Haga Palace documentary on Swedish Television

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Today, Swedish network SVT aired a special documentary about Haga Palace, currently home to Crown Princess Victoria and her family, but also the childhood home of King Carl XVI Gustaf and his sisters, Princesses Margaretha, Birgitta, Désirée, and Christina. It’s in Swedish (naturally), but it’s well worth it to have a look inside the palace, watch video clips of its history, and see little Estelle being adorable. I especially liked the parts where they cut between newsreels from the 40s of the royal children playing and clips of Estelle playing with her parents last year.

You can watch it here, but it will only be available for 29 days.

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The Land of Analie is on Tumblr

I wanted to let you know of a new addition to The Land of Analie: I’ve started a royal-themed Tumblr for the little things that don’t make it to the blog here: pictures, gifs, and things like that. I even recently participated in a Royal Fantasy Tour in honor of William, Kate, and George’s tour of Australia and New Zealand (which was really fun to do).

If you’re interested, check it out at landofanalie.tumblr.com.

Princess Leonore Lilian Maria of Sweden

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The cabinet of Sweden met today in honor of the birth of Princess Madeleine’s daughter, and her names were announced. Her full style and title is H.R.H. Princess Leonore Lilian Maria, Duchess of Gotland.

The announcement from the Royal Court can be read here, along with a picture of Leonore.

The announcement does not explain who she is named after, but it can be presumed that Lilian is after Madeleine’s aunt, Princess Lilian, who died last year, and Maria is Chris’ mother’s middle name.

I’m not surprised that Leonore has been given royal rank, since Sweden is all about equality and Madeleine retained her HRH (if this were the UK, it still depends on whether the father has a title – see the Princess Royal’s children), but after all the news saying she might not even be part of the line of succession because Madeleine and Chris intend to raise her in New York for the time being, it does seem a little anticlimactic (for lack of a better word).

Grattis and congratulations again to the happy family!

N.B.: The Swedish Court has posted video of the King’s announcement of Leonore’s name and title. You can watch it here.

A quick press conference from Chris O’Neill

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Chris O’Neill held a press conference at the hospital to shed a few more details on the birth of his daughter. He is clearly a very happy man right now, and is walking around with a footprint of his daughter on his forearm…

You can watch it here, but no word on how long it’ll be available.

She sounds beautiful (I can’t wait for pictures!), and rumor is that the king will be meeting with his council tomorrow to announce her name.

A girl for Madeleine and Chris!

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It seems that as years go, 2014 might be pretty quiet on the royal-watching front (trust me, I have not forgotten you all, my lovely readers), but we’ve got our first big news of the year!

The Marshal of the Realm in Sweden has issued a press release that Princess Madeleine has given birth to a daughter.

The baby was born at 10:41 pm Eastern Time in New York City, and both Madeleine and the baby are doing well.

Princess Estelle’s names and territorial designation weren’t announced for a day or so, so we have to wait a little bit before we know anything more. There were some potential questions as to whether or not this child would be royal, considering that she would be born (and likely raised) outside Sweden and her father is not royal; we’ll have to see what happens once the King meets with his council.

Grattis (Congratulations) to Madeleine and Chris!

Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I’m certainly looking forward to 2014 (and all the royal goings-on that might happen).

As she has since the beginning of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II shared her thoughts for Christmas. Ever since I first discovered them online, it’s been a part of my Christmas traditions. It even aired on BBC America this year (between episodes of Doctor Who. How much more British can you get?). In her message this year, the Queen referenced many occasions of the year, including the 60th anniversary of her coronation and the birth and christening of Prince George. If the embedded video does not work, you can watch it here.

Courtesy The British Monarchy

I wish you all the best in 2014. Happy new year!

Victoria, Daniel, and Estelle in adorable Christmas video

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Today, the Swedish Royal Court has released a video Christmas card featuring Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Princess Estelle making gingerbread cookies at their home at Haga Palace… or in Estelle’s case, playing with the dough.


Courtesy Kungahuset.se

There is also a link to the (too adorable) video here, as well as still photos of the family making cookies.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my lovely readers!

Official Cambridge christening portraits

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Today, Clarence House (the official residence of The Prince of Wales) released the portraits taken yesterday after the christening of (the absolutely adorable) Prince George of Cambridge – including the portrait of the 4 generations. You can see the gallery here.

Update: There is also a new official family portrait of the Cambridges, which you can see (with an assortment of other photos from the christening) here.

Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

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Friends and family of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gathered today in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace for the christening of Prince George.

Due to the size of the chapel (it’s tiny), only five members of the royal family (The Queen, Princes Philip, Charles, and Harry, and Camilla; six, if you include Zara Phillips) were present for the ceremony. Also present were Kate’s parents, brother, and sister, the seven people William and Kate had chosen to be George’s godparents, and their spouses. No foreign royals were in attendance: while it’s tradition on the continent for royal children to be given royal godparents from other nations, the UK likes to do their own thing, and William and Kate wanted to stick to their close circle of friends.

Reportedly no media was allowed in the chapel, so we will likely never see video of the ceremony. Some pictures from before and after have already surfaced, but none of the portraits taken for the event. A small gallery of photos can be seen here, and a short video can be seen here. I’m keenly looking forward to a 2013 version of this photo, featuring four generations of the British Royal Family, but we may have to wait for that.

Pictured: Queen Victoria; her son Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII); his son Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V); and George’s son baby Prince Edward of York (later King Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor).

RepliKate: Breton stripes

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I had planned on posting this before my wisdom teeth surgery a month ago, and even though all the swelling is gone and life has regained a sense of normalcy, I have been putting it off due to a resurgence of warm weather. Thankfully, Kate very helpfully wore the very subject of this RepliKate the other day, which made this post very timely.

At her first solo engagement since giving birth to baby George three months ago, Kate took part in a sports day on Friday in support of SportsAid, her newest charity patronage, which encourages kids to get involved in sports and one day even make it to the Olympics. (Since William, Kate, and Harry were ambassadors for Team GB last year, Kate’s patronage makes a lot of sense.)

Kate wore a Breton stripe top, a classic style that goes all the way back to the French navy in the 1850s. Sailors in Brittany (hence the name “Breton stripe”) would wear striped sweaters because the pattern would be easy to spot amongst the waves if one of them fell overboard. It spread to other mariners in Brittany, and then to the workers. Coco Chanel introduced it to her fashion line in 1917, creating a style staple that continues to be popular even today.

I found my top at Forever 21 for $10. If this particular variation doesn’t float your boat (no pun intended), they offer a few other versions.

Kate paired her top with a navy blazer and skinny-fit navy trousers. I’m wearing mine with American Eagle Artist cropped jeans (normally out of my price range, but they were having a sale) and a black blazer which I got at Sears. (This one has a slimmer fit than the Mossimo blazer I’ve worn in previous RepliKates.) And since Kate wore her standby cork wedges (and played volleyball in them), I am also wearing mine. (For the record, I can barely play volleyball in sneakers – unlike Kate, I am not very sporty.)

Kate can be seen here wearing virtually the same outfit to see Zara Phillips compete in Show Jumping during the 2012 Olympics. Photo by 木木 曉儀 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Photo by me.

Breton stripes are effortlessly cool and extremely versatile. I like to wear mine in a preppy style, but that’s because I’m a preppy person. A quick search online offers as many looks as you could wish.

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