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.

 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!!

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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."

Royal Wedding of Will and Kate: the guest outfits

On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary, we are taking a look at the guest outfits of the ladies we cover. Read about what they wore during the pre-wedding gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28 and the wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. 

Greece:

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal attended with her husband, Crown Prince Pavlos; brother-in-law, Prince Nikolaos; future sister-in-law Tatiana Blatnik; mother-in-law, Queen Anne-Marie; father-in-law, King Constantine; and one of her sons, Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece (William's godson). For the pre-wedding dinner, Marie-Chantal was in a Louis Vuitton gown that featured a deep V in the back and a small bow

For the wedding, she was in a light blue Chanel dress and jacket with a pair of Louboutins for the wedding. She was also in a blue Philip Treacy hat

Luxembourg:

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the wedding with Grand Duke Henri. She wore a red Elie Saab gown for the pre-wedding dinner. 

For the wedding, she was in a sky blue Elie Saab dress and jacket

Monaco: 

Then Charlene Wittstock (she would marry Monaco's Prince Albert in July) wore a "dove-gray silk dupioni evening dress with laser-cut silk organza appliqué and a silk chiffon stole," explained the designer Akris (via Order of Splendor).

A gray Akris coat dress was worn for the wedding; she carried a matching Allegra ostrich clutch from the same designer.

Netherlands: 

Then-Princess Maxima wore a pinkish/nude lace Jan Taminiau dress for the wedding. She and Prince Willem-Alexander attended on behalf of the then-Queen Beatrix.  

Norway:

Unfortunately, the only piece from Queen Sonja's ensembles from the pre-wedding dinner and wedding that have been identified was her hat. It was a white Lock and Co. hat with a feather in the center. 

Spain:

Then-Princess Letizia attended the wedding with her husband, Prince Felipe and mother-in-law, Queen Sofia. Sofia's outfits have not been identified, but Letizia's luckily have! For the pre-wedding dinner the night before Letizia wore a strapless, purple (with flowers on the skirt) gown by Felipe Varela. The wedding saw her in a customized pink Pablo Y Mayaya hat that featured lace. Her dress was by Felipe Varela and featured 3/4 length sleeves and floral designs on the pink dress.

Sweden:

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel represented the Swedish Royal Family at the ceremony. Victoria wore a red short-sleeved Escada gown to the pre-wedding dinner, and for the wedding, she wore a muted orange long-sleeved dress by Escada and a matching hat by Britta von Koenigsegg. 

United Kingdom:

Autumn Philips wore a purple Sassi Holford coat dress for the wedding. Her hat has not yet been ID'd. 

The outfits of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been covered in a previous post. You can read it here

For Sophie, Countess of Wessex, she wore a red Bruce Oldefeld gown for the pre-wedding dinner. For the wedding, she was in a cream Jane Taylor hat, embroidered suit by Bruce Oldfield, and Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Zara Phillips would get married just a few months later, but for her cousin's nuptials, she wore a bespoke black Philip Treacy hat and a Paul Costelloe coat dress. 

Charlene Wittstock in Isabella Kristensen for WWF fundraiser

For a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Panda International Ball event on April 5, 2008, in Monaco, the then-Charlene Wittstock wore a strapless Isabella Kristensen white ballgown. 

The unique haute couture gown featured a panda on the skirt as a nod to the Panda Ball. By 2005, it was in Switzerland with the Duke of Edinburgh as the guest of honor where he presented the first edition of the Duke of Edinburgh Medal for nature conservation.

The dress was later put on display at the Charity Ball for World Wildlife Fund in Singapore which took place on November 21, 2008. There it was put up for auction at the St. Regis Hotel.

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Charlene and Prince Albert have attended the ball on many occasions; you can read more about the ball here.

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.

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 .

The, er, interesting outfit of Princess Charlene at the Versace fashion show 2017

First of all, I try not to make this an opinion blog about the outfits of the royal ladies. However, this outfit by Princess Charlene of Monaco is one of the worst and most tacky I've seen from a woman who usually has wonderful fashion sense. 

The Versace figure-hugging dress was in no way flattering or very royal looking. The odd cutouts on the stomach led dangerously low on her body, in my opinion. It was a smart way to show skin without showing too much skin - at least according to some. 

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The sequined silver dress (fitting with the metallic theme) was low cut and spaghetti strapped with an odd strap going diagonally across her chest. The skirt was asymmetrical and longer on the left. Charlene wore a black leather biker jacket by the designer draped over her shoulders. The jacket was from the men's collection. Her silver strap Versace heels even looked slightly painful.

The Princess had on smoky eye makeup and was without her trademark red lipstick. She also wore a pair of simple diamond stud earrings.

Charlene traveled from Monaco to Milan, Italy, for Milan Fashion Week for the event on September 22. She sat beside Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. 

Versace's show was not the only one she attended in Milan. She was also in the audience at Armani's show where she sat alongside Cate Blanchett and designer Giorgio Armani's niece, Roberta in the front row.

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For this fashion show, she wore a more demure and likeable outfit by, naturally, Armani. Her olive green v-neck jumpsuit was under a beige trenchcoat. Her Serene Highness also carried an olive designer Ecurietote and wore a pair of snakeskin flat mules, assumed by Armani, in the same color. 

Princess Charlene at the Monaco Grand Prix 2017

On May 28, 2017, Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Monaco Grand Prix alongside her husband, Prince Albert. Albert's nephews, Pierre and Andrea Casiraghi (sons of Albert's older sister Princess Caroline) were in attendance alongside their wives, Beatrice and Tatiana, respectively. Tatiana and Andrea also brought along their two children. 

For the event, the Princess wore a red, sleeveless Akris asymmetrical dress and a pair of nude Stuart Weitzman strappy heels. The dress had a checkered pattern, as well. As has become traditional for Charlene, she also wore bright red lipstick. 

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The Prince and Princess arrived at the event in a racecar on the track before getting out and waving to the crowd. She and Albert were seen speaking to staff throughout the event, as well.

Princess Charlene presented the winner, Sebastian Vettel, with the trophy at the end of the race. Finnish Kimi Raikkonen came in second place and received a congratulatory hug before presenting the German Vettel with the trophy. 

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Their Serene Highnesses always attend the Monaco Grand Prix each year - which has been called the "most glamorous event in the Formula 1 calendar" by the Daily Mail.

Others at the event included Serena Williams, Bella Hadid, Winne Harlow, and Chris Hemsworth

Princess Charlene at the Prix Princesse Charlene de Monaco Charity Mile

On February 25, 2017, Princess Charlene attended the Prix Princesse Charlene de Monaco Charity Mile at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer in France. This was the first ever Charity Mile to be held in the country and was hosted by the Côte d’Azur Racing Society. 

Heaven found that Charlene wore a black Akris jacket and jumpsuit to the event. While there, she awarded the prizes to the winners. 

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© Photo : Kasia Wandycz / Palais Princier

The Prince's Palace of Monaco said on Facebook with the above photos, "This Saturday, HSH Princess Charlene launched the "Prix Princess Charlene of Monaco Charity Mile" at the racecourse in Cagnes-sur-Mer. This unique event saw each horse in the race representing one of 18 local charities. Miracle des Aigles, ridden by Ronan Thomas, won the first Charity Mile representing Action Innocence who received a cheque from Princess Charlene for €10,000. Handi-Mobile Education received €6000 and the Monegasque Red Cross €4000, with all the remaining charities taking home €2000. This wonderful initiative and first of its kind for French Racing was a great success."

Princess Charlene handpicked 18 local foundations and associations for the race. They were: Action Innocence, AMAPEI, Children and Future, Rêv’animal, Fondation Lenval pour enfants, Société de Saint Vincent de Paul Monaco La Croix-Rouge Cagnes sur mer, La Croix- Rouge Monégasque, Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Prince Albert II Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation Monaco, Fight AIDs, A CHEVAL TROT TOP,  Just World International, CDEAM-Handi Mobile Equitation, Coeur de Course, Association des Jockeys de Galop, and Au-Delà des Pistes. 

Before Saturday's event, Her Serene Highness told Monaco Life, "This Charity Mile presents a unique opportunity for French racing to be giving back to society both here in the Cote d’Azur and abroad, supporting animal welfare, children and people in need. My thanks go to all those who have supported this exciting initiative, and I praise the charities represented for their tireless efforts to make a lasting difference to the lives of others.”

Princess Charlene at 56th Monte Carlo Television Festival

On June 12, 2016, Princess Charlene attended the opening ceremony of the 56th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival alongside Prince Albert. She wore a white Roland Mouret Ives Stretch Crepe gown to the event. It had capped sleeves and a plunging neckline. 

She had her trademark red lipstick and a Cartier diamond necklace and earrings. 

Prince Albert is the Honorary President of the Festival. The Princess also spoke during the invitation-only ceremony. 

Prince Albert made sure to express his solidarity with the American people after the Orlando nightclub terror attack that had happened the same day. Albert, who is half-American, said, "I learned with dismay the heinous killing of Orlando. I bow before the victims, the pain of their families, suffering injuries. The hatred will be defeated. I asked Mr. President Obama to accept assurance of my sadness and my highest consideration.”

The event ran from June 12th till the 16th in Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum. It was created by Albert's father, Prince Rainer, in 1961. It honors and celebrates those on the small screen. Over 3,000 interviews took place during the event with 250 journalists there to cover it. 

Princess Charlene at 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

For the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, Princess Charlene wore a Haider Ackermann creation in white and pink. Heaven found the designer of this outfit. 

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert were at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on May 29, 2016. 

Princess Charlene wore large pearl drop earrings (that had a small diamond stud at the top) and white pointy-toed shoes to match the outfit on the rainy afternoon in Monaco. She kept her makeup very neutral, foregoing her usual red lipstick. 

Lewis Hamilton, from Great Britain, won the race that consisted of 78 laps. This was the second time Hamilton won with Prince Albert in attendance.  

Princess Charlene in their 2016 Christmas card

For this year's Christmas card, Princess Charlene chose to wear a gold, long-sleeved Ralph Lauren dress, which was discovered by Heaven. She wore gold Jimmy Choo shoes and simple earrings with the outfit. As she usually does, the Princess of Monaco finished off her look with red lipstick. If you want to dress like Charlene, you can find an affordable copycat for this dress here

The Prince's Palace of Monaco released their annual Christmas card on December 22 with six other photos. The photos were taken by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz. 

  © Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz / Palais Princier

© Photo: Vanessa Von Zitzewitz / Palais Princier

The images this year were in a more formal setting as opposed to last year, which had a more relaxed theme.

The video at the top of the article was released by the family on Christmas Eve - giving the public a behind-the-scenes look at the day the photographs were taken. 

You can read more about the images in this article, which was written by myself for Royal Central after the images were released.

If you sent Their Serene Highnesses a Christmas card this year, this is the photo that will greet you when you receive your reply! I received my card on December 26, and I must say it is a favorite of mine! 

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.

Princess Charlene at 2016 Annual Picnic

On September 10, 2016, Princess Charlene, Prince Albert, Prince Jacques, and Princess Caroline attended the annual picnic at the Princess Anoinette Park called the Pique Nique Monegasque. Princess Charlene wore a Vilshenko dress for the occasion with pearl stud earrings and a silver cross necklace. The dress is described as a Jery Floral Print Dress by the Moscow based brand, one of the most coveted break out brands of the year. 

Charlene was given a beautiful bouquet of pink roses during the event, and Prince Jacques even offered a wave and smile to those assembled. He seemed to also enjoy the performances by the dancers at the picnic. He was clearly the center of attention and rightfully so! 

However, his older sister (by 2 minutes), Princess Gabriella, was absent from the events even though she had been expected. The little princess became frightened by the large crowd just before entering the picnic while in her mother's arms. Her aunt, Princess Caroline, attempted to help calm her but it was eventually decided that it was best for her not to attend. 

Little Jacques giving a wave to those in attendance.

In 2015, both Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques attended the picnic a few months before their 1st birthday on December 10. 

Princess Charlene's wedding

Charlene Wittstock, now The Princess of Monaco, married Prince Albert on July 1, 2011, in a civil ceremony in the Throne Room of the Prince's Palace. On July 2, they wed in a religious ceremony in the courtyard of the Prince's Palace. It was conducted by the Archbishop of Monaco, Bernard Barsi. 

Princess Charlene wore a custom Armani wedding dress, but she forwent a tiara. Instead, she wore a diamond hair piece from Princess Charlotte - the grandmother of Prince Albert. The off-white silk dress was more of an off-the-shoulder gown with embellishments on the bottom. It was made of 80 meters of silk organza and 50 meters of silk Duchesse. It took 2,500 hours to make! It also had 20,000 mother of pearl tear drops and 40,000 Swarovski crystals. 

Charlene changed in to another Armani creation for the reception following the ceremony, held at the Opera Garnier. This one was white, sleeveless, and had a sheer top. It featured ruffles at the bottom. Charlene also wore a tiara for this portion of the wedding, made for her by Lorenz Bäumer, which has been named the Bäumer Aigrette.

Princess Charlene at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

When Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling in June 2010, the then Charlene Wittstock accompanied Prince Albert of Monaco to the wedding in Stockholm. Just 4 days later, it was announced that Prince Albert was to marry Charlene. 

For the occasion, the future Princess wore an Armani gown with long, dangling diamond earrings. While it is traditional for royal female guests to wear a tiara for Scandinavian weddings, Charlene was, at the time, a private citizen, and therefore, she did not wear one. However, it must also be pointed out that Charlene did not choose to wear a tiara to Princess Madeleine's wedding in 2013 either even though she was a member of a royal family. 

Crown Princess Victoria wed Daniel Westling (now Prince Daniel) at Stockholm Cathedral on June 19, 2010. This was a special day for the Swedish Royal Family as it was on the same day that Crown Princess Victoria's parents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, wed 34 years earlier.

The wedding was dubbed "Europe's biggest wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981." Over 1,200 guests witnessed the happy nuptials on that day in June 2010. 

The Crown Princess Couple now have a four-year-old daughter, Princess Estelle and an eight-month-old son, Prince Oscar. 

Charlene at AMFAR Gala in 2009

In January 2016 our co-founder Heaven identified this beautiful one-shoulder Giorgio Armani dress that Charlene Wittstock (now The Princess of Monaco) wore to the AMFAR Gala in 2009.

 

The 16th AMFAR Gala took place on May 21, 2009, in Antibes, France. The gala focused on fighting against AIDS and coincided with the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. 

Over 800 people attended the event at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Other high-profile attendees included former American President Bill Clinton, Annie Lennox, Elizabeth Hurley, and Robert Pattinson among many others. Annie Lennox performed two of her hits,while the live auction was taking place. 

The 16th annual event was presented by The Weinstein Company, Palisades Tartan, and Bold Films. It was co-sponsored by Chopard, Luxury Limited Edition, and Hewlett-Packard Company. 

Charlene accessorized her navy Armani gown with a silver clutch, long earrings, and navy open toed heels. 

At this point in her relationship with Albert II of Monaco, they were not yet engaged. Their engagement was announced just over a year later in June 2010.