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.
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.
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.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is affectionately known to friends, family, and subjects as “Daisy.”
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:
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:
She busts it out of the jewel box quite often, and wore it to Kate and William’s wedding in 2011:
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.
I like it. Pingo! Suits him, doesn’t it?
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
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!
That’s all she wrote for now. Do you have any more up your sleeves you can share with us?
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
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!.
Kate is up next.
The Duchess of Cambridge
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?
On to the Swedes!
King Carl Gustav
The royal family of Sweden has grand monograms that are done in gold.
Queen Silvia seems to have a double S going on, perhaps because her maiden name was Sommerlathe?
Victoria & Daniel’s Joint Monogram
This is lovely.
And be still our hearts, Princess Estelle has her own webpage and monogram. Of course!
Obviously she needed a monogram to go with her mini Order of the Seraphim:
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.
Oh, and Princess Leonore got her own mini Order of the Seraphim as well!
Here’s a better look.
Prince Carl Philipe
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
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:
Prince Joachim of Denmark:
This has got to be the most modern looking one of the bunch. Love it:
Note how the M is different from Princess Mary’s ‘M’. Details, details!
Countess Alexandra is the former wife of Prince Joachim and we have some more juicy on the Countess that you can read here.
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).
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.
Alexandra and Joachim outside those lovely gates.
Principality of Monaco
Prince Albert & Princess Charlene
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
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! 🙂
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.
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.
This photo with Princess Athena is my favourite for obvious reasons.
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!
Looks like a cozy little joint. Happy Birthday to Marie.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
It seems this ‘blowing out the candle pic’ will be a new tradition – last year we were treated to this picture.
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!
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.
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.
Thankfully kept her tiara in place.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Sarah must have really liked it since she wore the same dress to Lady Diana’s 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. See?
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?
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.
Fortunately , it was gorgeous!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is what the tiara looks like sans orange blossoms:
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!
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.
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:
And sitting in her own little chair:
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?
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.
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.
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?
And Princess Mette-Marit in her shawl thing. I do love the colour and her train, though!
Princess Marie Gets Best Dressed Guest
In my books, she’s the winner. Classy and lovely!
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.
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:
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…
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:
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:
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.
Other possibilities include Prince Carl Philip of Sweden as we mentioned and eventually Princess Beatrice and Prince Harry. Now that will be a party.
Unlike some of the other Royal families we have looked at so far in our series on Royals at the Olympics, the Bernadotte’s don’t have any former or current Olympians in their midst. However, what they may lack in top athletic prowess they make up for in spirit. They have been active Olympic spectators over the years and we have some pictures to prove it.
1912 Stockholm Olympic Games
Check out this 100 year old photograph taken during the 1912 Olympics which took place on home turf in Stockholm. That’s Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway on the left seated next to his brother Crown Prince Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden. They are with their father King Gustav V.
Fun Fact: The Swedish Olympic team won the most medals of any other nation at the 1912 games with 65 medals. The American team was next with 63.
1972 Munich Olympics
As we discussed several months ago, Prince Carl Gustav (the current Queen of Sweden) met the future Queen Silvia at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Queen Silvia met the prince while she was working as a translator, and we even have pictures to prove it! Click here for that story.
As far as Olympic Royal meetings go, the current King and Queen of Sweden are joined by Prince Frederick of Denmark who met his wife Princess Mary during the Sydney Olympics and Infanta Cristina of Spain who met her husband (now the Duke of Palma de Mallorca) at the 1996 Atlanta Games. I’m rooting for Harry at this games. Anyone with me on that?
Turin 2006 Olympics
Father and son watched the closing ceremonies in Turn back in 2006. You can really see the family resemblance here, no?
Beijing 2008 Olympics
The King and Queen waved their flags for the Swedes in Beijing two years later:
Princess Victoria was there for the Paralympics. She is shown here cheering for the Swedish basketball team who was playing against the Canadian team:
Vancouver 2010 Olympics
The King and Queen were joined by Prince Carl Phillip in Vancouver and the Royal trio made it to several events. Love the jackets.
And, look! They ran into some more royals while they were there. Here they are with Prince Albert and soon-to-be Princess Charlene:
According to Hello! magazine, Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl Phillip will be in London from July 30 (so they will miss the Opening Ceremonies taking place on the 27th) to August 3. Fantastic, I say. The King and Queen will then arrive in London on August 7th and will remain until the Games close on August 12.
On May 22, Princess Estelle of Sweden was christened at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm. This was heralded as the biggest royal event in Sweden since her parent’s (Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel) wedding back in June of 2010. The service was broadcast live in Sweden, and the streets outside the chapel were filled with people hoping to catch a glimpse of baby Estelle:
Shortly after Princess Estelle was born, we took a look at the Swedish Royal Family’s christening traditions and unearthed a few adorable snapshots of christenings past. Click here if you missed that post As per tradition, the Royal Family’s silver baptismal font was used. It was commissioned in 1696 and took eleven years to complete. Before Princess Estelle’s christening, the last time this font was used was for Princess Madeleine’s christening in 1982. We can get a glimpse of it in this photograph below:
As well, Princess Estelle wore the same gown that has been in use by the Royal Family since 1906:
Here’s baby Princess Victoria in the gown in 1977:
The best part of this christening to me was seeing Princess Estelle wearing the Order of the Seraphim.
Adorable! She is the first royal infant to have been awarded the order since her grandfather King Carl Gustaf was at his christening in 1946. Here’s the then Prince Carl on his christening day…look closely to see the ribbon of the Order attached to his gown:
According to the Swedish Royal Family’s official website, the Order of the Seraphim is a Swedish Royal Order of Chivalry that dates back to 1748. It is awarded to members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as to foreign heads of state, or to people of comparable rank. The website also states that:
A Knight or Member should submit proposals regarding his Seraphim arms and a motto to the armorial painter to the Royal Orders.
On the death of a Knight or Member of the Order, his (her) coat of arms, designed in accordance with the above, will be mounted in Riddarholmen Church on the occasion of the funeral of the deceased Knight or Member.
The bells are tolled at Riddarholmen Church on the occasion of the funeral of a deceased Knight or Member.
Interesting…here is Princess Estelle’s Coat of Arms:
Princess Victoria was wearing her Order of the Seraphim, and it appeared that a several other royal attendees were wearing their Orders for the occasion as well. The King and Queen were both wearing the Order:
As was Princess Madeleine:
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was also wearing the Order. He’s pictured below on the far right with Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on the far left (who was granted the Order of the Seraphim back in 2006; maybe he forgot to pack it?) and Crown Princes Mary of Denmark in the middle. These three Royals were all named godparents, just as we guessed they would back in February:
Here’s a closer shot of Mary and Haakon:
Prince Carl Philip (also wearing the Order) and Anna Westling Soderstrom (Prince Daniel’s sister) were also named godparents:
Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium were also there… and that is another Order of the Seraphim we spy. Prince Philippe was granted the Order in 2001:
Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, pictured here with Prince Frederick of Denmark and Princess Madeleine, looked divine in red:
On that note, we’ll leave you with this final picture of the future Queen of Sweden taken during the service:
The Swedish Royal Family has confirmed the date for Princess Estelle’s christening. The statement dated March 25th reads,
It was decided today at a meeting held at the Royal Palace of Stockholm that the date of Princess Estelle’s christening will be 22 May 2012.
They also released some more cute pictures. I like this one the best:
There will be two royal christenings that week. The new little princess of Denmark will have her christening on May 20th, so that will be a newsy couple of days to look forward to. (Side Note: our post on Danish Royal Family Christening gowns has been updated. To check it out, click here.)
It has been almost thirty years since the last Swedish royal christening (Princess Madeleine was the most recent back in ’82) and there isn’t a lot of information out there about the Swedish Royal Family’s christening gown(s) or traditions so we have to piece things together. We’ll start with the christening font, and then move onto gowns, and dabble in godparents.
The Christening Font
The Royal Family’s official website explains,
The silver baptismal font was commissioned in 1696 – when Karl XI was of the opinion that the new Royal Chapel, in the old palace, was in need of a new baptismal font. It took all of 11 years to complete and following Gustav III’s baptism, almost all of the royal children have been baptised in it.The baptismal font is still used today, most recently for Princess Madeleine’s baptism in 1982.
It is kept in The Treasury at the Royal Palace in Stockholm and is on display for visitors.
This is the Royal Palace, which is the official residence of the King and Queen of Sweden.
I can’t confirm this, but there is some speculation that the swedish royals have a gown that has been worn by royal babies since Prince Gustav Adolf’s christening in 1906. Let’s take a good look at some pictures to figure out if this is true, and please sound off in the comments if you know more.
Prince Carl Gustav
Here is Carl Gustav with his parents Prince Gustav Adolf and Princess Sibylla on his christening day in 1946:
The pleating on the gown does look similar to the one Princess Victoria is wearing below, as does the lace edge, so so far, so good…
Crown Princess Victoria
Crown Princess Victoria was christened on September 27, 1977 at the Palace Church. She was born two and a half months prior (on the 14th of July) and they brought out the big guns to be her godparents. They include King Harald V of Norway, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Ralf Sommerlath (her maternal uncle), , and her aunt Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld.
Here is the font in action:
(Note: This photograph comes from the Royal Family’s official website)
We can get a better look at the gown here. The lace trim is gorgeous:
Prince Carl Philip
Next up, Prince Carl Philip was born on May 13, 1979 and was christened on August 31, 1979. His godparents are H.R.H. Prince Bertil (King Carl Gustav’s brother who passed away in 1997), H.R.H. Princess Birgitta of Sweden (King Carl Gustav’s sister), H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (not too shabby), and H.R.H. Prince Leopold of Bayern (a member of the Bavarian Royal house and a friend of King Carl since their youth).
Bear in mind that at this point, he was the Crown Prince of Sweden as the next in line to the throne. The 1979 Act of Succession made Princess Victoria the heir apparent and Prince Carl Philip was downgraded to third in line. This Act went into effect on January 1, 1980 before he would have had much of a clue about what was going on.
Anyway, we haven’t tracked down a good picture of the prince in the gown, but it does look nice and fluffy here:
Check out Princess Victoria watching it all in her little pink dress and tiny chair:
Princess Madeleine was born on June 10, 1982 and was christened on August 31, 1982 so her brother shares the same christening date, just three years earlier. The Swedish royals definitely like ‘same day’ traditions. Princess Victoria married Daniel Westling on June 19, 2010 and her parents married on June 19, 1976.
The Swedish Royal family reported that Princess Madeleine’s godparents are H.R.H. Princess Benedikte of Denmark, H.H. Prince Andreas von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha (current head of the house of Sax Coburg and Gotha), Princess Christina aka Mrs Magnuson (the King’s younger sister), and Mr Walter L. Sommerlath (Queen Silvia’s father, he passed away in 1990).
Adorable family shot with an impish Princess Victoria:
Ok, so what do you think – is it the same gown for these four royals?
Before we end, let’s take a moment to think about godparents for Princess Estelle. I think it’s safe to assume that she will have some European heirs as her godparents. To me, the most likely contenders are Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima of the Netherlands may be included as well; after all, Princess Victoria is godmother to the first-born children of all of these couples. She is also godmother to Princess Eleonore of Belgium, the second daughter of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, so this couple could be in the mix as well, though my guess is they are more likely to be included next time. I also predict that at least one each of Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s siblings will also be included. It’s a bit of a stretch, but does anyone wager a guess that they will ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well? I think it’s highly unlikely, but who knows. It would be delightful.
We’ll report back in May and maybe we’ll have some more info on the christening gown by then. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
UPDATED: Our post on Princess Estelle’s christening can be read by clicking here.
There’s a new future Queen of Sweden. She’s the daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, who you may recall as the fellow who gave that amazing groom speech. It seems she came a bit early since the palace had announced she was due in March. The new Princess’ name is expected to be announced tomorrow by King Carl Gustaf (more on that below), but for now we know she was born at 4:26am Sweden time at a university hospital in a suburb of Stockholm.
According to Prince Daniel, she was about this big:
The Swedish Royal Family’s website explains the traditions surrounding a royal birth. The first is that the Marshall of the Realm notifies the country’s leaders of the birth and then issues a press release.
A statement of witness is drawn up the day after the birth (unless the baby is born on a Saturday, in which case this happens on the Monday). The Speaker, the Prime Minister, the Marshal of the Realm, and the Mistress of the Robes are the witnesses. The statement of witness is signed and sealed by these witnesses.
The day after the birth a Cabinet Meeting is also held and chaired by the King. It is here that he will announce the baby’s name and title. There will also be a thanksgiving service called a Te Deum. Both events will be photographed and issued to the public.
We have been very heavy on the British Royals in our lead up to Christmas, so we thought it’s time we brought the Swedes into the fold! Here are some Swedish Royal Family christmas cards and christmas snapshots that we think are quite charming.
This fun, candid shot was taken during the Family’s official Christmas photo shoot. That’s wee Princess Victoria back when she was an only child. Her brother Prince Philip was born the following year.
Here’s a similar shot to the one taken in 1978. We apologize that its so tiny!! That’s Prince Philip and Crown Princess Victoria apparently dosey-doeing on the carpet. To top it all off, it looks like they are in traditional Swedish dress.
Now we are skipping many years ahead. For this Christmas portrait, the family gathered in the library at Stockholm Palace. That’s Princess Madeleine and Crown Princess Victoria with their parents Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustav. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about Prince Philip; he was away at school and wasn’t able to make it for this photograph. Again, we apologize for the size…though we can still see it well enough to be surprised that the now glamourous Princess Madeleine was ever into argyle.
This picture served as the Royal Family’s Christmas card in 1999. Finally we have the whole family all dolled up in their finery.
Ten years, later, Crown Princess Victoria paid a December visit to Paris. She was there with her then fiance Daniel Westling to, among other duties, light up two large Christmas trees with the Swedish Ambassador to France. The couple also a Franco-Swedish gala. Looks very festive!
We’ll see what they get up to this year. Two more sleeps until Christmas Eve!