Cue the mic drop, Crown Princess Victoria just schooled everyone in how to bring the fashion dramz. Victoria went all out stunning for the Nobel Prize Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall in a red, strapless ballgown accessorized with a fringe tiara. This is what I think of when I think of a Princess. That’s not to say that Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine, and Sofia Hellqvist didn’t look fantastic, they did, but Victoria stole the show for me.
I would normally go in order of precedence, but Victoria demands to be talked about first. Victoria wore a strapless red silk ballgown with elegant draping, and a train at the back, designed by Pär Engsheden – a Swedish designer who also designed her 2010 wedding dress.
Victoria wore a diamond fringe tiara sometimes called the Sunray Tiara or Baden Fringe Tiara, but referred to by the Palace as Stråldiademet. I’m going to go ahead and call it the Sunray Fringe Tiara for my own purposes.
Victoria’s other jewelry consisted of a large diamond cross necklace (previously worn by her mother, Queen Silvia), a ruby brooch, a diamond bracelet, and diamond earrings. She also wore a diamond brooch in her hair.
Closer look at the bracelet. Note: photo from previous portrait, but I believe it’s the same bracelet she wore for the Nobel ceremony.
Victoria’s whole outfit is just perfection. I have nothing else to say. Except maybe “Aw” at the hand holding between Victoria and Danial during the ceremony.
Moving on to Queen Silvia. Silvia wore a duchess silk turquoise gown with sleeves and hand embroidered sequin and pearl embroidery. Unfortunately it looks rather wrinkly.
Silvia wore the Leuchtenberg Sapphire parure, which includes the tiara, necklace, earrings, and brooch.
This isn’t my favorite dress from Silvia, but I love the sapphire parure.
Princess Madeleine wore a Fadi el Khoury dress made out of silk organza and Italian tulle embroidered by hand with glass beads.
Maddie wore a fringe tiara described as a “private tiara”, which means it’s not part of the crown jewels. However, the tiara is not strictly Maddie’s. Silvia started wearing this tiara in the ’80s and Victoria has worn it as a necklace. This seems to be Maddie’s favorite tiara; she’s worn it a lot, including for her wedding last year.
Maddie wore earrings and a brooch from the amethyst parure.
This may be my bias showing, since I probably wouldn’t like this dress on anyone else, but I love this dress on Maddie. And the tiara and amethyst jewelry are gorgeous. Bit bummed she didn’t rock the amethyst tiara – since it’s my favorite – but this tiara is my favorite of all the fringes.
Sofia wore a a duchess silk and tulle gown by Ida Sjöstedt with hand-cut and hand-embroidered sequin lace on the bodice in shades of fuchsia and eggplant.
Sofia wore diamond stud earrings and a brooch in her hair which are described as private jewelry.
Note the convenient placement of the embroidery at the back to cover her tattoo.
I’m not the biggest fan of an exposed tulle skirt, but Sofia and the gown are pretty enough it could have worked… if the entire skirt have been made of tulle. Unfortunately, there was only a bit of tulle over a silk skirt and the tulle pulled away at times, which doesn’t look great.
Honorable mention goes to Princess Christina (the King’s sister) wearing the Six Button Tiara.
All the royal ladies (except Sofia) wore the Seraphim light blue ribbon and grand star, and a miniature portrait of King framed in diamonds (kind of like the Royal Family Order in the UK, but not exactly).
Let’s talk food. The first course consisted of cauliflower soup with mosaics on king crab, peas and cauliflower lemon-pickled salad. The second course was a spicy fried sirloin of red deer with carrots terrine salt baked yellow beets, smoked pearl onions and potato puree. The dinner ended with mousse and sorbet of wild berries from Gotland with saffron panna cotta on brown butter.
Obviously Victoria won the night for me, fashion-wise. Maddie would have won had Victoria not busted out that red dress. I’d place Sofia ahead of Silvia if I were just talking about dresses (because wrinkles), but I can’t overlook the jewels, and Silvia’s jewels just kill it. So I’d place Silvia in third, and Sofia in fourth.