June 27, 2014

It's official: An Engagement between Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist

Today, on 27th June 2014, it was announced via an unexpected and quite spontaneous press conference at the Royal Palace in Stockholm that Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist are engaged. The press conference was originally to take place at 4.30 local time but was delayed one hour.

Before the actual press conference took place an announcement from the Marshal of the Realm was posted on the Royal Courts' webpage and their Facebook page.

The date has not been decided yet but we know that the wedding will take place sometime next summer, 2015.

Sofia Hellqvist's engagement ring

Before the press conference, Aftonbladet's reporter read an announcement: Prince Carl Philip said: "Today Sofia has said "yes" to spend the rest of her life with me by marrying me. Today is a joyous day for both me and Sofia."

Sofia looked stunning wearing a red dress when she walked hand in hand with her Prince. Carl Philip wore a navy blue suit, white shirt and a blue tie.

The press conference started with a photograph session and then Prince Carl Philip made the announcement. He said, "We are happy today, a little nervous, but happy."

Sofia said she was surprised by the proposal, which happened this morning at a private place the couple loves and want to keep private. The prince chose and bought the ring himself. Sofia said that this morning when she woke up she did not expect a thing. Then when the prince went down on one knee and presented Sofia with a ring she knew what was going on. The prince admitted being really nervous when he popped the question.

After answering the press' questions the couple was photographed with the King and Queen.

June 26, 2014

9 Random Royal Facts You Didn't Know

1. Prince Daniel was born on the same day Carl Gustaf became King

Daniel Westling was born on 15 September 1973 the same day the Swedes got their new King: Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Daniel Westling would later go on to marry the kings eldest daughter, Princess Victoria.

2. Princesses Victoria and Tatiana share a friend 

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Princess Tatiana of Greece have one good friend in common: Ellen Dinkelspiel (née Stendahl). When Ellen married her then boyfriend, Jan Dinkelspiel back in August 2009, Tatiana was one of Ellens bridesmaids. Back then, Tatiana was better known as Tatiana Blatnik, girlfriend of Prince Nikolaos of Greece. Ellen returned the favour when Tatiana and Nikolaos got married a year later in Greece.

3. Princess Madeleine's race with her ex-fiancé

As previously reported, Jonas Bergström and Madeleine's ex friend Stephanie af Klercker, got together after Madeleine broke off the engagement with Jonas. Call it what you want but here is the timeline of what has happened:

January 2011: Jonas and Stephanie are spotted together for the first time
January 2011: Madeleine and Chris are spotted together for the first time

October 2012: Madeleine and Chris get engaged
October 2012: Jonas and Stephanie get engaged

June 2013: Madeleine and Chris get married
August 2013: Jonas and Stephanie get married

February 2014: Jonas and Stephanie welcome their firstborn, baby girl Katinka Bergström
February 2014: Madeleine and Chris welcome their firstborn, baby girl Princess Leonore

4. ABBA's Dancing Queen is a tribute to Queen Silvia

ABBA's song Dancing Queen was performed live for the first time ever at a tribute concert in honor of King Carl Gustaf and his bride to be, Silvia Sommerlath, now Queen Silvia.

5. The Greek Royal family is one of the best connected royal families in the world

The Greek Royal Family consists of ex King Constantine and ex Queen Anne-Marie and their children and grandchildren. King Constantine's sister is the former Queen of Spain. That is to say, The current king, Felipe, is cousin to King Constantine's and Queen Anne-Marie's childen and nephew of King Constantine. Queen Margrethe of Denmark is Queen Anne-Marie's sister. Princess Marie-Chantal, who is married into the royal family also has good connections to add to the family's circle. Her sister used to be married to Diane von Furstenberg's son. There is also a good connection to the British Royal family through Prince Philip. Imagine the family gatherings of the extended families, nothing but Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses!

6. Diane von Furstenberg's son used to be Princess Marie-Chantal's sister mother in law and Princess Tatiana's employer

Princess Tatiana of Greece used to be an event coordinator for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg prior to her marriage to Prince Nikolaos. Diane von Furstenberg happens to be Alexandra Miller's ex-mother in law and Alexandra Miller is Princess Marie-Chantal's sister. The chart here below explains this in a visual way.

7. Princess Victoria's good friend is a jeweler

Princess Victoria's close friend, Caroline Kreuger Nilsson recently launched her own jewelry brand, Kreuger Jewellery. Victoria wore a pair of her earrings to Princess Leonore's christening on 8 June 2014. Caroline's daughter Isabella Chloé Nilsson is Victoria's goddaughter as is Princess Leonore.

8. Princess Victoria is a very popular godparent

Princess Victoria is godmother to thirteen children, nine girls and four boys. Three of her godchildren will become queens and kings of the future. Victoria's godchildren are among others:
  • Prince Alexios of Greece, Princess Marie-Chantal's and Prince Pavlos' son.
  • The Princess of Orange, Catharina Amalia of the Netherlands, daughter of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima.
  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Haakon's and Mette-Marit's daughter.
  • Prince Christian of Denmark, son of the Crown Prince couple of Denmark.
  • Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

9. Many princesses and queens names start with M

Among others we have:

  • Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
  • Queen Mathilde of Belgium
  • Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Princess Marie of Denmark
  • Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
  • Princess Mabel of the Netherlands
  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden
  • Princess Maria Olympia of Greece

June 19, 2014

Victoria goes Whale watching in Iceland

Victoria and Daniel went whale watching in northern Iceland today, in Husavik to be exact. They were lucky because they actually got a glimpse of a whale and that is not a guaranteed thing. The state visit ends tonight.

Victoria in Iceland: Yesterdays gala dinner

Victoria wore what seems to be a champagne colored version of her H&M Conscious collection dress she wore earlier this month to the gala dinner at Bessastadir in Iceland yesterday evening. The earrings are the same she wore to Leonores christening earlier this month from Kreuger Jewelry. 

A closeup of the dress

Photo credit: MBL / Eggert / Venus buzz

June 18, 2014

Victoria in Iceland: Nordic House visit

Photo credit: Arnthor / Visir

Victoria in Iceland: photos and schedule

Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived in Iceland this morning. With them on the visit is princess Estelle although she does not accompany her parents on their duties. She stays at home with the nanny.

At 9.40 am local time the princess couple was invited to Bessastadir, the resident of Mr. Olafur Grimsson president of Iceland and his wife Dorrit Moussaief.

Later today the couple will visit Harpa concert hall where they will get a tour of Reykjavik's newest landmark.


The day continues with a visit to the Nordic House where on the occasion of the visit there will be an exhibition of furniture designed by Swedish designers. The Swedish/Icelandic chamber of commerce will invite the couple to lunch at the Nordic House.

After lunch they will go to Hellisheidi power plant for an exhibition and meeting and lastly they will visit Össur, the renowned pioneers of advanced orthopaedic technology.

Tonight the couple will be invited back to Bessastadir for Dinner.

Tomorrow, on the couples 4 year wedding anniversary, they will head to Husavik in northern Iceland. They will go whale watching, eat lunch with the prime minister, Mr. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. The day continues with a visit to lake Myvatn and Namaskard on their way to Akureyri. At Akureyri they will be visiting Akureyri University where they will participate in a speaking forum on cooperative efforts of the Nordic nations.

The visit ends in the evening of 19 June.

Photos: MBL Golli

June 16, 2014

Welcome to the world Princess Amalia

A new princess is born! Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa of Nassau was born on 15 June 2014 in Luxebourg to parents Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg. Congratulations to the parents. Photos have already been released of the happy family. In the photos Princess Amalia is sporting a pink butterfly dress from Zara's mini collection.

Princess Amalia is already a fashionista! Her pink butterfly dress is from Zara's mini collection.

Photo credit: Cour Grand-Ducale/Collection Privée and Zara

June 15, 2014

Royals Love: Cartier Love Bracelet

The worlds royals love to dress well and present themselves in the best possible way. Both by wearing the worlds most fashionable and stylish outfits and accessories and also by wearing some of the most exclusive and expensive jewelry there is. Not only do they love to wear some of the worlds most valuable jewels on proper occasions but they also love to wear expensive, exclusive, high-end jewelry some of us could only ever dream of wearing.

This is true for the popular Love Bracelet by Cartier. 
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The origin of the Love Bracelet

The Love Bracelet is a famous and popular piece of jewelry from Cartier which was designed in 1969 by Aldo Cipullo. The bracelet is famous for its locking mechanism. Every Love bracelet comes with a screwdriver which is used to lock the bracelet on the wearer. The screwdriver can in turn be worn as a pendant by the giver to signify the committed love between the giver and the receiver. The bracelet can actually be opened with any slotted screwdriver so the supplied screwdriver does not act as a security key for the bracelet. The Love Bracelet comes in a variety of editions: Gold, Silver, Bronze, with diamonds, without diamonds etc.

Cartier Love Bracelet with screwdriver

Popularity of the Love Bracelet

The price of the bracelet makes it somewhat exclusive to celebrities, royals and other rich people and it is very popular among those crowds. Celebrities who have been spotted wearing the Love Bracelets are among many others: Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West, Eva Mendez and Cameron Diaz.

Royals Love the Love Bracelet

Princess Madeleine used to live in hers which was a gift from her ex-fiance, Jonas Bergström. Jonas is said to have wanted to get something special for his girl when they were going out so he turned to Madeleine's father, King Carl Gustaf, to ask him for advice. The King had once given a Cartier Love Bracelet to his wife, Madeleine's mother: Queen Silvia, so he allegedly advised Jonas to buy such a jewelry for Madeleine. Jonas did and sources say that Jonas kept the screwdriver which comes with the bracelet and gave Madeleine the bracelet. Interestingly enough, since the bracelet can be removed using any slotted screwdriver, Madeleine kept hers on long after she and Jonas split up. In late August 2010, to the wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece to Miss Tatiana Blatnik, Madeleine still had the bracelet on even though the two split up late April the same year. Needless to say, Madeleine has long removed her Love Bracelet and has not been seen wearing it for many years nor will she probably ever again.
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Princess Madeleine's Love Bracelet

Queen Silvia wears her Love Bracelet from time to time. It was a gift to her from the King.

Both Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and her daughter Princess Olympia of Greece have Love Bracelets. It is unknown how they got theirs but they are frequently seen wearing them. Olympia has picked up the trend set by young celebs such as Kylie Jenner and Justin Bieber and has worn hers stacked.

Marie-Chantal wears her Love Bracelets with style

Marie-Chantal wears her love bracelet

Olympia wears her Love Bracelets stacked from time to time

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Edited June 22: This weekend the Monegasque royals gathered for the inauguration of the new Monaco Yacht Club. Pauline Ducruet was there wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet.

Pauline Ducruet wearing a Cartier Love Bracelet on her right wrist.

June 11, 2014

Get Sofia Hellqvist's bracelet

Sofia wore a small green bracelet to the christening on Sunday. It is from Project Playground, her own organisation. Get Sofia's bracelet.

Sofia Hellqvist at Leonores christening June 8 2014

A closeup of Sofia's bracelet

Project Playground bracelet - the one Sofia wore to the christening.

June 09, 2014

Madeleine's Valentino outfit at Leonore's christening

Madeleine wore Valentino from head to toe to her daughters christening. A cute tribute to her wedding day, fitting since Leonore's christening was held on Madeleine's and Chris' one year wedding anniversary.

June 08, 2014

Princess Leonore's Christening

Princess Leonore of Sweden was christened today, 8 June 2014, on her parents one year wedding anniversary in Drottningholm church. Princess Madeleine held her daughter under christening.

Princess Madeleine wore a pink Valentino lace dress. Fitting since she wore a custom made Valentino wedding dress on this day one year ago. A very romantic tribute to their wedding day and at the same time a very loving tribute to their daughter in the color.

Princess Leonore's grandmother, Queen Silvia, also wore Valentino.

Photos: Svenskdam, Valentino

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