One shoulder beautiful gowns for the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex - BOTH looked fantastic

We’ve all seen it. The white one shoulder gown the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the BAFTAs was “angelic”, “beautiful”, “true princess” dress. The black one shoulder gown the Duchess of Sussex wore to the British Fashion Awards was “vulgar” and “breaking protocol.”

In reality? BOTH dresses were beautiful and flattered both women. Neither broke protocol, and neither were vulgar for their choice. Calling one dress vulgar and another a real princess look is a true example of a double standard. What is ok for one, is not ok for the other…the reason, well I’ll leave that for you to decide.

I know some will disagree, which is their prerogative.

  • Now, I’ll admit that for full disclosure. I’m more partial to Meghan’s clothes because they are more in line with my style. That doesn’t mean that Kate’s style is ugly or wrong. We each have different tastes.

So let’s take a look at what, in my opinion, are two of the best outfits Their Royal Highnesses have rocked since becoming royals.

Duchess of Sussex in Givenchy:

For the British Fashion Awards in December 2018, Meghan wore a bespoke black, one shouldered gown that showed off her blossoming baby bump. It also featured a small slit in the legs which showed off her golden strap heels by Tamara Mellon. The Duchess also wore gold bangle bracelets.

Of course, the black velvet gown was made by the same fashion house that made her 2018 wedding gown, Givenchy. And fittingly, she wore it to present Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy who worked closely with Meghan to design the wedding gown, with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.

Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen:

Like her sister-in-law, Catherine chose her wedding dress designer to create her bespoke one shoulder gown. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a white, one-shouldered gown by Alexander McQueen that featured a floral type detail on the left shoulder. She debut the gown at the 2019 BAFTAs on Sunday, 10 February.

Catherine also wore a pair of silver sparkling Jimmy Choo heels for the evening, a diamond bracelet, and a pair of earrings believed to have belonged to Princess Diana.

I think both ladies looked beautiful, and the dresses spoke to their individual style. What are your thoughts?

How Much Is It Worth: First Year Edition

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified.

After publishing our 2018 yearly review of the worth (please note not what the royal ladies actually spent) of 14 royal ladies new clothing, we are now taking a look at the first year of marriage (including the time the ladies were engaged ahead of their wedding) focusing on the Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Sofia of Sweden.

The years we are looking at are 2011 for the Duchess of Cambridge, 2015 for Princess Sofia of Sweden, and 2018 for the Duchess of Sussex.

As there has been much discussion about the Duchess of Sussex’s total for 2018, we have decided to do investigate into what 2 other royals accumulated for clothing during their first year of royal marriage. We selected one royal from the same family (Duchess of Cambridge) and one from a different country (Princess Sofia). These three ladies all married into their respective royal family’s during the past 8 years.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Our data ranges from January 1 through December 31 of the year the royal married in - meaning that part of our calculations are from before they received their titles. However, these ladies were already engaged to be married and taking on engagements on behalf of their royal family, which is important to remember. So, all three of these royal ladies took part in royal engagements alongside their soon-to-be husbands ahead of their wedding. Our calculations include any photos of them taken during their first year; however, their wedding gowns are not included in our tally.

We do fully recognize that the ladies may have paid for their items ahead of their weddings out of their own pocket, but it is important to note that after the wedding, their clothing remains to be privately funded. As we have stated above, this article is not claiming our statistics are what was actually spent - only what they are worth. It is important to remember that after the wedding, the clothing is not funded for by taxpayers- it remains to be “funded privately”.

Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland/Sofia Hellqvist

Princess Sofia married the only son and second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip on 13 June 2015 in Stockholm. Sofia and Carl Philip have two sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel.

Princess Sofia of Sweden (Sofia Hellqvist before marriage), debuted 123 new pieces during 2015. 93 pieces of those came to a calculated worth of 53,441 €. Missing from this total was 17 pieces which remain UFO and 13 pieces with the prices unknown. These 13 pieces are a mixture of custom gowns and ready-to-wear pieces (most from High Street brands but were identified too many years after being sold for a price to be recorded). Her average price per piece was 580 €.

In total, Princess Sofia was photographed in 76 outfits in 2015.

Duchess of Cambridge/Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (the eldest child of Charles, The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Prince of Wales) on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. They now have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

During 2011 Duchess of Cambridge (previously Catherine/Kate Middleton) debuted 142 new pieces. Her total for 2011 came 61,603 € for 95 pieces. 47 pieces are missing from this total, 38 being custom/no price available and 9 pieces remaining unidentified. The average price-per-piece for these 95 pieces was 648 €. Her wedding earrings are not included in this total as no price was ever released for them by the designer AND because they were a confirmed gift from her family, the British Press estimated them to be worth 15,000 £.

In 2011, Kate was photographed in 61 outfits.

Duchess of Sussex/Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex married the younger son of the Prince of Wales and late Diana, Princess of Wales on 19 May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor. They are currently expecting their first child in the spring.

The latest person to marry into the British royal family was the Duchess of Sussex (or Meghan Markle before marriage). In 2018 she debuted 324 new pieces, 256 of those pieces added up to a worth 479,048 €. Her average price per piece average of 1,871 €.

You will note that we omitted a total of 64 items from our total. 26 of these pieces were unidentified and the remaining 48 items were identified but without a price (most were bespoke pieces).

One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts, possibly from Prince Charles (our friends at Meghan’s Mirror shared their thoughts on this here), which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials. However because the Palace has not confirmed them to be gifts we left them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD). Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design.

In her first year, Meghan had 98 photographed outfits.

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

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 .

How Much Is It Worth?!

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified. If you would like to contribute to finding the UFOs from 2018, visit our comprehensive breakdown HERE.

As is becoming our annual tradition, Heaven and I have sat down with our notes, spreadsheets and calculators to bring you a comprehensive look at the value of the new clothing of 14 different royal ladies from around the world. Last year we brought you the number for 11 different ladies, and we heard your requests for us to include a few others. We are so happy to be able to include Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the Duchess of Sussex this year, per your request, in addition to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

You will notice that Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan is not on this year's list as she was last year. After discussions with the Royal Hashemite Court and the Office of Her Majesty, we have taken Her Majesty out of our tally and off of our website as to not cause any “damage” to her from our calculations of the yearly worth of her clothing. As a result of our discussions with members of the Court, we determine it was best for Her Majesty and UFONoMore.com to remove her from our tally and website.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). Out of 1,663 new pieces debuted this year by these ladies - only 34 of these pieces did we estimate a price. We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Totals in Euros (Descending by 2018 Total)

Now onto the data! In total, these 14 royal ladies debuted clothing retailing over 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) during 2018 on clothings and accessories. This 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) takes into account the 1,095 pieces which were identified with costs or had costs estimated. Excluded from this tally was 568 pieces where the pieces remain UFO or are custom pieces.

Average Price-Per-Piece in Euros

We acknowledge that some of these tallies could be higher because a royal has more pieces identified than others - which is why we include the average price-per-piece graphic for you below. These numbers are calculated by dividing the cost of pieces we have prices for by the number of pieces we have prices for (Example: Even though Princess Charlene of Monaco had 51 new pieces, we divided her total amount by 24 because that was how many pieces we had prices for). This gives us a better idea of her spending habits and trends.

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The Duchess of Sussex has taken over the top spot in her first year as a royal. We have calculated her new clothing worth to be a whooping 479,048 € ( $509,278 USD) this year. That number is likely higher because only 256 pieces out of her 324 new pieces have prices and thus are included in this amount. One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts from Prince Charles, which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials, however because the Palace has not confirmed either way we leave them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD) which still has her in the top spot. Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design. (Visit Meghan’s Mirror’s post for a further analysis)

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With the second highest amount, Crown Princess Mary comes next in the line up. With her 2018 wardrobe additions costing 102,914€ ($144,349 USD) for 105 pieces and debuting 170 pieces, she certainly has been stepping up her “fashion game” in the past few years. Mixing local and couture designers her average price-per-piece was 980€ ($1,089 USD), putting her in the middle of the ranking for our cost-for-pieces tally. (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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Next up is Sophie, Countess of Wessex who’s debuted 85 new pieces this year - totaling 86,675€ ($91,939 USD) for 60 of those pieces. She ranked 3rd highest on the average cost-per-piece with an average of 1,444€ ($1,532 USD) for 2018. Following her was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who debuted 117 new pieces this year. Of those 117 pieces, only 81 of them factored into her 80,237€ ($85,097 USD) total. While her numbers are lower than last year, it should be remembered that she also had a maternity leave during this year which left her out of the public eye for a few months.

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Princess Charlene always manages to find herself in the middle of the “rankings”; however, for 2 years in a row she remains in the top spot for average price-per-piece. Her total amount was 61,390€ ($65,178 USD) for 24 out of 51 total new pieces. While this total puts her in the middle, her price-per-piece average came in at 2,557€ ($2,715 USD) which was about 705€ ($733 USD) higher than the Duchess of Sussex who took the number 2 spot in the price-per-piece tally.

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Next up, was Queen Maxima of the Netherlands - whose new clothing retail value is probably double what we have calculated as we only have prices for 48 of her 108 new pieces for 2018; this resulted in a tally of 56,805€ ($60,383 USD). Most of her new pieces were custom pieces, many from Natan which result in 60 pieces where prices were unknown or remained unidentified- therefore excluded.

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Another new addition to our tally this year was Princess Beatrice who totaled in at 56,363€ ($59,817 USD) for 62 out of 88 new pieces. With her sister’s wedding being a major event in their family this year, Princess Beatrice made sure that she dressed the part all year long introducing Gucci designs into her wardrobe and continuing her love for loafer shoes.

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Princess Marie comes next in the tally spending 49,408 € ($58,042.70 USD) on 59 out of 96 new pieces. Her year saw her wearing Elie Saab for the first time, much to Heaven’s great pleasure! Her biggest splurge of the year was a new selection of jewels from her favorite designer Christine Hvelplund, which raised her average price-per-piece to 843€ ($967 USD). (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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The first Swede on the list is Crown Princess Victoria who debuted 133 new pieces this year. Continuing her pattern of championing Scandinavian designers, her total comes in to 44,095 € ($47,127 USD) for 98 of those pieces. Her choice to majorly favor Scandinavian designers resulted in her average price-per-piece being one of the lowest at 449€ ($480 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

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Next up is Queen Letizia, who continued her love of high street brands which allowed her to debut 196 new pieces but remain a low figure on the tally. While 107 of those pieces factored into her total of 42,448€ ($45,054 USD) - it is safe to say that she knows how to get the most “bang-for-her-buck”.

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Next is Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, who was also away from the public eye for most of the year on medical leave. Spending 41,027€ ($43,594 USD) on 52 of her 76 new pieces, 2018 saw her splurging more a couple specialty pieces. Her price-per-piece average came to 789€ ($838 USD). *We have talked to the royal court and determined that one of items had a wrong identification and it was thus taken out of the total number until the correct identification could be confirmed*

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Princess Eugenie had an exciting year - both in her personal life and in fashion. Marrying Jack Brooksbank this autumn wearing a custom gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, her wedding weekend accounted for many custom gowns and outfits which are sure to bring her actual numbers up. She finished the year with a total of 37,512 € ($39,818 USD) for 43 out of her 60 new pieces this year. (Note: Her wedding outfits are not included in these numbers because they were custom made and therefore we don’t have a price for them)

Finishing our tally are Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Princess Sofia’s total came to 30,844€ ($33,049 USD) for the year which accounts for 72 of her 118 new pieces debuted this year. Princess Madeleine spent most of the year out of public eye, giving birth to Princess Adrienne and relocating her family to Florida which accounted for her low numbers. Her total came to 26,398€ ($28,493 USD) for 24 out of her 39 new pieces. However, when she did debut a new piece - it was typically from a luxury brand, as seen in her average price-per-piece amount of 1,099€ ($1,187 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

In summary, the standings from 2018 are:

  1. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

  2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

  3. Sophie, Countess of Wessex

  4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

  5. Princess Charlene of Monaco

  6. Queen Maxima of Netherlands

  7. Princess Beatrice

  8. Princess Marie of Denmark

  9. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

  10. Queen Letizia of Spain

  11. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

  12. Princess Eugenie

  13. Princess Sofia of Sweden

  14. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Did any of these numbers surprise you? Leave a comment and let us know!

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

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 .

Countess of Wessex's November 2018 working visit to Derbyshire

Back in November, the Countess of Wessex made a working visit trip to Derbyshire to visit several locations. For these outings, she wore a nude/off-white Prada coat, wool blush Gucci dress, black LK Bennett boots, and Nicoline Refine Watch. She also carried a Sophie Habsburg Design snakeskin patterned clutch. Her Royal Highness was also in a pair of earrings that have not yet been ID’d.

@RoyalFamily/Twitter

@RoyalFamily/Twitter

Her Royal Highness’s 20th of November began her day visiting Fairfields (primary) School - a school dedicated to those with learning disabilities - where she marked its 80th anniversary.

Next, she opened The David Nieper Academy. The Academy opened in 2016 after spending many years as Mortimer Wilson School then Alfreton Grange Arts College. It is run by the Derbyshire Local Authority. During her time there, the Countess took part in a GSCE food technology class.

Later, she was at the David Nieper fashion house to tour the factory floor. During this time she also visited the Sewing Academy where she met the course’s trainees.

Unfortunately, her trip to Gussie’s Kitchen at St Augustine’s Church had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. It is due to be rescheduled.

Princess Iman at her sister's Sandhurst graduation

Sorry for the long time between blog posts, but we are back with a new post on Princess Iman’s recent outfit at her younger sister, Princess Salma’s Sandhurst graduation!

For the event in late November 2018, Princess Salma dressed in a light blue Miu Miu coat with a mink collar. She also carried a Saint Laurent leather bag in gray and wore a pair of burgundy Jennifer Chamandi leather pumps. Sadly, the other pieces of her outfit have not been ID’d.

Photo: Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Photo: Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Queen Rania’s outfit has more pieces discovered, as her Press Office released a statement on the Jordanian and Arab designers she’d worn over the past several weeks. The Queen makes it a point to highlight Arab and Jordanian designers.

Photo: Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Photo: Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Her office explained, “wore a coat by Saudi Arabian designer Abadia. The white coat featured a modern red and black collar design, adding a Jordanian spin to the outfit. The Queen completed the look with a handbag by Egyptian label Okhtein, designed by sister duo Aya and Mounaz Abdelraouf.”

Fashion finders also saw that she wore a white pair of Jimmy Choo pumps, black Burberry gloves, an Anita Ko 18-karat white gold diamond earring, and a pair of Maria Tash diamond stud earrings.

Photo: Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Photo: Copyright 2018, Royal Hashemite Court

Salma, 18, just recently graduated from the International Academy Amman in May. Her time at Sandhurst was shorter than that of her brother, Crown Prince Hussein. Salma’s training was part of a Short Commissioning Course.

In attendance was her proud family (minus little brother Prince Hashem): King Abdullah, Queen Rania, Crown Prince Hussein, and Princess Iman.

Both Rania and Hussein posted on their Instagrams that day to praise Salma.

Royal Central did an entire post on the graduation, which you can read here.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 33: A Right Royal Catch Up (Featuring The Royal Watcher)

Laura is joined by Saad Salman again. Make sure to follow Saad’s website and his Twitter. They discussed the news of Harry and Meghan’s move, Royal Variety, Charles’s birthday, Monaco National Day, the Belgian State Visit, and the Dutch State Visit.

As always, it was a pleasure to have Saad on, and we thank him for joining.

Finally, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

Black Friday: Royal Sales

Well it is that time again, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The days where people go crazy for deals and begin the panic to get the perfect gifts for Christmas. While we have never seen any royal partaking in these sales, I am sure that doesn’t stop them from sitting at home and snagging some of the fantastic online sales!

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We decided we would do some digging for you and bring you the best deals from the Royal’s favorite brands and some of the pieces that they have worn that have been now heavily discounted!

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With so many royals wearing pieces from J Crew (Meghan, Kate, Madeleine, Mette Marit, Autumn Phillips to name a few!), we would be silly not to mention that their entire site is on sale at 50% off using the code TGIF- so you can go snap up Meghan’s Coat, Autumn’s Coat, or maybe even Meghan’s boots!

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We’ve also seen many royals favoring Hobbs in the past few years (Kate, Sophie, Sofia, Meghan, and Eugenie for example) with Kate and Sofia both wearing the brand this year. While Hobbs has a 30% off sale on their entire site, Bloomingdales has the same 30% off plus free shipping. So regardless of where you purchase it, Sofia’s jacket is on sale saving you over $100 USD!

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Another great place to stop by and shop this Black Friday is Shopbop who has a HUGE sale on their site right now using the code MORE18. You can snag Meghan’s Stuart Weitzman boots, Madeleine’s Star Blouse, Mary’s Heartmade Dress, Eugenie and Madeleine’s favorite Rag & Bone Harrow boots or Kate’s famous LK Bennett Sledge Pumps!

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Nordstroms is another big site having a sale this weekend, shopping now through Monday you can save up to 60% off pieces like Eugenie’s Rails button down blouse or Beatrice’s Rebecca Minkoff Bag so it is certainly worth a browse through their site.

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Our Swedish Royal Fans will know that H&M is a staple in the ladies wardrobe, so we were very excited to see that they have a sale today as well. It is actually Princess Beatrice’s pleated skirt from H&M that we have our eyes on today! Farfetch also has Victoria’s Zadig et Voltaire dress 30% off today as well!

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Another brand that is having a massive sale today is Zara. You would have to be hiding under a royal rock to not know that this brand has been a favorite of royals from all over for years! Everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Caroline, even Queen Silvia have worn Zara over the years. Zara currently has 30% off their entire site meaning you could snag Princess Beatrice’s Minaudiere Woven Bag for a discounted price. And while Kate’s exact dress was from Alessandra Rich, most of us don’t have that kind of money to spend on one piece- but Zara has our back and can offer a near identical dress for a fraction of the cost (especially with the 30% off)!

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For those of you who are expecting a new little prince or princess, be sure to stop by ASOS and shop their Maternity collection. ASOS has 25% off with code EPIC25 which means pieces like Meghan’s Wiggle Dress (also available in regular sizes, not only Maternity) is even more affordable!

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And if you want to check out even more LK Bennett products, Laura just informed me that they also have 25% off their entire store when you use the code FRIDAY25. This means that you can snag Princess Sofia’s Montana Silk dress for a discounted £221.25 (a savings of £73.75!) While you are there, snag yourself a new pair of shoes- you deserve it!

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What sales have you found? What sales have we missed? What sales are YOU going to be jumping on? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Amsterdam City Swim for ALS: My favorite royal event

We are starting a series about our favorite royal events, and we detail why they are our favorites and important to us. If you know me and have followed my social media and work with Royal Central, you’ll know I’m an ALS (MND if you are in the UK) advocate after losing my mother to teh disease in 2016. Naturally, my favorite royal event relates exactly to that.

Back when she was still Princess Maxima, the current Queen of the Netherlands swam in the murky Amsterdam canals (which have not officially been designated as safe to swim in) in the Amsterdam City Swim in benefit of ALS on September 9, 2012. She would finish the course in under an hour.

I actually wrote about this event in a Flashback Friday piece for Royal Central, which you can read here.

During her swim, she had a cheering section consisting of then Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange and their three daughters: Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.

Although Maxima participated years before my mother was diagnosed and passed away from ALS, it meant so much to find out about this event in late 2016. ALS is a disease that does not get enough attention in regard to awareness and funding for research. So to see someone like Maxima, who has such a powerful influence across the globe, participate meant the world to me - and I’m sure to so many other people related to ALS (whether that be having the disease, being a caretaker of someone with the disease, or just a friend/family member of someone with ALS).

There are several royals who are taking part in the fight against ALS in various ways. But Maxima’s participation in the Amsterdam City Swim was one of action, and I can’t tell you how much I respect her for that.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 32: Tiara Mania (Featuring The Royal Watcher)

On this episode, Saad Salman (aka The Royal Watcher) joins Laura. Before discussing all the glam from the past week, Saad and Laura discuss the recent diagnosis of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Then, they discuss all the tiara and jewel happenings of the past week. Make sure to follow Saad’s website and his Twitter.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 31: Victoria's Middle Eastern Trip and the Sussexes Down Under

On this episode of the podcast, Laura and Brittani (follow her on Twitter here and read her work for Royal Central here) talk all about Victoria’s trip to the Middle East, the news that Meghan is pregnant, and Harry and Meghan’s tour.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

Thumbnail c/o: Linda Brostrom/Swedish Royal Court

UFO No More Podcast Episode 30: A Royal Fashion Hypothetical

On this episode, Laura answers a great question sent to her by Cecilia (follow Cecilia on Tumblr here). The question is: “Do you think that it would be accepted by the public if a duchess/princess/queen would perform official engagements without makeup and without high heels?”

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 29: حب (with Special Guest Dina)

This week, Laura was joined by her good friend Dina (lovingtheroyals on Tumblr). Dina, who is Egyptian and a Muslim, felt very connected to Meghan’s first official solo project as a royal supporting the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen and helping them raise money through a cookbook. The ladies discussed the initiative and the launch event in detail. Dina also details a mistake Harry made at the event in a very informative and important way.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 28: William's Slip Up

ICYMI, this week Prince William made a mistake. He reference Chinese food at the opening of the Japan House. He quickly corrected, but the moment caused a lot of discussion online. On this week’s podcast, Laura shared her personal perspective of the moment as Laura is part Japanese.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 27: Race (with Special Guest Lee)

On this episode of the podcast Lee (ginghampearlsnsweettea on Tumblr) joins Laura to discuss race and royals.  She provides a lot of historical facts as well as insights on her experiences as a black woman.  It was a really deep and nuanced discussion filled with not only facts but also important insights.  We can't thank Lee enough for reaching out and offering to appear on the show.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 26: Feminism (with Recurring Guest Host Jessica)

On this week's episode, recurring guest host Jessica (follow her here and here on Tumblr) joins Laura for a deep dive on royals and feminism.  Major props to our friend Melissa from Tumblr whose question sparked this episode.  Laura and Jessica discuss the sexism in royal structures and how that varies around the world and the sexism of royal coverage.  They end on a happy note by discussing royals advocating feminist principles and causes.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast here on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. If you listen on one of these sites, please consider leaving a rating and review.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 25: Madeleine's Big Move

On this episode of the podcast, Laura discusses the announcement that Princess Madeleine and her family will be moving to Florida and shares her conflicting feelings about it.  She also talks about Meghan's recent fashion and her hopes for the upcoming months and the British Royal Family.

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Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, Royal Court, Sweden

Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, Royal Court, Sweden

Crown Princess Marie Chantal Celebrates Crown Prince Pavlos' 50th Birthday and Princess Maria-Olympia's 21st Birthday

On July 2, 2017, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal celebrated her husband and daughter's birthday in a star-studded joint birthday Bash. However, it is safe to say that the party was more for daughter Maria Olympia's 21st birthday which would happen on July 25th. Among the many guests were: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands,  Crown Princess Mette-Marit and husband Crown Prince Haakon, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Paris and Nicky Hilton, and Valentino Garavani.

For the party, Crown Princess Marie Chantal wore a custom Gucci gown that was embroidered with the words "Revolution" and "Prince". The dress also was embellished with what looks to be a sequin strawberry or pepper. She teamed the unique dress with an even more unique Philip Treacy star head piece.

Maria-Olympia's outfit has already been covered by the lovely Brittani, but just in case you all forgot, "Olympia" wore a Steven Khalil embellished one-piece outfit with a train, platform Gucci sneakers, and a Philip Treacy head piece. 

This birthday bash was one of the most extravagant royal birthday parties that took social media websites by storm, showing a different side of the royals we all know and love. Guests were even encouraged to use the hashtags #5021revolution and #princeandrevolution to show the multiple experiences happening at the party. 

So fun 💕 #5021revolution

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