Crown Princess Marie Chantal at Princess Madeleine's wedding

For the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden to Christopher O'Neill on June 8, 2013, at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm Palace, Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece wore a white Valentino gown with her Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia sash.

Marie Chantal wore diamond drop William Welstead earrings and the Fringe Tiara (that her mother bought). She carried a silver clutch and had a gold bracelet on her right wrist.

Frankie Fouagnthin (CC BY SA 3.0)/Wikimedia Commons

Frankie Fouagnthin (CC BY SA 3.0)/Wikimedia Commons

In the lead up to the wedding, Marie Chantal posted various images on Instagram while in Stockholm for the celebrations. Valentino traveled with her to Sweden on a private plane.

For the pre-wedding gala dinner, Marie Chantal wore an Oscar de la Renta strapless gown with an asymmetrical skirt. 

Me in an Oscar dress. Will miss one of fashion's kindest and best designers.😓😓😓 #oscardelarenta

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden married the American-British financier in 2013. The wedding had a supposed price tag of 3 million Swedish kronor.  Madeleine's gown was also designed by Valentino.

Queen Silvia at Queen Beatrix's 60th birthday celebrations

For Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands' 60th birthday celebrations, Sarah found that Queen Silvia for Nina Ricci on both nights. 

The celebrations took place on January 30 and 31, 1998, in Amsterdam. Those in attendance included Prince Alexander (the Prince of Orange), Prince Charles, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

On January 30, the festivities were held at the Muziek Theater where the Dutch Royal Family and other royal guests enjoyed a ballet performance where Silvia wore the glittering, snakeskin gown while carrying a matching silver clutch. Her gown was not revealed until she had gotten inside the theater due to the cold temperatures; she kept warm in her fur coat.

On the evening of January 31, guests were treated to a gala dinner at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. This palace is the working palace and not one where the then Queen of the Netherlands lived. 

Queen Silvia wore a purple Nina Ricci gown with diamond floral earrings. Her shoes were matching the gown, and Her Majesty kept warm in a long fur coat. 

On both occasions, King Carl XVI Gustaf was in black tie.

This snakeskin gown she still wears to this day.

Queen Silvia at Infanta Cristina of Spain's wedding

Sarah found that Queen Silvia wore a purple, floral Nina Ricci gown for Infanta Cristina of Spain's wedding to Iñaki Urdangarín on October 4, 1997. She also wore a red, layered necklace.  

The wedding, which took place in Barcelona, Spain, was quite a popular event in Spain. Infanta Cristina wore a custom, simple Lorenzo Caprile gown that featured a three meter train with a veil that was a 19th-century heirloom owned by Spain's National Anthropology Museum. It had been restored for the wedding. The veil was held in place by the Mellerio Floral Tiara.

The gown had an off-the-shoulder neckline with a princess line silhouette. Her father, King Juan Carlos, walked her down the aisle to Iñaki.

It was broadcast live on TVE 1.

Other royal guests included King Simeon of Bulgaria, Prince Albert of Monaco, Grand Duke Henrik and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, and all of the Greek Royal Family (Cristina's uncle Constantine is the King of Greece).

The couple are still married, and together, they have four children.

 

Queen Margrethe's wedding gown

On June 10, 1967, Princess Margrethe of Denmark married the French-born Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat (his name was Danicised to Henrik after the wedding) at Holmens Church in Copenhagen.

The future Queen of Denmark wore a custom design by Jørgen Bender; he was a favorite of her mother, Queen Ingrid. 

The gown was made of silk with long sleeves and a square neckline. Tradition held true for her gown, as well as sentimental value. Down the front of her gown was lace that had been passed down from Queen Ingrid's mother, Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden. The lace was also used in other royal family wedding gowns. After the wedding, the lace was removed so it could be added to other gowns in the future. 

Margrethe had a family, diamond and daisy brooch pinned in the center of the gown where the lace was placed. The daisy brooch was a special touch as Margrethe's nickname growing up was Daisy. She also made sure to include daisies in her wedding bouquet. 

She also wore a Irish lace veil that matched the length of her gown and train; the latter was six meters long. It has also been worn by other family members including Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Margrethe's sister), Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (Margrethe's daughter-in-law) and Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (Margrethe's niece). The future monarch also wore the Khedive of Egypt Tiara. 

The reception was held at Fredensborg Palace where the newly married couple appeared on the balcony to wave to the adoring crowds. They were joined by several family members including Margrethe's parents, the King and Queen of Denmark.

Sadly, Margrethe's sister Queen Anne-Marie was unable to attend. At the time, her husband, King Constantine of Greece was involved in turmoil in Greece which would lead later to the abolition of the monarchy. The Danish government did not want Constantine there due to the scandal in Greece. 

It is a statue, designed by Henrik, in the private gardens of Fredensborg Palace. It was named "Miss Fredensborg”.

Queen Rania's wedding gown

For her wedding to then-Prince Abdullah of Jordan, Rania al Yassin wore a custom made Bruce Oldfield wedding gown for the traditional Muslim ceremony at Zahran Palace in Amman. It took place on June 10, 1993.

Rania's gown got its inspiration from the Syrian formal dresses on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. It featured gold detailing and gloves. It was short sleeved with a white belt with a massive 'O' in diamonds around the waist. It also had a full skirt and long train.

Rania, who had no idea her husband would be named heir a few years later, did not wear a tiara but instead a simple hairband to match her gown. Her hair was in a tight updo that made getting in and out of the car a challenge. She said later, "When my brother-in-law, Prince Faisal, picked me up in a vintage car, its ceiling was so low, and my hair was so high, my head jammed and I couldn’t move my neck.”

She had a separate, less conservative dress for the reception that was held at Raghadan Palace where she and Abdullah cut their multi-tiered and rectangular wedding cake that was decorated with small crowns with a sword. This gown was sleeveless and featured a V-neck in the front with a deeper V in the back. It also had gold detailing. 

Royals from all over the world attended including Queen Sofia of Spain and the now King Mohammed of Morocco. There were 2000 guests invited who filled up the gardens of Raghadan.

They spent their honeymoon in the United States. 

Crown Princess Victoria at 2016 National Day citizenship ceremony

In honor of Sweden's National Day today, June 6, we are taking a look back to last year's celebrations and the outfit the Crown Princess wore.

Last year on Sweden's National Day, as she does every year, Crown Princess Victoria attended a citizenship ceremony with her husband, Prince Daniel.

For the event, Her Royal Highness wore an Oscar de la Renta English Garden dress and pale pink cardigan with a pair of pale pink Dior Pumps; she carried a matching Abro clutch bag. 

It took place at Nacka Town Hall in Nacka, which is just east of Stockholm. According to the Royal Court of Sweden, "Nacka's tradition of holding citizenship ceremonies to welcome new residents of the municipality who have become Swedish citizens began 15 years ago."

Victoria spoke at the ceremony welcoming the new Swedish citizens and saying, "Today is a day to celebrate. Today, we welcome you as new Swedish citizens. However, Sweden's National Day is also a time to reflect on all Swedes – old as well as new. Many people have come to our country. During this time of conflict and adversity, Sweden is a place of peace. A safe place in a troubled world. This is a valuable reminder to appreciate and defend the values that form the foundation for Sweden's prosperity."

Princess Märtha Louise attends wedding of Felipe and Letizia

For the wedding of Prince Felipe to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway wore a yellow and red Wenche Lyche dress with yellow shoes and a red hat. She attended with her then-husband Ari Behn. 

The dress was predominately yellow. It had red cuffs on the elbow-length sleeves and three large, red tulips on the bottom of the dress on the front left side. 

The wedding was held on May 22, 2004, at the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Spain's capital of Madrid. The wedding was dedicated to the victims of the Madrid terror bombings in March of that year. 

They had a white roses sent to one of the main sites of the Madrid bombings that had a note attached saying, "Always in our memory, Felipe and Letizia.”

It had been a century since the capital had hosted a royal wedding, and it was a first for the cathedral. Celebrations went on for days with foreign royals from all over in Spain for the nuptials. Some of the royals that attended included the Prince of Wales; the then Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands; and King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Felipe’s maternal aunt and uncle). In total 1,600 guests were in the cathedral with millions more watching from the streets and at home.

Queen Sofia during the pre-wedding gala for then Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz

For the pre-wedding gala dinner for her son, then-Prince Felipe to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Queen Sofia wore a gold and cream gown by Spanish fashion designer Manuel Pertegaz (who designed her soon-to-be daughter-in-law's wedding gown). 

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia hosted the pre-wedding dinner for their son and his fiancé where 350 guests attended including many of the royals who were invited to the wedding. These include the Prince of Wales, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Felipe’s maternal aunt and uncle), then-Queen Beatrix, then-Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and members of the exiled Iranian Royal Family.

Of course, the full Greek Royal Family attended, as Sofia was previously a Princess of Greece and Denmark; her older brother is the deposed King of Greece.

Guests dined at candle lit tables with orange tablecloths. 

The gala dinner was held on May 21, 2004, at the El Pardo Royal Palace in Spain's capital of Madrid. Felipe and Letizia married in a Roman Catholic ceremony the next day in the city at the  Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena. The wedding was dedicated to the victims of the Madrid terror bombings in March of that year. 

More on their wedding can be read here.

 

Princess Caroline at the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple of Luxembourg's wedding

Princess Caroline of Monaco wore a modified version of a black and silver Fall 2011 Chanel gown. The dress features a diamond shaped opening in the back. This was worn on the evening of the civil wedding service at the gala dinner hosted by the Grand Ducal Couple.

She carried a black clutch and wore a pair of black glitter Christian Louboutin heels. Princess Caroline also wore the platinum and white gold Cartier Tiara. She wore other jewels belonging to Monaco's Princely Family, as well: the Art Deco earrings and the Diamond Fringe necklace (both of which used to belong to her paternal grandmother).

Celebrations took place over a two day period in Luxembourg. The civil service between Prince  Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy took place on October 19, 2012. The religious ceremony took place the next day at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City. 

Royals from all over the world were in the small, landlocked European country for the festivities. Besides Princess Caroline, others who attended included Queen Fabiola, King Albert, Queen Paola, then-Prince Philippe and then-Princess Mathilde of Belgium; Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; King Constantine, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece; Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden; and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. 

The vast majority of monarchies, both current and former, were represented. As you can imagine, listing them all would make this quite a long piece. 

Queen Silvia in Jacques Zehnder for official photos

For official photos released several years ago, Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a deep orange/rust Jacques Zehnder ballgown with her Order of the Seraphim sash. 

Photo: The Royal Court, Sweden/Bruno Ehrs

Photo: The Royal Court, Sweden/Bruno Ehrs

Two photos were released; one featured Queen Silvia with her husband King Carl XVI Gustaf while the other was a solo shot. Both are featured in this post. 

The dress, which is long sleeved and floor length, had rose embellishments around the neck and sleeves. It also had a full and flared out skirt in true queen fashion that you see in fairytales. It featured buttons, matching the gown's color, down the left side of the front of the gown.

Photo: The Royal Court, Sweden/Bruno Ehrs

Photo: The Royal Court, Sweden/Bruno Ehrs

She accessorized with the Leuchtenberg sapphires that she has worn on many occasions, as well as the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara. 

Queen Rania welcomes the Duchess of Cornwall in Jordan

On March 12, 2013, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Jordan on a state visit. Queen Rania greeted them (with King Abdullah) at the Royal Palace in Amman in a blue and white Antonio Berardi dress during the day. Hers was custom made to include sleeves and a longer hem. A matching blue belt was also worn with the dress that featured a black, blue and white floral embellishment on the left side. 

The Queen carried a black Leather Betty bag from Saint Laurent Paris, as well and wore a pair of brown Elizabeth Leather Gucci pumps. 

After receiving a guard of honor, Charles and Camilla participated in a private meeting with the King and Queen. This was on day one of their three day tour in Jordan.

During the evening, the King and Queen of Jordan hosted Charles and Camilla at a dinner at the palace where Rania wore a red and brown Gucci dress featuring a wide tan belt around the middle. She wore the same shoes as when she greeted the British royal couple earlier in the day. 

Queen Letizia's wedding dress

On a rainy May 22, 2004, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano married the heir to the Spanish throne, Felipe, Prince of Asturias in the Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena. She wore a custom wedding gown by Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz (who was suggested by Queen Sofia) and shoes by Pura López. She was loaned the Prussian Diamond Tiara by her in-laws as well as a pair of diamond earrings they had given to her as a gift.

Letizia's gown featured a 4.5-meter train with a V neck and high collar. Silver and gold floral embellishments featured predominately around the bottom of gown with a few traveling up the center to the V neck. The hand embroidered, off-white silk tulle veil she wore was a gift from Felipe; it was almost as long as her train as it was 3 meters long and 2 meters wide.

Order of Splendor explained the design of the dress by Pertegaz, "He took bespoke natural silk woven with silver thread by a Valencian firm and cut it continuously from shoulder to floor, creating a gown that is slim in front and flows out into a large round train (4.5 meters, or nearly 15 feet, long) in the back."

It had been a century since the capital had hosted a royal wedding, and it was a first for the cathedral. Celebrations went on for days with foreign royals from all over in Spain for the nuptials. Some of the royals that attended included the Prince of Wales; the then Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands; and King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Felipe’s maternal aunt and uncle). In total 1,600 guests were in the cathedral with millions more watching from the streets and at home.

Royal Central explained, "Felipe and Letizia were able to marry in the Roman Catholic Church since it did not consider Letitia’s first marriage canonically valid as it was only a civil ceremony. Otherwise, she would have had to seek an annulment to marry the then Prince of Asturias in a Catholic ceremony."

The wedding took place less than two months after the Madrid terror attacks that had taken place at train stations in the city in March. The couple dedicated their wedding to the victims and had a bouquet of white roses taken to Atocha station - a main target of the bombings. The roses had a message from the Prince and the new Princess, "Always in our memory, Felipe and Letizia.”

Princess Claire at her son, Prince Liam's baptism

Heaven discovered that Princess Claire of Luxembourg wore a white Beulah London dress with three-quarter sleeves for her son, Prince Liam's baptism in the Vatican City on April 22, 2017. The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Chapel of the Choir.

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

Prince Liam's godparents are his paternal uncle, Prince Sébastien and Anna-Maria Pamin.

All of the Grand Ducal Family was present, with the exceptions of Prince Louis's sons (Prince Noah and Prince Gabriel) who were unable to attend due to their schooling in the United Kingdom. His maternal family was in attendance, too, as was some members of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.

His eldest uncle, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, played guitar and sung during the service, but little Princess Amalia stole the show. While her parents were doing a reading, she sat on the steps and yawned. Later, she was seen gently rubbing her baby brother's head. 

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

Prince Liam of Nassau was born on November 28, 2016, at the Beaulieu General Clinic in Geneva, Switzerland. His has one older sister, Princess Amalia of Nassau, who is two-years-old.

He ranks fourth in line to the throne after his uncle, Hereditary Grand Duke, Guillaume; his father, Prince Félix; and his sister, Princess Amalia.

Princess Alexandra at the wedding of her brother, Prince Felix and Claire Lademacher

For the wedding of her older brother, Prince Felix to the German born Claire Lademacher, Princess Alexandra wore a blue Tadashi Shoji gown. Alexandra wore pearl earrings and had her brunette hair in an updo. She also served as a bridesmaid. 

The religious ceremony took place on September 21, 2013, at the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France. They were first married in a civil ceremony in Königstein I'm Taunus, Germany, on 17 September. It is tradition to hold the civil service in the hometown of the bride. 

During the ceremony, members of the wedding party read "Lord Hear Our Prayer" in different languages including German, Luxembourgish, English and Spanish. Princess Alexandra read the Spanish portion. It is said she is conversational in the language; this does not come as a surprise as her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is Cuban.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie at National Day 2015

National Day is the highlight of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family's annual calendar. Festivities start on 22nd June with fireworks and the ceremonial Changing of the Guard. Then on the 23rd the whole family gather for an official ceremony and a service of thanksgiving at the Cathedral Notre-Dame. 

For the 2015 ceremony, the whole family was in attendance for the Te Deum to celebrate National Day: all four of Maria Teresa and Henri's children were in attendance alongside their spouses (including Louis's now ex wife Tessy). 

Stephanie brought plenty of sunshine to the event with her outfit. She wore a white hat, white open toed shoes, and a bright yellow dress with a boat neckline. The dress is from French designer Paule Ka, a popular brand amongst royal ladies. 

Prices of the outfits for the royal ladies so far

Our editors, Sarah and Heaven, have compiled a list of prices for the royal ladies of our site. You can see the comparison between the amount spent by the women as of April 24, 2017. 

Of those we cover on our site, Princess Charlene of Monaco, by far, has spent the most on clothes, shoes, and accessories so far in 2017*. In total, she has spent $39,008.97 (€36,790.76 or £31,275.14). The average price of the items she has worn amounts to €4,598.85. 

Stats for Princess Charlene of Monaco

Stats for Princess Charlene of Monaco

Coming in next is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. She spent €22,749.15 so far in 2017 with the average price being €874.97. So far, 21 items have been identified. 

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is next spending €21,848.58 so far this year; she has spent an average of €1,285.21 per piece, and she has 17 items identified. 

Princess Sofia of Sweden, narrowly beating Queen Letizia of Spain, ranks fourth on our list. The Princess has spent €19,872.02 in 2017 with 13 pieces identified with the price. The average price for what she has been seen in totals to €1,168.94. Queen Letizia has spent €19,608.77 with 31 pieces identified. The average price per item for her is €560.25.

Princess Marie of Denmark ranks sixth, spent €11,284.08 and has an average price of €868.01. We have identified ten items with a price and are working to identify more new UFOs for 2017. Next is Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Madeleine has spent €10,355.35 so far with the average price for her items being €941.40. UFO No More identified 11 pieces with the price.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden comes eighth with €12,620.64 being spent in 2017. She has had 24 items identified with the price. Her average price per piece is €525.86.

From our calculations, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway comes in last for the amount spent; we need to stress that her numbers could be much higher, but due to her having ten new UFOs, it is hard to have an accurate number. Our teams have identified two of her outfits in 2017 with the price. Mette-Marit has spent €1,858.00 in total and averaged €929.00 per piece.

You can see all of the statistics from our graph above. Some custom items have been excluded. For comparison, we included statistics for the Duchess of Cambridge, who has outspent the other royal ladies in Europe.

The final list stands at (including the Duchess of Cambridge): 

1. Duchess of Cambridge

2. Princess Charlene of Monaco

3. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

4. Sophie, Countess of Wessex

5. Princess Sofia of Sweden

6. Queen Letizia of Spain

7. Princess Marie of Denmark

8. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

9. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

10. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

*The peach color with Charlene's data represents estimated prices as many of her pieces were couture. The ending total for the amount she has spent thus far could be higher. 

A Note About Crediting Finds

One of the main things we do on this blog is identify royals’ fashion new and old.  It is one of the core functions of this site.  Lately, we’ve noticed a trend when it comes to fashion identification (both royal and not) that we need to call out….writers, bloggers, sites, etc. not crediting where they got their finds or even worse trying to pass off finds as their own.  So, we decided to explain our frustration with this and hopefully convey the importance of proper credit.

Before we get too far in, we should say that there are many great blogs that do credit their finds to the best of their abilities.  We always try to highlight those blogs on UFO No More’s social media platforms and on our own personal accounts.  It really does mean a lot to us, and we are so appreciative of those sites that do credit.

For those that don’t, sometimes we feel like we’re being plagiarized.  Allow us to explain this comparison a bit. When a person or site plagiarizes, they are using the words of another to drive traffic to their site, book sales, etc.  This deprives the other party of traffic, ad sales, book sales, followers, etc.  Similarly, sites who don’t credit fashion finds or claim them as their own are depriving the person or site of traffic.  Since fashion identification is one of the main pillars of our blog, it’s frustrating for us because we feel our site is being deprived of traffic for one of our features and something that we put a lot of work towards.

That’s another important point.  This is something we all dedicate a good deal of time on.  To give you an idea, here is a time lapse of our founder Sarah hunting for IDs.  As you can see, it’s a lot of work.  Now, don’t get us wrong, this is something we love to do, and we’re not stopping anytime soon.  But this is something we’ve seen happening more and more, so we thought it was important to call your attention to it.

One final point, we realize this isn’t always intentional.  We are grateful to sites who edit or add to their articles or Tweets giving credit to the rightful finder and never think less of a site who makes an honest mistake.  If you ever believe we haven’t given proper credit for a find, please reach out to us.  We genuinely want the right person credited for each find we post about and will happily correct if we make any mistake.

With that, we now return you to Brittani’s awesome blogs about royal events past and present!

Princess Sofia at the christening of Prince Nicolas

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, Prince Nicolas was christened into the Church of Sweden at the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace. For the event, his aunt, Princess Sofia wore a burgundy, long-sleeved Gucci dress, which was discovered by Sarah. She also wore a pair of Rizzo heels to match her dress, as well as a light pink fascinator.

Nicolas appeared rather upset throughout his christening ceremony, with Madeleine doing all she could to sooth him. At one point, Princess Estelle left her seat to go find him a pacifier. Always willing to help like her mother before her, she brought it to her Uncle Chris for her cousin. (However, Nicolas already had a pacifier in his mouth at this point, but neither Madeleine or Chris were going to turn away young Estelle's sweet gesture.)

Photo: Maja Suslin, TT

Photo: Maja Suslin, TT

After the ceremony, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia hosted a lunch in honour of their grandson's important day. The Princess Couple also greeted the guests while Nicolas lay in the crib of King Karl XV. Leonore was with her parents but understandably grew tired during the greetings and ended up just sitting on the steps for a time. 

Unbeknownst to the public, Princess Sofia was pregnant with her and Prince Carl Philip's first child. Their happy announcement came just a couple days later on October 15. The Court explained to the press then that the family had been aware of Sofia's pregnancy for quite a while; however, the Prince and Princess wanted to wait until after the christening of Nicolas, as they wanted all the attention on him for the special day.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at King Willem Alexander's 40th Birthday

On 1st September 2007 Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon made an appearance at the birthday celebrations of their Dutch counterpart King Willem Alexander. At the time Willem Alexander was simply the heir - known as the Prince of Orange - and was yet to take the throne. 

The Dutch soon to be King's birthday is actually in April but celebrations were delayed after the birth of his daughter. He celebrated his birthday by hosting a reception at Het Loo Palace for friends, family, and members of foreign royal families. 

The Crown Princess arrived at the event on her husband's arm. She was wearing a blush pink gown with silver embroidery and a black bow under the bust. One of our wonderful Co-Editors discovered that the dress is by Norwegian designer Karina Kjenner Titze. 

Mette-Marit was just one of many royals who attended the event. Other guests included Spain's Queen Letizia and King Felipe and Belgium's Queen Mathilde and King Philippe. When the future Queen of Norway arrived, she was accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in a brown dress. 

Crown Princess Victoria gets a tour of the Swedish Style exhibition at Federation Square in Melbourne (2005)

On March 11, 2005, Crown Princess Victoria was in Melbourne, Australia, and got a tour of the Swedish Style exhibition at Federation Square. Sarah found that Victoria wore a black By Malene Birger dress for the event. The v neck and sleeveless dress by the Danish designer featured a white belt that tied, and the Crown Princess wore her black framed glasses, as well. Instead of her trademark updo of her hair, Her Royal Highness wore it in a low ponytail and wore pearl drop earrings. 

At one point, the Crown Princess was seen laughing behind the wheel of a Scania truck while the photographers snapped away. The exhibition was in Melbourne until March 14 before it moved on to Sydney from March 18 through the 22 of that year.

Swedish Style was the brainchild of the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra; its aim was to showcase the best fashion and designers from Sweden. It also had seminars on the fashion for visitors.