My goodness September 15th was a busy day. Not only was Prince Harry out and about on his birthday, but so many other royals were also out and about. There were also a couple royal birthdays that day aside from Harry’s: Queen Letizia (whose USA trip I’ll cover later this week) turned 43; and Prince Daniel turned 42. So for this Royal Round Up we’ve got the Swedish and Dutch royals opening parliament, Queen Mathilde giving a speech at the UN, Crown Princess Mette-Marit doing royal duties with her husband in Norway, Queen Rania receiving an award in Germany, and Princess Beatrice and Cressida Bonas attending fashion shows.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attended Prinsjesdag on September 15 in The Hague, The Netherlands which is the opening of the parliamentary year where the King gives a speech outlining the government’s plans for the coming year.
Maxima wore a Jan Taminiau hand-painted silk organza gown decorated with different types of beads and embroidery techniques such as broderie d’art, hand stabbing, and cannetille embroidery. The scene is inspired by the Japanese room in Huis ten Bosch Palace. Instead of a hat, Max wore a matching hair decoration which was a three-dimensional interpretation of the flowers on the gown. Maxima wore the sash and star of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
September 15 was also the opening of Swedish parliament. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia (formerly Sofia Hellqvist), and Princess Madeleine all attended. There were three parts to the day: a service at the Church of St. Nicholas, the opening at the Parliament House, and a performance at the Royal Academy of Opera.
All the ladies wore black and white to the day events. Victoria wore a jacket from Milly which is a repeat from 2011 when she was pregnant with Princess Estelle. Maddie wore a dress and jacket from Paule Ka. And Sofia wore a jacket from Maje.
For the evening performance, Victoria wore a beaded dress from Adrianna Papell (the cap sleeve beaded cocktail dress, though Vic’s was not in the color pictured – $240.00), which is similar to the Papell dress she wore to the Sweden dinner. Sofia wore a blue lace dress from Ole Yde (from the SS15 collection) and a black cape from Viktoria Chan (the doubled cape – €305.00). Maddie did not attend the evening performance as she headed back to London to be with her husband and kids.
Queen Mathilde was in Geneva on September 15 at the United Nations Offices to address the assembly during the Human Rights Council session. Mathilde gave two speeches, one on gender parity and the other on children’s rights and the internet.
On gender parity, Mathilde said in part:
“I note that even today, women and men still face significant inequalities. […] The truth is that women are still too often victims of human trafficking or domestic violence, or compelled to work in undignified conditions. Many of them are deprived of their rights and their freedom. […]
“Even where not rampant extreme conditions, discrimination remain. The principle of equal work for equal pay is not yet a reality. For women, a lot of doors close when it comes to appointment or promotion. There are many still have to deal with sexist attitudes, denigration, harassment, verbal or physical. […]
“For indeed, there can be no genuine development without full participation of women. There can be no human rights without achieving realization of women’s rights.”
You can read her full speech on gender parity here, and her speech on children’s rights and the internet here.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Akershus county in Norway on September 15 where they visited Drobak town square (and held hands, adorably), a nature camp in Oppengard, and Kulinaris in Oppegard (they make ice cream).
Queen Rania of Jordan visited Berlin, Germany on September 17 to receive the Walther Rathenau Award from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The award is in recognition of foreign policy achievements and Queen Rania’s efforts on behalf of refugees and children. Rania gave a speech at the prize ceremony, saying in part:
“I am humbled to accept this prize. And I do so on behalf of the people of Jordan who, everyday, through their words and actions, demonstrate the values that defined the life of Walther Rathenau. Values such as courage and compassion. Equality and understanding. Tolerance and mutual respect. In other words, basic human decency.”
It’s a long speech in which Rania talks about the refugee crisis, the difference between migrants and refugees, Muslims and extremists, and how the media can shape public perception. Go to Queen Rania’s website to read the whole thing.
In between vacations, Princess Beatrice had time to hit up New York Fashion Week. On September 12, Bea was at the Rebecca Minkoff show (blue dress); and on September 14, Bea hit up the Tommy Hilfiger show (black and white outfit).
I know she’s not royal, but I’m going to cover her anyway because five days after she was spotted out with Prince Harry, Cressida Bonas attended the Topshop Unique show on September 20 during London Fashion Week SS16. Cressida looks really different here than she has in the past, right? I almost didn’t recognize her. Is it just the makeup? Also, did Cressida steal the crotch clutch from Duchess Kate?
BTW, Cressida is wearing Topshop’s “Oakham Lace Shirt Dress by Unique” ($600.00).