Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel may still be on their honeymoon, but that didn't stop the Swedes from throwing her a birthday party anyway! In Vic's place, they feted cross-country skier Charlotte Kalla, who won an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver for Sweden. Queen Sil showed up in her traditional garb, as per usual, headscarf and all -- while Mads still seems to be in Miami mode. Oh, well -- maybe next year?
Boo, as much as it pains me to critique you, it's time to lay off the hair gel. It's starting to look sleazy. Curls, please!
Photo Credits: Uffe Kongsted/MSN Starlounge
No, this isn't the queen you're used to reading about here -- it's Queen Silvia of Sweden, one of our newest additions to the hattery madness. And one of our first ladies in national costume!
My knowledge of traditional Swedish national costuming is, well, sketchy at best, but this fun picture chart on the ever-helpful Wikipedia (hee!) tells me that Silvia's wearing the Skedevi socken costume from Östergötland. (Swedes, feel more than free to correct me here if I'm wrong, because I probably am...)
King Carl Gustaf apparently decided to eschew the awesome apron and funky hat that goes with the male version of this national costume -- oh, well. Maybe next time, CG? (Just please don't make Carl Philip wear it. He's too dreamy to do such things.)
Silvia wears traditional costume on most national days, and this concert on Victoria Day seems to be no exception. She's the only royal lady who had the guts to bust out the headdress that goes with the costume as well, though, so props to her!
Maybe she heard that any foreign royals wearing unusual headwear get a free ticket to this blog now?