Exclusive! The Royal Couple and Princess Madeleine meet up in New York City

Last weekend, amid their busy schedule, the King and Queen of Sweden found time to slip away for their official engagements in New York, to attend the 70th Birthday party of their personal friend Lena Kaplan. While it was reported that there was not enough time in the schedule for the King and Queen to go to Florida, we can reveal that Princess Madeleine met the couple at the party in New York City.

Lena Kaplan was born in Sweden but has lived in the United States since she was a teenager. Her father, Gunnar Björck, was King Gustaf VI Adolf’s personal doctor. Lena married American entrepreneur Gilbert Kaplan in 1970 and began SVEA “an organization aimed at helping Swedish women stay in touch with their cultural roots through events and other traditions”. Lena also has been on boards of numerous charities and Swedish-American Organizations. Somewhere through all of this she became one of Queen Silvia’s closest friends. Lena is currently Vice-Chair of Childhood USA.

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It is often been reported that if the Queen goes to New York City alone, without the King, she stays with Lena at her apartment on 5th Avenue. Lena also became close to Princess Madeleine and was a great support system when the Princess moved to New York City in 2009. Lena has been a fixture at all memorable events relating to the Royal Family, attending all three of the children’s weddings as well as numerous christening and birthday parties.

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Her 70th Birthday was celebrated with a party thrown by her four children at the Rainbow Room in New York City. The party included countless friends arriving from around the world, live music, and plenty of dancing all around. Lena’s grandchildren surprised her with a choreographed dance number to ABBA’s Dancing Queen and there were speeches given by her various family members.


Princess Madeleine commented (using her previously reported Private Instagram Account) confirming her attendance at the event and other guests snaps of the party reveal the family’s attendance as well. It is unknown if Chris O’Neill was also in attendance at the time this post was written.


Crown Princess Couple's trip to Jordan and Lebanon

From October 15th to October 19th, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel made an official visit to Jordan and Lebanon. The purpose of this trip was to strengthen the good relations between Sweden and the two countries, highlight the UN sustainability goals within Agenda 2030, focusing on gender equality and climate and humanitarian issues.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel spent the first two and a half days in Amman, Jordan. On October 15th, they visited the Citadel of Amman, located on the highest of Jordan’s seven classic hills, Jebel al-Qala’a. In the evening, the couple attended a reception hosted by Sweden’s Ambassador to Jordan Erik Ullenhag, for UN organisations operating in Jordan with the Swedish government. The Crown Princess is an advocate for UN’s Sustainability Goals which were discussed during the reception.

For the day event, Victoria wore an ufo white blazer that she first wore last May with a new By Malina shirt (with thanks to Samantha!). She paired the outfit with her Rizzo pumps and a new pink crossbody bag. In the evening, she changed into a white shirt with her Baum und Pferdgarten skirt, Aquatalia black pumps, her Anya Hindmarch gold clutch and new Edblad earrings.

On their second day in Amman, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel made five-kilometre hike on the Jordan Route trail. The hike gave them the opportunity to discover the beautiful landscapes while learning about how several organizations are working to protect the environment. Afterward, the couple met with the organisation EcoPeace Middle East at the Dead Sea. They also visited the baptism site of Jesus, Scandinavian forest, and the Palestinian refugee camp Al Baq’a. In the evening, they attended another reception hosted by the Ambassador.

For the hike, Victoria wore a new Lexington printed shirt with Lexington trousers, old ufo earring and new sneakers. For the meetings afterward, she wore a new Tiger of Sweden blouse with the same trousers and sneakers as earlier in the day with her Anine Bing jacket and Hippi Grace bag. In the evening, she wore a new & Other Stories maxi dress that is not available online yet (with thanks to Svenskdam) with her Tiger of Sweden pumps and Swarovski clutch.

October 17th was their third and last day in Amman. They first visited the rehabilitation centre, the Al Hussein Society, that aims to help people with disabilities and the Jordan River Foundation - Queen Rania’s foundation - focusing on children’s safety, female entrepreneurship, and local development. Their last event in Jordan was a meeting with King Abdullah and Queen Rania at Al Husseiniya Palace. They departed Jordan after the meeting.

Victoria wore a new Samsoe & Samsoe matching top and pleated skirt with her By Malene Birger pumps and Kreuger earrings. For the meeting with the King and Queen of Jordan, she changed into a new printed dress with her YSL blue suede pumps and Kreuger feather earrings.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel officially arrived in Beirut, Lebanon a few hours later. In the evening, they were welcomed at the Presidential Palace in Beirut by Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun before attending a dinner hosted by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariris.

For their arrival, Victoria wore a new By Malina dress with her Abro clutch and Gianvito Rossi pumps. For the evening events, she wore a new white custom made Ida Sjöstedt dress based on an AW17 gown with Aquatalia black pumps and her Swarovski clutch.

On their second day in Beirut, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited the Palestinian refugee camp Burj al Barajneh and the Yarmouk Elementary School for Girls. Afterwards, they attended the conference “Lebanon Multi-Stakeholder SDG Forum” where Victoria made the keynote speech. They visited the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Livelihood Center before visiting the city of Beirut with the Prime Minister of Lebanon. In the evening, they attended a reception at the Swedish Embassy.

For the visit to the refugee camp, Victoria wore a new floral Stenströms shirt with her Marville Road trousers, her Chloé flats and Dulong Jewellery earrings. For the conference, she changed into a new Sandro dress with old blue suede pumps, her Anya Hindmarch clutch and another pair of Dulong earrings. In the evening, she wore a new By Malina maxi dress.

On their last day in Lebanon, Crown Princess Victoria only had solo events. She visited the KAFA organisationEnough violence & exploitation,” and the UN Refugee Body UNHCR. She ended her visit with a visit to Beiteddine Palace.

For this last day, Victoria wore the Zadig & Voltaire dress she first wore for her birthday with her Rizzo pumps. She changed into her Chloé flats for her visit to the Palace.

Family Visit to Pau

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Today the King, Queen and Crown Princess Couple are visiting Pau, France in connection with the 200th Anniversary of the Bernadotte Dynasty. They began their day with King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurating the restored Musee Bernadotte.

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After the visit to the museum, the family visited the Pau City Hall, where the mayor hosted a lunch reception. Following this reception they will visit Beaumont Park. The King will plant an oak tree in the Park, at the very same place where Oscar II planted a magnolia on 11th April 1899. It is expected that Crown Princess Victoria will make a speech at the Park event. (photos to be added as events occur)

Crown Princess Victoria wore a new dress from Camilla Thulin today. The Montana dress is available in black, blue or Victoria’s burgundy is a pieces that we hope will become a staple in Victoria’s wardrobe this autumn! Victoria carried a clutch first seen a few weeks ago from Abro and one of her favorite pairs of patent leather pumps from Gianvito Rossi. She finished the outfit off with earrings and a ring from Bvlgari, pieces she’s had in her jewelry box for over 10 years!

Crown Princess Victoria also had a large number of silver chain bracelets on her wrist. Based on the number and which bracelets I know she owns these are my predictions for which she was wearing. (Note it was impossible to be exactly sure based on the photos I saw but I am confident that these are likely on her wrist)

Estelle's First Day of School

Today, Princess Estelle was accompanied by her parents to her first day of school! This post will be short in length, because like Estelle, I too began school today! Except I am not the student- this time I am the teacher! The students arrive tomorrow and let me tell you- the emotions are equally nerves as they are excitement! 



These events mean I have even less time to blog so I expect that for my first month or so I am going to try to write one or two sentences with a couple of photos and then let you know outfit details. Hopefully as I get my feet under me better, I can expand the posts back up to their regular length in time!



Victoria wore Zadig et Voltaire Remus Floral Dress with H&M sandals and one of her favorite tote bags- recently found to be Christina Christersdotter. 

Estelle wore Bonpoint Floral Bomber Jacket with Pom D'Api Sandals. She carried a backpack from Livly. (Shoutout to Princess Estelle's Attire for all her hard work!) 

Victoriadagen Concert in Borgholm

This evening, the entire Royal Family joined together to attend the annual Victoriadagen Concert in Borgholm. 

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This year Crown Princess Victoria will award the 40th Victoria Scholarship to Stina Nilsson, a Swedish Cross Country Skier. 

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The concert and prize ceremony has become a staple on the family's (and my) calendar and this year is special because it marks the end of the era that Kay Wiestål will be organizing it. This year's concert features Alexander Rybak, Peter Jöback (one of my favorites!) and John Lundvik. 

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The concert will be broadcasted on SVT here and available for viewing for about a month after the event ends. 

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As for fashion, the royal family always brings out their summer best. Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Silvia always pay tribute to the island of Öland by wearing traditional folkdress. This is a tradition which Queen Silvia began in the 1970s and that they have upheld since then. Princess Estelle joined the family this evening wearing a new summer dress featuring smocking and floral print and sandals. She could be seen carrying a blanket for her lap in case it got chilly. Princess Madeleine rewore her Red Valentino Georgette Dress which she first wore back in June before the christening of Princess Adrienne. She paired the dress with her Valentino Rockstud Sandals and Bgo & Me earrings. She carried a new bag from the brand Street Level- sold at Nordstroms, Anthropology and more- and surprisingly affordable! 

Princess Sofia looked beautiful in a floral print dress from & Other Stories which features the same print as a dress worn earlier this year by the Crown Princess. She paired it with new earrings and a new pair of Lucy Red sandals from Rebecca Björnsdotter