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.

Princess Märtha Louise attends wedding of Felipe and Letizia

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

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

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

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

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

Princess Märtha Louise attends the wedding of the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg

Princess Märtha Louise wore a TSH metallic silver one shouldered gown for the gala dinner for the wedding of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Duke of Luxembourg and the Belgian, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy on October 19, 2012, at the Grand Ducal Palace. She also had the Order of St. Olav- a Norwegian order of chivalry- on her left shoulder. 

She wore her brown hair down with the King Olav's Gift Tiara. The Royal Order of Splendor said that this is Märtha Louise's only personal tiara. 

The couple married in a civil ceremony earlier that day in Luxembourg's Town Hall. They would have a religious wedding on October 20, 2012, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Luxembourg. 

Princess Märtha Louise attended with her younger brother, Crown Prince Haakon and sister-in-law, Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Her parents, King Harald and Queen Sonja were also in attendance. 

Royals from all over the world were in attendance at the wedding festivities for the heir to Luxembourg's throne. They included, but were not limited to, Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, King Willem-Alexander (then Prince) and Queen Maxima (then Princess) of the Netherlands, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Princess Martha Louise at King Carl Gustaf's 70th birthday celebrations

Princess Martha Louise, along with her now ex-husband Ari Behn, attended the various celebrations for King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday on behalf of the Norwegian Royal Family. 

For His Majesty's actual birthday on April 30, the King and Royal Family traditionally stands outside Stockholm Palace for the Swedish Armed Forces Celebration. King Carl XVI Gustaf also receives flowers from Swedish children who wish him a happy birthday. 

Princess Martha Louise attended the celebration and the lunch on this day in a MagMaLou dress with gold and black with a feathery fascinator in light pink. The dress also featured a thin belt around the waist. 

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Besides Martha Louise and Ari, other European royals traveled to the Scandinavian country for the festivities. Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Benedikte, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Princess Takamado of Japan were all there to celebrate with the King. 

Many defunct royal families were also represented. 

Princess Benedikte and Queen Margrethe are 1st cousins to King Carl XVI Gustaf, and Crown Prince Frederik is his 1st cousin once removed. 

You can read about her outfit at the banquet here

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 Martha Louise at King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday banquet

When Princess Martha Louise attended the banquet for the celebrations of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday in Stockholm on April 30, 2016, she wore a TSH silver one shoulder gown.

She attended the event with then husband, Ari Behn. Other European royals traveled to the Scandinavian country for the festivities. Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of Belgium, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Benedikte, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Princess Takamado of Japan were all in attendance to celebrate the King's 70th birthday. 

Oddly, Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn were not in the group photo (below) from the banquet posted to the Swedish Royal Court's website. 

All of the guests at the banquet on April 30, 2016. Photo: Peter Knutson, Royal Court, Sweden  

All of the guests at the banquet on April 30, 2016. Photo: Peter Knutson, Royal Court, Sweden 

To celebrate His Majesty's birthday, a series of special events took place from April 25-April 30. The King was born on April 30, 1946. 

The events took place just a few days after the birth of Prince Alexander and therefore Princess Sofia only attended some of the events, choosing to stay behind with her newborn son instead. 

Princess Martha Louise's wedding

Princess Martha Louise of Norway wore a custom Wenche Lyche gown for her wedding to Ari Behn on May 24, 2002. The Norwegian designer has created many of the outfits Martha Louise has worn in the past. 

The dress featured a coat (with a train) that could be taken off, which she did for the balcony appearance after the wedding ceremony. The coat was embellished with Swarovski crystals. Martha Louise had the letters "M" and "A" engraved into the design for a sentimental touch. She wore the Queen Maud Pearl and Diamond Tiara which has been in the Norwegian royal family since 1905.

You will notice that Her Royal Highness has her wedding ring on her right hand. This is the traditional hand for engagement and wedding rings in Norway and other Scandinavian countries.

Martha Louise and Ari would go on to have three daughters: Maud, Leah, and Emma. Unfortunately, the union was to not last. They announced their separation on August 5, 2016. They are currently in the process of divorce, but they will share custody of their three children. This is the first divorce in the Norwegian Royal Family in modern history.