Here’s a Royal Round Up to brighten up your Thursday. In this one, we have at State Visit to Sweden with Crown Princess Victoria in attendance; Princess Sofia wearing her Order of the Seraphim for the first time at a different event; Sophie, Countess of Wessex hanging with Prince Albert and Harper’s Bazaar; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall doing some pre-tour events; Queen Maxima and Crown Princess Mary at a Women’s Conference; and Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrating the Red Cross. Let’s start with tiaras!
Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia
Wednesday, November 4th began a three day State Visit from the President of Tunisia to Sweden. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel received the President and his wife at the airport and accompanied them to the Royal Palace in Stockholm where the welcome ceremony took place. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia then hosted a lunch for the President and his wife. Victoria, Daniel, and Prince Carl Philip were also in attendance.
Victoria wore her new favorite brand: Seraphine Maternity.
A State Banquet was held last night attended by the King and Queen, Victoria, Daniel, and Carl Philip. Princess Sofia is in South Africa at the moment celebrating Project Playground’s 5th anniversary.
Victoria wore a blue gown by Tiffany Rose that was previously worn by Princess Madeleine, and the Baden Fringe tiara. Victoria also wore the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden), the Royal Family Order of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and the Order of the Republic (Tunisia).
Silvia wore a gold gown, the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara, her Royal Family Order, and the Order of Merit (Tunisia).
Carl Gustaf is also wearing the Order of the Republic (Tunisia), while both Daniel and Carl Philip are wearing the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden) and the Order of the Polar Star (Sweden).
First course: Blackened and lightly smoked trout with cauliflower variety, tart autumn applesauce, and Västervik mustard dressing. Second course: Cod fillet baked in brown butter with ginger-scented shrimp sauce, caramelized salsify, and dill potato purée. Third course: Whole roasted reindeer fillet of veal with honey fried cabbage, thyme fried seasonal mushrooms, and viltsky flavored with green pepper from Madagascar. Desert: Cloudberry mousse and sorbet with praline crisp, cloudberry foam, and caramel with Lakkalikör (a cloudberry fruit liqueur from Finland).
The glassware – from Kosta, designed by Sigurd Persson – was a wedding gift to the King and Queen from the government, and the linen – from Klässbol – was a gift from the government to the King on the occasion of his 20th anniversary on the throne.
On Friday, October 23rd, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia attended The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Formal Gathering at Stockholm City Hall in Stockholm.
This was the first time Sofia has worn her Order of the Seraphim (Sweden) sash and star. Sofia did not wear her Royal Family Order.
Her Order could use some tweaking. The star is supposed to be at the waist, and the sash is supposed to rest more on the hip rather than in front of the body.
Along with her Order, Sofia wore an ASOS “All Over Sequin Long Sleeve Maxi Dress With Twist Front” ($141.53) dress with Ebba Brahe Jewellery “Princess sliced diamonds” earrings (65,000 SEK or about $7,543), and an H&M clutch.
Sofia previously wore emerald Ebba Brahe Jewellery earrings to the State Visit from India in June.
I think it’s interesting that Sofia wore such a cheap dress with such expensive earrings. Skimp on the dress and go big with the jewels. Love it.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex joined Prince Albert of Monaco at the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Dinner In Honour Of Winston Churchill at Sotheby’s on October 29th in London.
Like Kate Middleton at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala, Sophie went with Erdem. But unlike Kate’s monstrosity, Sophie went more subdued with her floral pattern. Sophie went with an embroidered cropped jacket over the Shirlette embroidered organza dress. And while there are two competing floral designs on top, the skirt is a solid, so it balances everything out.
Sophie attended the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2015 at Claridges Hotel on November 3rd where she presented the Breakthrough Designer award to Mary Katrantzou.
Sophie aptly wore a Mary Katrantzou dress ($4,095). She also wore a poppy brooch.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles are currently in New Zealand on a royal tour. They will then be heading to Australia for a second leg of the tour. I will cover that later. For now, I’m just mentioning events Camilla attended prior to the current tour.
After penning her letter about ending sexual violence against women, but before meeting horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Camilla visited Nelsons – the UK’s largest manufacturer of natural healthcare products – on October 14th. Camilla met staff who have volunteered to pack wash bags for the London Havens – specialist centers in London for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
In all the hoopla about Kate attending her first ever State Banquet and wearing what most of you thought was an inappropriate lace dress to the creative industries event, I neglected to mention that Charles and Camilla also took part in the State Visit – the welcome ceremony to be exact.
While Kate was wearing that lace dress to a day event, Camilla joined the Queen to watch a horse whispering demonstration by Brooke Global Ambassador Monty Roberts at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace on October 21st. The Brooke is an international animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of horses, donkeys, and mules. Yay, more horses!
Queen Maxima and Crown Princess Mary
Queen Maxima and Crown Princess Mary both attended the Third World Conference of Women’s Shelters in The Hague on November 4th.
Maxima gave a speech at the Conference, saying in part:
“We’re here today to address the serious issue of violence against women. It is a universal problem and it is happening in all countries and all cultures. It affects all social groups and all ages and is often hidden from the outside world. That’s exactly why we need to direct our attention to it. […]
“There is no justification for domestic violence. Ever. That’s quite clear. At the same time, there are no easy solutions. Anyone who looks into this issue soon learns how complex the situation of victims can be. How widespread and persistent this problem is. […]
“[T]he United Nations has made tackling violence against women a priority in the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. One goal is to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’. To this end, the UN sees ‘eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in public and private spheres’ as an essential target.”
After spending time at the Conference, Mary visited women’s shelter Rosa Manus in Leiden, The Netherlands.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended The Celebration Of The 150th Anniversary of the Norwegian Red Cross on November 4th in Oslo, Norway.
Mette-Marit gave a speech, saying in part:
“This comprehensive name says a lot about what the Red Cross is founded on: The desire to alleviate distress in the community at any time. And the desire to go in where needed and help people directly, without bureaucracy and intermediaries. […]
“It is you who can make a difference in our time and for the Norway we will have in the future. Organizations like the Red Cross – and the support of volunteers – have a keen eye for compassion when it approaches and the emergence of new needs. You take the pulse of Norway and our human shadow sides – and meet them with realism, respect and warmth.”
[kongehuset.no (translated via Google Translate, sorry for any wonky wording)]
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