So I survived my first big hurricane. I was not in one of my city’s evacuation zones and Matthew’s damage was not as severe as I had planned and prepared for – just minimal tree debris. I didn’t even lose power like I thought I would and didn’t need to dip into my power outage stash (though other parts of the city lost power). Thankfully the eye stayed a good 40-50 miles off shore, but the storm surge was still significant for the beaches, and the beach communities farther down the coast. I consider myself very lucky that I did not sustain much damage. Other areas along the coast sustained significant damage and flooding, and nearly 900 people were killed in Haiti. The Weather Channel has a good list of relief organizations if you would like to help out the communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Here’s just a quick pick-me-up post because looking at tiaras makes me happy. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were on a State Visit to Germany from October 5-8.
On October 5, the royal couple attended a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue palace in Berlin. Silvia wore the Connaught Tiara, pearl earrings, a diamond necklace, and diamond bracelet along with a pink gown. Silvia also wore her Portrait of the King, though did not wear any other orders.
This is not my favorite Swedish tiara (that honor belongs to the Swedish Amethyst Tiara), but of the women who have worn this tiara I think it suits Silvia the best.
Carl Gustaf gave a speech – the transcript is here if you would like to read it (it’s in Swedish).
On October 6, the King and Queen hosted a Reply Dinner at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin.
Silvia – who was born in Heidelberg, Germany – wore a purple gown with the Baden Fringe Tiara, the same pearl earrings from night 1, and a diamond and pearl brooch. Again, no orders other than the Portrait of the King.
We don’t normally see Silvia wear this tiara, so it’s cool to see her in it.
Both the tiara and brooch originally belonged to another German-born Swedish Queen, Victoria of Baden (August 7, 1862 – April 4, 1930). The appearance of the brooch is significant in that it has not been seen in a very long time; this is the first time Silvia has worn it.
Here’s a close up of Silvia’s portrait of the King surrounded by diamonds on a blue ribbon, which is like Britain’s Royal Family Order but the Swedes don’t call it that. This close up is from a previous portrait of Silvia, not taken during the visit to Germany.
The menu for the Reply Dinner consisted of: Cocktail canapés; Baked char with pressed savoy cabbage and lemon; Reindeer steak on potato and celery terrine with pickled carrots and yellow beets and black trumpet mushroom sauce; Three Swedish cheeses with chutney on Drottningholm prunes and crisp bread sticks; Chocolate Drop filled with cloudberry mousse and Solliden raspberry pannacotta.