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 .

Black Friday: Royal Sales

Well it is that time again, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The days where people go crazy for deals and begin the panic to get the perfect gifts for Christmas. While we have never seen any royal partaking in these sales, I am sure that doesn’t stop them from sitting at home and snagging some of the fantastic online sales!

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We decided we would do some digging for you and bring you the best deals from the Royal’s favorite brands and some of the pieces that they have worn that have been now heavily discounted!

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With so many royals wearing pieces from J Crew (Meghan, Kate, Madeleine, Mette Marit, Autumn Phillips to name a few!), we would be silly not to mention that their entire site is on sale at 50% off using the code TGIF- so you can go snap up Meghan’s Coat, Autumn’s Coat, or maybe even Meghan’s boots!

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We’ve also seen many royals favoring Hobbs in the past few years (Kate, Sophie, Sofia, Meghan, and Eugenie for example) with Kate and Sofia both wearing the brand this year. While Hobbs has a 30% off sale on their entire site, Bloomingdales has the same 30% off plus free shipping. So regardless of where you purchase it, Sofia’s jacket is on sale saving you over $100 USD!

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Another great place to stop by and shop this Black Friday is Shopbop who has a HUGE sale on their site right now using the code MORE18. You can snag Meghan’s Stuart Weitzman boots, Madeleine’s Star Blouse, Mary’s Heartmade Dress, Eugenie and Madeleine’s favorite Rag & Bone Harrow boots or Kate’s famous LK Bennett Sledge Pumps!

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Nordstroms is another big site having a sale this weekend, shopping now through Monday you can save up to 60% off pieces like Eugenie’s Rails button down blouse or Beatrice’s Rebecca Minkoff Bag so it is certainly worth a browse through their site.

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Our Swedish Royal Fans will know that H&M is a staple in the ladies wardrobe, so we were very excited to see that they have a sale today as well. It is actually Princess Beatrice’s pleated skirt from H&M that we have our eyes on today! Farfetch also has Victoria’s Zadig et Voltaire dress 30% off today as well!

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Another brand that is having a massive sale today is Zara. You would have to be hiding under a royal rock to not know that this brand has been a favorite of royals from all over for years! Everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Caroline, even Queen Silvia have worn Zara over the years. Zara currently has 30% off their entire site meaning you could snag Princess Beatrice’s Minaudiere Woven Bag for a discounted price. And while Kate’s exact dress was from Alessandra Rich, most of us don’t have that kind of money to spend on one piece- but Zara has our back and can offer a near identical dress for a fraction of the cost (especially with the 30% off)!

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For those of you who are expecting a new little prince or princess, be sure to stop by ASOS and shop their Maternity collection. ASOS has 25% off with code EPIC25 which means pieces like Meghan’s Wiggle Dress (also available in regular sizes, not only Maternity) is even more affordable!

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And if you want to check out even more LK Bennett products, Laura just informed me that they also have 25% off their entire store when you use the code FRIDAY25. This means that you can snag Princess Sofia’s Montana Silk dress for a discounted £221.25 (a savings of £73.75!) While you are there, snag yourself a new pair of shoes- you deserve it!

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What sales have you found? What sales have we missed? What sales are YOU going to be jumping on? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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."

UFO No More Podcast Episode 14: Scandinavian Royal Catch-Up (Featuring Heaven)

Another member of the UFO No More team, fashion editor Heaven, joined Laura this week.  The two ladies discussed the goings-on of the Scandinavian royals.  It was mostly about the Danish and Swedish royals as Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has been suffering from vertigo and then had surgery so she hasn't had any events lately.

The ladies discussed the incredible work Marie is doing tackling the issue of food waste. Make sure to follow Heaven's blog Princess Marie's Closet for all the latest on her.  They also talked about the Queen's birthday, Mary's hospital engagement, and the photos and upcoming festivities for Frederik's birthday.

Then, Heaven and Laura talked about the Swedish royals.  They spoke about Alexander's birthday photos, Madeleine's great but often behind-the-scenes work and her fantastic use of social media, Sofia's recent involvement with the UNDP, and Victoria's busy schedule.

Thanks to Heaven for coming on.  It's such a treat to hear her insights!

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Photo: Erika Gerdemark/Kungahuset.se

Our favorite outfits we want Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie to repeat

Crown Princess Mary: 

Brittani:

I'd love to see the peach and white ensemble again that she wore to present an award at Copenhagen Fashion Week's Designer Nest Awards in August 2015. She wore a peach Fonnesbech sleeveless coat, white Max Mara pants, and nude Valentino studded heels.

Another choice is one of my favorites of hers of all time. It was the muted green, one-shouldered Jesper Hovring gown that she wore at the Starry Starry Night Dinner in honor of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in 2011.

Heaven:

I would love to see her wear the Max Mara dress she wore to Prince Oscar's christening in 2016. It was such a flattering and elegant outfit! 

I've always wanted her to wear this red Niels Kristiansen gown again. She first wore it for a gala dinner during an official visit to Australia in 2005. I just love the shape and she looked really good in it.

Laura:

First, I chose the Jesper Høvring gown she wore to the 2014 Bambi Awards.  The color and sparkle appeal to me, but what really puts it in the love category for me is the neckline.  It's unique but also very flattering, and Mary carries it so well.

I'd also love to see Mary rewear the Erdem gown from Harald and Sonja's 80th birthday celebrations.  She carried that print effortlessly, and it was one of my favorite fashion moments of the celebrations.

Sarah:

I'd like to see Mary in the light blue Claes Iversen coat (with the light pinkish/white hat by Jane Taylor) that she wore for the welcoming of the Belgian State Visit in 2017.

Like Laura, I want to see a repeat of the white, floral Erdem gown from Harald and Sonja's 80th birthday celebrations.

Samantha:

I want to see Mary in her white Temperley London ‘Berry’ lace dress from the second day of the Japan visit again from 2017. She was also in her light blue Gianvito Rossi heels and carried a nude Prada bag.

I also want to see another appearance of her Vilshenko dress from the US visit in October 2016. 

Princess Marie:

Brittani:

I would LOVE to see her in the black patterned dress by Designers Remix that she wore to International Copenhagen Fashion Week in 2013.

The other outfit I'd like to see Marie in again would be the one she wore for celebrations of the 60th birthday of the Epilepsy Hospital’s Children Department on September 25, 2015. Then, she wore a short-sleeved white blouse by Hugo Boss, a light pink Alexander McQueen blazer, black Jimmy Choo heels and a light pink Chanel clutch. It looked so flattering on her!

Heaven:

I would love to see Marie in the Temperley London white printed dress she first wore during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. I really loved the dress, specially the print and the slits.

The other outfit I chose is one of my favorite gown of hers. She first wore this Roberto Cavalli gown during the Gala Dinner hosted by Queen Margrethe for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2012. Marie was still in maternity leave after the birth of Athena but she took a short break to attend the gala. It was the first and only time she wore Roberto Cavalli but this was such a flattering gown on her!

Laura:

I'd love to see another appearance of the black sleeveless sequin gown (worn twice in 2016 and to an event in conjunction with the Belgian State Visit in 2017). This gown is absolutely gorgeous, and selfishly I'm hoping the more appearances Marie makes in it the more likely we are to ID it.

I also chose this Hugo Boss dress first seen in November 2017.  I love the shape of this dress on Marie, and the gold details are divine!

Read more about the event here.

Sarah:

I want to see the navy lace gown by Rikke Gudnitz that she wore to a gala dinner in March 2016 at Amalienborg Palace.

I also want to see a repeat of the navy long-sleeved dress with white designs by Chloé that she wore to a garden party in 2012.

Samantha:

I would really like to see Marie in her Giambattista Valli red floral dress from the French embassy in 2017 again. 

I'd love to see her navy and pink Erdem floral dress from Prince Nikolai’s 18th birthday celebrations in August 2017 again!

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UFO No More Podcast Episode 4: Brittani and Laura weigh in on Henrik and other royal news

On this week's episode of the podcast, Laura is joined by her first guest UFO No More Blog Editor Brittani.  Laura and Brittani discuss Henrik's health situation, royals and the Olympics, Harry and Meghan's wedding details, Madeleine's decision to give birth in Sweden, and Kate's fashion for the BAFTAs and Scandinavian trip.  They wrap up answering a few questions about their interest and favorites when it comes to royals.

Be sure to leave comments or questions for next week's episode here or on Twitter/Facebook.  You can also leave a voicemail at +1(402)-370-8638.  Fees/rates may apply.

Danish Royal Family's 2014 French photo session

On June 11, 2014, the Danish Royal Family held their traditional summer photo call in Cahors, France. Those present were Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena. 

The photo session took place in the garden of the Queen and the Prince Consort's home Cayx Palace (or Château de Caïx) in Cahors. It also took place on the 80th birthday of Prince Henrik, and that is, no doubt, the reason the family was gathered in their French home. 

The family spent the rest of the day privately celebrating the milestone birthday for their patriarch. 

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Crown Princess Mary wore a sleeveless, bright green maxi dress by Isle Jacobsen which had a thin tie around the middle. Mary also wore a gold bracelet by Dulong Fine Jewelry, a rose gold bracelet by Shamballa Jewels and a pair of gold hoop earrings by Georg Jensen. 

Princess Marie was in a faint pink sleeveless dress, but the designer is still UFO. She was wearing a pair of matching Tod's heels. 

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Crown Princess Mary at Prince Christian's christening

In celebration of her birthday today, we are taking a look at Crown Princess Mary's outfit at Prince Christian's christening. 

When Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's first child was to be christened on January 21, 2006, Mary chose a printed Hugo Boss skirt and a Birgit Hallstein dusty blue blazer with white trim. She also wore a pair of nude Yves Saint Laurent pumps. Mary also wore a floral headpiece cream/nude by Malene Birger that we would see at the subsequent christenings of her other three children.

As a gift for the christening, Queen Margrethe gave Mary's a brooch to wear, as well. It was a royal heirloom that had been given to Margrethe by her mother, Queen Ingrid, who had been given it by her mother, Princess Margaretha of Sweden. 

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In Danish tradition, the newborn prince's name was not revealed until the ceremony, which took place in the Christiansborg Palace Chapel in central Copenhagen. His names were then announced as "Christian Valdemar Henri John." It should be noted his name continued the tradition of future kings being named either Christian or Frederik, as the names are alternated between the two. The ceremony was performed by Bishop Erik Norman Svendsen.

The three-month-old (he was born October 15, 2005)'s godparents were his paternal uncle: Prince Joachim, maternal aunt: Jane Stephens, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, and two friends of his parents: Jeppe Handwerk and Hamish Campbell. 

Christian wore the traditional Danish royal christening gown which was first worn by King Christian X. A silver baptism font from 1660 was also used. Both went on display afterward at Amalienborg Palace.

UFO No More Podcast Episode 2: Four Speeches and an Engagement

On the second episode of the UFO No More Podcast, Laura discussed speeches from Crown Princess Victoria, Crown Princess Mary Prince William, and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.  She also talked about the engagement of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and the...um...interesting social media posts from Sarah Ferguson.

Fashion topics covered included Eugenie's outfit from the engagement portraits and interview and her engagement ring, the designer spotlight of the week Stewart Parvin, Queen Maxima's wearing a similar skirt to the World Economic Forum that another royal wore in December, Princess Sofia's new stylist, and tiaras Meghan might wear.

AMAs included what question Laura wants to answer but hasn't been asked, royals wearing dresses worn many years ago, glittering events we might see this year, and weighing in on the Great Kate Coat Debate.

As always, tweet @Japanese_Ginger or @UFONoMore or comment here with your thoughts on this podcast or if you have questions you'd like included in next week's AMA.  New episode will drop next Monday and will of course cover William and Kate's Scandinavian trip!

Crown Princess Mary packs "Comfortpacks" with Mary Foundation

Crown Princess Mary packed "Comfortpacks" which includes backpacks with the necessities to children arriving at women's shelters in in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. She did this with her namesake foundation, The Mary Foundation or Mary Fonden in Danish which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Mary Foundation partnered with the Lego Foundation and packed the bags in Billund, Denmark, earlier this year on May 27. Mary also participated in 2014.

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Photo: Kåre Viemose

2,300 bags are packed per year and research has shown that the items in the backpacks (towels, toothpaste, toys, etc.) are vital to the children entering the shelters and utilized by them. These shelters are for women escaping from domestic violence. Over 19,000 backpacks have been distributed since its inception.

For this, Mary kept her outfit simple. She wore a blue pin-striped, bell sleeve top and black pants. She also had on a simple gold bracelet on her left wrist. Mary also wore navy heels and arrived in a black coat carrying a brown Ralph Lauren bag. 

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Photo: Kåre Viemose

Style of Mary said her jewlery was the following: 

Earrings: Hartmann's

Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet

Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry

Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring

This took place just a couple of days after Mary, as the patron, attended the opening of the 2017 European Emergency Medical Services Congress. There, she spoke at the Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center in Copenhagen to kick off the event. She was also shown the ambulance specifically modified for infant and toddlers called the ‘Babylance’. Here she carried a Naledi Copenhagen clutch and wore a pair of nude Gianvito Rossi pumps with her navy dress.

Style of Mary had all the details on her jewlery here, too:

Earrings: Dulong Fine Jewelry Luna Earrings with Diamonds

Pendant: Dulong Fine Jewelry Globe Pendants

Bracelet: Dulong Fine Jewelry Anello Pearl Bracelet

Bracelet: Cartier Love Bracelet

Rings: Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen Love Bands Ring

Crown Princess Mary presents the Loye Prize in 2012

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a beautiful orange short sleeved dress by Marc Jacobs to present the Loye Prize on August 24, 2012 at the Danish Museum of Art & Design for the St. Petersburg Loye Prize and Medals Ceremony. The dress tied around the waist and had a keyhole neckline.

Mary also wore nude Prada heels and gold jewelry including a Cenius & Black ring on her right hand and earrings and a necklace by Dulong. 

Mary traveled to the museum to present the award to the best Danish jewelry designers and goldsmiths. She was also shown some of the jewelry exhibits on display. 

The Crown Princess has presented these awards on many occasions, for example in 2015 at the Round Tower in Copenhagen.

Mary Donaldson during her engagement interview

We are taking a look back at the dress the then Mary Donaldson wore during her engagement interview on October 8, 2003. 

It was on that day that their engagement became official after Queen Margrethe gave her consent at the State Council meeting. The intent to marry had been previously announced on September 24.

The 3/4 length sleeved dress she chose for the occasion was by Kenth Fredin, who is a Danish designer. The dress was worn under a coat, also by Kenth, during the day's events before their appearance before the media in the Palace. She wore her brown hair pulled half up and out of her face. She also wore simple diamond stud earrings for the day. She finished off the look with a pair of Valentino heels.

Crown Prince Frederik presented Australian-born Mary with an engagement ring mimicking the Danish flag. It has two emerald-cut ruby baguettes around an emerald-cut diamond.

Interviews with the happy couple were conducted by both Danish and Australian media after they had appeared on the balcony to the waiting public.

Mary, who was not yet fluent in Danish, did attempt to answer some Danish reporters in their language but most of the interview was conducted in her native English.

Frederik called the feelings of the announcement "a huge happiness."

You can see one of the interviews at Amalienborg Palace below:

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.

Crown Princess Mary at the Victor Chang Royal Ball in Sydney

Crown Princess Mary was born Mary Donaldson in Hobart, Australia. Despite becoming a Danish royal, she has always maintained a strong connection to her Australian roots and in March 2005 she made her first tour of the country since becoming a Princess. While in Sydney for this tour she was the royal guest of honour at a ball for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Unit. 

The institute is named after pioneering cardiac surgeon Victor Chang, who died in 1991, and has a long history of royal association. The original facility was originally opened by the most famous royal of her time, Princess Diana, in late 1995 and Mary has completed numerous events for the Institute as their Honorary Life Governor. 

The Institute has a special place in Mary's heart. Her mother died in 1997 due to cardiac issues after having heart surgery. Mary gave a moving speech at the ball where she talked openly about losing her mother at just 26-years-old. 

The Crown Princess wore quite a distinctive dress at this occasion. The gown comes from the Fall/Winter 2005 collection of renowned Danish brand By Malene Birger, a popular choice for many Scandinavian royals.   

Crown Princess Mary participates in the festivities of Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday on April 8th 2015

On April 8, 2015, Crown Princess Mary, along with the other members of the Danish Royal House, participated in the festivities celebrating Her Majesty Queen Margrethe's 75th birthday. Our co-founder Heaven recently identified the cream colored dress, by Paule Ka, that The Crown Princess wore for the the luncheon.

 

Her Majesty and Prince Henrik were taken on a carriage ride through Aarhus, Denmark. The celebrations then kicked off at Aarhus City Hall with a birthday lunch reception for Her Majesty. Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie were all in attendance. They arrived on a red carpet, with the Crown Princess receiving a bouquet of flowers upon her arrival. The whole group made an appearance on the balcony of City Hall after lunch. You can see the Paule Ka dress in the image above.

Photos can be seen at this link from the festivities. 

Aarhus Music School also performed for the Danish royals, and the town's mayor gave a speech before presenting Her Majesty with a birthday gift from the city. 

 

That evening Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, Prince Nikolai, and Prince Felix attended a concert in honor of Margrethe's birthday, alongside an array of guests. The concert was organized by The Concert Hall and TV 2 and held at the Concert Hall Aarhus.