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Royally Played: The Wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist: The Guests


I would never deny you the various tiaras and ball gowns and fur stoles (????) and random crazy historical scandals of the guests of a royal wedding if I could help it. To Wikipedia!

(PS: In case you missed it, the bride and groom are here.)

[Photos: Getty, JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images]

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Royally Played: The Wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist: The Bride and Groom


Who doesn’t love a wedding? Well, I guess maybe the cast-off exes of the bride and groom, and perhaps soap opera villains (though I’d argue they technically love to hate a wedding), as well as the excessively cranky-for-no-reason, and also I guess probably Voldemort, but not me. Let’s swizz over to Sweden and eyeball the happy couple. And they DO seem VERY happy. Sure, Sofia’s dress — by Ida Sjöstedt; don’t you love an umlaut? — is very pretty and quite Middletonian (a compliment, of course), but the most important part is all the kissing.

PS: If you want to watch the wedding, it’s on YouTube, of course.

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Royally Played: Trooping The Colour 2015


WELCOME BACK, KATE. I’ve missed you, and I am sorry to have to inform you that, in the haze of having two wee children, you may not have noticed that you put a satellite dish on your head. Speaking of those two small children, I am DELIGHTED that this post brings you George, who LOVES Trooping the Colour and is having the best day. He’s also wearing his Dad’s own old Trooping The Colour outfit, which is extremely cute. Thank you for the intel, Kensington Palace Twitter:

Click through to see all the rest, including a continued adherence to beige from Eugenie.

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Royals Round-Up, June 12, 2015


GET READY, because we have a lot to discuss this week, not the least of which is that Queen Maxima wore CULOTTES. Also, Fancy Dress kick-off for Sofia and Carl Philip’s wedding, AND we’re at Maximum Harry and it’s only going to get maximum…ier. Or something. (See also: Previously, Prince Harry met Lady Gaga.)

And, for some house-keeping: Saturday is both Trooping The Colo(u)r AND the aforementioned royal wedding, and we will be covering both of them over the weekend, so come on by! (Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward are the Brits whose names got pulled out of the hat to miss their own event in order to rep The Firm at the wedding. By which I mean, they’re the ones who are senior enough to go without it looking like an insult who aren’t also too important to miss their own shebang and who also aren’t Prince Andrew. [I suspect Edward and Sophie always get the nod because the Queen knows they'll be well behaved. I look forward to seeing her hat!]) ANYWAY, I’m not quite sure which event is going to end up published first, but come on by anyway and cross your fingers Kate pops out to dangle George off the Buck House balcony. She IS going to be there Saturday, but George is a question mark (the RUMOR is that he’s going to be in the carriage with Kate, but my guess is that it depends on his mood). I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the return of the Holy Triumvirate of Kate, Wills, and Harry. All this, and the Wikipedia Wormhole that comes from the rando aristos who attend any royal wedding! I am excited.

ALSO: Some of you have been asking if you can get autographed copies of The Royal We and the answer is yes! We signed stock when we were in Chicago last weekend, so The Book Stall has a lot of signed copies at hand right now, and will happily ship to you wherever you may be. You can call them at 847 446-8880 to order, or email books@thebookstall.com. (They’ve actually got LOTS of signed books in stock, so take a look at the list and see if there’s anything else you want, too.)

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Royals Round-Up, June 5th, 2015


Oh, this is one juicy Royals Round-Up! I bring you SO MUCH polo, plus TIARAS! And bums! A VERY chic Letizia. And JOAN COLLINS. All that being said: Although Maxima and W-A are here in the US currently,  they haven’t been well-covered by US media — Getty Images, our primary photo provider (and, by far, the largest one in the world) didn’t seem to send out a photographer, so I have very few shots of them, unfortunately. I’m bringing you what I’ve got, though, and they will be well covered in the links. I know some of you saw her/shook her hand/attended some of their events, so please give us the scoop in the comments!

A reminder: We’re appearing at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest tomorrow — Saturday –at 1pm,  chatting with Elizabeth Fenner, Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Magazine.  Tickets are required for all parts of the event, even the signing (contrary to earlier intel; we hugely apologize for any confusion) and they are $2. You can buy them here, although they may be sold out at this point: https://www.tribtix.com/e/printers-row-lit-fest-pass-event-go-fug/tickets   That said: no-show seats become first-come, first-served, 15 minutes prior to the chat beginning, so if you find yourself in the area at 12:45 with some time to kill, pop on by and see what happens! We can’t wait to meet you!

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Royals Round-Up, May 29th 2015


Lots of drama this week, in the form of great British pomp and circumstance, enormous hats (Maxima), and the return of White Polo Pants season.

But first of all, a reminder that Heather and I will be visiting Chicago on June 6th for the Printer’s Row Lit Fest, and we’d LOVE to meet you, sign your copies of The Royal We, talk about Maxima’s hats and this blog or whatever else you like. All the details are here, and please let us know if you have any questions!

Speaking of The Royal We, we are delighted that Publisher’s Weekly just said, “Royal watchers and chick-lit fans alike will delight in this sparkling tale. Pure fun.” As you may know, we also made the New York Times Summer Reading List! So if you are still looking for a read for the summer…I guess you probably know my suggestion. ANYWAY,  The book is out now everywhere in the US and Canada, and, UK/NZ/Aus readers, we will have some very good news for you soon. Please watch this space!

AND NOW, around the internets:

 

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