Monday, November 13, 2017

Royal Fashion Blogger Controversy: In Defense of Heaven

Screenshot of Princess Marie's Closet
The Duchess of Cambridge's smart attire at the Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph this past weekend sparked a Twitter debate among royal bloggers, royal reporters and royal watchers. This time, they weren't discussing what Catherine was wearing. Instead they were arguing about whether they should be discussing her clothes on such a solemn occasion.

The controversy was apparently ignited when multifaceted blogger Heaven, who runs several royal fashion blogs (including Swedish Royal Fashion and Princess Marie's Closet), quickly tweeted an identification for Catherine's coat and then dashed off to church. As she later shared, she then received a very unkind (putting it mildly) direct message for having focused on fashion while the solemn ceremony honoring war heroes was still taking place.

There are dozens and dozens of royal fashion bloggers (and hundreds of general fashion bloggers) who work to identify what someone is wearing, regardless of when or where the high-profile person is wearing it. In the case of royal coverage, I have seen many Twitter conversations between royal reporters and royal photographers asking royal bloggers to provide information about an outfit. This is especially true when the respective royal household has not provided such information, as is frequently the case.

On this occasion, however, a rather routine Tweet became a lightning rod. Many accused Heaven of being insensitive to the occasion while some even questioned her own patriotism. Others stood up for her both as a blogger and as a fellow human being. A few even jokingly wondered what Kate will wear to her own funeral.

There are thousands, perhaps millions, of blog readers out there who want to know every detail of every royal outfit. Bloggers like Heaven have a wide range of resources and personal knowledge that fill these readers' demands. Other readers out there could care less to distinguish between a new chartreuse gown or an altered kelly green gown.

Is it always appropriate to talk about fashion when our royal ladies are trying to direct our attention to issues like mental health, child abuse, homelessness, etc.? Perhaps not, but is it harmful? Is it deserving of scorn? Certainly not. In this blogger's opinion, we should all focus on maintaining a civil and supportive community.

Screenshot of The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor
When even the wildly popular Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor blog felt compelled today to remind readers of "The Windsors at Remembrance Ceremonies" post that this blog openly states that it is "frivolous," I think that the conversation has crossed the bounds. Fortunately, most of the readers responded with their usual light-hearted, conversational comments and no one seemed to be upset about discussing coats instead of casualties.

Royal fashion bloggers will blog about fashion. Whenever. Wherever. They are providing a desired service not only to their readers but also to those professional journalists who get paid to follow the royals around. If you don't like what they write, don't read them. If you don't like what they tweet, don't follow them. There are plenty of other royal blogs out there to spend your time with, but stop with the snarky, rude or nasty comments.

As my college class president once said, "It's mean to be mean." So, just be nice, okay?

Now, go enjoy some royal blogs....

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Royal Tumblr Sites

Tumblr has become a popular microblogging social network. Not surprisingly, royal fans around the world have started many, many Tumblr sites about their favorite royals. Several of these are already included on Royal Blog Central. Here are a few that are being added to our catalog today:

Anything and Everything Royal
"A blog dedicated to following the daily lives of royals."

Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall
"It's all about our lovely, wonderful and adorable Duchess of Cornwall."

Mr. Harry Wales
All about Prince Harry. Recently announced that there will be no new posts, but plenty of background is still available.

Royalty Speaking
"A collection of thoughts, pictures, and ideas about the European royal realm."

Monday, October 9, 2017

French Treats

French claimant Henri Comte de Paris
via Wikimedia Commons
Not every throne has made it into the current century. In fact, the French throne may be the most dismantled, revived, and dismantled again. The execution of the Bourbon king in 1792 led to alternating periods of republics and monarchies with several royal houses including the Bonapartes (1804-1814), the Bourbons again (1814-1815), the Bonapartes again (part of 1815), the Bourbons yet again (1815-1830), the Orleans branch of the Bourbon family (1830-1848), and then the Bonapartes one more time (1852-1870). This has spawned four different sets of claimants to the throne, but with nearly 150 years since France had a crowned head, it's unlikely that any of these descendants will ever sit on the throne. 

However, that doesn't make French royal history and French royal families less interesting to royal watchers. So, here are a few blogs to enjoy on this subject.

Confrerie Royale (French)
"Lettre aux membres et sympathisants de la Confrerie Royale."

Le Blog du Le Comte de Paris (French)
"C'est ce que je ressens pour la France et les Francais."

La couronne (French)
"Le blog de soutien a la famille royale de France"

Tiaras and Trianon
The dual focus here is on Marie Antoinette and tiaras.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Focus on the Swedish Royals

 Photo: Jonas Ekströmer, The Royal Court, Sweden
The royal family of Sweden is one of the most active and visible around the world. In some monarchies, we don't get to see much of the whole family. In Sweden, however, the whole family is very active and publicly accessible, even the little babes. Plus, in recent years, there always seems to be another baby on the way! It's no wonder then that there are numerous blogs dedicated to this beautiful, happy and growing family.

Bernadotte Windsor
"A blog dedicated to the Swedish and British Royal Families. You'll occasionally find posts about other Royals though."

Kungahuset
"A blog about the royal family of Sweden!"

The Princess Family
"A blog dedicated to the Princess Family of Sweden - Madeleine, Christopher, Leonore, Nicolas and Baby Sunshine!"

Swedish Monarchy
"I've been a royalwatcher ever since I can remember. This blog is dedicated to the Swedish Royal Family."

Swedish Princesses (Polish)

"W styczniu 2014 roku założyła swojego pierwszego bloga o szwedzkiej księżniczce, który rok późnej przekształciła w Swedish Princesses Blog."

Swedish Royal Fashion

"I am an avid fan of the Swedish Royals and love the scavenger hunt of identifying Royal Clothing."

Swedish Royal House Mafia

"Welcome to Swedish Royal House Mafia! Created in February 2013, we were the first tumblr blog dedicated entirely to the much loved Swedish Royal Family."



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Royal History on Facebook

In these heydays of social media, you can find actual royals on nearly every channel from Facebook, to Twitter, to Instagram, to YouTube, etc. (Here's a list of some of them.) Fans of royalty have been no less prolific in creating social media accounts to celebrate current royals as well as historic ones. Here is a sampling of some of the historic fan pages and groups on Facebook:

Albert I Koning der Belgen
Historic photos, videos and information are offered in both Dutch and French about this previous Belgian king on this Facebook page.

History of Royal Women
With more than 100,000 followers, this Facebook page is a companion to the blog of the same name that traces royal ladies across all generations and all nations.

Mary Queen of Scots
A closed Facebook group offering a discussion of the life and times of the enigmatic Scottish queen.

Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians
A Facebook "public figure" page that is regularly updated with photos, videos and information about the early 20th century consort and her family.

Queen Victoria's Granddaughters
Launched as part of the release of the book Four Graces: Queen Victoria's Hessian Granddaughters, this Facebook public group shares photos and information about the grandchildren of Queen Victoria and their descendants.

Vintage Royalty
Launched at the end of 2016, this growing Facebook page offers a treasure trove of historic royal photos from throughout Europe.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

All About Mary

Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark in
Vágur, Faroe Islands, 21 June 2005
By Erik Christensen, Porkeri Website, via Wikimedia Commons
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is undoubtedly a royal watcher's favorite Aussie. She has been on our radar since shortly after the Sydney Olympics in 2000, where the Tasmanian-born beauty met her future husband. Her move to Europe raised our antennae even higher until no one was at all surprise when the Danish palace announced that Crown Prince Frederik was engaged to marry Miss Mary Donaldson. Since then, Mary has won the hearts of the Danes and the world. Whether you admire her for her charity work and can't get enough of her fashion choices, there is a Mary blog or site out there for you. You'll still find something to enjoy on these:

Frederik et Mary de Danemark [French]
"Site traitant de l'actualite du couple heritier au trone du Danemark."

Ksiezna Mary [Polish]
"The best source of information about the future queen."

Mary from the Start
"A look at Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, from the time she was Mary Donaldson until today."

Style of Mary
"The latest news, fashion inspiration and my passion for the Danish Crown Princess's work."

Unofficial Crown Princess Mary Message Board
A lively conversation about Mary and her work.








Friday, July 28, 2017

Blogs with a Past, A Royal Past

If your royal interests lean more toward the historical queens and princesses, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are numerous blogs and web sites that focus on the royal ladies of the past. Here are just a few.

History of Royal Women

A multifaceted site by an international set of contributors, covering royal ladies of the past with some of today's royal news.

Maria's Royal Collection

A collection of historic photos of royal ladies.


Mary, Princess Royal, Lady Lascelles, Lady Harewood
A Tumblr site documenting the life of the only daughter of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary.

Princess Luise of Tuscany, Crown Princess of Tuscany

"This site featuring postcards and information is about ex-Crown Princess Louise of Saxony (Princess Luise of Tuscany), also known as Countess Montignoso and Madame Toselli. She would have been Queen of Saxony however her path in life was destined for scandal and exile."