Days 1-3 Tokyo Visit Recap

Crown Princess Victoria is currently undertaking a 4 day visit to Tokyo to attend sessions on Sustainability. She is also attending follow up sessions of the Keystone Dialogues which she attended and is Patron of in the Maldives last November.  

On Tuesday, after arriving at the hotel, Victoria changed and had the opportunity to meet with the Japanese Emperor and Empress. 

Following this, Victoria attended a briefing of Japan and sustainability at the Swedish Embassy. It was reported that Victoria was only scheduled to stay for an hour, but she stayed an upwards of 3 hours. 

In the evening, she attended a dinner at the Swedish Residence for the Japanese fishing companies and fishery experts who were in town for the seminars the following days. 

On Wednesday, Victoria began her day by visiting AEON, a Japanese supermarket, in order to hear about the efforts they have in place for sustainability. While on this visit, Victoria was given a mini set of chopsticks for each Oscar and Estelle

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Following this visit, Victoria attended a Seminar on the UN Global Sustainability goals hosted and organized by the UN University in Tokyo. The theme of the seminar is to promote the UN's global sustainability goals with special focus on sustainable seas.

In the evening, Victoria attended a dinner hosted by Princess Takamado at the luxury restaurant Tofuya in central Tokyo. This was a private dinner although photographers were allowed to take photos of the arrival. 

The following day began with a visit the fish market Tsukiji Market. Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale market for seafood in the world and since this trip is focusing on fisheries and sustainable sea initiatives, it is a very obvious choice when planning the agenda. 

Following this, Victoria met the winners of the Swedish Embassy's contest on sustainable seas and had a real Swedish Fika with them. A Fika is the Swedish concept that every day you should take a few minutes to step back and have a break. Often Fika is synonymous with a coffee break but it really is the concept of intentionally taking a few minutes out of your day to step back from the busy go-go-go nature of life and catch your breath/catch up with a friend.

After this Fika, Victoria visited Hama Rikyu Gardens, a traditional Japanese garden. Hama Rikyu Gardens is located at Sumidaflodens mouth. The park is surronded by a moat filled with seawater and was made into a public park on the site where a house of samurai clan Tokugawa was in the 1600s.

Following this, Victoria attended a seminar, "Doing the Sustainable Business the Swedish Way" at the Swedish Embassy. The seminar will address the importance of sustainable business. Swedish companies talk about their CSR activities, followed by a panel discussion between Swedish and Japanese companies.

Finally, Victoria closed out the day by attending a reception at the Swedish residence for the participants at the seminar "Doing Sustainable Businesss the Swedish Way" and representatives of the Swedish business community in Japan.

As for fashion, let's break it down by days: (new pieces are in italics

Day 1:

Arrival at the hotel:
Greta Stockholm Alexandra Cashmere Jacket
Baum und Pferdgarten Mandisa Blouse
By Malina Shannon Trousers
Rizzo Azelia Pumps
Unidentified Bag

Meeting with the Emperor and Empress:
Elie Saab Cotton Blend Lace Dress
Gianvito Rossi 'Gianvito' pumps in Rose Pink Patent Leather
Lanvin for H&M Floral Brooch (worn in hair)
Elie Saab Gold Metal Clutch

Briefing at the Embassy:
H&M Conscious Collection Dress

Day 2:

AEON Visit:
Old Dress of Queen Silvia's from 1980's
Saint Laurent Suede Pointed Toe Pumps
Rizzo Porza Crossbody Bag

Hiatus in Review

Wow... it has been a long time coming. It feels so good to have the time to sit down and write this post! We have a lot to catch up on, so let's get started! 

6 March: Crown Princess Victoria visited a conference titled Baltic Sea Future which was put on in partnership with the City of Stockholm, Stockholm University, and the Sustainable Seas Foundation (which Victoria is heavily involved in). The Crown Princess was selected last year to be an ambassador to the UN's goals for sustainability and follows these topics very closely so it made sense she would be in attendance. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

She wore a new suit from Gant and the Greta Linda blouse in blue. She wore her Saint Laurent Navy Blue Suede pumps, carried her Dagmar tote, and wore matching earrings and necklace from Dulong Jewelry.

 9 March: Princess Sofia opened the new Södertälje Hospital in Stockholm. The hospital had just gone under large renovations and construction and now it is one of the most modern hospitals in all of Sweden. 

Photo: Kungahuset

Photo: Kungahuset

Sofia wore a new Hedvig Cashmere coat from Greta as well as Greta's Nellie blouse in black and white. She carried a black unidientified bag with bamboo handles and black suede block heel boots. She wore her Engelbert Stockholm Creole Pave earrings to complete the outfit. 

12 March: Crown Princess Victoria was joined with her family to celebrate her Name Day with well-wishers at the courtyard of the Stockholm Palace. This is an annual event and never fails to produce good photos of the family. This was Oscar's first time in attendance but he probably is too young to remember it! 

For this, Victoria wore a new Max Mara Manuela Camel Hair Wrap Coat and Aluda top from By Malene Birger. She also wore her Caroline Svedbom earrings first seen in Milan last year and Gianvito Rossi Ankle Boots. Prince Oscar wore a coat from Marie Chantal, boots from Kavat and wore a hat from the Italian brand, BeeWise. Princess Estelle wore a hat from the same brand and wore boots from Bonpoint. 

13 March: On Monday, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip joined the President of Finland for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Monument of Finland, at Finland Park in Stockholm. This ceremony was to commemorate the Winter War and was organized by the Swedish-Finnish Volunteer's Memorial Association. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Victoria wore her black Escada ruffle dress under her custom Ida Sjöstedt Couture coat. She paid tribute to the country of Finland by wearing a necklace and earrings from the famous Finnish designer Björn Weckström who designed Princess Leia's jewelry in Star Wars. She added some color to her outfit by wearing an old pair of blue Gianvito Rossi pumps and carrying her blue Quidam clutch. Huge thanks to a reader and fellow blogger for sharing that her bracelet comes from Cornelia Webb Jewellery

16 March: Crown Princess Victoria attended the opening of "Chanel, Balmain, Dior. Marianne Bernadotte – a Style Icon". Marianne Bernadotte was married to the King's uncle until his death. She remains a regular attendee at all family gatherings. Princess Sofia also had a meeting on this day, attending a lecture given by YPO at the Royal Palace as apart of the Global Child Forum Initiatives.

Victoria borrowed one of Queen Silvia's Chanel jackets for this event and paired it with Yves Saint Laurent pumps, first seen a few years ago. She wore her Filippa K Tuxedo trousers and Kreuger Jewelery necklace and earrings. Sofia wore a new dress from Lars Wallin and likely her Rodebjer Charlotte Pumps.  

17 March: On Friday, Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip opened the Fryshuset Center in Husby. The new establishment hopes to continue to encourage the youth to try and learn new skills and have a safe place to come to discover themselves. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Sofia wore a new blouse from COS which she paired with a plain black skirt, black Rodebjer Charlotte pumps, and her black clutch bag from Indiska. This is the same outfit she wore for the photo released to announce that she is once again pregnant! 

20 March: Crown Princess Victoria joined the King for the Informational Council meeting at the Palace on this day. These meetings are held 3-4 times a year and provide the King (and the Crown Princess) a chance to hear about the various Minister's policy initiatives, investigations, as well as ask any questions they may have.

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

For this meeting, Victoria wore her matching purple wool jacket and skirt from Tara Jarmon along with her favorite white tie neck blouse. 

21 March: Today, Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria joined the King and Tord Magnuson for a lunch in the honor of Staffan de Mistura, the UN Envoy to Syria. Staffan was in Stockholm to be the keynote speaker for the Stockholm Peace Talks which Tord Magnuson helped to organize and Crown Princess Victoria attended. Queen Silvia was originally the one supposed to attend the Peace Talks, but Victoria had to replace her on account of the Queen and Princess Madeleine having to go to Germany to attend the funeral for Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Prince Benedikte of Denmark's husband who died unexpectedly).  

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Peace Talks 

Photo: Peace Talks 

For the lunch meeting, Victoria wore a light pink Filippa K dress, first seen last year, and what appear to be either By Malene Birger pumps or Rizzo pumps. The photo makes it difficult to tell. For the Stockholm Peace Talks ceremony, Victoria wore a new dress from Dagmar with her Saint Laurent Studded Patchwork Pumps, Hunkdory Clutch, and her Linda Fallenius earrings. Her necklace pendant looks new but there is no good photos of it to say for sure. Princess Madeleine wore her Prada ruffle coat with Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti black suit underneath it for Prince Richard's funeral. She carried her Marc Jacobs quilted clutch

23 March: This evening, the Royal Couple held the first Representation Dinner of the year at the Royal Palace and the Stockholm based Royal Family was in attendance. Representation Dinners are held 2-3 times a year for various members of Swedish Parliament and Government as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps, and others who have represented Sweden abroad through their academic, intellectual, athletic, and business accomplishments. 

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For this evening, Victoria wore her green sequin Elie Saab gown which she paired with a Anya Hindmarch clutch. She selected the Laurel Wreath Tiara, bequeathed to her from Princess Lilian, the Emerald Belt Necklace with matching brooch, and the top half of the Brazilian Parure Diamond Earrings. Princess Sofia, whose 2nd pregnancy was announced in the morning, wore a new red gown from Ida Lanto and wore a clutch which I am pleased to confirm comes from Karin Halvors. She again choose the Small Steel Cut Tiara from the vaults and also wore a diamond brooch and the Queen Josefina's Stomacher Earrings. 

28 March: On this day, Crown Princess Victoria joined her parents for a meeting with the ministers Isabella Lövin and Ibrahim Baylan who updated them on issues and initiatives in their respective areas. 

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Victoria selected a top and pair of trousers both from StyleIn for this meeting. 

29 March: In the morning, Crown Princess Victoria held a meeting with experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of Japan before her journey there, on the 18th-21st of April. Later that evening, she joined the King and Queen for the regular Parish Evenings held in the Bernadotte Library of the Royal Palace. This session's topic was the Swedish Church's work abroad. 

For her morning meeting, Victoria wore a dress from Baum und Pferdgarten. In the evening, we only have one blurry photo from the Royal House so it is hard to say what all the details are. However, the dress she is wearing is old and has long been reported to be Diane von Furstenberg but I personally don't agree with that identification. (wrong material, wrong seams, wrong cut) Her necklace has been speculated to be from Maria Börjesson and her clutch Stella McCartney

6 April: Today, as the King was still in Brazil, Crown Princess Victoria acting as regent, attended the Advisory Council for Foreign Relations. Earlier, she and Prince Daniel visited SVT (Swedish National Broadcasting) studio's to learn about their different operations. 

For the Advisory Council meeting, Victoria wore her By Malene Birger Dress with Rizzo pumps and Valentino Rockstud bag. Earlier in the morning, she wore a cropped blue wool jacket over an all black ensemble finished her Gianvito Rossi black ankle boots and Valentino Rockstud bag

7 April: On Friday, Crown Princess Victoria gave an audience for the Vietnamese Politician Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân at the Royal Palace.

Victoria wore her blush pink Camelot dress from The Fold London for this meeting which she paired with her nude Gianvito Rossi patent leather pumps, Elie Saab Clutch, and Dulong Jewelry earrings and necklace

8 April: Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited the site of the horrendous Stockholm Attacks which took place the previous day. Victoria was visibly moved and brushed away tears. When she was asked by a reporter how she thought people should move forward, she (now famously) said "Together"You could hear the emotion in her voice as she answered and with that one word she spoke the thoughts of so many. She wore a new black coat with white/cream shirt underneath and her black Gianvito Rossi Ankle Boots

10 April: This day, the entire Stockholm based royal family attended a service for the victims of the Stockholm Attacks which took place earlier in the week. This was a solemn affair and the entire family looked to be moved and visibly saddened by the events (as am I). Princess Madeleine followed closely from London and called the Royal Court numerous times get updates. She also made a point to take part in the minute of silence held on this day for the victims. 

Victoria wore an old coat last seen after Princess Lilian's death in 2013 which she wore a black dress underneath. She carried her black Nancy Gonzalez bag and wore Kreuger Jewellery earrings. Princess Sofia wore her Hedvig Cashmere coat from Greta, Veronica Virta Pearl Top in black with a Veronica Virta Jersey Skirt. She carried a new bag and wore her Rodebjer Charlotte pumps

8+ hours I am finished! I know I still have a few missing dates from February but hopefully I will get a chance to fill those in tomorrow. I hesitate to say that I am fully back- but that is my hope. Let me know if I missed anything! 

Temporary Hiatus: Extended

Dearest Readers and Friends,

I am sure you have all noticed that so far this year, I have been slow to post and not doing it as frequently. Much to my disappointment, my "real life" does not afford me with the luxury of having free time to relax and therefore to write on this website. The Swedes have also had a slow start to the year, which has been a great benefit to me, but as things are starting to pick up I wanted to let you know that I will be back- no worries! For the few week I will officially be taking a temporary hiatus until I reach the end of the craziest weeks of my academic year. After this time, I hope to update the website with everything I have missed and come up with a plan on how I will cover the rest of my academic year. I keep trying to do it all (work 20 hours a week, be a full time student, deal with a chronic syndrome, and be there for my family and friends) but as much as I think I am, I am apparently not Superwomen. Nevertheless, I will continue to work my hardest to become her! 

I continue to appreciate all your support and I do continue to check and interact with you on Twitter and Facebook even if I may be slower to respond. (In other words- please don't leave or hate me for not being as quick as I would like to be!) 

See you in a bit!

Sarah aka TheRoyalsAndI

Day 1 : State Visit from Canada

Yesterday, the Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, and his wife, Sharon, started a 2 day visit to Sweden. They were welcome in the morning at the Royal Palace by the Royal Family. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel won't take part in the visit as they are currently traveling abroad with Estelle and Oscar. Chris O'Neill is taking part in his first state visit.

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

After a day of events, the royal family hosted a gala dinner for the couple. 

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For the official welcome, Princess Sofia wore a new Agnona dress (thanks to Laura) with a new Salvatore Ferragamo bag and new suede pumps. Princess Madeleine wore the Giambattista Valli dress she wore for the King's birthday celebrations last year with her Gianvito Rossi velvet pumps and a new Valentino bag.

For the gala dinner, Princess Sofia wore a new blue beaded gown with a new clutch. The post will be updated once we'll have a confirmation of the designer. Princess Madeleine wore a new Temperley London gown with her Jimmy Choo clutch.

Princess Madeleine at London's Southbank Center

*I know I haven't written a post for Sofia's engagements a few weeks ago-- They are coming. Trust me if you saw my schedule this year, you would understand why! It is coming and I haven't forgotten about you all!*

Today, Princess Madeleine became the second Swedish Princess to begin official duties again. She had the opportunity to visit the newly opened Swedish concept library Room for Children at the Southbank Center in London.

This new library will stay open through 2017 as apart of the ongoing Nordic art and culture festival Nordic Matters. This concept library is full of books by famous Nordic authors such as Elsa Beskow, Thorbjørn Egner, and Crown Princess Victoria's favorite, Astrid Lindgren. While most of the books are in English, there is also a collection of books in various Nordic languages. 

Room for Children was the brainchild of the Swedish Institute and Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern Stockholm.  It was built together with the Poetry Library and Embassy of Sweden in London, with the assistance of the Nordic Embassies and Representations in London, UK and Swedish publishers as well as Ikea. Their hope is to encourage children ages 0-10 to read and discover. 

For this visit, Madeleine wore a new top from Vilshenko and her Miu Miu boots first seen in Stockholm a couple weeks ago. Her new black pleated skirt is by Valentino . Her clutch is new and comes from the brand SAVAS- we cannot seem to find it in white, so if you find a picture, please send it to us! I think her bracelet is from Krista Kretschmar.