Updated: Happy Birthday Victoria!

Well the long awaited day is here- it is Victoriadagen 2017! And this year is extra special as it is the Crown Princess's 40th Birthday. To mark the day, the family attended a Te Deum (Thanksgiving Service) at Stockholm Palace Church this morning afterwards a reception is being hosted at Logården. 

Following this reception there will be a cortege with the Crown Princess Family through the streets of Stockholm. In the evening the entire family will be in Öland for the annual Victoriadagen Concert. 

This morning at the Te Deum, the entire royal family (including all 5 grandchildren) were in attendance. First to arrive was Princess Madeleine and her family.

Behind them was Prince Carl Philip and his family. (no worries we will discuss this confusing outfit later)

Followed by the King and Queen who looked extremely happy on this occasion. 

And finally the star of the day, Crown Princess Victoria and her family. (Although some may beg to differ on who is this family of 4 is really the star of the show.... cough cough Estelle and Oscar cough cough...) 

Princess Madeleine wore a dress from Erdem and a coordinating Philip Treacy hat. Princess Marie of Denmark wore the exact same dress last month so this was a easy piece to identify! She wore new patent leather baby blue pumps, but we are waiting on better photos to confirm the designer. 

Princess Sofia carried her Dolce & Gabbana Mini Sicily Handbag and Crown Princess Victoria wore her white Gianvito Rossi PumpsUPDATE: According to Svenskdam, Crown Princess Victoria is wearing Pär Engsheden. This explains why we couldn't identify it! (He has no online presence and no means of contacting him available to the public). Princess Sofia's pumps are from her favorite brand, Stinaa.J and her dress comes from Ida Lanto. Ida Lanto seems to be her go-to, custom pregnancy dress designer. I emailed them this morning because I had a feeling that it came from them but they have jet to reply with any more details about it. UPDATE: Princess Sofia's stunning new pearl earrings come from the Swedish-American brand In2Design and are their Baroque Diamond Earrings.

Prince Oscar wore the same outfit that Prince Nicolas wore to Prince Oscar's christening- which just about confirms my theory that it is an old family piece, probably Prince Carl Philip's. 

Princess Leonore wore a dress from Marie-Chantal and Prince Alexander's vest and shorts come from Mayoral. (Thanks Princess Estelle's Attire and Mode För de Små) Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander's shoes come from Gallucci, the same style that we have seen Prince Nicolas wear to Prince Alexander's Christening. Princess Leonore and Princess Nicolas both wore pairs of shoes from Papouelli. 

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This evening the family attended the annual Victoriadagen concert in Öland. 

Everyone from Estelle and older were in attendance and the night was full of lots of sweet moments as well as a few that had the entire royal family laughing. 

You can watch the concert here and while you are at it- check out to the interview that the Crown Princess did as well. For fashion, we don't have as many outfits as we did this morning, so this shouldn't be too long! Princess Madeleine wore a new dress from Zimmermann with which she wore a new pair of earrings and pulled out her Valentino wedges. She was last seen wearing these wedges in the interview that she and Chris did at Solliden in July 2013. 

Princess Sofia wore a new dress from the brand 0039 Italy and wore the same Castaner wedges that she wore last Victoriadagen. I also spotted her wearing Gynning Design Petite Papillion necklace

Princess Estelle wore a light pink coat over a dress that used to belong to her mother and aunt (we've seen her in this dress a number of times). Her shoes as the same ones from Livly that she wore this morning. Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Silvia wore the Öland Folk Dress, as they do every year on this occasion. Don't forget that we will be back tomorrow for the meet and greet at Solliden! Until then, I am going to catch up on some sleep and I leave you with this sweet photo of little Estelle and Victoria! 

Funeral for Alice Trolle Wachtmeister

Today the royal family is attending the private funeral service for longtime family friend and Royal Court employee Alice Trolle Wachtmeister. 

Alice passed away peacefully on 26 June peacefully at her home Trolle Ljungby Castle at the age of 91. She served in her roll as Mistress of the Robes, the highest female position in the Swedish Royal Court from 1994 until December 2015. Before this she served as First Lady of the Court and the head of the Queen's Household since 1978. In this role, she was one of the first, outside of the family, to see each of the newborn children.

She has been a close advisor and an invaluable friend of the family. Alice once said that she tried to leave her position as Mistress of the Robe multiple times, however the King refused to let her. He finally gave in 2015 when it became clear that due to her bone disease and age, she could not follow the family daily any longer. At that time she said that she would still be available by phone to offer advice and support to the royal family, which they took her up on many times. It is clear that the entire Royal Family held her in high regard and this is reflected in both the King and Crown Princess' statements released about her passing. 

It is with great sadness that I and Queen received the news. Alice was a very close friend to us and to our family. With its warmth, loyalty and wisdom she has always been a great support. Our thoughts are with her husband, Count Hans-Gabriel Trolle-Wachtmeister, and to their families.
— King Carl XVI Gustaf
As long as I can remember, Alice has been a support for my family and me personally. Alice was a rare intelligent and warm person that I’m glad I got to know. She leaves a big gap.
— Crown Princess Victoria

The funeral service was held today at 13:00 at Trolle Ljungby Church in Skåne. All the (adult) family members, except for Chris, were in attendance.  (Chris had some prearranged business meetings) The King and Queen left from Solliden via car this morning with Victoria and Daniel following not too far behind them. It is believed that Carl Philip, Sofia, and Madeleine came from Stockholm. Princess Benedikte of Denmark was also in attendance. 

For this funeral, Victoria rewore an Alberto Biani lace suit from his Spring 2005 collection. She carried an old clutch and used old black satin pumps. Madeleine and Sofia both opted for new black dresses, and a corresponding jacket for Madeleine. Madeleine carried her Marc Jacobs clutch with her Jimmy Choo pumps while Sofia used her black crocodile bag from Mix & Match, with Stinaa.J pumps. 

Tour Stockholm: Royal Shopping Edition

While the Swedish Royals have begun their Summer Holidays, I thought this would be the perfect time to write a series of posts talking about various spots in Stockholm that the Royal Family have been known to visit. I expect this series to be a 3 part: Shopping, Dining, and then a site-seeing/miscellaneous category. Disclaimer although I have never been to Stockholm, but I do read a lot about it and try to keep up with the Royal Family's favorite spots and have virtually toured the streets more than I wish to admit! 

Nordiska Kompaniet

First up on our list is NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), where you will find 80% of the Swedish Royal Family's favorite brands. Located on Hamngatan, the department store was opened in 1915 by Josef Sachs and has long been a favorite for many generations. The Royal Armoury in Stockholm has a large archive of the previous generations of Swedish royal's clothes. Queen Louise, King Gustav Adolf, and Princess Sibylla all have items in the Armoury which bare the NK Label. These days, it is a favorite shopping spot for Victoria, Sofia, and Madeleine.

By Holger.Ellgaard (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Holger.Ellgaard (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

There are hundred of brands available in NK as well as a variety of different services that you can spoil yourself with. With services such as Personal Shopping, Hair Dressers, Makeup Artists and Consultants, Tailoring, Catering, and Florist- NK is really your one-stop shop for all things in Stockholm. Madeleine and Victoria's favorite gown designer, Fadi el Khoury, is also exclusively available at NK's Rosenrumment. And while you are checking out all the fabulous brands and services available, keep your eyes open- you just might run into one of your favorite royals while browsing for a new addition to your wardrobe! 

Marzio

Next up on our list is probably a store not too many of you have heard of here on the blog, but it is an old favorite for the family. Marzio is an Italian Shoe Store located on Nybrogatan and while we don't see the royals wear this brand everyday- I still catch them slipping into the brand from time to time. The Swedish Press has reported shopping sprees Madeleine and Victoria have had here during their sale events and even Princess Birgitta has been seen carrying a shopping bag from the store. Just last summer Queen Silvia was spotted wearing a pair of their house-brand flats

Rizzo

Rizzo is a name that I am sure more of you are familiar with compared to Marzio as it has been seen on the blog more often. We first started to see the store's house brand pop up on the feet of the family about two years ago, however it has been a long favorite. Not only does the store carry the house brand, but they also have a selection of other brands in stock so you are sure to find the right pair of shoes for any occasion. 

Even More!

Below you will find a walking map including these stores, plus a few other favorites on the way! Stay tuned for a future post about dining which would be a great compliment to a day of shopping in Stockholm! If you have any must-visit places in Stockholm, leave them in the comments! 

Lunch for the President of Botswana

Today, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended a lunch held by the King an Queen at the Royal Palace for the President of Botswana. The President has been visiting Sweden since the 19th of June and has had the opportunity to meet with the Swedish Prime Minister as well as other members of the government. This is his last day in Sweden. 

Photo: Kungahuset

Photo: Kungahuset

For this meeting Crown Princess Victoria paired her red Rizzo Azelia pumps with a new dress from Camilla Thulin. The Alvine Rose White dress is 100% silk and is inspired by Italy's warm climate. She also wore a red belt which I do not believe we have ever seen before. She wore a necklace and likely a pair of earrings- but the photos are not of good enough quality for me to tell what they are. (I am thinking probably Efva Attling Clouds and Stars) 

If you are like me and love this outfit, but unfortunately cannot either afford it or cannot get them shipped to you (aka live outside of Scandinavia)- check out these similar pieces to steal the look for less! 

UPDATED:Polar Music Prize 2017

Today the Stockholm Based Royal Family attended the Polar Music Prize! (If you want to look back at last years outfits, click here for our full recap!) The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig "Stikkan" Anderson- the publisher, manager, and lyricist of ABBA. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in music as it is given to individuals, bands, and institutions and is awarded to a musicians in a variety of genres from around the world. The King has been presenting the award for many years. Previous winners have included Yo-Yo Ma, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, and Elton John- to name a few. This year, the prize was awarded to Sting and Wayne Shorter. 

Crown Princess Victoria surprised us all by wearing her hair down this evening- Victoria has been photographed once with her hair down since the 2012 Polar Music Prize. Let's just say the Royal Fandom is going a little crazy with excitement and joy! She wore an old pair of Yves Saint Laurent Sandals and carried her Oasis clutch. (Same clutch that the Duchess of Cambridge has used in the past). Her bracelet comes from Cornilia Webb and rings from Kreuger Jewellery.  Her gown is a new creation by Diana Orving custommade just for the Crown Princess. Her earrings are also new and come from Engelbert Stockholm and are their twist earrings with diamonds.

Princess Madeleine joined her family at the Prize Ceremony for the first time. She has previously only attended the banquet.

This year she wore a new gown (or top and skirt as we suspect) is from the Swedish Designer Ida Sjöstedt. She paired it with a new pair of earrings, new Marchesa Sandals, and a Bottega Veneta Clutch. Her earrings are new but unfortunately no one has claimed them and we have not been able to find them. 

Queen Silvia was also there leading the family into the ceremony on the arm of the King.

She wore a gown from Alexis first seen in Indonesia. 

I loved seen Princess Christina there, seems to be that she is feeling well after her Stem Cell Transplant! And as always thanks to Heaven and Laura for their speeding findings!