Princess Victoria leads the fabulous royal-jewelry parade at her brother’s wedding


The royal wedding for Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist was really, really well-attended. The bride’s look may have been budget (so cheap-looking), but so many princes, princesses and queens came out for the wedding and they all brought the best kind of p0rn: TIARA P0RN!! First, here’s Carl Philip’s older sister, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband Prince Daniel. I seriously love them, you guys. They might be my favorite royals. Vicky’s wearing H&M Conscious, a Swedish line. I love her gown. I love her tiara too.


Princess Madeleine of Sweden (Carl Philip’s younger sister) is massively pregnant, and I’m assuming she will just stay in Sweden to give birth to her second child. She attended her brother’s wedding with her husband,Chris O’Neill, and their daughter Princess Leonore, who looked gloriously grumpy and over-it.


Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Frederik looks handsome.


Queen Sonja of Norway and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. SO MANY CROWNS!!! SO MANY DIAMONDS. That buttercup yellow is pretty fabulous too.


Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. I wonder if they posed together because they coordinated their blues? They look lovely. Mary is married to Frederik, up there with his mom.


Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. It feels like her gown is too simple for this wedding. And she needs to go a few shades darker with her blonde too.


Prince Edward & Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Sophie looks great in that pale grey-blue gown and her tiara is the same one she wears to all of her big events: it’s a large aquamarine center-stone, with diamonds throughout.


Princess Takamado of Japan. I love everything except the shoes. The shoes are awful.


Prince Joachim of Denmark and Princess Marie. Very pretty. I’m starting to get numb to all the fabulous jewelry though.


Princess Martha Louise of Norway and her husband, Ari Behn. He didn’t take a title when they married, I guess. He’s handsome, like a really attractive professor-type.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    I NEED a tiara!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Me, too! Dibs on Sophie’s aquamarine. Drool. I wonder if they hear someone is engaged and they think Hot Damn! I get to wear my tiara! Or they’re over it? We would look so cute, Lilacflowers. Lol

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Wouldn’t we though? I need Victoria’s for my Game of Thrones viewing party tonight and am wearing the Belgian Queen’s spiky one to today’s Red Sox game. I look very cute.

    • Squiggles says:

      I found some for $10 in the Xmas jewellery at Walmart this past December. I bought one, just to wear around the house for kicks. Makes laundry so much more fun!

    • Gina says:

      Me too! And somewhere to wear it!
      I seriously question your taste Kaiser if you found that eye searing yellow gown good and the brides gown cheap looking!!!!!

      • Doc says:

        Me too. Eye-searing is definitely one way to describe it.

      • taxi says:

        Yes! Bride was gorgeous and very smart not to out-glam the s-i-ls’ bridal wear. The yellow dress belongs in the taxi rank.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I’m clutching Victoria’s tiara and sobbing: “Where is Ghost?”

    • Rehee says:

      Someone PLEASE tell me: What is with the SASHES???

  2. Shaz says:

    CPMM’s dress is beautiful – makes the other gowns look matronly

  3. jen2 says:

    Tiaras were beautiful, but most of the gowns looked like cheap polyester and matronly to boot. I liked the Queen of Denmark–that red was magnificent and Princess Takemoto most.

    • Denisemich says:

      Sleeves are not matronly!

      There is almost no royal wedding without sleeves. It is not matronly it is just good taste.

      • jen2 says:

        OK. But I never mentioned sleeves. I happen to like sleeves on formal gowns as they show class and style. But OK.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      @jen2 I agree. They all need a stylist stat! Most of them are ill fitted or the wrong cut and color for the person wearing them.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree. I was shocked at the blah and the cheap look of almost all of the gowns. The tiaras look childish to me.

    • Tracy says:

      They don’t need stylists, they don’t need to change their hair to suit, and they don’t need to swap out shoes. They don’t care, people! Public opinion is completely inconsequential to these people.

      • Tifygodess says:

        @tracy Did you happen to lose the point – oh and I don’t know THE NAME OF THE SITE- that this is a gossip site and people will gossip and give an opinion? 😂

  4. Birdix says:

    To an American eye, all those sashes make it look like they’re competing in a beauty pageant.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t know why, but I think they’re cool. I mean, totally get where you’re coming from (heeeere she comes…) but I like goofy things that people have to wear for tradition’s sake. It is me, isn’t it?

      • original kay says:

        I love the pomp and circumstance 🙂

      • Feeshalori says:

        And I love the sash brooches, too. The Japanese princess’ bird brooch just bowls me over!

      • Betsy says:

        I love the little sashes, too! Whenever er I draw pictures for my son, the people tend to sport sashes and medals, really all manner of royal swag.

        Queen Sonja’s dress is amazing. I wish the wrap had been left off!

    • Lucy2 says:

      That was my first thought too!

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Does anyone know what the sashes mean or why they are wearing them?

      • Miss_Magpie says:

        The best (easiest to read and most fun) guide I have ever found starts here.

        The entire website is fantastic, it doesn’t revolve around a certain Duchess like other websites, and still manages to be fun, a wee snarky sometimes, and super informative. I read it daily along with this one!

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The sashes comes with royal orders – some of them very old. The order is usually a jewelled object, like a cross or an elephant (in the Danish case). Sometimes these orders are worn on a heavy chain over the shoulder on more formal events.

      • RUDDYZOOKEEPER says:

        Like, why is everyone wearing sashes right to left, except the one princess who has hers left to right? Does this mean something, or is she a drunken imposter?

  5. Hautie says:

    Love all the jewelry. If you have a closet filled full of vintage jewelry… this is the time to get it out and show it off!

    Which is why I am so baffled by the Royals in England. They rarely get out the good stuff. Even for big events. The Queen wears lots of fantastic brooches. But that is it.

    And poor Sophie, wife of Edward. Her tiara is made up of misc. left over pieces from other things. That she had fashioned into a tiara. Has she ever been photograph in any of the legit vintage tiara’s, not counting her wedding day loaner?

    Where as Carl Philips new wife, was gifted with her own personal tiara. (with emeralds!) Like all of the brides in that family were…. they get a new tiara, that is for their own personal use. Plus access to the closet of the family ones too!

    What does the Royals in England do? They rarely bring out the goodies for show.

    I will say this…. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands… she has a excellent collection of jewels. That she is not afraid to wear to any event.

    • Angel says:

      Agree with you about the lack of jewel in the UK. There are pictures from the past of the Queen, Queen mum and Margaret going to the theatre with massive tiaras now nothing – bring back the bling:)

      • Betti says:

        I believe most of those pieces either went to family members or to TQ. Unless is someone personally owned (or comes with a title) they have to get permission from TQ to wear the rest of the bling. There was an exhibition a few years ago from the Royal Collection on the Royal bling – the BRF has some of the most exquisite jewellery ever made.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Sophie’s wedding tiara was assembled from pieces from one of Queen Victoria’s crowns, I believe. The aquamarine one isn’t. I’m so glad Sophie has a better tiara to wear because her wedding one is hideous. She might think so, too, since she hardly wears it.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Agree that Sophie’s wedding tiara is horrendous. Absolutely a fail in the design department.

    • FLORC says:


    • Kori says:

      sophie has another aquamarine tiara that belonged to the Queen.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Maxima is my favorite magpie – the Dutch RF has a very well stocked jewel vault and a huge tiara collection and she is not afraid to bring the bling. She is also the current grand master when it comes to inventive brooch deployment.

      • Feeshalori says:

        And because of her tall statuesque physique, Max can carry the big pieces and pile on the jewels with such flair and regalness. She reminds me of Queen Mary of England, the original royal magpie!

  6. Kip says:

    Where has Denmark been hiding hot Prince Joachim?

  7. PennyLane says:

    Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looks amazing. Her choices are always really interesting and flattering and beautiful but very regal too. Not an easy thing to pull off!

    Would love to see more coverage of her here on Celebitchy…

    • Franca says:

      I think she always lookes a bit over the top. And she always lookes so smug.

      • Mieke says:

        No, no, she’s a lot of things, but definitely not smug! Look her up, she has a wonderful flair and is genuinely interested in everything she’s involved with. Together with her husband, who has a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor and is a pretty smart cookie just like Maxima, they are wonderful reps for The Netherlands.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Maxima smug! Not to my eyes – she always looks very happy and she seems to have a very charismatic personality.

      • Feeshalori says:

        If I ever moved to a country that has a monarchy, the Netherlands would be it because of Marvelous Max!

    • Dena says:

      I think Queen Maxima is often hit and miss with her clothes but this time I thought she really looked good. I loved her jewels as well. She was the best dressed IMO.

      I also loved how Princess Takamado minced her way down the peach carpet.

    • bluhare says:

      I agree. Maxima’s someone I think does a great job too. She speaks several languages, is smart, involved and her husband always looks like a happy guy. 🙂

      I thought she looked amazing. I think she’s lost weight too. But the jewels made the outfit. She looked stunning.

    • Vizia says:

      Plenty of coverage on Max over at….sometimes gorgeous, sometimes WTF?, almost always over the top in one direction or the other.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Maxima takes the maximist approach to all things sartorial – and always with a big smile.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Maxima is well named; she certainly is maximum in all things.

  8. khymera says:

    Queen Maxima for the win. Great dress, great jewelry. Beautiful smile

    • Dena says:

      Definitely agree.

    • Cran says:

      Agreed. I really like her dress. The buttercup yellow is unflattering in style and color. This is only one photo though so perhaps another angle shows it to better advantage and were she not standing next to a person whose outfit and styling I really like. It probably looks lovely in motion but the color and all those pleats are not pleasing to my eyes.

      • Chrissy says:

        That yellow gown looks like a bridesmaid dress from the Seventies to me. The glow-in-the-dark shade of yellow with the endless pleats is just a major nooooo, IMO.

  9. MinnFinn says:

    Do a lot of royal weddings include this type of multinational royal promenade? I’ve only seen a few Brit royal weddings on tv and there were royal guests from other countries but there wasn’t a planned parade.

    • Arien says:

      they do 🙂 and for christenings too. The Scandinavian royals are usually good friends with each other (most of them are godparents to the other’s kids) and if its the wedding of a crown prince/princess there are even more royal guests. The sovereigns of Spain and Monaco could not attend yesterday.
      Most of the European Royals also attended the Will & Kate wedding.

      The TV commentator said yesterday that the queen often sends Edward and Sophie to those events and that they are popular party guests.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The scandinavian royals are also family – QMII of Denmark is the Swedish king’s cousin. Her mother and his father were siblings.

  10. Franca says:

    I wish Victoria would wear her hair down every once in a while. Her hairstyles are always so harsh. Same with Daniel, the slicked back hair is awful. Still pretty, though.

    Madeleine looked meh.

    CP Mary looked the best. I don’t know much about royals, but she’s my favourite. I just like her, don’t know why.

  11. PunkyMomma says:

    Dibs on Sophie’s tiara with the big blue aquamarine! (Tiaras are my drug of choice – I’m so high right now . . .👑)

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Oh, sorry, I said dibs before I read down to you. But you were first. (See how generous I am when nothing is at stake?) That tiara is really, really beautiful. It’s so unusual. I love it!

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I like Sophie’s aquamarine tiara – it has a lovely art deco feel. And it can also be worn as a necklace.

      Victoria wore the Connaught Tiara, which is a beautiful belle epoque garland-style tiara that came into the SRF with when Princess Margaret, daughter of the Duke of Connaught, married the Swedish Crown Prince. She was the mother of the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

      Silvia wore the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara and Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara.

      Queen Margrethe II wore the Baden Palmette Tiara, Princess Marie of Denmark wore the Dagmar Floral Tiara and CP Mary wore the tiara she received for her wedding.

      Queen Sonja of Norway wore Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara. CP Mette-Marit wore the Diamond Daisy Tiara she received for her wedding.

      Queen Maxima wore the Mellerio Ruby Tiara and Queen Mathilde wore the pared down version of the Nine Provinces Tiara, a lovely art deco tiara that can be worn with different settings.

  12. ncboudicca says:

    I’m giving the team gold medal to Denmark, based on these photos.

  13. Elly says:

    Maxima looked gorgeous. She always is one of the best dressed, even when the outfits aren´t that good. It´s her personality! She has “it”.

    Victoria wears the Connaught Tiara, my favourite tiara of all times. Everytime the swedish royals bring out the bling i´m waiting for my one and only Connaught.

    • bluhare says:

      Amen to everything.

    • Kori says:

      One of my favorites as well. Historical but light so that it doesn’t appear stuffy. Very elegant. Margaret Connaught is a favorite of mine and it’s nice to see her legacy live on in the Swedish and Danish royals (those monarchs are both her grandchildren as is Queen Anne Marie of Greece). Queen Margarethe was named for her and shares the same nickname, Daisy.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Margaret of Connaught and Sweden died from septicemia when she was about 6 months pregnant and it really marked her daughter Ingrid, later Queen of Denmark. Most of the wedding traditions in the Danish RF were instituted by Queen Ingrid in memory of her mother. Therefore, all the female descendants of Queen Ingrid wear the family lace veil, the Khedive Tiara as well as an antique piece of lace incorporated into the design of the wedding gown. All these items once belonged to her mother CP Margaret of Sweden.

        The only non-royal bride that has worn the family veil and the antique lace for her wedding is CP Mary.
        The Khedive Tiara is now owned by QMII’s sister Anne-marie, the former Queen of Greece.

  14. Eleonor says:

    What’s the point of being a Royal if you don’t show some jewel-pr0n ?
    Love me some tiara and all the stuff!

  15. original kay says:

    I think this is my most favourite Celebitchy post ever.

  16. Chibichchai says:

    There should be more events hosting the worlds royals. The tiara parade was amazing 😍😍😍

  17. TessD says:

    Ari Behn is an author and wrote several books. Maybe that’s why he looks like a professor-type 🙂 Very good-looking guy indeed.

  18. Lucy says:

    So, I think I have a crush on Prince Daniel…

  19. bettyrose says:

    I don’t think I realized how many European countries still have royal families. Is it like the UK, where they live off the dole and perform symbolic duties for their country? And where does the pregnant Swedish princess usually live of she’ll be “staying in Sweden to give birth”?

    • Angel says:

      She lives in New York, I believe she and husband work there.

    • Linn says:

      They used to live in New York (her Husband is a british-american businessman and she used to work there as well) but will probably move to London once the baby is born

      • bettyrose says:

        So the Royals don’t have to live in their home country? Does she somehow represent Sweden while in New York/London?

      • FLORC says:

        They don’t even techinically have to be sitting royals. Much like the Greek Royals. They were kicked out and not recognized, but still attend events as such and get cared for on the goodwill of others that like the association. And they’re not very welcomed in their native country. Especially in these times.

    • m says:

      Madeleine and Chris moved back to Sweden last December but as of April, Chris is living in London for work where his family will join him in tthe fall after the baby is born. Try have to return to Sweden in 5 years though if they want their kids to remain in line to the throne.

  20. TeaAndSympathy says:

    God, looking at all these glommed-up ladies made me realise, once again, how rubbish I’d be as a princess. My very disobedient curls would never stay put regardless of the amount of product, I’d have to wear flats because I’m too clumsy for heels; I’d trip on the gem and rip it, fall flat on my face or both, my gown would be all skew-whiff because I’d be tugging at it or scratching due to my sensitive skin, I’m so unco that the tiara would end up balancing precariously on the side of my head and held up only by my ear, I’d lose at least one earring… It’s just as well for whichever royal family that I’ll never marry a prince – it saves everyone a lot of embarrassment.

    What I love is all the couples holding hands. Usually, the functions are staid, State affairs where holding hands would be inappropriate, so it’s nice to see them looking relaxed and happy. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (a fellow Aussie) looks lovely. She always dresses appropriately, if a tad mumsy, for every occasion. On the DM site, her gown is a lovely lavender hue, rather than blue. I think she teamed up for a photo with the other lady because her husband was squiring his mum around…? Yes, it’s all very nice.

    • TeaAndSympathy says:

      …trip on the **hem…

    • bluhare says:

      They need you! They can all look sideways at you and say “. . . . she does try, doesn’t she?” 🙂

      And you’d seriously liven up the red carpet.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Mary’s dress was nice but not stellar though I’ve noticed that recently she’s cultived an elegant but understated look.
      I loved QMII’s fire-engine red dress. Queen Daisy loves bright colours. Though it makes me a bit sad to see that she’s so obviously in pain when she walks.

    • Kath says:

      TeaAndSympathy: Ha! I knew you were an Aussie when you said “unco”.

      +1 million to all these comments. I too have unruly curly hair and wouldn’t wear heels if you paid me.

      I would probably also spill something on my frock and manage to trip on the stairs. No princess fantasies for me.

  21. Liberty says:

    Thoughts after viewing many photos on DM and here:

    I love Sofia’s and even tiara choice. very pretty, elegant (a little overly lacy for me but) — very well done. I love the flowers too. Just right. And the gown and flowers stand on their own and even her quiet earring choice was ideal — a touch. Whoever dressed her — or her own instincts — get five stars from me. Well played, girl! THe touch of greenery in her veil clip was charming and did you all see the YEAH HERE IS MY TATTOO rear view of the gown??? This girl will always look correct and wear button earrings and then, go home and spank Carl Philip. “Who’s a bad boy, durrr!”

    Nice train, too — just enough for a royal wedding. And not covered with glitter and cupcake poops.

    HE looks hot like he should be in an ABC Family movie about a Prince, (Compare and contrast: William looks like a hedge fund manager in a small city or something compared to this choice filet of Prince meat.) This guy WEARS IT. He also look crazy happy and I think that’s nice! He definitely picked the one he wants. They laughed when they kissed! And, cue the credits!


    Eyeglasses Prince— is he the former gym manager or whatever? He is like, NY Times Style Section Guy meets Ad Agency Creative Director for BMW plus a shot if So You Want To Be A Prince, a new reality show. Yes, I am totally giving him a side-eye when I say that. But ok! Cute kid! All happy! Okay!

    Victoria is giving her new SIL a sort of “ok bitch” cheek salute. Hmm. She is whispering, “I am here but don’t think I am sharing ski trips with you yet. Uh uh!”

    OMG — close up of Victoria’s dress — what a statement! Fabric that resembles burnt paper! “Burning down and trashing the monarchy with this marriage!” or, “I think she’s garbage so I chose this” What? WHAT? She looks like she rolled in an alley or just danced that tragic ending scene in the Red Shoes. Yeah, she’s laughing! HAHAHA, Tattooed Princess!!

    That said, Ursula someone-or-other for sure pulled this dress out of a box in the basement and said, “I am not spending a dime dressing up for a slut’s wedding.” And her bag choice boggles me. It looks like a cross between a sugar pastry and uncooked chicken. Her husband is all. “I have the snake picture up in my locker at the club, so,whatever, heh heh heh.”

    The bride’s one sister in mint looks okay but I think it’s from page 233 of the Next catalog? Other sister Lina — a message for you: NO. No one wears white at the wedding unless you were a bridesmaid and trying to Pippa. Also there is toilet paper stuck on you. Turn around!

    Maxima. I like it…..but is it royal wedding-ish. I suppose a modern take on that. She looks nice, definitely I am just taking 10% off for the crawling ruffle. OH I GET IT! IT’s A “SNAKE” effect! haha did you ALL call each other?? Wow.

    Mette-Marit. Er…. hmm… Okay. This looked a lot like my bedroom when I was 7. I give her like a half point for saying “F it, gimme florals, Hansel!” I deduct a point for the Sharon Stone Oscars Gap tee thing. I know florals are in but this is like….well. She made a strong commitment to look like the opposite of a woman who lived with a heroin dealer, and by god she carried through. This is like what she would wear to a Lilly Pulitzer poolside birthday party. Her husband is all like, “Shhhhh&tssa.”

    Queen Silvia etc: okay they all do “royal wedding” better in Sweden than the Brits, period. No circus hats or awkward buttoned coat dresses or massive square-shouldered chiffon jacket numbers or eagles-wing jewelry gobs. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. This makes me also say I think that Bea and Eugienie should be banned from weddings and troopings until sent to get schooled on clothing choices in Sweden. When a snake-wearing former bikini model cleans up better than you do, well! I like poor Bea and Eugenie, but I am just saying! I will however give Sophie of Wessex an okay, no shame point. But she is always on my Anne/Sophie/Harry takeover team.

    Poor Madeleine — I like her dress and she looks lovely, but yeah she also looks like, the baby turned, and she is over it and ready to go as soon as her dopey brother gets the ring on it.

    I have a message for the mother of the bride: NO. No dresses with airline table trays installed in the chest area and covered with snug lace the color of a Lands’ End swimsuit. Just, no.

    Queen Sonja: uhhhhh……..the Oz try-outs are that way.

    Red dresses at weddings? Well, are we trying to send a message here, ma’am?

    DAMN I LOVE the masses of roses on the — altar? Stage? Reception glamour club? whatever. WOW! I want that sort of thing around me all the time. I want my car lined with those roses!!

    FINALLY — SWEDEN IS THE ONLY NATION WITH FUR MICROPHONES. What is that? Rabbit? Muskrat? Cat? What the hell?

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Team Anne/Sophie/Harry for the takeover win!

    • TeaAndSympathy says:

      Liberty, (oh, hang on – I need to wipe off the tea I spat over my screen when guffawing…) As someone with not a clue about, and a ho-hum-yawn attitude to, fashion and glamour – I understand EXACTLY what you are saying! Why aren’t you writing for the DM? Their articles on the social set would be infinitely more engaging with you clicking those keys! Thanks for the giggles.

    • M says:

      The lady in red is the danish queen and in Denmark it is very common to wear red to a wedding. In Denmark, red is the color of love.
      They say that if the bride’s mother wears red, it means that she validates marriage. The danish queen is the godmother of the groom. If the mother wears, black, it indicates that she doesn’t approve of the marriage.
      Also, superstition says that the red scare evil spirits away from the marriage.

    • *North*Star* says:

      The greenery in her hair is a Swedish tradition brought over by a British princess — it’s myrtle.

      From the Swedish Royal Family’s website:

      Myrtle worn in the hair or used in the bridal bouquet
      Princess Margareta, who married Gustaf (VI) Adolf in 1905 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England, brought a myrtle bush to Sweden with her. The bush grew and was originally tended at Sofiero Palace. It is now at Ulriksdal Palace. Since 1935, a sprig from this bush has traditionally been used in royal bridal bouquets or worn in the hair in some form. Princess Ingrid, who married the Danish heir to the throne in 1935, took a cutting from the bush to her new home country. Since then, the Danish Royal Family has upheld the same tradition, using myrtle from Princess Margareta’s original bush.

    • Anesthetizes says:

      Omg. Do you have a blog?

      I would read it EVERY DAY.

      awesome comment ☺.

  22. Beth No. 2 says:

    Victoria looks gorgeous. Everything from jewellery to make-up to dress is on point.

    I always thought her husband Daniel looks like a perfect Bond villain – slicked back hair, glasses, looks intellectual and handsome but with an air of cool menace about him.

    I noticed the sashes the royalty wore are of different colours – do they mean anything?

  23. Zombie Shortcake says:

    I had to look up Takamodo- She is 61! She could pass for 10 years younger.

  24. Green Is Good says:

    “Lord have mercy!” (Thank you Uncle Jesse). Gowns, tiaras, BEARDS! Oh my!

  25. Giddy says:

    A friend of mine who is in the business took me as a guest/ helper to a recent trade show of antique jewelry. I’m afraid I wasn’t much help because I was so fascinated by the jewels, and there were a couple of dealers with tiaras! I asked my friend about the tiaras and she said I would be surprised by the jewelry owned and inherited by minor aristocracy. She said between literally having nowhere to wear tiaras etc, plus financial considerations some quietly sell their stash. I was fascinated by the idea of “normals” who had tiaras in their lock boxes at the bank!

  26. Betti says:

    I love Victoria and Daniel – their daughter is soo cute. Hope they have a bigger family they seem like great parents.

    I hope Madelaine’s birth goes well – her daughter is adorable and was making her presence felt yesterday, like ‘Hello cute little girl here who is the real star of the show – move over bride’.

    Looks like the all children of ole’ King Carl Gustav married for love – good on them.

    • bluhare says:

      She looks great, she really does. The bling! And such warm body language.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Daisy brought the bling! I think that gorgeous riviere necklace is part of the Crown Jewels.
        She also has the best of all royal engagement rings.

        QMII turned 75 this april and there were a lot of interviews and documentaries about her on Tv (one about her work as an artist) – and she just seem like an intelligent and very funny lady. She one royal I would love to sit down to tea with – along with Prince Michael of Kent.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The brooch QMII is wearing on her shoulder is part of a Danish tradition. It contains a photo of her father, the late king, and it is set with pearls and diamonds. All her sisters also wear a brooch like that, on the shoulder. So did her mother when she was alive. I can’t remember if they did that before he died or if they started wearing these brooches after his death – but they all wear them at formal events.

  27. Laura says:

    Great coverage of the Swedish Royal Wedding! Love all things Nordic, and all of the photos were fantastic! Keep up the coverage of this family; good change of pace, and great for gossip! Thanks!

  28. Mimz says:

    Am I the only one who was never fascinated by Tiaras? As a child I wasn’t even fond of princess-y dresses (loathed anything with puffy sleeves and lace).
    I was not a tomboy or anything like that, I loved dresses I guess I always enjoyed simpler styles…

    Anyway they look Ok. Didn’t like some of the shiny stuff but I really think Victoria looked great. I was very fond of her when I was younger, not sure why.
    Also, I didn’t realize the world had still so many royals… I guess In my head are the British, the Monaco and the spanish royals.. everything else is a blur. Nice to see all of them.
    Congrats to the couple.

    • Beth No. 2 says:

      You are not alone!

      I have no love for tiaras, or any of the fussy, traditional jewellery on display here. I like more modern, edgier pieces. Puffy sleeves and lace make me sneeze. 😀

      I guess I just don’t get this fascination with royalty. I am interested in the history and ceremonial detail (loved listening to my guide explain the various processes and their symbolic meaning when Queen EII opens the Parliament), but the idea of a family enjoying privilege and status through lineage rather than having worked for it just doesn’t resonate with me at all. To me they (and I’m speaking of the British royals, since I don’t know much about the other European royals) are somewhat like a high-end reality TV show, with pomp and circumstance thrown in.

    • Olenna says:

      I was sort of a tomboy as a kid, but always loved tiaras. I have a costume jewelry one from the late 50s-early 60s that belonged to one of my aunts. Apparently, it was en vogue to wear them to high school proms. My grandmother held onto a lot of her daughters’ clothes, and when my sister and I would visit, we played dress up in poodle skirts, prom gowns and tiaras. It was the next best thing to playing softball!

    • Chinoiserie says:

      As a child I hated tiaras and all glittery things but these days I just love all jewelry (but I still would not wear much myself).

  29. khaveman says:

    Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, for the win — beautiful shade of pink-red and the crown is so unique. What a beautiful smile, too.

  30. Carol says:

    I think the royal families may be the only thing keeping brooch makers in business!

    Love the blue dresses best.

  31. The Original Mia says:

    Max was the best dress of the royals. Wow! She was stunning. I had real tiara envy with hers & Victoria’s. Lovely jewels.

  32. weirswalker says:

    What’s with all those sashes ? They are hideous…

    • Flower says:

      If you have one you wear it, that’s the protocol, it’s uncouth if you don’t, apart from the fact it shouts loud and clear that you’re royal or terribly important (Head of State etc.). Most of the ladies hate them as they are always slipping and limit them to colour choices of gowns . Poor Saxe-Coburg-Gotha has the worst deal. Bright Fuchsia Pink with Neon Green edges.

  33. Murphy says:

    Thank you for not forgetting Princess Takamodo.

    Also–Sofia’s dress might have been budget but her husband loves her to death. That’s what counts.

  34. Maddie says:

    The Brits are so over exposed that I forget that there are other Royal houses of Queens, Princesses and Princes ……

  35. Sam says:

    That huge glittery hummingbird/swallow brooch on Takamado of Japan is all kinds of awesome. Serious bling there.

  36. Subconciously says:

    “Vicky’s wearing H&M Conscious…”

    Cudos to Victoria for wearing a (rather budget) originally swedish brand that ordinary people wear a lot! Also promoting swedish fashion … Though I don’t like the colour scheme of Victorias dress. 1. it is too white and that is the bride’s colour. 2. Those greyish stains on the dress are not for weddings nor do they look good on the dress. How about something more joyous in colour?

    British Prince Edward had a rather grey-clad wife on his arm. I don’t like it. It is bland and boring and not good for a wedding. Don’t ruin people’s weddings by wearing non-joyous dark or negative colours.

    • Margaret says:

      I don’t think joyous was what they were all feeling. Sophie’s dress was on official gift from her visit to Prague; it looks like a pale violet shade to me.

    • Flower says:

      Major boo-boo to choose an off the rack dress for something like this, there was a lady on the pre-wedding yacht trip the day before who wore the exact same skirt with a different top.

      As an avid fan of all the Royal weddings I found this to be somehow not very royal it seemed as though no one was really trying that hard (Queen Max and Mathilde excluded), for me the atmosphere and reception was almost ‘down market’ (for want of a better word) in comparison to most other royal weddings even the minor ones.