sabato 17 febbraio 2018

Official Visit to Sweden and Norway, January-February 2018

Official visit to Sweden and Norway,
30 January - 2 February 2018

29 January 2018 - Arriving at the British Ambassador's residence in Stockholm ahead of the start of the tour.
Mulberry double-breasted cerise coat (Expressen article - in Swedish - here).

 30 January 2018 - Attending a bandy hockey event at Vasaparken, an outdoor ice-skating venue in the centre of Stockholm, to learn more about the sport and its popularity in Sweden.
New hat: "Rain" faux fur-trimmed chunky-knit wool beanie by New York City-based accessories designer Eugenia Kim; "167 Button" white gold earrings by Asprey, debuted in February 2017; new sweater: Övik folk knit sweater in uncle blue wool by Swedish brand Fjällrävennew scarf: cashmere fine cable snood in bordeaux by Broranew coat: "Toddingwall" shearling trench coat by Burberrynew gloves: black suede faux fur trim thermal gloves by John Lewis; black skinny jeans; new boots: black "Torino" waterproof suede, shell and leather ankle boots by Sorel (Daily Mail article here).

 30 January 2018 - Attending a welcome luncheon hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the Royal Palace, with approximately fifteen members of the Swedish Royal Court, including Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel.
Then,  accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visiting the Nobel Museumto meet a number of Nobel Laureates and hear more from the Museum's curator about science in Sweden and the Nobel Laureate system.
Visiting ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, to attend an event celebrating architectural collaboration and the best of Swedish design, from the most iconic and global furniture brands, to up-and-coming homeware designers with new takes on sustainable furnishings.
New coat and matching dress: bespoke pieces by Catherine Walkernew handbag: black small classic grain "Mini Seaton" by Mulberry"Vallnord" alpaca fur hat in black by Peruvian Connection, first worn on Christmas Day 2017; Kiki McDonough special edition green tourmaline, green amethyst and diamond earrings, debuted in India in April 2016 and thought to have been a present to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte; Tod's black suede pumps"Halfnhalf" stretch rider boots in black suede by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromleynew collar and cuffs set: faux fur lapel collar in black and faux fur cuffs in black, both by Troy Londonnew gloves: unidentified black suede gloves (Daily Mail article here).

30 January 2018 - Attending a black tie dinner at the Residence of the British Ambassador, attended by members of the Swedish Royal Family, and representatives from government and popular culture, including Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and actors Stellan Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander.
New gown: Winterbourne floral print "Stephanie" silk satin dress by Erdem (from the A/W 2017 collection); Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings, a wedding present to Diana, Princess of Wales, from Collingwood Jewelers and part of the late Princess's private jewelry collection and three-row pearl bracelet with pearl and diamond spacers and clasp, part of the Birthright Collection by Nigel Milne, originally belonging to Diana, Princess of Wales, both first worn in July 2017;  "Gianvito 105" pumps in bordeaux suede by Gianvito Rossinew bag: "Celeste" crystal-embellished vino (bordeaux) suede clutch by Jimmy Choo (Daily Mail article here).

31 January 2018 - Accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visiting the world famous Karolinska Institutet, which accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden. The visit will provide an opportunity to meet with leading scientific researchers and practitioners and also to hear about the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) programme run by the National Association for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill Health (NASP). YAM is a programme run for 14 – 16 year olds promoting increased knowledge about mental health through dialogue and role-play, and now operates internationally, including in the UK.
Later, visiting Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in the heart of the city centre, to join children who have taken part in the YAM programme during one of their mental health activity sessions and speak to the mentors who run the training.
In the afternoon, accompanied by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, visiting one of Sweden's leading department stores, NK, to open an interactive exhibition of UK design, fashion and brands that operate in Sweden, then a private tea at Haga Palace, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's official residence.
New coat: bespoke double-breasted houndstooth coat by Catherine Walkernew dress: bespoke bouclé-tweed wool-mix dress by Alexander McQueen; "Art Nouvelle" calfskin small flap bag with enamel handle by Chanel (from the A/W 2015 collection); Tod's burgundy leather fringe buckle detail pumpschocolate merino wool "Imogen" gloves by Cornelia Jamesnew earrings: baroque pearl earrings with gold wire by in2design, a US brand with Swedish ties (Daily Mail article here).

 31 January 2018 - Attending an event at the Fotografiska Gallery, which is currently hosting an exhibition by UK photographer Nick Veasey and which at night boasts glittering views over Stockholm. The event will be a celebration of contemporary culture with guests representing the worlds of music, film, television, theatre, tech, dance, art and sport.
New coat: "Antonia" coat by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedtfaux fur lapel collar in black and faux fur cuffs in black, both by Troy Londonnew dress: "Christina" blue silk and velvet bell-sleeve dress by Erdemankle strap suede "d'Orsay" pumps by Gianvito Rossi, debuted in Paris in March 2017; new earrings: "Celeste Aspen" diamond and white gold earrings by Robinson Pelham, part of the brand's "Oxygen" collection; black wool gloves, most likely her Cornelia James pair (Daily Mail article here).

 1 February 2018 - After a short briefing on the Swedish Armed Forces' operational capabilities from from Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, departure for Norway and arrival at Oslo Gardermoen Airport in the late morning, then welcome luncheon at the Royal Palace with  King Harald, Queen Sonja, the Crown Prince and Princess and other members of the Royal Family.
New coat: cornflower blue coat by Catherine Walkernew dress: "Marlene" maternity cocktail dress with lace bodice and velvet accents by SeraphineTod's black suede pumpsblack suede Mulberry "Bayswater" clutch; sapphire and diamond earrings; black "Beatrice" merino wool gloves by Cornelia James (Daily Mail article here).


 1 February 2018 - Later in the afternoon, visiting the Princess Ingrid Alexandra Sculpture Park within the Palace Gardens, which opened last year in the name of Princess Ingrid Alexandra to mark the 25th anniversary of The King's reign. The sculptures, of which there are now four, are designed by and for children, through cartoon competitions in schools across the country. Then, accompanied by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, attending an event held at MESH, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up companies to grow their businesses and thrive in a creative environment.  
Same coat, dress and earrings as earlier in the day; "Sumac" luxury alpaca fur hat in chocolate brown by Lacorine"Clementine" short merino wool gloves with faux fur trim in chocolate by Cornelia Jamesbrown suede "Muse" clutch by Stuart Weitzman at Russell & Bromleynew boots: brown suede "Halfnhalf" stretch knee-high boots by Stuart Weitzman at Russell & Bromley (Daily Mail article here).

1 February 2018 - Attending an official dinner hosted by the King and Queen at the Royal Palace.
New gown: bespoke blush pink gown with crystal flower embellishments by Alexander McQueennew bag: "Celeste" ballet pink suede and crystal pavé frame clutch bag with cube clasp by Jimmy Choo (the same style carried in the vino colourway in Stockholm); diamond drop earrings and diamond Edinburgh Wedding Gift bracelet, both on loan from the Queen; "Cabrina" platinum lamé pumps by Oscar de la Renta (Daily Mail article here).

2 February 2018 - Visiting the Hartvig Nissen School, the second-oldest gymnasium in Oslo and the location for the hugely successful Norwegian TV series 'Skam', which highlights teenagers and the challenges young people can experience growing up, such as identity issues, bullying, relationships, sexual assault, and eating disorders. Then, a private lunch at Skaugum, the official residence of the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway.
New coat: Dolce & Gabbana wool crepe double-breasted coatnew dress: lace shift dress by Norwegian brand byTiMoTod's black suede pumpsblack suede Mulberry "Bayswater" clutchblack "Beatrice" merino wool gloves by Cornelia James"Empress" white gold and diamond drop earrings by Mappin & Webb (Daily Mail article here).

 2 February 2018 - Visiting the Holmenkollen ski jump and ski museum to watch a demonstration from some of Norway's top under-18 ski jumpers, before meeting them at the top of the ski jump. Then attending an event organised by the Norwegian Ski Federation, involving a number of outdoor activities for local nursery children.
New jacket: "Duana" two-tone quilted shell down jacket by Norwegian brand Kjus; black ski trousers; unidentified woolen sweater; black suede faux fur trim thermal gloves by John Lewisblack "Torino" waterproof suede, shell and leather ankle boots by Sorelnew hat: "Jasmin" beanie by Barts (Daily Mail article here).

Full tour press release available here.