06 June 2011

Pic: Going National

One of the cool things about being a Nordic royal is that you get to wear fun and colorful traditional costumes on national holidays like Queen Silvia of Sweden wore today on National Day. When I studied in Norway, I learned that the costumes are varied according to the region or village where they originate. They also tend to be very expensive so most women have one and have to try to fit into their entire lives.

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf (L) and Queen Silvia (R) arrive in procession on a horse-drawn carriage at the outdoor museum of Skansen to celebrate the Swedish national day in Stockholm, Sweden June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix (SWEDEN - Tags: ROYALS ANNIVERSARY) SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


  1. Okay, so I have some questions! Why in the Swedish royal family do only the women wear national costumes and not the men? And why does only Queen Silvia wear a hat?

  2. I love it when the royals wear their national costumes. It shows a great pride of heritage and respect of culture. Personally, I'm a sucker for them. Whenever my husband and I travel somewhere, I always love to try on - and occasionally buy - national costumes. Thanks for sharing this!