The Swedish royal family attracts a lot less international attention than their UK peers, but they rule the tabloids in their native country and never more so than when they are all gussied up for an official event or wedding. In case you are not up to date with the Swedish royal house, here's a quick tour of the female members of the family and the outfits they wore to the 2016 Nobel Prize evening festivities.
The Crown Princess now has her own family. She married a regular man of the people in 2010. Her groom used to be her personal trainer.
Princess Sofia used to be a model, has been in a reality TV show, and spent many years doing volunteer work in Ghana. In addition to her princess duties and being a new mom, she is the co-founder of a non-profit organization who works with disadvantage youth in Cape Town, South Africa.
One of my favorite stories about Princess Sofia has to do with her many tattoos. The Swedish court asked her to remove them, or at least cover them up for the royal wedding. She chose a gown that covered most of them, but rebelled a little by choosing a neckline that allowed a glimpse of the tattoo she has on the back of her neck.
The tabloids used to love the youngest princess. She had a reputation as a party girl and was a frequent visitor at some of the glitziest nightclubs in Stockholm and around the world. Often together with her lawyer boyfriend who came from one of Sweden's upperclass families. The couple had a very stormy relationship for eight years until a Norwegian tabloid exposed that the boyfriend had a one-night stand with a one of that country's former handball stars. (I'm not making this up!) Madeline at first forgave her boyfriend, but when it became clear that he had had many other affairs--including getting one of his coworkers pregnant--she called off the engagement.
She's now married to an investment banker who has dual British and American citizenship. I especially admire the guy because he decided to keep his job and his foreign citizenships at the expense of becoming a Swedish prince. (According to Swedish law, you have to be a Swedish citizen and not work in industry in order to be a royal.)
At age 27, year after he'd met Silvia, Carl Gustaf inherited the throne after his grandfather's death. (His dad died when he was only 1 year old.) When Carl Gustaf and Silvia wed, it was the first marriage of a reigning Swedish monarch since 1797. If they had married during the reign of Carl Gustaf's grandfather, the young prince would have lost his position as heir-apparent to the Swedish throne. His grandfather believed that royalty must marry royalty. (Romantic side note: Carl Gustaf's uncle, Prince Bertil, did not marry until after the older king's death on purpose. Bertil was second-in-line to the throne until his nephew produced an heir, and was therefore unable to marry the Welsh commoner with whom he had been in love for decades.)
And speaking of royal weddings, here is a picture of the most current Swedish one: Prince Carl-Philip and Princess Sofia's wedding in 2015.
(See how I managed to work in a picture of the prince after all? ;-) )