Switch of Government at the Palace

Today was a big day for the Swedish Government, after agreeing on a new Prime Minister (Stefan Löfven- he is returning to the role) after 4 months of debate last week- today was the day that the new Minister Positions were announced. With this announcement comes a special Council Meeting was held at the Palace. The King presides over these meetings and the Crown Princess, as future Head of State, participates and attends to stay informed. To see a full list of the Ministers, visit Kungahuset’s post.

Photo: Kungahuset.se

Photo: Kungahuset.se

For this important meeting, Crown Princess Victoria wore a classic burgundy dress from Camilla Thulin. She paired this with pumps from Rizzo and carried a matching bag (either from Abro or Marzio- both claimed it to be their design upon original wearing).

In an unusual turn of events, I can also report on something the King wore! Keeping his classic appearance, the King chose a tie from Louis Vuitton for today’s meeting.

Visit to Helsingborg

Today, the Crown Princess is visiting Helsingborg City to visit various organizations with a general theme of Sustainability.  

Pelle T Nilsson /SPA

Pelle T Nilsson /SPA

The first stop on her trip was a visit to the City’s Development Project- DrottningH. DrottningH is the city’s joint project that has the aim of jointly developing a million-program district into an integrated and sustainable part of the city. The unique part of this project is that it is not just city administrators and cooperations working on it- but rather it is a collaboration across many different inhabitants of the district. City Administrators, Cooperations, Local Businesses, and residents of the district are working together in order for this project to take a holistic approach to both social and structural issues. The project has been met by great interest already and the city’s housing company has received Årets Boris 2018 from Boinstituet for their work in showing the importance of dialogue and involvement. The aim of this project is that all residents can participate and create a city- “a Helsingborg for all”. 

After that visit she had lunch at Sofiero Castle at the invitation of the City of Helsingborg. The city invited entrepreneurs working in Helsingborg in the environmental and sustainability field. A big topic of discussion was the city’s quality of life program which focuses on the public health and the environment. This program is and will be the city’s priorities from 2016 until 2024. Another topic of discussion was Helsingborg’s city fair H22. This fair will be held for 35 days in June and July 2022. Participants from all over the world will be able to experience the city and participate in dialogue about the future of urban development. There will be 3 physical areas showcased during the fair: The Ocean Harbor, Drottninghög, and SeaU. I would not be surprised if we saw Crown Princess Victoria return in 2022 to attend the CityFair as its focus aligns with her many missions and focus areas. 

After lunch, the Crown Princess and entourage took a tour of the castle and was shown “Sofias bro” (Sofia’s Bridge” which was inaugurated this past Spring. The bridge was placed over King Gustaf VI Adolf’s and Princess Margareta’s famous rhododendron ravine. This was an idea that Queen Sofia had over 150 years ago and it finally became reality in 2018. The city also showed the Crown Princess Both the playhouses and Prince Oscar Sagoskog. 

The final stop of the day was a visit to NSR (Nordvästra Skånes Renhållnings AB) . NSR is a non-traditional municipal sanitation company owned by 6 northwestern municipalities. Unlike traditional waste management companies- NSR begins by proactively ensuring that materials that come into the city is reusable or recyclable. Among many things that NSR highlighted to the Crown Princess about their work was their fossil-free plastic and their world-unique “On Demand Garbage Collection”. This system means that waste is only collected when the ustomer considers that the vessel needs to be emptied. 

For this visit, Crown Princess Victoria wore her Dagmar Blue Velvet Blazer and Gant striped shirt. To keep warm she debuted a new navy overcoat. She carried her blue Valentino Rockstud bag and wore black platform boots from Acne (first seen in New York City in 2013).  On her wrist we spotted her Sophie by Sophie Heart Bracelets and 3 Bracelets from Ebba Brahe: 3 Star Bracelet, Bridge Bracelet, and Eyes Wide Open Bracelet. 

Crown Princess Victoria attends Day 2 of People and Defense National Conference

Crown Princess Victoria joined her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, again today (14 January) for the second day of People and Defense National Conference (Folk och Försvars rikskonferens). They attended the first day of the Conference yesterday, which was her first time in attendance. This year the conference is held at Högfjällshotellet in Sälen, Sweden.

This annual conference brings together about 350 participants and hosts 50-60 different speakers for 3 days of discussion, debate, and sharing of knowledge on the world’s security. The focus of the conference is the world's security, Sweden's defense, people's security and society's emergency preparedness.

Pelle T Nilsson / SPA

Pelle T Nilsson / SPA

The conference holds meetings between politicians,  those active within organizations in civil society - including youth organizations - and representatives of trade unions, business and government. In addition, to these participants, the conference boasts a growing pool of media coverage. The entire conference is showed as a webcast which can be watched live and streamed afterwards.

The King and Crown Princess were scheduled to attend the first two days of the conference (yesterday and today), while the conference is scheduled to go on for one more day- tomorrow January 15th.

For this meeting, Crown Princess Victoria wore her grey H&M x Erdem pantsuit paired with her pink blouse from By Malene Birger (first seen for the Pink Ribbon Campaign last autumn). She finished the look with diamond earrings, her af Klingberg Rakel booties and Christina Christrsdotter Savanna bag. 

This morning, both the King and Crown Princess took advantage of the beautiful mountains in Sälen and went skiing. Crown Princess Victoria was seen returning wearing a NorthFace Summit jacket and carrying her Inuikki boots

Crown Princess Victoria attends Day 1 of People and Defense National Conference

Crown Princess Victoria joined her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, today (13 January) for the People and Defense National Conference (Folk och Försvars rikskonferens). By my research, this is the first time the Crown Princess has attended the National Conference. She has in the past attended conferences held at People and Defense’s location in Stockholm, but never the National Conference- which this year is held Högfjällshotellet in Sälen.

This annual conference brings together about 350 participants and hosts 50-60 different speakers for 3 days of discussion, debate, and sharing of knowledge on the world’s security. The focus of the conference is the world's security, Sweden's defense, people's security and society's emergency preparedness.

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The conference holds meetings between politicians, those active within organizations in civil society - including youth organizations - and representatives of trade unions, business and government. In addition, to these participants, the conference boasts a growing pool of media coverage. The entire conference is showed as a webcast which can be watched live and streamed afterwards.

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The King and Crown Princess are scheduled to attend the first two days of the conference (today and tomorrow- January 14th).

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Upon arrival the Crown Princess wore a blue puffer coat which we have seen multiple times before (but with no identification), a black scarf (again old but not identified), and her Inukki boots. Once inside the conference she took off her puffer coat and we could see her blue Rodebjer blazer with a black v-neck shirt underneath. She carried her Christina Christersdotter bag and on her feet were af Klingberg boots. One interesting thing to note is that upon arrival at the conference she was seen wearing a matching set of Linda Fallenius orchid earrings and necklace however once inside the necklace was removed. This is the first time we have seen her wear the matching necklace so it is a shame that we did not get better photos of it.

Swedish Royal Family: 2018 Fashion in Review

Normally I share my data about the Swedish Royal Family’s Work Trends and Fashion Spending in one post- but this year I got a little carried away with all the data and graphs and decided to break it into 2 posts. So here is part 2 of our 2018 in Review series. If you missed Part 1, you can read it HERE. 

This year, the Swedish Royal Family really took to heart championing Scandinavian (mostly Swedish) Designers. A total of 70%  of the identified pieces (155 out of 222) were of Scandinavian Design. Each time they wore something new this year, we were always stretched to search harder to find these designers, because there were many new-to-us designers! The graphic below shows the 30 most used designers for the 2018 year. (It is interactive so click around to find out how many new pieces from each brand were worn!)

If you will excuse my soap box for a moment- This is exactly why I wish the Royal Court would be willing to discuss fashion and clothing more willingly with those of us looking to report on it. The family could do so much for these new Scandinavian designers if the Court announced that they were being worn- the family has a collective of about 70 new pieces that we still have not managed to identify this year and I am sure that many of them come from Scandinavian designers. Nevertheless, I digress, and will get off my soapbox now. 

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Crown Princess Victoria

Number of Pieces Debuted: 133
Number of Pieces Identified: 108
Number Remaining Unidentified: 57
Percentage Identified from Scandinavian Designers: 84%

Crown Princess Victoria had her busiest year in the past 5 years, with 12 international trips and plenty of engagements at home in Sweden. This year also saw plenty of new pant suits and pussy bow blouses for the Crown Princess. She continues to favor Swedish brands and focus on sustainable fashion choices- even rewearing her mother’s Nobel Gown from 20+ years ago! With these conscious choices, her total came to 426,729 SEK ($47,127 USD). Her splurge purchase of the year was her Jenny Packham Peach gown worn to a wedding in the spring. She debuted a few other gowns during the year which would add to her total but they were either custom or remain unidentified (I suspect most of them to be from Pär Engsheden) so they are not included in the tally.

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Princess Sofia

Number of Pieces Debuted: 118
Number of Pieces Identified: 84
Number Remaining Unidentified: 34
Percentage Identified from Scandinavian Designers: 68%

Princess Sofia had a busy year of keeping up with her two children while attending regular engagements for her patronages. This year, with her husband Prince Carl Philip, the couple released their own Instagram which documents many of the engagements and meetings that the couple undertake- including many which might not have previously been promoted by Kungahuset. With this, we have been able to include more events into our work data, however- this also meant we saw more pieces but had limited photos of these pieces. With all this taken into account Princess Sofia’s tally came to 299,426 SEK ($33,049 USD). Princess Sofia debuted many pieces of new jewelry this year, many of which was custom made and therefore we do not have price for. Her priciest ready-to-wear piece was a pair of earrings from Drakenberg Sjölin costing just a little over $2,700 USD (24,990 SEK).

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Princess Madeleine

Number of Pieces Debuted: 39
Number of Pieces Identified: 30
Number Remaining Unidentified: 9
Percentage Identified from Scandinavian Designers: 20%

Princess Madeleine spent much of the year out of the public eye, giving birth to her second daughter in March and then relocating her family to Florida in August. With these adjustments in family life, Princess Madeleine was not seen very often in an official capacity. She also created a Public Instagram which she has shared some family and work milestones on during the year. During the few occasions that we got to see her (social media and paparazzi photos included) her clothing tally came to 258,308 SEK ($28,493 USD). Her most expensive piece for the year were a pair of earrings from Ole Lynggaard which were worn by all the bridesmaids in Louise ‘Lussan’ Gottlieb’s wedding in June. These earrings are equivalent to almost 1/2 of her total for the year and therefore inflate her numbers significantly. While Princess Madeleine does tend to favor luxury designers like Valentino and Giambattista Valli, she also has a good number of High Street brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Street Level in her new acquisitions this year.

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