18 October 2016

Royal Exhibition of the Day: October 18

The ladies of the Swedish royal family joined forces yesterday (minus Princess Madeleine, who had two sick kids) to open the Royal Palace's new exhibition, Royal Wedding Dresses 1976-2015. It includes the wedding gowns of Queen Silvia, the late Princess Lilian, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Sofia.

Photo: Kungahuset.se
Queen Silvia's speech opening the exhibit was really sweet. She remembered her husband's aunt, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, calling her after her engagement and inviting her to Copenhagen, where she gave her the traditional sprig of myrtle used by all family brides. And to her daughter and daughter-in-law, she said, "I had the great fortune to have three children who have been wise enough to follow their hearts. Just as I did myself." See? Sweet. (You can read the speech - text in Swedish - here.)

Photo: Kungahuset.se
A group of royal wedding gowns is always going to be worth your time, but this one includes even more treats: veils, accessories, pre-wedding event dresses, the dresses that Sofia and Madeleine changed into for the party portion of their receptions, young bridal attendant outfits, and more. Excuse me while I investigate flights to Stockholm...

Thanks to the exhibition, we also have some fabulous HQ shots of these dresses, and they reveal details unseen when the gowns were in action. The exhibition will be on display in the Hall of State at the Royal Palace of Stockholm from October 18, 2016 to March 12, 2017. (Click the photos below to enlarge.)
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria, 2010. Gown by Pär Engsheden.
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Madeleine, 2013. Gown by Valentino Couture.
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Sofia, 2015. Gown by Ida Sjöstedt.
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden