01 October 2014
'Tis the season for state openings of parliament! Following on the heels of Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands recently, the Swedish royals attended the annual opening of the parliamentary session at the Riksdag in Stockholm on Tuesday.
While glittering jewels are the norm at the Dutch state opening, the affair is a bit more subdued in Sweden. That wasn't always the case, however. Until 1975, royal ladies attending the opening of the Riksdag dressed like this:
That's Princess Sibylla, mother of the present king, attending the Riksdag opening in 1960 in full-on court dress, complete with Margaret of Connaught's diamond tiara. Back then, parliament was officially opened by the king in the throne room at the palace in Stockholm. After constitutional reforms, this formal ceremony was discontinued. Today, the royal family gathers at the parliament building for the official opening of the session.
30 September 2014
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a magazine junkie. I love few things more than grabbing the latest glossy issue, curling up in my comfiest chair, and having a read. You can probably also guess that I'm drawn to magazines that feature royal content, especially ones that have big photos of the glamorous jewels they wear. So, when Klout, a website that measures the influence of social media users, gave me the chance to test-drive Next Issue, an app that allows you unlimited access to more than a hundred magazines for a monthly fee, of course I jumped at it.
The first thing I did after downloading the Next Issue app to my iPad was to try to see how many magazines were available that included royal content. Currently, Next Issue is only available to readers in the US and Canada, so the selection of magazines are from those two countries. I immediately scouted out my usual grocery-store-checkout buys -- People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W Magazine, and Us Weekly -- and added those to my selection of magazines. None of these American magazines focuses exclusively on royal content, but nearly all of them cover royalty, especially the Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of the British royal family, on a regular basis. So far, so good!
29 September 2014
Can you identify the jewels worn here by Michiko Shoda, now the Empress of Japan, on her wedding day in 1959? (PS: Here's a link to a color photograph that may help in your detective work!)