July 24, 2014

Follow the Royals on Social Media

We are all for following the royals on social media. Here are some recommendations for you.

  • Prince Achileas of Greece and Denmark, son of Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Achileas is on Instagram
  • Prince Alexios of Greece and Denmark, son of Princess Marie-Chantal and Prince Pavlos of Greece. Alexios' Instagram.

July 14, 2014

Princess Estelle's bracelet - how to make your own

Today, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 37th birthday and many fans came out to celebrate with her and the rest of her family. Of course Estelle was there, adorable as ever. From photos of the event I noticed she was wearing a set of DYI bracelets, a gift from fans, I guess. Victoria also wore similar bracelets and a homemade necklace.

Princess Estelle wearing homemade rubber tie bracelets, a gift from fans.
 For those of you who are interested in knowing more about these rubber bracelets who have become a trend, at least where I live, they are made out of many, small, multicolored rubber ties/bands that are tied together using a specific technique. The technique is explained in the video below. The rubber bands/ties can be bought in your local crafts store or on Amazon.

Happy bracelet making!

July 09, 2014

A Closer Look At Sofia Hellqvist's Engagement Ring

As you might know if you are a follower of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist, they have announced their engagement. The engagement took place and was announced on 27 June 2014 in Sweden. Sofia wore a red Roland Mouret dress and her hair was worn down. She looked simply stunning and it was clear to anyone who saw them that day at the press gathering that they are madly in love with each other. Prince Carl Philip will finally get to marry his chosen one and Sofia will finally get her prince.

When Carl Philip was asked about the ring he said that he of course had chosen it himself and that he had a say in the design even though it was not designed by him. Sofia proudly wore the ring and said that she loved it and that she was still in chock as it was still very new to her.

A closeup of Sofia Hellqvist's engagement ring

July 01, 2014

Watch of the Weekend: The Princess Diaries

This weekend I had some time to kill so I decided to watch my The Princess Diaries DVD. Needless to say, I have had this DVD since it first came out and it isn't my first time watching it as I absolutely love it.

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 movie is based upon the books by author Meg Cabot. Anne Hathaway plays Mia Thermopolis who is just your average teenager. She goes to Albert Einstein High School and loves spending time with her best friend, Lily Moscowitch and her cat Fat Louie. Mia has a MAJOR crush on Josh Richter but she doesn't think she could stand a chance because of her insecurities. You see, in her own words Mia hasn't fully developed in the chest area. Mia is also very tall, a total freak if you'd ask her. To top it all off she is flunking algebra and it doesn't help that her paternal grandmother (Julie Andews) from Genovia, which she doesn't particularly like because she hasn't made an effort to keep in touch with Mia upon till this point, has been trying to contact her because apparently she has some important news for her....

The movie can be watched on YouTube, just click play below.

Want to see the sequel? Get Princess Diaries 2 - A Royal Engagement on DVD.

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June 27, 2014

It's official: An Engagement between Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist

Today, on 27th June 2014, it was announced via an unexpected and quite spontaneous press conference at the Royal Palace in Stockholm that Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist are engaged. The press conference was originally to take place at 4.30 local time but was delayed one hour.

Before the actual press conference took place an announcement from the Marshal of the Realm was posted on the Royal Courts' webpage and their Facebook page.

The date has not been decided yet but we know that the wedding will take place sometime next summer, 2015.

Sofia Hellqvist's engagement ring

Before the press conference, Aftonbladet's reporter read an announcement: Prince Carl Philip said: "Today Sofia has said "yes" to spend the rest of her life with me by marrying me. Today is a joyous day for both me and Sofia."

Sofia looked stunning wearing a red dress when she walked hand in hand with her Prince. Carl Philip wore a navy blue suit, white shirt and a blue tie.

The press conference started with a photograph session and then Prince Carl Philip made the announcement. He said, "We are happy today, a little nervous, but happy."

Sofia said she was surprised by the proposal, which happened this morning at a private place the couple loves and want to keep private. The prince chose and bought the ring himself. Sofia said that this morning when she woke up she did not expect a thing. Then when the prince went down on one knee and presented Sofia with a ring she knew what was going on. The prince admitted being really nervous when he popped the question.

After answering the press' questions the couple was photographed with the King and Queen.

June 26, 2014

9 Random Royal Facts You Didn't Know

1. Prince Daniel was born on the same day Carl Gustaf became King

Daniel Westling was born on 15 September 1973 the same day the Swedes got their new King: Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Daniel Westling would later go on to marry the kings eldest daughter, Princess Victoria.

2. Princesses Victoria and Tatiana share a friend 

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Princess Tatiana of Greece have one good friend in common: Ellen Dinkelspiel (née Stendahl). When Ellen married her then boyfriend, Jan Dinkelspiel back in August 2009, Tatiana was one of Ellens bridesmaids. Back then, Tatiana was better known as Tatiana Blatnik, girlfriend of Prince Nikolaos of Greece. Ellen returned the favour when Tatiana and Nikolaos got married a year later in Greece.

3. Princess Madeleine's race with her ex-fiancé

As previously reported, Jonas Bergström and Madeleine's ex friend Stephanie af Klercker, got together after Madeleine broke off the engagement with Jonas. Call it what you want but here is the timeline of what has happened:

January 2011: Jonas and Stephanie are spotted together for the first time
January 2011: Madeleine and Chris are spotted together for the first time

October 2012: Madeleine and Chris get engaged
October 2012: Jonas and Stephanie get engaged

June 2013: Madeleine and Chris get married
August 2013: Jonas and Stephanie get married

February 2014: Jonas and Stephanie welcome their firstborn, baby girl Katinka Bergström
February 2014: Madeleine and Chris welcome their firstborn, baby girl Princess Leonore

4. ABBA's Dancing Queen is a tribute to Queen Silvia

ABBA's song Dancing Queen was performed live for the first time ever at a tribute concert in honor of King Carl Gustaf and his bride to be, Silvia Sommerlath, now Queen Silvia.

5. The Greek Royal family is one of the best connected royal families in the world

The Greek Royal Family consists of ex King Constantine and ex Queen Anne-Marie and their children and grandchildren. King Constantine's sister is the former Queen of Spain. That is to say, The current king, Felipe, is cousin to King Constantine's and Queen Anne-Marie's childen and nephew of King Constantine. Queen Margrethe of Denmark is Queen Anne-Marie's sister. Princess Marie-Chantal, who is married into the royal family also has good connections to add to the family's circle. Her sister used to be married to Diane von Furstenberg's son. There is also a good connection to the British Royal family through Prince Philip. Imagine the family gatherings of the extended families, nothing but Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses!

6. Diane von Furstenberg's son used to be Princess Marie-Chantal's sister mother in law and Princess Tatiana's employer

Princess Tatiana of Greece used to be an event coordinator for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg prior to her marriage to Prince Nikolaos. Diane von Furstenberg happens to be Alexandra Miller's ex-mother in law and Alexandra Miller is Princess Marie-Chantal's sister. The chart here below explains this in a visual way.

7. Princess Victoria's good friend is a jeweler

Princess Victoria's close friend, Caroline Kreuger Nilsson recently launched her own jewelry brand, Kreuger Jewellery. Victoria wore a pair of her earrings to Princess Leonore's christening on 8 June 2014. Caroline's daughter Isabella Chloé Nilsson is Victoria's goddaughter as is Princess Leonore.

8. Princess Victoria is a very popular godparent

Princess Victoria is godmother to thirteen children, nine girls and four boys. Three of her godchildren will become queens and kings of the future. Victoria's godchildren are among others:
  • Prince Alexios of Greece, Princess Marie-Chantal's and Prince Pavlos' son.
  • The Princess of Orange, Catharina Amalia of the Netherlands, daughter of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima.
  • Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Haakon's and Mette-Marit's daughter.
  • Prince Christian of Denmark, son of the Crown Prince couple of Denmark.
  • Princess Eléonore of Belgium, daughter of King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

9. Many princesses and queens names start with M

Among others we have:

  • Queen Maxima of the Netherlands
  • Queen Mathilde of Belgium
  • Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
  • Princess Marie of Denmark
  • Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
  • Princess Mabel of the Netherlands
  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden
  • Princess Maria Olympia of Greece

June 19, 2014

Victoria goes Whale watching in Iceland

Victoria and Daniel went whale watching in northern Iceland today, in Husavik to be exact. They were lucky because they actually got a glimpse of a whale and that is not a guaranteed thing. The state visit ends tonight.

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