Princess Sofia debuts a ‘Kate-inspired lob’ in Stockholm: love it or hate it?


Here are some photos of the younger Swedish royals out and about in Stockholm this week. They gathered for a Christmas concert (?) at the Swedish Academy. Princess Madeleine, Princess Victoria, Prince Carl-Philip, Princess Sofia and more were all in attendance. Sofia and Victoria are both knocked up right now. I think Victoria is further along than Sofia (Victoria announced before Sofia), but they’ll probably give birth within a few months of each other.

Last week, Victoria and Daniel released this absolutely adorable video of their family cooking traditional Swedish food in preparations for the holiday. While I have no idea what they’re saying, the body language is amazing. Estelle is an utterly adored child, and Daniel and Victoria are very much in love with each other and their daughter. They seem like great, hands-on parents too. I love the hug between Daniel and Victoria!!! You can see how pregnant she is!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a royal post if we weren’t talking about someone’s hair. Princess Sofia got a haircut! And People Magazine calls it a Duchess Kate-inspired “lob.” It really just looks like a severe trim to me – she maybe had two or three inches taken off. I like that Sofia has been going darker and darker too – the rich brunette shade really suits her.


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  1. Natalie says:

    Okay, I’m not a kid and I actually have kids of my own, but I want Daniel and Victoria to adopt me. I want to hang out in a cabin in Sweden and make pastry.

    • Des says:

      I wonder what Victoria’s cheating ex thinks when he sees these adorable videos and pix.

      • Linn says:

        Does Victoria have a cheating ex as well or are you confusing her with her sister Madeleine?

        Sofia looks good as always although I don’t see anything Kate inspired in her haircut.
        I guess I’ve been copying Kate for a while now without knowing it, cause my hair looks similar.

      • Wendy says:

        Do you mean Madeleine’s cheating ex, Jonas ? He’s now married with child(ren) too.
        But Madeleine also has adorable kids and a husband who clearly adores her. She posted today a new picture of her six-month old son Prince Nicolas with Santa on her Facebook page !

    • India Andrews says:

      Me too! I want in the cottage.

  2. Pandy says:

    It IS a slow gossip week! A few inches trimmed makes the news?

    • FLORC says:

      Did you read the Article? It’s not really about her hair. That’s just People Mag with their head up the Cambridges.. You know.
      This is a summation of what the lovely SRF has been up to. They’ve all been consistently working.

  3. Crumpet says:

    I think the dark hair makes her look a little hard. But adorable family, yes.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah, the lighter brown she had before lookd much better. The cut I like, although I wish she’d cut motmre off – a full bob would look great on her.

    • Amber says:

      Totally agree. She seems to have dyed it back, (I noticed it at the Nobel’s too), and it looked so much better when she lightened it after the wedding. I also hope this is a baby step to an actual lob and she takes a few more inches off.

  4. snowflake says:

    I love her hair, the color and cut! I want my hair that color, but it always lightens up and turns reddish.

    • Paleokifaru says:

      The few times I died my hair I also had the same problem whether from a box or salon. So I gave up.

      I really like this on her but I do sort of miss the 70s vibe she had going with the long hair. She really pulled it off and still managed to look polished and professional. I liked that she seemed to have her own spin on a professional royal look.

  5. Wiffie says:

    Almost looks like lefse, but too thick…. What are they making? Anyone know?

    They are darling, I’ve always loved them. Estelle is sweet and beautiful, too!

  6. Deedee says:

    That video with Estelle is everything! It really puts me in a holiday mood.

    • lisa2 says:

      They look like a normal family..and you can see real love and affection. Very sweet moment when they hugged each other. She looks adorable pregnant..and so happy and relaxed.

    • FLORC says:

      What’s great is Estelle didn’t walk out on this video like the last one. She was over it and just took her leave of it 😀 Like a boss

  7. LAK says:

    What is wrong with these royals? Don’t they know all this engaging with their public and each other is common!!

    They need a course in how to patronise your public by Petit trianon-ing your life, and kids must be hidden unless you need PR to deflect unrest formenting in the public.

    On a different note, does anyone think Sofia resembles Frida from ABBA?

    • FLORC says:

      These royals are doing it all wrong. And they’re only hurting Estelle long term expoing her to the public and her duties gradually. Won’t that ruin her childhood? She must be hidden!

      I don’t see the frida resemblence. Sorry!

    • Deedee says:

      Don’t they have a tennis court that needs moving? Get with the program, Swedish royals!

  8. Murphy says:

    Regardless of your opinion of Sofia’s past–I love that she is styled Princess Sofia, and Kate is NOT Princess Kate. Also it took Kate like 10 years to finally get the ring, Sofia did it in like a year. Mahahaha.

    • Karen says:

      ^ the Swedish royals titled her princess sofia, that’s her name. The brits titled kate Catherine, DoC not princess.. DoC is a long title and no one calls her Catherine, so Kate Middleton is more recognizable.

      And sofia and carl philip took 5 years to get engaged. They started up right when (or caused) CP broke up with his GF of 10 years.

    • mayamae says:

      Why does it have to be a competition? And is getting a ring on your finger the fastest really something to be admired? What’s next? The one who produces the most kids triumphs?

      • lisa2 says:

        I don’t understand when people say it was done in “the right way”.. there are far too many divorces after “the right way”.. and many successes after doing it “the wrong way”.

      • FLORC says:

        I doesn’t have to be a competition. The Cambridge PR and journalist/publications loyal to them do that. Just like People Mag is here. It was Princess Sofia copying Kate’s styling. They’re playing this like a competition. Not 2 women of independent thought, but 1 superior to the other with the lesser feeling to duplicate the better qualities. It is what it is. It’s a game played every day in the press. That is why it’s a competition many times. Not because of us here making it so.

      • FLORC says:

        You’re right. And Sorry 🙂
        Consider this post as more poor placement and speaking to an overall theme of how the press absolutely plays this game. It goes all ways. And readers are not often aware their opinions are being formed without them realising the manipulation.

        And I do agree with you and lisa2 on this.

    • mayamae says:

      FLORC, I don’t read People or Royal blogs. I’m responding to Murphy’s post, and she’s clearly making it a competition in which Sofia wins because she has the perceived better title, and got a man to propose to her quicker than Kate did. I questioned her about her comment, not society in general.

  9. Tifygodess24 says:

    I think she looks beautiful and the cut and color makes her look radiant and youthful.

  10. Kelly says:

    Hmmm, millions of women in the world, even me, have a lob. I can’t recall Kate being at the cause, and I like her.

    I think it looks good. What wouldn’t with that face and that hair?

  11. mytwocents says:

    Lovely, all of them, really, just don’t let me get disappointed down the line with some scandal, I really want one royal family to feel good about!

  12. Lucy says:

    Love the haircut and color!! Also, Sofia is kinda giving me Rachel Bilson vibes in these pictures.

  13. Melody says:

    She’s got a bit of CZJ going on…

  14. Karen says:

    I thought a lob barely brushed the shoulders. I.E. a long bob.

    Isn’t hair around the collarbone, just a medium length hair cut?

    My hair grows fast, I chop it to my collarbone at least once a year. 2x this year, I just got annoyed with it. So, I’ll expect my article later today ; )

    • Becks says:

      You’re right, this is not a lob. It’s just medium length hair. I have a lob, and my hair barely touches my collar bone. I have to cut it every 8 weeks to maintain it.

  15. Tough Cookie says:

    1) Swedish Royal Family…Yay!!

    2) “Kate inspired lob” made me snort coffee through my nose.

    3) When did Sofia get the Royal Family Order? I somehow missed that

  16. Sarah01 says:

    So down to earth and seem happy both couples. I’m so excited to see the baby pics, Estelle is so precious you can tell she’s is adored and loved.
    The dynamic between Sofia and Carl is different than Kate and Will, the first couple seem like they are on equal footing, and the second is more like Kate giving in to a petulant whiny child.

  17. Julie says:

    Victoria is due in March and Sofia is due in April.

  18. INeedANap says:

    I have a picture of Princess Victoria’s butt in a pale orange dress from Will and Kate’s wedding hanging over my TV. It’s my motivation to work out, you can tell she married a fitness trainer.

    They all seem like fun and I want to be invited to next year’s pastry party.

  19. The Original Mia says:

    Estelle is adorable! Victoria & Dan are my favorite royal couple, next to Leti & Felipe.

    Sofia’s hair cut wasn’t inspired by Kate People mag, but her own sister-in-law, Madeleine, who she has been SWFing. That’s the competition that is going on, though it is decidedly one-sided on Sofia’s part. If you look at pictures from this event last year, Madde had on a similar dress and her hair was styled the same way.

  20. FLORC says:

    Everything seems gracious about these couples. And Estelle acts like she was tailor made for this role she was born into. I’m pretty amazed by that.

    A part of me is sad we get so little Victoria and Sofia. Is it because they work? They keep busy don’t act shady, and come off as making the right steps. When making the wrong steps it isn’t repeated and it’s brushed off. Like Sofia’s shirt dress and heels. She switched to flats and worked full time holding that fabric down.

    And I love her green dress here. Like Kate’s I appreciate the color on brunettes. Something about Sofia’s seems nicer. Maybe the fuller skirt. Just my style.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Such a cute video.
    here’s another – seems like an outake from the same video.. Estelle seems like such a normal child and utterly adorable.

  22. Elizabeth says:

    And the video translation, roughly
    CP Victoria is joking that it is now finally snowing when she shakes the flour over the table and over Estelle.
    Daniel is a bit worried if his bread will become good.
    Estelle says: Dad, I think it is very cozy/snugly (mysigt)
    Daniel says: Yes, it is cozy. I agree with you.
    Victoria helps Estelle because her dough gets stuck.
    The woman asks Victoria if she needs any help and Victoria shows her a piece of Estelle’s dough that needs to be taken care of.
    Then, Estelle talks to the cameras and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Daniel then asks Estelle if she wants to bake some more, and Estelle wants that very much.

    I now want to see a waity video..she would read off paper notes for a Christmas message too perhaps 😛

    • extracookie says:

      Thank you for taking the time to translate! They’re such a lovely family!

    • FLORC says:

      This family is simply adorable!
      Very natural, very loving.
      Thank You for the translation 😀

    • India Andrews says:

      A nice antidote to the Cambridges.

    • Holmes says:

      Thank you for the translation! I don’t speak Swedish, but I admit that I watched the video and just let the Swedish wash over me. I think it’s such a lovely language. Yes, I’m strange.

      ETA: That reads like I’m saying it’s strange that I think Swedish is lovely, which is not at all what I mean. I mean that I’m strange for watching a video in a language I don’t understand. 😀

  23. tealily says:

    Not a lob.

  24. Cee says:

    Estelle is one of my favourite Royals. She radiates happiness.

  25. maggie says:

    The one guy looks rather handsome but the rest look rather frumpy imo.

  26. India Andrews says:

    I like Sofia’s hair amd the video of Estelle is adorable.

  27. Effie says:

    I think Princess Sofia looks radiant and her hair is gorgeous. The cut really suits her and she managed to go with a similar length as Kate, but doesn’t look frumpy or soccer mom-ish at all. CP Victoria looked lovely as well. I can’t wait to see the new Swedish Royal babies! As far as the “mom hair” comments, I don’t think anyone has the intention of denigrating motherhood. It’s commentary about a specific style that was common among stay at home moms during the 90’s. My best friend is a single mom with two young children, works full time and is putting herself through college all on her own. Now that is the kind of mom I admire and she just so happens to look about 19, because she chooses to avoid frumpy looks and is a happy person because she actually spends time with her kids and not shopping all day while the nannies raise the kids. Mom’s rock. Lazy, entitled, spoiled and vain mothers don’t. If you’re not even raising your own children, cleaning your own home or doing anything normal moms do, why choose a dorky, 90’s mom look?

  28. MinnFinn says:

    The video is very sweet and they really do seem very natural. I don’t follow the Swedish royals but this video makes me think that the pap walks they do (that all royals have to do) are not as OTT cringeworthy as the Cambridges strolling Charlotte on her christening day.

  29. aquarius64 says:

    When you read some of the press there is more discussion about Sofia’s clothes and hair than her baby. The baby focus has mostly been on Victoria, to the point of wondering out loud if she’s having twins. If the twin story is true (after a denial) this impacts the succession – everyone goes back a spot. Carl Philip becomes fifth in line to the throne and Sofia’s status goes down a notch.