Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Sofia visited the royal wedding dress exhibition called “Royal Wedding Gowns” this afternoon at the Royal Palace of Stockholm before it opens to the public tomorrow. Unfortunately, Princess Madeleine was unable to make an appearance due to her and her children, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas, being ill with the stomach flu.
It was announced by the Swedish Royal Court in June that five Swedish royal wedding dresses would be on display in an exclusive exhibit at Stockholm Palace. The dresses will include the gowns worn by Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, Princess Sofia, and Princess Lilian. The exhibit is in celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s 40th wedding anniversary and will run from 18 October 2016 through 12 March 2017.
Queen Silvia commented to the media assembled that this was an “exhibition of love”. Moreover, the Queen said, “These creations are part of the Swedish royal history. But for me, they symbolize also important milestones in our family. Therefore, it feels a little extra solemnly to inaugurate the exhibition with my daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, and my daughter in law Princess Sofia.”
Her Majesty added, “Also I had the great fortune to have three children who have been wise enough to follow their hearts. Just as I did myself.”
The pre-wedding dresses of Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine are also on display. Crown Princess Victoria wore an Elie Saab dress to the concert held in honour of her wedding to Prince Daniel, and Princess Madeleine also wore an Elie Saab design for her pre-wedding dinner. More, the Nina Ricci dress Princess Madeleine wore during her reception, which she had borrowed from her mother is displayed. Silvia had previously worn the dress to one of the Nobel Peace Prize banquets.
Those who visit the beautiful exhibit will also have the opportunity to see the accessories and shoes, including Princess Sofia’s Charlotte Olympia pumps, worn by the royal ladies at their weddings. The lace veil worn by both Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria is on display, as well as the dresses of the young bridesmaids who were in each of the weddings.
Various photographs from the weddings and receptions are shown alongside the sketches of some of the gowns. Other items featured include the programmes from the weddings, copies of the flowers, banners with the insignias of the couples, and the rose King Carl XVI Gustaf gave to Queen Silvia after his wedding speech at Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s wedding. Sadly, visitors will not be able to view the tiaras worn by Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses.
For those wishing to visit the exhibition, tickets can be purchased through this link.
King Carl XVI Gustaf married German-born Silvia Sommerlath on 19 June 1976 at Stockholm Cathedral in Stockholm, Sweden. This was the first wedding of a reigning monarch in Sweden since 1797. Silvia’s dress was designed by Dior, and she wore the Swedish Cameo Tiara.
Crown Princess Victoria married her former personal trainer, Daniel Westling on 19 June 2010, exactly 34 years after her parents. She wore the same tiara and veil as her mother, and her dress was designed by Swedish designer Pär Engsheden. They also wed at the Stockholm Cathedral like her parents had done in 1976.
Prince Carl Philip married his long-term girlfriend, Sofia Hellqvist on 13 June 2015, at the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace. Sofia wore a dress by Ida Sjöstedt. Sofia wore an emerald and diamond tiara gifted to her by the King and Queen for the wedding. Ida Sjöstedt made an appearance this afternoon to see her creation on display, as well.
Princess Madeleine married American-British Christopher O’Neill on 8 June 2013 in the Royal Chapel at Stockholm Palace. She wore a dress designed by Italian designer Valentino with the Modern Fringe Tiara.
Prince Bertil, the paternal uncle of King Carl XVI Gustaf, married Welsh-born Lilian Davies on 7 December 1976. They waited to wed until after his father, King Gustaf VI Adolph, had passed. Gustaf Adolph was adamant in his belief that royals should only marry royals. They eventually married in the Royal Chapel at Drottningholm Palace with Carl Gustaf and Silvia in attendance just six months after their own wedding.
Queen Silvia spoke about the wedding in her opening speech this afternoon saying, “It was a beautiful and heartfelt wedding. Although it was a rainy winter day, there was so much warmth and love, between two who fought so long and been through so much together. It is also a welcome return to see her own wedding dress as nicely presented.”
Princess Lilian passed away on 10 March 2013, just three months before Madeleine was to wed Christopher O’Neill.