Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist‘s pre-wedding dinner was held tonight in Stockholm. The couple and their guests climbed aboard the SS Stockholm for a trip around the harbor on their way to the actual dinner. The Swedish royal family came out – including King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Daniel (Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill joined the dinner later, skipping the boat ride) – as well as some early bird foreign royals (Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon, who skipped the boat ride)
Sofia wore a new light blue gown from Zuhair Murad. Look 28 “Floor length gown in blue crepe with crystal embroidered silk tulle” from the Haute Couture SS15 collection. Sofia’s dress is modified to make the slit not come up so high.
Sofia needs a Sequin-tervention. There I said it. I actually think this is probably her best sequin dress (I really like the color), but seriously she needs to stop with the sequins. Just branch out a little bit, girl, come one. Please, please let her wedding dress not have sequins!
Carl Philip wore a tux and didn’t shave his beard. Even more than Sofia’s dress not having sequins I am so hoping Carl Philip shaves for the wedding tomorrow.
Victoria wore a Jenny Packham gown from the Bridal 2014 collection. Victoria, in my opinion, outdid the bride again (just like she did at the marriage banns). Victoria looked amazing in her Jenny Packham gown. She brought it. Daniel looks very dashing in his tux.
Mette-Marit repeated a Giambattista Valli floral print gown from Queen Margrethe’s birthday in April. Eh.
Madeleine wore a pale blue lace and tulle number with just enough sparkle on top to keep things interesting but not enough to overpower. I know I’ve gotten on Maddie for her love of tulle, but I like this dress. Maddie looks absolutely beautiful and those earrings are gorgeous. Chris looks nice in his tux.
Crown Prince Haakon arrived separately in a velvet jacket. Love.
Silvia wore a green pantsuit. Yeah. I mean, okay.
Princess Martha Louise wore light pink, while her husband Ari Behn tried to be Ninja Tux Man.
Princess Ursula of Bavaria decided to take one for the team in this glittery floral thing with a giant bow in order to make the bride look better. She’s seen here with her husband Prince Leopold.
The menu! A first course of smoked halibut tartar on goat cheese frozen yogurt topped with leeks, yellow sauce, snow peas, and new potatoes. Followed by a main course of guinea fowl stuffed with morels and sausage with lemon and thyme, sea asparagus, parsley root cream, and velvety Marsala. For desert they had bruschetta with strawberries and basil, and white chocolate effile.
Photos: Expressen / Zuhair Murad / Jenny Packham / Getty