Tomorrow is the big day for Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill and, happily for us, the biggest royal wedding of the year.
To kick off the celebrations, the King and Queen of Sweden hosted a swish dinner at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm tonight, with everyone from Princess Charlene of Monaco to Princess Marie of Denmark.
Madeleine showed up in a super festive and sparkly silver gown. Sadly, my internet is so slow at the moment that I can’t upload any more pictures. Fortunately the Huffington Post has lots of great pictures of the guests here.
In preparation for the big day, the Royal Family has released the couple’s joint monogram. It was designed by heraldic artist Vladimir A. Sagerlund and consists of the couple’s first initials resting under Madeleine’s ducal crown.
They also released the designer of the wedding gown in the most succinct press release ever. It reads:
Valentino had already been confirmed as a guest, so there were already a few tongues wagging that he must be the designer. Perhaps that’s why they decided to announce it a day early.
You know who else had a Valentino wedding gown? Our fave new Queen Maxima!
You can read more about Maxima’s Valentino gown in a past post here. Another royal bride who chose Valentino is Princess Marie-Chantalle of Greece. The Royal Order of Splendor has a great article about her dress. There’s so much great info! Click here to see for yourself.
More recently, Valentino also designed Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress:
So who knows, maybe it’ll be structured like Max’s or perhaps it’ll be floaty and ethereal like Anne’s. I’m voting for structured.
On another entirely frivolous note, here’s what I’m most excited to find out tomorrow:
1. What tiara Madeleine has chosen to wear
We know that the tradition in the family is for the bride to wear the heavy duty Cameo Tiara, but my guess is Princess Madeleine is having none of it. Instead, I think she’ll show up with a diamond-only tiara, likely the Modern Fringe Tiara.
We’ll see if I’m right about that…if I’m wrong, happy to eat my words…I just really don’t think Madeleine is a Cameo girl.
Here’s the press release for this tiara from when Victoria wore it on her wedding day in 2010:
The word “cameo” means a precious stone decorated in raised relief. The tiara is made of gold, pearls and cameos. The central cameo depicts Cupid and Psyche from Greek mythology.
The seven cameos were not originally carved for the tiara, as can be seen in their different shapes and colours.
The cameo tiara was also worn by Queen Silvia at the royal wedding on 19 June 1976.
The Crown Princess is therefore continuing a tradition started by Princess Birgitta. She was the first Haga Princes to marry, and chose the cameo tiara for her wedding in 1961 to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.
Princess Désirée also chose the same tiara as her bridal crown when she married Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld in 1964.
2. If Madeleine will wear the traditional veil.
I’m guessing yes. This one is easier to incorporate. Here’s the official info on the veil, also from a press release from Victoria’s wedding:
The Crown Princess is wearing Queen Sofia’s lace veil. It is the same veil that was worn by Crown Princess Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, at her marriage to King Carl Gustaf in 1976.
This veil was given by Queen Sofia to her youngest son, Prince Eugen. Prince Eugen then passed the veil on to Princess Sibylla, who wore it under a garland of myrtle at her marriage to Prince Gustaf Adolf in Koburg in 1932.
Queen Sofia’s veil was also worn by the Princesses Désirée in 1964, Margaretha in 1964 and Christina in 1974.
Behind the Crown Princess hair and make up is Peter Andersson and Linda Öhrnström.
3. What Madeleine’s dress looks like. Obviously.
Please don’t let it be strapless. Please.
4. If Mr. O’Neill’s Groom’s speech holds up to the awesomeness that was Prince Daniel’s speech.
It’s gonna be tough, but I’m rooting for him.
5. Is Prince Carl Philippe allowed to have a date?
He likes to date bikini models and the like and I noticed he was pictured arriving to the dinner with Chris O’Neill’s mother on his arm, so I’m thinking any date has been instructed to hang out in the background. We shall see.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a thorough analysis. My alarm’s already set so I don’t miss a moment. We should be able to watch it here. The wedding begins at 7am Pacific time. Tata for now.