Princess Charlene's Fashion

The Royal Thumbs Up: The Best And Worst from Princess Madeleine Wedding

The wedding ceremony of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'neill drew more royal guests than the pre-wedding dinner. Let's thumb them up (and down):

Best in Swarovski
Queen Silvia

Described by the palace as "A jade-coloured dress with a train. The dress is silk organza with embroidered silk lace and Swarovski stones". It looks like many of the queen's other gowns but I really like it, she added a jacket in a similar colour later (Photo). The Queen also wore the Pronger Tiara and the diamond rivière.

Best in Cape
Princess Mette-Marit

Princess Mette-Marit missed the dinner as she was in Asia, but she attended the wedding ceremony and she did not disappoint. The crown princess wore a baby blue lace gown, it was reported to be by Emilio Pucci but I still haven't got it confirmed yet. We always complain that MM wears the daisy tiara, this time she decided to go for the amethysts but I somehow think the daisy would have suited the dress better, no complains, I like it this way, too! Did you notice her Kotur clutch? She wears it often on royal events!

Best in Soft
Princess Marie

Marie made a style recovery -for me- with this magnificent gown, it's soft and summery but still splendid, I like it with the sash, too. Marie stuck to her wedding tiara, which makes me wonder, doesn't she have a Flora Danica tiara made of silver and amethyst that she never wore?

Best in Far East
Princess Takamado

I'm not sure I like the dress or the purse (is that a Capricorn on it? Jeannieach thinks it's a swan and its reflection), but it's very rare for a Japanese princess to wear a gown in something other than white, so kudos for that. Plus, these are some major jewelry that we don't get to see often!

Best in Meh!
Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The gown is beautiful, but way too pale, it reminds me of the gown Camilla wore to the investiture dinner in the Netherlands therefore I assume it's is by Bruce Oldfield, too. I don't like the pairing with the Aquamarine Tiara, because while theoretically the colours don't clash, in reality they don't blend. Sophie wore new-to-her earrings from the Queen's collections, the Queen always wears them with ruby drops which were taken off this time.

Second Best in Meh!
Princess Stephanie

Stephanie wore another Elie Saab gown, this time in gold/beige, Stephanie took advantage of the dress being sleeves to take a wrap. Although the dress is Saab, it's MEH (at its best, though), it could have worked way better if it was well-fitted and had a different neckline. Love that she went for the mysterious citrine/topaz (no one knows) although I'm not a fan of the way the tiara is placed!

Best in Jewel-less
Princess Charlene

This is going to be a bit long! Let's discuss what she did first then see what she didn't!

Just like the dinner, Charlene turned to Akris to design her "A cameo “water wave” gown with a silk georgette stole accessorized with an Alice bag". The gown is great, hugs her body perfectly and I like the peplum which steal the attention from the shoulders, I like the mermaid skirt and the colour is good and understated.
Finally, I could understand how these stoles work, it has one sleeve for the right arm and she's free to wrap the left side as she wishes, smart, me thinks!

Now about the lack of jewelry, I've sent the Princely Palace asking if there was a reason she didn't wear a tiara and they said that the rules of protocol allowed it. So, it's not mandatory to wear a tiara or a sash but it is mandatory to wear a gown and cover your arms, which Charlene did. So she didn't do something wrong, she did something disappointing, I mean what about just stud earrings? At least she wore her wedding ring. And I have to salute her for being so resistant to walk in her own path.

Best in Almost Inappropriate
Princess Tatiana

Apparently a princess can get away with not wearing a tiara but she can't get away with wearing strapless to a royal wedding in a church even if her gown is in a lovely colour and a lovely shape and matches perfectly her sash, accessories and Antique Corsage Tiara. Thanks to our friend elpalais on Twitter, we know Tatiana avoided being inappropriate by wearing a wrap inside the chapel (Photo), she looks good!

Best in Potential
Sofia Hellqvist

She's not a royal -yet- but she's a royal girlfriend! So we can discuss her here. In fact, I see a potential in Sofia, she's been trying to embrace the public with being so understated and classic and I think this might be a good start! Her dress might remind you of Pippa's infamous bridesmaid dress but it also reminds me of the Roksanda Ilincic dress Kate has worn, I like it and the big funky rings!

Second Best EVER
Princess Martha Louise

Would you have believed that a few years ago when Martha Louise was all about quirky dressing? She's looking FABULOUS in this amazing gown which is reported to be Pucci just like her sister-in-law's. I love the colour, the neckline, the light embroidery, everything! She has some serious train going on, too (photo).
The Princess wore Queen Maud's Pearl and Diamond Tiara in its smaller setting (she wore it at her own wedding) and paired it with a sapphire necklace, earrings and bracelet. Parfait!

Princess Victoria

Victoria decided to take us to heaven with her amazing gown (and cute daughter).
Fadi El Khoury is the designer behind this dreamy gown. Fadi El Khoury is a couture designer and the dress is really a couture creation as it has taken about 800 hours "to build", it's made in Italy by seamstress with 40 years of experience.
"The placed  hand embroidery of 12 meters with hand dyed silk threads in shades of grége rosé  and crystal beads in amethyst and light grey opal has taken most of the time."

Princess Victoria in a Fadi ElKhoury gown
 All of the embroidery is incrusted to hide all visible seams and the dress is built of double silk organza, silk organza with lurex threads and layers of hand-dyed tulle, the dress has a costum made corset and an underskirt with 18 meters of layers of tulle and crinoline.

Another photo to appreciate this amazing Fadi El Khoury Couture gown!

Victoria paired this exquisite gown with Princess Lilian's tiara and corsage necklace, I've always hated this tiara but this time it doesn't look so empty in Victoria's hair as it did with Lilian. Great hairdo, too.

And now the worst!

Worst in White
Princess Marie Chantal

Marie Chantal can't get away with wearing white, especially if it's Valentino Haute Couture (who dressed the bride)!

Worst for The Night
Princess Mary

I love Mary, like really love Mary, she's usually one of the best dressed in every event she attends, but not this time. It's just so bizzare, I was never a fan of nude underlays and the cape's satin trimming makes it look like a nightgown with the lace, and the dress could have been two inches longer, the silver accessories don't go well with the rest of the outfit and neither does the Midnight Tiara.

Who was your favorite for the night? And who was your least favorite?

Photos: Zimbio, newmyroyals


  1. Wauw, what a nice blog! The one and only favorite: the lovely dress of Prncess Victoria! She is such a beauty (and the dress too!)
    Princess Charlene and Princess Matha Louise are my other favorites. And also Queen Sylvia wears a vet nice dress.

  2. Victoria wins, hands-down. I loved that gorgeous dress and that beautiful tiara. I think Charlene's gown is pretty, but I don't see how a tiara or at the very least, a necklace would have hurt her. I agree with all your thoughts about Mary, except for the tiara. I like that unusual tiara... no it didn't really go with the dress, but I like that she wore it.

    1. I do like the tiara but on an outfit that suits it!

  3. You were quite brave as you wrote to the palace of Monaco, but they are really nice there (I have personal experience for some years ago). I have been thinking about Charlene's no-jewellery choice: 1) The tiara should have been a small one. All royal ladies who have more than one tiara had one of the smaller. Madeleine and Victoria obviously wanted to emphasize that this is a private and not an official wedding by choosing a tiara from the private collection. Silvia's tiara is only n:r 3-4 in importance.(So the Ocean would have been out of the question for Charlene), but 2) Charlene's hair is so short nowadays that it is nearly impossible to fix any tiara so well that it doesn't fall down.
    In any case I had wished C would have had at least a small piece of jewellery, perhaps Grace's small diamond riviere (or is it still travelling with the exhibition?)
    Märtha Louise is not so wild as she used to be, I'm enjoying her looks. Stephanie is experimenting various things and will turn out fine. (There is a rumour that she is pregnant which would explain the slightly loose dress). - And even without jewellery Charlene's dress was nice. What more, her eyes are smiling which is quite a new phenomenon. Nothing to do with her dress, but it makes her total appearance so much better.
    Sorry, this became rather long.

  4. I also think that it is a reflected swan.

    Jackie Kennedy knew that she couldn't compete with European royalty in terms of jewellery, so she didn't. Perhaps that is the raod that Charlene has decided to take.

    I also remember during an interview during the wilds days of Caroline and Stephanie, that the Queen of Denmark saying that she would never let her sons marry into Monaco. Could that be the reason for Mary's cold shoulder?

  5. Earlier today I was reading the web pages of the Swedish magazine "Svensk Damtidning". There was several admiring comments on Charlene's style.

  6. I'm not a fan of Charlene's outfit. The colour of the dress is sad, not for a wedding. If she can't hold a tiara on her hair, she could wear it as a necklace. Anyway, better going this way that not going.
    I can't understand why the royal family of Belgium didn't send anyone to the wedding. Their family ties are quite close.
    I love Marie Chantal's dress, even if the colour is not appropriate. But the style is gorgeous.
    I like Martha Louise dress, but not too much. I agree with the rest of your comments.

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