King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrated his 70th birthday last Saturday with several events and lots of royals. Crown Princess Victoria brought out Prince Oscar for his first event ever, and Princess Sofia came out for her first event since giving birth.
My bad for not covering this sooner, Duchess Kate’s Vogue photos and Princess Charlotte’s first birthday pics bumped this one.
Row 1: Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf
Row 2: President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Mrs. Dorrit Moussaieff, Queen Margrethe II
Row 3: President Sauli Niinistö, Queen Margarita, Ms. Jenni Haukio, Prince Albert II, Princess Beatrix, King Philippe, Queen Mathilde
Row 4: King Simeon II, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Hereditary Prince Alois, Hereditary Princess Sophie
Row 5: Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill
Row 6: Prince Radu, Princess Christina, Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Princess Benedikte, Princess Hisako Takamado, Prince Andreas of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Row 7: Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Ralf de Toledo Sommerlath, General Tord Magnuson, Princess Margaretha, Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Princess Désirée baroness Silfverschiöld, Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld
Row 8: Ms. Ewa Westling, Mr. Olle Westling, Mrs. Marie Hellqvist, Mr. Erik Hellqvist, Ms. Eva Maria O’Neill
Both Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine wore Elie Saab. Victoria wore a new gown, and Maddie repeated a gown she wore to her pre-wedding dinner which Victoria wore last year. Victoria wore Princess Lilian’s Laurel Wreath Tiara, and Maddie wore the Modern Fringe Tiara and diamond epaulette earrings Victoria wore her her pre-wedding dinner in 2010.
Crown Princess Mary broke my heart by not wearing a tiara to a tiara function. How dare she. Instead of a tiara, Mary chose a Ole Lynggaard Leaf Hair Jewel and new, special designed earrings. She wore a YDE by Ole Yde floral gown with cap sleeves and a peplum, a yellow clutch and yellow pumps. I’m a sucker for most things yellow, and while I think this outfit looks nice, it seems too casual for the occasion.
Queen Silvia wore a sparkly red-orange gown with pink puff balls on her butt paired with the Connaught Tiara, royal family order, and King’s 70th birthday medal (which all royal guests got). Queen Margrethe wore the blue gown she wore during her 75th birthday celebrations and the Dutch State Visit last year paired with the Baden Palmette Tiara. Princess Beatrix wore the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara.
Queen Mathilde wore a one-shoulder purple gown and the Wolfers Necklace Tiara.
Belgian Queen Mathilde last night during the birthday celebrations of King Carl Gustaf pic.twitter.com/mhRRuKcxUO
— Patrick van Katwijk (@Patrickvkatwijk) May 1, 2016
The menu at the gala dinner consisted of: Marinated Hjälmaregös baked in browned butter with sweetened and cooked white asparagus, 63-degree Sandaägg and trout roe; Roasted reindeer sirloin with roasted almonds, marinated and lightly smoked fillet, carrot variety and vindruvssky; Rhubarb mousse with poached rhubarb, rhubarb sorbet with licorice, covered in white chocolate and rabarberlag.
Earlier in the day there were several events including a Te Deum, a lunch at Stockholm City Hall, and a balcony appearance.
Grumpy little Prince Oscar made his first ever appearance.
A sassy looking Prince Oscar made his first ever appearance at his grandfathers birthday celebrations today pic.twitter.com/n8VIbelPGr
— Royaltyspeaking (@Royal_talk) April 30, 2016
Here’s some adorableness from Princess Estelle: yawning, and kissing Queen Sofia on the cheek.
More adorableness: Maddie comforting Oscar while Victoria kisses Estelle’s hand.
Even more adorableness: Prince Carl Philip kissing Princess Sofia‘s cheek on the balcony.
Swedish royal family at the Kings 70th birthday pic.twitter.com/mOg3KLGwMy
— Patrick van Katwijk (@Patrickvkatwijk) April 30, 2016
Cuteness: Prince Daniel taking a photo on his phone Estelle with her godmother, Crown Princess Mary. And Mary taking a photo one her phone of Crown Prince Frederik with Victoria and Oscar.
Lovely moments captured- CP Mary posing with Estelle and then taking a photo of Frederik with Victoria and Oscar pic.twitter.com/Suml5iRxK7
— Royaltyspeaking (@Royal_talk) April 30, 2016
Crown Princess Victoria wore a new white Ida Sjöstedt Couture coat, new Dolce & Gabbana striped dress, a big Philip Treacy hat, and her Kreuger Jewellery pearl earrings.
Princess Madeleine wore a pink Alexander McQueen coat, a Giambattista Valli underneath, and Philip Treacy hat with giant flowers.
Princess Sofia wore a new white coat from By Malene Birger and a new pink Hugo Boss dress.
Queen Silvia wore a pink coat and Philip Treacy hat with burgundy accessories. Princess Estelle wore a blue coat with a new jacket and dress from Charabia.
Queen Margrethe, King Juan Carlos, and Queen Sofia.
Crown Princess Mary – in a repeated Oscar de la Renta coat and purple accessories – and Crown Prince Frederik. Princess Martha Louise of Norway, and her husband Ari Behn.
Princess Takamado of Japan in yellow and Princess Benedikte of Denmark in blue.