And we’re back with one of our favorite royal families doing what they do best: tiaras! Yesterday, February 11, the Swedish Royal Family stepped out for the first official dinner of the year at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. As per usual, guests included representatives from the diplomatic corps, parliament, government, government agencies, science, sport, business, and culture. There was a big royal turn out which included King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Sofia Hellqvist, and Princess Madeleine (Chris sat this one out). Guests were received in the White Sea and dinner was served in Karl XI’s Gallery.
Queen Silvia wore a light gold gown with lots of bead work and a slight train, matching gold shoes, and gold bag. She wore the Connaught Tiara, pearl earrings and a diamond necklace and brooch, as well as her family order and the Order of the Seraphim. Not going to lie, I don’t really like this color on Silvia. It washes her out.
Crown Princess Victoria repeated a pink and grey pleated Escada evening gown from the Resort 2012 collection. She first wore the dress to Albert and Charlene’s wedding in 2011. Vic accessorized with the Six Button Tiara and cameo jewelry (earrings, brooch, and bracelet), as well as her family order and the Order of the Seraphim. I think Vic looks lovely, but I’m not sure I like that belt thing. I wish it were made of pink fabric instead of… whatever that is.
Princess Madeleine wore a new silk/satin lavender dress from Pronovia, a bespoke version of their “Nallibe” dress from the 2015 collection, with a lace overlay on the bodice. She wore her 18th birthday Aquamarine Tiara across her forehead, bandeau style. She paired that with diamond earrings and a diamond bracelet, as well as her family order and the Order of the Seraphim. I’m a bit disappointed with the small tiara, and she needs to get over her love of lace, but I think she looks nice.
Sofia Hellqvist looked like a sparkly Morticia Addams in her black gown with full sleeves from Kay Senchai (the “Mystique” from the SS15 collection). Sofia’s gown game really sucks. More jewelry would have served her well and brightened up the look, but unfortunately all she wore were small drop earrings.
Shout out to Princess Christina. You can’t really see her small tiara through her hair, but she looks ecstatic to be there.
Let’s talk food! The first course consisted of butter baked Norway lobster with smoked haddock fillet and lobster vinaigrette, followed by fried fillet of Hjalmaren with truffle butter sauce, cabbage puree, Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. The main course consisted of a roast fallow deer saddle with sherry cognac, compote of puy lentils with foie gras and roasted artichoke. For dessert, there was lemon mousse with raspberry sorbet, toasted dark rye bread, licorice crisp and licorice candy. The glassware used was part of a wedding gift from parliament to Carl Gustaf and Silvia in 1976.
Let’s play a round of Who Wore it Better?
The contestants: Sofia Hellqvist at the last official dinner on November 18, 2014; and Josefin Nilsson, wife of floor hockey player Kim Nilsson, at last night’s event.
The dress: this floor-length red lace gown from Tadashi Shoji with 3/4 length sleeves, bateau neckline, and a ribbon belt.
The verdict: I’m going to have to give this one to Sofia. Though I prefer Josefin’s blonde hair and lighter skin against the red, the dress looks too big and long on her; she needed to get it tailored.