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Old 02-04-2013, 10:34 AM
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I liked the suit worn by Princess Alexandra - it was very dark blue velvet with a fir trim on the skirt - an unusual touch. The video footage makes it appear to be black. Love the shot of the engagement ring with her nail varnish. I think Princess Marina looks pretty good too - both very elegant women.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:30 AM
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I liked the suit worn by Princess Alexandra - it was very dark blue velvet with a fir trim on the skirt - an unusual touch. The video footage makes it appear to be black. Love the shot of the engagement ring with her nail varnish. I think Princess Marina looks pretty good too - both very elegant women.
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Thank you for posting thie video footage. It is remarkable how likenesses go across the BRF. I was thinking how Gabriella looks like Alexandra and then, at the end of the video when she is raising her eyebrows and talking, I caught a glimpse of a young Princess Anne as well.

I really like the suit but it reminds me how at the time, daughters immitated their mothers with the design of their clothes, always dressing far older than their years.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:42 PM
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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Flashback Friday: Royal Engagement Outfits

I re-did my list:

The Best:

1. Crown Princess Mary
2. Princess Madeleine's first engagement dress
3. Princess Madeleine's second engagement dress
4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
5. Queen Maxima
6. Crown Princess Victoria
7. Queen Elizabeth II
8. Princess Grace
9. Queen Paola
10. Princess Charlene
11. Queen Sonja's black outfit
12. HGD Stephanie's red dress

The Worst:

1. Queen Mathilde
2. Sarah, Duchess of York
3. Princess Martha Louise
4. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
5. Countess Alexandra
6. Princess Beatrix
7. Queen Rania
8. Diana, Princess of Wales
9. Crown Princess Mette-Marit
10. Princess Tatiana
11. Princess Marie
12. Princess Letizia
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:53 PM
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The best:
1. Letizia
2. Kate
3. Victoria
4. Maxima

The worst
1. Sarah
2. Mathilde
3. Madeleine's both (first too matronly, second too dark)
4. Sophie
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:36 AM
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The best:
1)Maxima
2)Letizia
3) Elizabeth II
4) Madeleine (both)
5) CP Mary
6) Queen Paola
7) P. Grace
8) Hgd Stephanie
9) Kate
10) Princess Charlene

The worst:
1) Sarah
2) Diana
3) Mathilde
4) Sophia
5) Mette Marit
6)Countess Alexandra
7) Queen Rania
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:51 AM
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For me, the ONLY one that really made me go "wow" was Charlene's elegant sea green halter dress....SHE. LOOKED. STUNNING.

I also thought CP Mary's was lovely.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:34 AM
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Although I don't particulary like the engagement outfit of Mathilde I must say that it was something short of a sensation at the time. Not many pictures of Mathilde were known at the time and all of Belgium was expecting a very dowdy aristocrat, the surprise was enormous when this young pretty and modern woman appeared, with trousers! So in that aspect I think she had one of the most succesful outfits of them all.

With Máxima it was the other way around. The Dutch public was familiar with the images of her partying in a short white dress with a drink and cigarette. So they dressed her up as a nun almost, also for the first engagement soon afterwards in the Keukenhof.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:24 PM
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Here are great photos:

Engagement announcements. Does anyone have any... - Stylishly Royal
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:22 PM
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Here is a collage:

royal engagement outfits | Royal Roaster
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:31 PM
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Princess Charlene looked like a sea nymph...a goddess. I also liked Marie of Denmark's.

At the lower end were Mathilde of Belgium's(what was she thinking??) and Stephanie and Claire of Luxembourg.

Claire and especially Stephanie made up for it by wearing the most gorgeous bridal gowns imaginable, but I did not care for their engagement outfits at all.
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