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.

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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.

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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:

2005: Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Poland

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway traveled to Poland in 2005. They were in the country from May 30 to June 1. The couple visited Warsaw and Krakow with stops at the Norwegian-Polish competence forum, Warsaw University of Technology Business School and a meeting of non-governmental organizations dealing with gender equality issues in Warsaw, according to the press release sent out at the time.

Haakon and Mette-Marit visited "Jagellonian University where many Norwegian students study medicine, meet representatives of the authorities, and attend a concert with Thomas Dybdahl," the Court said. They traveled with a business delegation that consisted of 58 people.

During the three day trip, the Crown Princess wore a light gray, silk Paule Ka coat, LK Bennett low heeled deep gray shoes and a dark gray clutch by the same designer. She wore the outfit on Norwegian Polish Forum of Competence on May 31, 2005.

This was the same day that they arrived at the Krakow train station where she was given a very large bouquet of blue, white, and pink flowers. That evening, she fell ill and was unable to attend an event at Krakow Town Hall alongside her husband.

At the time, Crown Princess Mette-Marit was around two to three months pregnant with her third child (and Haakon's second), Prince Sverre Magnus who was born on December 3, 2005. As a result, she was able to wear mostly non-maternity outfits on the trip as she only had a slight bump at the time. 

The Crown Prince Couple traveled to Poland from Norway on the invitation of Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

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 Mette-Marit at dinner ahead of Oslo Climate And Forest Conference in 2010

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Oslo today for a two-day trip, we take a look back at an outfit Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore in 2010 with the Duke's father, the Prince of Wales, in town.

On May 26, 2010, Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended a dinner in Oslo ahead of the Oslo Climate And Forest Conference alongside the Prince of Wales and then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway for Heads of State and Government 

The Crown Princess wore a ivory lace and embroidered dress by Valentino and a pair of black and gold Valentino heels. She even had her toes painted with fuchsia nail polish. UFO No More recently found that she also wore a matching satin Lela Rose Coat for the occasion.

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The Crown Princess posed outside with the Prince and Prime Minister before entering to enjoy dinner. They were also photographed on the balcony during the evening. 

The Prince of Wales was in town to speak at the May conference where he urged "the representatives of the some 30 countries gathered at the meeting to focus on the contributors of deforestation such as agriculture, encouraging governments to work together to reach a solution that enhances ecosystems and protects local communities, " according to Hello!

The Norwegian Prime Minister was later praised in Norway for securing a financial agreement worth around USD 4 billionwith countries around the world on new quick start measures which will aim to halt deforestation, as well as cut emissions that harm the environment. 

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 Mette-Marit at Jubilee Tour Garden Party

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore the Vilshenko Lavender Midi Dress during the Silver Jubilee Tour of King Harald and Queen Sonja in 2016.  

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Her Royal Highness wore the long-sleeved cotton dress that comes below the knee to a garden party in Trondheim, Norway, on June 23, 2016. Mette-Marit was also wearing a flower crown like other members of the Norwegian Royal Family on the day. The Crown Princess, as she usually does, kept her makeup simple. She also carried a straw clutch by Kotur. 

She changed into the outfit after a church service in the town to mark the 25th anniversary of the King and Queen's ascension to the throne. In attendance were the King and Queen, the Crown Prince Family (including Marius Borg Holby - Mette-Marit's son from a previous relationship), and Princess Martha Louise and her three daughters. 

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According to the Royal Court, the morning garden party was at "Stiftsgården [their home] was the final event of a day of celebration. The festivities started at 10:00 am with “breakfast with the people” at the Ravnkloa fish market. Mayor of Trondheim Rita Ottervik spoke at the event, which also featured music, children’s art and breakfast delicacies."

"The day came to a close with the garden party at Stiftsgården, which is the Royal Family’s official residence in Trondheim. The 600 guests included President of the Storting Olemic Thommesen, Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway Toril Marie Øie."

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She also wore it to the 73rd Venice Film Festival in 2016. Princess Claire of Luxembourg has also been seen in it. She wore it to a Te Deum service (on the same day at Mette-Marit in Norway) for Luxembourg's National 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. 

Mette-Marit at her wedding in 2001

On August 25, 2001, Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby married Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in Oslo Cathedral. She wore a custom  Ove Harder Finseth wedding gown with a 20-foot veil. She wore the Diamond Daisy Tiara which was gifted to her by her father and mother-in-law for her wedding. According to Order of Splendor, the antique piece dates back to around 1910. 

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was the best man for Crown Prince Haakon, and Mette-Marit's son, Marius served as a page boy. He would appear with the couple on the balcony of the Palace after the wedding as well. 

Mette-Marit wore little makeup for her wedding and looked beautiful with her natural look. She cried throughout the ceremony. Many called her union to the Crown Prince a Cinderella moment.

Things were changed up a bit for the wedding. Instead of walking down the aisle with her father, Mette-Marit elected to meet her Prince outside of the cathedral to walk down the aisle together from the beginning. 

This was the first royal wedding in Norway since Haakon's parents wed in 1968.

The announcement of their engagement caused some controversy in Norway as it has been revealed by the media that Mette-Marit had been known to associate with those in the drug culture in her past. She also had a son out of wedlock. She tearfully condemned drugs in an interview before her wedding (she never did drugs herself) and has since become a valued member of the Norwegian Royal Family.

The couple now have two children together: Princess Ingrid Alexandra (b. January 21, 2004) and Prince Sverre Magnus (b. December 3, 2005). The Norwegian Royal Family has welcomed Marius as one of their own. The King and Queen treat him as an equal to their other grandchildren, and Haakon adopted Marius as his own, too.

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?

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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?

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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 Mette-Marit at christening of Prince Sverre Magnus

For the christening of Prince Sverre Magnus in 2006, Heaven recently found that Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a black Chanel jacket with white around the collar. She also wore a black headband in her hair.

Sverre Magnus was baptized into the Church of Norway by Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Oslo on March 4, 2006. His godparents were Queen Sonja of Norway, paternal grandmother; Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (then Princess Maxima); Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece; Princess Rosario of Bulgaria; Espen Hoiby, maternal uncle; Bjorn Steinsland, a friend of his parents; and Marianne Gjellestad, a friend of his parents. 

Foreign royals at the christening included Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark. 

During the ceremony, his older half-brother,Marius lit a candle and his older sister, Princess Ingrid Alexandra lost interest during the ceremony and sat on the steps. Their mother was seen bending down to talk to her during the time the Bishop was christening the little prince. Mette-Marit also gave a reading. 

Sverre Magnus was born on December 3, 2005, in Oslo. 

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at a gala in Canada November 2016

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway gave a speech at the Canadian Museum of History on November 7, 2016. The museum is in Gatineau, Quebec. This event was hosted by the Ambassador to Canada from Norway, Anne Kari Ovind.

Heaven found this piece from the event on November 7, 2016. It is a glittery dress by Erdem.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit during her speech.

Norway and Canada have a special connection as Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first to traverse Canada's Northwest Passage. During The Crown Princess's speech, she said, "Roald Amundsen was ahead of his time in making use of the best knowledge available. And the knowledge he gained from the local Inuit people was crucial for his many expeditions."

She then added, “Indigenous peoples possess knowledge and experience worth listening to in many matters. Above all in the matter which is by far the most important for us today: The respect for life and Mother Earth. I hope we all can bear this in mind on this visit – as a common ground, a foundation, for all our bilateral cooperation.”

This was on day one of a 4-day Canadian trip with her husband Haakon that took them to Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland.

The day before their tour officially began, the Crown Princely Couple ate with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie. The Norwegian royal couple spoke with the Canadian and Norwegian press after the completion of their first official day where Crown Prince Haakon said about the dinner with the Prime Minister, "It was very nice to meet them. We have much in common, Canada and Norway, so there was plenty to talk about."

Crown Princess Mette-Marit at Crown Princess Victoria's Wedding

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended the wedding of her close friend Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden to Daniel Westling (now Prince Daniel) alongside her husband, Crown Prince Haakon. 

 

Heaven discovered in February 2016, that the beautiful baby blue gown worn by the Norwegian Crown Princess was the creation of Old Yde, a Danish designer popular with Crown Princess Mary. 

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, was a bridesmaid for her godmother Crown Princess Victoria alongside other young royals including Princess Catharina-Amalia and page boy Prince Christian 

Royals from across the world attended the wedding festivities on June 19, 2010, at Stockholm Cathedral. You can see some of the guests in the photo below - including Crown Princess Mette-Marit in her Old Yde gown below: 

  Royal guests; Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange; Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; princess Maxima of the Netherlands; Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Photo:  Janwikifoto (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons.

Royal guests; Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange; Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; princess Maxima of the Netherlands; Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Photo: Janwikifoto (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons.

The engagement of Crown Princess Victoria to her personal trainer, Daniel Westling was announced on February 24, 2009, after the government had given their final consent to the marriage at the King's request. 

Crown Prince Couple of Norway on visit to Russia in 2003

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Prince Mette-Marit of Norway traveled to Russia for a state visit in 2003. Heaven has several finds of Mette-Marit's outfits from this trip over a decade ago. 

Upon their arrival, Mette-Marit wore an Andrew Gn coat that you can see in the image above. Andrew Gn confirmed the item in December 2015 to Heaven in an email. 

She also wore two different sets of Prada shoes on her visit, which Heaven recently discovered in October 2016. 

Lastly, The Crown Princess wore another Andrew Gn creation on the trip - this time a pleated skirt. Heaven also had this confirmed by Andrew in an email. 

Their trip lasted from October 27 till November 1, 2003, and they took in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Murmansk. The trip earned some headlines as the Crown Princess was six months pregnant with Princess Ingrid Alexandra at the time.

While in St. Petersburg, Their Royal Highnesses were guests of a performance of the famed ballet, Swan Lake at Mariinsky Theatre. They were also given a tour of the Summer Palace while in the city. 

Crown Prince Haakon laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - as has become customary of royal visits to foreign countries. Both the Crown Prince and Princess visited the Ministry of Culture while in Moscow and were given a tour of the Kremlin. 

Before leaving Moscow, Their Royal Highnesses went to a Russian-Norwegian upper secondary school to visit with the students who attend the school.

Crown Prince Haakon made a solo visit to the town of Murmansk. While there, he met with the governor, visited the Atomflot facility, and also visited a museum called the Northern Fleet. He was able to enjoy himself and relax for a short time while attending the opera, La Traviata. This was performed by the Norwegian Opera and the Russian Philharmonic. Mette-Marit did not make the trip to Murmansk due to the need to rest during her second trimester. 

 

Photo of the Kremlin above from Larry Koester via Flickr. 

Crown Princess Mette-Marit visits Vietnam

In March 2014, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway traveled to Vietnam for their first official visit to the country. 

Heaven found this piece that Mette-Marit wore on their first day. It's a Valentino coat that you can see here. The Crown Princess had previously worn the coat in 2013. 

They were welcomed by Vice President Doan when they first arrived in the country at the Presidential Palace. In line with Mette-Marit's love of reading, the couple visited the Temple of Literature while in the Vietnamese capital. It was here that she wore the Valentino coat that Heaven recently discovered.

This visit took place on the 10th anniversary of the tour Crown Prince Haakon's parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja, took to the Asia country in 2004. 

Her Royal Highness called the trip, "A journey through Vietnam's history, culture, and impressive economic development."

 

During the tour, the couple traveled to Hanoi, Ho Chi Min City, and Hue. They attended a business luncheon at the Museum of Vietnamese History on their first day. At the lunch, Mette Marit wore a blue floral dress from By Ti Mo, an Oslo based brand. 

Mette-Marit gave a short speech during the lunch. She said "our two countries share a common interest within a wide range of bilateral and global issues. I therefore look forward to seeing our countries develop even closer cooperation in the years to come."

The Norwegian Royal Court said about the luncheon, "There has been significant growth in bilateral trade between Norway and Vietnam in recent years, with potential for further expansion. A business seminar held earlier today focused on hydropower, the maritime industry and the offshore industry, and several other seminars and meetings are scheduled to take place during the visit. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess joined the Vietnamese and Norwegian business delegations at their luncheon."