04 December 2015

Royal Flashback of the Day: December 4

Oh yes, we are in a Swedish mood lately.

Last year saw the first appearance of Princess Sofia at the Nobel Prize ceremony, as a fiancée; this year, she'll have her first in tiara mode. Naturally, this sent me on a trip down memory lane to past Nobel debuts from the other main ladies in the Swedish royal family. Oh my, how things have changed...

1976: Queen Silvia's debut
This is before everything, really: before Jørgen Bender (the Danish designer that would help shape Queen Silvia's theatrical future looks; this gown of yellow chiffon embellished with gold sequins is by Dior, her wedding gown designer, and it is the only time she wore Dior to the Nobel ceremony), before the most elaborate hairstyles, before the impeccable posture (as was noted by many of you when I included a peek at this year in my recent post on the Bernadotte emeralds, which also shows Princess Lilian in her 1976 debut), even before she started wearing the Nine Prong Tiara in a more straight up fashion. Many things have changed since, but the Pronger has remained.

1995: Crown Princess Victoria's debut
The red dress worn by 18-year-old Victoria is incredibly simple, but I've always thought it was a perfect introductory frock for her. A good starter dress, if you will, with greater things to come. And her soft hairstyle is doing what it can with her 18th Birthday Tiara, bless its tiny little heart.

2000: Princess Madeleine's debut
This, I think makes Victoria's red dress look fancy in comparison: 18-year-old Princess Madeleine wore a beige-y gold strapless sheath, plain and simple. She did punch it up with a few extra diamonds, using her own 18th birthday tiara (the Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau Tiara) and showing an early affection for the Connaught Tiara with the drops on a necklace.

Who fared best for their first foray, would you say? I may just have to go with Victoria...

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