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Open Post – South Korean State Visit to Sweden

From Norway to Sweden, South Korea is making its way through Scandinavia, and there are TIARAS a foot!

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook are in Sweden for a two-day state visit. The purpose of the state visit is to promote the 60 year diplomatic relationship between Sweden and the Republic of Korea.

Vickan and Daniel were on hand to greet the President and First Lady, along with C-P and Sofia. Maddie and Chris weren’t there, but did attend the State Dinner later in the evening.

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The State Dinner was held at the Royal Palace later in the evening.

Gown: Jenny Packham. Photo:
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Gown: Self Portrait. Photo:
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Gown: Carolina Herrera. Photo:
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The table settings were something to behold as well.

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Day two of the State Visit from South Korea. Nothing as exciting as tiaras I’m afraid, but we here at Lilibet’s Handbag are equal opportunity royal event bloggers.

Queen Silvia and Mrs. Kim Jung-sook visited Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde for a guided tour and tour of the prince’s old home and garden in the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. They also visited Svensk Form at Skeppsholmen to attend the “Korea Sweden Young Design Award” ceremonies. After the ceremony, the prize winners were given the opportunity to show their work.

All photos: Kungahuset on Facebook

And although it has absolutely nothing to do with the State Visit but everything to do with Sweden, Happy Fourth Birthday to Prince Nicolas!

Photo: Kungahuset on Facebook

More to come! Make sure to share any photos or information you find out there. Open Posts are a way for us all to get involved!

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Defense of the Event – Polar Music Prize

The Polar Music Prize is a prestigious honor, spanning all musical boundaries. It is awarded yearly to individuals, groups, and institutions. Grandmaster Flash, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Playing For Change Foundation were the Laureates of 2019. As usual, members of the Swedish Royal Family were there to lend support. Head here to read more about the prize.

We decided that the Handbag Community would want to defend (or not!) all of the dresses from yesterday’s ceremony in Stockholm. Lots to talk about here….so let’s not dilly dally further.

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Crown Princess Victoria

Designer Selam Fessahaye created this bespoke gown for Victoria, but we have no further information beyond that. We’ll just let you gaze upon the photos to make your own judgment.

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The Handbag: A very large pink explosion, that somehow got cut off above the knee in the front; however, I don’t hate it. I don’t want to get near it, but I admire it in its unabashed commitment to both pink and tulle.

OC: Love it in all its frothiness. The earrings are a step too far. All she needed was a decent size diamond stud.

LG: Usually Vickan goes a bit outside her comfort zone for this one, and this time it worked! Agree with OC about the earrings, but I love it as is!

LiL: It might be okay if the tulle was restricted to the bottom half and it wasn’t so overwhelmingly pink. As is, no.

Princess Sofia

Sofia is wearing a new to her Dolce & Gabbana floral midi dress with sheer sleeves and decorative daisies around the neckline and waistline.

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The Handbag: Yeah, well, I don’t understand the trim. I don’t understand the fabric. I do like the sheer sleeves. Overall, though, I don’t understand why such a gorgeous woman would want to disguise herself like a hippie heading to the entrance gates at Woodstock.

LG: This is my usual complaint about head to toe floral frocks, its just too much. Shorter sleeves, more open neck and maybe…

LiL: The worst thing this gorgeous woman has ever done to herself. There isn’t one good thing to say about any of it.

Queen Silvia

Another gown on which there is not a lot of intel floating around. Here are the photos, you decide what you think.

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The Handbag: If I could see past that schmatta of a shawl, I might actually like it. I think the print looks as if it might be super spring-like and pretty.

LG: From what I can see…no. Get rid of the shawl and I’ll reconsider.

LiL: Oh, no. No no no.

How do you feel about these dresses at this event?
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Catching Up With: Swedish National Day

Sweden has celebrated its National Day on June 6 since 1983. It was established on that date in honor of two events: the crowning of Gustav Vasa in 1523 and the adoption of a new constitution in 1809.

The Swedish royals are enthusiastic supporters of National Day. There are many types of regional national dress in Sweden, but the royal women are wearing the national dress that was initially designed in the early 1900s. It was brought back to prominence by Queen Silvia and became the national costume in 1983. It is the one dress that’s designed to represent Sweden as a whole, and it’s called “Sverigedräkten”.

Most of the family gathered together here to participate in a ceremony at Skansen.

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The family also split up duties, with Victoria and Daniel heading to celebrate at Haga Park in Solna. Victoria wore a brightly printed floral blouse and top by Rodebjer. I find Victoria commanding when giving a speech, and I think that posture has a lot to do with it.

The King and Queen headed to the province of Dalarna, to be enthusiastically greeted by crowds. Maybe they heard that Sils was going to be wearing this terrifically fresh looking white suit?

Carl Phillip and Sofia covered the activities at the Royal Palace, and Sofia appeared in national costume, because when you look that good in it, why change?

Let us know what you think of Swedish National Day below.

Japan · Spain · Sweden

Catching Up With Letizia and Sofia

I thought I could work up a theme for Letizia because she was on a streak of black and white and grey and navy, all solid and structured and firmly in her wheelhouse.

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And then, boom.

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Yes, a couple of flowy florals. They were all in service of the events, though.

From top to bottom, left to right, the grey pattern is a repeat Hugo Boss, worn to a WHO presentation on health and energy. The fabulous white pant suit by Carolina Herrera was worn to chair the Board Meeting of “Help for Drug Addiction Foundation” (FAD). The navy jumpsuit by Mango was for a fun event, the finals of Famelab, 2019. The black and white yet unidentifed dress was worn when the Queen and King presided on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of establishment of the Civil Guard.

Leti wore her florals to her softer side events, relating to societal issues. The pink Asos floral midi was seen at the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2019 events. The new blue silk print is by Sandro, worn when she chaired presentation ceremony of Santander’s XI Social Projects Awards.

Queen Sofia, not to be outdone, wore her own sophisticated white pantsuit to watch the defeat of Rafael Nadal of Spain against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during day 8 of the Mutua Madrid. She sported a lovely silky suit at a meeting at ‘Escuela Superior De Musica Reina Sofia’. Looking good, La Reina.

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Also, bonus Classic Queen and Princess editions alert! Victoria hosted the best lunch ever at Haga Palace. Her guests were her own mother, Queen Sofia, and Princess Takamado. Everyone was in Stockholm for the Dementia Forum X 2019.

I started with a black and white and grey theme but lost the plot there after a while. However, I hope you agree that the Spains are a busy bunch!

Breaking News

Breaking News

As many of you may know, a major fire has broken out at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The spire and roof have collapsed, and the early estimates are the interior will be a total loss. We realize this isn’t exactly a royal story, but since we are a community here, and many may have fond memories of Notre Dame, we are opening this post up for your memories, thoughts, photos and a place to share.

Many of our royal faves have spent time at the Cathedral.

Elizabeth II and Philip

Carl Gustaf and Silvia have attended a St. Lucia concert at Notre Dame.

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Marie Chantal of Greece has tweeted regarding the fire

Please feel free to share your stories and photos below.