Baby Cambridge Predictions: Boy Names

 In our last post, we really dove in and hashed out potential names if William and Kate have a girl. Click here if you missed it. It may look like we’re throwing a bunch of names at a wall and seeing what will stick, and maybe we are, but there’s some reasoning behind all of it.

So it’s time to talk boy names. My guess is that Baby Cambridge will be a girl but recently there has been some speculation in the press that Kate & William are having a boy. Like check out this piece from The Mirror here. I’m not sure I believe it – the sources seem super sketchy and I hate to think that Harry would have let that slip. Well, time will tell.

Via the Mirror
Via the Mirror

So let’s dive in to the boy names we think might just make the cut. I must say I’m not as confident on these as I am on the top four girl’s names predicted. Boys are tougher. But let’s try.

UPDATED JULY 24, 2013: Clarence house has announced: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.

Prediction #1: George

The Cross of St. George via The Telegraph
The Cross of St. George via The Telegraph

Current Name Rank

This name is currently ranked at #12 for boys names in England and Wales. So, yeah it’s very common but with good reason.

Name’s Meaning

Farmer or earth worker. How very down to earth!

The Tradition & History Test

Well where to begin? We’ve got St. George, patron saint of England and oodles of King Georges. Most recently, Queen Elizabeth II’s dad chose to be known as King George VI. This name gets a blue ribbon in the tradition stakes.

King George VI  circa 1940-46
King George VI circa 1940-46

The Title Test

  • His Royal Highness Prince George
  • His Majesty King George VII

Yeah, it’ll do….thought the fact that it’s been so widely reported to be a front runner could work against it. Who knows?

Prediction #2: Arthur

Current Name Rank

Arthur currently ranks #68 for boys names in England and Wales, so it’s popular but not too popular.

Name’s Meaning

Noble, courageous. Love that.

The Tradition & History Test

This is another name with a long royal history, starting with the legend of King Arthur.

Queen Victoria chose to name one of her sons Arthur. Here he is:

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

His full title was HRH Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. One of the titles conferred on Kate and William by the Queen was the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, so that’s a nice little connection there. There’s a Canadian connection, too: Prince Arthur was appointed Governor General of Canada back in 1911.

Plus, the first of Prince William’s middle names is Arthur and this could have been his first one. If reports are true, this is what Charles’ first choice was but Diana nixed that in favour or William. William’s full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. Notably, one of Prince Charles’ middle names is also Arthur.

Baby William, Via Parade
Baby William, Via Parade

The Title Test

  • His Royal Highness Prince Arthur
  • His Majesty King Arthur

I’m giving these two names 100% for the title test!

Prediction #3: Louis

Current Name Rank

Interestingly, Louis is tied for #68 with Arthur. Huh. Again, popular but not too popular.

Name’s Meaning

‘Fame and war’…meh

The Tradition & History Test

Ok, so William was named Louis in recognition of Louis, Lord Mountbatten, who was an extremely important figure in Prince Charles’ life. This fellow here:

Louis, Lord Mountbatten
Louis, Lord Mountbatten

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex has Louis as one of his middle names, likely also in Lord Mountbatten’s honour.

I’m wondering if the fact that there’s already a Lady Louise in the British royal family could make this name a no-go…but I’m keeping it on the list because it just strikes me as a name that both William and Kate would like. It’s regal but has a certain sweetness to it at the same time.

The Title Test

  • His Royal Highness Prince Louis
  • His majesty King Louis

I like it! He gets his own somewhat unique name in that it hasn’t been used much in the British Royal Family, but there is some history there as well. Can’t count this name out!

Prediction #4: David

Current Name Rank:

In England and Wales, this name ranks at #57.

Name’s Meaning:

“Beloved”

Tradition & History:

St. David is the patron Saint of Wales, so this name would be rather appropriate, wouldn’t you say? Prince William joined Diana on St. David’s Day in Cardiff, Wales back in 1991:

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The only living member of the Royal Family who has David as a first name is David Linley, Princess Margaret’s son. He’s at the top here:

HRH Princess Margaret and Family

The Title Test:

  1. HRH Prince David
  2. His Majesty King David

Yes and YES.

Prediction #5 The Wild Card – Fergus

This is out there, but here me out. And that is what wild cards are for, anyway.

Current Name Rank:

This name is not in the top 100 baby names in England in Wales, which makes it more appealing.

Name’s Meaning

Something to do with “strength of man”

The Tradition & History Test

This was a popular royal name for the Celts in Ireland and was also popular in Scotland and dare I say that it’s appropriate for a few reasons:

1. The scottish history is a nice nod to St. Andrew’s university in Scotland where Kate and William met

2.  Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had a brother named Fergus who was tragically killed at the Battle of Loos. The two of them  had a special bond, so this would be a nice tribute to that branch of William’s family

http://www.westernfrontassociation.com
http://www.westernfrontassociation.com

3. One of William and Kate’s good friends from university is Fergus Boyd, so they’d have good associations with this name. Like some other names we’ve put out there, this fact might work against this name, in which case I say, go for Angus! Angus works, too. Love both names.

The Title Test:

I think Prince Fergus and King Fergus both sound awesome. As do Prince Angus and King Angus. or Prince Duncan and King Duncan…..Yeah, these three are working for me!

A Few Solid Maybe’s for Good Measure:

  • Albert – I can’t totally cut this name out – there is so much history attached (Prince Albert/ Bertie! Alberta!) and it’s a cute name – but I feel like Prince Albert of Monaco makes this name a little less likely to be seriously considered by Kate and William
  • Oliver – There isn’t much in the way of royal precedent here but this is another name that I think both Kate and William would like. They do have  a close friend named Oliver “Ollie” Baker which could work for or against this name, who the hell knows? plus Kate’s great-grandmother was named Olive. Love that.
  • Edwin – from ye old times (like he died in 1073), Prince Edwin was a prince and warrior in North Wales
  • Philip – a nice nod to Prince Philip and a more subtle nod to Pippa Middleton…everybody wins! This is on the maybe list because I feel like it’s a bit obvious…I’d say it’s a for sure for a middle name, though.
Via The Mirror
Via The Mirror

Potential Middle Names:

  • James – If it weren’t for the fact that Sophie & Edward have a son named James, I’d say this was a real possibility as a first name…though Kate’s brother is named James so that could sway this choice either way. Meh….now I’m thinking it’s a likely middle name
  • William – For sure. No Question.
  • Peter – For Kate’s Grandad and William’s cousin Peter Philips
  • Philip – For Pippa and perhaps more importantly, Prince Philip
  • Michael – for Kate’s dad
  • Charles – another no brainer
  • Henry – Ditto
  • David – a family name and the patron saint of Wales so what the heck, eh?
  • Duncan – I just want to throw in one more Scottish name for good measure. So Scottish – and a middle name of Prince Leopold, one of Queen Victoria’s sons. Shakespearean. Heck, I think this would be a brilliant first name, too.
  • Patrick – and here we have an Irish one.Wouldn’t that be diplomatic of Kate and Wills? An irish name, a Scottish name, a Welsh name if we get Arthur or David, and an English name will be in there for sure. How very diplomatic that would be.

All right, after rattling off so many names here’s Royal Poster #1’s final guess:

His Royal Highness Prince George William Philip Duncan Charles 

And Royal Poster #2:

His Royal Highness Prince George William Philip Charles Michael

 Ok, what do you think? Are we off our rockers? Join in the fun in the comments!

Baby Cambridge Predictions: Girls Names

Settle in to your easy chairs…it’s time for us to weigh in with baby name predictions for Baby Cambridge and this is a looooong winded post. This post focuses on girls names and  our post on boys names can be found here. Hope you’ll chime in with your ideas, too.

As Kate herself said on her recent trip to Scotland, “We have a shortlist for both (a boy and girl), but it’s very difficult. My friends keep texting me names.” (Source).

Source: AFP
Source: AFP

As we all know, William and Kate have a tough job here. Whatever name they choose has to tick a heck of a lot of boxes. I mean, the name has to:

  • Be respectful of tradition (there will be no Savannah’s for example)
  • Sound good with ‘Princess’ in front of it (Princess Carole? No.)
  • Sound even better with ‘Queen’ in front of it
  • Look good on coins, stamps, money, mailboxes, etc.
  • Stand up to the scrutiny of millions of subjects

They can’t mess around. So to begin let’s look at what we know.

1. Tradition, Tradition, Tradition

First of all, we know that tradition is important here. Naturally, Queen Victoria’s children’s names have provided inspiration in the naming of many royal children and so the bulk of my predictions are in that direction.

For example, Prince Edward (who shares his name with Queen Victoria’s son King Edward VII) and Sophie named their daughter Louise. Louise was the name of Queen Victoria’s daughter (her full name was Louise Caroline Alberta). She really just seems like such a cutie:

Source: Dan Kitwood/Getty
Source: Dan Kitwood/Getty

And of course, The Duke and Duchess of York named their daughter Beatrice after Queen Victoria’s youngest child. Incidentally, that Beatrice named her daughter Victoria Eugenia, which of course inspired Princess Eugenie of York’s name.

Source: Samir Hussein/Getty Images
Source: Samir Hussein/Getty Images

So that leaves us with a few more names of Queen Victoria’s children’s names still up for grabs.

2. The Language of Flowers is Kate’s Thing

On top of the Queen Victoria naming tradition, we know that Kate likes the Language of Flowers. During Victorian times, communicating using the language of flowers was popular (ivy for endurance, thistle for nobility, etc.) and Kate made the Language of Flowers the theme for her and William’s wedding. She was all over it and no doubt that was her plan for years   So, I’m thinking that she likes pretty and feminine but strong girls names. I mean, Kate likes lace and classic dresses and bone china and I think her favourite baby names will reflect that. I really don’t think we’re going to have a Princess Estelle situation here.

In no particular order, here are the predictions:

Prediction #1:  Alice 

This name ticks all the boxes.

Current Name Rank

The most current statistics for baby names in England and Wales gives the name a ranking of #32 (Source). This could be a bit high for William and Kate’s liking, but I just can’t count this name out. It is far less popular in the Unites States: the most current statistics for baby names in the USA give the name a ranking of #142 (Source).

Name’s Meaning

“Of Noble Kind.” Yeah, that works!

The Tradition & History Test:

There are quite a few past Royal Alice’s. Let’s count them down.

1. HRH Princess Alice Maude Mary, Grand Duchess of Hesse (1843 – 1878)

Born in 1843, Princess Alice Maude Mary was Queen Victoria’s third child. She married the Duke of Hesse and her daughter was Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Tsar Nicholas and mum of Anastiasia. Here she is looking rather non plussed around 1875:

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Source: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/2518767555_37e62a7778.jpg?v=0

Additionally, she is Prince Philip’s maternal great grandmother. Prince Philip’s mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

2. Princess Alice of Battenburg (?-?)

Naturally, this Princess was named after this first Princess Alice. So, Prince Philip’s mum was Queen Victoria’s great granddaughter. Princess Alice was apparently born in Queen Victoria’s presence at Windsor Castle, so this name definitely fits with history and tradition.

3. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (1901 – 2004)

Of course, there is another member of the Royal Family named Alice as well. That would be Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who married into the family way back in 1935:

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Paliano
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Paliano

We also know that Kate’s dissertation at St. Andrew’s University was on Lewis Carol, author of Alice in Wonderland…so I’d think it’s safe to say she’s a fan.

Alice in Wonderland via Tumbler
Alice in Wonderland via Tumbler

As a final note, one of Lady Louise Windsor’s middle names is Alice. BOOM.

The Title Test:

How does these sound:

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Alice
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Alice of Wales
  • Her Majesty Queen Alice

Sounds good to me!

Prediction #2: Charlotte

Another solid name idea is the soft but strong sounding Charlotte. Kate totally strikes me as someone who would like the name Charlotte. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Catherine…yes I am really feeling this one.

Current Name Rank

The most current statistics for baby names in England and Wales gives the name a ranking of #21 (Source). As is the case with Alice, this could be a bit high for William and Kate’s liking…but again, I just can’t count this name out!  It is equally popular in the Unites States: the most current statistics for baby names in the USA give the name a ranking of #27 (Source)

Name’s Meaning

“Strong Woman.” Ain’t  nothin’ wrong with that.

The History & Tradition Test 

1. Prince Charles

Right off the bat, Charlotte is the feminine form of Charles, so I think Prince Charles would be pretty tickled pink about this choice. Tickled pink! And he’s just one of the many Charles’ in the history of the British royal family, so there’s that.

Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe
Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe

Here are a couple of Charlottes for inspiration:

2. Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796 – 1817)

A portrait of Charlotte by George Dawe, 1817
A portrait of Charlotte by George Dawe, 1817

This Charlotte lived in William and Kate’s home, Kensington Palace. She had a rather tragic and short life, but did she ever have a lovely name.

3. Philippa Charlotte Middleton

That’s right. Pippa’s middle name is Charlotte and no doubt she’s going to be a godmother to Baby Cambridge, so this name would also be a nice nod to her without being so bold as to name the kid Philippa.

Title Test:

  • Princess Charlotte
  • Queen Charlotte

Yep, this name works. And Bonus: it’s a  cute name when you’re three and stands the test of time when you’re older.

UPDATED: As reader Lynne helpfully pointed out in the comments below, Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer named his daughter Lady Charlotte (his 7th child!) which had totally slipped our minds…so perhaps this name is out. Rats!!

Prediction #3: Caroline

Current Name Rank

This isn’t currently  in the top 100 in England and Wales and in the USA, it comes in at #87. (Source). I think it’s worth throwing into the mix and here’s why:

Name Meaning

Of Scottish origin, this name means Joy. Sweet, right?

The History and Tradition Test

1. Carole Middleton

This one would make Kate’s Mom Carole very happy, and isn’t so obvious as just naming the kid Princess Carole…which sounds just awful.

Source: Glamour
Source: Glamour

Also, there have been plenty of Carolines in the British royal family. Here are three of them:

2. Caroline of Ansbach  (1683 – 20 November 1737)

3. Princess Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751 – 1775)

4. Queen Caroline (1768 – 1821)

Title Test:

We can already see from the list above that this name works with both ‘Princess’ and ‘Queen’…Yep, that’ll do.

Prediction #4: Georgia or Georgiana 

Ok, I knew I wanted a name on this list that wasn’t quite so obvious as the ones we’ve got on there so far. Heck, William and Kate named their dog Lupo so a little ingenuity isn’t beyond them. Here’s why I chose Georgia…or Georgiana if they want to get a wee bit more flowery:

Name’s Meaning:

The feminine form of George. Of Greek origin, the name means farmer.

Current Rank

In England and Wales, this name currently comes in at #60 (Source) and it comes in at #305 in the USA (Source). Obviously, that would rocket right up if this was the chosen name.

The History & Tradition Test

This name might just be the most historic of them all. We have:

1. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (nee Lady Georgiana Spencer) 1757-1806

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1775, The Devonshire Collection
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1775, The Devonshire Collection

Georgiana grew up at Althorp, Princess Diana’s ancestral home, and was one of the leading socialites of the day. Her father was the first Earl Spencer while Diana’s father was the 8th, so this would be a nice nod to William’s maternal side of the family.

2. St. George, Patron Saint of England

I mean, hello! This is perfect.

3. And there have been SO many English kings named George. Take a look for yourself:

  • George I of Great Britain (1660–1727), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1714-1727
  • George II of Great Britain (1683–1760), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1727-1760
  • George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820), King of the United Kingdom 1760-1820
  • George IV of the United Kingdom (1762–1830), King of the United Kingdom 1820-1830
  • George V of the United Kingdom (1865–1936), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1910-1936
  • George VI of the United Kingdom (1895–1952), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1936-1952

The Title Test:

As far as I have been able to research, there hasn’t been a Princess Georgia before which is quite nice…and it sounds great. I also think that Queen Georgia works. Hey, there’s been a Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands…I think we can handle Queen Georgia or Queen Georgiana.

Prediction #5: Maud

  1. This name is certainly more unique, and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced this is a solid option that has largely been overlooked.

Current Ranking:

Maud currently doesn’t rank in the top 100 baby names for England and Wales, nor is it in the top 500 names currently in the USA. Ding, Ding, Ding! We have a unique possibility here.

Name Meaning:

“Powerful Battler”

History & Tradition:

There are a couple of royal connections to this name.

1. Princess Maud Charlotte Mary of Wales (1869 – 1938) was the daughter of King Edward VII and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She went on to mary King Haakon of Norway, who also happened to be her first cousin, and split her time between Norway and England. Check out more on her here.

Maud of Wales
Maud of Wales

2. We also have Princess Maude, Countess of Southesk (1893-1945). She was the daughter of Louise, Princess Royal and the Duke of Fife and she went on to marry Charles Carnegie, the 11th Earl of Southesk. You can read more about her here.

Another Princess Maud
Another Princess Maud

3. Plus, we know that Kate loves Anne of Green Gables, which was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery

So what the heck, eh? I’m really feeling this name.

One other Possibility, Just for the heck of it:

  • Alexandra – such a royal name, and one that hasn’t been used in a while. plus, it’s a long name that goes well with William and Catherine.

Middle Names:

Prince William has four middle names so I think we can count on this kid having at least that many as well. Here are some predictions on what they will be, in addition to any of the names we’ve already discussed:

  • Elizabeth – This would 100% bea given if William and Kate have a girl. It would recognize  the current Queen, the Queen Mother, and heck even Queen Elizabeth I. Also, Kate’s middle name is Elizabeth in recognition of her great-grandmother.
  • Diana – The Royal Posters are completely divided on this one. One says 100% no. The other (me) says yes. I mean, Kate got the ring, the kid may be getting the name -but only as a middle name! No way in heck is this going to be a first name. Please, no.
  • Philippa -This is a total wild card, and I keep talking myself out of it…and then talking myself back into it. In the end, I think this is a solid option for a middle name and is extremely unlikely to be a first name. Let’s delve into it a bit more for the heck of it:Name Meaning:The feminine form of Philip, this name means “lover of horses” and the British Royals generally do love their horses.Current RankIn England and Wales, this name doesn’t make it into the top 100 and it doesn’t make it into the top 500 in the USA, which is a tick in the ‘plus’ column.History & Tradition1. Philippa Middleton

    Ok, the obvious one here is that Philippa aka Pippa, is Kate’s sister, but it’s also quite a lovely British name. And yes, maybe this would be way overkill and William wouldn’t be down with it. I get it. I do. But I’m keeping it on the list!

    Copyright Splash
    Copyright Splash

    2. Prince Philip

    the name would be a nice nod to William’s grandfather Prince Philip, so both sides of the family would be represented with this choice. Plus, Prince Philip and Kate’s grandad knew each other back in the day. Check out our post on that here.

    Source: Ok! Magazine
    Source: Ok! Magazine

    3. Philippa of Hainault (1314-1369)

    If we reach waaaay back, there has already been a Queen Philippa. Philippa of Hainault was Queen Consort to Edward the III of England, so that’s a nice touch. Here she is:

  • Frances – This is William’s maternal grandmother’s name. Diana definitely had an up and down relationship with her, but it is believed that William and Harry both had a pretty good relationship with her. This was also Diana’s middle name, and Francis is Kate’s dad’s middle name.
  • Rose – Princess Margaret’s middle name and, hello, Kate  as discussed likes The Language of Flowers
  • Mary – It’s a good royal name, so it’s getting a spot.
  • Helena – another good royal name and the name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters
  • Cecilia – I just think this is a name Kate would be totally down with, even as a first name. There’s not much in the way of Royal precedent apart from the fact that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s mum’s name was Cecilia, but I want to add it in here anyway. Princess Cecilia…Queen Cecilia…Yep. Totally down with this, Kate and William. Go for it!

Very Unlikely First Names:

While we’re on the subject, here are a few of the names that keep popping up in the press that I just completely disagree with and I want to go on record saying so:

  • Adelaide – A much as some Australians might like it, I just don’t see it happening. Yes, it’s a middle name of one of Queen Victoria’s daughters but I just don’t see it.
  • Victoria – I think Kate and William are looking for something a little more fresh and unique…and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has this name covered.
  • Diana – As discussed, this is firmly a middle name. I’d be shocked otherwise. Shocked, I say!!

And to finish off, here’s Royal Poster #1’s final guess:

Her Royal Highness Princess Alice Mary Diana Elizabeth 

And Royal Posters #2’s final guess:

Her Royal Highness Princess Alice Mary Elizabeth Diana

And then any future sister would be Maud. Alice and Maud go very well together, me thinks.

Ok, so what do you think? If Kate and William see this (hey, you never know) are they going to change their minds? Or are we totally off, do you think? Please share!

All about Madeleine's Wedding

First things first.  How lucky are they that it didn’t rain?? I mean, there must have been plans in place in case it did, but I’m sure even the best laid plans would have been tough to pull off what with all the carriage riding and boating involved in the day.

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Copyright Kungahus

Fortunately , it was gorgeous!

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Copyright Kungahus

There was some cloud cover, but the sun came out and there was even a rainbow when the couple arrived at Haga  Palace for the reception. You can’t make this stuff up!

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And for those of us who watched the live feed from SVT, the male reporter’s outfits were outstanding and deserve special mention. If ever there was an occasion to wear a floral vest and pink shirt, this would be it.

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Madeleine’s Dress

Onto the most important apparel of the day: Madeleine’s dress. Happily, her gown was not strapless. I love that the bodice is structured but feminine thanks to the lace, and that the skirt and train has such a soft, ethereal drape. The train is really what brings this dress into Princess territory in my books.

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Naturally, the best description comes from the Royal Family’s press release:

Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress was created by the Italian designer Valentino Garavani. The wedding dress is made from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-coloured Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice is lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats open up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.

Madeleine’s Tiara 
As predicted in my post yesterday, there was no Cameo Tiara for Madeleine. Hurray! Instead, she chose the Modern Fringe Tiara, which seems to be her favourite.
The press release describes the tiara simply as “ privately owned, decorated with sprigs of orange blossom.” The orange blossom is hiding the metal base of the tiara, so I think that was a good move.
Via Hello
Via Hello
This is what the tiara looks like sans orange blossoms:
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Copyright Kungahuset.se
Madeleine’s Veil
Madeleine also bucked tradition when it came to her veil and opted for a new one.
The veil is also silk organza, and is edged with tulle scatted with point d’esprit dots and small Chantilly lace orange blossom. The Princess’s shoes are ivory white organdy with woven point d’esprit dots.
I like how orange blossoms were incorporated into the veil as well.
The Order of the Polar Star

While Chris O’Neill declined royal titles in order to continue working as a private citizen in NYC, he was given the Order of the Polar Star and wore it to the ceremony. A very appropriate gesture!

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Princess Victoria

Princess Victoria has just been killing it lately! And so has little Princess Estelle for that matter. Prince Daniel was man enough to carry Victoria’s purse so he gets special mention, too.

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

Thanks to the Royal Family’s press release on their choice of attire, we know that:

The Crown Princess wore a greige rosé dress with aubergine accents. The dress is made from hand-dyed double-sided silk organza with layers of hand-dyed tulle in three shades, silk threads, Lurex threads, pearls and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and pale grey opal.

Victoria’s jewels were exquisite, and a nice way to recognize the late Princess Lilian.

The Crown Princess wore Princess Lilian’s Tiara and corsage, with the Order of the Seraphim on a ribbon with grand star. Princess Lilian’s Tiara was made by the company Boucheron in Paris, and was originally a necklace. It was a gift from Queen Sofia (1836-1913) to Princess Lilian’s mother-in-law, Crown Princess Margareta, on her wedding day in 1905.

Estelle was just the cutest thing throughout the ceremony. Here she is reading the program:

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And sitting in her own little chair:

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

Prince Carl Philip

Prince Carl Philip walked into the wedding ceremony with Queen Silvia, but his live-in girlfriend Sofia Hellqvest was there as a guest…maybe they’ll be next?

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Via Elmundo

Princess Charlene

What’s up with her being at the wedding solo? We knew she would be in advance, but I’ve been checking out Prince Albert’s official page and there isn’t any engagement listed that would explain his absence. It’s not the most up-to-date website to begin with and needs some serious work and editing. Check it out here.

Via Hello!

Via Hello!

Also, what’s with her not wearing a tiara? Why did she bother having one made if she wasn’t going to wear it. So mind blowing.

Sophie’s Aquamarine Tiara

Edward and Sophie are the British Royal Family’s go-to wedding guests for royal weddings abroad and this was no exception.

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

Sophie seems to have put her own wedding tiara in the vault and in it’s place she’s brought  back the aquamarine tiara that we first saw on her at the royal wedding in Luxembourg back in October. I’m so glad she has a bit more of a tiara collection to work with these days. She looks great in this dress and I love the colour. Well done, Sophie.

Princess Mary, Princess Mette-Marit and Their Shawls

Not sure that this is a trend I can get behind. What with the sashes and jewels, this sheer shawl/ cape thing is just too much. Agree or disagree?

Here’s Princess Mary, wearing the Midnight Tiara.

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

And Princess Mette-Marit in her shawl thing. I do love the colour and her train, though!

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Via Hello!

Princess Marie Gets Best Dressed Guest

In my books, she’s the winner. Classy and lovely!

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

Princess Marie-Chantal has been instagramming pictures all over the place. I’ve been hoping she would take one at the dinner, but she seems to be behaving herself. Drat.

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

The Bride & Groom’s Arrival at Haga Palace

I can’t find a better picture of the bride and groom’s arrival at Haga Police online, so this will have to do. Discuss:

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What was with the costumed attendants? It was whimsical and fun I guess, just came a little out of left field for me.

However, I LOVED how they had a group photo on the steps of Haga Palace with all of the guests. Amazing. And again, so great it didn’t rain. Again, no better photo to be found than this one. Note the bubble gum wrappers in the foreground…

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After that, everyone headed in the palace for the dinner reception. Seriously bummed that part isn’t televised like it was for Victoria, but I totally get why they are keeping it private. Maybe some photos will be released later.

So Who is Next?

As far as engaged couple go, we have Monaco’s Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo whose wedding date has yet to be announced. Here they are at Albert and Charlene’s wedding:

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We can also look forward to the wedding of Prince Félix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher which will take place on September 17 and 21, 2013:

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

Are Princess Beatrice and Dave Clark getting engaged anytime soon? They are currently yachting in the South of France with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis which just seems all kind of bizarre…maybe they’ll be invited guests.

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Via The Daily Mail

Other possibilities include Prince Carl Philip of Sweden as we mentioned and eventually Princess Beatrice and  Prince Harry. Now that will be a party.

Tomorrow's the Big Day

Tomorrow is the big day for Princess Madeleine  and Chris O’Neill and, happily for us, the biggest royal wedding of the year.

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To kick off the celebrations, the King and Queen of Sweden hosted a swish dinner at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm tonight, with everyone from Princess Charlene of Monaco to Princess Marie of Denmark.

Madeleine showed up in a super festive and sparkly silver gown. Sadly, my internet is so slow at the  moment that I can’t upload any more pictures. Fortunately the Huffington Post has lots of great pictures of the guests  here.

In preparation for the big day, the Royal Family has released the couple’s joint monogram.  It was designed by heraldic artist Vladimir A. Sagerlund and consists of the couple’s first initials resting under Madeleine’s ducal crown.

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They also released the designer of the wedding gown in the most succinct press release ever. It reads:

Princess Madeleine’s wedding dress is created by the Italian designer Valentino Garavani.

Valentino had already been confirmed as a guest, so there were already a few tongues wagging that he must be the designer. Perhaps that’s why they decided to announce it a day early.

You know who else had a Valentino wedding gown? Our fave new Queen Maxima!

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You can read more about Maxima’s Valentino gown in a past post here. Another royal bride who chose Valentino is Princess Marie-Chantalle of Greece. The Royal Order of Splendor has a great article about her dress. There’s so much great info! Click here to see for yourself.

More recently, Valentino also designed Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress:

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Valentino

So who knows, maybe it’ll be structured like Max’s or perhaps it’ll be floaty and ethereal like Anne’s. I’m voting for structured.

On another entirely frivolous note, here’s what I’m most excited to find out tomorrow:

1. What tiara Madeleine has chosen to wear

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

We know that the tradition in the family is for the bride to wear the heavy duty Cameo Tiara, but my guess is Princess Madeleine is having none of it. Instead, I think she’ll show up with a diamond-only tiara, likely the Modern Fringe Tiara.

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We’ll see if I’m right about that…if I’m wrong, happy to eat my words…I just really don’t think Madeleine is a Cameo girl.

Here’s the press release for this tiara from when Victoria wore it on her wedding day in 2010:

The word “cameo” means a precious stone decorated in raised relief. The tiara is made of gold, pearls and cameos. The central cameo depicts Cupid and Psyche from Greek mythology.

The seven cameos were not originally carved for the tiara, as can be seen in their different shapes and colours.

The cameo tiara was also worn by Queen Silvia at the royal wedding on 19 June 1976.

The Crown Princess is therefore continuing a tradition started by Princess Birgitta. She was the first Haga Princes to marry, and chose the cameo tiara for her wedding in 1961 to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.

Princess Désirée also chose the same tiara as her bridal crown when she married Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld in 1964.

2. If Madeleine will wear the traditional veil.

I’m guessing yes. This one is easier to incorporate. Here’s the official info on the veil, also from a press release from Victoria’s wedding:

The Crown Princess is wearing Queen Sofia’s lace veil. It is the same veil that was worn by Crown Princess Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, at her marriage to King Carl Gustaf in 1976.

This veil was given by Queen Sofia to her youngest son, Prince Eugen. Prince Eugen then passed the veil on to Princess Sibylla, who wore it under a garland of myrtle at her marriage to Prince Gustaf Adolf in Koburg in 1932.
 
Queen Sofia’s veil was also worn by the Princesses Désirée in 1964, Margaretha in 1964 and Christina in 1974.

Behind the Crown Princess hair and make up is Peter Andersson and Linda Öhrnström.

3. What Madeleine’s dress looks like. Obviously.

Please don’t let it be strapless. Please.

4. If Mr. O’Neill’s Groom’s speech holds up to the awesomeness that was Prince Daniel’s speech.

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It’s gonna be tough, but I’m rooting for him.

5. Is Prince Carl Philippe allowed to have a date?

He likes to date bikini models and the like and I noticed he was pictured arriving to the dinner with Chris O’Neill’s mother on his arm, so I’m thinking any date has been instructed to hang out in the background. We shall see.

Getty Images Via Huffington Post
Getty Images Via Huffington Post

I’ll be back tomorrow with a thorough analysis. My alarm’s already set so I don’t miss a moment. We should be able to watch it here. The wedding begins at 7am Pacific time. Tata for now.