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Hello friends – happy new week to you all! My past week was very busy with tons of activities and it ended with a fun & Royal Touch. The Sweden Week was taking place in Seattle last week. We were all getting real Swedish support with Princess Madeline (29) attending several key events. (But you might have heard of her sad engagement break-up with her long-term boyfriend, which she apparently has been taking pretty hard). So, last minute the Swedish Royal Court decided to send her big sister, the future queen of Sweden, Royal Highness Victoria, instead. And we were not exactly complaining! (She is getting married this summer in what many refer to as the Royal wedding of the year).
Crown Princess Victoria had a busy week. Two of her many social duties on the program were paying a visit to the Swedish School in Seattle (where you will find me on Sundays teaching the school’s youngest class, 30 happy 3-5 year olds) and also attending the Nordic Arctic Summer Fashion show held at the Nordic Heritage Museum. I had the lovely opportunity to meet her at both events!
This is the evening before the big day. Me and my lovely colleague and friend, Peo, are decorating the main room for the Crown Princess Victoria’s visit at the school. Here we are getting all cozy with panels of birch trees (a very common tree in Sweden) that we decided to hang from the ceilings.
And here we are Saturday morning, all waiting with great anticipation for the Royal Highness to arrive. This was a small and fairly private event. The sun was beaming, the children were beaming and the Crown Princess was beaming even more! (We were not allowed to take pictures inside the actual venue, but a professional photo with the Crown Princess and all the children at the school will be distributed shortly).
My lovely daughter Elsa (6) with a pony tail and red toile dress.
Adorable Amanda is prepared with flowers and a great smile.
The Crown princess could not have been any nicer. Her personality lights up a whole room. What amazing charisma! She is beautiful, smart, funny, loving, engaging and the absolute best sport. She laughed with the kids when they were asking her questions (Such as: “Did you get a weekly allowance as a child?” The answer is no, but the kitchen staff had her work hard by bringing in veggies from the castle’s garden). And she took the time to talk and give small meaningful comments to many children and teachers. She will be a remarkable queen of Sweden!
On the way into the building, The crown Princess walked up to my daughter Frida (8 – dressed in a white dress) and commented on her gold crown necklace that I once purchased at the Royal Castle in Stockholm. She said with a smile “I know that necklace, and I really like it!“. You can only imagine how much more special that necklace will be for Frida now!
The crown princess seemed to really enjoy her visit. It was a fun and charming event and our little school pulled it off with flying colors. (I love that school and all my wonderful colleagues who do such a great job at keeping the language and culture alive).
After the exciting morning, it was time for a fashion attire change, and in the afternoon I took my dear friend-sister Stacey with me to the fashion show.
No cameras were allowed at the show. I brought mine anyway… I was not close enough to take any good pictures of The Crown Princess and I really did not want the security team to kick me out (!), but I brought it out as soon as she had left the building.
And we were pretty happy mingling with Freddie Ljungberg, the key player for the Seattle Sounder’s soccer team and former star in the English Premier League. He is Swedish and for a long time has been an underwear model for Calvin Klein! (Think big billboards in New York!)
And here is Stacey and me enjoying his company.
We also had some real fun time with Ole Henriksen, who is the skincare guru for so many mega stars in Hollywood. He has worked with all the super models and many Hollywood movie stars turn to him for their skin regimes. He is just the nicest and friendliest and he invited Stacey and little me out for lunch next time we visit LA. He was the emcee of the show and got everybody smiling and feeling good with his wit and amazing personality!
Here, Ole is hugging my lovely friend Jeanette, who was one of the key players behind the fashion show.
There was one designer, who really caught my attention. I loved so many of Annika Olsen’s clothes (and she is a doll!). One of the models was wearing a white skirt that made all of us drool. I met with Annika back stage and she is going make one for me! I can’t wait to place my order!
Here is the skirt. Looks a little lame on a a hanger right after the runway, but it looks amazing on. You might think that it is linen but it is actually made of leather! And yet it feels so light and it flows beautifully with your movements. I love it! A white leather skirt for summer parties – who would have thought!
What a fun day we had that Saturday! My feet were killing me from my high heels and someone snagged my goodie bag, in which I had my car keys!, so we had to get a lift with some lovely friends. But it was all worth it!
Sunday was Mother’s day here in the US. And I got some real quality time with my precious family. Meeting royalties and celebrities is fun. But nothing, absolutely nothing beats being a good, old Mom and hanging out with my own stars at home!
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