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Another glitzy, tiara-filled night in Sweden


Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

The day following the Nobel Prize Ceremony is also a glamorous one in Sweden. On 11 December every year, the King hosts a white-tie dinner at the Royal Palace in honour of the Nobel Laureates. This year offered some interesting and meaningful fashion choices.

Queen Silvia opted to repeat a blue gown by German brand Georg et Arend. The long-sleeve gown features a bow detail on one shoulder. The Queen opted to complement the look with the Connaught Tiara which features five loops of forget-me-not wreaths with a diamond drop in each loop.

Crown Princess Victoria had the most dramatic and talked about look of the night. She opted for a custom creation by her wedding dress designer Pär Engsheden. The bold red gown features voluminous bishop sleeves and a large pussy bow. The gown wasn’t purely chosen for its style. Style experts in Sweden believe Victoria’s gown was a tribute to the late Sara Danius who died of breast cancer earlier this year.

Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

Danius was the Secretary of the Swedish Academy. She resigned last year as a protest to the Academy’s handling of sexual abuse allegations. Danius was known for her dramatic fashion choices which resulted in some of the most memorable and talked about Nobel looks. The pussy bow was a signature of Danius’s style and so Victoria’s gown pays homage to that and the legacy Danius left.

Victoria paired the gown with bright pink shoes and clutch. She topped the look with the Laurel Wreath Tiara. The Laurel Wreath Tiara was owned by the late Princess Lillian who passed the diadem on to Victoria in her will. She chose Queen Josephine’s stomacher earrings which she also wore last night.

Princess Sofia went for a more subdued look than her Nobel Awards Ceremony look. She chose a custom pale pink gown by one of her favourite designers Ida Lanto. The Swedish designer has created many custom pieces for Sofia. This gown features long sleeves, a high neck, and floral appliques. Sofia chose the smallest setting of her wedding tiara to compliment this look. She opted for the diamond palmette tiara with no stones on top. The biggest jewellery statement was her earrings. She chose earrings from the Napoleonic amethyst parure.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv / Royal. Royal Court

Like Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine opted for a custom floral gown by a Swedish designer. Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt created a custom short sleeve gown for Madeleine. The gown featured a mesh floral short sleeve overlay. Madeleine opted for pearl earrings and a pearl brooch to compliment the soft nature of the look. She selected one of her most worn diadems to finish the look. The Modern Fringe Tiara was gifted to Madeleine by her parents and is now owned by her. This is the tiara she wore when she married Christopher O’Neill in 2013.

While the jewellery choices weren’t as major as the first night, the King’s dinner still offered a lot of dramatic, interesting, and glamourous choices. What did you think of the looks worn to the King’s dinner? Who wore your favourite and least favourite look of the evening?