Who doesn’t enjoyed reading about what the European royals are wearing?
Princess Diana was the darling of every fashion pundit, starting with the see-through skirt when she was first engaged to Prince Charles. We followed her through many fashion disasters and watched as she grew into her own style to become a beautiful royal fashion icon. Unfortunately, we also followed the tabloids through the turbulent years, of her marriage, her tragic death and Charles’ marriage to Camilla. Now it is Will, Kate, and baby George who are in the spotlight. It will be a long time before William becomes king but all eyes are again turned to England and this winsome young couple represent the royal family with youth and proper royal decorum. They both know their own style and carry it off with dignity–the perfect image for a young couple whose primary role is ceremonial.
Royalty became personal for us when our beloved Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco and became Princess Grace. Grace was a fashion icon before becoming a princess but she continued to carry out the role beautifully in spite of the headlines made by her children for all the wrong reasons. Now, son Prince Albert, is the ruling monarch of Monaco. He and his lovely wife, Charlene, have just announced that they will become parents late this year. Charlene is a former Olympic swimmer
from South Africa. She is shy and will probably not be in the spotlight as much as Grace used to be but she seems to enjoy a simple but elegant style of her own.
Joining the ranks of young, handsome European monarchs is newly crowned King Felipe of Spain. His father, Juan Carlos, restored Spain to a democracy following the reign of dictator Franco back in the 1970’s, thus the position is more ceremonial like England.
Felipe brings to the thrown his beautiful wife, Letizia, and two young daughters. Like both Prince Albert and Prince William, Felipe chose to marry a commoner. Letizia was a TV journalist prior to their marriage and her sense of style is evident. It remains to be seen whether the youth and elegance of this young couple garners more attention in the press but my guess is that we will probably see a lot more of them.
Royalty in Europe is changing and we now have three young, dynamic royal families representing three important European countries. The future should bring a royal fashion feast!