Our favorite royal gowns


We've compiled our favorite royal gowns, and we included your picks, too. Thank so much to all of you who responded!

Brittani:

I didn't want to repeat choices I've already made in similar posts, but there are plenty that I just adore! 

I really like the gown Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark wore to the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to Sofia Hellqvist in 2015. It was an off-shoulder, glittering bespoke gown by Celia Kritharioti. 

I also really like the pink Lela Rose gown then-Meghan Markle wore as a bridesmaid in her friend's wedding in 2016. 

 @meghanmarkle/Instagram

@meghanmarkle/Instagram

Last but not least, I like the blue Bruce Oldfield gown Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore to the gala for the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in June 2016. 

Heaven:

I am pretty biased on this one but one of my favorite is the Elie Saab gown Princess Marie wore for the gala dinner for Crown Prince Frederik's 50th birthday. I love Elie Saab and I love Marie so this was my dream combo and I loved the result! I think the decision to removed the sleeves was the right decision as the sleeved version would have overwhelmed her I think.

Another favorite is the Rochas gown Queen Rania wore in 2006. It's one of my all-time favorite for Rania, it's so flattering, the color is beautiful and I loved the floral embroidery.

My third choice is the Ole Yde gown Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore in 2010 for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's wedding. It was a very beautiful gown and I love the color and the styling! 

 

Laura:

Fadi el Khoury Victoria wore to Madeleine's wedding. It was so exquisite. It was wearable art. And the picture of Victoria in it carrying Estelle was the epitome of modern royalty in my opinion.

 By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26551717

By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26551717

Par Engsheden red gown Victoria wore to the Nobels. It just screams grand and regal. It was also the perfect gown to showcase that amazing cross necklace.

Finally, a Erdem gown Mary wore to Harald and Sonja's 80th birthday. It's not as grand as other gowns, but the print just sings on Mary. She just owned this look, there's no other way to describe it.

Samantha:

Elie Saab for Victoria at her wedding concert the night before her wedding in 2010. 

Another Elie Saab, this time the gown Princess Madeleine wore to Prince Carl Philip's wedding. (Royal Central's Deputy Editor, Jamie Samhan told us this was her favorite, as well):

And this Ida Lanto Princess Sofia wore for an official dinner hosted in March 2017 at the Royal Palace. It can be seen in the video below:

Sarah:

This was too hard! I felt like I couldn’t betray these Swedish masterpieces:

Crown Princess Victoria's one-shouldered pre-wedding gown by Elie Saab for the concert the night before her wedding. 

This Fadi el Khoury gown Princess Madeleine wore for the Nobels and Min Stora Dag.

 Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

Lastly, this Ida Lanto gown Princess Sofia wore to the 2017 Nobels:

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© Nobel Media AB 2017. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Your Thoughts:

Asten: The red gown at the 2014 Nobels. The "I'M A PRINCESS" gown.

 

JR‏  on Twitter sent us these:

Madeleine at Nobels and kids tea party in Al Khoury - Madeleine has never looked better and come on, this is the best royal engagement ever right?

 Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Victoria at Madeleine's wedding in Al Khoury. Amazing, I remember the gasp of the commentators when the camera hit Victoria and I agree - Can you do anything other than gasp. Great accessorising, too - Lilian's tiara, Josefina's stomacher necklace, wee Estelle.

Victoria at her pre-wedding gala in Elie Saab. Baam! Except for her wedding day Victoria has never looked better. I know many don't like the foam but I do. Again great accessorising with the Cupid's arrow worn by her grandmother, the epaulett earrings.

 

Dianne Dunn‏  said: 

I loved Duchess Kate in this Jenny Packham ! It’s such a beautiful shade of blue with just the right amount of sparkle!!

 British High Commission, New Delhi/Flickr

British High Commission, New Delhi/Flickr

 

Princess Victoria‏  told us: 

My favourite gown is the Elie Saab Victoria wore on her pre wedding concert. I've seen it at the Royal Wedding Dresses exhibition, it's my dream gown

 

Duchess of Pemberley's opinion. 

It was the Pronovias Sofia wore:

She also added the Alexander McQueen from the BAFTA's in 2017 saying, "Kate, who I love, doesn’t generally wow me with her evening gown choices, however, this one is a favorite"

 

Kat Es thoughts:

Mine are Victoria's Elie Saab gown from her pre-wedding concert, and Letizia's gown from William and Kate's pre-wedding dinner, Madeleine's Elie Saab from Carl Philip's wedding, Kate's light pink Jenny Packham gown she wore in 2011.

(Since the gowns of Victoria and Madeleine have been listed above several times, we aren't reposting those photos. Below are the Letizia and Kate gowns):

Europe Correspondent for Royal Central, Laura Dekkers, sent us her favorites, too:

I loved Princess Madeleine’s Ida Sjösedt gown (or skirt) with those flowers in 3D which she wore at the Polar Music Prize last year.

And a Classic one but still gorgeous is Crown Princess Victoria in Fadi El Khoury at Princess Madeleine’s wedding. A true piece of art! (See the pictures above)

Princess Madeleine in Fadi el Khoury at the Nobel Prize 2014.

 

Queen Mathilde in Jan Taminiau, a red gown that she wore in 2016 for a concert in the Netherlands at Centre for Fine Arts.

 

Crown Princess Mary in a white Erdem gown with flowers from the banquet in Norway and the Birgit Hallstein that she's worn on a couple of occasions (including the gala dinner ahead of King Willem-Alexander's inauguration as King in April 2013.

Reader and guest on our podcasts The Royal Watcher sent us:

Never again: Royal outfits we hope to never see again on our favorite royals

We've selected royal outfits that we were not fond of. We want to emphasize that we love these ladies, just not these particular choices. While we may not like a certain outfit, some of you may love it - which is fine. Different opinions make the world go around. We have also included some of your opinions, as well! 

Brittani:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Sweden had some bad outfit choices for all the royal ladies. One of Kate's was just horrendous and never needs to see the light of day again. It was a mustard colored floral silk gown by Erdem. Burn it, please!

Queen Maxima's yellow "Big Bird" dress was horrible. It was the 2017 Spring Collection of Claes Iverson. She wore it during a dinner for an official visit by the King and Queen of Jordan to the Netherlands in 2018.

Another bad choice was the red Viktor & Rolf gown Princess Mabel wore to the Dutch pre-inauguration dinner ahead of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the Dutch throne in 2013.

Heaven:

Crown Princess Mary usually has beautiful gowns but this Jesper Hovring orange gown she wore to the New Year Gala in 2013 is definitely not one of my favorite.

I also never want to see this Natan outfit Queen Maxima wore in June 2015. The top is not bad but the culottes are awful in my opinion.

Last,  I really didn't like the Akris dress Princess Charlene wore in Russia in 2013. I think it was really inappropriate.

Laura:

First, I'd like to put at least a one year moratorium on any and all Erdems.  There are some Erdem pieces I like, but more often than not, they are overwrought or just plain not flattering. The one exception for me would be Crown Princess Mary, who seems to know which Erdem pieces work and which don't.

For specific outfits, I'd prefer to never see both Stylein outfits Victoria wore for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Sweden visit again. The dress from the first night was an odd length, and the sleeve and neckline were puzzling too. The shirt and skirt from the second night were equally bizarre.  I didn't care for the slit in the skirt, the sleeves of the top, or the material of the top.  Overall, the looks were just really bad.

Finally, I'm really not a fan of Queen Maxima's Etro jumpsuit that she wore in 2016 to the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival.  Jumpsuits, in my opinion, mostly need to be in solid colors or a color block.  Patterns are very tricky.  Patterns in an ugly shade of tan with a tan belt? Disaster. 

Sarah:

I don't like this monstrosity Crown Princess Victoria wore to the dinner hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia for the 2014 Nobels and in official photos. The designer has never been identified. 

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Photo: Kungahuset

 She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

She wore the dress in image in Stockholm's airport shown above in June 2015. Photo: Jess B

I also didn't like this Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini print dress Princess Sofia wore during the February 2017 state visit from Canada. 

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Photo: Kungahuset.se

Last, I wasn't a fan of this Jenny Packham light blue gown Kate wore to the James Bond Spectre premiere in 2015. She also was in Jimmy Choo “Vamp” Sandals, Packham Casa Box Clutch, and Robinson Pelham Blue Topaz Chandelier Earrings. It was a terrible gown!

Samantha: 

There are two outfits I really hope to never see a royal wear again. My first choice is this outfit of Queen Maxima's. It was an ill-fitting Natan ensemble that she wore to the premiere of the musical The Color Purple in the Netherlands in April 2018.

My next choice is this ensemble the Duchess of Cambridge wore to the The Wellbeing In Schools Awards for her patronage Place2Be in 2014. She wore a Jenny Packham Fall RTW 2013 satin skirt in peacock and the top is Invitation by Hobbs “Emilia” top.

 

You answered: What outfits do you hope to never see again?

Our reader Rachel chose the Alexander McQueen gold and white gown from the Malaysia tour saying, "Yellow is an ugly colour and nobody should wear yellow." Another choice was the same Erdem gown Brittani chose above from Sweden remarking, "Here’s another I strongly dislike. I love the floral but that’s it. Like I said, yellow, especially mustard yellow doesn’t work for me."

Rachel also was not a fan of this monstrosity of a gown of Haute Couture by Karl Lagerfeld that Princess Caroline of Monaco wore to the 2017 Rose Ball in benefit of the Princess Grace Foundation. 

A guest we've had numerous times on our podcast, Jessica, chose the glittery black gown by Marchesa that Princess Madeleine wore to the 2012 Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce from Farm to Fork Royal Gala award dinner in New York in March of that year saying, "This makes her look like a b lister at the country music awards."

She also chose the Duchess of Cambridge's light blue Erdem dress from Trooping the Color in 2012. Jessica said, "Kate pulled a Scarlett O'Hara and made a dress out of the curtains."

Reader Ann told us she did not like this light colored gown of Princess Laurentein of the Netherlands that she wore to the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik to Mary Donaldson in 2004 saying, "Pointy boobs look good on no one."

This look of Meghan's was also not a favorite. She wore the Altuzzara dress to the Commonwealth Youth Forum that she paired with a black Camilla and Marc blazer and Oroton bag. Ann said, "It was too much. Also, for the event it didn't seem like it fit."

JustACasualGirl on Twitter told us she did not like this burgundy Ida Sjöstedt gown from the 2014 Nobels before her wedding the next June. 

She was also not a fan of this deep purple satin gown by Alexander McQueen that Crown Princess Mary wore back in 2005 and again in 2016. The first time was for dinner in New York on February 1, 2005. 

She also chose this Ida Lanto light blue dress from the Te Deum for Prince Oscar in 2016. She said, "It really doesn’t suit her, in my opinion."

Our favorite outfits we want Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie to repeat

Crown Princess Mary: 

Brittani:

I'd love to see the peach and white ensemble again that she wore to present an award at Copenhagen Fashion Week's Designer Nest Awards in August 2015. She wore a peach Fonnesbech sleeveless coat, white Max Mara pants, and nude Valentino studded heels.

Another choice is one of my favorites of hers of all time. It was the muted green, one-shouldered Jesper Hovring gown that she wore at the Starry Starry Night Dinner in honor of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in 2011.

Heaven:

I would love to see her wear the Max Mara dress she wore to Prince Oscar's christening in 2016. It was such a flattering and elegant outfit! 

I've always wanted her to wear this red Niels Kristiansen gown again. She first wore it for a gala dinner during an official visit to Australia in 2005. I just love the shape and she looked really good in it.

Laura:

First, I chose the Jesper Høvring gown she wore to the 2014 Bambi Awards.  The color and sparkle appeal to me, but what really puts it in the love category for me is the neckline.  It's unique but also very flattering, and Mary carries it so well.

I'd also love to see Mary rewear the Erdem gown from Harald and Sonja's 80th birthday celebrations.  She carried that print effortlessly, and it was one of my favorite fashion moments of the celebrations.

Sarah:

I'd like to see Mary in the light blue Claes Iversen coat (with the light pinkish/white hat by Jane Taylor) that she wore for the welcoming of the Belgian State Visit in 2017.

Like Laura, I want to see a repeat of the white, floral Erdem gown from Harald and Sonja's 80th birthday celebrations.

Samantha:

I want to see Mary in her white Temperley London ‘Berry’ lace dress from the second day of the Japan visit again from 2017. She was also in her light blue Gianvito Rossi heels and carried a nude Prada bag.

I also want to see another appearance of her Vilshenko dress from the US visit in October 2016. 

Princess Marie:

Brittani:

I would LOVE to see her in the black patterned dress by Designers Remix that she wore to International Copenhagen Fashion Week in 2013.

The other outfit I'd like to see Marie in again would be the one she wore for celebrations of the 60th birthday of the Epilepsy Hospital’s Children Department on September 25, 2015. Then, she wore a short-sleeved white blouse by Hugo Boss, a light pink Alexander McQueen blazer, black Jimmy Choo heels and a light pink Chanel clutch. It looked so flattering on her!

Heaven:

I would love to see Marie in the Temperley London white printed dress she first wore during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. I really loved the dress, specially the print and the slits.

The other outfit I chose is one of my favorite gown of hers. She first wore this Roberto Cavalli gown during the Gala Dinner hosted by Queen Margrethe for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2012. Marie was still in maternity leave after the birth of Athena but she took a short break to attend the gala. It was the first and only time she wore Roberto Cavalli but this was such a flattering gown on her!

Laura:

I'd love to see another appearance of the black sleeveless sequin gown (worn twice in 2016 and to an event in conjunction with the Belgian State Visit in 2017). This gown is absolutely gorgeous, and selfishly I'm hoping the more appearances Marie makes in it the more likely we are to ID it.

I also chose this Hugo Boss dress first seen in November 2017.  I love the shape of this dress on Marie, and the gold details are divine!

Read more about the event here.

Sarah:

I want to see the navy lace gown by Rikke Gudnitz that she wore to a gala dinner in March 2016 at Amalienborg Palace.

I also want to see a repeat of the navy long-sleeved dress with white designs by Chloé that she wore to a garden party in 2012.

Samantha:

I would really like to see Marie in her Giambattista Valli red floral dress from the French embassy in 2017 again. 

I'd love to see her navy and pink Erdem floral dress from Prince Nikolai’s 18th birthday celebrations in August 2017 again!

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© Kongehuset

Danish Royal Family's 2014 French photo session

On June 11, 2014, the Danish Royal Family held their traditional summer photo call in Cahors, France. Those present were Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. 

The photo session took place in the garden of the Queen and the Prince Consort's home Cayx Palace (or Château de Caïx) in Cahors. It also took place on the 80th birthday of Prince Henrik, and that is, no doubt, the reason the family was gathered in their French home. 

The family spent the rest of the day privately celebrating the milestone birthday for their patriarch. 

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Crown Princess Mary wore a sleeveless, bright green maxi dress by Isle Jacobsen which had a thin tie around the middle. Mary also wore a gold bracelet by Dulong Fine Jewelry, a rose gold bracelet by Shamballa Jewels and a pair of gold hoop earrings by Georg Jensen. 

Princess Marie was in a faint pink sleeveless dress, but the designer is still UFO. She was wearing a pair of matching Tod's heels. 

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Flashback to the royal outfits at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

While we have covered some of the outfits at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Daniel Westling in separate articles, we are compiling them all into this one piece. We are looking at the gowns worn at the concert the night before their wedding and the wedding ceremony itself.

For the outfits of Princess Charlene, Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, please click on their names for the full article on their outfits. Charlene was in Armani, Rania in Antonio Bardi and Mette-Marit in Old Yde for the wedding ceremony. 

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Queen Letizia, who attended with her husband Felipe and mother-in-law, wore a strapless red Felipe Varela gown with roses on the skirt portion, while for the wedding she looked gorgeous in another Felipe Varela creation. This time the then-Princess Letizia's gown was blush and short-sleeved. It also featured roses on the skirt. The future Queen of Spain was wearing the Spanish Floral Tiara.

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Her mother-in-law Queen Sofia wore a Valentino creation to the wedding (where she arrived with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands). The dress had been customized from its strapless original form to feature long sleeves. The dress features floral lace on the lower portion. The Queen wore the Mellerio Shell Tiara, as well. Her dress for the concert the evening before is still UFO. 

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, along with her husband, Prince Edward, Earl of Essex representing Her Majesty The Queen at the festivities in two Amanda Wakeley custom gowns. For the concert, she wore a short-sleeved navy gown with jewels around the waist and on the shoulders. On the day of the wedding, her gown was a silver/gray color with a slit up to her left knee. While the gown was strapless, the Countess wore a thin matching shawl over her shoulders. She was in what has been called "Sophie's Wedding Tiara" as it was new for her nuptials to Prince Edward in 1999. 

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While a separate article (see above) has been written about the gown Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wore to the wedding, we have not written about the Emilio Pucci gown she wore the concert gala. Mette-Marit wore a light pink, square-necked gown with short sleeves. The bottom have was ruffled, giving off a fringe effect. The middle featured jewels. 

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Mette-Marit's sister-in-law, Princess Martha Louise, who attended with now ex-husband Ari Behn, wore a TSH gown to the concert and a Nora Fara gown to the wedding. The TSH gown was violet, v-necked and sleeveless. Her bright purplish pink Nora Fara gown the next day, had one strap on the right shoulder. She paired it with the Amethyst Necklace Tiara.

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We only have the then-Princess Maxima's gown from the concert gala ID'd. The pink and white summery floral gown was by Valentino. It featured sheer short sleeves and, like Mette-Marit's, what I would describe as ruffles along the skirt. 

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Crown Princess Mary wore a nude, strapless Ralph Lauren gown (featuring lace around the bodice) to the concert gala. We saw her in a Jesper Hovring creation for the wedding. This teal gown gave the appearance of being strapless, but if you look closely, you can see an almost clear, sheer lace top with short sleeves. The Crown Princess was also wearing the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, which she has been seen in on numerous occasions. 

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For Tatiana Blatnik (who would become Princess Tatiana just a few short months later when she married Prince Nikolaos of Greece), she was able to get a taste of what was to come. She wore a strapless gown by Carolina Herrera which featured the colors baby pink and gray with golden designs along the bodice. 

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Last, but certainly not least, we are looking at the gowns Victoria's younger sister, Princess Madeleine wore. For the concert gala, she arrived on the arm of her brother Prince Carl Philip in a sky blue, strapless gown by Angel Sanchez. 

Her outfit for the wedding reminded me of Cinderella. It was a beautiful blue strapless gown by Linda Nurk. For the church service, she had a matching shawl draped over her shoulders, which she shed for the later events that day. It's one of my favorite looks of hers. She arrived with her mother, Queen Silvia and was wearing the Connaught Diamond Tiara.

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Crown Princess Victoria wed her personal trainer on June 19, 2010, exactly 34 years after her parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia wed. The ceremony was in the Stockholm Cathedral and was dubbed as "Europe's biggest royal wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981." Huge celebrations took place all across the country and an estimated 1,100 were invited to the wedding. 

Several of the royals in attendance had their children in the wedding, as they are some of Crown Princess Victoria's many godchildren: Prince Christian of Denmark, Princess Amalia of the Netherlands and Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

Crown Princess Mary at Prince Christian's christening

In celebration of her birthday today, we are taking a look at Crown Princess Mary's outfit at Prince Christian's christening. 

When Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's first child was to be christened on January 21, 2006, Mary chose a printed Hugo Boss skirt and a Birgit Hallstein dusty blue blazer with white trim. She also wore a pair of nude Yves Saint Laurent pumps. Mary also wore a floral headpiece cream/nude by Malene Birger that we would see at the subsequent christenings of her other three children.

As a gift for the christening, Queen Margrethe gave Mary's a brooch to wear, as well. It was a royal heirloom that had been given to Margrethe by her mother, Queen Ingrid, who had been given it by her mother, Princess Margaretha of Sweden. 

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In Danish tradition, the newborn prince's name was not revealed until the ceremony, which took place in the Christiansborg Palace Chapel in central Copenhagen. His names were then announced as "Christian Valdemar Henri John." It should be noted his name continued the tradition of future kings being named either Christian or Frederik, as the names are alternated between the two. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen.

The three-month-old (he was born October 15, 2005)'s godparents were his paternal uncle: Prince Joachim, maternal aunt: Jane Stephens, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, and two friends of his parents: Jeppe Handwerk and Hamish Campbell. 

Christian wore the traditional Danish royal christening gown which was first worn by King Christian X. A silver baptism font from 1660 was also used. Both went on display afterward at Amalienborg Palace.

The total amount spent by the royal ladies on clothes in 2017

It's time again to look over the amount spent the previous year by the royal ladies on their outfits. Our prices are based on the Euro for Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie, Princess Charlene, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, Queen Letizia and Queen Rania. 

Regarding Queen Rania's and Crown Princess Mary's clothing, it is important that we mention that theirs, we believe based on our research, are paid for by the taxpayers whereas we believe the others are not. We do want to state, regarding Queen Rania's budget, that the Court has never confirmed or denied how her clothes are paid for; however, our research has led us to believe that much of the funds used are tax and public funds related. For Crown Princess Mary, the Crown Prince Couple are given a parliamentary annuity each year which is to account for all of their expenses; additionally, Crown Prince Frederik's "personal savings" - worth reportedly up to $3billion in land holdings - also contribute (via the Sydney Herald). 

In total, the royal women spent a whopping 916,127.12 € in 2017 altogether - but these are only the pieces that were identified! Because there were some pieces that were custom made (like Nobel Prize Ceremony Gowns for example) we cannot give an exact estimate of what was spent. Please note that there are 347 pieces not included in this number. 

Now on to the rankings of who spent the most to who spent the least!

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Coming in first place was Queen Rania of Jordan who spent 267,238.00 €, with 29 of her custom outfits being excluded due to not knowing the price. 153 pieces were identified this year for her and seven pieces still being unidentified. The average price of her clothing per piece was 1,724.12 €. Queen Rania had a total of 191 new pieces.

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Second place belonged to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who spent an average 1,580.01 € per item. She had a total of 106 new pieces this year; 74 were identified with price and 8 are still outstanding. Her total spent on outfits in 2017 was 129,560.51€. 

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark ranked third, spending 91,869.22 € this year, of which 174 pieces were new. The average price per piece was 734.95 € with UFO No More identifying 117 with the price while 43 are still UFOs. 

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Fourth place in price spent goes to Princess Charlene who spent an average 2,575.44 € per piece for a grand total being 77,263.08 €. 26 pieces were identified with the price while 17 are still UFOs. Charlene had 56 new pieces in 2017.

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The Countess of Wessex was next spending 58,525.03 € in 2017 with an average price of 1,194.39 €. 43 were identified with 11 outstanding. Sophie, who had 60 new pieces, was followed by Queen Letizia who spent 51,342.97 € with the average per piece at 466.75 €. Fashion identifiers located 98 with the price with 22 still as UFOs. Letizia had 162 new.

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Seventh place was Crown Princess Victoria, with her sister-in-law, Princess Sofia barely nudging out Victoria's sister, Princess Madeleine for eighth place. Victoria spent 50,737.17 € with an average per piece being 393.31 €. Sofia spent 37,323.72 € in 2017 with 583.18 € being spent per piece. Madeleine spent 37,235.67 € last year with the average per piece being 1,379.10 €. There were 125, 60 and 27 pieces identified with the price for Victoria, Sofia and Madeleine, respectively. There are UFOs for both Victoria and Sofia and 9 for Madeleine. In terms of the amount of new pieces, it was 152, 85, and 40 respectively for Victoria, Sofia, and Madeleine. 

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit came in after Madeleine, spending 25,263.26 € with the average price being 701.76 €. 35 pieces were found with the price, but there are 41 which are still UFOs. She had a total of 83 new pieces.

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The royal lady who spent the least was Princess Marie with a grand total of 23,512.86 €. Her average price per piece was 635.48 € with 34 pieces being identified with the price. However, 37 are still unidentified. Marie had 82 new pieces in 2017.

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The order for prices spent (from highest to lowest) are as follows:

1. Queen Rania of Jordan
2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
3. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

4. Princess Charlene of Monaco
5. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
6. Queen Letizia of Spain
7. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
8. Princess Sofia of Sweden
9. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

10. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
11. Princess Marie of Denmark

As explained below, there are many custom pieces that have been left out and therefore the numbers would be higher for each royal. The infograph below details who had the most new pieces, as well as who has the most that still need to be identified. 

 Please note that our previous graphic had a mistake in in Crown Princess Mette Marit and the Duchess of Cambridge's numbers. The one above has been corrected. 

Please note that our previous graphic had a mistake in in Crown Princess Mette Marit and the Duchess of Cambridge's numbers. The one above has been corrected. 

* We have clarified our paragraph regarding tax payers paying for the clothing of Queen Rania and Crown Princess Mary.

If you would like to use these numbers for your own article- please make sure to credit us and link back to our original post. If you have any questions or want more information about the data posted here, send us an email .

Crown Princess Mary packs "Comfortpacks" with Mary Foundation

Crown Princess Mary packed "Comfortpacks" which includes backpacks with the necessities to children arriving at women's shelters in in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. She did this with her namesake foundation, The Mary Foundation or Mary Fonden in Danish which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Mary Foundation partnered with the Lego Foundation and packed the bags in Billund, Denmark, earlier this year on May 27. Mary also participated in 2014.

 Photo: Kåre Viemose

Photo: Kåre Viemose

2,300 bags are packed per year and research has shown that the items in the backpacks (towels, toothpaste, toys, etc.) are vital to the children entering the shelters and utilized by them. These shelters are for women escaping from domestic violence. Over 19,000 backpacks have been distributed since its inception.

For this, Mary kept her outfit simple. She wore a blue pin-striped, bell sleeve top and black pants. She also had on a simple gold bracelet on her left wrist. Mary also wore navy heels and arrived in a black coat carrying a brown Ralph Lauren bag. 

 Photo: Kåre Viemose

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Style of Mary said her jewlery was the following: 

Earrings: Hartmann's

Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet

Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry

Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring

This took place just a couple of days after Mary, as the patron, attended the opening of the 2017 European Emergency Medical Services Congress. There, she spoke at the Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center in Copenhagen to kick off the event. She was also shown the ambulance specifically modified for infant and toddlers called the ‘Babylance’. Here she carried a Naledi Copenhagen clutch and wore a pair of nude Gianvito Rossi pumps with her navy dress.

Style of Mary had all the details on her jewlery here, too:

Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry Luna Earrings with Diamonds

Pendant: Dulong Fine Jewelry Globe Pendants

Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Bracelet

Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet

Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring

Crown Princess Mary presents the Loye Prize in 2012

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a beautiful orange short sleeved dress by Marc Jacobs to present the Loye Prize on August 24, 2012 at the Danish Museum of Art & Design for the St. Petersburg Loye Prize and Medals Ceremony. The dress tied around the waist and had a keyhole neckline.

Mary also wore nude Prada heels and gold jewelry including a Cenius & Black ring on her right hand and earrings and a necklace by Dulong. 

Mary traveled to the museum to present the award to the best Danish jewelry designers and goldsmiths. She was also shown some of the jewelry exhibits on display. 

The Crown Princess has presented these awards on many occasions, for example in 2015 at the Round Tower in Copenhagen.

Mary Donaldson during her engagement interview

We are taking a look back at the dress the then Mary Donaldson wore during her engagement interview on October 8, 2003. 

It was on that day that their engagement became official after Queen Margrethe gave her consent at the State Council meeting. The intent to marry had been previously announced on September 24.

The 3/4 length sleeved dress she chose for the occasion was by Kenth Fredin, who is a Danish designer. The dress was worn under a coat, also by Kenth, during the day's events before their appearance before the media in the Palace. She wore her brown hair pulled half up and out of her face. She also wore simple diamond stud earrings for the day. She finished off the look with a pair of Valentino heels.

Crown Prince Frederik presented Australian-born Mary with an engagement ring mimicking the Danish flag. It has two emerald-cut ruby baguettes around an emerald-cut diamond.

Interviews with the happy couple were conducted by both Danish and Australian media after they had appeared on the balcony to the waiting public.

Mary, who was not yet fluent in Danish, did attempt to answer some Danish reporters in their language but most of the interview was conducted in her native English.

Frederik called the feelings of the announcement "a huge happiness."

You can see one of the interviews at Amalienborg Palace below:

Our Highlights of 2016

To celebrate another fabulously royal year, our bloggers will be looking back at this year in royals and highlight some of their bests of the year.  Stay tuned for next week when we look forward and share our wishes for the upcoming year.  Here are the questions we asked each of our bloggers.

1)      What was your favorite royal event of 2016?

2)      What was your favorite royal fashion moment of 2016?

3)      What was your favorite tiara moment of 2016?

4)      Who was your favorite royal designer of 2016?

We want to hear from you too!  Feel free to copy and paste these questions into a comment and share your highlights of the year.

1) What was your favorite royal event of 2016?

  Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström The Royal Court, Sweden.

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström The Royal Court, Sweden.

Sarah: I loved Princess Madeleine’s Prince and Princess Party held with Min Stora Dag. She made such a memorable day for all the kids who attended, and I thought it was probably one of the best ways to use her position. So many times we read about kids asking royals “Where is your crown/tiara” and Madeleine did not disappoint. She took the image that all kids have in their heads of what a “real princess” should look like and made it come to life. The fact that she also brought Leonore along just elevated the event in my book.

Heaven: It was easily Prince Oscar’s christening! It was so nice seeing the family together and also most of the Scandinavian royals together. I always love Sweden’s royal christening, but this one was slightly more emotional for me. Victoria and Daniel are my favorite royal couple, and I was so happy that they had the chance to have a second child!

Laura: Easily Princess Madeleine and Princess Leonore’s tea party for sick children with Min Stora Dag.  Min Stora Dag is like Make a Wish in Sweden, and Madeleine did a great job making these kids’ wish come to life.  When children think of princesses, they think of beautiful gowns, tiaras, and grand balls.  We all know that’s not the reality, but I love that Madeleine indulged this fantasy.  This is probably exactly what these children envisioned when they thought of tea with a princess.

Jessica: The christenings of Oscar and Alexander. At Oscar’s we got to see the bond between all the Scandinavian royals, and at Alexander’s we got some absolutely precious moments between the children: Nicolas chewing on his toothbrush, Leonore running around like a whirlwind, Estelle already acting like a perfect little royal, and Alexander and Oscar bonding already. It was such a beautiful, emotional occasion.

Brittani: The royal christenings of Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander. I love how the Swedes are so relaxed and just let children be children. They aren’t expected to be perfect at such young ages. And they are so adorable! I should also admit that the Swedish Royal Family is my favorite, so that plays a part.

2) What was your favorite royal fashion moment of 2016?

 Photo The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo The Royal Court, Sweden

Sarah: I thought nothing could top Princess Madeleine’s 2015 Nobel gown, but I was wrong- her 2016 Nobel gown- hands down- was my favorite. Excluding that gown, I would have to say either Victoria’s Alice + Olivia high-low skirt from the 100 Year Investor’s Dinner in October or her maroon and blue outfit from just last week in Italy.

Heaven: Probably Victoria in her H&M gown at the Nobels. She looked absolutely regal and beautiful! I’ll give a special mention to Princess Madeleine, though, because she wore a Fadi El Khoury gown for the last three Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony and she looked amazing each time. Madeleine and Fadi El Khoury are truly a winning duo.

Laura: I had a tough time with this but ended up picking King Carl Gustaf’s birthday banquet.  There wasn’t one big fashion moment here, but this was an event where the sum was greater than its parts.  All I had to do was look at that one photo with Kings and Queen and royals from all over the world all decked out in their banquet best (and tiaras on most of the ladies) to know that this was my winner.

Jessica: Princess Madeleine at the Min Stora Dag tea party. It was princess themed so she wore a gown, tiara, and her order. She went all out to embody the “princess” vibe. But she still happily got down on her hands and knees to play with the kids despite the expensive outfit. It demonstrated to me how fashion can be more than just a piece of clothing.

Brittani: This is a hard one. I want to pick so many of Princess Madeleine’s outfits! She was on point this entire year! I loved her outfit for King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday, outfit for Prince Oscar’s christening, both Nobel outfits, her visit to Gotland with Chris and Leonore, and the Childhood Gala Dinner in NYC (she re-wore the dress I’ve been begging her to wear again). I’ll go with the Nobels because everyone looked so great! I just loved Madeleine’s pink Fadi El Khoury gown for the awards and banquet!! However, her outfit to the King’s dinner the next evening was gorgeous, as well!

3) What was your favorite tiara moment of 2016?

  Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Sarah: Princess Madeleine in the Aquamarine Kokoshink at the Min Stora Dag Party. The Aquamarines paired with Madeleine’s eyes are a knock out every time- either that or Madeleine wearing the Connaught Tiara to the 2016 Nobels.

Heaven: Princess Madeleine wearing the Modern Fringe tiara and the Connaught tiara as a necklace at the King’s Banquet for the Nobel Laureates!  I wasn’t expecting that at all, and I was so happy to see Madeleine going all out with the tiaras. But the Nobels are in a league of their own, eight tiaras in two days!

Laura: Crown Princess Mary gets a new tiara! Before this, Mary had three tiaras in her rotation (and one of the three was owned by a jewelry company and loaned to Mary exclusively).  This year she used a necklace she owns and made it a convertible tiara.  This offers more flexibility to her tiara collection and also sets up nicely for the future.  Since Mary’s daughter Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine aren’t in line for the throne, it makes sense to give them this tiara in the future so they have one at their disposal.

Jessica: Kate in the Cambridge Lover’s Knot again for the Diplomatic Reception. It just looks perfect on her, like it was made for her. It’s great to see the image being refreshed after it was associated with Diana for so long.

Brittani: Princess Madeleine wearing the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara (previously worn for the 2015 Nobels and borrowed from her aunt Margaretha) to the fairytale tea party at Stockholm Palace in February for her patronage, Min Stora Dag.

4) Who was your favorite royal designer of 2016?

Sarah: I feel like this is no surprise given my last 3 answers- Fadi el Khoury. The man is a design genius. He manages to top himself every time we see a new gown, and I am still unsure how he does it (He hasn’t revealed his secret to me either… I did ask).

Heaven: Carolina Herrera. Both Queen Letizia and Princess Charlene wore her designs, and Kate wore one of her coats in Canada.  Both Mary and Mette-Marit have worn Carolina Herrera before, but it was so long ago. CH is one of my favorite designers so it was great to see so many of her designs this year!

Laura: H&M.  Being Swedish, the brand is a favorite of the Swedish princesses, but we’ve seen other royals in their designs.  Crown Princess Mary wore an H&M Conscious Collection dress that we’ve seen Mette-Marit and Victoria in before.  The Duchess of Cambridge wore a top of theirs too.  But the one thing that made them my choice was Crown Princess Victoria wearing a custom-made H&M gown for the Nobel ceremony.  It looked so beautiful and luxe, and the best part was that it was made of sustainable materials.

Jessica: Self Portrait. They were only worn by a few royals this year (Mette-Marit at the Nobel concert and twice in Canada, Kate at a movie premiere, Sofia at Victoriadagen, and most recently Madeleine at the formal meeting of the Swedish Academy), but I love their aesthetic so I was so excited every time we got to see them. Each of the pieces we saw this year were amongst my favourites from the whole year.

Brittani: I have to give the nod to Fadi El Khoury for the perfection of his dresses for Madeleine at the Nobels every single year.

Crown Princess Mary participates in the festivities of Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday on April 8th 2015

On April 8, 2015, Crown Princess Mary, along with the other members of the Danish Royal House, participated in the festivities celebrating Her Majesty Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday. Our co-founder Heaven recently identified the cream colored dress, by Paule Ka, that The Crown Princess wore for the the luncheon.

 

Her Majesty and Prince Henrik were taken on a carriage ride through Aarhus, Denmark. The celebrations then kicked off at Aarhus City Hall with a birthday lunch reception for Her Majesty. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie were all in attendance. They arrived on a red carpet, with the Crown Princess receiving a bouquet of flowers upon her arrival. The whole group made an appearance on the balcony of City Hall after lunch. You can see the Paule Ka dress in the image above.

Photos can be seen at this link from the festivities. 

Aarhus Music School also performed for the Danish royals, and the town's mayor gave a speech before presenting Her Majesty with a birthday gift from the city. 

 

That evening Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, and Prince Felix attended a concert in honor of Margrethe's birthday, alongside an array of guests. The concert was organized by The Concert Hall and TV 2 and held at the Concert Hall Aarhus.