Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

This year, in May 2013, King Willem Alexander was crowned King of The Netherlands. Wilhelmina was his great grandmother. Rex Dieter found images so we can see with our own eyes what life was like for European Royalty in the 19th and 20th Century. One thing we can say; it was a lot different and very “royal” indeed !


Wilhelmina (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria; 31 August 1880 – 28 November 1962) was Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 1948. She reigned for nearly 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Her reign saw World War I and World War II, the economic crisis of 1933, and the decline of the Netherlands as a major colonial power. (knowledge via wikipedia)

Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962), resolute monarch

Wilhelmina was the daughter of Willem III and Queen Emma. She was ten when her father died – his tenure had done little to enhance the popularity of the monarchy. While she succeeded to the title in 1890, her mother served as regent until she came of age in 1898. Wilhelmina had a keen a sense of decorum. She was stiff and formal, resolute and upright. A strong personality who managed to restore a certain significance and popularity to the monarchy. Inclined to act and opine robustly and on impulse, cabinet ministers were occasionally required to put her in her place. When German troops invaded the Netherlands at the start of the Second World War in 1940, Wilhelmina fled along with the government to London. She was in her element there when she spoke to the Dutch people on Radio Orange. When she told the nation in her posh Dutch voice to Knock the Kraut on the head!, she raised morale in the occupied Netherlands. Queen Wilhelmina abdicated in 1948 and withdrew from public life. (knowledge via Rijsmuseum)

Dresses by Fong Leng


Ms Leng presenting a book about her during the Amsterdam Fashion week in 2010. photographer unkown (via www.rnw.nl)
In the Seventies

Fashion designer Fong Leng and Mathilde Willink Photo by Paul Huf. (via.listal)
Fong Leng in Fong Leng (via www.dejongehond.nl)

Carel Willink painting a portrait of his wife wearing a golden leather Fong Leng piece. in 1975, photo by Paul Huf (via beeldbank.amsterdam.nl) The painting Farewell Mathilde (Afscheid van Mathilde), by Carel Willink 1975 (via timerime)
Vintage Fong Leng

Actrice Leanne de Haan wearing Fong Leng photo by Wendelien Daan…(via wendeliendaan.tumblr.com)fong_ferry
Vintage dress by Fong Leng photo by Ferry vander Nat

Fabulous and very unique 1970s FONG LENG jumpsuit in purple/blue changeant fabric. For sale at Kabinet Store

I married a Prince.

Common girls who became a Princess.
Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari married the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1951. She wore a gown designed by Yves Saint Laurent for the House of Christian Dior.
Rita Hayworth married Prince Aly Kahn on May 27, 1949. dress

Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer of Monaco in 1959 wearing a dress by Helen Rose.
Lisa Najeeb Halaby married Hussein bin Talal King of Jordan in 1978.
Mette-Marit married the Prince of Norway, wearing a dress by Ove Harder Finseth.
Rania al Yassin married Abdullah bin Al-Hussein King Abdullah II of Jordan, in 1993 wearing a gown by Bruce Oldfield
Jetsun Pema married King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck of Bhutan in 2011 wearing a traditional Kira, which took three years to weave.
Kate Middleton married Prince in 2011 wearing a dress by Sara Burton.
Maxima Zorregieta married Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of Orange of the The Netherlands in 2001 wearing Valentino Haute Couture.
Charlene Wittstock married Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011 wearing a dress by Armani Privé.

Fashion Tribe Quiz: #1 Silent Screamers

Fashion Tribe Quiz: #1 Silent Screamers

* Do you belong to the Silent Screamers fashion tribe? *
Fashion Tribe Quiz: #1 Silent Screamers
Find out! Take the Quiz!
1-How many brands do you know by heart?
2-How many product names do you know by heart?
3-How many articles do you own?
4-How many articles you own in different colours?
5-How many articles you own in more variations?
6-How many articles have you owned in the past?
7-How many articles do you want to own?
8-How many articles do you dislike?
Bonus Question; find the trick product(s)

Copy/Paste the questions and place your numbers behind the ?.
Please submit your answers as a comment on this post, and we’ll let you know……
xoxo Mimi
*Clothes, and in particular brands, communicate. What do they tell? They tell us which (fashion) tribe we belong to. We personally provide the information we want to share. In this case it’s a silent, secret way of sharing. Silent; although no names or logo’s are visible, the brand is very important, that’s the Secret. What do these designs have in common? First of all they are, seemingly, simple, functionality+durability=priority. They always come in black and white (or neutrals) and they are available in a huge variety of other colours (this can vary per season). They are highly powerful communicators, only one item from these series will add you to the silent screamers tribe. For instance; just take your petty cash out of your wallet, you will be recognized by your tribe-members instantly. Do you speak the language of these ‘Secretive’ designs? Take the Quiz!
(11, May, 2011) 

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