Crown Princess Mary covers Vogue Australia, August 2016

I’ve written about Royals that have covered Vogue in the past, including Crown Princess Mary. And I think she does it brilliantly. She is not afraid of donning ball gowns and channeling her inner fierce to get some seriously fabulous shots. If I were a Princess, I would follow in Mary’s footsteps opposed to Kate’s when it came to my Vogue shoots. 😉

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Edwina McCann introduces the August issue of Vogue Australia.

The job – and it is a job – Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary do is commendable, and I have the utmost admiration for them both. The Crown Princess kindly welcomed Vogue Australia back into her home this month, 12 years after she was first photographed for our cover, soon after her wedding. We discovered a woman at ease with her public life and position, who is driven to use her influence and the privilege it awards her to further causes close to her heart: gender equality and sustainability. She is knowledgeable, fiercely intelligent and well-informed about the issues. The Crown Princess does her homework. She is making her mark as a world leader and passionate advocate in these areas. With her energy and drive I suspect this is still only the beginning of the enormous contribution she will make.

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Mary on being a ‘role model’:

“I find it difficult to speak of myself as a role model, as role models are defined by the individual. It is what they see in a person that gives meaning or inspiration to them that makes another person a role model for them,” the Crown Princess said. “It’s not something I consciously think about. But at the same time, I am very aware of my role and my responsibility. If I can inspire others and if others see something in me that can motivate them, then that’s a big compliment.” (Vogue)

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So what do you think? Do you find Mary’s approach better or Kate’s?

 

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Impromptu Family Reunion: Scandinavian Royals Edition

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Two generations of Scandanavian royals got together at Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s holiday home in Mågerø south of Oslo, Norways last weekend, People Magazine reports.

It’s your typical end-of-summer getaway with friends – except these friends are all heirs to a throne.

Members of the royal families of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Luxembourg got together for a weekend away on Tjørne, an island near Oslo, Norway. The gathering was a chance for two generations of heirs from Scandinavia’s royal families to catch up – and for their children to play together.

Making an appearance at the get-together were Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark with their four children, Christian, Isabella, Josephine, and Vincent Guillaume, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and his wife Stèphanie, and the expecting Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden with her daughter, Princess Estelle (Prince Daniel was at home with a cold). (People)

I’m always fascinated about what these get-togethers must be like. I’m guessing they’re shockingly similar to those of us “normal folk,” — kids running around, swapping the latest stories from work, reminiscing about time past… I’d love to be a fly on the wall to find out! I just love the Scandinavian Royals. They seem so down to earth and… normal.

Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew’s Ex, Koo Stark

Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark

A few months ago, while reading The Royals, I learned for the first time about Prince Andrew’s ex Koo Stark. They dated for two years, but after her alleged “rowdiness,” Prince Philip ordered that Prince Andrew cut her loose.

Like most people I read about, I’m always quick to google them to put a face with a name. When I googled Koo Stark, I was flabbergasted; she looks so much like Kate Middleton!

I wasn’t too surprised to realize after a bit of searching that I’m not the first person to make this connection. In fact, Koo wrote a piece for the Daily Mail back in 2009, on the topic of being a royal girlfriend… The article was full of comparison shots of the two, which I’ve included below. Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark Royal Doppelgängers: Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew's Ex, Koo Stark

I think she and Kate are almost eerily similar in looks, even now…

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I’d love to know your take… what do you think?