The year end review posts continue with a compilation of royal fashion highlights from the royal ladies I’ve covered this year.
The Duchess of Cambridge
When it came time to pick my favorite 2017 outfit from Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge, I could only remember three in a positive light without looking up everything she wore. Then after looking up everything Kate wore, I solidified the three I remembered originally as my favorite outfits from Kate this year.
Kate wore a shimmery Erdem “Rhona” dress to the UK-India BP reception in February. What’s that you ask, how could a noted Hater of Erdem such as myself pick an Erdem dress as a favorite this year? That’s a good question, and I’ve surprised even myself. But while Erdem is a dumpster fire most of the time, I actually like one.
Kate wore a glittery blue Jenny Packham gown to the Royal Variety Performance in November. I said at the time that I wished she had worn her hair up to show off her earrings, but I now don’t mind her hair down (although perhaps she should have worn different earrings altogether, something simple like a diamond stud), because the gown is so glittery that it doesn’t need competition from diamonds.
Queen Letizia had strong gown game this year. In April, she attended the 50th birthday celebrations for King Willem-Alexander wearing a fabulous red caped gown from Stella McCartney, and looked absolutely flawless.
She then wore another stunning red gown, this one by Felipe Varela, to the UK State Banquet for Spain in July.
Letizia then went blue for the Lord Mayor’s Guildhall banquet on Day 2 of the State Visit to the UK. This gown is perfection for me. I love it.
Back in February, Queen Maxima wore a stunning Valentino “Silk-georgette gown” to welcome German President Joachim Gauck to Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. But while the gown was wonderful, it was the jewelry that made the outfit: she wore the Ruby Peacock Necklace along with gorgeous ruby earrings.
In March, for the State Banquet for the President of Argentina, Maxima repeated a Jan Taminiau gown which she previously wore to her brother’s wedding in 2014. The gown itself is gorgeous, and the jewels she wore were beautiful accompaniments.
The Countess of Wessex
Sophie, The Countess of Wessex attended King Harald & Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday dinner wearing a Suzannah V Curve Bottle Green Gown. This gown shot to the top of my all-time favorite looks from Sophie; it’s just beautiful.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie was my best dressed of Day 2 of King Harald & Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday celebrations because the teal color of her Paule Ka was so pretty and she brought out some big jewelry with the Luxembourg Aquamarine Parure.
In February, Princess Charlene wore a gold sequined Akris gown and large diamond earrings to the AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) gala in Monaco.
Crown Princess Victoria
Crown Princess Victoria wore a lovely red skirt suit to Prince Gabriel’s Christening on December 1.
Princess Sofia‘s 2017 outfits weren’t my favorite but she did give us quite the array of tiaras to look at. In February, Sofia wore Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara for the first time to the State Banquet for Canada.
Then for the Official Dinner in March, Sofia gave the Steel Cut Bandeau Tiara a second go.
In the fall, Sofia showed us the range of her re-framed Wedding Tiara – debuting the Diamond Only Version at the Official Dinner in November, the Pearl and Diamond Version at the Nobel Ceremony on December 10, and the Emerald and Diamond Version at the Nobel Laureates Dinner on December 11.
Princess Madeleine didn’t have any stand out outfits this year, but she did wear my all-time favorite tiara to the Nobel Prize Ceremony on December 10. The second appearance of the year of the Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara is worthy enough of being in my fashion highlights list.