Swedish Royal Wedding: The Couple

Royal Hats  Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist were married today in a ceremony held Royal Chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm. It was a day filled with personal touches and a couple that radiated happiness.

Prince Carl Philip, who holds rank of major the  Swedish Navy, wore the mess dress model uniform and cap circa 1878. His pale blue sash held the the Order of the Seraphim and the Star of the Order; the Order of the Polar Star cross on a black band around his neck.

Princess Sofia, as she is now known, wore a dress  by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. Made of multiple shades of white silk crepe, the strapless dress was overlaid with a long sleeve, v-necked overlay of Italian silk organza appliquéd with couture lace. The lace, made by José María Ruiz, was was hand-stitched to the dress. If you look closely at the princess cut gown, you will see lace trailing down the full length of the skirt, artfully concealing the seams on the silk crepe base layer. The dress did not provide the same ‘wow factor’ that other royal wedding dresses have created but I thought it was an elegant and very beautiful choice for Sofia’s entry into royal life.

Sofia’s full length veil of silk tulle organza was edged in a wide border of hand-embroidered cotton lace. She wore it off her face, anchored into her low chignon.

Sofia’s tiara choice today was a surprise, as it is new. Announced as a gift from the King and Queen for their new daughter-in-law, the tiara features emeralds atop a base row of palmettes.  Coloured tiaras are not a usual choice for royal brides and I loved the unexpected pop of colour which blended beautifully with the traditional sprig of myrtle Sofia tucked into the back of her hair. I don’t believe the Swedish royal jewel collection has an emerald piece and this one, which is a perfect size for a petite princess, will be a great addition.

In a vast majority of the photos released, the newlyweds look to be bursting at the seams with happiness.  If you have not already seen their exuberant recessional up the aisle after the wedding service, I strongly encourage you to watch it, beginning at 44:30 in the video below. It was not a traditional choice of royal wedding recessional music but it was obviously a choice special to this couple and I adored them for it.

This Week’s Extras

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Wonderful to see Princess Astrid of Norway enjoying a Worldcup Biathlon race (Royal House of Norway)

Prince Charles in protective headwear to mark the 150th anniversary of London’s sewer network this week (Getty)

Cuteness alert- Princess Estelle learning to ski in Verbier (Iltalehti) and cheering at the Nordic Skiing World Championships with the Swedish Royal Family (Robin Utrecht Photography). You can also see the Swedish Royal Family bundled up at the championship’s opening ceremonies (Paris Match)

Pierre Casiraghi’s fiance Beatrice Borromeo in a voluminous fur hat in St. Moritz (Hola)

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Fantastic interviews with 3 generations of princes in Liechtenstein on the occasion of Prince Hans Adam’s 70th birthday last weekend (Luxarazzi)

The Duchess of Cornwall sparkled at a movie premiere this week (The Daily Mail). Head over to The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour for a closer look at Camilla’s ruby collar necklaces.

Two interesting articles on the Queen Elizabeth’s art in her private apartments and a piece of royal history saved from the scrap heap (Telegraph)

And finally… part one of a BBC documentary about Prince Charles’ relationship with the media. I’ll post part two next week.

Birthday of Swedish King

King Carl Gustaf of Sweden celebrated his 68th birthday today with a military parade at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The King and his son, Prince Carl Philip, attended the event in military uniform.

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Members of the Swedish royal family watched the ceremony from a balcony above the courtyard. Little Princess Estelle was the only family member in a headpiece, wearing one of her signature (and oh-so adorable) head bows.

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Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Swedish Royal Family, April 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Swedish King and Prince in the Great Outdoors

Last Wednesday,  King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and his son, Prince Carl Philip, both made hat appearances at events in Sweden. King Carl Gustaf visited town of Landskrona, a city that celebrates its 600th anniversary this year. He wore a grey wool fedora for the visit- not a hat you’d expect on a King, but a hat that this King wears very well don’t you think?

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Prince Carl Philip opened the Royal Palace Spring, a cross country ski word cup competition that takes place around the Royal Palace of Stockholm. This year, the tenth year the sprint was held, this race was part of the FIS World Cup Final for the 2012-13 season. For his opening speech, Carl Philip wore a nondescript navy ski hat. Paired with the down coat and scarf, I would ordinarily have no issue with this hat… but with his suit and tie showing under his coat, there’s something about this look that just doesn’t work for me! What do you think?

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Photos from Stefan Lindblom / Stella Pictures via The Swedish Royal Court and The Swedish Royal Court