That’s The National Board of Health and Welfare for English speakers. This happened last week, but I feel we haven’t visited with Victoria and Daniel in forever. The princess is supporting the royal lady pantsuit, in corduroy, no less. The navy suit is by Dagmar, and although a corduroy suit just feels like it would add some significant bulk to the lightest of frames, it doesn’t do that to Victoria. On the contrary, I feel this flatters her very well. I do wish for a bit more length on the royal lady trousers, though.
For this entry in the Hofdame Hall of Fame, we are returning to one of our contemporary princesses. Princess Madeleine of Sweden is well known as one who prefers to dress on the very feminine and frilly end of the spectrum. No minimalism in evening dress or jewelry for her, and that makes this Hall of Fame entry fabulous fun.
The Amethyst tiara is not an easy tiara to wear, and hair-down tiara appearances are also tricky. That what makes our second runner up appearance so special. At the 2012 Nobel Ceremony Madeleine rewore an Angel Sanchez gown (first worn at Victoria’s pre-wedding celebrations), and paired it with the amethysts from the Swedish vault. As spectacular as the tiara is, the earrings give it a run for the money in the sparkle sweepstakes, and the entire effect makes it our second runner-up.
Can a royal wear two tiaras at once in the modern age? Yes, as Madeleine demonstrated at the 2016 Nobel Kings Dinner. The blush sequined Valentino is a lovely feminine gown, but it’s the combination of the Modern Fringe on her head and the Connaught as a necklace that brings this effort into Hall of Fame territory.
Our LiL describes this as the greatest evening look in royal history, but the outing that took this blue/gray Fadi El Khoury gown into Hall of Fame territory was not its appearance at the 2015 Nobel Ceremony. The best royal tea party ever was held in February 2016, and Maddie did it up right for Min Stora Dag by wearing the Aquamarine Tiara, earrings, and, of course, the sparkly gown. The gown and tiara combination is also featured in one of her official photographs.
Welcome back to the Hofdame Hall of Fame, historical division. Let’s look back at the beautiful Queen Ingrid, mother of the current Queen of Denmark and aunt of the current King of Sweden. Born a princess of Sweden, the daughter of a British royal, and married to the King of Denmark, the Queen was thoroughly royal every minute of her life. By all accounts, she was a warm and charming person. Looking through photos, she was also a fantastically stylish woman.
Second Runner Up
During the 1920s and early 1930s, Princess Ingrid was considered a highly desirable match, and it’s easy to understand why. Look at the young Ingrid in her glamorous single years. It might be that with her slim figure, she wore the fashions of the twenties and thirties with particular elegance. Then again, it might just be the enormous feathered fan that made this look earn a second runner up in our estimation. It’s no wonder Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was smitten.
First Runner Up
Between 1935 and 1947, Ingrid was the Crown Princess of Denmark. The 1930s silk gown with slim straps flattered her immensely. She paired it with the Danish Pearl Poire tiara and a three strand pearl necklace. Extra points for her deployment of a brooch at the neckline and strap insertion. This entire ensemble is our first runner-up.
Ingrid became Queen Consort of Denmark in 1947, and her stylish ways continued. So much so, it was hard to pick a winner from her outings, but the gold Sevilla gown finally won out. The color, the soft draping, and the overall flattering effect just won us over. It appears to be gown that would work on many figures – in fact, our LiL has a popular Photoshop of Mary wearing the gown. It’s unfortunate we don’t a color photo of Ingrid in the gown, but we do have her escorting Queen Ena while wearing the ruby parure, shown below, a charming substition.
First of our holiday break Quick Hit posts, courtesy of the Swedish, Belgian and British Royal Families.
At the Swedish Nobel Academy’s annual dinner, we caught a glimpse of the King and Queen holding hands, demonstrating that classic love is the best love ; ). In addition, Princess Victoria was re-united for an evening with her old friend and assistant, Karolin Johansson (who is pictured here in court dress, which she did not wear last night). Four new female members were inducted into the academy. Photos courtesy of Svensk Dam. (Victoria in Camila Thulin)
The Belgian Royal Family showed off their shared genetics and wished everyone a Merry Christmas!
Time to close out 2019, and get ready for 2020! For this post we are celebrating the best tiara appearances of the year. From New Year’s way back in January, to the Nobels and Diplomatic Reception last week, show us what you think is the best tiara/gala appearance this year!
While I loved Catherine last week at the Diplomatic Reception, I might have to pick Victoria at the Representation Dinner from November…
So…who’s your best?
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