King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden organised the first official dinner of the year last night, February 3. Official dinners are glittering occasions that demand a tiara and a long evening dress, and are attended by invited guests and the royal family. Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel attended, as well as Prince Carl Philip with his wife Princess Sofia. Princess Madeleine and her husband Chris O’Neill are currently living in London with their children and were absent, but one of King Carl Gustaf’s sisters, Princess Christina, arrived with her husband.
The dinner was held at the Royal Palace with over a hundred guests in attendance. The guests included diplomats, representatives from the parliament and the government, and people who members of the royal family have met during their travels, such as ambassadors. Selected athletes, businessmen and artists were also invited. All the guests were welcomed by the King and Queen as well as the Crown Princess and Prince Carl Philip with their spouses, and led to the gallery of Carl XI for a four course dinner.
Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia were very much the centre of the attention for the media, as they are both pregnant with their due dates quickly approaching. The Crown Princess is expected to give birth sometime in March. Her child will be third in line to the throne, behind big sister Princess Estelle, who will soon turn 4. At the moment the last engagement for the Crown Princess is announced for February 11, but there is no official word on when she will start her maternity leave.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s first-born will be fifth in line of succession to the throne and the fifth grandchild of the King and Queen. Their child is expected to be born in April.