15 June 2015

Monday Tidbits for June 15: The Wedding Leftovers Edition (and Baby News!)

How's your royal wedding hangover doing? Mondays after royal weddings are the toughest Mondays of them all, and I want you to know that it's okay to have an extra donut in these times of need. If I could buy you that donut, I would. But I'll have to make do by saying a very big and very sincere thank you to all of you that followed along this weekend. Thank you for reading, and to those who comment, thank you for keeping things fun and civil (even with around 4,000 comments on the open post!). I'm truly grateful that you keep stopping by.
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Now, a quick update on Jewel Vault happenings, a.k.a. what the British royal family did over the weekend: Trooping the Colour was covered over there and has been updated with more info/photos since its original posting, and I have also posted on yesterday's polo antics of the Windsors (both brooch-wearing and not).

And now we get to the tidbits. We're wrapping up our royal wedding coverage (pending our upcoming tiara analysis, as promised), and these are some wedding leftovers that didn't make it into the other posts. Just stick them in the microwave, they'll be tasty as ever. Crazy after parties, second bridal dresses, dress doubles, and more:

--It's a boy! Princess Madeleine gave birth to a son today, June 15, at 13:45. That's gotta be some kind of record, giving birth just two days after your last tiara appearance. Congrats to Madeleine and Chris! [Kungahuset]

--The party at the palace went until 5:30 in the morning, featuring performances by Avicii and Icona Pop (plus a dancing and singing Queen Silvia, because if you're going to rock out, you might as well do it in a tiara). Also, Princess Sofia changed dresses and ditched her veil at some point. Here's a gallery with glimpses from outside the palace. [Aftonbladet]

--Check out King CG busting a move, and store that image in your brain for the next time you think about calling him grumpy. [Instagram, h/t TheRoyalsandI]

--Links from the site of the royal court (many are PDF links) with speech texts and music details, if you're interested: English translations of the speeches of the King, Erik Hellqvist (father of the bride), and Prince Carl Philip, plus a copy of the wedding program with all the music and readings (in Swedish and English). [Kungahuset]

--Carl Philip's one wish for their wedding cake? To incorporate Pop Rocks into the space-age creation as a surprise for unsuspecting guests. That's right, Pop Rocks, the candy that fizzes when you eat it. I never knew a wedding cake could be cheeky. [Expressen]

--Some have asked questions about the types of dresses seen below, worn by more than one guest. It is not, in fact, an accident that multiple women would select the same midnight velvet gown with a puffed lattice sleeve. It is a court dress, and more like a uniform.
The woman pictured here is Karolin A. Johansson, Marshal of the Court for the Crown Princess' Household, and the same thing is worn by ladies from the Queen's Household. The dress is a variation on the old Swedish court dress, and it is worn by Ladies-in-Waiting and female attendants in similar posts. You can usually spot a couple ladies wearing these dresses (and often tiaras of their own) at any Swedish gala occasion.

--High marks from many of you for the Hellqvist ladies at the wedding, and I concur. Sofia's sisters wore Viktoria Chan dresses (see Lina's here and Sara's here), while her mother, Marie, and grandmother wore dresses from Milagro De Nahrin. [Instagram]

--It's rare we see someone wear the same thing as a princess at a royal wedding, since those outfits are often bespoke. But if you're going to wear H&M - even Victoria's custom H&M - well, accidental twin appearances might happen. Another guest wore the skirt version of Victoria's dress, but at least it was at the pre-wedding dinner and not the ceremony. [h/t AlexandraElizabeth in the comments]

--And finally, there are some extended family members that we didn't cover, but I must include Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg. She and QEII could have a long chat about fur wrap maintenance. This is some serious old school glam right here:

And that's that! Until tomorrow...

Photos: Kungahuset, SVT, Twitter, and Getty Images as indicated