17 September 2015

Royal Event of the Day: September 17

Sweden's opening of parliament was once very grand, with elaborate court dress and tiaras and all that (see that uniform in depth here). Now it looks like this:
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended a church service in connection with the opening of parliament on Tuesday. Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Madeleine, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia also attended.

A simple black and white dress code, with hats (or fascinators, or bows stuck on the back of your head, or whatever). The men, they wear suits. Victoria's repeating a jacket that she wore to this event when pregnant with Estelle, and Sofia and Madeleine have an accidental twinsy thing going on, but what can you do? Such things are bound to occur when everybody's digging for whatever they've got in white and black only.
Victoria's jacket from Milly , and Madeleine's from Paule Ka

There's also an evening performance (see a gallery here, including my least favorite cape of the year - plus,  The Royals and I spotted a blue velvet coat on Silvia from the 1970s), and Crown Princess Victoria wore a shorter, slightly different version of that Adrianna Papell gown she wore the other night. Actually, the shorter version is a repeat, and came before the longer version.
Buy your favorites in every possible color and variation - sure, why not? I do the same. With sweaters or whatever and not beaded eveningwear, but still. Royals: they're just like us!

Photos: via Getty Images / Neiman Marcus / Instagram