Göthenborgs Symphony Choir's 100 Year Anniversary

This evening, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended Gothenburg's Symphony Choir's 100 Year Anniveresary Concert at Gothenburg's Concert Hall. 

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The music played covered a wide range of styles and timeframes- including Mozart and Björn and Benny. While this program of music certainly was not played back when Crown Princess Margareta and Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf first visited 100 years ago, I think it perfectly fits the celebration of 100 years: Celebrating How much music has shifted through the years. 

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For this event, Victoria wore a new top and skirt from Baum und Pferdgarten (thanks Laura!), her Tiger of Sweden black embellished pumps and carried her Judith Leiber clutch. This clutch, while many won't recognizes, dates back to almost exactly 6 years ago when she first (and only) carried it to the King's Dinner for the Nobel Laureates back in 2011. Upon arrival, Victoria was seen wearing her Faux Fur coat from Filippa K.  I suspect her earrings are Ebba Brahe black diamond hoops but it is hard to know for sure. I am also unsure of her necklace- if details about it become known, this post will be updated. 

Posts covering all the events I have missed (including the Christening) will be coming- please stay patience with us! It is the final week of classes and then final exams so things are a little bit crazy  right now! (I also am recovering from being very sick for 3 week so I am sleeping when I normally would be blogging right now!) 

Princess Madeleine at the Swedish Embassy in London

Today, Princess Madeleine was at the Swedish Embassy in London to take part in meetings with the Swedish Ambassador as well as a few Swedish organizations located in London.

I hope this means we will be seeing more of Madeleine taking on engagements in the UK! For this meeting, Madeleine debuted a new dress from Isabella Oliver- a maternity brand started in 2003. The Natalia Maternity Kick dress is made of viscose and spandex, has dramatic bell sleeves, and comes in 2 colors. She paired it with a new black coat (seen upon arrival), her Chanel bag, and Miu Miu boots. She choose a statement necklace, which first was seen at Victoriadagen in 2014, from Marni and gold hoops. 

More photos of Princess Madeleine arriving can be seen here in the Daily Mail

Massive Catch Up

Wow! It has been 2 months since I last posted and so much has happened. I am in my final year of school for becoming a teacher and it is HARD! I'm taking 16 Credit Hours worth of classes and doing 120 Hours of teaching in a classroom until Christmas... It is a lot of work! By the time I get done with school, teaching, and homework each day all I want to do is sleep! (So that is what I have been doing! I actually fell asleep at 20:00 / 8pm on Friday night!) So here is a massive post full of things that happened in the 2 months! Huge shoutout and thanks to Heaven and Laura for helping me write this post and thanks to everyone who helped to find these pieces- I tried to credit as many of you as I could remember but with 45+ engagements it was hard to remember everything! If you notice any errors or anything I am missing leave me a comment! 

29 August: Junior Water Prize 

On Tuesday, August 29th, Crown Princess Victoria handed out the Junior Water Prize to Ryan Thorpe and Rachel Chang from the United States. Victoria is patron of the prize and attends the ceremony every year that she is able to. 

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SIWI

Crown Princess Victoria debuted a new set from Gestuz, the Fally Blouse and Fally skirt- this set is made out of recycled materials which connects back to her focus on sustainability. She paired the outfit with her Gianvito Rossi Nude Pumps and one of her favorite pairs of earrings from Ebba Brahe

30 August: Sami Parliament opening

On Wednesday, Crown Princess Victoria attended the Sami Parliament opening. Originally, no member of the Royal Family could attend due to scheduling conflicts, but after some rearranging (due to criticism about there being no representative), Victoria attended. The parliament is a body of 31 elected members who meet 3 times a year and are elected for 4 year terms. At the 2013 Parliament opening, King Carl XVI Gustaf was the representative of the Royal Family and in 2009, Crown Princess Victoria took on the duty.  

For this event, Victoria wore her traditional Sami dress which was sewn for her in 2009 (which is when she last attended). 

31 August: Birth of Prince Gabriel 

On Thursday, The Royal Court announced that Princess Sofia had given birth to a baby boy. The following day the royal court published this photo of the new family (minus Prince Alexander) leaving the hospital. 

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Princess Sofia wore a H&M Nursing/Maternity Top, a new Alvhar jacket, and her Superga Platform Sneakers. Prince Gabriel wore a hat from NaturaPea and his blanket is from Soft Goat. 

 

4 September: Council and Te Deum for the birth of Prince Gabriel

Following the birth of the new prince, the King held his usual council where he announced the name and dukedom of the new arrival. Prince Gabriel Carl Walther, Duke of Darlana. The name they selected pays tribute to both King Carl XVI Gustaf as well as Queen Silvia's late father Walther Sommerlath. Following the council, a Te Deum was held in the Royal Chapel which the family all attended. 

Queen Silvia wore her Valentino floral jacket and skirt suit. Crown Princess Victoria wore her Fadi el Khoury dress (her matching Fadi el Khoury coat she wore only to the council meeting) with Gianvito Rossi shoes and By Malene Birger clutch. Princess Madeleine wore a Erdem dress and Bottega Veneta clutch.

6 September: Royal Colloquium's 25 Anniversary 

Description from the Royal Court: "25 years ago, HM The King invited to the Royal Colloquium for the first time in researchers and other experts to discuss current environmental issues. In order to pay attention to this anniversary, a seminar is held at Confidencen in Ulriksdal in the presence of HM The King and HRH The Crown Princess. The book "En värld i förändring - Kungliga miljökollokvier 25 år" is presented at the seminar, at the book the King looks back at his long environmental commitment."

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For this meeting, Crown Princess Victoria wore a familiar suit from Tiger of Sweden, paired with her pink Rodebjer ruffle top. She accessorized by carrying her blue Valentino Rockstud bag and grey By Malene Birger pumps.

7 September: Crown Princess Margareta's Fund and Rosa Bandet Meeting

On the the 7th of September, Crown Princess Victoria held a meeting for Crown Princess Margareta's Fund. She later met with Rosa Bandet organizers to recieve this years pink ribbon. 

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For this meeting, Victoria wore her pink Camilla Thulin dress and Caroline Svedbom earrings.

8 September: Diplomatmottagning 

For the first time ever, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel joined the King and Queen for a diplomatic reception at the palace. A few times a year, the King and Queen have a reception where the new ambassadors can come to the Palace and meet them.

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For this meeting, Crown Princess Victoria wore a new jacket and skirt from Baum und Pferdgarten. I think her blouse might be her blue one from Greta and she wore her Ebba Brahe earrings. It looks like she might have a blue hairbow from Corrine in her hair as well. 

9 September: Hikes Västergötland

The royal court announced that apart of Crown Princess Victoria’s 40th Birthday Celebrations she was launching a series of hikes around Sweden. She started her first hike in her duchy if Västergötland. Accompanied by Prince Daniel, she got to see a wide variety of sites, tried her hand at plowing a field, and endured rainy weather bringing out her Bernadotte curls.

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Pelle T Nilsson

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For this trip where they saw a variety of weathers, Victoria wore a fleece layer and an outer layer from the outerwear brand Houdini. Our favorite photographer Pelle managed to catch this photo of Victoria and Daniel getting off the train where we can see her carrying her blue 3 in 1 bag from Hippi Grace. Her shoes look to be from Merrell Outdoors.

10 September: Prince Daniel's Sports Day at Haga Park

Keeping with the active theme of the day before, Crown Princess Victoria made an appearance accompanied by Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar, and some of her Sommerlath cousins (Helena and Guilia I believe with Helena’s husband). The day featured the Prince Daniel Race through Haga Park and a variety of sports for kids to try in an effort to get kids active.

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For this casual day, Victoria opted for a Bomber Jacket from Filippa K, an oversized white shirt, and her Adidas Stan Smith running shoes. Princess Estelle is seen wearing a pink bomber jacket from Lindex, a Ralph Lauren striped dress, and Chipie shoes. Prince Oscar wore a blue Moncler coat (which we can assume is a hand-me-down from Prince Nicolas), and a pair of Start Rite shoes. 

11 September: Foreign Affair Meeting 

Crown Princess Victoria joined with King Carl XVI Gustaf for their regularly scheduled Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs. The council meets regularly to act as facilitator of discussion between the government and the parliament. The King acts as advisor of this council.

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The photo is too far away for me to figure out what the Crown Princess is wearing.

12 September: Government Opening

On September 12th, the King, Queen, Crown Princess, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Madeleine attended the opening of the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament). In a nod to the formal dress code of the past, the royal ladies always wear black and white.

Victoria wore her Milly jacket with a white dress and Tabitha Simmons shoes. Madeleine wore a UFO jacket and dress with her Jimmy Choo shoes and Marc Jacobs clutch.

In the evening, the family attended the annual concert held after the Riksdag opening.

Victoria wore her MaxJenny dress and Stella McCartney shoes. Madeleine wore a new Zara dress (thanks to parents_pearl on Instagram) with her By Malina jacket, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Valentino clutch.

13 September: Meeting with Margot Wallström and Sven-Erik Bucht

On the 13th of September, Crown Princess Victoria met with the government members at the Royal Palace. The first meeting was with her parents and Prince Daniel, and the second meetin was solo. 

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For this meeting, Crown Princess Victoria wore a new skirt from H&M and looks like she wore her Stella McCartney pumps.

13 September: Min Stora Dag Seminar

Also on the 13th of September, Princess Madeleine attended a seminar hosted by Min Stora Dag in Stockholm. She arrived with her cousin Patrick Sommerlath. 

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Madeleine wore a Zara top with her Christian Louboutin shoes and Botkier clutch

14 September: Stockholm Security Conference 2017: Secure Cities in an Insecure World

On the 14th of September, Crown Princess Victoria braved the rain to join the King for the 2017 Stockholm Security Conference. 

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Pelle T Nilsson

For this meeting Victoria wore Stylein coat, Stylein pants, new By Malene Birger Flanora top and pumps, and her blue Valentino bag.

16 September: Finland's 100 Year Opera

On the 16th of September, Crown Princess Victoria was in Finland for an opera performance celebrating Finland's 100th Year Anniversary. 

Victoria wore her Daisy Grace top, Camilla Thulin skirt, Stella McCartney pumps , UFO clutch, and her Caroline Svedbom earrings. 

21 September: Gordon Goodman's Memorial Lecture 2017

For this lecture, Crown Princess Victoria looked pretty in pink wearing her Ralph Lauren dress, Valentino bag, Gianvito Rossi shoes, Luc of Sweden Horseshoe Necklace. 

22 September: Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister's Service and Sverigemiddag

In the morning of September 22nd, the Stockholm based royal family attended a private memorial service for Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister. In the evening they hosted their annual Sverigemiddag at the Royal Palace. 

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For this dinner, Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Silvia surprised by both wearing full length gowns (normally one female in the family wears a short dress and one wears a gown). Queen Silvia wore a purple Yuki gown (and pulled out a necklace that was Princess Lilian's!). Crown Princess Victoria wore a new gown from H&M Conscious Collection with her favorite Elie Saab clutch. Her pumps look to be her Dior pink pumps.

24 September: Prince Couple Visits Aurora 17

On Sunday, the Prince Couple Family took a stroll out to Aurora 17 to the military exercises that were taking place. The family lives a short walk away from the activities so this was a nice Sunday walk for them to take, said Princess Sofia. 

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Försvarsmakten

From the photos posted on Instagram, Prince Gabriel was with them but in a carriage. You can see Princess Sofia wearing a striped shirt and a pair of sunglasses from Max Mara. Princess Estelle's Attire found Prince Alexander to be wearing a set from H&M

26 September: Crown Princess Couple's Foundation Expert Lunch

On Tuesday, the Crown Princess Couple hosted a lunch for a panel of experts through their Foundation. These experts met to update them on news, changes, and to advise them if the initiatives that their Foundation supports are effectively improving health and community. 

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For this lunch meeting, Crown Princess Victoria wore her Baum und Pferdgarten blazer and a newBaum und Pferdgarten top. While it is hard to see from this photo, she appears to be wearing her blue pumps- either the new pair she debuted this month or her favorite Saint Laurent pair. 

28 September: Meeting at the palace 

On Thursday, 28 September- a surprise appeared on social media! Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip gave an unpublished meeting for author Caroline Engvall at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. Deducing by Princess Sofia's hair- this is the same day that they took the family photos released early in October. 

For this meeting, Princess Sofia wore a new dress from MQ's store brand Stockh lm in collaboration with Maria Westerlind. 

29 September: Gen Pep Video

On Friday, Generation Pep (Gen Pep) the initiative of the Crown Princess Couple's Fund, shared this video of Princess Estelle and Prince Daniel creating and using an obstacle course outside at Haga Palace. 

In the video, Princess Estelle can be seen wearing pieces from the Gen Pep collaboration with H&M. 

29 September: Visit Askölaboratoriet

Also on the 29th of September, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle visited the Askö Laboratory to learn about the research they do on the Baltic Sea. 

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For this outdoor visit, Crown Princess Victoria wore another new jacket from Houdini. Princess Estelle wore a jacket from Patagonia

1 October: Flight back from Belgium

Traveling to Sweden with royal company! #PrincessVictoria

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On the 1st of October, the Swedish football player Issac Kiese Thelin shared a photo of Crown Princess Victoria on a flight back from Belgium. We can only assume that Victoria was over visiting her goddaughter and the rest of the Belgian Royal Family. Underneath her coat we can see Victoria wearing a top from a past season of Mayla.

1 October: Walking in Haga Park

Also in October 1st, someone posted that they had met Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, and Prince Oscar walking in Haga Park. The post was accompanied by this photo of Victoria. 

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2 October: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutions and Thank You Gala

Also on 2 October, Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine were in New York City for various engagements. First, they attended a UN meeting called Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for Children: Collective Actions and Innovative Solutions. The meeting brought players from various sectors together to discuss how to put children first and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Silvia spoke at the meeting and highlighted that October 2nd is Gandhi's birthday and International Nonviolence Day.

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Princess Madeleine wore her Dorothee Schumacher jacket, an old UFO top, Manolo Blahnik shoes, and Valentino bag. Queen Silvia wore a skirt from Escada and a jacket that looks suspiciously like one of their dresses but they deny it to be theirs. 

In the evening, Silvia and Madeleine attended the World Childhood Foundation's Annual Thank You Gala. The World Childhood Foundation was founded by Silvia, and Madeleine serves as an honorary board member. The Thank You Gala is an annual fundraising dinner the charity holds in New York.

Queen Silvia wore her Alexis gown with Jimmy Choo pumps, while Princess Madeleine wore her Self-Portrait gown (although with a new black lining this time). She added her Valentino clutch and her diamond and aquamarine earrings.

3 October: Crown Princess Couple's Fund Meeting and Uppsala Opening

On October 3rd Crown Princess Victoria attending the opening of the Church Council at Uppsala Cathedral. This is an annual event on the Royal Family's Calendar with different members attending each year. 

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This year, Crown Princess Victoria wore a new Rodebjer dress (found by Laura), UFO shoes, a Nancy Gonzalez bag, and Misst Jewelry earrings.

3 October: International Council Meeting of World Childhood Foundation

The day following the Thank You Gala, Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine attended the International Council Meeting for Childhood held in New York City. This meeting included advisors, board members, and representatives from each of the organization’s headquarters (Germany, Brazil, Sweden, USA).

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For this meeting Princess Madeleine can be seen wearing her Rebecca Taylor jacket.

4 October: 125th Anniversary of the Open Air Promotion

On October 4th Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended the 125th Anniversary of the Open Air Promotion at Haga Park.

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For this active engagement, Crown Princess Victoria wore a new Dagmar jacket, By Malene Birger top, Adidas shoes, and Valentino bag.

6 October: Crown Princess Victoria hikes Västerbotten

Crown Princess continued her series of walks around different areas of Sweden on October 6th in Vasterbotten. During her visit, she opened the Arena Park.

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For this very eventful day, Victoria wore a new outer jacket from Houdini, matching fleece jacket, and pants (all from that brand. She once again wore shoes from Merrell Outdoors

7 October: Attendance at Serbian Royal Wedding

On October 7th Crown Princess Victoria was in Serbia and served as one of the witnesses for the wedding of Prince Philip and Danica Marinkovic.

She wore her H&M Conscious Collection gown (first seen at the representation dinner), Elie Saab clutch, and Krueger earrings.

Thank You from the Prince Couple for the Kind Responses to Prince Gabriel's Birth 

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For these photos Princess Sofia wore a new Veronica Virta jacket and her Lindex dress first seen in Alexander's first photos. Prince Alexander wore a sweater from Gant with Kavat shoes.

10 October: Visit Stockholm Handelskammare

Crown Princess Victoria attended a meeting at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce on October 10th.

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She wore her Greta jacket and By Malina pants.

In the afternoon, she and Prince Daniel held a literacy salon at Haga Palace. These are secret meetings with various influential people around Sweden. Little is known about these events as they are not announced and often not publicized. 

Photo: Ulrica Stigberg

Photo: Ulrica Stigberg

11 October: Conference: Life Below Water 2017, World Maritime University, and opening Marie Education Center 

Crown Princess Victoria spent October 11th in Malmö, Sweden. She attended the Life Below Water conference, opened the Marine Education Center, and paid a visit to the World Maritime University.

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She wore new Rodebjer jacket and pants (thanks Svenskdam), an H&M top, AF Klingberg boots, Dagmar bag, and Krueger earrings.

13 October: Paraolympic Ice Hockey Game in Östersund

On October 13th Crown Princess Victoria attended a sled hockey match between Sweden and the Czech Republic in Ostersund, Sweden. It was a qualifying match for the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

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She wore a new Acne coat, Hunkydory blazer and a Baum und Pferdgarten blouse. Her boots are new and remain unidentified- they are very similar in color and style to Stella McCartney but they are not the same fabric. 

16 October: Information Council Meeting

On October 16, King Carl Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria attended an information council meeting at the palace.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore her By Malene Birger dress.

16 October: Celebrations for Stefan Persson

In the evening, the King, Queen, Crown Princess, and Prince Daniel attended a dinner honoring the 70th birthday of H&M founder Stefan Persson.

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Erik Cronberg

Victoria wore a UFO top, MaxJenny skirt, Stella McCartney shoes and bag, and Krueger earrings.

18 October: Special Session of Parliament for Finland's 100 Years

Crown Princess Victoria attended a service held by the Swedish Riksdag to recognize Finland's 100th year as an independent state.

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Pelle T Nilsson

She wore a UFO blue dress (blue is a color associated with Finland), By Malene Birger pumps, Stella McCartney bag, and Sophie by Sophie earrings.

19 October: Meetings at the Palace 

Crown Princess Victoria hosted several meetings at the a Royal Palace on October 19th. She had audiences with the Rare Diseases Association (something Sarah was very excited to see) and the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives David Carter.  

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She wore her Gestuz top and skirt and a new By Malene Birger Dipple clutch. 

20 October: GenPep's Pep Forum

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended Gen-Pep's Pep Forum on October 20th. It was held at the Karolinska Institute. GenPep is the initiative that Daniel has been heavily involved with that was formed by the Crown Princess Couple's Foundation. 

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Victoria wore a top and pants from the new Erdem for H&M line (thanks Heaven and Cecile). She carried a Valentino bag and wore new Stinaa J pumps (found by Laura and Sarah).

20 October: Project Playground Fundraising Dinner

That evening, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia attended a black tie dinner that raised funds for Project Playground, the foundation that Sofia co-founder.

She wore a Greta top and skirt and Mix & Match bag.

21 October: Meetings at the Palace

Victoria hosted a meeting at the Royal Palace on October 21st with members of the UN's Development Program Achim Steiner and Caroline Åberg.

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She wore another blouse from the Erdem for H&M collection.

24 October: Paralympic Committee's Honorary Board Meeting

Victoria attended a meeting of the International Paralympic Committee's Honorary Board held at the Royal Palace on October 24th.

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In the evening, she hosted the board for dinner at Haga Palace. 

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During the day, wore her Ralph Lauren dress but changed into a new skirt from Erdem x H&M. In her hair it appears to be a Corrine Hair Bow but I am unsure of what color. 

25 October: Opening a Hospital and Hiking Östergötland

On October 25th Victoria attended the naming ceremony for a children and youth hospital in Linköping. The hospital will be called HRH Crown Princess Victoria's Children and Youth Hospital.

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Pelle T Nilsson

She wore her Rodebjer jacket and pants, a new top from Camilla Thulin (thanks Svenskdam), AF Klingberg ankle boots, and Valentino bag.

Later, she continued her series of walks. This one was in her daughter Estelle's duchy of Östergötland. Victoria walked through the Tinnerö Natural Reserve.

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Pelle T Nilsson

She wore a Houdini jacket over a knit sweater and her Camilla Thulin Teddy top and Merrell hiking boots.

Victoria at the opening of World Water Week

This morning, Crown Princess Victoria attended the a session on the first day of World Water Week. World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe's water issues and is put on the the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). This year's topic is "Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse". The week will feature over 200 different sessions focusing on this topic. 

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

This morning, the Crown Princess attended a session titled Antimicrobial resistance putting sustainable development at risk – drivers, impacts, solutions which was held at Folkets Hus in Stockholm. 

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

The official program for World Water Week described the session below.

"Facing the broad range of initiatives working on antimicrobial resistance or pharmaceuticals in the environment, this event will be a stocktaking of knowledge, processes and actors, in order to build synergies and increase efficiency and to make those heard that are not necessarily part of the major global processes. After a short keynote, various perspectives on the challenge of antimicrobial resistance will be given in short “speed-presentations”, setting the scene for a panel discussion open for engagement from the audience."

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Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Keeping with the theme of reusing, Crown Princess Victoria attended wearing an modified dress of Queen Silvia's. The Queen wore this dress originally in 1978 during a state visit to Yugoslavia.  She paired this with an old pair of gold and orange earrings (sadly I have never been able to figure out the designer of these despite their many wearings)

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Finishing up the look, she carried an older red clutch bag and matching red pumps both from the Swedish brand Rizzo. Thanks to the fabulous photos courtesy of Pelle T Nilsson, I see that she is wearing her Sophie by Sophie Childhood Bracelet along with her heart bracelets from the brand. These heart bracelets are always on her wrist and feature the initials and birth dates of both Estelle and Oscar. You also get a nice glimpse of her Epoch watch in the photo above. 

This won't the last time we see Victoria this week attending events for World Water Week. While the King is the Patron of the initiative, Victoria is heavily involved in sustainability efforts, especially those having to do with water, so she has always been present at events during the week. Tomorrow she will hand out the Junior Water Prize.

UPDATED: Princess Madeleine Opens the FEI European Championships and the Royal Couple at the Opera

This evening Princess Madeleine officially opened the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg at Ullevi Stadium. The FEI, or Fédération Équestre Internationale, holds it's European World Championships every 2 years. This year, over 300 of Europe's top equestrian riders and drivers will be meeting in Gothenburg to compete for medals in Jumping, Dressage, Driving and Para-Equestrian Dressage. These competitors come from over 30 different countries and include 590 horses, 4,000 accredited participants, and 1400 volunteers. 

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This year Princess Madeleine, who is an accomplished equestrian herself, agreed to attend the opening ceremonies and official open the championships. Princess Madeleine competed in jumping for a while, but had to stop due to the increased presence of photographers at the competitions. Madeleine has recounted how there were times the photographers would step out in front of her horse to get a photo making it an unsafe environment for both herself and the photographers as well as the horses and other competitors. 

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Princess Madeleine always has the best expressive faces! These photos below caught my eye and I could not resist adding it to this post! She certainly looks happy to be in attendance (sentiments which she echoed on her Facebook Page) 

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Princess Madeleine is not the only member of the family who is interested in horses. All three of the Royal Couple's children ride well as well as the King and Queen themselves. These days Princess Estelle and Princess Leonore seem to be taking in the family's footsteps of horse loving and both were given horses as Baptism Gifts. (Although at Leonore's first meeting with her horse- she was more intrigued by the field of grass than the horse...) Princess Madeleine is also not the only member of the Royal Family who will be attending the Championships- the King and Queen will attend the closing ceremonies on the 27th of August. 

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Speaking of the King and Queen, this evening they attended the opening evening of Östersjöfestivalen (The Baltic Sea Festival) held at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Swedish Royal Photographer Extraordinaire Pelle T Nilsson was kind enough to share with me these photos from the evening. 

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

If you have never heard of Pelle, then you are seriously missing out. He is the only photographer that I have found that consistently takes photos of all the little details of a Royal's outfit's that makes my job of identifying SO much easier! (Speaking of which- anyone have any ideas about the Queen's clutch? It is relatively new and driving me crazy!)

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

With that said, I say it is time we took a look at Princess Madeleine's outfit. For this evening ceremony, Madeleine mixed some older favorites with some fabulous new pieces. Starting with he shoes, she debuted a new pair Chloe Lauren Ankle Strap Pumps. (Thanks Laura for pointing these out!) She paired these with a new printed skirt from Marni and white ruffled blouse (which we have been able to identify). Her jacket dates all the way back to 2009 when she wore it to the inauguration ceremony for Sweden's presidency of the EU at Skansen. While writing this post I stumbled upon it and found it is also from Chloe. She finished the look with Star Studs from Ebba Brahe which she has had for over a year now.