Princess Sofia is already so much better at duchess-ing than Duchess Kate


Prince Carl-Philip of Sweden married Sofia Hellqvist back in June. Sofia became Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland and she was seemingly welcomed into the Swedish royal family with open arms… eventually. Since the June wedding, Sofia has made a handful of public appearances, and she is considered (along with Carl-Philip) to be of the “working royal” variety, as in her job is to make public appearances, work for charities and carry out engagements on behalf of the crown. These photos are from yesterday, with Sofia and Carl-Philip on their first “royal tour.” They traveled to Värmland.

First up, check out the header photo. Sofia looks pregnant, right? My guess is a honeymoon baby. My guess is that there will be an announcement next month, probably. I also have to admit, Sofia looks really great in these photos. She looks well-rested, happy, and maybe like she’s gained a little bit of weight in her face. Plus, her makeup is great – she doesn’t cake it on like a Kardashian or Middleton. She looks fresh and young. Sofia’s simple shirtdress is from a Swedish label, GANT. They had to do some of their appearances in the rain, but Carl-Philip and Sofia braved through it. You can read more about their appearance here – Sofia even spoke in public!

Meanwhile, just two months after she became a princess, Sofia did her first solo appearance in Stockholm last week, on August 20th. She did it to raise money/awareness of the charity Project Playground and she also made her first public speech as a princess – go here to read more. I know I was hyper-critical of Sofia when she was just engaged to Carl-Philip, but I have to say, she’s doing REALLY well, especially compared to Duchess Kate’s still-rocky relationship to her royal duty. Sofia hasn’t even been a princess for three whole months, and she’s likely already knocked up, making public speeches, doing solo public appearances and royal tours. She really did hit the ground running. Or maybe Sofia’s “princess lessons” were just more thorough than Kate’s.




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  1. Tilly says:

    … Her teeth!!!! Geez! *shudder*

    Actually, she needs to go back to ‘princess lessons’ – her hair is awful; her make-up is shocking … she doesn’t exactly ooze ‘princess-ness’.

    • Christo says:

      What is wrong with her teeth? Are you saying that her teeth are straight yet not uniform like veneers?

      • Tash says:

        I don’t understand people’s fascination with teeth. If they’re healthy, who cares if there if there is a gap or if they are not perfectly lined up. At least they don’t look fake.

      • ds says:

        I also have a gap. And I think my teeth and smile are pretty and I would never change them. Plus I heard that gap brings luck 😉

      • Neonscream says:

        I think many Americans have forgotten what teeth actually look like. The trend for extreme whitening and straightening of perfectly healthy teeth is way more prevalent in the U.S.

      • evermore says:

        She looks great , imo natural and he’s gorgeous. Now this is a royal couple who look totally into each other. After I watched the Swedish wedding, I found something about them very likable.

        P.S. I believe her hair got some sun damaged from honeymoon and maybe heat damage styling, it just looks like she needs a inch or two cut and heavy conditioner.
        She’s already out working more than Kate. imo

    • Loopy says:

      I love her looks, so retro…plus the gap in her teeth really suits her.

      • Dana M says:

        I love her gap too. Very Vanessa Paradis. I love that she doesn’t feel insecure enough to get veneers. This says a lot about how secure she maybe with herself.

        She looks very lovely.

      • Mary says:

        She looks very natural and sincerely happy. Her makeup looks minimal, her jewelry is simple, her teeth are the ones she was born with. I like the flats with the dress and I love that her raincoat doesn’t match her outfit– and she’s carrying it herself. Wow, I’m a total fan! 😍 I want to be her BFF!

      • Citresse says:

        She’s looking overweight. Pregnant? Yes is my guess.

    • Tash says:

      Ah yes, because looks is all that matters. She may find cure for most evils tomorrow but still, what’s up with them teeth?! *eyeroll

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      ” Her teeth”
      There is nothing wrong with her teeth. Sure they arent perfect or crafted out of porcelain but not everyone wants the same Hollywood smile. It’s getting to the point in society where veneers, plastic surgery and Botoxed faces are the norm and that is very sad. it an impossible standard.

    • lkaye says:

      She is beautiful and looks very much the princess to me. Her hair is probably due to the weather and wind, mine ends up looking the same way in the humid summer after being blown around.

      • Timbuktu says:

        While I agree that the original post was harsh, I do not like her hair either. The ends look very damaged, she should either cut her hair much much shorter, or have a do of some sort to hide the ends. Just IMO. In that department, Kate has her beat, love Kate’s hair (not necessarily the styles, but her hair looks thick and healthy, although I’ve read it’s thanks to extensions? if so, I take everything I just said back, lol).

    • InvaderTak says:

      What’s wrong with her hair and makeup? She is a bit windblown but that’s not a big deal given the setting. There’s nothing wrong with the makeup that I can see.

    • FLORC says:

      Would it be better if she got veneers? Would an unnatural and latered cosmetic appearance then be more fitting to your standard or beauty? I never got the mocking of those with natural features. It probablly took them a long time to get over the mocking or to personally accept their features.
      Yes, the teeth draw the eye, but only for a moment and then you see her confidence and she’s more than the sum of her physical features. And that she’s more than hair and teeth is a wonderful quality.

    • lisa says:

      i know i cant even look, they have so much money. my god see a dentist.

      • Neonscream says:

        You need a dentist if your teeth are damaged, hers aren’t, they just don’t look like the freakish fluorescent white, slab like teeth that seem obligatory in America. Do you look at people with a few wrinkles and say “my god I can’t look, all that money and they can’t get Botox?”

    • Mary says:

      They are both lovely. I am not a fan of the middle part in her hair, though. Is it a trend now? It seems like a thing. Did Goop start it? Kim parts her hair in the middle, too.

      • FLORC says:

        It’s been around for a long long time and never really left.

      • Mary s says:

        Yes, I know, but I guess I’ve been noticing it more. Some threads on this site have had lots of comments about a center part, maybe that’s why I felt like it’s become more popular lately, more of a trend. It just caught my attention I guess.

      • FLORC says:

        Ok. Yes there are loads of comments about it. I see why you mentioned it. Mostly imo because some people try it and cannot pull it off. It’s painfully obvious when you can’t, but it’s still moderately popular. It can appear like a blinding spotlight on something you will then notice more often when covered on things you read. If that makes sense.

      • Lillylizard says:

        “No one looks good with their hair parted in the middle, except Hedy Lamar”

        ……Virginia Mayo speaking to Danny Kay

      • Mary-Alice says:

        Well, Birginia Mayomust have been an American, yes? It seems the whole looks issue is about tne Ametican trend these days – much work done on unnecessary and unexisting issues, i.e. fixing healthy teeth or turning the natural path of the hair. And why? Where I come from, we generally wear our hair as it naturally grows, meaning my path is in the middle and by no means will I waste my precious time everyday to fight with something so unsignificant and perfectly natural to me! On top of that it causes me severe pain in the roots, each time I attend an event amd wear a bun, I have to bear with it for a while. When I first came to North America,and travelled extensively for nearly a year as I was curious, it did make a strong impression on me that most women on the street were wearing quite a bit of make up, were hairstyled as I would for a special event with all blow outs, styling products obvious, etc. and at tne same time could be wearing flip flops as well as Manolo Blanics. Both kinds would be styled in the head as for the Met Gala. It looks a tad too much to me, imo. Straightened, processed, dyed hair – most common sight.

    • ERM says:

      Every time I see a photo of Sofia I know there will be tons of comments about her teeth. For goodness sake her teeth have a gap but otherwise they are white and look healthy.

      She must be an incredibly strong woman to have put up with all of the judgmental people telling her to get her teeth fixed; especially once she began dating a Prince. Good for her!

      • Deedee says:

        She reminds me of Lauren Hutton. She should keep her natural good looks instead of becoming Waitybot 2.0.

      • Marie Alexis says:

        It’s not JUST the gap. The teeth beside her two front teeth are incredibly tiny, and all the rest look like pointy animal teeth. But hey, I applaud her if she’s comfortable with them. And I certainly agree that the Hollywood standard is ridiculous. But if I was in the public eye, and the media didnt focus on my work because a feature on me was exceptionally bad….I’d consider fixing it. Shoot me!

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        @ Marie Alexis

        Well, at least you did just admit to your own weakness and let a crowd of bullys bully you into considering cosmetic surgery.

    • Montrealise says:

      What’s wrong with her makeup? I think she has a very pretty, natural look. As for her hair – granted, it’s not as perfect as Kate’s, but every time I look at Kate’s hair, all I can think of is the hours and hours she spends in the hairdresser’s chair to get it looking like that. Six hours just for her extensions!

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        @ Montrealise

        Exactly. Taxpayer founded public figures shouldn’t have to consent to unnatural Hollywood standards of fake and surgically enhanced beauty.

        And perhaps Sofia has better things to do than sitting a a hairdresser for six hours. Bless her. She has by no means the same social and financial advantages that Kate had and nevertheless she has turned out better. She worked for a living (thing about glamour modeling whatever you want) and she did some more studies to upgrade her education and it was more practical than Kate’s “history of art” degree. And she worked for charities even before her marrying a prince. And so far no Marilyn moments and Kate has had quite a lot of them, didn’t she?

        I like that Sofia is wearing flats instead of stripper heels which Kate seem to like for public outings.

      • Saywhatwhen says:

        Oi, gimmi this new princess’ style over that of the Duchess of the Black Eyeliner any day. Refreshing! Kate wears too much make-up, ruined her skin and pores with botox and cigarettes. And this woman’s hair and clothes suggest duty was more important than primping for hours.

        Also I get where the Americans would be shocked at her teeth. I am frequently jolted and can never find a place to look when I talk to many Europeans…cosmetic dentistry even if truly needed, takes a back seat. Coffee stains, red wine, tobacco, chocolate-love—all on the continent and in the UK. But Sophia’s makes her look girly and cute—refreshingly human.

    • Eleonor says:

      Perfect unnatural ultrawhite theet are, from a European point of view, a bizarre American obsession.

      • Mary-Alice says:

        Agree. It does seem to be an American thing. It certainly doesn’t matter where I come from (Central Europe) and in Canada. BTWmy dentist here always says he refuses to make teeth that look exactly the same as this is not how they would ever look naturally. He did once spend two hours on one of my slightly chipped teeth to both repair it and keep the natural uneven line at the bottom. It looks perfectly natural.

      • Cran says:

        I’m an American and I agree. We are given models of beauty that are unattainable because they are fake. With all the photoshopping and gobs of makeup and the dental work and the plastic surgery.

        For a blog that claims to be so interested in fashion I am gobsmacked that they so rarely show Fan Bing Bing. Google her. She has style for days.

      • Alice says:

        I’m American and I love natural teeth. Actually, natural everything. I like individuality.

    • Beckysuz says:

      I actually really like her smile. I hate how veneers look. Her teeth make her look more interesting. And the think they said in the article it was raining, which would explain the frizzy hair. Lord knows a drop of moisture and my blowout is dead. I look like a chia pet after five minutes of humidity:)

    • Jaded says:

      Her makeup is “shocking”? What’s shocking about it? That she isn’t plastering on inch thick eyeliner like you-know-who? It’s natural and fresh. As for her hair, it’s natural and fresh as well, not loaded up with extensions and sausage curls. Furthermore, her teeth are just fine – I prefer natural looking teeth to fake veneered Chiclets any day.

      I think you’ve been overexposed to RHOBH or Cambridged to the point where you don’t see or appreciate natural beauty.

    • FuefinaWG says:

      Eh … I’ll chime in on the teeth, too: I agree; her teeth are really unattractive … but I’m American and we like nice teeth.
      (I wore braces when I was a kid but now my teeth have started to shift and I’m going to get Invisalign to correct them and will continue to wear a retainer after the corrections so they don’t shift again.)

      • FLORC says:

        I have good teeth other than 1 single “hightooth” of a “canine” i think it’s called.
        To correct it would be removal of that tooth and replacing it with a smaller custom shaped tooth to fit the spot. Outside of that I have straight and well fomed teeth.
        I hated my smile and it took time to get use to it. If a picture caught me smiling from that angle it was a reminder of an ugly flaw.

        Now it’s better and i’m ok with my smile. Still, being use to cosmetic and unnatural perfection is a quality I struggle to fall into in the states.
        I wish people would just pause and think before passing judgement on natural features. Post cosmetic procedures that are unnecessary? Go for it.

        Even here. I remember my hightooth because of it. Perfection is just a pretty lie imo. And in context of this we mock the truth and admire the lie.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Eh, I’m a U.S. citizen as well, and I DON’T like teeth that look like they came out of a catalog. Her teeth are clearly healthy, not yellowed, and help make her face very distinctive. Wins all around.

      • Bridget says:

        I’m an American and I like her teeth. They have character.

      • Neonscream says:

        Many (plenty of US citizens on this thread like them just fine) Americans don’t like “nice” teeth. They like unnatural, insanely white, exactly the same sized teeth which look as “nice” as plastic boobs and frozen botoxed faces.

    • reality chick says:

      Personally, I’d prefer natural looking, structural sound, healthy teeth than artificial “chicklet” veneers like Kate’s. Talk about obvious – and there was nothing wrong with her teeth in the first place!

    • Annie says:

      Yes, I absolutely agree with you. Her teeth are hideous. You’re a princess, for god’s sake, fix that mess!
      Her eyebrows irk me as well. But she seems to be taking her “job” seriously, with the charities. Good for her!

    • Elisha says:

      I think her teeth are her trademark and add to her unique beauty. She would be so bland without them. They look healthy and white and straight and her hottie husband obviously thinks they’re fine.

    • Grant says:

      I love how everyone is on their high horse talking about how shallow it is to judge the Princess’s jacked up teeth when I LITERALLY just read about twenty comments on another post making fun of Jennifer Aniston for having “man hands.” *eye roll*

      And yeah, her teeth look busted.

    • HoustonGrl says:

      I like her teeth. At least she doesn’t look plastic!

    • Leggomyeggo says:

      I think she is beautiful just the way she is – imperfect teeth and hair blowing in the wind!

    • amilue says:

      I think her teeth are absolutely fine. There’s nothing about them that warrants a *shudder* or multiple exclamation points.

      And her makeup is fine. “Shocking”? Hah — you sound like a drama queen with these wild exaggerations.

      As others have said, she looks like a fashion model from the 70s, and I think that look works very well for her. She’s gorgeous! (And so is her husband…!)

      • ImFlying says:

        I also really like her teeth. I think it adds such a sweet cuteness to her face. They look genuinely in love, very sweet, and both very pretty to look at.

      • ImFlying says:

        Ok, I’m sorry, but I take it all back. I researched this Swedish family, and am horrifed. Fooled once again, but only for a minute, by pretty faces. ….leaves the room with tears, and closes the door.

    • Charlotte15 says:

      Wait, you were being sarcastic about her makeup, right? Genuinely asking because I cannot see what could be considered “shocking” about it!

    • DrMrsTheMonarch says:

      I was born with a gap, and have regretted ever since 6th grade allowing my parents to talk me into letting the orthodontist “fix” me.

      As for the rest, she looks pretty and fresh-faced.

      She’s lovely and natural.

    • Pondering thoughts says:

      Her teeth are fine.
      In Europe people mock the teeth of US Americans because they look all the same. That is ridiculous.

      • Mary-Alice says:

        We do, in fact. LOL In our defense, they look so plastic and the moment they smile… the sun is reflected. ROFL

      • Mel says:

        “In Europe people mock the teeth of US Americans because they look all the same”…

        And that goes even for dentists. My dentist actually had a little “shudder” of disgust when she made a reference to “American” teeth;- I am not making this up.

        Sofia looks absolutely lovely. Yes, her teeth are not perfect, but she is gorgeous otherwise, with very very beautiful eyes. AND she must be a very self-confident and no-nonsense person becuse she knew this sort of scrutiniy was coming, yet she decided to brave it.
        If I were a man, I’d probably fall in love with such a woman myself.

    • Mollie says:

      No problem with her teeth.
      She’s beautiful, they add character, she seems real and sexy.

    • Original T.C. says:

      It’s a cultural thing. In some non-Western (especially African cultures) a woman with a gap in her front teeth is considered really beautiful and fought over. Potato potatoe.

      She’s glowing and looks very loved up. First princess I’ve ever been jealous of LOL.

    • Reeely?? says:

      Her teeth are perfectly imperfect. They are uniform and very clean. Her style is super cool in general and they are a stunning couple. Hope she’s happy and not held up to cheesy Hollywood standards.

  2. kri says:

    Wow. These are two very attractive people. She has that 70’s model vibe. I think she’s pregnant, too. Good luck to them-they seem so happy!

    • Elisa the I. says:

      Yeah, she look preggo! And he is very handsome.

    • Rae says:

      I know they say that two pretty people have bland children, but when I saw these pictures, the the first thing I thought was how beautiful the children will be!

  3. Tough Cookie says:

    Yay!!! My fave royal family. She does look great.

  4. Allie says:

    I think it helps that her husband loves her and wants her to succeed. Will has been only looking out for himself since day one at university. I think Kate gets a lot of unfair flack, because the girl is completely left on her own.

    • OhDear says:

      That’s true. Carl-Phillip seems to actually like Sofia; William seems to tolerate Kate.

      • Red Snapper says:

        I disagree, in terms of helping Kate acclimate to public engagements, Will was very generous before the wedding and during the Canada tour. Kate herself said several times that Will was “taking good care of her”. But something happened or changed, and Will decided he had no more f#cks to give and that’s when the jaw clenched pushing her around began. I suspect that he figured she’d learn the ropes not need so much help. But its been almost five years and she still hasn’t grasped the basics.

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        @ Red Snapper

        Exactly. Kate just didn’t want to learn too much because she doesn’t aspire to do any Royal Duties at all. And William has understood that by now.

        William had basically too few girlfriend to get enough relationship experience. So he wasn’t good at judging his relationships in term of what he needed and wanted. And then he married Kate who has no ambition besides the title. And that was a mistake. I think he has understood that by now and regrets his mistake and somehow tries to keep the facade of a healthy family but it ain’t so. That is why he is away without Kate so often. That is why Carole Middleton has to organise Kate’s family life. And that explains the clenched jaws.
        Additionally apparently he doesn’t have enough affection for Kate to not clench his jaws when she makes mistakes. Some partners in a marriage simply “overlook” such mistakes because they love their partner. I doubt that is the case with William and Kate.

        That family situation will blow up one day. It did with Charles and Diana, too. I just wonder who will be William’s Camilla.

      • aaa says:

        Kate is William’s Camilla. For Camilla and Kate, their “great achievement” is loving a prince. The difference is that the man Camilla loves has a sense of duty as a royal and heir and expects his consort to perform royal work, both on her own and with him and Camilla stepped up to the plate. Kate’s prince is ambivalent about royal work and furthermore has a complex about the media. It would be ironic, to say the least, for William to encourage/order Kate to take on a full schedule of royal work.

        I don’t see the Cambridge’s marriage as being in trouble, but even if it is, I doubt if it is because of Kate being a do-little duchess.

      • FLORC says:

        Kate was the expected choice for William. She was around and he was expected to act or leave. When he chose not to act and leave there was backlash. Even greater backlash to his ego of being refused by other single ladies.
        It’s already been called Jecca is William’s love outside of his marriage. Her and her family have qualities William likes to be associated with. Even if at default he’s only a Middleton.

      • aaa says:

        The Craigs may look good on paper but William is Middleton-whipped through and through.

        I am not a big Will and Kate shipper but I don’t subscribe to William married Kate because no one else would have him, there was a spike in female applicants when it was announced that William was attending St. Andrews, and you can’t tell me that there were not other Marie-Chantal Millers or Carole/Kate combos out there.

        William and Kate’s 2007 break up lasted all of 2-3 months. There were a couple of other brief break ups as well, those break ups seemed to be rooted in William chaffing against being in a serious relationship rather than rejection of Kate herself.

      • FLORC says:

        I’m not disputing there weren’t loads of girls wanting a chance with William. A loads would marry him too.
        The factors being overlooked here are…
        William’s wandering eye as well known to the Uni students and his gfs. William wasn’t secretive or shy about this fact either.
        The girl herself. Was she William’s type? Would she be a decent gf and possible wife or was she just 1 of many who may not have known the true cost of a relationship with him?
        These are just 2 of too many to list and describe.
        And from any Midd pr, a Kate friend source, a William friendly source, 1st hand witnesses and even the late whitaker all stated about the same. William liked Kate being so accomidating and accepting of his behavior. And her family equally so. If Kate challeneged him there was a break up. During the break ups William was rejected by those he pursued. Not the same as those who pursued him. And then there was the major pr backlash against him during the last breakup.

        IMO he married Kate because she by his own admission proved her loyalty to him. She put up with it all and got the ring payoff.

        What it took for Kate to accomidate William was no time for a personal pursuit. When he called if she couldn’t be there he would find someone else who could. This is pattern known behavior from him. Yes, others may have wanted a shot with him, but the true cost was something only Kate would make. And from appearances it turned her into a shell of who she was.

      • aaa says:

        The question I was initially responding to was “Who is William’s Camilla?” and my response was and still is that Kate is William’s Camilla.

        William is/was the alpha in the relationship and Kate accommodated him, but when he chaffed at being in a relationship, she gave him space and ultimately he made his way back to her. There are stories of her mooning over him, but there are also stories of him following her around like a puppy, being protective of her and making assurances to her family. Yes one of their break ups came from Kate giving William an ultimatum, he chose to break up with her but they reconciled a couple months later.

        I don’t recall there being PR backlash against William during the 2007 break up which I assume you are referring to. There was intense speculation about them getting married before the break up, and they still broke up, and after they reconciled there were calls for William and Kate to get formally engaged and set the date but that did not happen for another three years, so I am not seeing William bowing to media pressure in any significant way.

        I don’t recall William pursuing numerous women and getting rejected, he pursued Cressida Bonas’ sister and was rejected by her.

        I agree that Kate being loyal to William was one of the factors that ultimately led to Kate getting the ring. I don’t find that odd or unreasonable.

        I have more problems with pre-marriage Kate not working and/or not taking her work seriously. I also have a problem when she dropped out of a charity event supposedly because of media attention, I don’t even get that and perhaps should have been a red flag. However, I think that all along Kate has been a MRS. woman and it is what it is.

    • COSquared says:

      Yes! If DK hadn’t married someone who didn’t give 2 sh**s about royal duty himself, maybe things would have been different. Just as well, there should be signs of personal EFFORT on her part: I’ve yet to see that.

    • Jib says:

      You can clearly see how much Carl loves Sofia. He either is crazy about her or the best actor in the world.

      I have never seen one picture in which Wlliam was looking at Kate in this loving way. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t think he loves her the same way as Carl loves his wife. And that actually makes me sad for Kate.

      • Vava says:

        I don’t get the impression William is ‘over the moon’ about Kate, either. He gives me the vibe that he only really loves himself. Why Kate is obsessed with him has always escaped me. I can’t see that he treats her very well, but she wanted him, and so she got him. No need to feel sorry for her.

      • FLORC says:

        During the Canada tour William and Kate looked happy. In candid moments and not staged smiles for dozens and dozens of photos taken to get 1 good one. That long can make smiles tired and fake.
        William has looked adoringly at Kate, but it’s not too common. Most glances are overall excitement for the surroundings. At least he’s not sneering. There are a great many of those.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Maybe if we had actually seen them pictured together the first couple years we would have, but William was hyper sensitive to pictures and stories. I remember thinking when they married they had been dating 9-10 years already, they were already in their ‘comfortable/ho hum stage’ with each other.

      • Pondering thoughts says:

        I think that Kate was more of a girlfriend of convenience for William.

  5. Tifygodess24 says:

    Her dress is cute. She looks a bit like Rachael Bilson.

  6. littlemissnaughty says:

    Uh, if she’s pregnant and showing already, wouldn’t she have gotten pregnant before the wedding? Just in reference to the honeymoon baby.

    Anyway, they look great and super happy. I’m sure she’ll do a better job than the other Duchess but who wouldn’t?

    • Miss M says:

      That’s what I thought. If she is, she is in her second trimester.

    • Lillylizard says:

      Most brides lose weight for the wedding, but she was actually more curvy than usual, so I think it’s likely that it is a pre honeymoon baby…..assuming she is pregnant of course.

  7. BooBooLaRue says:

    Baby on board for sure. My oh my, they are a handsome couple! Best wishes!

  8. tracking says:

    Because she seems warm, sincere, and committed and they seem madly in love. Much more appealing than the dull, spoiled UK royals.

  9. Esteph says:

    She looks great!

    Her husband doesn’t look so bad either 🙂

  10. ldub says:

    DAMN! He is f*ckin hot.

    *eases into an ice bath*

  11. vauvert says:

    I strongly side-eyed both at them when they announced the wedding, but if she is stepping up with appearances and doing her part, good for her and him too. She looks dressed appropriately and happy and her makeup and hair are great.
    Kaiser, here is a pet peeve of mine – whenever people say that so and so “braved the rain” it makes me cringe. Since when is rain something to be braved?? But all celeb appearances in the rain apparently carry a badge of honour, courage, etc.

  12. Linn says:

    She looks great and I really like the dress. He doesn’t look too bad either. 😉

    • zinjojo says:

      I really like her dress too, and the shoes are great. I’d happily wear that outfit.

      And yeah, he looks pretty good too.

  13. Tiffany says:

    I know that everyone is saying give her a chance, everyone has a pass. But this woman was traveling the world to find a wealthy man. She did bag one, but required a little extra.

    I see her running to long game for now, but that will change. Those two will go back to doing the bare minimum, have everyday be a vacation and hope to be forgotten about.

    • FLORC says:

      I traveled the world and I was looking for love too. Then I found my guy and it was love. Was that my long game? I think it’s an unfair assumption she traveled the world with the only goal to bag a rich guy.
      And how they stayed together in rough patches of personal attacks while being together it seems to paint them as more than getting lucky. There has to be love for that to survive imo.

    • Tessd says:

      Many and I mean MANY travel the world to find a rich guy but to find one who will be so obviously in love with you is a pure chance.

    • lunchcoma says:

      To the extent this kind of royal work is a job, it’s probably best that it be taken up by people who actually enjoy that kind of lifestyle. If she does actually keep doing her part, I won’t begrudge her having sought out this relationship. It would probably make her happier than Kate, who for all her waitying would probably have been happier with a rich non-prince who would just let her be a housewife, or than Harry’s girlfriends who seem to want to have their own lives.

      • FLORC says:

        I’m glad she’s taken up to help Project Playground. Has Madeleine fully abandon that?

        And good point. This is both a marriage and a job. You can’t claim only 1 when marrying in. It appears Sofia loves both the travel and her husband. This imo is key to getting through the rough patches.

      • aaa says:

        I think you’re thinking of The World Childhood Foundation / Childhood which was founded by Madeleine’s mother, Queen Silvia, that is a different organization than Project Playground.

      • FLORC says:

        It was slightly before she moved to NY. And she was slated to help on Project Playground or had her name attached, but then cancelled and moved away.

      • aaa says:

        Project Playground is a non-profit organization founded by Frida Vesterberg and Sofia Hellqvist, aka Princess Sofia.

      • FLORC says:

        Let me rephrase. I thought Madeleine had a role in Project Playground or was expected to in the future have a role in Project playground before her move to NY. And by role I mean as much as William had in the Invictus Games. As a name attached. Only Madeleine never followed through. Her name (I thought) was linked.

      • aaa says:

        Perhaps but that seems odd. PP was in its infancy at that time. Sofia was Madeleine’s brother’s fairly new yet controversial girlfriend, plus Madeleine was close to Carl Philip’s previous girlfriend. Given those things, I find it hard to believe that of all the charities that Madeleine would affiliate herself with, even tangentially, she would select Project Playground. Maybe it was a false, tabloid story.

      • FLORC says:

        Yes PP was very very young then. And it was attaching for goodwill to madeleine. It’s covered on this site. just before the move to NY timeline with Princess Madeleine as akey word.

      • aaa says:

        A decent amount of ink has been devoted to Madeleine’s and Sofia’s relationship and I haven’t read that. I am not disputing that you read it, I am disputing that what you read was true.

  14. Talie says:

    Yeah, she’s def. pregnant. More like a wedding night baby, though. Ha!

  15. Ohreallynow says:

    I agree with above posters that I think he actually loves and cares about her and its obvious where with William, not so sure. If Kate showed up in those shoes, her hair like that, etc….this site would be all over her. I think Sofia looks pretty so its not my complaint.

    • FLORC says:

      Kate has worn similar outfits. Here’s the seperation. Sophia hasn’t flashed us her bits and it the dress flew up I’d hope there was underwear atleast.
      The hair flying around bothers me.
      In total though, people can nitpick the outfits and styling, but if decency is practiced and the appearance of a sincere effort to your duties is clear the vanity styling bs all falls away.

      Just as Kate. When she works she gets a huge pass on a lot of superficial stuff by the majority. Just because a few nitpick over the shoes or hair doesn’t mean people are al tearing her apart.

      • Ohreallynow says:

        I still think this site would be all over Kate for wearing those shoes or having her hair like that regardless of how much she worked or what she has or hasn’t flashed. Just my opinion.

      • FLORC says:

        I’m 1 of the majority that has wished Kate would wear smaller heels and has nothing but praise when she does. There’s a tiny handful that attack no matter what and that tiny handful should not spoil the batch. And there will forever be those comments. So, by this site you mean 5 screen names out of 8 – 200 comments attacking her footwear for being reasonable?

        I can’t think of a single time i’ve read a negative comment when Kate wore flats or smaller heels. Can you?

      • Mary-Alice says:

        Of course there have been numerous negative comments on Kate’s flats. I clearly remember recently her boat shoes were called “fugly” and similar more than ones. I never understood this as boat shoes are like this and they are appropriate and very comfortable when you go sailing or visiting such places or even on a lawn.

      • FLORC says:

        That’s a personal preference and maybe evven a practical preference. Not Kate wears awful heels/Kate wears awful flats. Not really attacking her directly.
        And still. Some shoes are cute and some fugly. Because she might wear fugly flats does that mean we should not say our opinions without assuming it will be seen as only an attack and not an opinion on fashion?

        I did a search to the yacht thread. Few mentions negative and many positive. The larger issue was she looked to be wearing shoes that would harm the deck. Special shoes are required and she did not have them.

        And still. This isn’t an issue and shouldn’t be listed as negative without cause. Though some do only attack it’s extremely rare and that minority should not be held as enough to claim she can’t win and is always attacked.

      • Mary-Alice says:

        let’s get back to what I responded to, shall we? That you can’t recall a single (!) negative comment regarding her flats. Well, I pointed out more than one. I am not interested in any further linguistic games and twisting of otherwise very simple sentences. I’ve noticed you like to wound discussions this way and that but I am a very straight forward person and prefer to stick to the topic. Further generalizations and observations what could be call this or that are not of any interest to me. Her flats were criticized, end of story. Oh, and btw, as someone sailing regulalrly, I find it extremely snobbish to criticize people, whoever they are, for not having the exact non hurting the surface of the deck (!) shoes. Of all things. Please. It’s ridiculous. Decks get redone each fall!

      • FLORC says:

        Not a single specific one, no. I’m not disputing it’s happened. Just things are always said, but it doesn’t carry weight as it passes by as a hollow attack.
        You’ve pointed out they have happened. There’s the difference. And there will always be criticism. If it’s just nonsense why pay attention? Go on any thread. They
        all have a negative opinion.

        Regarding deck shoes and the deck. That’s the logic of tossing trash on the floor and claiming the maid will come later and clean it up. The trash there now will soon be repaired/gone and that’s not a justification imo.

    • zinjojo says:

      Why would anyone be all over DK for wearing those shoes? I just commented upstream about how much I like her shoes — they’re cute and appropriate flats. They’re way better than the wedges of doom!

      • Ohreallynow says:

        I’m just using the shoes as an example. I don’t hate them. I don’t hate the wedges either. I wouldn’t wear them but my daughters and their friends probably would. I don’t dislike either of them. I think they are both pretty girls that will be criticized no matter what they do or don’t do in a public way.

      • FLORC says:

        Regarding do or don’t criticism. It’s an argument that no one can win at. Because there’s any criticism. Even Constructive or not praise can be deemed negative and can’t win. Must it be win or lose? Positive or negative? Will someone saying her shoes are not the same shade as her coat really get marked up as a negative Kate can’t win? Or can it just be someone stating their personal preference of matching shades?

        And everyone in the public puts themselves out there. Doing so bbrings you to people who have opinions and some voice them. Is there anyone who can win at that?
        Jolie Visits Survivors of Assaults. Speaks at UN for more action and less talk. Good, right? Oh , but I heard she stole her husband and is too thin.

        See my point in this unintentional rant? Tone might seem aggressive rereading, but it’s not meant to be.

    • bluhare says:

      I do think the dress is a bit short, but that’s all I’ve got on it.

  16. aaa says:

    Sofia could be pregnant but she’s also is a bit thick-waisted and/or any weight gain goes to her waist first. I think that we’re going to get a lot of burrito babies with this one.

  17. Kiki says:

    I am just up to here with this. And I would like to ask a question without being condescending, what is with Swedish men and women that people are so fascinating with them. Because I think the most beautiful people are black men and women in African and any where African.

    • Linn says:

      And I think that saying the most beautiful people come from country x or race y is stupid to begin with. There are beautiful/stunning people and not quite so attractive people everywhere.

    • wolfie says:

      Swede’s can be dull like everyone else – but inner beauty bestows the greater grace and charm.

      • FLORC says:

        There’s much to be said for inner beauty.

        When I was in Jamaica the local men treasured white women. White gold was the term. And the white men traveling there treasured the local women because well they were hot. It’s really perspective. And still, Inner beauty will always win out. It can make the physically unappealing features fade away.

    • cr says:

      Having been to Sweden, I think Swedes are a very beautiful people. But since I’m pretty catholic in my tastes, I think every country has people beautiful people.
      So in my case, if I were to mention that I think Swedes, or Norwegians, or whomever are very attractive, it wouldn’t mean that I think that no other country has attractive people.

      • Kiki says:

        I understand inner beauty like anyon else. But every media is put so much emphasis on Eurocentric beauty that is a good /great thing. An as a black beautiful Caribbean woman, it really tired some and just down right dull. So yes, everyone is beautiful, but putting a specific ethnic group on a pedestal is just wrong. I am welcome with black lash.

      • hmph says:

        It is about the individual, not a specific continent or country.
        I am black too and I have seen beautiful people all over the world and I actually think Sofia is the most beautiful princess of the European princesses. I don’t find Kate M attractive at all, or any of the other ones.

      • FLORC says:

        Princess Estelle is lovely.

  18. Lea says:

    A few weeks ago the 3 siblings, their spouses plus the kids went on a private bicycle trip together. The photos show a normal very warm family. No sign that Victoria or Madeleine don’t like her. And not to forget her husband visibly adores her. She feels loved and is in love. So no wonder Sofia looks rested and uses her energy for royal work.

  19. Ang says:

    Damn Carl- Phillip is Hot!! they look happy.

  20. Who ARE these people? says:

    Insta-response to headline:

    “Who wouldn’t be?”

  21. INeedANap says:

    And her dress stayed down!

    • Julaine says:

      Not really. There is a shot available of her stepping on the boat at one point in that silk dress and 4in black pumps. She lifted her leg so high that the dress rode completely up to her crotch. If she was wearing underwear it must have been of the thong variety. Shots of her getting off the boat show her in flats. She obviously realized her mistake and did an immediate course correction and changed shoes. To be fair, she was faced with a difficult task of climbing from the dock to the bow of the boat, especially in very high stilettos. It would be a difficult task for any woman in heels to execute the maneuver and someone obviously failed to think through the logistics involved prior to the event, but if we are going to criticize the Duchess of Cambridge for every wind gust she encounters then the standards should be applied equally to all the royal women.

      • FLORC says:

        I haven’t see those photos, but…
        If she made an instant correction and learned from the moment it’s a win. Maybe after this her hems will drop or the weighted material will will come in. IF this becomes a pattern of dozens of flashes like Kate she will get equally criticized. And imo it will be constructive and deserved until the error is fixed.

  22. Laura says:

    Beautiful couple, my favorite royal couple! Sweden is a gorgeous country and deserves the coverage. Sofia is doing a super job; the naysayers will drop by the wayside as she continues to stun. She is natural as a beauty and a person. Royal life hasn’t changed her. (Yet, at least!). Keep up your coverage of this wonderful couple! Hope Sofia is pregnant! Yay!

    • Mary-Alice says:

      Sweden is gorgeous indeed but what I found much more appealing was the unforgettable atmosphere of coolness and laid back attitude. Very cool people! I also greatly admire this kind of m8ral principle (I forgot the Swedish word for it) where bragging or showing off is just unacceptable. When I worked in Sweden and for a Swedish company I realized that if I love IKEA, I should go for it. 🙂

  23. LAK says:

    Now here is a couple that don’t allow for public speculation about whatever love means. No public convoluted made up excuses like ‘royals can’t touch or appear human in public’ to explain away the obvious cold freeze between other royals.

    I think her hair is so much better this shade than the mistress Elvira shade she had pre-wedding.

    The girl looks visibly engaged and happy and not afraid of her public.

    It helps that her prince is helping her.

    And my goodness, a royal not caked in make up and sausage curls, clearly she didn’t attend the disney module of ‘princess lessons’

    At this point, based on this one appearance, i’d say she’s miles ahead of our Darling Duchess.

    • FLORC says:

      She appears at ease and natural with this. She’s winning me over.

      And I LOVE her natural styling. Light makeup, simple hair, simple outfit. She came there to look respectful and appropriate, but also nice. Like she’s spending more time engaged and aware in the event than it took time to get ready for it.

      My 1st thought after reading this was “ruhroh, she’s making this look easy.”

    • Small town says:

      Disney module 😂

      I’m still giggling

  24. OTHER RENEE says:

    So they made a few appearances, big deal. She will never be subject to the worldwide and constant scrutiny and criticism that Kate has and will continue to endure on a daily basis.

    • FLORC says:

      Maybe not, but the criticism is FAR worse. Kate gets minimal criticism. The complaints are basic of not working. Not calling her terrible names for her past or continuing to bring up eery mistake she’s ever made. Kate has Massive protection from that. So, while more publications might give criticisms it’s on par with hair down, hemlines up, and another vacation piled under majority of positive and glowing articles.

      You think if Sophia acted like Kate she would get less criticism than Kate has at her lowest pr low? No way. It would be a lot worse.

    • Ohreallynow says:

      I agree Other Renee…I’ve never even heard of them until recently b/c of this site but everyone knows the British royals. A lot more criticism of Kate in my opinion even if she gets a pass for some things…she still gets a lot more scrutiny.

    • Krishan says:

      I don’t get the logic of this comparison. So Kate has worldwide media attention… does that mean she shouldn’t work because the pressure may be too much? Is it alright for Kate to be so lazy because the public and media rain attention on her?

      Or do you mean that Sofia is ‘unknown’ compared to Kate so Sofia’s work and activities don’t count just because it’s not covered by international media?

      Do you think if Kate faded into obscurity she will suddenly work harder because there would be no cameras and public to expect anything of her?

      Sofia may not be as exposed to the world as Kate is but that does not negate the fact that Sofia works and looks happy to do it. Using their media exposure as an argument only emphasizes that Kate, who has a huge platform to do so much and a lot of good, refuses to step up while Sofia whom many of you have never heard of is actively working and on a much smaller platform and exposure to boot.

      • Lillylizard says:

        Not to mention the fact that Sophia has worked to support herself her entire life and all her previous bosses have had nothing but praise for her work ethic. Unlike Kate who has lived off her parents her entire life and her only two bosses have been her mother and a friend of the family , the friend of the family virtually fired her because she had no work ethic what so ever.

      • FLORC says:

        Her Jigsaw boss did not fire Kate at all. Kate left after a short time working there as a tea prepper essentially. The job was tailored to Kate. She could work only a few hours a week and leave at a moments notice for any reason. Her job was a favor and was ot needed to run any part of the business.
        Still, she left on her own.

  25. kitty28 says:

    Beautiful couple! Very refreshing to see a pair that are happy and in love. Would love to hear more about them anytime

    • FLORC says:

      Same and it doesn’t have to be in a them vs Cambridges way either. They’re lovely! And I say that thinking their union was doomed early on.

  26. Lucky Charm says:

    I don’t think she’s pregnant. She wouldn’t be showing this soon unless she was five feet tall, or Jill Duggar Dillard. I think it’s more likely she hasn’t been as stringent about diet and exercise after the wedding, and just enjoying relaxing and eating good food during the honeymoon. Now that she’s back to real life she’ll lose the few pounds she’s gained. But I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if she were to get pregnant in the next couple of months. They’ll make cute babies!

  27. Pumpkin Pie says:

    They look very happy together and at ease with each other. Nothing forced, nothing fake. And she does appear to be pregnant, congratulations to both of them.
    I doubt she received more thorough princess lessons, IMO the difference between the two is that Princess Sofia she wanted to take responsibility and represent the Crown well, and Kate Middleton didn’t. And I say no more.

  28. JH says:

    I am so jealous. He is so hot and obviously so in love with her.

  29. Kelly says:

    There is some seriously gorgeous DNA in the Scandinavian countries. The Swedish royal family seems both likeable and, well, beautiful.

    Plus they look really in love, like they truly enjoy each others company. Nice to be able to write something nice.

    Last year we hosted a boy from Norway, 6′ 4″. When we went to the AFS parties, the Scandinavian group looked the cast of the elves in LOTR.

    • FLORC says:

      This comment made me lol!

    • Mary-Alice says:

      When I worked there I had a crush even on my manager which is just a no in my book. But couldn’t help with such handsomeness. Those men were just gorgeous. Tall, strong, fit vikings. Oh.

  30. SHARYLMJ says:

    HOLY MOLY!!!! They are beautiful and IN LOVE!!!!
    He’s so hot!! and she is glowing…

  31. Tessd says:

    She’s not pregnant, she just got married! People start showing at 6 months minimum! And I don’t think she got knocked up before the wedding.

    • Malificent says:

      At 6 months that most women start to look “obviously” pregnant. However, I think most typically start to show at 4 or 5 months on a first pregnancy, but it’s more just a little thickening at the waist that could just as easily be menstrual bloat or a few too many burritos. My first thought when I saw the photo was that she was 4 or 5 months — which would mean that she was a month or two pregnant during the wedding.

      There are always exceptions of course. My large-boned, plump friend who didn’t look obviously pregnant with twins until 8 months. Or my tiny-boned, size 2 sister who was showing with a singleton at 3 months.

  32. Vava says:

    There are going to be comparisons between her and Kate, yes. I see nothing wrong with that. As far as being better at ‘duchessing’, well…..most people would be better at that than Kate. Even when Kate does make public appearances, a lot of times she is uncomfortable and looks bored (unless there is some attractive man nearby or she’s on some exotic ‘tour’.)

    This couple is obviously very much in love. Her prince is very hot, unlike William!!! Can you imagine William treating Kate this well? I can’t.

  33. Murphy says:

    man oh man, the European gossipers/message boards really hate her so I’m glad to see this positive article. She has the ability to better herself and she’s doing it, I respect that.

    • FLORC says:

      Everyone loves an underdog. The story of people being human and making mistakes, but moving forward. This is universal. People are not perfect and it rings manipulative to display them as if they are. That things have been so brutally honest with Sofia and to see her doing well and even thriving it’s refreshing.

  34. K says:

    Why is it a competition? Why the need to put these two women against each other?

    I get Kate might be bad at her job but I don’t know or care as she’s a princess it’s bullsh*t so let’s all calm down but what does it have to do with this woman.

    Seriously they are princesses I just can’t care what they do. Which I’m sure is helped by my not paying for them.

    • mazzie says:

      That’s nice for you. The rest of us who do have to pay for them (I’m Canadian so guess who has to pay for them when they visit. Even the foreign ones since we cover security.), do care what they do.

      • FLORC says:

        And the countries they visit pick up the tab also.

      • Mary-Alice says:

        Don’t forget the staff related to being in the Commonwealth that we pay for too! Lieutenant -Governors with all their offices and army of staff, security, etc. Governor -General with even more of those, etc.

    • Vava says:

      Royal wives will always be compared, and yes, some people are more concerned about what those people are doing to warrant their extravagant lifestyle, but they shouldn’t be told to “calm down”. There are legitimate concerns.

  35. Betti says:

    I am very jealous of the Swedes – they have royal couples who are not only in love BUT ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT THEIR DUTIES AND MAKE AN EFFORT. Plus, CP is waaay better looking that Normal Bill ever was and very supportive of his wife – this is love, don’t know what the Dolittles are trying to sell us but it ain’t burning love but we all know he only married his ‘shag on call’ cause no one else would have him.

    The thing that i like most about Sophia is that there is a spark in her eyes; all you see in Kate’s is emptiness, hidden under all the hair, tan and teeth.

  36. lunchcoma says:

    Is “royal work” really so very terrible? I’m not denying that the working royals do seem to be quite busy with their charitable activities, but when I googled a bit to see what Princess Anne (one of the busiest royals) does, it seems like she’s able to choose patronages that match her interest and as if some of her work involves travel to interesting places.

    I’m sure it’s a lot of pressure to have everyone very focused on your clothing, your hair, and your manners at all time, but even as an introvert who doesn’t care for public speaking, I can easily think of a number of causes I’d enjoy being able to lend some support to and a number of places I’d love to visit.

    • zinjojo says:

      It seems like it could be an amazing opportunity, even though the role comes with scrutiny and pressure (but what job doesn’t?). I think about being able to choose the causes you can work for and influence and the good you can do, and then I think of Duchess Kate who doesn’t seem to have any interest in that at all.

      I know there are always the Princess Diana comparisons, and no one can live up to a memory (not to mention Diana’s personal issues) but she brought attention to causes like AIDS at a time the world needed it. To think of having that type of a platform and not use it or care to in any way, makes me crazy and is why I’ve become so turned off DK and the petulant prince.

    • Lillylizard says:

      I would hate the life they lead , the perks are fine but the day to day photo calls , glued on smile and public handshaking would send me up the wall PDQ. You have to have the right kind of temperament to fit that life, it’s not as if Kate didn’t have 10years warning of what she was getting into so I’m not in the least bit sorry for her. Neither William nor Kate have the right personality or sense of duty , which means they are abysmal at the job and too uppity to even try and fake it.

      Anne on the otherhand doesn’t really have the right temperament for the endless BS either but like her mother she does her duty, close to 400 events a year and none of the glamour stuff , it’s a constant daily round of ‘The Annual Dinner at Fish Mongers Hall for retired merchant sailors’ or ‘ The opening of the new canteen at the Spoon Makers Factory in Nottingham’ and never a (public) complaint from her.

  37. SavageGrace says:

    Uhhhh… no. Just… no.

  38. Jayna says:

    Wasn’t he just a lazy prince all this time, off doing his own thing most of the time, not some hard-working prince? That’s what I thought I read. So comparing them to Will and Kate and trying to hold them up as so wonderful, working hard, might be ignoring the type of prince he’s been and a little premature as a married couple on how hard they will utimately work regarding appearances.

    • Lea says:

      He was never lazy. Thing is there is little known about him international and his gf/now wife was a model and reality star so people automatically think he is a lazy boy.

      Carl-Philip studied design and agriculture and of course he had the obligatory royal military career. He currently has more than one job while supporting several charities and doing some royal duties as little brother of the Future Queen who does the main work.

      In short:
      1. Carl-Philip co-owns a silverware company and succesfully designs cutlery (very scandinavian “easy stylish” (yeah, i would call it ikea style ;).
      He also designes CD covers and calenders for charities. I remember he won some design award with a proposal that he submitted under a pseudonym… can´t remember what it was, but it made a good story.
      2. He is a photographer and worked for National Geograpic. He even had his own exhibition with his nature photographs.
      3. he is as race driver… and that´s the only thing people remember cuz he´s a rich frat boy and likes cars and models 😉

      • Cricket says:

        thanks for the additional info on him. I love hearing about this family and think they all are very interesting. I hope CB begins more coverage of them as a whole. They all seem well matched with their spouses and little Estelle is adorable!

        Now on a superficial note, normal Bill looks more like the frog while CP is a real prince charming. He has a great, genuine smile and reminds me of the Lauren Polo dude.

    • SavageGrace says:

      The comparison between Carl Philip & William alone is very good as both are immature and duty-shy, and both like to drink/party. And, kind of like William gets away with stuff because, you know, mummy… Carl Philip’s Daddy also lets him do whatever he wants because evil Parliament took away his birthright as heir, instead giving it to a g-g-g-g-GIRL. Parliament is evil! 🙁

      Anyway – Carl Philip is a “designer” who AT LEAST once plagiarized a design & was publicly called out for it – though I’ve seen comparisons on forums to a few other of his work since then that were very clearly GREATLY “inspired” (hint-hint, nudge-nudge) by other people’s work/designs.

      And he’s also a “race car driver” – who has no chance of ever making it to NASCAR…. just sayyin’.

      IMO, people should give Sofia 4-5 years before deeming her to be a perfect royal or better than so-and-so. I fear once the newness wears off and the spotlight fades, she’ll end up being another Kate. We’ll see 🙂

      • FLORC says:

        There’s copying line for line with identical proportions and there’s taking inspiration. Generally you can prve with your body of work you’ve interpreted the inspiration and didn’t copy. I looked this up and he didn’t copy.

  39. waitwhat says:

    I just don’t get the Kate-hate. Imagine if Kate had posed topless, done a reality show, kissed a girl, had tattoos, and showed up to work in a shirtdress with frizzy hair. Oh wait! She’s done all but 2 of the above…but Sofia is soooo much better because….? Both these women did whatever it took to land rich, nobles and good for them. They are both beautiful, sophisticated women who got what they wanted in life. The criticism directed towards them is a bit sexist. I believe they both do as they are told and don’t rock the boat too much.

    • Betti says:

      Kate may not have posed topless but she allegedly tipped off the pap that took photo’s of her topless (and Will rubbing sun cream on her ass) when they were on a private holiday at a ‘private’ villa owned by his cousin (Viscount Linley) a few years before the wedding. Kate is just as much as an exhibitionist as Sophia was – the difference is that Sophia stopped that behaviour when she got with her Prince, Kate carried on flashing the royal biscuit until recently when she finally started putting weights in her clothes.

      • Vava says:

        I think the “sun cream on the ass” incident took place after they were married. The vacation in France just before their royal ‘tour’ (when they were supposed to be at the paralympics….).

      • FLORC says:

        It did Vava
        To the rest. I can’t roll my eyes anymore. All the links, the direct palace statements, proven and documented actions. It’s all been explained. It’s like it’s overlooked and dismissed because it shatters the formed image.

    • Snappyfish says:

      @waitwhat…exactly!! Well said & lest we forget Diana did the same…the do whatever to land her prince part!

      • Riree says:

        Yep. People love to criticize women. We don’t see men who marry royals getting this type of scrutiny ever.

  40. I luckily got to fly to Stockholm for the weekend of their wedding and was at the front of the line to wave to them after the wedding. She looked so happy, it really stuck with me. You could see in her eyes that she was over-the-moon excited. Him too. She’s starting to grow on me for sure. And I love that she wore flats to some of these engagements. She just seems really comfortable in her role, literally and figuratively. 😉

  41. Lama Bean says:

    Since we are doing comparisons to Waity, I figured I would include this. I can’t decide if People is shading Kate or not, but I believe they are and it’s hilarious.,,20395222_20948483,00.html

    “Princess Mette-Marit Uninjured After Car Accident on Her Anniversary”

    1. Who?
    2. Great that she’s ok.
    3. What I’m reading here is “She was in a car accident, took a day off, and is resuming her royal activities which include 5 engagements next week”

    Hence, my interpretation as royal shade.

  42. Isa says:

    my husband says she looks like Tom Brady.

    I prefer the veneered, sparkly white teeth mentioned in the beginning of the comments. But she has a natural glow and there’s something pretty cute about her smile.

  43. aaa says:

    I think that Sofia is currently experiencing a honeymoon with the media, as did Kate, although Sofia got considerable mud thrown at her by royal watchers prior to becoming a princess.

    With both Kate and Sofia there are people who always hated them and always will, but from what I’ve read Kate had far more fans and supporters but a good chunk of the goodwill she had has eroded. If Sofia becomes a visible, working royal, is pleasant and doesn’t bring scandal to the Swedish Royal Family, I’m not talking tattoos and hair color, I’m talking toe sucking and Ashley Madison accounts, then I predict that she will continue to be viewed favorably.

  44. seesittellsit says:

    Sofia looks all right (and yes, unless she ate up a storm on honeymoon, she does look a bit In the Club . . . but then, her sister-in-law, Pss. Madeleine was either pregnant at her wedding or got pregnant the same day), but you also have to remember she’s married to Sweden’s Prince Harry, not the Heir to the Throne, so she can relax a bit more, it’s not quite as tough. Middleton’s makeup has always been heavy because she’s trying to pull off the I-Was-Born-An-English-Rose-Like-Diana look, and she 1) hasn’t got that kind of complexion, and 2) has small eyes, one of which is half the width of the other. So Kate piles the makeup on.

    I have no problem with Sofia’s teeth – I think she looks human and endearing. Her hair could use some managing and her clothes are a bit odd in that Scandinavian sort of way . . .

    Lastly, the monarchy in Sweden has been under heavy criticism and falling favor for awhile, so it behooves everyone to look like they’re working hard . . . whereas the British monarchy still seems to be coated with Teflon . . .

  45. mrsrockstar says:

    The contrast between Prince Carl-Phillip and Prince William on looks alone is mind boggling. Who would you want to come home to in your want to marry a Prince fantasy? And as a couple they give off a happy newlywed vibe. Very sweet.

  46. ladyg says:

    This couple! I find them so endearing.

  47. TotallyBiased says:

    I have it!
    She looks happy to be there.
    THAT’s your Big Difference.

  48. brincalhona says:

    According to posts on this site, women cannot have short hair, a fringe/bangs, or a centre parting without coming in for criticism. Neither can they choose to cover their heads to avoid judgements based on their appearance. I’d love to know which one-hairstyle-fits-all is acceptable.

  49. aquarius64 says:

    With the comparisons of Kate and Sofia, there’s one detail that the press loves to leave out:

    Kate will one day be queen (if she doesn’t muck it up) and she’s the mother of a future king.
    Sofia will never be queen, nor she will be the mother of a future sovereign of Sweden. Three-year-old Princess Estelle has preeminence over Sofia due to the fact Estelle is a future queen like her mother Victoria.

    Carl Philip is no prize to me, regardless of looks. This is the same prince that was on the losing end of a slap/bar fight in Cannes in 2012. He could have walked away when some guy insulted Sofia, but he couldn’t handle himself when he decided to engage? Carl Philip, a member of Sweden’s armed forces? Given the three Americans and one Briton who took down an armed terror suspect on a train in France (two were US enlisted men) Carl Philip leaves very little to be desired.

    • Snappyfish says:

      This!! (But I do think Carl Philip is cute)

    • TessD says:

      So someone insulted Sofia and her boyfriend got into a fight with the guy? I like him even more now!

      • FLORC says:

        He was wasted and those insulting Sofia were prompting him for a reaction they could get pictures of and use against him as bad press. He fell for it instead of holding poise and dealing with it with grace. He should have known better and there were many ways to have handled that where he didn’t act like a fool reflecting poorly on all his family.

      • evermore says:

        I liked that video in Cannes when Sofia went to Carl Phillip’s defense and had his back too, she got in the fight and went after the guy too. After that , I thought well Sofia can handle herself in a fight. LOL
        People need to look at the video, because Sofia was totally willing to fight too. She’s went Viking woman on the guy, she was not scared one bit. lol

  50. khaveman says:

    She’s reminding me of a brunette Claudia Schiffer — meaning very pretty. I’m glad she looks so happy. Wouldn’t you, with that husband? Good luck to them!

  51. MyLittlePony says:

    Never have I seen a man so much in love with his bride as he was on their wedding day. She seems to be doing a good job with the duchessing, and there seems to be a baby soon, too. Very good!

    • evermore says:

      Yes. Fully agree.
      I wonder if the rumors are true that his sister Crown Princess Victoria is pregnant and the plan is to let Victoria announce first, then Sofia.

      • aquarius64 says:

        I heard the rumors about Victoria’s maybe pregnancy too. If Victoria is pregnant, her and Daniel’s second child will be third in line to the throne, pushing Carl Philip, and everyone else, back a spot. Carl Philip and Sofia’s child, under that circumstance, would be fifth in line, pushing Madeleine and her two children back a spot. I think the focus will be on Victoria’s and Daniel’s child (if true) for that child would be the spare, the child of the heiress apparent.

        Also, if CP & Sofia do a repeat of Cannes, the reaction would be worse. Sofia can’t be a ride-or-die girl anymore. Carl Philip better have learned to check himself if someone at an event brings up Sofia’s past. It could be a bigger embarrassment to the royal family.

  52. Rockin Robin says:

    I like them alot. They do seem genuinely happy. What an attractive couple!

  53. stinky says:

    Why are folks ragging on Kate?… She’s got two freakin babies. Why shouldnt she be with THEM.
    The public doesnt need to see her ‘working’ every day/week/month.
    She’s working on something else right now – the royal offspring. jesus.
    I dont even LIKE kids, but criminy. Who cares whether she masquerades around doing ‘work’.
    And bringing it back to the discussion of teeth?
    The fresh princess has teeth that are bordering deformity – and im not talking about her gap.
    Those are messed up teeth, and no ones saying she has to get fake, white, ‘American’ veneers. One can handle their teeth without getting veneers.
    The truth really DOES hurt some people.

    • margaret says:

      Stinky – your sign-on name says it all. As someone said up the thread, I’m all for natural teeth v.s. chicklet veneers like Duchess Kate. Unless a qualified dentist deems otherwise, her teeth are not deformed and if they were, I’m sure she’d get the appropriate treatment. Not everyone is vain like Kate et. al.

    • FLORC says:

      Kate is very often spotted for hours or days away from her kids while still using them as a reason for not working. Along with an army of staff with several dedicated to G and C she has time and does use to away from her kids.If she can find so much time why can’t there be work scheduled in once a week for 45 minutes? Is she only capable if doing thing? Once a woman has children are her duties no longer possible? This is the basic defense i’m reading from you and it belittles working moms.

      • stinky says:

        .. im back w/ my stink… late I know… this thread is long over 🙂 but I actually don’t think suggesting that someone should be able to hang w/ their kids and not work belittles working moms in any manner. moms who want to work, go ahead! moms who don’t have to & don’t want to shouldn’t HAVE to. come on.

  54. Elena says:

    It seems like this kind of princess could only become a princess in Sweden. She has a rather bad background where she’s been exploiting herself in a magazine (almost like playboy) has been in the tv show paradise hotel, where she did and said lots of stupid things. Not a role model.