Friday 18 August 2017

Watch out Kate Middleton - why Princess Sofia of Sweden is our new style crush

Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip announcing their engagement. Picture: Erika Gerdemark/Royal Palace
Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip announcing their engagement. Picture: Erika Gerdemark/Royal Palace
Prince Carl Philip and princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a gala dinner at the Operahouse in Oslo on May 10, 2017 in celebration of the 80th birthdays of King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Nesvold, Jon Olav / Norway OUTNESVOLD, JON OLAV/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia leave the christening of Prince Oscar at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm on May 27, 2016. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Sofia of Sweden and Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry arrive at the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Sofia Hellqvist attends the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill hosted by King Carl Gustaf XIV and Queen Silvia at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Princess Sofia of Sweden and Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Takaaki Kajita arrive at the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Princess Martha Louise of Norway, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia of Sweden attend a lunch on the Royal yacht, Norge, on the occasion of the celebration of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway 80th birthdays, on May 10 2017 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/ Getty Images)
Princess Sofia, Duchess of Vaermland and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden arrive at the Royal Palace to attend Te Deum Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the 70th birthday of King Carl Gustaf of Sweden on April 30, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
Princess Sofia of Sweden attends the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Prince Carl Phillip, Princess Sofia, and Prince Alexander of Sweden participate in a ceremony celebrating Sweden's national day at the Royal Palace on June 6, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)
Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden
Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton is arguably the mos influential style icon in the world and our reigning girl crush.

But there's another normal-girl-turned-princess catching our eye - Princess Sofia of Sweden, the Duchess of Värmland, formerly Sofia Hellqvist. A former reality tv star and model, she met her husband of two years Prince Carl Philip back in 2009 and much like Kate and Will, enjoyed a lengthy courtship before walking up the aisle.

And while her signature style has evolved into a more polished look, her maternity style in particular is a lesson in understated elegance. She's currently expecting her second child with her husband and is busy making her way to the top of best dressed lists with her turn of ensembles in recent days as she joins a number of European royal familieis celebrities King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway's 80th birthdays in Oslo.

For Tuesday night's event at the Royal Palace, she accentuated her baby bump in an empire waist Oscar de la Renta gown and of course, a tiara.

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Princess Tatiana of Greece, Princess Sofia of Sweden and Bernhard Mach arrive for a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway on May 9, 2017 to mark the 80th Birthday of the King and Queen.

On Wednesday, as she and Prince Carl Philip joined the other royals for a gala dinner at the Operahouse in Oslo, she opted for a white tiered dress by Alexis and gold accessories.

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Prince Carl Philip and princess Sofia of Sweden arrive for a gala dinner at the Operahouse in Oslo on May 10, 2017 in celebration of the 80th birthdays of King Harald of Norway and Queen Sonja of Norway. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / Nesvold, Jon Olav / Norway OUTNESVOLD, JON OLAV/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier in the day, she chose a grey knit cape with off-white flared trousers for an afternoon aboard the Royal Yacht, alongside Princess Martha Louise of Sweden, Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark .

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(L-R) Princess Martha Louise, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Princess Sofia of Sweden, Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark shelter from the rain under umbrellas as the depart from Honnorbrygga in Oslo to go on a trip onboard the Royal Yacht on MAy 10, 2017 as part of the 80th birthday celebrations of the King and Queen. / AFP PHOTO / NTB scanpix AND NTB Scanpix / BERIT ROALD / Norway OUTBERIT ROALD/AFP/Getty Images

At the Nobel Prize Banquet in December, she masked her tiny baby bump with a sweeping emerald gown.

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Princess Sofia of Sweden and Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry arrive at the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Last summer, for Prince Oscar's christening, this powder blue dress is the epitome of understated elegance, but that hemline that truly stands out.

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Princess Sofia leave the christening of Prince Oscar at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm on May 27, 2016. / AFP / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

For her father-in-law Prince Carl Gustaf's 70th birthday, this pleated pink midi dress is impossibly pretty.

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Princess Sofia, Duchess of Vaermland and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden arrive at the Royal Palace to attend Te Deum Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the 70th birthday of King Carl Gustaf of Sweden on April 30, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

Her lace white maxi dress for her son Prince Alexander's christening last September was a winner, but her thick pearl hairband added a royal touch.

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Prince Carl Philip (L) and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander are pictured at Palace Chapel in Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm during the christening of the five month-old Prince

While introducing their new arrival in his first public appearance after his birth in June 2015, it was her traditional Swedish dress that stole the show.

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Prince Carl Phillip, Princess Sofia, and Prince Alexander of Sweden participate in a ceremony celebrating Sweden's national day at the Royal Palace on June 6, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

In their first photoshoot after the birth of little Prince Alexander, the couple opted for relaxed glamour and Sofia stunned in an all-ivory ensemble.

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Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with Prince Alexander. Picture: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden

While pregnant with their first child, she accentuated her growing bump with a red appliqué midi dress.

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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia arrive at formal gathering at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on February 19, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

Much like Kate Middleton, she recycled this Oscar de la Renta gown she first wore at the 2015 Nobel Prize dinner.

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Princess Sofia of Sweden and Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Takaaki Kajita arrive at the Nobel Prize Banquet 2015 at City Hall on December 10, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Before she was a princess, she had a distinctly regal style - namely this lilac dress at the 2013 wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill. 

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Sofia Hellqvist attends the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill hosted by King Carl Gustaf XIV and Queen Silvia at The Royal Palace on June 8, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

And finally, her most iconic look to date - her breathtaking silk crepe and organza wedding gown designed by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt.

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Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is seen with his new wife Princess Sofia of Sweden after their marriage ceremony at The Royal Palace on June 13, 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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