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Open Post – Spanish State Visit to Sweden (Updated Day Two!)

Hold on to your tiara hats, the long-awaited State Visit from Spain to Sweden starts today. The King and Queen have arrived in Sweden, although the scheduled events with the Swedish royals begin tomorrow.


Wednesday, 24 November

  • Royal Palace Official Welcome – The royal couples will proceed in a procession through Stockholm from Hovstallet to Slottet. The Kings will inspect a guard of honor. The Spanish royal couple is received by the Parliament and the Government.
  • Press Conference
  • Private Lunch
  • Visit to Nobel Museum – including a visit to a special exhibition by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1906.
  • Parliament and government – The King of Spain will be received in the afternoon by the Speaker of the Riksdag and the Prime Minister of the Adelcrantzska Palace
  • Institute Karolinska
  • Gala dinner is offered for the Spanish royal couple at the Royal Palace

Thursday, 25 November

  • Business seminar
  • Institute of Technology
  • Language Seminar – The queens also attend a seminar at the Bernadotte Library in the Royal Palace on language, literature and translation.
  • Lunch at the Town Hall
  • The Academy of Engineering Sciences
  • Reception at the Embassy of Spain – The Spanish royal couple host their Swedish hosts to a reception at the Spanish residence in Djurgården.
  • Farewell ceremony – The royals couples say goodbye at Arlanda airport.

As always, we will circle back with official photos as they become available.

Pre-State Visit Activities

We have some photos of their departure from Spain and arrival in Sweden now. The King and Queen departed from Spain early in the day. Upon their arrival in Sweden, they attended a reception at the Spanish embassy and greeted a group of Spanish citizens living in Sweden.

Clothing Rollcall:

  • Queen Letizia: Hugo Boss red jacket, Carolina Herrera cape (Hat Tip to Iselen in the comments!)
  • King Felipe: Who cares? He looks great.

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Reception at the Spanish Embassy

King Felipe has appointed Crown Princess Victoria Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. Fredrik Wersäll, Andreas Norlén and Ann Linde also get the same words. Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia received the Grand Cross of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit.

Day One – Daytime

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia greeted the King and Queen of Spain during the official welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The group proceeded in a cortege in horse-drawn carriages. King Felipe and King Carl Gustaf traveled together, while the Queens had their own carriage.

Clothing Rollcall:

  • Queen Letizia: Carolina Herrera Cape, Handbag, and Dress. Cherubina Headdress. (Hat Tip to Nuria Tiburcio on Twitter, also thanks to Heaven on Twitter we know the dress is several seasons old, and that Renee Zellweger wore it back in 2014!)
  • Queen Silvia: Raspberry Coat and Hat. Designers currently unknown.

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The extended Swedish royal family joined them for lunch at the Palace. This is a good sign for the “scaled back” gala, to be held tonight.

Clothing Rollcall:

  • Crown Princess Victoria: Andiata dress (new, hat tip to Heaven at UFONoMore)
  • Princess Sofia: Ida Sjostedt dress (also new)

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Queen Silvia went old school in the best way and wore an outside and an inside brooch. Queen.

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Day One – Evening Gala

We are swooning like crazy in the comments, and thank heavens for the live stream and screen captures because official photos are very slow in loading. We’ll just say that this was one of the best state visits all around in the gown and tiara department. Ever. Everyone looked good. We’ll do a quick clothing and tiara rollcall while we wait for photos.

Gown Rollcall:

  • Queen Silvia – Georg & Arend gold gown with embellished bolero.
  • Queen Letizia – H&M Conscious Collection gown, the sleeveless version of a gown Crown Princess Victoria wore for her tenth anniversary photo shoot. Gorgeous, a Swedish brand, and a nod to one of her hosts. A trifecta.
  • Crown Princess Victoria – Frida Jonsven wildflower also worn for the tenth wedding anniversary photos.
  • Princess Sofia – Safiyaa Heliconia Drape Fishtail gown in White

Tiara Rollcall:

  • Queen Silvia – Cameo tiara and bracelet, Cartier bracelet
  • Queen Letizia – La Buena and Joyas de Pasar earrings and bracelets, fleur de lis brooch from the centrepiece of her Tiara Princesa
  • Crown Princess Victoria – Aquamarine Kokoshnik
  • Princess Sofia – Wedding Palmette tiara with pearl toppers, Nyx Princess earrings (new to us)

In the meantime, SvenskDAM has some lovely high-resolution photos up!

Day Two

The two Queens attended a language seminar at the Bernadotte Library. This is a visit that is close to my heart and probably that of many Baguettes. The library is located inside the Royal Palace and contains a collection of about 100,000 royal books that have belonged to the kings and queens of the Bernadotte dynasty.

Clothing Rollcall:

  • Queen Letizia: Pedro del Hierro, pink silk crepe dresswith silk organza flowers. It’s custom made. Carolina Herrera coat and Yanes earrings. (Hat tip to Iselen, in the comments.)
  • Queen Silvia: Designer currently unknown.
  • Crown Princess Victoria: Baum Und Pferdgarten tweed check-pattern blouse and skirt.
  • Princess Sofia: By Malina Trousers, Tiger of Sweden Desert blazer

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Meanwhile, at the Spain-Sweden business meeting, the King gave a speech on the importance of innovation in modern economies.

The entire extended family arrived for lunch in the Golden Hall of the City Hall.

The Kings hold a meeting with representatives of the Association of Spanish Scientists in Sweden, during which they presented the Margarita Salas Prize to the researcher Mercedes Maroto Valer.

The Spanish royal couple host their Swedish hosts to a reception at the Spanish residence in Djurgården.

Clothing Rollcall:

  • Queen Letizia: Cherubina, bag Lidia Faro and her black diamond Grisogono earrings. (Hat tip to Iselen, in the comments!)
  • Queen Silvia: Designer unknown.
  • Crown Princess Victoria: Khaite bodysuit, Baum und Pferdgarten skirt, Gianvito Rossi pumps, and her Swarovski clutch
  • Princess Sofia: ByTiMo Midi Dress

Queen Silvia, continuing an incredible run during this visit.

And like that, it’s all over!

More to come, and more in the comments!