November, 2009

Nov 09

Queenly compassion and barefoot babes

Queen in white fur.jpgWhile the Queen has always been one for royal protocol, it was touching to hear that she reportedly left an official dinner marking the Opening of Parliament this week to meet one of her footmen.

The footman, Fraser Marlton-Thomas, had tragically lost his brother, who had been serving in the war in Afghanistan.

Though the Queen is often seen as distanced from everyday life, it’s moments like these that remind us of her humanity, diplomacy, and compassion. It also goes to show the loyalty she inspires – the footman chose to continue with his Opening of Parliament duties, even though the Queen urged him to take time off.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall was also showing her compassionate side this week at Sir John Mortimer’s memorial service.

Camilla at funeral.jpgDespite the sombre occasions, I couldn’t help but notice the sartorial splendour of these two royals. The Queen looked like a fantasy snow queen in her white shimmer and silver sparkles,  while Camilla was chic in a black fitted suit with a magnificent headpiece.

On a similar note, proof of Princess Letizia’s style was evident in her elegant barefoot walk down the Indian green carpet in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. Although the camera was too far away to capture the details, I’ll bet the Spanish royal’s feet were as perfectly presented as the rest of her (as opposed to the cracked heel, chipped nail polish look I see at the end of my own feet!).

I wonder if she and Jordan’s Queen Rania were separated at birth? They certainly share uncannily similar looks, elegance and flair…

PS I’m keeping a copy of Michelle Obama’s words of advice on pairing up to give to my girls when they grow up. I couldn’t have said it better. Actually, I’ll keep a copy for myself!

Nov 09

Rickshaws, races and regal relationships

Carla and Nic.jpgOoh, la la, Carla and Nicolas are rumoured to be with child…well, best of luck to them, but I was just a little bemused at their friend Jacques Seguela’s comment that the pair were a ‘young’ couple….eerrr, I know 40 is the new 30 and all that, but young ? ….Perhaps it’s a European thing…..

Hats off to Michelle Obama for her openess about the trials and tribulations of marriage. While fighting wars, restoring economies, and reforming health care are par for the course in the American Presidentia, it’s rare to hear such personally candid comments from a nation’s First Lady. However, as they are guaranteed good press coverage, it seems Michelle, and Barack, are making the most of their position to educate and encourage in a more personal way…Go Obamas!

Mary rickshaw1.jpgVery touching to see the story of the Danish royals nostalgic visit to Hanoi, and the unveiling of Henrik’s grandfather’s memorial plaque. They certainly look a relaxed and happy family….but hang on, while the royals take the relative luxury of a rickshaw, is that their bodyguard left to run alongside? Oh well, keeps him fit, I s’pose…

Zara in fascinator.jpg


Meanwhile, at the “race that stops a nation” was the fab fascinator that stopped the nation. Well, that may be an exaggeration, but Zara’s headpiece did look magnificent as she celebrated at the annual Melbourne Cup day.

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