Spanish Swedish royal dinner

Last night’s Royal Gala was a lesson in exquisite regal style

By Eliza Sörman Nilsson

Photo: Swedish Press Agency

The Swedish and Spanish royals have officially re-written the rule book on occasion dressing

In a beautiful flurry of tiaras, tulle and sashes, the Spanish and Swedish royal families united last night for a regal dinner.


Hosted at Stockholm's Royal Palace as part of the Spanish royals' two-day state visit to Sweden, the meeting was a celebration of occasion dressing with designer gowns and statement tiaras being the status quo.

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria led the sartorial charge in couture designed by fellow countryman Frida Jonsvens. The floral applique gown in nude, red and blue tones was offset by the Swedish aquamarine Kokoshnik tiara worn atop swept back hair.

Swedish Spanish dinner

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Photo: Swedish Press Agency

Swedish Spanish dinner

Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip. Photo: Swedish Press Agency

Princess Sofia opted for an A-line Safiyaa gown with diamond details, her clutch a sparkly piece from Christian Louboutin. Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a Geord Et Arend gold gown, while Queen Letizia went for a frothy navy number from Swedish brand H&M.

Championing sustainability, Queen Letizia’s dress was from H&M’s Conscious Collection, a collection aimed at using responsibly source materials, created in environmentally-friendly ways, while Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia both wore gowns they’d worn before.

Swedish Spanish dinner

Queen Letizia and Queen Silvia. Photo: Swedish Press Agency

Held in the castle's largest ballroom, the White Sea, the royal couples enjoyed a menu of fried fish and squid paired with leeks, butter sauce, gooseberries and Kalix roe. For mains, reindeer with mushroom croquettes and baked beets were served.

King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia of Spain are in Sweden on invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The aim of the visit is to further strengthen relationships between the countries.

Spanish Swedish royal dinner

Princess Sofia, Prince Carl Philip, Queen Letizia, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel and Crown Princess Victoria. Photo: Swedish Press Agency