2016 Comes to a Close!

Happy New Year / Gott Nytt År! 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

In honor of the New Year, the Royal Family shared a photo of the entire family which was taken in July at Solliden Slott in Öland. It is always a good day when we get a photo of the entire family and this photo did not disappoint! 

Unfortunately there are not too many identifications for the leading ladies in our picture but we do have quite a few for the children! Princess Sofia wore a new dress from Topshop Unique which was exclusively sold at Net-a-Porter. Crown Princess Victoria wore a dress she was first photographed wearing at Alexander's Christening rehearsal which comes from Zadig and Voltaire, her earrings are from Dulong Jewelry. Princess Madeleine wore a new blue dress (that I have decided should find its way to my closet) and Valentino Sandals

Starting from left to right, Princess Leonore wore a dress from the British retailers Trotters and her Pretty Ballerina ballet flats. Prince Nicolas is wearing the same (unidentified) outfit he wore during the 15 July photoshoot with his Ralph Lauren shoes. Prince Oscar is also wearing the same knit bodysuit that he wore during the photoshoot and is wearing Pomp d'Api shoes. Princess Estelle is wearing her Charabia Paris lace Tina dress from their SS14 collection. Finally Prince Alexander wore a bodysuit from the Swedish brand, How to Kiss a Frog. Huge thanks to @Modefördasmå and Princess Estelle's Attire for finding all these! 

This year was a very exciting one- both for the royals and for us here at The Royals and I. We purchased out own domain and rebuilt our website- in addition we also launched UFO No More. The entire Swedish Royal Family worked 222 days out of the 366 days this year- that we know of. Their busiest month was October where someone worked 27 days out of the 31 days in that month. I have included my table of days below. I think it is important to note that the family does a lot of work outside of their public appearances that we are not aware of and often they do more than one engagement a day. 

(Known) Days Worked in 2016

(Known) Days Worked in 2016

In addition to calculating the number of days worked by the family, I was curious about the money spent on clothes this year for the entire family. This is a fashion blog so it makes sense to share that information with you all. It is important to note that there are still many unidentified pieces from all three of the adult princesses and custom pieces that we do not know the prices of. 

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These numbers reflect not only official engagements but also paparazzi sightings, "fan" photos, and social media pictures. The unknown pieces are not counted in the number of new pieces at the end of the totals. 

2016 Christmas Concert

This evening, Princess Sofia attended a Christmas Concert in Stockholm. 'Jul i Gamla Stan', is the annual concert ran about 70 minutes in length and featured artists, Molly Sanden, Gladys del Pilar, Linda Lampenius and Fredrik Benedict. Molly Sanden you may recall helped Princess Sofia write and preformed the song at Sofia and Carl Philip's wedding. Linda Lampenius also preforms at many Project Playground events. Carl Philip was supposed to be in attendance but stayed home to be with Prince Alexander, who has a fever. Sofia brought her sisters Lina Frejd and Sara Hellqvist with her instead. 

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Princess Sofia wore a new dress from By Malina and earrings from Ebba Brahe. She wore a new (?) pair of black pumps and her unidentified suede bag with a tassel. 

2016 Formal Meeting of the Swedish Academy

Well it is that time of year again- as Christmas approaches, the family attends their last big event of their year before privately celebrating the Queen's Birthday and Christmas. This evening the entire family attended the annual Formal Meeting of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. This event always brings out some beautiful gowns and jewels from all of the ladies! I do not have any full length photos to share- just screenshots from the arrival video shared by Expressen. You can head over to their website to see full length photos. 

Screen Grab from Expressen

Screen Grab from Expressen

Victoria arrived looking lovely in a black gown from H&M (first seen in 2014). I thought it was a little strange that she paired the gown with blue accessories but with all the camera flashes upon arrival- the dress had a blue tint to it. She carried her blue velvet Alexander McQueen clutch, navy blue Roger Vivier heels, and stayed warm in her new black and blue faux fur coat from Filippa K. She wore a diamond necklace and pearl earrings from the Bernadotte Jewel Vaults and in her hair she wore a hair accessory in the shape of a flower. This accessory has been seen before but never was identified. 

Screen Grab from Expressen Video 

Screen Grab from Expressen Video 

Princess Sofia arrived wearing a new purple gown and matching purple shoes. (Neither have been identified) She stayed warm by wearing her Morris faux fur coat and carried her Diane von Furstenburg clutch. She wore a pair of earrings featuring pave diamonds and precious stones which she first wore to the Idrottsgalan in 2015- I believe they are Ebba Brahe and have contacted them for confirmation. 

Screen Capture from Expressen

Screen Capture from Expressen

And last but not least- Princess Madeleine arrived wearing a new gown from Self Portrait. She wore her By Malina fur jacket over it to stay warm and carried a new clutch from Marchesa. She wore black pumps (not sure on the brand) and her earrings were custom made for her back in 2012 from La Campanina Capri Jewelry.

UPDATED: Day 2+3 in Italy: Victoria and Daniel

Please excuse the lateness of this post- I was sick and slept most of the day! Anyway- on Friday Victoria and Daniel continued their visit to Italy. They began their day by visiting the Swedish Rome Institute to get more information about the current research going on. The Institute is the center for the Swedish archelogical excuvations happening in Italy as well as other scientific investitgations. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Following this visit, the couple traveled to the FAO (UN Food and Agricultural organization)'s bilateral meeting as guests of the FAO Secretary General José Graziano da Silva. At this meeting Victoria participated in the seminar, "Step it up together with rural women to end hunger and poverty" level segment.

Victoria and Daniel then traveled from Rome to Milan (with Prince Oscar!) where their first stop was to visit Frip. Frip is a concept store which focus is to sell Swedish fashion brands and designs in Italy. They couple appeared to have a good time looking around the store and joking with the press and the rest of the travel group. 

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Finally the couple ended their day by attending the Swedish-Italian Chamber of Commerce 'Assosvezia' annual Lucia Reception. 

Victoria and Daniel started their final day in Italy by visiting the Research Hospital San Raffaele in Milan. There they were able to hear about the current research the hospital is doing as well as learn about the Swedish company Getinge who delivers surgical equipment to the hospital. 

Photo: San Raffaele

Photo: San Raffaele

Photo: San Raffaele 

Photo: San Raffaele 

Next up on their itinerary was a visit to the Volvo group in Milan to hear about their work in sustainable transport. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Finally, the couple visited the restaurant Björk Brasseri whose focus is to bring Nordic cuisine and products to the city of Milan. After this visit, and lunch, the couple and the rest of their party flew back to Sweden. 

Moving on to Victoria's fashion- on Day 2 she had 3 outfit changes. She began the day by wearing a dress from the Italian designer Dolce & Gabbana. She paired this with a new bag from the Swedish brand House of Dagmar and earrings from the Swedish Designer Linda Fallenius. Her shoes I believe to be from Aquatalia (there is some confusion if they are from Aquatalia or Gianvito Rossi but because of their half black soles I think they are Aquatalia. However the case could be that they are Gianvito Rossi because it is an Italian brand but until we get a close up from the sole we cannot know for sure)

Victoria then changed into a top, trousers, and jacket all from Filippa K for the trip to Milan and Frip. She wore her Acne pumps again with this look as well as her Linda Fallenius earrings. 

For her final outfit of the day, Victoria changed into a blouse from DaisyGrace which she paired with an old (I think) black skirt and her black crystal shoes from Tiger of Sweden. She wore black hoop earrings (maybe Ebba Brahe?) featuring some sore of dangle and a black sequin clutch. Unfortunately, there is not much from this outfit that we have identifications for! 

On Saturday Victoria wore a new blouse from Rodebjer with her Greta Alexandra Cashmere jacket and By Malina trousers. Her earrings are new from Caroline Svedbom. She carried her blue Valentino Rockstud bag and wore her old maroon pumps (still unclear on the designer of these- thought to be Rizzo). 

The photos we got of Prince Oscar with his parents arriving in Milan showed him wearing a hat from the brand Geggamoja, his Burberry Coat and Ralph Lauren shoes. 

First Day in Italy: Victoria & Daniel

Today Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel began their 3 day long visit to Italy. The purpose of this trip is to promote health and cultural issues as well as supporting Swedish businesses. They began their visit by meeting with the President of the Chamber of Deputies in Italy, Laura Boldrini. 

Joining along side Victoria and Daniel is the Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training- Anna Ekström. 

After their meeting, Laura Boldrini showed the couple the Women's Hall- Sala delle donne. 

Their next point on their agenda was to visit the Birgitta Sisters House in the heart of Rome. They were able to talk to Mother Fabia and Mother Telka- the current and former General Abbess of Rome. 

Following this visit, Daniel and Victoria were given the chance to visit the project AS Roma, Football Together- a club football/soccer group which offers the opportunity for those with physical disabilities to receive professional coaching. They strive to promote not only the children's physical wellbeing but also their social and mental wellbeing as well. Victoria also received a uniform with her name on it which she looked beyond thrilled by! 

Finally this evening Victoria and Daniel attended a celebration of the Swedish Holiday- St. Lucia Day (December 13th) at the Ambassador's Residence. 

Photo: Svenska Kyrkan i Roma

Photo: Svenska Kyrkan i Roma

Photo: Svenska Kyrkan i Roma

Photo: Svenska Kyrkan i Roma

Now onto the fashion! Victoria continued the mission of the trip, supporting Swedish businesses) by choosing to wear Swedish designers for this trip. For the day part of the trip she wore a new dress from Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden bag, Acne pumps, and Kreuger Jewellery Poppy earrings. When she was at the football club, she changed into her af Klingberg tan booties. I also spotted a Corrine & Friends hair accessory around her ponytail. 

For the evening reception she changed into a new Anna Holtblad dress (in Black Rose) which she paired with her custom H&M clutch and Dolce & Gabbana shoes. She wore new earrings, gold cuffs, and hair accessory from Charlotte Bonde.