Crown Princess Victoria attends the Ocean Summit

Today, Crown Princess Victoria attended the 2018 Ocean Summit in Gothenberg. The Ocean Summits are held in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race which we both Crown Princess Victoria as well as Prince Carl Philip have taken a role in over the past few years. Today's summit brought together people who work in sport, science, government, NGO’s and the private sector in order to take part in dialogues and discussion as well as to create local relevance with the hopes of ensuring Clean Seas for the future. 

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The Crown Princess began the day taking part in the Summit, held at the Ocean Club in Frihamnen,Gothenburg- and later was able to go around and meet with different people involved and visit some of the boats. 

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Towards the end of the day, she took part in Volvo Ocean Race's ProAm Race- sailing on the 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' boat. It is on this boat that the only Swedish participant- Martin Strömberg, will sail on.  Prince Carl Philip will attend part of the race held in the Netherlands this weekend. 

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For today's engagements, Crown Princess Victoria looked Nautically Chic (I'm coining that as an official term) wearing her beloved Francis blazer (in Navy) from Hunkydory. She owns this blazer in 3 colors, however this Navy color is the one we see the most frequently. She paired this blazer with a half striped shirt (no identification at the moment) and her blue Valentino Rockstud bag. She accessorized with her Dulong Luna necklace and earrings and wore navy pumps (first seen in September 2017- unidentified). To participate in the race, she traded in her heels for a pair of navy sneakers first seen in May this year during her hike of Småland. 

Now that you have gotten over the fact that I have posted for the first time in April- let me share with you some exciting news. I am back! I have graduated from College and finished my internship/practicum. I am so relieved to be done and I am thrilled to be back to blogging. I have really missed being able to read and write about the Swedes! 

Swedish Royals attend Terrorist Attacks Memorial Events

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Today both the King and Queen as well as Crown Princess Couple took part in various events organized to remember the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred in Stockholm last year. The King and Queen attended a memorial service at Adolf Frederik Church while Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended a concert held at Kungsträdgården. 

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The concert program, hosted by Mark Levengood, consisted of a speech by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven as well as musical performances by Malena Ernman, Jill Johnson, Lars Winnerbäck, Stephen Simmonds, Menke and Get Up Soul Choir.

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Crown Princess Victoria was noticeably moved by the concert and was photographed brushing aside tears. If you don't recall the events that occurred last year, you can refresh yourself with our post (scroll to the end). I think last year's events really showed everyone how well equipped Victoria is for the role she has been preparing for for her entire life. The King was out of the country in Brazil when the attack happened so Victoria was regnant and really showed great strength in the role while the King flew back home. She personally visited the site of the attacks and her answers to the reporters made headlines around the world. 

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For this event, Crown Princess Victoria wore an old coat from H&M (probably my favorite coat that she owns honestly) which dates back to 2010 when she and Prince Daniel visited Västergötland. She paired this coat with her af Klingberg boots, Quidam bag, and Dulong earrings. It looks to me that her brooch is one of Queen Silvia's (seen here in 2014 but dates back to 2000 at least). 

Queen Silvia wore her purple Armani suit. I think she might be carrying her Chanel clutch but it is very hard to tell from the photos I have seen. 

Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice

Leonore and Nicolas welcoming their little sister home ❤️

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Yesterday, King Carl XVI Gustaf announced that Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill's newest daughter would be called Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice, Duchess of Blekinge. The name was a real surprise to everyone. No one predicted a Princess Adrienne! Adrienne is actually a Bernadotte family name. Empress Josephine (who married Napoleon- not the Queen Josephine of Sweden) great-great grandmother was Adrienne Dyel de Graville (making her the 11th Great-Grandmother of the youngest generation of Bernadottes). The name Josephine while many think it is a connection to Princess Madeleine's 4th name and her ancestry- they selected it because it was actually Chris O'Neill's grandmother's name. Finally Alice, is a tribute to Princess Madeleine's grandmother, Queen Silvia's mother- Alice Sommerlath.

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Princess Adrienne is the first duchess of Blekinge. Blekinge, located in southern Sweden, is the second smallest province in the country. During the press conferences given today, we also learned that Princess Adrienne has more dark hair than of her other siblings had and really does not look like like Princess Leonore or Prince Nicolas. Prime Minister Löfven described her as "sötnos" which translates to "cutie pie".

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Princess Sofia, Prince Carl Philip, and Chris O'Neill joined the King and Queen in attending the Te Deum held after the Council which announced the name and duchy. Yesterday was also Crown Princess Victoria's name day which has its own celebration in the courtyard. Due to the Te Deum and Council- those events were pushed by a couple of ours into the afternoon.

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Crown Princess Victoria attended the indoor events wearing her purple Tara Jarmon skirt suit which she paired with a new Nellie blouse from Greta. She carried her Quidam clutch and wore her Rizzo pumps. She wore small purple earrings to compliment the look. When she went outside to the courtyard, she changed into her favorite (ufo) black boots and put on her Ida Sjöstedt Jules coat in black.

Princess Sofia wore a new jacket (and likely dress) from Veronica Virta which she paired with one of her pairs of black Stinaa.J pumps. I cannot see a good photo of her clutch to know if it is a new or old and what brand it is.

Princess Estelle wore her Aletta coat with Pom d'Api mary jane shoes. When going outside to the courtyard, she added a fur collar and hat from Alline Stockholm (in contact with the brand in hopes of getting photos to share with you) and changed into her Pom d'Api fur trimmed boots.

A Visit to Vivat Regina

On February 22, Crown Princess Victoria and her two children Prince Oscar (nearly 2) and Princess Estelle (6) visited the exhibition "Vivat Regina" or "Long live the Queen" at Storkyrkan. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Swedish Church and the Royal Armoury. The Crown Princess and her two children were shown around by their personal guide, the chaplain of Stockholm cathedral Ulf Lindgren.

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The exhibition displays the national treasures and Jewels which were used at the crowning of Queen Christina in 1650. Queen Christina was a unique monarch. She became Queen at the age of six but only started her reign when she turned 18. She was Queen of Sweden from 1644 until her abdication in 1654. Indeed, Queen Christina abdicated and converted herself to Roman Catholicism. She also decided not to marry and was one of the most educated women of the 1600s.

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Especially Princess Estelle seemed rather interested in the exhibition. She was pictured taking a very close look at the displayed items and even tried to play the organ under the watchful eye of her mother. The visit to the exhibition was unannounced and without any media attention so that the Crown Princess and her children were able to enjoy the display quietly.

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For this visit, Crown Princess Victoria wore her favorite Max Mara Manuela Coat (still avaliable) with a black turtleneck and new Valentino Fringe Rockstud boots (Found by Heaven). Princess Estelle was dressed in a pink cableknit sweater (designer unknown) and her Pom D'Api boots. Prince Oscar wore a sweater from Jacadi and shoes from Superfit. Huge thanks to Princess Estelle's Attire for keeping me in the loop with these finds! 

Huge thanks to Laura for stepping up to help me write while I am in my last semester of University and doing an internship/student teaching! You can read more of her writing HERE or follow her on Twitter

Breaking News: Details about Couture Dress Exhibit

Well this morning I woke up to an email from Patriksson Communications sharing with me the details of the exhibition that I first speculated about on Twitter. 

Since this tweet, numerous different media outlets have reported on my speculation, and the Royal Court revealed that it was not an exhibition that they were putting on, but rather it was being put on by Sven-Harry's Art Museum and while it was not an exhibit on Nobel Gowns, it was rather an exhibit on Couture Fashion. 

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Charles Hammarsten

I can now reveal that exhibit will focus on the Courtier Secrets. Below is an excerpt from that I have been told. 

The exhibition puts the light on the mythical haute couture fashion and its role in today's fashion climate as well as what directions couture can take in the future. With couture garments from international fashion makers like Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen / Givenchy, Balmain, Castillo, Louis Vuitton and Stéphane Rolland, and Swedish creators like Pär Engsheden and Bea Szenfeld, the exhibition explores the couture world secrets and gives the visitor a unique insight into usually closed processes. The exhibition includes a number of dresses from the Swedish and Danish courts.
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Charles Hammarsten

The exhibit begins on 26 January and goes until 2 April. The designers who will be showcased include:

Balenciaga
Alexander McQueen/Givenchy
Stéphane Rolland
Louis Vuitton
Jacques Zehnder
Jørgen Bender
Castillo
Balmain
Augusta Lundin
Pär Engsheden
Ida Sjöstedt
Bea Szenfeld
Sarah Hayes & Aspar Karahynseinov – H&M

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Charles Hammarsten

The exhibit features 2 of the Queen's gowns, and from the photos provided, 2 of the Crown Princess's gowns and at least one of Princess Sofia. 

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Charles Hammarsten

The exhibition was created by a working group who worked on ideas and content for three years. Creative Directors for the exhibition are Pär Engsheden and Ingrid Giertz-Mårtenson. Guest curator and editor of the exhibition's catalog is Ulrika Kyaga. The stage designer and designer for the exhibition is, Johan Svensson. He is the Creative Director of Vogue UK, is former Art Designer for Vogue Paris and Design Director for W Magazine.

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Charles Hammarsten

I am pretty excited that I was able to correctly identify the gowns shown on the piece of paper in the Queen's hand during the year's Året med Kungafamiljen. If anyone is able to go to the exhibition- please be in contact and let us know how it was and maybe you would be willing to share a few photos on the blog! 

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Charles Hammarsten

Huge thanks to Patricksson Communication for sending me this information as well as these pictures. If you have any further press related questions about the exhibit, they are the ones who are handling press for the exhibit and would be the ones to contact.