23 September 2015

Royal Portrait of the Day: September 23

The Swedish royal court has released a new official picture of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Princess Estelle! Well, technically it's not new, but they newly posted it on their site, and I never say no to a chance to gaze at the Baden Fringe Tiara.
Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström, Kungahuset.se
Nor would I turn down an opportunity to see the necklace created from a stomacher belonging to Queen Josephine, a diamond favorite of the late Princess Lilian, even when it conflicts with a neckline. Victoria wore this dress and these jewels last December for the King's Dinner for Nobel laureates, which may be when the posing occurred. The improvement this portrait makes over December's event? It conceals the back of her dress, where there lives a bow so large it threatens to take flight. And it includes ESTELLE, obviously, who is an instant improvement to any situation. I actually love the portrait - regal and fun is not an easy combination to hit, but this one does it well.

Speaking of Sweden: Victoria was out and about yesterday, visiting the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control at the Karolinska Institutet and joining King Carl Gustaf to welcome a gathering of the Association for Space Explorers (astronauts!) to the palace. (Click here for more photos.)
Photo: Kungahuset.se
COLOR! And a ponytail instead of her usual bun, which feels like it should be a bigger deal than it actually turned out to be, since Victoria's among those most tied to a particular 'do. But, COLOR! A repeated pink patterned Pucci dress under a solid pink coat is super basic design stuff, but the color alone is a welcome relief for those of us that remember her style while pregnant with Estelle.
Victoria also deployed the shift dress + matching coat strategy for an event the previous evening, and it's a classic royal pregnancy dressing strategy I wouldn't mind her sticking with.