The Golden Jubilee celebrations continued in Sweden on Friday with daytime festivities at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
On the 50th anniversary of his accession day, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was celebrated with a service of thanksgiving at the Royal Palace’s castle church. He was joined by members of his family, plus his fellow Scandinavian heads of state and other dignitaries.
Numerous royals were on hand for the service, including King Harald V of Norway, a great-grandson of King Oscar II of Sweden, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, both granddaughters of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden.
King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden was also the grandfather and predecessor of King Carl XVI Gustaf, and today also marks the 50th anniversary of his passing. (Carl Gustaf’s father, also named Gustaf Adolf, died in a plane crash in 1947, when Carl Gustaf was not even a year old.) Above, the two kings are pictured in 1972 during the celebrations for King Gustaf VI Adolf’s 90th birthday.
After the Te Deum service, King Carl XVI Gustaf was joined by his son, Prince Carl Philip, outside the palace for a ceremonial changing of the guard and a concert.
Members of the family watched the celebrations from the palace balcony.
Smart daywear was the attire of choice for the daytime events on Friday. Queen Silvia wore a light blue suit with a matching hat and tan accessories for the Te Deum service. As he did on Thursday, King Carl XVI Gustaf is wearing the small button insignia of the Order of the Seraphim on his lapel.
She wore diamond earrings and a diamond necklace, plus an important heirloom brooch from the royal vaults.
This spectacular sapphire and diamond cluster brooch is part of the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure, an early nineteenth-century suite of jewelry that came to Sweden with Josephine of Leuchtenberg, who was the granddaughter of Empress Josephine of France. She’s also wearing her husband’s Royal Family Order, plus a new Golden Jubilee medal. You’ll see these medals on all of the royals in attendance.
The monarch’s heir, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, arrived with her husband, Prince Daniel, for the service of thanksgiving.
It’s a big day for them, too: it’s also Prince Daniel’s 50th birthday! Talk about a sign—the nation’s future consort being born on the monarch’s accession day.
With her floral dress and purple hat, Victoria wore some lovely small amethyst jewels, including a pair of earrings with amethyst drops.
You’ll also be able to spot a small, heart-shaped amethyst and diamond brooch pinned at the center of the bow at her neckline.
Victoria and Daniel brought along some special guests again this morning: Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar.
Princess Estelle, who is second in line to the throne, beamed in a blue tweed outfit during the thanksgiving service. She didn’t wear any notable jewelry, just a simple necklace and stud earrings, but her Golden Jubilee medal twinkled on her jacket.
Princess Sofia, arriving here with Prince Carl Philip, wore head-to-toe yellow for the service on Friday.
Her earrings weren’t visible in the photographs I could access, but I did spot a diamond tennis bracelet on her right wrist.
Princess Madeleine, arriving here with Christopher O’Neill, was elegant in Seraphim blue for the festivities.
She borrowed earrings from the royal vault for the occasion: the petite diamond drops that were once part of a stomacher that belonged to Josephine of Leuchtenberg.
Princess Christina, the King’s sister, was there as well. She attended the service and watched the changing of the guard from one of the palace windows. She chose pearls for the day, including a gorgeous diamond and pearl cluster brooch.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was accompanied by her sister, Queen Anne-Marie, for Friday’s celebrations.
Margrethe wore some sentimental meaningful jewelry connected to her Swedish royal grandparents. Her Diamond Daisy Brooch, a legacy from her mother, Queen Ingrid, is set with diamonds that belonged to Princess Margaret of Connaught, the first wife of King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. Margrethe also wore coordinating diamond daisy earrings from her collection.
Queen Anne-Marie wore pearls with diamond and sapphire jewels, including a pair of floral earrings. Her sapphire and diamond flower brooch looks to be made using the mystery setting pioneered by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark were also in attendance, with Mary wearing a lovely blue floral dress.
She accessorized with a classic pair of diamond drop earrings.
And from Norway, King Harald V and Queen Sonja were at Friday’s festivities as well. (Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were not there as originally scheduled; she’s ill, and he’s coming over just for tonight’s jubilee banquet.)
Queen Sonja wore jewelry from her preferred modern category: a necklace made of over-sized metallic beads.
Get ready, everyone: we should have tiaras in Stockholm later tonight! I’ll have pictures here as they become available to license.