If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. At least, that could have been the Duchess of Cambridge’s thought process given the negative reaction that last night’s gold silk Erdem gown received from royal watchers. (Personally, though, I was on board, albeit hesitantly). Regardless, the bags were already packed and the next gown on the docket was yet another floral Erdem, this one boasting blue velvet, bell sleeves and a high neckline.
Day Two of Royal Visit Sweden is already underway! Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visited the Karolinksa Institute, Matteusskolan and NK, a department store. After the engagements, the couple had tea with Victoria and Daniel at Haga Palace, the couple’s home, before preparing for their evening event at Fotograsfiska Gallery.
After a whirlwind (and cold) introduction to Stockholm, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ended the first day of their Scandinavian tour at the British Ambassador’s residence for a dinner party. The residence is serving as home base for the couple during their stay, thus making tonight’s logistics straightforward. They were joined once more by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, who are acting as the couple’s official hosts, as well as a few notable Swedish public figures, including actress Alicia Vikander.
After beginning their day on an ice rink, it was all faux fur and cobblestones for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they carried on in Stockholm with the Swedish Royal Family. The couple were met by Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, as they moved to the Royal Palace for a luncheon and then two museum stops.
Royal Tour of Sweden officially kicked off today, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carrying out a number of engagements in Stockholm. We’ve been hearing about this tour for months now, from the initial press release back in August that introduced an undefined tour to the delay thanks to Kate’s pregnancy to the final announcement, so it’s hard to believe it’s finally upon us.
Le sigh. I got my wish for only one episode, but my God how boring it was. Victoria’s government is in a snit because the Queen of Spain (Isabella II) is in need of a husband and the British are terrified that it will be France who provides him. Against the advice of Sir Robert Peel, Victoria decides to pay King Louis Philippe a visit and put a stop to the match. Her reasoning? Well, she tells Peel, she can talk to him monarch-to-monarch which is a little thing neither he nor we can do, and it’s beyond our comprehension.
As we did with the Swedish Royal Family yesterday, we’re going to take a look at the Norwegian Royal Family, members of whom the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to meet in a few days when they visit Oslo.
A couple weeks ago we covered the life of Edward VII’s daughter, Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway. After Maud’s death in 1938, her son ascended the throne as Olav V in 1957. He and his wife, Märtha of Sweden, had three children, the youngest of whom was a son and heir. When Olav died in 1991, this son succeeded him on the throne as King Harald V and is still reigning today.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t pay close attention to royal families outside of the UK. While I get the gist of the Swedish Royal Family, I certainly don’t know the ins and outs, so the for the purposes of being prepared for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming visit to Stockholm, I thought we could all do with a refresher. The SRF is probably the European monarchy that comes close to rivalling the Windsors in popularity, which is thanks to its informality, steadiness and not one but three young (and growing) families. So, let’s get into it.
I have gone out of my way to mostly ignore Sarah, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife) due to the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say…” Indeed, it’s for this same reason that I usually only reference Andrew when he happens to have attended a large family event. The only exception to this is a post from early last year that covered memorable public statements made by Andrew pertaining to the roles of his daughters in the “slimmed down” monarchy model that the Prince of Wales is said to favor.
My reason for writing that post was that it was particularly newsworthy and it is for that same reason I find myself circling back to the York family again today. So, here we go:
Today’s Royal Family is descended from William I, a man alternately known as William the Conqueror or William the Bastard. Born illegitimate, he succeeded his father as Duke of Normandy and made a fortuitous marriage to Matilda of Flanders. Of their sons, two would become kings of England – William II (William Rufus) and Henry I. Understandably, much less is known about their daughters. Indeed, we don’t know for sure their birth order, lifespans, or even how many of them there were.