Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Sofia attended the opening of the new Royal Palace exhibit Royal Wedding Dresses 1976-2015. Princess Madeleine was going to attend, but both of her children are sick and she started to feel sick so she bowed out.
Royal Wedding Dresses 1976-2015 features the wedding gowns, wedding accessories, and bridesmaids dresses from the weddings of Queen Silvia, the late Princess Lilian, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Sofia. The exhibition runs until March 12, 2017.
For the opening, Victoria wore that Whyred “Loise Print” dress she debuted in New York and Sofia wore that burgundy Gucci dress she wore to Nicolas’ Christening. I’ve always really liked this Gucci dress so I’m happy that it’s made a return.
At the opening, Silvia gave a speech. She said, in part:
“These creations are part of the Swedish royal history. For me it symbolizes also the key milestones in our family’s history. Therefore, it feels a little extra special to inaugurate the exhibition along with my daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, and my daughter, Princess Sofia. Princess Madeleine has unfortunately fallen ill. […]
“When I look around the room, there are many fine memories that are brought to life. Both of our children’s weddings, and from our own wedding 40 years ago. When the King and I were engaged and would soon get married, I received a phone call from the king’s aunt, Queen Ingrid of Denmark. She asked me to come and visit her and I traveled to Copenhagen. What I did not know then was that I would get to receive a very special gift.
“Because there was a tradition since 1935 that the Swedish royal brides on the wedding day wearing a small myrtle twig in your hair. And now Queen Ingrid wanted to give me myrtle to take home to Sweden. It came from the plant that Crown Princess Margareta, the King’s grandmother, brought from England to her marriage to the future King Gustav VI Adolf. And the myrtle had, in turn, dating from the British Queen Victoria, her grandmother, from the summer residence on the Isle of Wight.
“For me, the little myrtle twig is an illustration of how a wedding ties together the history, families, and future. It also reminds us that we need to be open to renew traditions. Just as Margaret did when she put down the British myrtle plant in the Swedish soil.”
[full transcript here, in Swedish]
The exhibition allows us to get good high definition close up photos of the wedding gowns. I’ve done some cropping to the original photos in order to show more detail of the gowns.
Queen Silvia, 1976, Marc Bohan for Christian Dior gown.
Princess Lilian, 1976, blue gown.
Crown Princess Victoria, 2010, Pär Engsheden gown.
Princess Madeleine, 2013, Valentino gown.
Princess Sofia, 2015, Ida Sjöstedt gown.
The exhibition also features Madeleine’s and Sofia’s second wedding dresses…
… As well as the shoes Victoria, Madeleine, and Sofia wore.