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Marengo 08-29-2008 03:33 PM

Opening of Parliament 2008
On September 16th it will be the annual opening of Swedish parliament. King Carl XVI Gustav, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Carl-Philip and Princess Madeleine are expected to attend.

Post all the information, links to pictures, questions etc. about the event in this thread.

Marengo 08-29-2008 03:35 PM

Some links to threads about the opening of parliament in previous years:

Opening of Parlament 2007
Opening of Parlament 2006
Opening of Parlament 2005
Opening of Parlament 2004
Opening of Parlament 2003

More information about the Riksdagen here.

Her_Majesty 09-16-2008 07:37 AM

Victoria looks great today!!! :flowers:

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gusted and in the background Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Prince Carl Philip are see arriving to the Great Cathedral in Stockholm for a church service in connection with the opening of the Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden , September 16, 2008.

norwegianne 09-16-2008 07:43 AM

Today's the big day. The ceremony in the chamber, with the royal family, will begin in 20 minutes.

SVT is transmitting: - 24 Direkt (press Se direktsändning (vardagar ca 9.30-16.00)) in the sidebar.

Ccile 09-16-2008 08:01 AM

All the royal family look good today!!

Princess Victoria is gorgeous!!! Hope to see more pics of her!

sofajr 09-16-2008 08:14 AM

is there any gala dinner planned for tonignt?

christinacg 09-16-2008 08:22 AM

They all look good, but why do they all need to be in black?

chaimae 09-16-2008 09:46 AM

they looks lovely but prinsess Madeleine is most beautiful ! she looks great in black !!
but what is the reason to wearing black this year !!!!!

ursulajohanna 09-16-2008 10:28 AM

No, only a concert in concert-hall in Stockholm!


Originally Posted by sofajr (Post 824323)
is there any gala dinner planned for tonignt?

RADKER18 09-16-2008 10:31 AM

Victoria looks Great .

crm2317 09-16-2008 11:19 AM

Victoria's outfit is stunning, really flattering. I'm not as keen on what Madeleine is wearing.

Al_bina 09-16-2008 01:11 PM


Originally Posted by Her_Majesty (Post 824306)

I do not like the headpiece worn by Princess Madeleine at all. While I laud her for recycling the suit, this halo headpiece is awkward.

LadyFinn 09-16-2008 02:18 PM

More photos:
ANP Beeldbank
ANP Beeldbank

ANP Beeldbank
Victoria looks great, Queen Silvia just fine, and Madeleine a bit matronly.

amandamrgt 09-16-2008 04:13 PM

Silvia looked fine today, a bit too much black for my taste.
Victoria was absolutely beautiful - from shoes to headpiece, she was just stunning.
Madeline is a very pretty girl and the suit is quite nice but I just don't think black is really her colour. nor are strickt and buisness-like outfits. I believe she could still look nice if her stockings weren't black but skin-colour, like Victoria's.
Carl Philip and the King were elegant and handsome, as usual.

Some more pictures from getty -

Drottning 09-16-2008 04:14 PM

Victoria was the fashion star of the event:wub: She looked amazing!!!!

acdc1 09-16-2008 04:24 PM

Victoria was gorgeous today! I even liked her headpiece. Does anyone know the designer of her outfit?

catango 09-16-2008 04:30 PM

The dresses pattern are OK but were they in a funeral???

Too much black.

Her_Majesty 09-16-2008 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by catango (Post 824561)
The dresses pattern are OK but were they in a funeral???

Too much black.

In this thread jinigirl explained that it is tradition that the women of the Royal Family are dressed in black and/or white for that occasion, because those were the colors of the court dress, which was worn in former times for the opening of the parliament.

amandamrgt 09-16-2008 05:12 PM

Thank you indeed! I kept wondering why Madeline wore black because it's hardly one of her preffered colours.

rop81 09-16-2008 05:33 PM

Victoria looked very good today! I was amazed when i turned on the tv a bit before the broadcast from the opening of parliment should start to find that SVT broadcasted the opening of parliment from 1974 (the last time that it was held in the Royal Palace with the king on the throne and pomp) before todays live broadcast - I just wish i would have turned it on earlier... :bang:

Ccile 09-17-2008 02:35 AM

No pics from yesterday evening???

giov 09-17-2008 04:03 AM

Gallery from Zimbio

Ccile 09-17-2008 04:17 AM

thanks for those fantastic pics!!!

Yesterday night, princess Victoria was very elegant in black and white!!

amandamrgt 09-17-2008 08:42 AM

High pomp as Dutch and Swedish royals open their parliaments

Tuesday's festivities coincided with the opening of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, which Crown Princess Victoria attended along with her parents, Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf.
The pomp and circumstance was an opportunity for the royal clan to present a united front after Victoria this week defended her father against suggestions he was blocking a possible engagement with her boyfriend Daniel Westling.

King Carl Gustaf, and his children Victoria, Carl and Madeleine were presiding over a similar occasion in their country -

Harold 09-17-2008 10:51 AM

I thought, obviously incorrectly, that the Swedish monarch no longer played any role at all in the opening of Parliament? Exactly what role does he have? Does he read a speech from the throne?

LadyFinn 09-17-2008 12:02 PM

And still more photos...
Agencia Prisma - Apertura del Parlamento suizo
Pure People

ChantalC 09-17-2008 04:31 PM

Princesses Victoria and Madeleine looks so beautiful when they attended at the Swedish Opening of Parliament with their parents and brother yesterday. I love both of their headpieces! :smile:
Thanks for the photos! :flowers:

sgl 09-17-2008 07:41 PM

These photos are great. They are such a handsome, good looking family.

Royal Fan 09-17-2008 10:07 PM

I Agree very great looking Family.

barber 09-18-2008 07:14 AM

I am with you it is a great looking family, but why have they always clothes in black??

madeleine victoria 09-23-2008 09:42 AM


Originally Posted by barber (Post 825225)
I am with you it is a great looking family, but why have they always clothes in black??

As someone here previously posted, wearing of black/white during the opening of the parliament is a tradition which follows the color worn during the old times in the same event.;) Victoria's really beautiful in this outfit and I think she lost some weight. Madeleine's the one who's gaining weight but nevertheless they're both beautiful and Carl Philip.. no words :wub::wub::wub:

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