Did Princess Victoria upstage her sister at Madeleine’s wedding?

Here are more photos from yesterday’s royal wedding in Sweden. I covered all of the wedding dress stuff in a previous post, and this post is dedicated to the royal wedding guests. Let’s start with the bride’s sister, Crown Princess Victoria, her husband Prince Daniel and their daughter Princess Estelle. Victoria wore “a greige rosé silk organza gown with layers of hand-dyed tulle accented with pearls and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and pale grey opal by Swedish couturier Fadi El Khoury.” THIS IS GORGEOUS. RCFA thinks it’s kind of up-stagey, which… yeah. It is. Then again, Maddy’s wedding gown was really underwhelming, so it’s not like Victoria had to try that hard to upstage her little sister.

Also, I wanted to show you what Victoria wore to the pre-wedding gala dinner on Friday night – she wore this muted Jenny Packham gown and once again, she looked fantastic. This to me is how a lady should dress for a wedding.

Here’s Queen Silvia and her son Prince Carl Philip, in uniform. MMm. I was going to include photos of Carl Philip at the pre-wedding gala, but they are so delicious I think I’m going to need a separate post.

Princess Marie Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece. I have never understood why Marie Chantal is a thing. Remember when Vogue used to report on her comings and goings endlessly? The Greek royal family got thrown out of Greece, so it’s not like she’s a real princess or anything. Anyway, she looked like she smelled something in every single photo. I also think it’s tacky to wear white or off-white to a wedding if you’re not the bride.

Princess Charlene attended the wedding solo. She looks so sad and thin and druggy. Poor Charlene. Her gown is Akris, one of her favorite labels (if not her favorite). It’s a pretty gown, I guess, although I don’t know who wears chocolate brown to a summer wedding. I’ve already gotten emails about Charlene’s lack of jewelry p0rn, so have it. She should have worn SOMETHING. Earrings, a necklace, something.

I didn’t even recognize Prince Edward in uniform. Sophie looks kind of dowdy.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. I’m trying to figure out if her skirt is lined. Is that scandalous? Frederik looks really cute in uniform.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. lisa says:

    marie chantal’s dad spent a lot of money trying to make those girls happen

    • GiGi says:

      They’re older than me, but I, too, remember when the Miller Sisters were really working it. I think they were the model Rick & Kathy Hilton used for Paris & Nicky… with far less success!

      • lisa says:


        although i suppose the hiltons could bankroll a prince without a country if they really wanted to. i’m not sure any broke man with a title is worth a $20 mil dowry.

    • LAK says:

      I remember how much they were promoted….

      • HappyMom says:

        Yes-everywhere: Vanity Fair, Vogue. One married Diane Von furstenburg’s son (another prince) and the other married a Getty. I think Marie Chantal is the only one who is still married.

        God-the meaningless trivia I remember!

      • LAK says:

        HappyMom – me too. i am a fountain of useless trivia…..we could do very well on ‘who wants to be a millionaire – trivia edition’!

      • m says:

        Same. But I do have to correct something, Marie is a princess- of denmark (her MIL is the queens sister). However, since her Greek title is higher, she uses that.

      • Kate says:

        I remember that too. Ugh. “Look at how rich they are! Look at how ‘well’ they married!”…and that was about all that they had going for them.

    • QQ says:

      YE yall!!! I LOVE IT that everyone remembers how try Hard That Marie Chantal and her sisters Thing was LOVE Celebitches!!

      #also with that Sophie. The REALLY REALLY wanted her to be the next Diana For a minute There

  2. Rae says:

    Victoria’s dress is really nice. I love that type of look. She used to be seen as the dowdier of the two sisters, Maddy being the ‘pretty’ one. However, Victoria has turned in a graceful, beautiful woman. I can not help but fist pump in honour of the ‘under dogs’!

  3. Murphy says:

    Hey at least Victoria didn’t wear the cameo tiara–then she absolutely would have upstaged the bride.

    Sophie looks fab! Well the color of the dress is boring and it doesn’t look like it fits that great in the mid section but I don’t care. She always wears appropriate clothing and she is a dedicated hard worker, unlike some British royals I know.

  4. Birdie says:

    How could Sophie wear a white/cream dress to a wedding and it also looks a bit like Madeleine’s wedding dress..

    • HappyMom says:

      She also needs a better bra. She looks like she borrowed Camilla’s whole look-which is too bad since she’s usually more pulled together.

  5. aims says:

    Victoria looks lovely. Both dresses look nice on her body.

    I get a very good feeling that Both she and her husband are extremely hands on parents. She looks totally at ease with her daughter, and there’s a very realconnection there. It’s so nice to see a loving happy

    The more I see Charlene, the more I want to give her a hug. She looks so miserable that it no longer is speculation. Nobody should go around feeling that way. Poor Thing!

    • dena says:

      Ditto. Plus I love the ease in which her husband is carrying her purse.

    • A says:

      Yeah, I think they’re very hands on. Great rolemodels.

    • Violet says:


      Agreed on all counts! And the baby is cute as a button.

    • Angie says:

      Victoria looks lovely and the baby is so cute. I feel bad for Charlene. She looks so sad. Did anyone watch Charlene’s wedding? Her groom really gave her the cold shoulder and looked at her like he really did not want to be there. It was really the saddest moments I have ever seen at a wedding.

  6. Hautie says:

    Who can tell me more about Sophie’s tiara? Normally the ones she is allowed to wear… are very underwhelming. This one actually has large colored stones in it. Very pretty.

    • Julaine says:

      This tiara has only appeared three times in public. The first time when HM Queen Elizabeth wore it while touring Canada in 1970. (Amusing while wearing native furs.). Then it disappeared only to appear on the head of Sophie, the Countess of Wessex at the pre-wedding banquet for the Grand Ducal heir Guillaume of Luxembourg to the Countess Stephanie of Lannoy in October of 2012, then again yesterday. It is made of 5 Brazilian Aquamarines in a Scroll design set in Diamonds on a Gold and Silver Frame.

    • GiGi says:

      It’s interesting because Sophie has her own Aqua tiara, that she would borrow the 5 Aqua instead… both are lovely!

    • LAK says:

      Her wedding tiara is the one thought to be a permanent gift, though she doesn’t wear it as often as the other loaners.

      This tiara is made up of left over aquamarine stones given to the Queen by the people of Brazil to celebrate her coronation from which she made this tiara:


      And this brooch:


      • GiGi says:

        I’ve been waiting for you, LAK! I know you’re a glutton for the royal stuff, just like me 😉

      • LAK says:

        GiGi – Thank you. Justme is the MVP of the royal knowledge. did you read their trace of the royal lineage from Victoria back to Alfred the great from yesterday [or was it friday’s] swedish royals thread?! AMAZING.

        i adore history and royal history. I am so happy to meet others on here who share my passion.

        And it’s really nice to see the connections from different POV.

        On that note, since Queen Sofia is Brazilian, i speculate that Sophie wore this tiara as a nod to that.

        I prefer her other tiara, with the big gobstopper of a stone at the centre.

        This one looks like an arts project that is somewhat unfinished.

      • LAK says:

        oops….meant Queen Silvia

      • Jacqueline says:

        That tiara is absolutely breath-taking!! Her face in the second pic…? Lol what is that?! Thanks LAK for sharing!

  7. Maria says:

    100% in agreement with you on MC. And she lack of etiquette shows by her choice of white.

  8. taxi says:

    Victoria’s dress is gorgeous, even though that color isn’t the most flattering for her. A smaller necklace would have looked better. Princessette Estelle is adorable & I love that Daniel is carrying Victoria’s purse for her.

    Charlene’s dress is beautiful & agree she needed earrings.

    CP Mary looks happy & friendly & I wish I could see more of that tiara.

    Prince Carl Philip upstages everyone for being a drop-dead gorgeous knockout.

    Agree MC & Sophie shouldn’t be in whites.

  9. poppy says:

    i don’t think the bride did not know what her own sister would be wearing and i doubt victoria would wear something her sister objected to.

    marie chantal, lol.

  10. Dirty Martini says:

    Victoria’s dress is absolutely amazing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say she outshone the bride–whose face just beamed joy–but yes, that dress is just the cats meow, and she looks fabulous too.

  11. Liz says:

    Love the coverage of these royals. Victoria looks stunning. CP is so dreamy.

  12. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    If Maddy has a problem with Vikki’s bangin’ dress, Estelle can just side-eye Maddy until she gets over it. But Maddy looked too happy to care about that sort of thing. It looked like a fun wedding all around.

    In the first pic, Daniel is holding Vikki’s clutch so she can hold Estelle comfortably. Adorable!

  13. L says:

    I don’t think it was upstagey at all.

    Victoria’s dress was awesome. Had the complimentary tone as the mother of the bride and several other family guests, but younger. It reads much more bright here in the sunlight, in the church it read much more muted (it almost looked grey) and was blended in. The bride def shone the most out.

    And I LOVE LOVE that she wore her late Aunt Princess Lilian’s favorite tiara and necklace. She passed away in March, and it was a touching way to include her.

  14. lower-case deb says:

    i love how for the most part Estelle’s so well-behaved! good for her and for her parents.

    • Anna says:

      Estelle is all, ‘y’all can move aside, I will take the throne right now, ThankYouVeryMuch – and I’m not talking about potty!’

  15. lisa says:

    is it considered tacky to wear white to a wedding in sweden?

    • m says:

      No one wore white, Sophies dress is pink and Marie Chantels dress is light grey.

      • mslewis says:

        THANK YOU!!! I was puzzled with commenters saying Marie Chantel and Sophie were wearing white. I saw many photos yesterday and they definitely were not wearing white. Light grey appears to be Marie Chantel’s favorite color for dressy occasions and Sophie’s dress was a pretty pink. Both of these women have been in royal circles long enough to know better than to wear white. They aren’t stupid or bad mannered.

  16. teehee says:

    I also found Victoria’s gown questionable— it stood out as the most showy and overdone of them all; of course it didnt beat the bride’s gown, but still— it was unnecessarily much. Beautiful on its own, though, just maybe not as a wedding guest- especially considering her usual attire is not nearly so frilly.

  17. LAK says:

    Have we seen Charlene in any other tiaras apart from her wedding one?

    The style of it wouldn’t suit her current hairstyle, and perhaps she hasn’t ordered any new ones.

    Has she attended any white tie events apart from this one?

    • Poppy says:

      She had two new tiaras made before her wedding:


      She’s never worn the second one (the Ocean).

      As the only guest who is married to a head of state, it really was a faux pas for her not to wear a tiara to a white tie event. I can’t decide whether she’s just too nervous/shy/miserable to wear one, or if she thinks she’s too cool – either way, I want to tell her to get over herself and put the damn diamonds on!

      • Sherry says:

        Thank you! She was a grown woman and knew what she was getting herself in for. It’s not like poor Diana who was an unexperienced teenager marrying a much older, wordly man. Charlene had been with Albert for years and knew exactly who he was and what she was signing up for. She needs to suck it up and show the jewels. I would have LOVED to finally see the Ocean tiara put to use. I think I’ve only seen her wear it as a necklace once and never as a tiara. If ever there was an occasion to wear one, yesterday was it! Think of all the jewels Princess Grace had! Think of all the money Albert has! Heck, she could have ordered a gorgeous blue gown from Karl Lagerfeld and had Van Cleef to design a suite of diamond/sapphire jewelry to wear with it.

        I don’t get her …

      • Hope says:

        It’s not about whether she’s “a jewelry person” or not. She is a titled lady and first lady of Monaco – and therefore she is bound by a certain dress-code. It is just bad behaviour not to go all-out! Surely one shows one’s best foot forward as a compliment to your hosts!?
        No, I have finally relented and have had to presume this is her making a deliberate point: either that she’s not happy being Monaco’s first lady or she doesn’t want to wear any of the millions of dollars worth of spectacular jewels her husband has given her for some reason….Either way, the speculation is at fever pitch and has distracted attention away from the happy couple and her hosts. Bad form.

    • m says:

      She also didnt wear her order. I know Char likes simplicity, but this is a bit ott!

  18. Anna says:

    Vics looks really gorgeous (this dress is Oscar material – a perfect hybrid of that Amanda S’s McQueen and would-be Annie’s Valentino) but really it’s Prince Daniel who wins me over. He makes carrying a pacifier and his wife’s sparkly clutch look like no big deal – as it should be. I love him and Vics together. Marriage to a commoner done right (as opposed to coughMADDIEcough).

  19. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I thought it was faux pas for anyone but the bride to wear white to the wedding?

    • lower-case deb says:

      if Grace Kelly can wear all white to a wedding (Princess Margaret’s no less!) well..

    • LAK says:

      i wonder where that rule came from since the a white bridal dress is a *Queen Victoria invention. Complete with bridesmaids/attendants in white.

      Prior to that, there were no rules and everyone wore whatever colour they wanted, including the bride.

      *Though she wasn’t the first bride to wear a white wedding dress, they became popular as a direct result of her wearing one for her wedding.

      • Emily C. says:

        Yes, women just used to wear their nicest clothes that were not ballgowns. Ballgowns would have been considered inappropriate in a church. Weddings also used to be far smaller, with only closest family and friends attending. There would often be a large party afterward, however, and if you were landed gentry, you were expected to welcome everyone on your land to it. It was not a party for the bride and groom, but for the community.

        Many of our supposed forever traditions were invented in the Victorian era to sell things. The entire wedding consumerist complex has its roots then. I think people are starting to wise up and ditch a lot of it.

  20. teehee says:

    Question: does anyone know what the difference is between ‘Queen’ and ‘Crown Queen’?

    • Sachi says:

      Do you mean Crown Princess? Crown Princess just means future Queen, either Queen regnant or Queen consort.

      Victoria is Crown Princess of Sweden and will be Queen regnant.

      Mary is Crown Princess of Denmark and will be Queen consort.

      It’s the equivalent of the title Princess of Wales, Princess of Orange (Netherlands), Princess of Asturias (Spain). In Belgium, the Crown Princess’s equivalent title is The Duchess of Brabant.

      • LAK says:

        Isn’t Crown Princ[ess] the title given to the heir in some royal houses eg Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan much like POW is given to heir to British throne and POO to heir to Netherlands throne etc?

      • Sachi says:

        Hi LAK,

        Yep. Sweden, Japan, Denmark, and Norway all have Crown Prince(ss) as the official title for the heir to the throne.

    • teehee says:

      Yeah I think I meant crown princess, and just assumed it also applied to queen or had that in my head for some reason (I just scrolled thru a royals blog and had a bunch of titles in my head). But that explains it for me (will be queen), thanks 🙂

  21. lower-case deb says:

    @teehee, do you mean Queen (Consort) and Queen Regnant?

  22. Sachi says:

    Queen Silvia can do no wrong. Nobody showcases tiaras and glamour as well as the Queen of Sweden.

    Victoria looked great. Her dress reminds me of Princess Letizia’s gown worn to the pre-wedding dinner for Kate and William in 2011. The appliques and colours are very similar.

    Estelle is so adorable.

    Marie-Chantal and her SIL Tatiana were wearing dresses close to white. In Tatiana’s case, it was even strapless when everyone had their shoulders covered for Church. Don’t know what’s going on with them for choosing white/almost-white dresses.

    Mary’s dress looks so cheap and the nude lining pretty much molded to her stomach, legs, and crotch as she walked, making it look like she had nothing underneath the dress. Tacky. A lace dress in neon pink? No. It looks like lingerie. Lace only works with light, muted colours. Lace paired with garish colour cancels out the purpose of such a dainty design in the first place. Her Midnight tiara also looks like an amateur art project. Worst dressed royal guest IMO.

    Charlene, the invitation called for tiaras. Where was yours? She looked OK but I saw some Photoshopped pictures of “what could have been” with her wearing earrings, the Ocean tiara as necklace, and a Monaco order (sash) and she would have looked divine had she worn any jewelry. Would have been best-dressed guest, I think.

    Sophie looked boring but surprisingly not bad.

    • HappyMom says:

      Hey-speaking of Letizia-where is she??

      • Sachi says:

        Nobody from Belgium, Spain, and Netherlands came.

        Madeleine is 4th in line to the throne, I don’t think it’s an occasion that should warrant every heir to the throne and their spouses to attend.

        I don’t think the Spaniards would welcome their future King and Queen attending another royal wedding/royal event so soon after the Dutch inauguration, esp. when Spain is in dire situation with the recession and unemployment. Would have been seen as waste of resources.

  23. Lucy2 says:

    Both of Victoria’s were very pretty.

  24. mslewis says:

    I think CP Victoria looked wonderful and I don’t think she upstaged her sister at all because Maddy was stunning. It’s hard to upstage a bride. Besides, they each knew what the other was wearing, I’m sure.

    As for Poor Charlene . . . could she have, maybe, lost a piece of luggage? The small one with the jewels in them? I mean, she has not one piece of jewelry on and I don’t remember if she had any on the night before. I can’t imagine that was on purpose. No royal goes to a royal wedding without jewels, not even a faux-royal from a banana republic like Monaco. I think there is a story here.

    • HappyMom says:

      Maybe that’s why she looked extra miserable-she forgot her jewels!

    • journey says:

      albert probably didn’t allow her to take any jewels with her, because he knew she would pawn the jewels and run far far away from him!

  25. Patrice says:

    I love love love all of this 😀 Princess Estelle! Victoria’s gown & sexy gold strappy sandals! Queen Silvia’s head to toe look (STUNNING) and her walking arm in arm with her gorgeous uniformed son! The fact that the Harry is so strong in that picture of Prince Edward! That Kaiser straight up called out Marie-Chantal and her total non-royalness & b*lls for wearing white at someone else’s wedding! Sigh 🙂 PLEASE do more coverage of the Swedish royal family; they’re awesome :))

  26. Emily C. says:

    Princess Charlene looks sad as always, but I think her decision not to wear jewelry was perfect. That dress is very textured and jewelry would have made her look overdone. She looks stunning.

    I just wish she’d stay in Sweden. Prince Albert has plenty of “issue”, he can declare them the heirs and he and Charlene can go their separate ways. It would be a good precedent to set; we’re not in 1420 any longer.

    • LAK says:

      i love her dress, but the lack of jewellery in general is faux pas considering she’s at a white tie event.

      if you can’t wear major jewels at a white tie event, when can you wear them without looking like OTT and vulgar?

      • Emily C. says:

        if you can’t wear major jewels at a white tie event, when can you wear them without looking like OTT and vulgar?

        A costume party? 😀

        I don’t like big jewels. Honestly, I think they always look OTT and vulgar, no matter the situation.

    • bluhare says:

      I’m with you, Emily. But then I’m a big fan of “less is more” in dressing. Although I do think a pair of honking diamond earrings (maybe even chocolate) would have looked great.

    • Sachi says:

      I think her rebellion is nice, but this event had specific protocol and even in the wedding invitation it was specified that there should be ‘tiaras for the ladies’. Charlene looked really “bare”, like something was missing with her look.

      She just stuck out like a sore thumb and I don’t think her statement, if she was really making one, came across clearly. People were baffled why she had no jewelry on, and in some websites people were grumbling that she was being disrespectful to the hosts for not adhering to the dress code.

  27. Victory says:

    Victoria looked stunning but I don’t think she upstaged Madeleine at the wedding. I liked Vic’s wedding dress more though.

  28. Katherine says:

    ” I’ve already gotten emails about Charlene’s lack of jewelry p0rn, so have it. She should have worn SOMETHING. Earrings, a necklace, something.”

    Just lipstick would have helped.

    • Fan says:

      She is trying to make a statement. I guess she does not feel royal without her husband at her side.

      • bluhare says:

        You might have a point re statement. I thought the same thing when lack of jewelry was mentioned, but I confess none of my scenarios involved needing Whatzisname to feel royal. 🙂

  29. christine says:

    Being THEE immediate (Royal) family to the bride, and also the Crown Princess, I don’t think Victoria upstaged Madeleine. I think she is still expected to wear something more extravagant than what a “guest” would wear. The family is, in essence the hosts of the event. All these gowns will probably be saved for the Royal Museums etc. as well. Victoria has always had class, elegance, and is very humble. Besides, Madeleine wore something just as showy (and bright) to Victoria’s wedding. I think that’s just what the Royal family is supposed to do.

  30. Fan says:

    They are all beautiful. It’s nice to see the “Royals” acting and dressing as royals. It’s like seeing Disney’s stories come alive.

  31. Queenfreddie says:

    I love that Victoria wore Lillian’s tiara and jewels and I love her hair. She looked great. Daniel is amazing carrying Vic’s purse and Estelle’s things. Estelle is so cute. I liked Mary’s tiara but I don’t think it worked with her dress.

  32. The Original Mia says:

    I love both sisters’ gowns.

    Not sure what is up with Charlene. She didn’t look happy at all. Thought she would have been happier without Albert. She didn’t need huge jewels but a bracelet & tiara would have been nice. Albert probably didn’t attend due to the TV/film festival.

  33. moja31 says:

    Victoria’s dress is gorgeous, and perfectly appropriate, she needed something that didn’t draw too much attention from the bride, but still said “future queen.” The sentimental choice of jewels, was also a nice touch. Estelle was adorable (Daniel too), although I wish they’d pulled out her mini order sash from her christening, I would have died from cuteness.

  34. bluhare says:

    Not only is that baby gorgeous, she’s the spitting image of her daddy!

  35. Isa says:

    The royals are so boring. I click on the posts expecting to at least see pretty dresses and jewels and I only see one.

  36. Hipocricy says:

    That little Estelle is her father mini me

    I love Victoria’s dress.

  37. Amy says:

    Of all of these pictures, Victoria looks the best! I also love how her husband Daniel is carrying the baby’s pacifier and his wife’s clutch!

    Also where was Prince Carl Philip’s girlfriend? Isn’t he dating some former model?

  38. Jade says:

    Queen Silvia looks very good, wonder how you can do hair like that, it’s so elegant. Ya I’m a hair styling idiot. Her googled images in royal splendor are awesome mostly. She looked like a bit of Rachel Bilson and CZJ in her younger days.

  39. Flower says:

    There was a great live feed were Daniel was teaching Estelle to blow kisses to Madeleine as she was coming into the dinner.

    Victoria upstages everyone unintentionally by just being Victoria, she chose a relatively muted colour so it wasn’t really a ‘look at me’ move.

    I don’t have a problem with Chantel, she and her hubby seem happy and she looks good for a mother of 5 with grown children and she also has a successful children’s wear company.

  40. Greenieweenie says:

    These royals look so douchey. So glad the US doesn’t play these stupid games.

  41. Sabine says:

    The red skirt is lined, visible folds in both layers near the hips and thighs.

  42. Maria says:

    both the sisters looked great! Have always loved Victoria, but Maddy looked wonderful, and her hubby really looked happy. The Swedish royals are a lot more touchy-feely that the Brits. With Kate and Willy it was all so proper! Stiff upper lip.

    • LAK says:

      Actually, that was just William and Kate being stiff and robotic.

      If you google all the recent royal weddings going back to Charles and Diana, you’ll see the difference.

      Andrew and Sarah were really happy, smiling and laughing all the way. Even teased the crowd demanding the balcony kiss.

      • Maria says:

        I agree that Kate and Will looked robotic, but so did Charles at his wedding. Is that a British thing?

  43. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Victoria looked great, even if it did upstage the bride a little bit. But Victoria is the future queen, so she will always upstage anyone else in Sweden.

    And I really dislike the pretentious “princes” and “princesses” from countries that don’t actually have royalty anymore — Greece, Germany, Italy, etc.

  44. xxx says:

    Mary’s dress is definitely lines. I think Victoria and Mary look the best. Gorgeous! They have both succeeded with stylish, modern twists on the classic, elegant sensibility.

  45. Bread and Circuses says:

    How heart-breaking would it be if that royal baby blarped up all over that gorgeous dress?