We start in Norway, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded at a ceremony attended by King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Business as Usual, Color Division
Crown Princess Mette-Marit
She managed to shake up her usual white dress business at the evening dinner. Look, Ma, not a prairie flower in sight!
Sleek + white is the way to my heart. Well, one of many ways.
The Norwegian royals attended the Nobel Peace Prize banquet this evening at the Grand Hotel in Oslo pic.twitter.com/rD8bJJIZqS— Royaltyspeaking (@Royal_talk) December 10, 2015
|Valentino dress, Mette-Marit wore it previously in 2008|
Best in Color Refreshment
Next up is Sweden, where they fill the evening presenting shift with sparkles galore to hand out the rest of the Nobel Prizes. The whole Swedish royal family was in attendance: King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, Christopher O’Neill, Princess Christina, and Tord Magnuson.
Best Tiara Surprise
Madeleine looks so great in aquamarine stones, and this tiara - one of my favorite aqua pieces, and irresistibly sparkly in motion - looks perfect on her. Her gray Fadi El Khoury gown (probably the one we thought was destined for Victoria) is sparkly yet soft, and the whole ensemble gets a big A+ from me.
Best Tiara Assumption
Business as Usual, Tiara Division
Queen Silvia and Princess Christina
Princess Christina also continued her love of the Six Button Tiara, and I continue to be glad that she makes it look the best out of all the royal ladies.
Best of the Best
Crown Princess Victoria
I LOVE Crown Princess Victoria’s flowing purple gown with a cape on top, which is a custom creation in aubergine silk chiffon from By Malina. I love the amethyst jewels that she paired with it (two brooches, earrings, and necklace from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure), and I love that she wore the Connaught Tiara! It’s not a totally new-to-her piece, since she first wore it at Prince Carl Philip’s wedding and had worn the diamond drops before that, but it is a nice development to see the tiara shared outside of a family wedding. My best of the best tonight.
Who wins your Best of the Best today?
More Nobel resources:
More Nobel resources:
UPDATE: Day 2
Day 2 of the Nobel festivities starts with more business as usual.
I do have more enthusiasm for the King's Dinner in Sweden, and not just because they have tiaras. Okay, partly because they have tiaras, but also because there are some interesting dress selections going on here.
I wondered if Crown Princess Victoria would repeat her lovely Pär Engsheden lake of sequins worn to the Nobels in 2011, when she was pregnant with Estelle, and sure enough...here we go! And with the Baden Fringe Tiara for bonus points.Swedish royals are attending the Kings Dinner for the Nobel winners tonight at the Royal Palace pic.twitter.com/rYwpl6RoW6— Royaltyspeaking (@Royal_talk) December 11, 2015
I've seen labels from "showgirl" to "Downton Abbey" applied to Princess Madeleine's lace dress with its sheer top and high lace collar, which is quite a gap to span. I suppose that's an achievement on its own. Personally...well...I think it's too complicated for a sash and all that lot, for starters.
|Princess Madeleine's dress from Alberta Ferretti|
And finally, Princess Sofia. She did not take this opportunity to dive into the family vault, instead sticking with her Emerald and Diamond Tiara. She also stuck with that middle part in her hair (you know, the one that makes the tiara look like it's precariously balanced right up top), with a half updo this time. I'm growing tired of that, but I have a feeling this Zetterberg Couture dress is one of which I could never grow tired. Similar in certain ways to Princess Madeleine's dress from the previous evening, so apparently I have a type.
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Photos: via Getty Images as indicated, Net-a-porter, Vogue.com, Oscar de la Renta, SVT and Nobel Prize screencaps/Kungahuset.se