08 December 2016

Tiara Thursday: Five Years of Nobel Sparkle

The Nobel Prizes will be awarded soon, and the gala ceremony in Stockholm is often the last big glittering event of the royal year. Many of you have already been guessing what we might see from the Swedish royal ladies in the comments, and here's a brief review for all: the last five years of Nobel sparkle, with tiaras galore.

Programming note: Ceremonies in Oslo and Stockholm will be held on Saturday, December 10th. Check in on Saturday for a post covering the festivities. That will be our next post, we'll be off on Friday.

2015
Jonas Ekstromer/Kungahuset.se
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Connaught Tiara, worn for the second time in full, with pieces from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure and a By Malina dress
Princess Sofia: Her wedding tiara (which now has a reported provenance, see the update at the bottom of my tiara post), emerald and diamond earrings from Queen Silvia's collection, and an Oscar de la Renta gown
Princess Madeleine: Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and a Fadi El Khoury gown
SVT
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara (Christina will not be present this year; she's scaling back her duties due to chronic leukemia.)

2014
SVT
Crown Princess Victoria: Baden Fringe Tiara and a mega gown by Pär Engsheden. This was Victoria's first time wearing the large diamond cross necklace from the family collection, and she wore the family's large diamond lozenge brooch in her hair.
Princess Sofia: She wore a little brooch in her hair with her Ida Sjöstedt dress, but no tiara since she wasn't married yet
Princess Madeleine: A Fadi El Khoury dress with the Modern Fringe Tiara and pieces from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara

2013
Nobel Prize
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara

2012
SVT/Nobel Prize
Crown Princess Victoria: Four Button Tiara with an added diamond rivière at the bottom, an Elie Saab gown, and the Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure, worn for the first time
Princess Madeleine: Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure, worn for the first time, and an Angel Sanchez dress
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara

2011:
SVT/Nobel Prize
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Six Button Tiara, with pieces of the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure worn for the first time with her Pär Engsheden gown
Princess Christina: Queen Sophia's Diamond and Pearl Tiara, which has since been stolen

07 December 2016

Royal Flashback of the Day: December 7

One of the nice things about the royal wedding dress exhibition at Stockholm's Royal Palace: they included the dresses worn by Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia to their respective wedding receptions. They both changed from their wedding gowns when the serious dancing got rolling, but since those events were private, there were only glimpses from afar. Princess Madeleine's second dress was a surprising one, because we'd seen it before.

Rather than ordering something new, she went shopping in her mother's closet! She chose a Nina Ricci gown with a full tulle skirt and a bodice embellished with pearls, sparkling with crystals, and cinched with a satin bow at the waist. It's really the epitome of a fairytale gown, a perfect choice for a wedding. (See Madeleine in the gown here.)

Fittingly, Queen Silvia first wore the gown for another romantic occasion: her silver wedding anniversary with King Carl Gustaf, in 2001.

She gave it another outing that same year, at the Nobel Prize Award ceremony in December. She removed the bow at the waist to clear the way for her Order of the Seraphim sash and allowed the gown to showcase the blue of the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure. That's how you float down a staircase, right?
It was a sweet gesture from Princess Madeleine. And, hey, wouldn't you be dying to dig into the gown museum that is Queen Silvia's wardrobe? Naturally, this whole concept just gets me thinking about which gowns should be resurrected next...

06 December 2016

Royal Outfits of the Day: December 6

Give me a black coat (or blazer) (or cape) with some intricacy to it, and I'm a happy camper.

November 18: Crown Princess Mary opened the Mothers Help's House.
Take this, for example. This cape might be my soulmate. That hardware! Stop it.

November 30: King Felipe and Queen Letizia finished up their state visit to Portugal.
Or this military-inspired blazer, which has so much potential. I would've preferred some saucier styling choices than these plain Jane gray pants, but I think Letizia might have preferred the same and toned it down for state visiting purposes. That's what I'm going with, anyway.
Zara military jacket
(It should also be noted that the Earring Queen left this visit wearing a pair of earrings and a handbag from a Portuguese brand. A smart play.)

05 December 2016

Monday Tidbits for December 5: New King, New Babies

Hello, it's Monday again:

--Thailand's crown prince has officially accepted the throne, following the October death of his father. He will be known as King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, or Rama X. [BBC]


--Over at the Jewel Vault, a reception for Princess Alexandra's 80th birthday brings the delightful birthday girl herself (of course), as well as an excellent dress for the Countess of Wessex.

--Baby news from Luxembourg: Prince Felix and Princess Claire welcomed a son on November 28th. They also have a daughter, Amalia, born in 2014. [Hello]

--Baby news from Britain too: Zara and Mike Tindall have announced that they are expecting a second child. Their daughter, Mia, is nearly three. [Telegraph]

--And finally, this Valentino dress on Queen Rania is a bit perplexing (what do you see: candles... crayons...), but the whimsy feels about right for the event.

Tidbits is your place throughout the week to share things we haven't covered yet and for all your off topic chats. Enjoy!

02 December 2016

Royal State Visit of the Day: December 2

The tail end of this week's Belgian/Dutch state visit brought much to admire: Designer switcheroos! Jaunty hats! Sneaky tiaras!

Day 2: The sovereign couples with the Dutch Prime Minister
Belgian Royal Palace
Queen Mathilde's hat feels like it's not asymmetrical enough to be purposefully asymmetrical, if you know what I mean. Sort of just looks lopsided as is. Still, the Armani Privé coat is aces and an easy scene-stealer. (Queen Máxima wore her own fire engine red outfit with a big red hat yesterday, and I'm wondering how they missed that opportunity to twin it up.)

Day 2: The evening return concert
Usually the state banquet takes the top prize as my favorite event in any given state visit, but I don't know...the ladies might have saved their bests for night two. Máxima's tutti frutti-style necklace and bracelet should be worn All.The.Time. and they look sooooo good with this repeated Valentino green dress. Mathilde both snuck in an extra tiara appearance (that's her Laurel Wreath Tiara, worn as a necklace) annnnnnnd snuck in new designer: Jan Taminiau! This is an excellent move. It's both a nice nod to her hosts (Taminiau is Dutch, and a favorite of Máxima's), and just a great dress overall. Worth alllllll those extra letters.

Day 3
Máxima finished the visit with a feather in her cap, as she is prone to do. And Mathilde finished the visit in an Esmeralda Ammoun outfit I feel like I've seen a million times, because we've seen so many interpretations of this basic type of lace placement (see also: Kate, Letizia). I guess that qualifies it as a classic, and this might be my favorite version. This has been an A+ trip from Mathilde, hasn't it?