Controversy surrounded the union with the couple not requesting that the Dutch parliament approve the marriage. Royal Central reported, "Mabel met Prince Friso in Brussels in 2000. It has been rumoured that his sister-in-law, Princess Laurentien introduced the pair. Their relationship was confirmed in 2002, with their engagement announcement the following year. However, controversy soon surrounded them. It was revealed that the couple had been vague about Mabel’s connection to Dutch drug lord, Klaas Bruinsma. Prince Friso admitted in a letter to then Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende that he and Mabel had given incomplete information, but did not provide any inaccurate information. He admitted Mabel’s relationship had been closer than they had mentioned, but it was not romantic."

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Friso was removed from the line of succession to the Dutch throne after they wed. The couple had two daughters together: Countess Luana, born on 26 March 2005, and Countess Zaria, born on 18 June 2006.

Tragedy struck in Austria when Prince Friso was buried in an avalanche in February 2012. After being deprived of oxygen for 25 minutes before being rescued, the Prince was flown to a nearby hospital in a coma. Later, he was transferred to a hospital in London where Mabel stayed by his side. They had been living in the city since they married. However, on 9 July 2013, Friso was transferred to back home to the Netherlands to Huis ten Bosch Palace. With some consciousness, he was surrounded by family and friends until he passed away on August 12, 2013. He was only 44.

Queen Letizia presents scholarships at Iberdrola 2016

When Queen Letizia presented scholarships alongside King Felipe at Iberdrola on July 5, 2016, in Madrid, she wore a summery floral chiffon Zara, a Spanish high street brand, dress. It featured long sleeves and came just below the knee. 

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The delicate lily printed dress sold out quickly after Her Majesty was spotted wearing it with a pair of Zara drop earrings and nude Prada shoes. She was also carrying a pink Adolfo Dominguez clutch. Zara is a store that Letizia often wears items from, as do other royals across Europe.

According to Casa Real, Their Majesties "presented the scholarships to study masters in energy and environment in the United States, Spain or the United Kingdom and aid to research in energy and environment, as well as scholarships for training and research in restoration of the Museum of Prado and the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao."

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The program was originally created in 2010 and has been continuing to grow since its inception. Casa Real also added, "Thanks to the joint work of the different foundations of the Iberdrola Group, young people from five nationalities (United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Mexico and Spain) will be able to study different masters courses in Spanish, British or American universities in areas related to renewable energies, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicle, intelligent distribution networks, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Data processing (Big Data) and cyber security. The International Scholarship Program also includes grants for energy and environmental research in Spain."

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The King and Queen posed for photos with the winners outside the Iberdrola Building.