How Much Is It Worth: First Year Edition

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified.

After publishing our 2018 yearly review of the worth (please note not what the royal ladies actually spent) of 14 royal ladies new clothing, we are now taking a look at the first year of marriage (including the time the ladies were engaged ahead of their wedding) focusing on the Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Sussex, and Princess Sofia of Sweden.

The years we are looking at are 2011 for the Duchess of Cambridge, 2015 for Princess Sofia of Sweden, and 2018 for the Duchess of Sussex.

As there has been much discussion about the Duchess of Sussex’s total for 2018, we have decided to do investigate into what 2 other royals accumulated for clothing during their first year of royal marriage. We selected one royal from the same family (Duchess of Cambridge) and one from a different country (Princess Sofia). These three ladies all married into their respective royal family’s during the past 8 years.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Our data ranges from January 1 through December 31 of the year the royal married in - meaning that part of our calculations are from before they received their titles. However, these ladies were already engaged to be married and taking on engagements on behalf of their royal family, which is important to remember. So, all three of these royal ladies took part in royal engagements alongside their soon-to-be husbands ahead of their wedding. Our calculations include any photos of them taken during their first year; however, their wedding gowns are not included in our tally.

We do fully recognize that the ladies may have paid for their items ahead of their weddings out of their own pocket, but it is important to note that after the wedding, their clothing remains to be privately funded. As we have stated above, this article is not claiming our statistics are what was actually spent - only what they are worth. It is important to remember that after the wedding, the clothing is not funded for by taxpayers- it remains to be “funded privately”.

Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland/Sofia Hellqvist

Princess Sofia married the only son and second child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Prince Carl Philip on 13 June 2015 in Stockholm. Sofia and Carl Philip have two sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel.

Princess Sofia of Sweden (Sofia Hellqvist before marriage), debuted 123 new pieces during 2015. 93 pieces of those came to a calculated worth of 53,441 €. Missing from this total was 17 pieces which remain UFO and 13 pieces with the prices unknown. These 13 pieces are a mixture of custom gowns and ready-to-wear pieces (most from High Street brands but were identified too many years after being sold for a price to be recorded). Her average price per piece was 580 €.

In total, Princess Sofia was photographed in 76 outfits in 2015.

Duchess of Cambridge/Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (the eldest child of Charles, The Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Prince of Wales) on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. They now have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

During 2011 Duchess of Cambridge (previously Catherine/Kate Middleton) debuted 142 new pieces. Her total for 2011 came 61,603 € for 95 pieces. 47 pieces are missing from this total, 38 being custom/no price available and 9 pieces remaining unidentified. The average price-per-piece for these 95 pieces was 648 €. Her wedding earrings are not included in this total as no price was ever released for them by the designer AND because they were a confirmed gift from her family, the British Press estimated them to be worth 15,000 £.

In 2011, Kate was photographed in 61 outfits.

Duchess of Sussex/Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex married the younger son of the Prince of Wales and late Diana, Princess of Wales on 19 May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor. They are currently expecting their first child in the spring.

The latest person to marry into the British royal family was the Duchess of Sussex (or Meghan Markle before marriage). In 2018 she debuted 324 new pieces, 256 of those pieces added up to a worth 479,048 €. Her average price per piece average of 1,871 €.

You will note that we omitted a total of 64 items from our total. 26 of these pieces were unidentified and the remaining 48 items were identified but without a price (most were bespoke pieces).

One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts, possibly from Prince Charles (our friends at Meghan’s Mirror shared their thoughts on this here), which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials. However because the Palace has not confirmed them to be gifts we left them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD). Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design.

In her first year, Meghan had 98 photographed outfits.

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

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 .

How Much Is It Worth?!

NOTE: This is a constantly updating post and subject to change as pieces are identified. If you would like to contribute to finding the UFOs from 2018, visit our comprehensive breakdown HERE.

As is becoming our annual tradition, Heaven and I have sat down with our notes, spreadsheets and calculators to bring you a comprehensive look at the value of the new clothing of 14 different royal ladies from around the world. Last year we brought you the number for 11 different ladies, and we heard your requests for us to include a few others. We are so happy to be able to include Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and the Duchess of Sussex this year, per your request, in addition to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

You will notice that Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan is not on this year's list as she was last year. After discussions with the Royal Hashemite Court and the Office of Her Majesty, we have taken Her Majesty out of our tally and off of our website as to not cause any “damage” to her from our calculations of the yearly worth of her clothing. As a result of our discussions with members of the Court, we determine it was best for Her Majesty and UFONoMore.com to remove her from our tally and website.

When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:

  1. Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)

  2. Pieces that are identified and costs can be found

  3. Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown

In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). Out of 1,663 new pieces debuted this year by these ladies - only 34 of these pieces did we estimate a price. We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.

Totals in Euros (Descending by 2018 Total)

Now onto the data! In total, these 14 royal ladies debuted clothing retailing over 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) during 2018 on clothings and accessories. This 1,195,497 € ($1,281,524 USD) takes into account the 1,095 pieces which were identified with costs or had costs estimated. Excluded from this tally was 568 pieces where the pieces remain UFO or are custom pieces.

Average Price-Per-Piece in Euros

We acknowledge that some of these tallies could be higher because a royal has more pieces identified than others - which is why we include the average price-per-piece graphic for you below. These numbers are calculated by dividing the cost of pieces we have prices for by the number of pieces we have prices for (Example: Even though Princess Charlene of Monaco had 51 new pieces, we divided her total amount by 24 because that was how many pieces we had prices for). This gives us a better idea of her spending habits and trends.

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The Duchess of Sussex has taken over the top spot in her first year as a royal. We have calculated her new clothing worth to be a whooping 479,048 € ( $509,278 USD) this year. That number is likely higher because only 256 pieces out of her 324 new pieces have prices and thus are included in this amount. One factor that we have tossed back in forth as we have watched this number climb is that included in this number are her Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings. The idea has been bounced around that they were gifts from Prince Charles, which would see them removed from our tally because we do not include gifts from family members or Government Officials, however because the Palace has not confirmed either way we leave them in. The earrings and bracelet carry a hefty price tag of 206,022€ ($233,000 USD) so if they were indeed gifts, her total spending would be 273,026 € ($286,278 USD) which still has her in the top spot. Another thing to note is that her wedding ceremony gown is not included, as it was completely custom made for her by Givenchy and thus has no retail price. Her Stella McCartney gown is included as the designer released a near identical design. (Visit Meghan’s Mirror’s post for a further analysis)

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With the second highest amount, Crown Princess Mary comes next in the line up. With her 2018 wardrobe additions costing 102,914€ ($144,349 USD) for 105 pieces and debuting 170 pieces, she certainly has been stepping up her “fashion game” in the past few years. Mixing local and couture designers her average price-per-piece was 980€ ($1,089 USD), putting her in the middle of the ranking for our cost-for-pieces tally. (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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Next up is Sophie, Countess of Wessex who’s debuted 85 new pieces this year - totaling 86,675€ ($91,939 USD) for 60 of those pieces. She ranked 3rd highest on the average cost-per-piece with an average of 1,444€ ($1,532 USD) for 2018. Following her was Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge who debuted 117 new pieces this year. Of those 117 pieces, only 81 of them factored into her 80,237€ ($85,097 USD) total. While her numbers are lower than last year, it should be remembered that she also had a maternity leave during this year which left her out of the public eye for a few months.

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Princess Charlene always manages to find herself in the middle of the “rankings”; however, for 2 years in a row she remains in the top spot for average price-per-piece. Her total amount was 61,390€ ($65,178 USD) for 24 out of 51 total new pieces. While this total puts her in the middle, her price-per-piece average came in at 2,557€ ($2,715 USD) which was about 705€ ($733 USD) higher than the Duchess of Sussex who took the number 2 spot in the price-per-piece tally.

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Next up, was Queen Maxima of the Netherlands - whose new clothing retail value is probably double what we have calculated as we only have prices for 48 of her 108 new pieces for 2018; this resulted in a tally of 56,805€ ($60,383 USD). Most of her new pieces were custom pieces, many from Natan which result in 60 pieces where prices were unknown or remained unidentified- therefore excluded.

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Another new addition to our tally this year was Princess Beatrice who totaled in at 56,363€ ($59,817 USD) for 62 out of 88 new pieces. With her sister’s wedding being a major event in their family this year, Princess Beatrice made sure that she dressed the part all year long introducing Gucci designs into her wardrobe and continuing her love for loafer shoes.

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Princess Marie comes next in the tally spending 49,408 € ($58,042.70 USD) on 59 out of 96 new pieces. Her year saw her wearing Elie Saab for the first time, much to Heaven’s great pleasure! Her biggest splurge of the year was a new selection of jewels from her favorite designer Christine Hvelplund, which raised her average price-per-piece to 843€ ($967 USD). (Visit Princess Marie’s Closet’s post for a further analysis)

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The first Swede on the list is Crown Princess Victoria who debuted 133 new pieces this year. Continuing her pattern of championing Scandinavian designers, her total comes in to 44,095 € ($47,127 USD) for 98 of those pieces. Her choice to majorly favor Scandinavian designers resulted in her average price-per-piece being one of the lowest at 449€ ($480 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

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Next up is Queen Letizia, who continued her love of high street brands which allowed her to debut 196 new pieces but remain a low figure on the tally. While 107 of those pieces factored into her total of 42,448€ ($45,054 USD) - it is safe to say that she knows how to get the most “bang-for-her-buck”.

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Next is Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway, who was also away from the public eye for most of the year on medical leave. Spending 41,027€ ($43,594 USD) on 52 of her 76 new pieces, 2018 saw her splurging more a couple specialty pieces. Her price-per-piece average came to 789€ ($838 USD). *We have talked to the royal court and determined that one of items had a wrong identification and it was thus taken out of the total number until the correct identification could be confirmed*

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Princess Eugenie had an exciting year - both in her personal life and in fashion. Marrying Jack Brooksbank this autumn wearing a custom gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, her wedding weekend accounted for many custom gowns and outfits which are sure to bring her actual numbers up. She finished the year with a total of 37,512 € ($39,818 USD) for 43 out of her 60 new pieces this year. (Note: Her wedding outfits are not included in these numbers because they were custom made and therefore we don’t have a price for them)

Finishing our tally are Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine of Sweden. Princess Sofia’s total came to 30,844€ ($33,049 USD) for the year which accounts for 72 of her 118 new pieces debuted this year. Princess Madeleine spent most of the year out of public eye, giving birth to Princess Adrienne and relocating her family to Florida which accounted for her low numbers. Her total came to 26,398€ ($28,493 USD) for 24 out of her 39 new pieces. However, when she did debut a new piece - it was typically from a luxury brand, as seen in her average price-per-piece amount of 1,099€ ($1,187 USD). (Visit The Royals & I’s post for a further breakdown)

In summary, the standings from 2018 are:

  1. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

  2. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

  3. Sophie, Countess of Wessex

  4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

  5. Princess Charlene of Monaco

  6. Queen Maxima of Netherlands

  7. Princess Beatrice

  8. Princess Marie of Denmark

  9. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

  10. Queen Letizia of Spain

  11. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

  12. Princess Eugenie

  13. Princess Sofia of Sweden

  14. Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Did any of these numbers surprise you? Leave a comment and let us know!

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

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 .

Swedish royal ladies at the 2018 Polar Music Prize

I thought the Swedish royal ladies really hit it out of the park for the 2018 Polar Music Prize; so, I thought we would go ahead and highlight the outfits they wore last night, 14 June. Those in attendance at the event at Grand Hôtel in central Stockholm included King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia and Princess Madeleine. 

Others in attendance last night were famous Swedish faces: Marie and Tomas Ledin, Niklas Strömstedt, Jonas Karlsson, David Lagercrantz, Petra Marklund and Karl-Johan Persson among many others. 

Without further ado, here are the looks:

Crown Princess Victoria: Victoria wore a red, one-shouldered caped red gown by Stylein A/W 18. She also wore a gold "Spike" headband by Maria Nilsdotter, as well as the Cherry Valley earrings by the same brand.

Princess Madeleine: The Princess was in a lighter green, floral gown by Giambattista Valli. She carried a pink clutch by Valentino, as well. For me, I can't decide between Madeleine's outfit and Sofia's for my favorite of the evening! 

Princess Sofia: Sofia was in another favorite of mine for the evening. She was in a deep green, high necked gown by what we believe is Ida Lanto (a customized version of their red similar gown with a train). Laura has reached out to them to get confirmation, and we will let you know when we get it!

What was your favorite look?

Our favorite royal gowns


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

Brittani:

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

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

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

@meghanmarkle/Instagram

@meghanmarkle/Instagram

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

Heaven:

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

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

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

 

Laura:

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

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

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

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

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

Samantha:

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

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

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

Sarah:

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

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

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

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

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

© Nobel Media AB 2017. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

© Nobel Media AB 2017. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Your Thoughts:

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

 

JR‏  on Twitter sent us these:

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

Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden

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

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

 

Dianne Dunn‏  said: 

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

British High Commission, New Delhi/Flickr

British High Commission, New Delhi/Flickr

 

Princess Victoria‏  told us: 

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

 

Duchess of Pemberley's opinion. 

It was the Pronovias Sofia wore:

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

 

Kat Es thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Brittani:

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

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

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

Heaven:

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

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

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

Laura:

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

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

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

Sarah:

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

Photo: Kungahuset

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. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

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

Samantha: 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our top picks on outfits we want to see the Swedish princesses repeat

Crown Princess Victoria

Brittani:

The tan/nude colored Filippa K she wore while in Rome, Italy, in December 2016 while meeting with President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy. I loved the Tiger of Sweden Defernex Bag that matched and her shoes, too, from Acne Studios Andrea Pumps

The white By Malina dress and white Gianvito Rossi shoes she wore for Prince Oscar's christening on May 27, 2016. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of the Philip Treacy hat, however. 

Photo Henrik Garlöv, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Henrik Garlöv, The Royal Court, Sweden

Heaven:

I would love her to repeat her the H&M gown she wore at the Nobels in 2016! I loved the color and the shape of the dress. It looked so regal, and I loved that she paired it with pieces from the Cameo parure.

My other choice is the Elie Saab dress she wore at a pre-wedding reception hosted by the Prime Minister in 2010. I love Elie Saab, and I love Victoria in Elie Saab so this was a perfect outfit for me. I loved everything about it.

Laura:

I loved her Fadi el Khoury gown from Madeleine's wedding. It's so dramatic with the embroidery, and I love the color, too.  I would love to see it worn to a tiara event with the Connaught tiara.

Photo: Frankie Fouganthin/Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Frankie Fouganthin/Wikimedia Commons

I'd also love to see her wear the outfit she wore to Gabriel's christening again. I love the color and the silhouette.  It just WORKS on Victoria.

Samantha:

I liked her newest Ida Sjöstedt floral dress that she wore for the Cambridge visit to Sweden earlier in 2018. 

Also, I liked Victoria's pastel Rodebjar suit with the Acne coat that she wore during the same visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Sarah:

I want to see her repeat the light pink Heart dress she wore for the boat party during the celebrations of Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana's wedding in 2010. 

I have no clue on the designer, but I want to see this navy gown again because it's never been seen before in public. I'm guessing designer is Pär Engsheden or Lars Wallin, but I have no confirmation. 

Princess Madeleine

Brittani:

The Elle Saab gown she wore (and Victoria has worn) to her pre-wedding dinner in June 2013. 

The light pink, floral Fadi el Khoury bespoke gown for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Heaven:

Like Brittani and Laura, I loved her Fadi el Khoury gown but since I don't want to repeat what was already said, I chose the black Carmen Marc Valvo gown she wore for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce gala dinner in New York in 2011. It's such a flattering gown and I loved it when she first wore it.

Another dress I would like to see again is the Roksanda dress she wore at Prince Oscar's christening. I love Roksanda's designs and this one was no exception, Madeleine looked stunning and her styling was on point, especially her hair ! 

Laura:

Like Brittani, I'd like to see Madeleine wear the Fadi el Khoury gown from the 2016 Nobels.  It's just the classic princess dress in my mind, and it's fabulous.

Another one I'd like to see is the Valentino she wore to Nicolas's christening.  It's so high fashion, and I love the gold and burgundy combination.

Photo Mattias Edwall, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Mattias Edwall, The Royal Court, Sweden

Samantha:

I want to see Madeleine repeat the 2017 Victoria Day outfit: Erdem ‘Meg’ dress and Philip Treacy hat.

I also want to see a repeat of her Ida Sjöstedt outfit she wore to the 2017 Polar Music Prize

Sarah:

It was a favorite of many, including me - I want to see her in the Fadi el Khoury purple gown from the 2014 Nobels and the tea party in 2015 with Min Stora Dag. 

I also want to see this dress again for the purpose of identifying it.

Princess Sofia

Brittani:

The black and white patterned Gant dress that she wore on day 2 of her and Carl Philip's visit to Varmland on August 27, 2015.

Sofia's outfit from her return to Darlana in October 2015; Zara black and white top, red Gant Collection coat, black Gant boots, Engelbert Diamond Hoop Earrings and black Longchamp bag.

Heaven:

The red Ida Lanto Couture gown she wore at a gala dinner in March 2017. I really love the color, and it fitted her so well. I would love to see it again! 

An honor to dress our beautiful Princess Sofia last night in deep red silk🌹

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Another gown I would like to see again is the white Alexis gown she wore at the gala dinner for King Harald and Queen Sonja's 80th birthdays in 2017. It was a really nice gown, different than what she usually wears, but I liked it a lot.

Laura:

My first choice is the Ida Lanto gown she wore to the 2017 Nobels.  Like Madeleine's, this is a fantastic princess dress, and the shade of neutral is fantastic on Sofia.  I also love her modified wedding tiara with pearls.

I also chose the Zuhair Murad gown she wore to her pre-wedding dinner.  It's so exquisite, and Zuhair Murad is one of my favorite red carpet designers.  And again, the color looks fantastic on Sofia.

Samantha:

I'd love to see Sofia's pink lace Ida Sjöstedt dress with her pink Dolce and Gabbana clutch repeated. It was from

Photo: H. Garlöv/Kungahuset.se 

Photo: H. Garlöv/Kungahuset.se 

Like Heaven, I want to see her in her Ida Lanto red gown again! It can be seen in the video below:

Sarah:

I have one way of describing this pink Ida Lanto gown from last year's Nobels: <3

My second outfit I want to see repeated is the black Ida Sjöstedt gown from her event a couple of nights ago to present awards for the UNDP.

 

What were your favorite looks? Let us know!

Taking a look at Princess Sofia's wedding gown

For her wedding to Prince Carl Philip on June 13, 2015, then-Sofia Hellqvist chose the Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. 

Her dress was reminiscent of then-Kate Middleton's gown in 2011 and Grace Kelly's in 1956. It had lace long sleeves with a dropped v in the front and back. It was made up of three different shades of white, crêpe in-silk and Italian organza. Lace designs featured down the front of the gown and on the train. 

Photo Mattias Edwall, The Royal Court, Sweden

Photo Mattias Edwall, The Royal Court, Sweden

The gown was made in Sjöstedt's Stockholm studio and was hand cut and hand stitched. She also wore a hand-embroidered tulle veil with a small sprig of myrtle (tradition of Swedish royal brides since 1935). Sofia wore a new tiara with diamonds and emeralds on her wedding day - a gift from her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf. 

Bridesmaids (including Princess Estelle) wore custom gowns by the same designer. Sofia and her bridesmaids' bouquets were of cream and coral garden roses.

The wedding was broadcast live on SVT and took place in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace - like Carl Philip's younger sister, Princess Madeleine's wedding two years prior. 

Princess Sofia had a second wedding dress that she wore to her wedding reception at Stockholm Palace - dinner was in the White Sea Ballroom and dancing in Karl XI's Gallery. This white gown had a lace overlay with no train. It was one-shouldered (made of lace) on her right shoulder. It was also by Ida Sjöstedt. She wore the same nude Charlotte Olympia heels with both.

We will take a look at the outfits worn to Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's nuptials in a later post. Watch this space!

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 (see below) and Crown Princess Mary's clothing, it is important that we mention Mary’s, we believe based on our research, are paid for by the taxpayers whereas we believe the others are not. 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). 

UPDATE: More information has come to our attention, and we want to clarify our information on Queen Rania. Her Majesty’s clothing is NOT paid for by the Jordanian taxpayer. At face value, our calculations are what Queen Rania (and the other royal women)’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost to buy. We cannot say for a fact that these royal ladies actually spent the amount as items could have been on loan or gifted, which does occur for some royal ladies. Additionally, we do not know if they were purchased at full price or with a high discount (like 50% off, for example). Therefore, the calculations should be seen more as what the wardrobes were worth in 2017.

We apologize for any confusion and misinformation earlier to our readers, Queen Rania, and the Royal Hashemite Court. We hope that people now take note of our update with verified information.

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 whose new wardrobe was worth 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.

**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**

* 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 .

Our favorites from the 2017 Nobels

After the 2017 Nobels in Stockholm yesterday, we have selected our favorite looks from the evening (one of, if not THE most glamorous of the royal calendar).

Sarah: The favorite for me was Sofia. I loved the style of her gown. I loved the details of buttons on the sleeves and how she kept the jewels matching, which complemented each other so well. I love how it was a muted lace material. I adored how it just flowed out and just looked so princess like. I haven't liked Ida Lanto's pieces for her in the past, but this was stunning. Also, I really loved the surprise of the pearls on the tiara. I didn't see that coming, so it was nice to see that they can still surprise us in the jewel department from time to time!

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Heaven: My favorite was Madeleine for the third year in a row! I'm not a big fan of the amethysts, but there's no one who wears them better than she does. I was pleased to see the whole parure, too. What made me love the look was how every little detail was tied together; it was so on point! The nail polish, the purple details in the lace of her dress, the hair (I love this kind of updo), the clutch matching the color of the skirt and the flowy skirt were all just so wonderful. I like that this is a real maternity gown, but it's not super fitted or a tent dress; it flatters her beautifully and the color looks amazing against her skin tone and with the amethysts.

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Laura: I loved Madeleine's look. The amethysts are a very beautiful stone but a tough tiara to wear. Madeleine wore them the best I've ever seen. I thought the Seraphine gown was exquisite.  You can really tell that the brand is the master of maternity wear. I really loved how there were hints of purple in the gown to work well with the tiara, but it also contrasted, too. I love, love, love that she wore the amethyst necklace, earrings, and brooch with it! Finally, this feels like a really timeless look. I have a feeling 10, 20, etc. years from now I will look at this and still think it's stunning.

   Photo: kungahuset.se/Princess Madeleine Facebook

 

Photo: kungahuset.se/Princess Madeleine Facebook

Brittani: I expected to say that Princess Madeleine was my favorite. However, for the first time in a long time, I wasn't fond of her gown. I absolutely adored Princess Sofia's gown. It was gorgeous! It is definitely my favorite of hers so far during her time as a royal. The color might have been too pale for her skin tone but I think the overall gown made up for it. The lace and glitter design was so delicate and feminine. She kept her jewelry simple and let the dress do the talking. I also loved how she changed out the emeralds on her wedding tiara to pearls. To be honest, I like the tiara with the pearls better than the emeralds. I hope she chooses to wear the tiara like that more in the future! 

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Princess Sofia at a 2017 Project Playground dinner

 

On 2nd August 2017, Princess Sofia attended a conference on sustainability called A Sustainable Tomorrow in Bastad. The conference, organised by Border Meetings, invites people to come together to discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. One of the conference’s key partners is Project Playground and so the charity hosted a dinner in the evening after the conference, attended by their Honorary Chairman Princess Sofia. 

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Princess Sofia arrived alongside her Project Playground co-founder Frida Vesterberg. The two close friends both wore pieces by Swedish designer By MalinaDespite being heavily pregnant, Sofia looked elegant and effortless in the pale blue jersey dress which features a distinctive layered top. 

She attended a similar conference last year with Project Playground, as well. You can read more about Project Playground in this article by our co-editor for Royal Central.

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Princess Sofia at the christening of Prince Nicolas

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

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

Photo: Maja Suslin, TT

Photo: Maja Suslin, TT

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

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

Princess Sofia at Prince Oscar's christening

Prince Oscar, who is celebrating his 1st birthday today, was christened on May 27, 2016, in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace. All members of his immediate family were there, including his aunt, Princess Sofia. 

According to Sarah, Sofia wore a light blue Antonio Berardi short-sleeved dress for the occasion with her Order of the Seraphim brooch. She was also wearing Yves Saint Laurent nude shoes and a nude colored hat. Her Valentino clutch matched her shoes and hat, as well. She sat in between her husband, Prince Carl Philip and Christopher O'Neill - the husband of Princess Madeleine. Chris had her nephew, Prince Nicolas on his lap who was chewing on a toothbrush for much of the christening and looking to his Aunt Sofia. 

Sofia was on maternity leave at the time of the christening, as she had just given birth to her first child, Prince Alexander a month earlier on April 19. Alexander would be christened on September 9. 

Oscar's godparents were Princess Madeleine, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Oscar Magnuson, and Hans Åström. He wore the traditional Swedish Royal Family christening gown first worn by future King Gustaf Adolph in 1906. His name was embroidered on it afterwards. 

Prince Oscar's christening.&nbsp;Photo: Jonas Ekströmer, TT/The Royal Court, Sweden

Prince Oscar's christening. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer, TT/The Royal Court, Sweden

Sofia Hellqvist at her pre-wedding dinner

Then Sofia Hellqvist attended her private pre-wedding dinner on the island of Skeppsholmen in Stockholm on Friday, June 12, 2015. 

Sarah found that she wore a blue Zuhair Murad gown for the evening festivities. She paired it with nude pointy-toed heels. The dress was modified to make the slit hit the knee instead of the original thigh high slit. 

The 270 guests arrived at the harbor of Stockholm before being taken to the island on the SS Stockholm; however, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill skipped the boat ride due to Madeleine being just days from delivering their second child. They instead traveled to the island by car.

Sofia told Expressen before boarding the SS Stockholm that it "feels superb!" regarding the wedding.

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine gave a speech during the dinner where they told Sofia, "It is not difficult to understand why our brother has fallen for you. You have a good heart and a clever brain."

Royals from all over the world flew in to the Swedish capital for the wedding on June 13, 2015, where Sofia Hellqvist would become Princess Sofia after her wedding in the Royal Chapel of Stockholm Palace.

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 Sofia Project Playground bracelet

One piece of jewelry people see Princess Sofia wearing regularly is her Project Playground "piece" bracelet. The bracelet is a thin piece of strong bright green yarn with a silver puzzle piece. 

Photo: Project Playground

Photo: Project Playground

Project Playground was founded by the then Sofia Hellqvist and her friend Frida Vesterberg in 2010 to improve the life opportunities of children and young people. It first began operation in South Africa but has since began working in Sweden with refugee children fleeing the war torn Middle East. 

You can purchase your own Project Playground bracelet at this link. They ship to the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. 

During an event in November 2015 for Project Playground Sarah found that Princess Sofia wore a Saint Tropez top in a nude/beige color, which you can see below. 

Photo: Project Playground

Photo: Project Playground

You can learn more about this organization through their website. You can also read more about them here

Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip release photos of Prince Alexander ahead of christening

Our founder Sarah identified the lovely dress that Princess Sofia wore in the official photos released by the Swedish Royal Court before Prince Alexander's christening. Sofia was wearing a mixed colored Object short-sleeved dress. 

HRH Prince Carl Philip, HRH Princess Sofia, and HRH Prince Alexander in August 2016. Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden.

HRH Prince Carl Philip, HRH Princess Sofia, and HRH Prince Alexander in August 2016. Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden.

The official photos were released on August 23, 2016, and were taken by Kate Gabor that same month. At that time, little Alexander was just four-months-old.

There were two images in total. One was of the entire family of three, while the other photo featured Prince Carl Philip proudly holding his smiling son. 

HRH Prince Carl Philip holding his son, HRH Prince Alexander in August 2016. Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden.

HRH Prince Carl Philip holding his son, HRH Prince Alexander in August 2016. Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden.

Prince Alexander was christened on September 9, 2016, at the Royal Chapel of Drottningholm Palace.