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Old 02-01-2005, 06:02 PM
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I'd like to direct your attention to the penultimate picture posted by GrandDuchess. Then I'd like to redirect your attention to the picture earlier in this thread from the Masked Ball, when they were actually wearing these costumes...

Maud had an incredibly tiny figure.
Didn't they wear corsets at the time. They could have easily (correction, not so easily) pushed and pulled the corset to the desired waist size.
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:03 PM
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Is Mette-Marit wearing fur in these pictures? I think this is the first time I've ever seen Mette-Marit (possibly) in fur. It must be cold in Norway, as cold or relatively as cold as it is in Denmark yet the Danish royals seem to sport fur much more than their Norwegian counterparts. Or is it a social thing?
She seems to be wearing fur, however there are some pretty good jackets out there that looks like fur.

Most of the time it is colder in Norway than in Denmark... I think it is partly a social thing, because I have seen more people wearing fur in Denmark than home in Norway. But I also have read that Queen Margrethe wears some of it to show her support for the furtrappers on Greenland...
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:05 PM
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Yes, they wore corsets, but still... imagine.
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:18 PM
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It looks as if Mette-Marit is wearing mink. I think it looks fabulous! I love the whole outfit and it looks as if she stole the show! (Great heels by the way!)
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:37 PM
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Mette-Marit has been wearing both real fur and fake (and gotten in trouble with various animal groups, and beeing praized by those whos sale exploded after she wore a fur collar in the very beginning). Usually she only wears smal fur trims on the collar or the arms, I do think she wore a brown furcoat when she arrived for the nobel concert, and now this which I cant be sure its real.

Sonja has always worn alot of fur. Märtha wore a little fur when she was in her early 20s and she was dressed by the Queen and had no style what so ever of her own. Then there were several years when she did not wear any fur at all and even asked a female journalist if her fur trim was real and smiled when the jornalist said it was fake. Lately I have seen her wear a coat with fur trimms but they could be fake.
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:43 PM
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I can't see any issue for a royal to be wearing real fur. I would expect them to wear genuine fur as it seems more fitting for a royal as fake always strikes me as being somewhat cheap.
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I can't see any issue for a royal to be wearing real fur. I would expect them to wear genuine fur as it seems more fitting for a royal as fake always strikes me as being somewhat cheap.
I think the issue is really the animals, I admire royals who wear fake fur. I don't think they are cheap at all, infact, they are more aware of the problems and atrocities committed against the animals for the fur. Also, its a good PR move, people, especially animal enthusiasts who also watch royals would be happy to know that their royal isn't "killing their animals."

I am not really a big animal person, but if you know that there are people out there who get freaked about wearing fur, why would you parade your "real" fur in front of them and risk displeasure all around, especially if you are a public figure.
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I can't see any issue for a royal to be wearing real fur. I would expect them to wear genuine fur as it seems more fitting for a royal as fake always strikes me as being somewhat cheap.
Actually I remember Sophie getting a lot of flack for wearing a fur hat and jacket some years back and I've noticed that Sophie has never worn fur since. So just as royals can increase sales of fur from their wearing them to occasions, they can also cause much uproar.

I am indifferent to the entire fur debate but was just suprised by Mette-Marit's fur jacket since I had never seen her in one before. And now that Larzen has mentioned it I do recall seeing Queen Sonja in a fur jacket now and then, but it must've not had a lasting effect on me! I always remember Queen Margrethe's big fur jacket (or one of many!) and didn't bat an eye when Alexandra and Mary showed up at the Opera House opening in furs, but Mette-Marit's appearance threw me a bit off kilter.
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:41 PM
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More pics from the "Queen Maud Wardrobe" Exhibition..

1) Haakon with Prince Edward and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

2-3) Mette Marit with Queen Sonja, Countess Sophie and Princess Anne

4) Mette Marit with Prince Edward

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Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex attend the Private View of "Style and Splendour: Queen Maud of Norway's Wardrobe" exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum February 1, 2005 in London, England. The exhibit displays the spectacular wardrobe of the British Princess who became Queen Consort of the newly independent Norway in 1905. Daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, Maud was renowned for her style, and her clothes document an extraordinary era of fashion

I thought Sophie looked very pretty in white and with a nice soft hairdo
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:30 AM
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:33 AM
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More pictures from London

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Old 02-02-2005, 08:34 AM
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Article about the exhibit from the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/st...403520,00.html

V&A tribute to British princess who became Norway's queen

Caroline Roux
Wednesday February 2, 2005
The Guardian

Royal families are not renowned for their sense of style, so when someone adds a bit of glamour it can create a bit of a stir. Diana, Princess of Wales did it, Zara Phillips tries to, and - in her day - Queen Maud of Norway certainly did.

To celebrate her style and taste, and mark Norway's 100 years of independence, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last night opened its Style and Splendour exhibition.

Maud (born 1869) seems to have made it her mission to be exquisitely dressed at all times. The exhibition of 52 pieces, selected with difficulty from a total of 264 found in the lofts at Oslo's Royal Palace between 1961 and 1991, is at the museum for a year.

The collection also reflects the rapidly changing roles of women in the early 20th century. The earliest dresses from the late 1890s - overstuffed, overfrilled, over-feminine and awkward to wear - contrast sharply with the flowing, figure-conscious silk sheaths of the late 30s that suggest freedom and movement. Maud was the youngest daughter of King Edward VII and the stylish Queen Alexandra, and it seemed unlikely that the British princess would have much of a role in public life.

Her marriage to her cousin, Carl of Denmark, in 1896 at Buckingham Palace marked the beginning of what appeared to be a quiet life in Copenhagen. But Norway's dissolution of its union with Sweden in 1905 was to change Maud and Carl's lives. The Norwegians voted for a monarchy over a republic and the parliamentary assembly elected Carl as king.

While Carl was taken up with matters of state, Maud was obsessed with matters of taste. Her sole preoccupation in 1906 seems to have been what she would wear to her coronation.

The coronation robe, on show at the V&A, is masterpiece of couture and politics - a complicated collaboration between a Norwegian fashion house and a London court dressmaker.
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Norwegianne, Again thanks for all the information and pictures on the exhibit. Yes, she does look so tiny in the pictures. Any information on how tall she was or (this might be stretching biographical detail!) how much she weighed? I couldn't help but notice the resemblance between her figure and her mother's -- who dressed and looked impeccable until a fairly old age.
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I love both outfits Sophie opted - very flattering.
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Queen Sonja of Norway at the V & A for a reception to launch the exhibition "Style and Splendour Queen Maud of Norway's Wardrobe 1896-1938" part of the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the independence of Norway. Pictures from Getty and Corbis:
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I also liked the outfit. The second one she wore to the evening event she has worn a few times already so she must like it. I must admit that for the last year Sophie has really thrown her business power suits away and is going for the more femine looks.
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Another photo of Sophie from Hello! (Again this photo leaves me wondering)
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Another photo of Sophie from Hello! (Again this photo leaves me wondering)
Wondering about what?
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