UFO No More Podcast Episode 12: Spanish Royal Family Drama (Featuring Brittani)

On this episode, Britttani joins Laura and the two go in depth on the Spanish Royal Family drama and the many complicated thoughts about this.

Laura and Brittani opened the show by discussing the horrible bus crash in Saskatchewan that left 15 dead.  The Queen has sent her condolences.  If you wish to make a donation to help the victims of the crash, a verified GoFundMe is here.

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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.

Queen Sofia at Easter Mass in 2016

On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Queen Sofia joined her son, King Felipe; daughter-in-law, Queen Letizia; and granddaughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia for Easter Mass at the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. 

For the religious service for the most important day on the Christian calendar, Queen Sofia wore a green floral Oscar de la Renta jacket. It had blue trim and she was wearing a matching blue dress underneath. The Queen wore metallic heels and carried a smaller metallic purse.

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The Royal Family was received outside the Cathedral by the Bishop of Mallorca, Monsignor Javier Salinas, members of the cathedral chapter and acolytes. Salinas presided over the ceremony.

Upon entering the Cathedral, the King, Queens, Princess and Infanta greeted their fellow attendees.

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Her daughter-in-law wore a hot pink Carolina Herrera coat and carried a matching Adolfo Dominguez clutch. The Queen had on a black and white striped wool sweater by Hugo Boss and wore a pair of navy Uterque pumps. 

Queen Sofia during the pre-wedding gala for then Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz

For the pre-wedding gala dinner for her son, then-Prince Felipe to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, Queen Sofia wore a gold and cream gown by Spanish fashion designer Manuel Pertegaz (who designed her soon-to-be daughter-in-law's wedding gown). 

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia hosted the pre-wedding dinner for their son and his fiancé where 350 guests attended including many of the royals who were invited to the wedding. These include the Prince of Wales, King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Felipe’s maternal aunt and uncle), then-Queen Beatrix, then-Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and members of the exiled Iranian Royal Family.

Of course, the full Greek Royal Family attended, as Sofia was previously a Princess of Greece and Denmark; her older brother is the deposed King of Greece.

Guests dined at candle lit tables with orange tablecloths. 

The gala dinner was held on May 21, 2004, at the El Pardo Royal Palace in Spain's capital of Madrid. Felipe and Letizia married in a Roman Catholic ceremony the next day in the city at the  Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena. The wedding was dedicated to the victims of the Madrid terror bombings in March of that year. 

More on their wedding can be read here.