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!!

 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:

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 .

Princess Iman of Jordan at charity event with the Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans

Princess Iman, alongside her mother Queen Rania, attended a charity event with the Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans on June 20, 2016. They joined orphans and their caretakers to break the fast for Iftar - the fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holiday month of Ramadan. 

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Copyright © 2009, The Royal Hashemite Court

Iman wore a white and black patterned Roland Mouret jacket over a white shirt and a pair of black pants for the event in Amman. Queen Rania wore an UFO pink blouse with a thin nude leather belt. She carried a small nude shoulder bag, as well. 

The Queen and the Princess fixed plates for the children and cut up their food for them when they needed it. They both happily chatted with the children who seemed very excited to have a meal with their Queen and Princess.

 @QueenRania/Twitter

@QueenRania/Twitter

In a press release by Her Majesty Queen Rania's Press Department, they said, "One of the largest integrated social welfare institutions in Jordan, Al Hussein Social Foundation for Orphans was founded in 1953 and today provides accommodation, food, clothing, and educational services to 119 children. Hosting both orphans and victims of broken families, the Foundation’s mission has been to provide underprivileged children with a home-life environment." 

After the event, Queen Rania tweeted, "Adorable company over iftar today; with Iman and a group of children at the Al Hussein Social Foundation for orphans."

She also posted a video to her Facebook page highlighting the day, which is posted above.

Princess Iman and Queen Rania at MEDEF Summer University Conference in Paris

In August 2015, Princess Iman of Jordan accompanied her mother, Queen Rania to the MEDEF Summer University Conference in Jouy-en-Josas (close to Paris). 

For the event, Iman wore a red and white Contrast Corset 1/2 Circle dress by Alexander McQueen. The Princess wore a matching white cardigan and a pair of Sergio Rossi Puzzle Caged sandals. Additionally, she carried a UFO beige clutch. Iman was also wearing a pair of Elise Dray earrings. 

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Queen Rania wore a beautiful off-white Givenchy dress with a pair of Dior ball style earrings. The Queen also carried a beige Louis Vuitton purse and wore nude Jimmy Choo heels. Rania's dress features a rounded neck with diagonal straps; it featured a neck tie detail, as well. 

During the event, Her Majesty also spoke to those assembled. She spoke about how moderate Muslims must work diligently to combat terror organizations like ISIS who are hijacking Islam. The Queen said, “The so-called Islamic State continues to spread its evil ideology with terror tactics, not only maligning Islam and Muslims at every turn but changing global perceptions of our region.”

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Queen Rania stressed that opportunities must be created, even though the Middle East is not an ideal location with the ongoing turmoil. However, it is essential to defeating the radical groups operating in the region. 

More about the visit can be read in the press release sent out by the Office of Her Majesty

Queen Rania and Princess Iman also visited a museum in Paris.

Iman is coming into her own and, dare we say, beginning to rival her glamorous mother in the style game!

Queen Rania's wedding gown

For her wedding to then-Prince Abdullah of Jordan, Rania al Yassin wore a custom made Bruce Oldfield wedding gown for the traditional Muslim ceremony at Zahran Palace in Amman. It took place on June 10, 1993.

Rania's gown got its inspiration from the Syrian formal dresses on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. It featured gold detailing and gloves. It was short sleeved with a white belt with a massive 'O' in diamonds around the waist. It also had a full skirt and long train.

Rania, who had no idea her husband would be named heir a few years later, did not wear a tiara but instead a simple hairband to match her gown. Her hair was in a tight updo that made getting in and out of the car a challenge. She said later, "When my brother-in-law, Prince Faisal, picked me up in a vintage car, its ceiling was so low, and my hair was so high, my head jammed and I couldn’t move my neck.”

She had a separate, less conservative dress for the reception that was held at Raghadan Palace where she and Abdullah cut their multi-tiered and rectangular wedding cake that was decorated with small crowns with a sword. This gown was sleeveless and featured a V-neck in the front with a deeper V in the back. It also had gold detailing. 

Royals from all over the world attended including Queen Sofia of Spain and the now King Mohammed of Morocco. There were 2000 guests invited who filled up the gardens of Raghadan.

They spent their honeymoon in the United States. 

Queen Rania welcomes the Duchess of Cornwall in Jordan

On March 12, 2013, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Jordan on a state visit. Queen Rania greeted them (with King Abdullah) at the Royal Palace in Amman in a blue and white Antonio Berardi dress during the day. Hers was custom made to include sleeves and a longer hem. A matching blue belt was also worn with the dress that featured a black, blue and white floral embellishment on the left side. 

The Queen carried a black Leather Betty bag from Saint Laurent Paris, as well and wore a pair of brown Elizabeth Leather Gucci pumps. 

After receiving a guard of honor, Charles and Camilla participated in a private meeting with the King and Queen. This was on day one of their three day tour in Jordan.

During the evening, the King and Queen of Jordan hosted Charles and Camilla at a dinner at the palace where Rania wore a red and brown Gucci dress featuring a wide tan belt around the middle. She wore the same shoes as when she greeted the British royal couple earlier in the day. 

Queen Rania at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding

Royals from all over the world traveled to Stockholm in June 2010 for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria to Daniel Westling, now Prince Daniel, at Stockholm Cathedral.

Queen Rania wore a 3/4 sleeved purple Antonio Berardi gown with her Order of the Seraphim, a Swedish order of chivalry she was granted in 2003. Her Majesty was wearing purple shoes which perfectly matched her gown. She had her hair in an updo with the simple, but stunning, Boucheron Bracelet Tiara. She attended the nuptials with her husband, King Abdullah II and their oldest daughter, Princess Iman. 

 Queen Rania on the terrace of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Her daughter, Princess Iman is to her right. Photo: Prolineserver via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Rania on the terrace of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Her daughter, Princess Iman is to her right. Photo: Prolineserver via Wikimedia Commons

Victoria and Daniel married on June 19, 2010 - exactly 34 years after the Princess's parents King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia exchanged vows. The wedding was called by some "Europe's biggest royal wedding since the Prince of Wales married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981." 

You can check out the outfits of other royal ladies at the wedding on our blog! You can see Princess Charlene's outfit here and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's gown here

Queen Rania at Great Arab Revolt Centennial celebration 2016

In June 2016, Queen Rania attended the Great Arab Revolt Centennial celebration alongside her family. For the celebration, Heaven found that she wore a gorgeous Etro teal gown. The gown had beautiful gold embellishments, as well down the front. She had a gold headband in her hair to match. Rania carried a Dior clutch and wore green drop earrings. 

King Abdullah II, Crown Prince Hussein, Princess Muna, and Princess Salma attended with the Queen. The King was dressed in his military uniform, as expected. 

The Great Arab Revolt began in June 1916 when independence from the Ottoman Empire was declared by Sherif Hussein bin Ali. The plan was to created a unified Arab state from Syria to Yemen. They had the assistance of Great Britain and France. The revolt ended in October 1918.

Sherif Hussein bin Ali's son was King Abduallah I of Jordan - who is the current King's great grandfather - making Sherif King Abdullah II's great great grandfather.