Some More Royal Nicknames

In a post published back in September of 2011 when this blog was brand new, we had some fun chatting about some of the cute and sometimes quirky royal nicknames of the British Royal Family (Cookie! Duch! Lillibet!). Almost three years on (it’s already mid July?!), we’ve gathered a few more to share.

Queen Mary of Teck aka ‘May’

Queen Mary, Consort to George V (her second cousin once removed) and grandmother to Queen Elizabeth II, was one heck of a grand dame who never skipped out on wearing a tiara to dinner, even on a random Tuesday night at home. To those closest to her she was known as May, after her birth month.

Topley Studio; Photographer: WIlliam James Topley (1845-1930)
Topley Studio; Photographer: WIlliam James Topley (1845-1930)

To her granddaughter (now Queen Elizabeth), she was simply Granny. “Granny’s chips” which is how Queen Elizabeth likes to refer to this bauble here,  known more formally as the Cullinan Brooch.

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The Royal Collection © 2012,Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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That’s the Cullinan IV at the top, and the Cullinan III is suspended from it. These stones come from the largest diamond ever found and we were lucky enough to see them in person a couple of years ago during an exhibit at Buckingham Palace. Our post from that day can be found here.

More information on this beauty can also be found over The Royal Collection or at The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour, a delightful blog.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark aka “Daisy”

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is affectionately known to friends, family, and subjects as “Daisy.”

Provenance Unknown
Provenance Unknown

It’s a common nickname for Margaret, so she shared this nickname with her namesake and grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught (later the Crown Princess of Sweden). She passed away in 1920, 20 years before the future Queen Margrethe was born. Here’s the first Daisy:

Provenance Unknown
Provenance Unknown

Queen Margrethe regularly wears a diamond encrusted brooch of a Daisy which was gifted to her for her wedding. The diamonds had belonged to Crown Princess Margaret and, as you can see, the brooch was a focal point on her wedding gown:

Provenance unknown
Provenance unknown

She busts it out of the jewel box quite often, and wore it to Kate and William’s wedding in 2011:

Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty
Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty

Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark aka ‘Pingo’

Daisy’s son Frederick picked up the totally random nickname “Pingo” when he began training for the Danish Armed Services. And he did really well, by the way. He was one of four in 300 to pass a rigorous test for the Naval Diving Corps.

Provenance unknown
Provenance unknown

I like it. Pingo! Suits him, doesn’t it?

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Mary and Frederick at Wimbledon, July 2014 (via Pinterest)
Mary and Frederick in the royal box at Wimbledon, July 2014 (via Pinterest)

Meanwhile, Prince Frederick likes to call Mary’s Maz, which we read in this entertaining 2013 account of an interview in The Sydney Morning Herald. Seems like a very British or Australian thing to do…reminds me of the nickname of Bridget Jone’s friend ‘Shazzer’, who’s real name I think was Sharon

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden aka Oja

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is apparently known to close family simply as ‘Oja’, or atleast this was her nickname when she was younger. What it means, I couldn’t tell you, but I’m throwing it in here anyway!

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

That’s all she wrote for now. Do you have any more up your sleeves you can share with us?

Royal Monograms

Our post awhile back on the art of royal signatures was such a hit that we thought we’d branch out and talk about royal monograms. There are just so many to choose from that we haven’t rounded up ALL of them but instead have focused on the ones that are most interesting to us.

Hopefully they’ll be the ones that are most interesting to you, too.

Diana Princesss of Wales

Let’s start with Diana, Princess of Wales

Star Editions
Diana on tour of Canada (via Star Editions)

Her monogram really stands to me since the cursive D reflects her loopy (for lack of a better word) handwriting.

Here is a sample of her writing on a KP notecard. See what I mean?

And because we’re all over this stuff, check this out. While Diana was living at Coleherne Court in the days before she became engaged to Charles, she has personalized stationary with the apartment’s address and phone number. She really appreciated proper stationery and must have really have loved that D with the coronet!.

A letter from Diana to Rain Spencer (via The Telegraph)
A letter from Diana to Raine Spencer (via The Telegraph)

Kate is up next.

The Duchess of Cambridge

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I can’t help but wonder how this went down…did Catherine/Kate have a few monogramoptions presented to her before she settled on this monogram? Or was it more of a “here you go, this will be your monogram” situation? Whatever the case, it seems like that would have been a fun and surreal moment. And she got the same type of crown as Diana.

The monogram has already shown up on this special bracelet which is reported to be from Camilla thought that has not been officially confirmed. I like to think that it was a gift from Charles to both the “C” ladies in his family since the other side of the charm has Camilla’s monogram.

While we’re at it, here’s the signature Catherine has been using. Must be strange to suddenly not have to sign with a last name, right?

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On to the Swedes!

King Carl Gustav

The royal family of Sweden has grand monograms that are done in gold.

Queen Silvia 

Queen Silvia seems to have a double S going on, perhaps because her maiden name was Sommerlathe?

Victoria & Daniel’s Joint Monogram

Via Hello!
Via Hello!

This is lovely.

And be still our hearts, Princess Estelle has her own webpage and monogram. Of course!

via official webpage of the Swedish Royal Family
via official webpage of the Swedish Royal Family

Obviously she needed a monogram to go with her mini Order of the Seraphim:

Princess Estelle of Sweden,
Princess Estelle of Sweden shows us how its done (via Daily Mail)

Princess Madeleine

Via Hello
Via Hello

That looks like a sprightly crown on top of that M! Her hubby doesn’t get one since he declined the title of Prince…

 

but Princess Leonore’s monogram was revealed at the same time as her christening, which took place on Sunday June 8, 2014. Like her cousin Estelle, Leonore now has her own page as well. Check it out here.

via kungahuset.se
via kungahuset.se

Oh, and Princess Leonore got her own mini Order of the Seraphim as well!

via Queens of England
Hello, World! via Queens of England

Here’s a better look.

via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor
Having a snooze via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor

Prince Carl Philipe

Prince Carl Philip with Prince Daniel at the Olympics
Prince Carl Philip with Prince Daniel at the Olympics

They got both the C and the P in there which must have taken some time to sort out!

Royal Family of Norway

Crown Princess Mette-Marit

The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway

Double M! Love it so much we’ll ignore the rest of the Norwegian royals and move along to the Danes, ok?

Royal Family of Denmark

The Royal Family of Denmark have done a good job at making the monograms cohesive.

Mary & Frederik’s joint Monogram:

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark arrive for a religious ceremony at Nieuwe Kerk church in Amsterdam

Prince Joachim of Denmark:

This has got to be the most modern looking one of the bunch. Love it:

Princess Marie

Note how the M is different from Princess Mary’s ‘M’. Details, details!

Countess Alexandra

Countess Alexandra is the former wife of Prince Joachim and we have some more juicy on the Countess that you can read here.

Princess Alexandra in 2004
Princess Alexandra in 2004

When she and Joachim divorced, not only did she get to keep her diplomatic passport and the title of countess, but she also gets to use this delightfully regal monogram:

It’s interesting to note that this monogram is a downgrade from her original. When she was Princess, she was given this monogram with the closed crown to use (on the left). After the divorce, the monogram was revised to the open crown (on the right).

Alexandra's Monogram downgrade (via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra )
Alexandra’s Monogram downgrade (via The Unofficial Countess Alexandra )

Before we move along, I recently found these pictures of the then Princess Alexandra at Schakenborg Castle, her home with Prince Joachim. These gates were a gift from the Queen. Joachim now lives there with Princess Marie so the gates were changed to their joint cypher. More about that here.

Princess Alexandra outside the gages of Schakenborg c. 1996 (via CountessAlexandra.net)
Princess Alexandra outside the gages of Schakenborg c. 1996 (via CountessAlexandra.net)

Alexandra and Joachim outside those lovely gates.

(via Countess Alexandra.net)
(via Countess Alexandra.net)

Principality of Monaco

Prince Albert & Princess Charlene

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Lord only knows what the deal is with these two, both they have used a joint monogram since the wedding. As far as we can tell from their official website, Princess Charlene does not have her own. Their website was recently given a sorely needed upgrade, and you can check it out here.

During the wedding celebrations, the monograph was everywhere!!! Case in point:

Princess Grace of Monaco

Princess Grace in her princess finery
Princess Grace in her princess finery

Grace Grimaldi got two G’s in her monogram.

Well that’s it for now. Anyone else share our interest in royal monograms? Hope so! 🙂

Royal April Birthdays

Whoops, it’s May 1st and we had this post sitting in the drafts folder…and promptly forgot about it. But no matter, without further ado, here are the birthdays of three Kings, two Queens, a Grand Duke, and two young princesses.

April 10, 2007: Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

Ariane is the youngest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, so she is currently third in line to succession after her two older sisters Amalia (the future Queen of the Netherlands) and Alexia.

Here she is arriving for her baptism on October 20, 2007. Her gown is gorgeous but OMG those matching purple capes!

(via People)
(via People)

Her official page  lists a range of interests including piano, ballet and judo.

April 15 1960: King Philippe of Belgium

King Philippe is a bit of a snooze to me (his wife Queen Mathilde is SO much more interesting) but it seems unfair not to include him. Here he is with his family (daughters Elisabeth and Eleonore and sons Gabriel and Emmanuel) after he was made King in July 2013.

via The Royal Correspondant
via The Royal Correspondant

and pssst…they totally took some inspiration from the adorable matching princesses of the Netherlands during their dad’s coronation, right?

Hello, World! (via Hello!)
Hello, World! (via Hello!)

April 16, 1955: Henri Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Next up is King Philippe’s first cousin, Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (his mom Princess Josephine of Belgium was the sister of King Albert the I, Philippe’s dad). Funny that they are five years and a day apart.

The Grand Duke & Duchess at their son's wedding (via Zimbio)
The Grand Duke & Duchess at their son’s wedding (via Zimbio)

Henri’s wife Grand Duchess Maria Theresa is also much, much more interesting to me but there was quite a scandal last summer when the Luxembourg government resigned so perhaps they aren’t as dull as I’d thought. More here.

April 16, 1940: Queen Margrethe of Denmark 

Next up is Queen Margrethe, aka Daisy! You just gotta love her quirky sense of style and how she is not afraid of colour, especially bright shades of green.

Fresh as a daisy (Via Bilder Bilder)
Fresh as a daisy (Via Bilder Bilder)

And fuschia, too.

At Prince Frederik and Mary's wedding in 2004 (via Meusa)
At Prince Frederick and Mary’s wedding in 2004 (via Meusa)

Here she is with our next birthday girl at Windsor Castle in May 2012.

I spy 4 Queens (via The Telegraph)
I spy five Queens (via The Telegraph)

April 21, 1926: Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth was born at the home of her maternal grandparents the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London (their other home was Glamis Castle). Sadly, the house was demolished. You can check out the Google Street View for 17 Bruton Street by clicking here and it’s clearly NOT a beautiful home. Sigh.

Anyhow, when she was born she was known as Princess Elizabeth of York and there was no expectation that she would one day be queen. How cute is this photo?

Now there's a pram (via Entpulse)
Now there’s a pram (via Entpulse)

This one at Balmoral Castle takes the cake, though. I think we need a picture of the Queen, Prince George, and Kate right there. Please make that happen this summer.

With her mum and Granny at Balmoral (via Entplulse)
With her mum and Granny at Balmoral (via Entplulse)

April 21, 2007: Princess Isabella of Denmark

Princess Isabella is the second child of Prince Frederick and Princess Mary which makes her third in line to the throne (after her dad and brother). Her official page can be found here.

Isabella’s birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute. She was christened on July 1, 2007  and in keeping with tradition, her name was not revealed until that day. There was a bit of controversy around it because Isabella isn’t a common name in the Danish family, and of course there’s the whole Twilight of it all. Anyway, they did jam in a bunch of traditional middle names – Isabella’s full name is Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe.  Oh, and one of her godmothers is Queen Mathilde of Belgium – not too shabby!.

Princess Isabella on her christening day (via Kongehuset.net)
Princess Isabella on her christening day (via Kongehuset.net)

Big brother Prince Christian watched the proceedings from his own little chair.

Prince Christian at 20 months old at his sister's christening (via AussieBubbleBlog)
Prince Christian at 20 months old at his sister’s christening (via AussieBubBlog)

Side Note: Princess Estelle did the same at her aunt Princess Madeleine’s wedding.

Where's your throne? (via Hello!)
Where’s your throne? (via Hello!)

This photo shows both sets of grandparents. Mary’s dad John Donaldson (a math professor) is standing behind her with her step mom Susan (a writer). You can’t miss Queen Margrethe standing next to Prince Henrik in her floral frock and matching hat. More details on the Danish christening gowns can be found here.

Family Christening Photo
Family Christening Photo

This photo was released to mark her 6th birthday. Check out the silver shoes!

(Via Kongehuset)
(Via Kongehuset)

April 27, 1967: King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands

Willem-Alexander is another royal made infinitely more interesting thanks to his wife – in this case, the amazing Queen Maxima. When she married him, he went up in everyone’s estimation.

Willem-Alexander gets upstaged by Maxima because of course (via Zimbio)
Willem-Alexander gets upstaged by Maxima because of course (via Zimbio)

Searching for some fun fact about him, I discovered that he is a trained pilot and to keep up his hours he flies a KLM plane or the royal family’s plane. Love that (plus it sounds like Prince William may be doing the same). Another fun fact: now that he has become king, he is the youngest monarch in Europe.  He and Maxima are the best – rain or shine they show up to support and smile the whole time Check out some more amazing shots showing their enthusiasm at different Olympic Games over the years here and here.

Rain or Shine! (via
Rain or Shine! (via Zimbio)

 

April 30, 1946: King XVI Carl Gustaf of Sweden

Rounding out April’s royal birthday’s we have yet another royal man who’s wife just seems so much more interesting. He became king on September 15, 1973 at the age of 27 and married Silvia Sommerlath (who he met at the 1972 Olympics) in June 1976.

The Wedding Day (via )
The Wedding Day (via Kungahuset.se)

The night before the wedding, ABBA performed Dancing Queen for the first time(!) for the couple, in tribute to the future Queen. In more recent years, he weathered the publication of a book that alleged a myriad of things (click here for the details).  Despite all that, they keep trucking along.

The Swedish Royal Family (via )
The Swedish Royal Family (via Zimbio)

Happy belated birthday to them all.

 

Royal February Birthdays

The end of the month is quickly approaching so we’re just squeezing in our  second edition of  royal birthdays. Here are a few favourites for February.

February 5th Princess Mary of Denmark

Let’s start off with Princess Mary. She was born in 1972 so this year marks her 42nd birthday.  She and the family spent some time in Switzerland for a ski holiday, and posed during a photo call.

All bundled up (via Daily Mail)
All bundled up (via Daily Mail)

February 6: Princess Marie of Denmark

Princess Marie celebrated her 38th birthday this year one day after sis-in-law Mary (What are the odds?). Her family’s photo call seems to be been more extended. Here we have Marie, Princess Athena, Prince Nikolai, Prince Felix, Prince Henrik and Prince Joachim.

Smile! (via Zimbio)
Smile! (via Zimbio)

This photo with Princess Athena is my favourite for obvious reasons.

Where are your goggles? (via Zimbio)
Where are your goggles? (via Zimbio)

Marie and the family did a little meet and greet with the press in a restaurant as well. She likes a good pares-ski beverage!

Princess Marie in Villars (via ZImbio)
Princess Marie in Villars (via ZImbio)

Looks like  a cozy little joint. Happy Birthday to Marie.

via Zimbio
via Zimbio

February 20: HRH Princesss Leonore Lillian Marie, Duchess of Gotland

Next up is Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s new daughter, who’s name and title was just announced today. It’s official: she’s a princess AND a duchess, so Madeleine clearly decided NOT to go the Princess Anne route and forgo titles for her children. It had seemed to me like the Swedish royal family wanted to keep things tight and streamlined (and therefore focused on Princess Victoria and her family), but clearly not! Fascinating, right?

A chill photo (via Princess Madeleine's Facebook page)
A chill photo (via Princess Madeleine’s Facebook page)

King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia travelled to New York over the weekend to meet her. The King was back in Sweden today, where he announced the name at a meeting of the Cabinet Council and made the name public.

The King and Queen and wee Leonore (Via Princess Madeleine's Facebook Page)
The King and Queen and wee Leonore (Via Princess Madeleine’s Facebook Page)

When I first heard the name I instantly thought of Infanta Leonor, the eight year old future Queen of Spain. Slightly different spelling, but close!

Lillian is likely a nod to Princess Lillian,  Madeleine’s late great-aunt who had a fascinating life. Here it is in a nutshell: she was born in Wales in 1915, worked as a model and factory worked during WWII, married and divorced a Scottish actor, and met Prince Bertil of Sweden in 1943. They lived together but didn’t get married in case Bertil had to serve as regent, and that would’t have been allowed if he’d been married to a divorcee. Once Prince Carl Gustav (the current King) came of age and ascended the throne in 1973, they got married. Anyway, It seems like she was an awesome aunt.

Princess Lillian with Princess Victoria and Prince (via The Times)
Princess Lillian with Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Carl Philip (via The Times)

Chris’s mum is named Eva Maria so that could be where Leonor’s second middle name comes from.  So nice that she’s just two years younger than her cousin Princess Estelle!

February 21: Prince Amadeo of Belgium

Next up is Prince Amadeo of Belgium. He turned 28 on February 21st and I believe this is his first appearance on this blog. He is included here since he just announced his engagement to his girl friend of seven years, Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, and that means we have another royal wedding to countdown to.

Amadeo & Elisabetta (via Hello!)
Amadeo & Elisabetta (via Hello!)

Amadeo is sixth in line to the Belgian throne as the son of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Elisabetta is Italian-born and they  currently live in New York City (he has worked for Deloitte and  she is a journalist). It’ll be interesting to see how the wedding plays out – I’m thinking it’ll be somewhat low key but still grand and held in Belgium (something in the vein of Zara’s wedding, but perhaps with a few more public pictures will be released). What do you think?

February 23: Princess Estelle of Sweden

Princess Estelle, big cousin to Princess Leonore, celebrated her second birthday on the 23rd. This is one of the pictures that was issued to celebrate.

Princess Estelle turns 2 (via )
Princess Estelle turns 2 (via Kungahuset.se)

It seems this ‘blowing out the candle pic’ will be a new tradition – last year we were treated to this picture.

Princess Estelle turns one (via Kungahuset.se)
Princess Estelle turns one (via Kungahuset.se)

My grandmother will not be delighted to see that the bow in the hair tradition has not only continued, but has gotten bigger. In her words: “you don’t do this to children.”

On that note,  we’ll be back with more birthdays and royal fun in March!

Royal Visitors at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

For the London 2012 Olympics we had fun reviewing all of the royals who came out to cheer on their fellow countrymen and today we wrap up the Sochi Olympics with more of the same. What’s not to love? This is an event where even Kings and Queens have to wear credentials in the venues, jump up and down waving flags, and wear olympic uniforms.

Princess Charlene & Prince Albert

We’ll dive in with Charlene and Albert who were both there at the beginning of the games (and before this whole thing started to get attention). Take a good look at La Princesse Charlene’s credentials, which give her access to ALL venues. Not too shabby!

Charlene & her Credentials (via Zimbio)
Charlene & her Credentials (via Zimbio

They showed up at skiing where Albert showed of his Olympic gloves.

Albert & Charlene (Via Zimbio)
Albert & Charlene take in some Alpine Skiing (Via Zimbio)

This guy like them, too.

Hey, can I borrow those? (via Zimbio)
Hey, can I borrow those? (via Zimbio)

Afterwards, they congratulated Arnaud Alessandria of Monaco.

Is a camera guy getting this? Oh good. (via Zimbio)
Is a camera guy getting this? Oh good. (via Zimbio)

The Princess Royal

Moving on, Princess Anne joined other IOC members and met with Vladimir Putin before the opening of the games.

via Zimbio
via Zimbio

She paid a visit to the Athlete’s Village as well. Gotta say, those uniforms look very smart.

(Via Zimbio)
(Via Zimbio)

Much more British Olympic fun can be found here.

PS Why doesn’t Zara stage a hair intervention?? WHY?

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden

The King and Queen of Sweden paid a short visit to Sochi and cheered on their fellow Swedes from February 14th to 16th. The visited the athlete’s village, watched the Swedish country relay team scoop of two gold medals, and took in some hockey, figure skating, and curling. Here they are meeting with Swedish figure skating champion Alexander Majarov before his competition where he ended up placing 14th and scored a personal best.

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Naturally, they also got the traditional picture in front of the olympic flame.

The King, Queen, and the Flame (via kong
The King, Queen, and the Flame (via kungahuset.se)

We can’t not mention that the King and Queen first met at the 1972 Olympics in Madrid, where Silvia Sommerlath was working as an interpreter for the Olympic Organizing committee and participated in the medal ceremonies. See?

SIlvia Sommerlath presents a medal at the 1972 Olympic Games
SIlvia Sommerlath presents a medal at the 1972 Olympic Games

For more on that, check out our post here.

Crown Prince Haakon, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

The winter Olympics are definitely Norway’s thing, so Crown Prince Haakon paid a visit from the 10th to the 14th of February (boo! Princess Mette-Marrit stayed home).

Prince Haakon takes in some skiing (via Zimbio)
Prince Haakon takes in some skiing (via Zimbio)

Flashback: Here’s Prince Haakon lighting the Olympic flame to declare the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway open.

Prince Haakon lights the flame at the opening ceremony of the Lillehamer Olympics
Prince Haakon lights the flame at the opening ceremony of the Lillehamer Olympics

The King and Queen came out later and stayed from the 17th to the 22. They flew the flag watching a biathlon event.

Wave that flag! (via Zimbio)
Wave that flag! (via Zimbio)

Hey, did you know that King Harald was an Olympian himself? Yep, he was on the Olympic Sailing team at the Tokyo ’64 games, the ’68 Mexico City Games, and finally at the ’72 Madrid Games. Much more on the Norwegian royal’s Olympic history is in our post here.

Queen Maxima

Hold on to your hats, I’ve saved the best for last. King – and Queen Maxima paid a visit to Sochi near the beginning of the games and they did not disappoint. Our favourite and most enthusiastic cheerers were decked out in orange and out in full force .

They showed up at the village riding orange bicycles.

Maxima led the way (via Hello!)
Maxima led the way (via Hello!)

They felt their athlete’s pain while watching speed skating.

(via Zimbio)
(via Zimbio)

And, just as we’ve come to expect, they really got into it when things were going well.

(Via Zimbio)
(Via Zimbio)

Oh, the joy.

via Daily Mail
via Daily Mail

This time we didn’t have the little princess’ enthusiasm which was a bummer. They must have had to stay home for school. Remember this? Heck, one little princess (Princess Ariane, I believe) was waving Maxima’s orange coat around. Can you see her?

Via Zimbio
The Dutch Royals get into the spirit – heck they ARE the spirit- at the London 2012 Games Via Zimbio

Here are some more great pics of Maxima getting into the spirit of things. As is to be expected, Princess Anne was much more sedate and Tim Laurence and the King didn’t want to get too cozy it would seem.

via Zimbio
via Zimbio

Well, that was fun. Any other favourite Olympics moments to share, royal or otherwise?

Royal Ladies Who Open Their Closets…

Who doesn’t love a little thriftiness? This post is all about royals who’ve popped up wearing something that looks a little familiar or who’ve shared their clothes with friends or relatives.

Queen Silvia & Princess Madeleine

We’re going to start with this especially frothy example. As you probably recall, Princess Madeleine had a gorgeous custom Valentino wedding gown that she wore for her wedding ceremony in June of 2013. She also wore this gown for the  reception.

via Hello!
Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill via Hello!

What many royal watchers may not have realized is that after some dancing, Madeleine took out her updo, put her hair down, and changed  into this sparkly tulle gown.

Madeleine and Chris outside their wedding reception
Madeleine outside her wedding reception (via Princess Madeleine of Sweden Blogspot)

Thankfully kept her tiara in place.

So happy! (via Princess Madeleine of Sweden Blogspot)
So happy! (via Princess Madeleine of Sweden Blogspot)

Some eagle eyes noticed that this dress had been previously seen on Queen Silvia. She first wore it in December of 2001 to the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Queen Silvia in her fairytale gown in 2001 (via Hello!)
Queen Silvia in her fairytale gown in 2001 (via Hello!)

I’m thinking that Madeleine clocked that dress back then and filed it away as the perfect reception dress, and then  her mom pulled it out for her 12 years later. Cute, eh?

Queen Maxima & Princess Aimee

And now onto another Queen. In the spring of 2013 after the investiture of King Willem-Alexander and Queen  Maxima,  our friend AMD flagged that Maxima had loaned one of her gowns for her cousin-in-law Princess Aimee to wear to the big event.

Back when Maxima was expecting Princess Ariane, she wore this lovely flowy gown (far left) and she REALLY blinged it out, right? Gorgeous.

A few royal maternity gowns (via Hello!)
A few royal maternity gowns (via Hello!)

She then he pulled it out of her closet for Aimee, the wife of Prince Floris ( Willem-Alexander’s cousin) to wear to the investiture on April 30,2013. You’ve just got to love Queen Maxima for thinking to do this. Princess Aimee’s son Willem was born on July 1, 2013.

Princess Aimee (via Zimbio)
Princess Aimee (via Zimbio)

I like how Aimee incorporated a little patriotic orange into the outfit with her accessories, too.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Princess Victoria must have a HUGE closet of gowns, and she has been very generous over the years loaning them out to friends. The delightful blog Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour has a great post showing some fun examples which you can check out here.

These are my favourite examples. Check out how the pink and green dresses were given a new look:

Princess Victoria has a lot of dresses and isn't afraid to share 'em (via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)
Princess Victoria has a lot of dresses and isn’t afraid to share ’em (via Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)

Princess Diana’s Hand Me Downs

Diana was also very generous when it came to giving away her old clothes. One of my favourite examples is this green polka dotted number that Diana wore to the races in the late ’80’s. Diana never did meet a polka dot she didn’t like.

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She later passed the suit and hat on to her sister Sarah, who is shown here wearing it to a wedding in 1990. That’s a whole lot of look!

Diana & Sarah & polkadots (via Pinterest)
Diana & Sarah & polkadots (via Pinterest)

Check out this fun Pinterest page for oodles of more examples of different outfits that Diana either loaned or gave out.

Perhaps Diana got this generous spirit from her mom Frances. In this group portrait taken at the reception of Lady Sarah’s wedding to Neil McCorquodale, Frances is wearing this floaty green frock.

Lady Sarah's wedding portrait
Lady Sarah’s wedding portrait

Sarah must have really liked it since she wore the same dress to Lady Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. See?

What a group!
What a group!

As we mentioned in our post on Emily McCorquodale’s wedding, Sarah wasn’t always just being the recipient of loans. She generously lent her pearl choker to Diana to wear with her going away outfit after the reception, so Sarah had to head home from the reception without it. I wish there was a picture of Sarah handing it over. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Diana in Sarah's pearl choker after her wedding reception
Diana in Sarah’s pearl choker after her wedding reception

Kate, Pippa, and Carole

A little over two years ago (time flies!), we wrote a post on how Kate and Pippa have shown up wearing the same clothes over the years. We’ve unearthed some more occasions where this has happened.

Like the time when Pippa showed up to a wedding in the Katherine Hooker jacket that Kate has worn numerous times over the years, most famously for her first official engagement when she christened a life boat in Angelesy:

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Well it IS a nice coat (via Elements Boutique)

And then of course there’s the the time in March 2012 that Kate showed up to an engagement in the same circa 2008 blue Reiss dress that Carole had previously worn to Ascot:

Kate & Carole in Reiss (via Parade.com)
Kate & Carole in Reiss (via Parade.com)

Kate and Carole also both took a shine to this pretty red Colette Dinnigan dress that Kate wore to a wedding in September of 2011:

(via Fashion Spot)
(via Fashion Spot)

 

So, who are your faves here? I’ll stick with the Swedes – Victoria and Silvia tie for first place as Best Gown Lenders.

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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Fortunately , it was gorgeous!

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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.
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Via Hello
This is what the tiara looks like sans orange blossoms:
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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.

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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:

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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

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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.

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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.

Princess Madeleine's Upcoming Wedding

Princess Madeleine’s wedding will quickly be upon us – as of this writing it is 28 days away- so now is a good time to recap what we know so far.

For those of us just joining the party, Madeleine is the second daughter of King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Her full title is Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland.

She was born on June 10, 1982 just two weeks before Prince William. Naturally then there were some hopeful royal matchmakers, but I don’t think she and William have ever actually met, so that didn’t work out.

Cut to Madeleine announcing her engagement to in the summer of 2009 to this fellow:

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Scanpix

We won’t even bother naming him here. Suffice to say he was a bit of a cad, so that ended in the spring of 2010. Around that time, Madeleine moved to New York City where she began to work for the World Childhood Foundation, which had been co-founded by the Queen.

It was in the city that she met this guy, Mr. Ryan O’Neill, and they announced their engagement back in the fall of 2012. Our post on that can be found here.

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On to the wedding! Here’s what we know so far.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Everything will kick off on the evening of Friday June 7th, when the King and Queen will host a dinner for wedding guests not at a palace, but at the five star Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Click here to check out the hotel’s website yourself.

This goes to show that this is more of a low-key event than the totally grand affair that took place for Madeleine’s older sister Crown Princess Victoria. As the heir to the throne, her wedding was more of a state event, and the evening before the wedding ceremony guests were treated to a black tie dinner and lavish concert.

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Another indication that this is intended to be a slightly more low-key affair is that the wedding ceremony will be held in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm at 4pm in the afternoon while Crown Princess Victoria’s ceremony was held at Stockholm Cathedral. It’s nice that they can both have distinct and different weddings.
 
This is the beautiful palace here. It is home to the official offices of the Royal Family;
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 There will still be plenty of grand royal fanfare. For example, once the ceremony concludes a 21-gun salute will be fired at five second intervals from Skeppsholmen, one of the islands of Stockholm.

The bride and groom will then be taken by horse and carriage from the Royal Palace of Stockholm to Riddarholmen, another island of central Stockholm. The couple along with their wedding guests will then travel by boat to the dinner venue, Drottningholm Palace alongside a parade of Swedish Armed Forces.

Swedish public service broadcaster Sveriges television has been named the official host broadcaster at the wedding between Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill. The wedding will take place at 4 p.m. CET in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace. Fingers crossed it is also streamed live on the internet.

Amazingly, Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding and dinner banquet was broadcast in it’s entirety. Like, you could watch the royals at their tables as dinner was served. Talk about being a fly on the wall!

Wedding party

The wedding party is still unknown. We know that Princess Madeleine has been a bridesmaid at least once, when she attended her friend Natalia Rosta in August of 2011, so perhaps Natalia will be in the wedding party. For more info on Madeleine the bridesmaid, our post on Royal Bridesmaids can be found here.

Too bad little Princess Estelle is too young to be a flower girl! After all, she only just celebrated her first birthday on February 23. So cute:

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Dress Speculation

We can again look to Princess Victoria’s wedding for ideas. She chose Swedish designer Par Engshen, who created this beautiful gown:

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It would not be a huge surprise if Madeleine followed suit, particularly since she has worn his designs before. However, since Madeleine is marrying an American perhaps she’d be ok to choose an American designer. Vera Wang or Monique L’hullier, anyone?

Tiara Speculation

Now, what tiara will Madeleine wear? One solid idea is that she will follow tradition and wear the Cameo Tiara that Victoria, Queen Silvia, Princess Birgitta, and Princess Desiree all wore on their wedding days.

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Mad Hattery

This is one heck of a piece and dates back to Empress Josephine, whose husband Napolean(!) gave this tiara as a gift in 1809. I’d be truly surprised if Madeleine chose to keep this tradition going. It’s so historic and meaningful, but just not pretty. And I think Madeleine will go for pretty.

Here’s my guess for her wedding tiara:

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This tiara is known as the Modern Fringe Tiara and can be worn both as a necklace and a tiara. It’s convertible! Also, there is speculation that this piece was a ten year anniversary gift from the king to Queen Silvia so there is meaning there . Plus, Madeleine uses this tiara regularly. Perhaps she’ll wear the cameo bracelet in homage to the tradition.

Any other guesses?

A title for the Groom?

Upon Madeleine’s first engagement, it was announced that her husband would take on the title Duke of of Hälsingland and Gästrikland. I’m guessing the same will go for Chris, though the Palace has yet to announce that one way or another.

Please share your thoughts with us!

PS: The most up to date details on the Swedish Royal Wedding can be found on the official website here.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden is Engaged!

Well, it seems that Princess Madeleine very tactfully waited until after the royal wedding in Luxembourg to announce that she is engaged to Chris O’Neill, her boyfriend of two years. So we have another royal wedding to look forward to!This was a a very well orchestrated announcement, with the royal family’s official website publishing engagement pictures and and an interview with the two of them.

The engagement pictures are a bit Wills and Kate-like, no?

A little more relaxed here. Looks like a lovely vintage inspired diamond ring:

And the white shirt photo:

In addition, there is a video of a very composed Madeleine speaking in Swedish, followed by Chris chiming in with his bit. She really sounds so much like her older sister Crown Princess Victoria. They have the same measured manner. Chris is both American and British and has a British accent. When he speaks he says that he has been learning some Swedish and then he says a few words in the language. They seem very excited.

Check it out on the Royal Family’s website here.

The couple met in New York, where Madeleine moved after calling of her prior engagement back in 2010. Here she is with her previous fiance, who turned out to be quite a cad.

In the summer of 2011, she brought Chris along to the wedding of her good friend Natalie. We did a post on that, which you can read here.

He also more recently joined Madeleine in Sweden for Princess Estelle’s christening.

In the interview Princess Madeleine says that  “For the time being we will continue to live in New York due to both of our current obligations. However, we will not exclude the possibility of moving to Sweden in due course.”

They also share that the wedding will take place this upcoming summer in Sweden. Chris will have a lot to live up to when it comes to his groom’s speech! Remember Prince Daniel’s speech? So good!

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Congratulations to Madeleine and Chris!