A Seminar Fit for a Queen

Today was a real treat for those of us who follow the royal family. As many of you probably know, Queen Silvia celebrates her 75th Birthday this upcoming Sunday. What does one get for a Queen? Why a seminar of course! Specifically a seminar focusing on the charity work that she has been apart of during her last 43 years as Queen of Sweden.

For the Seminar, the Queen was joined by the King, all of her children, and Princess Estelle. The King’s sister Princess Christina and her husband Tord Magnusson also attended. All 260 court staff members were invited as well as representatives from her various organizations. The guest list was over 500 names long.

At the end of the seminar, the entire family gathered on stage and the three children highlighted their mother, concluding with the King asking the guests to sing Ja, må hon leva.

The Queen celebrated in style, wearing a suit made for her by Göran Alfredsson from Thalia. Her necklace is one which we have seen both her and Princess Lilian wear before. Upon arrival, the Queen wore a blue alpaca coat from Cinzia Rocca.

Crown Princess Victoria looked lovely debuting Rodebjer’s Edda Dress (Thanks Heaven!). She paired this with her red Rizzo clutch, black heels (designer TBD), Edblad Pebble Earrings and Filippa K Faux Fur Jacket.

Princess Sofia looked festive in red wearing a new dress from Lilli Jahilo. She paired this with new red heels from Daniele Tortora (sold at Marzio in Stockholm), red statement earrings, and an old black clutch bag. Upon arrival the Princess kept warm in a coat from Morris Stockholm.

Fresh off a flight from Florida, Princess Madeleine looked radiant in a dress from Erdem. She paired it with new black hoop earrings from Ebba Brahe, black Gianvito Rossi pumps, and a Chanel bag. When arriving, Madeleine wore her trusted ruffle coat from Prada.

If you are interested in watching the seminar, SVT will show it this Sunday at 16:40. If you have not already watched, be sure to check out SVT’s Interview Documentary with the Queen. If you don’t speak Swedish- don’t worry- if you use Chrome as your web browser and translate the page- when you watch the interview, all you have to do is turn on the subtitles and they will automatically translate for you!

UPDATE: The Seminar has been uploaded and we have translated all the family’s speeches for you here!

Democracy and Christmas Trees

What an odd combination, not two things I would typically put together: Christmas Trees and a Democracy- but combinations like this must become the norm when you are apart of the Swedish Royal Family (or write about them).

Today King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria attended a seminar, Rösträttens århundrade" (The Century of Voting Right) at Riksdag. These seminars celebrate the breakthrough of Democracy in Sweden. Two newly written anthologies were presented and two exhibitions were opened.

The King and Crown Princess were welcomed by Speaker Andreas Norlén who also then initiated the seminar with a speech. The conference was then led by moderator Cecilia Garme alongside the anthology, Century of the Voting Right, editors. The seminar also saw Professors Christina Florin, Fia Sundevall, Jan Teorell, and Lena Wängnerud and Lecturer Ulrika Holgersson talk about the history, struggles, and future of democracy.

Crown Princess Victoria wore a red jacket from Pär Engsheden, first seen with a matching skirt at Prince Gabriel’s christening. She paired it with a new white blouse from Baum und Pferdgarten - featuring pearl buttons and lace details on the sleeves. She wore a black pencil skirt and black pumps (likely Gianvito Rossi). She finished the outfit with her Balmain x H&M clutch and Dulong earrings.

Prince Carl Philip received the annual Christmas Tree’s at the palace today bringing along his “little elf” to help.

Prince Alexander looked to be in high spirits as he helped his father Receive the trees from the students of the forestry studies program at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. This is a yearly tradition for the Royal family and something that the little Prince and Princesses of Sweden are no stranger to. It has become a tradition for the students to bring small trees each year, especially for the children.

The little “tomtenisse” wore a sweater from H&M, trousers from Bonpoint, and shoes from Kavat.

Huge shoutout to Princess Estelle Attire and Pelle T Nilsson for their fabulous work identifying and photographing today.

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.

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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.

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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)