The celebration for the 80th birthdays of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway was held on Tuesday (May 9) at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway, with many royals in attendance.
Princess Tatiana of Greece: No need for royal blue when the shade of green is this regal. The asymmetric one-shoulder silhouette and the bell sleeves of her Celia Kritharioti gown only heightened the sleek, majestic quality.
Princess Sofia of Sweden: A study in embellished elegance, Princess Sofia was striking in an embossed black Oscar de la Renta gown.
Princess Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Also in a beautiful shade of rich green, this Suzannah gown may have been minimalist in form but the drama was brought in with the magnificent sweep of the train behind her.
Queen Sonja of Norway: There would be no missing the birthday girl with the lively zing of her chartreuse ball gown that featured exquisite, dimensional lace embellishment. Of course, King Harald of Norway was at her side in his formal best.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium: Classic and sophisticated, Queen Mathilde stood out in a red, tiered gown with cap sleeves by Giorgio Armani.
Lady Elizabeth Shakerly of Great Britain: Rendered in a light and lovely hue, Lady Elizabeth’s seafoam-green gown was dressed up with sparkling embellishment.
Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece: Everything was coming up flowers for this pretty Valentino ball gown and its all-over vintage blooms.
Queen Anne-Marie of Greece: Here, we have the depth of a royal blue hue, with the gown accented by a big pink rose for a bit of sweetly precious refinement.
Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau: Princess Mabel returned to her personal archives for this Viktor & Rolf Spring 2013 dual-colour gown, which she first wore back in 2013. With the big bow at the center, it was just as chic and fun as its original debut.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark: Skipping the traditional ball gown silhouette for a unique dropped-waist look, she wore this blush-nude Max Mara design well. I’m glad the shimmery effect of the embossed tapestry fabric added a glowing warmth to the dress.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway: Her simple white gown was enhanced by a floral motif at the neckline.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands: Wearing a look from her favourite designer, Jan Taminiau, Queen Maxima embraced an elegantly whimsical sensibility with this gown that stood out not for its neutral colour palette but for its intricate flora and fauna embroidery.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden: Royal blue also came out to play in this Elie Saab off-the-shoulder gown, which was beautifully draped to her figure. With a classically graceful look like this, no wonder Elie is her favourite designer.