February 26, 2014

Princess Leonore of Sweden's blanket

Today the first photos of Princess Leonore Lilian Marie of Sweden were published. She is swaddled in a polka dot blanket from The Swedish brand Livly and a pink cashmere cable knit blanket from the French brand Les Enfantines.

Pic collage copyrighted by The Royal Source. Picture may be used only if linked back to The Royal Source.

Princess Madeleine's baby name and photos

It was announced just now by the King that Princess Madeleine's and Chris' baby name is

Princess Leonore Lilian Maria Duchess of Gotland

Princess Leonore with her grandparents, the King and Queen of Sweden

Photos: The Royal Court

February 20, 2014

9 things Madeleine's princess can't do without

Princess Madeleine is on the verge of motherhood as her baby girl is expected any day now. According to her baby registry she is due on 25 February. At least we know that there will be a Te Deum in the baby's honor on 2 March which means that it is known with certainty that the baby will be born by then. We will have to wait and see but in the meantime, lets take a look at some of the things we don't think the baby princess can't do without.

1. First things first. No baby on the planet should have to be without Sophie the Giraffe lets just get that out of the way.

2. This Monkey Pacifier. Possibly the cutest ting since Sophie the Giraffe.

3. A cute teddy bear. Cousin Estelle has a cute teddy called Tryggve which is a charity teddy for children with cancer. Since Madeleine is a princess and is into charity maybe the little princess will get a Tryggve of her own.

3. Clothes from Zara. We all know that like Victoria and Duchess Kate, Madeleine likes her Zara. Good friend Sofi Fahrman who has a roughly nine months old baby girl, Lily, likes to dress her in Zara. My bet is that Madeleine will follow in her footsteps. After all, Zara does have some cute baby clothes and shoes.

Zara baby hat
4. Converse shoes. Madeleine is not frequently seen wearing Converse but these are just to cute to skip. Click here to buy a pair of Converse First Star Crib Shoe in pink like shown below. They are also available in black and white.

5. Marie-Chantal angel wing onsie. Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece has a luxury baby clothing label which is quite successful considering the young age of the brand. Fashionistas, celebs and royals choose to dress their children in Marie-Chantal. Here's why we think Madeleine will love to dress her princess in Marie-Chantal: 1. Marie-Chantal and Madeleine know each other and I would be surprised if Marie-Chantal wouldn't send Madeleine a present including the angel wing onsie once the baby is born. 2. Its considered chic to dress your baby in Marie-Chantal and Madeleine is known for her good and somewhat luxurious taste. Among customers of Marie-Chantal are: Princess Estelle of Sweden, Suri Cruise and Harper Beckham.

6. Marc Jacobs mouse ballerinas. Because look at them! How cute!! Madeleine loves her ballerinas so we think she should get one of the mouse ballerinas from Marc Jacobs for her baby.
Marc Jacobs mouse ballerinas
7. A dress by Livly. Because it's a Swedish brand and because cousin Estelle has plenty of their dresses.

8. BABYBJORN Baby Carrier. Because mommy and daddy are always on the go. Will be perfect for the frequent airport trips when visiting grandpa and grandma in Sweden. Apparently Kate Hudson and Beyonce both have one.

9. Stacking Clown by Brio. Because it's classic, cute and colorful. This toy was first made in 1955!

What are your ideas for items Madeleine's baby can't do without?

February 18, 2014

Finding royal love at the Olympics

The following is a guest post from Cheryl Anderson of The Princess Palace.

As the slopes continue to heat up in Sochi, there may be a royal romance stirring on the sidelines. While no specific sitings have been made, the international games have a strong history as an incubator for love matches.

Back in 1972, the King of Sweden's grandson and heir, Prince Carl Gustav, journeyed to the Munich Games where he encountered a dark-eyed half-Brazilian German beauty named Silvia Sommerlath.  While those games were forever overshadowed by the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes, this pair at least walked away with more pleasant prospects. He would later say that things "just clicked" when he met Silvia, who was working as an educational host and translator. (She speaks German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, and now Swedish.) 

Their romance, however, was not without its trials. King Gustav VI Adolf would not allow members of the royal family to marry commoners and keep their place in the line of succession. Two of Carl Gustav's uncles had been forced to surrender their royal status in order to marry "lesser" brides. A third uncle, Prince Bertil, the only heir after Carl Gustav, kept his status by living with his Welsh lady love but not marrying her. 

Once Carl Gustav became king, succeeding instead of his father who had died in a plane crash in 1947, he set aside the dynastic rule against unequal marriages and both he and Uncle Bertil married the women they loved. Bertil's widow, Princess Lilian died just year after decades as a beloved member of the family. And today, Silvia is the longest serving Queen Consort in Swedish history. She and her husband have three children and two granddaughters.

No such harsh rules stood in the way of our next Olympic royal lovers, although their meeting was even less conventional. These two did not meet as part of their official responsibilities at the games.

Imagine you and your BFF joking around at the local pub when three handsome young men start paying attention to you. Which ones of these three have smooth chests and which have hairy chests, you wonder out loud when one of the fellows offers to show you. So goes the legend of the first encounter between Australian Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. In Sydney for the 2000 Olympics, Frederik and two of his princely cousins had gone out for a relaxing evening. 

After meeting Mary, however, his Australian sojourn changed completely. He still went on a pre-arranged adventure into the Australian wilderness, but he called Mary constantly. As he described it, he phoned every time he managed to get a phone signal. Even when he was called home early because of his grandmother's illness, he couldn't get enough of Mary. They phoned and emailed constantly. He traveled to Australia as often as possible because he could be incognito there and the romance stayed out of the media until well after she moved to Europe a year later. 

They married in 2004. Today they have four children and their popularity as the royalty of Australia rivals that of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

So, if you would like to meet your own Prince Charming, there is still a little time left to get to Sochi.

Author: Cheryl Anderson of The Princess Palace

February 17, 2014

Danish Twins wear 66 North

Crown Princess Mary wearing a jacket by Moncler and Prince Vincent wearing overalls from 66 North

Princess Josephine wearing overalls from 66 North

February 11, 2014

Detox the Marie-Chantal way

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece posted a photo of a bottle of green detoxifying drink on Instagram recently. Apparently it's Marie-Chantals own recipe. Try it yourself: You'll need:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Lime
  • Kale
Put the ingredient in a blender and blend blend blend!

Photo: Instagram/Marie-Chantal

February 08, 2014

Princess Olympia of Greece on the cover of Tatler

Princess Olympia of Greece

Princess Olympia of Greece is Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos' daughter. Read her interview in the March edition of Tatler.

February 05, 2014

Charlotte Casiraghi wears Moncler

Gad Elmaleh and Charlotte Casiraghi were spotted out and about in Gstaad in February. Charlotte is a big fan of Moncler, as is her mother and sister, Princess Alexandra of Hannover.

Gad Elmaleh and Charlotte in Gstaad, February 2014

Charlotte's Moncler jacket

Photos: IBL, Stella Pictures/Moncler
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