Here in America, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. To celebrate, and say a little “thank you” to all of you, I thought I’d bring you Thursday’s post on the jewels of tonight’s Spanish state banquet in Sweden a few hours early. Enjoy!
Three cheers for another royal-royal state visit! On Wednesday, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain began their first state visit to Sweden, and we were treated to both gorgeous daytime jewels and glittering evening tiaras.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia, who had arrived in Stockholm the previous day, were greeted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden outside the Royal Stables on Wednesday. The quartet departed for a carriage procession through Stockholm after their initial greetings.
Both Queen Letizia and Queen Silvia dressed warmly for the morning’s events. Letizia wore a red dress and headpiece with a fur-trimmed beige cape and matching accessories. Queen Silvia wore a coat, dress, and hat in a vivid shade of violet, with a coordinating bag and shoes.
Letizia picked up the warm tones of her ensemble with her earrings, wearing her diamond and citrine drop earrings.
Here’s another view of the earrings, taken later in the day after she had removed her headpiece.
Queen Silvia wore jewels set with diamonds, pearls, rubies, and emeralds. She wore earrings with pearl studs, diamonds, and cabochon ruby drops. On her coat, she pinned a gorgeous butterfly brooch made of diamonds, rubies, gold, and a large cabochon emerald.
Often, when royal ladies wear both a coat and a dress for a day of engagements, they simply shift the brooch from the coat to the dress when removing the top layer. But not Silvia! Instead, she treated us to a second brooch, and a necklace, underneath the jacket. The two-stranded pearl necklace, which has a diamond and pearl clasp, belonged to the King’s mother, Princess Sibylla of Sweden. And the gorgeous diamond, pearl, and ruby floral brooch belonged to Queen Josefina of Sweden, who was born Princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg.
Inside the royal palace, the kings and queens were joined by Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, and Princess Sofia. Victoria wore diamonds with her powder-blue ensemble, while Sofia wore modern pearl earrings with her floral dress.
The day’s engagements also included a visit to the Nobel Museum, where they royals viewed a special exhibition about Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the first Spanish person to win a Nobel Prize.
And then, in the evening, it was tiara time! The royals gathered at the Royal Palace for a glittering gala dinner.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and King Felipe VI greeted guests alongside Queen Letizia and Queen Silvia.
The royals also posed for formal photographs. Here, you get a good look at the clothes and decorations worn by both royal couples. King Felipe wore the collar of the Order of the Seraphim and the necklet of the Order of the Golden Fleece. King Carl Gustaf wore the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the necklet of the Order of the Polar Star. Queen Letizia wore the Order of the Seraphim (which she received during this visit), and Queen Silvia wore the Order of Carlos III (which is also a new order for her).
Queen Letizia sparkled in major royal diamonds, paired with an H&M gown—a nice sartorial nod to her hosts. She wore Queen Ena’s Fleur-de-Lis Tiara, plus Ena’s diamond earrings and her diamond bracelets, which were stacked together on Letizia’s right wrist. She secured her order sash with the diamond fleur-de-lis brooch that comes from her diamond and pearl tiara.
Queen Silvia wore a tiara we haven’t seen her bring out of the vaults in quite some time: the Cameo Tiara. She wore the Cameo Bracelet on her left wrist, and she used the Cameo Brooch to secure her order sash, and finished off the look with pearl drop earrings.
The next generation of the Swedish royals all wore Spanish orders that they received during this visit. Crown Princess Victoria wears the Order of Isabella the Catholic, while Prince Daniel wears the sash of the Order of Civil Merit and the necklet of the Order of the Polar Star. Prince Carl Philip wears the same order combination as his brother-in-law, and Princess Sofia wears the sash of the Order of Civil Merit. All three Swedish royal ladies also wore King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Royal Family Order.
With a gorgeous floral embroidered gown that she wore last year for her 10th wedding anniversary portraits, Crown Princess Victoria wore the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik, plus diamond earrings and a diamond necklace. She secured her order sash with the Swedish Diamond Lozenge Brooch.
Princess Sofia wore the pearl setting of her Palmette Tiara with diamond jewels, including modern earrings and a small brooch to secure her order sash.
It’s just so good to see the royal jewels coming out of the vaults again, isn’t it???