01 April 2016

Royal Flashback of the Day: April 1

King Carl Gustaf is planning a big bash for his 70th birthday on April 30. He did the same thing when he turned 60, and the guest list included monarchs, heirs, and ex-royals from around the world. While we wait for more details and guests to be revealed for this year's party, I have a series of flashbacks for you from that 2006 party.

We'll start with the black tie private party held for the King at Drottningholm Palace. The King's own family mainly escaped the cameras for the event, but we do have guests to check out. (This is not everybody, mind you. Just a small selection.)

The Norwegians: the Crown Princess, the Crown Prince, Princess Astrid, the King, the Queen (with two additional guests on the left)
Crown Princess Mette-Marit turned up in a dark green gown that has, like, three or four design features too many. This dress needs to settle down. Queen Sonja, on the other hand, seriously elevated the elegance of her dress by adding a pale lavender shawl. And can we have a moment for Astrid's little green shoes peeking out from under the world's most cheerful skirt? She makes me smile.

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima
On design elements alone, Máxima's outfit should need to settle down: lacy fabric stuff happening, bedazzled neckline detailing, statement turquoise jewels. But...somehow it's not even enough. It's suffering from a lack of Máx-ness. I think the brown is bringing her down.

Crown Princess Mary and Prince Henrik
The Danish consorts teamed up without their respective spouses for the birthday events. Mary's Kenth Fredin dress was one of her first royal gowns (literally, she wore it to her engagement dinner), we've seen it several times, and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. This is an especially lovely hairdo, too.

Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece
And finally, behold, my favorite dress from the event! I love this outfit. I don't really know why, except to say that I adore the way she played up the surprise white reveal at the bottom of the skirt with a white bolero. I also love her earrings, and we need to talk about those in depth sometime. An M-C highlight for me. That's all.

Stay tuned for more 60th birthday flashbacks as we approach this year's celebrations!

Photos: via Getty Images