31 December 2015

Swedish Royal Ladies of 2015

Sweden's royal family had the most exciting year in 2015. They welcomed two new members within days of each other, with the wedding of Prince Carl Philip to Sofia Hellqvist followed two days later with the birth of Prince Nicolas. To add to that excitement, they soon announced the impending arrival of two more royal babies in 2016 with the pregnancies of Crown Princess Victoria and the new Princess Sofia.

Queen Silvia welcomed her third grandchild and found out that her fourth and fifth are on the way, but she still found quality time with her second grandchild Princess Leonore during a visit to Pope Francis.

Crown Princess Victoria's maternity fashion has much improved over the tent dresses she often wore when expecting Princess Estelle.

Princess Estelle steals the show wherever she goes, but she really won hearts when she suddenly dashed to the back of the church during Prince Nicolas' christening to return with a pacifier for the crying baby prince.

The marriage of Prince Carl Philip to his longtime girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist drew mixed feelings from many royal watchers. Her appearance on her wedding day really symbolized that dichotomy when we learned she had a tattoo (not very princess-y) but we got to enjoy her brand-new tiara. (Read my post about changing royal standards: Anyone Can Be a Princess.)

Princess Madeleine had many bright moments in her personal and official lives this year--from an amusing television interview with husband Chris O'Neill (in which he revealed that he calls his in-laws "Mom" and "Sir") to her son's christening to her ongoing work with her mother's charity, Childhood. For me though, she really showed her princess credentials when she showed up looking spectacular at her brother's wedding just two days before giving birth. Truly miraculous!

The King's four sisters, known collectively as the Haga Princesses, showed that they are still glamorous at their nephew's wedding. From left, they are Princess Christina, Princess Desiree, Princess Birgitta and Princess Margaretha--the youngest is 71.

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