07 July 2017

Royal Flashback of the Day: Crown Princess Victoria's Wedding Gown

We have another big birthday coming up: Crown Princess Victoria is about to turn 40 (July 14th!) and there are events planned on Friday and Saturday next week. Let's get the party started early with a closer look at what I would argue is not only Victoria's finest sartorial moment, but one of the finest moments in royal bridal history.

Courtesy of Janet
Victoria's 2010 dress was exhibited at the Royal Palace a few months ago along with other family dresses. Once again, some lovely readers have allowed me to share their pictures from the exhibition - many thanks to Mrs. Diamond, Viola, and Janet! (Revisit our initial post on the exhibition and our other close looks here.)

Courtesy of Viola
Courtesy of Janet
I am particularly excited for this edition of exhibition pics, because Victoria's wedding gown currently reigns as my #1 fave. It's got all my favorite stuff: a simple and sleek gown plus a detailed veil, and a fabulous tiara selection to boot. This one also claimed the top spot in our poll of your favorite wedding gowns.

Courtesy of Janet
Her gown was, of course, from Swedish designer Pär Engsheden. The cream-colored duchess silk satin gown featured a graceful neckline and small sleeves, a cummerbund waist detail, and a nearly 5 meter (16 foot) long detachable train .

Courtesy of Janet

Courtesy of Viola
Courtesy of Viola
One unexpected observation that came from this exhibition was a noticeable similarity between the gown of Crown Princess Victoria and her mother, Queen Silvia. It's not a comparison I would have drawn based on wedding photos alone, but the sleek seaming of Victoria's gown really does recall Silvia's super simple Dior creation. (That's Silvia's in the background above.)

Courtesy of Viola
At the time, I certainly felt that the dresses for Victoria's bridesmaids were something of a call back to Silvia's gown, being such simple sheaths. All these notes are very sweet, really; Victoria and Daniel chose to be married on June 19th, which is also Carl Gustaf and Silvia's wedding anniversary.

Courtesy of Viola
Courtesy of Mrs Diamond
The two brides were also united in their use of the Cameo Tiara and in their use of the historical Bernadotte family veil. The delicate lace piece was first worn in 1932 and comes from Queen Sofia. I really don't think you can go wrong with heirloom lace, can you? Surely not.

Courtesy of Viola
Another family tradition: Victoria wore in her hair a sprig of myrtle, a tradition followed by all family brides, whether they place it in their hair or in their bouquets. Her hair ornament was on display, charmingly preserved in a box with a handwritten note that says Lycka till! (Good luck!) and the date. From her mother, I presume.


Courtesy of Janet
Courtesy of Mrs Diamond
A sparkly pair of Roger Vivier pumps and a matching clutch finished off the bridal accessories, and finishes up our flashback to this glorious gown.

I must note, though, that this is not just my favorite wedding gown, it's also my favorite royal wedding. Loads of royal guests! Tiaras for days! What more could you want?! So why not wish the Crown Princess a happy early birthday and indulge in a little trip down memory lane on your Friday, hmm?