Royal Watch: Princess Vicki & Prince Dan

Posted on August 31, 2011

Far be it for us to explain why a joke works (especially when it doesn’t always work), but “Bill & Cathy Cambridge” became the default way of referring to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge simply because we thought it was hilarious how it made them sound like that nice couple down the street in the suburbs. Unfortunately, “Dan and Vicki Västergötland” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, so “Princess Vicki and Prince Dan” it is. There’s a little Västergötland on the way, so we thought we’d check in with the happy couple.

Prince Daniel of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend the Polar Music Prize ceremony at Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.

Taking protocol and expectations into account, it’s not a bad little dress. It’s very mature in style, although we suppose the bare arms help to bring it down a couple of years. We haven’t suddenly found a newfound love of sheer layered skirts but at least with this look, it’s subtle.

What we don’t get is the royal predilection for dressing in all one shade. Her purse, dress, and shoes are all the exact same shade of blue, as is that scarf she’s holding. Why do they do that? We understand Queen Elizabeth’s rule that she always wear vivid colors when appearing for crowds; that’s a royal dressing standard that makes sense. But why do so many European royals do this bridesmaid-y thing all the time? We’re not suggesting she – or any of them, really – should start wearing leopard print accessories and wildly clashing shades; we’re just wondering why so many of them default to “One color at a time, please. We’re royalty.”

One thing we will unreservedly bitch about is the strange HR Giger-esque hairstyle she’s sporting. It’s weird in any case, but in her case, the shape of her hair doesn’t flatter the shape of her face.

He looks exhausted. What’s up with that? This is the first time he’s worn something that doesn’t look perfectly fitted to his body. Maybe he’s not getting the training time in now that he’s the official royal sperm provider.

Still, they’re a really cute couple. She always looks adorably happy, as if, despite her upbringing, she’s thinking “Can you believe I’m a princess? How cool is that? And check out the hot piece I scored!”

[Photo Credit: svenskdam.se]

    • Anonymous

      I really like her hair. It is like her head has a sympathy baby bump. I like dress well enough for its purposes. I’m guessing the reason royals often default to dressing all one color is that it doesn’t look too “frivolous,” if that makes sense.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Her gown reminds me a great deal of Mariano Fortuny’s Delphos dresses from the beginning of the 20th.  The pleating and draping are quite similar.  i love the color on her.  But I have to agree that hair style is doing her broad jawline no favors.

      • Anonymous

        That’s why I like the dress, I have always loved those Fortuny pleats!

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          And they still have no idea just exactly how he did the process.  His wife took the secret with her.  They can make something similar but not precisely the same.

          • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

            agreed.
            this really reminds more of mary mcfadden, anyway, not that thats bad.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Oh not at all!  I loved McFadden’s work.  It was always very classy in an age of massive overstatement. 

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Oh not at all!  I loved McFadden’s work.  It was always very classy in an age of massive overstatement. 

          • Anonymous

            Have you ever seen Fortuny’s self-portrait? He has a face right out of a Velazquez painting. And what an incredible life he lived. His printed velvets are also extraordinarily beautiful. Oh to go back in time, just for a bit, maybe for lunch at his Venetian Palazzo….

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              I have.  I managed to find a great book on him that is profusely illustrated with not only his fashion work but his lighting designs for theater, his inflatable theater and many other things.  What an amazing man. I’d happily join you with him in his palazzo.

            • Anonymous

              Well, you can’t have lunch there, but you can visit.

            • Anonymous

              Well, you can’t have lunch there, but you can visit.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              When shall we go?

            • Anonymous

              Let’s have the T Lounge there this week.  I’ll order in some cases of prosecco.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      she looks like an alien, he looks hot, I’d tap that

      • Anonymous

        I agree about the hair- Sigourney Weaver’s counterpart.

    • Anonymous

      I actually love her hair too. She’s gorgeous. He’s gorgeous. I see nothing wrong… except the grandma-of-the-bride dress she’s sporting. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/withano Loren S

      I’ve finally figured it out!  Bill Hader!  I knew he looked like someone, but I couldn’t put my finger on who.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe just Vicki and Dan?

      Anyway Dan looks fine.

      Vic’s looks great. Love the hair, the whole look is a little Breakfast at Tiffany’s/Audrey Hepburnish. I usually dislike long sheer overskirts over short linings, but I can hardly tell that’s what this is.

      • Anonymous

        Blasphemer! ;) Audrey Hepburn’s hairstyle was sublime in BaT, while Princess Vicki’s hair bears a striking resemblance to a Hadrosaur…draped in shear navy curtains. Granted she is a royal hadrosaur wearing curtains, who looks happily pregnant, so there is that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

      They look like they’re trying to wear the same hairstyle.

      • BerlinerNYC

        Exactly! Should have read the comments before posting my own…

    • Anonymous

      Her jutting hair matches her jutting chin in that profile picture, but I like the dress and her earrings.

    • Anonymous

      Not wowed by her whole mother-of-the-bride ensemble but I agree with the royalty angle.  He needs to have the pants worked on.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll be happy to work on his pants. ;-)
        Sorry, couldn’t resist!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      I personally like “Bill & Kate” more than “Bill & Cathy”. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Unfortunately, “Dan and Vicki Västergötland” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it”

      I blame that on IKEA.

      As for why they all do the bridesmaid-y thing, maybe it’s genetics. They ARE all related afterall. Every once in a while one of them breaks free (best example: The Monaco girls), but after a few years of freedom, they always come back into the fold. The perks must have too strong a draw.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s just easier. They — or their dresser — doesn’t have to work too hard to put the outfit together. Matching dress, shoes and purse are all neatly lined up in the wardrobe. When your job requires that you change clothes two or three times a day — every single day of your life — you’re going to default to easy.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Any number of reasons an expectant daddy would be exhausted.  But I love looking at them, they are just too adorable!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35OW6VJZLWTQDQHS4JLRTVC2JA Akumabunny

        He had a kidney transplant before their wedding.  Speaking from experience, the medications you need to take to avoid organ rejection can make you feel (and look) exhausted.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Westling

        • Anonymous

          Wow, I didn’t know that. I thought he looked great anyway, but taking that into consideration, he looks pretty fabulous!

    • shorty j

      She always looks adorably happy, as if, despite her upbringing, she’s thinking “Can you believe I’m a princess? How cool is that? And check out the hot piece I scored!”
      And that is exactly why I love them, haha. Well that, and he looks like such a geek (and I mean that in a complimentary way).

      • Anonymous

        I know. Like Poindexter in Mystery Date!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        She does look genuinely happy, which is so endearing.

    • Anonymous

      she could definitely do worse, but the high neckline combined with that hair is just really unflattering for her. also, why is she carrying a bouquet of flowers? is she, in fact, a bridesmaid here?

      • Anonymous

        No doubt some adorable small child presented them to her. That happens to royalty a lot.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. Her hair looks like the awful updo I was made to wear as bridesmaid to my sister-in-law’s wedding. I had asked for a simple chignon and ended up with a shellacked french twist thing atop my head. Why wedding hair stylists insist on these types of hairstyles I’ll never know. Anyway, I don’t especially adore Vicki’s dress, but she does look lovely, and it does a nice job of showing off her curves without being vulgar about it.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. Her hair looks like the awful updo I was made to wear as bridesmaid to my sister-in-law’s wedding. I had asked for a simple chignon and ended up with a shellacked french twist thing atop my head. Why wedding hair stylists insist on these types of hairstyles I’ll never know. Anyway, I don’t especially adore Vicki’s dress, but she does look lovely, and it does a nice job of showing off her curves without being vulgar about it.

    • Anonymous

      I noticed that you didn’t post any photos of the recent German royal wedding, probably because a lot of the clothes were hideous (though it’s always fun to laugh at the royals).  However, it makes me appreciate the sedate style of Vicki and Dan.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think any royals were even there, were they?  (Including the bride and groom themselves…)

        • Anonymous

          You’re probably right. A ‘royal blog’ said that “most former ruling dynasties were represented” — with “former” being the operative word.

    • Anonymous

      I noticed that you didn’t post any photos of the recent German royal wedding, probably because a lot of the clothes were hideous (though it’s always fun to laugh at the royals).  However, it makes me appreciate the sedate style of Vicki and Dan.

    • Anonymous

      They are so cute.  Well.  He’s hot.  She dresses a little old, but I can’t argue with royal rules. 

      Her facial features totally remind me of Madam, especially with this this hair.

    • Anonymous

      They are so cute.  Well.  He’s hot.  She dresses a little old, but I can’t argue with royal rules. 

      Her facial features totally remind me of Madam, especially with this this hair.

      • http://melissahess.com melissahess

        I totally though of Madame as well…

        • margaret meyers

          Madame, the early, happy years before the bitter, hag years.

      • http://melissahess.com melissahess

        I totally though of Madame as well…

    • http://twitter.com/PsychicMuppet Bitsy Carver

      I highly prefer the Swedish Royal Couple to the British one!

    • BerlinerNYC

      I love her insane ‘do. It also kind of recapitulates the way he’s wearing his hair back, which gives them a matchy-matchy look that’s actually kind of funky and far more interesting than just coordinating their outfits.

    • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

      She reminds me of my high school English teacher, right down to her completely pedestrian, frumpy clothes. Blah.

    • Anna Vasquez

      No. She is adorable and can do much better than that sad Mother of the Bride dress.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      That hair is bizarre. It makes her look like an alien from some angles. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      That hair is bizarre. It makes her look like an alien from some angles. 

    • Anonymous

      Not loving her dress, but she’s knocked up so I can cut her some slack (and is she working a pretty slamming prego bod or what?). The hair is doing neither her nor the whole look any favors, though. 

      He looks fine. He’s a hot guy in a tux. It is what it is.

    • Anonymous

      With her hair and expression, she does look like some sort of alien predator. He, on the other hand, has a robot-like Sperminator vibe about him with his serious demeanor and the way he’s carrying himself.

    • Anonymous

      Her hair looks a lot like his hair, which I hate hate hate.  Someone, please, give this guy some shampoo.

    • Anonymous

      Is it just me or does Prince Dan usually look like he smells something?

    • Anonymous

      They look happy and yummy. She does look a bit as though she’s being swallowed by a voracious navy Ace bandage, but I’m just being catty. It fits beautifully, I just wish it wasn’t quite so long. Her derriere looks divine in it and I think she knows that. I can’t help it: I want her to wear her hair that way and get into some serious dominatrix gear. I mean opera costume big, maybe with breast plate.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        “Voracious navy Ace bandage”  – LOL!  Perfect!

    • Anonymous

      Man, he’s disappearing before our eyes.   He’s got a ghost like appearance.   Hope he was just sick or something.

    • MilaXX

      I think the look fine. He’s my favorite royal cause I find him incredibly hot. I don’t like her hair. I wish she had worn it down, this look is slighly aging.

    • Anonymous

      On a side note, can I just say that the logo for the Polar Music Prize is AWESOME.  /musicgeek

    • Anonymous

      I love her. You hit the nail on the head…she’s just so adorable with her big ole smile. She always seems thrilled to be here and because of it, she comes across as pretty regular. For royalty, anyway.

      Um, has anyone else pointed out that she looks a little um, thick around the middle? Is it the dress or can we expect an important announcement soon? Maybe Prince Danny looks so tired because he has been pretty busy lately, wink, wink.

      Oh yeah, the dress. Enh, it’s a little matronly and I hate the alien hair, but I still love Princess Vicki. She’s just so cute.

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        They announced she was expected two weeks ago. Due in March, IIRC.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I didn’t hear. Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Her hair reminds me of those helmets that speed skiers wear, which in turn remind me of the monster’s heads in the “Alien” movies. Aside from the big poof itself, it’s swept up so tightly it looks painful.  But I tend to think she’s adorable, so it’s hard to get too worked up over Alien speed skier hair.

      He does look tired.  He’s sporting some major bags under those eyes.  She should cuddle him to her ample bosom and let him catch a nap.  He’s still handsome as can be, though.

      • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

        or it could be allergies.

    • http://twitter.com/CheriCPat Cheri Patrick

      I think it’s a Perfect Pregnant Princess dress.  And if my ass looked like that when I was pregnant, I would have more than one kid!

    • Anonymous

      I have no answer for the “why all one color” question, not even a hypothesis.  Doesn’t make any sense to this commoner.  You’re right about the hairstyle being distinctly unflattering for her facial features—helmet head indeed!  But I can’t really complain.  They seem like a cute couple despite the afflictions of royalty.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Don’t mind the uni-color as much as TLo does. In fact, sometimes I think it makes a stronger statement. But the royal hairdresser should be shot.

    • Anonymous

      Agree on her hair; it doesn’t flatter her jawline.  And while navy blue suits her, yes, a little variation would be nice.  But I’m not going to criticise a woman for wearing cute but conservative earrings and cute but conservative shoes/bag with that dress.

      Him?  Looks like he declined the offer of makeup.  Those bags under the eyes would have gone, poof!, like magic.  And then no matter how tired he really is, he would look fresh as those twee tiny white wildflowers she’s holding. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      My guess is that the all one color thing is probably because it’s a safe bet.  For royals, it’s the exact opposite than PR — better boring than bad. 

      I like the volume of her hair but not the shape. 

    • Anonymous

      I dislike her hair. She has very strong features, and that hair bump is an unfortunate echo of her chin. She really needs a softer, looser hair style, which would be much more flattering. I love how happy she looks. The dress is fine for the occasion. Probably someone gave her the bouquet, would one carry something like that all evening?, it is a welcome lovely pop of color against the navy.

      Sorry, don’t see his hotness, reminds me of Alton Brown, whom I adore, but who doesn’t look the least bit princely to me.

      • Anonymous

        She’s a girl who likes her ponytails… hardly ever see her with her hair down.

        • Anonymous

          So true.  I’m not crazy about this hairstyle on her, but at least it’s not the standard ponytail.  As for his hair, it actually looks less greasy than usual, which is a vast improvement.  I realize he likes to wear it slicked back, and it’s a good hairstyle for him, but that greasy goo he uses usually makes it look like he’s doused his head with motor oil.  Yuck.

          The dress is fairly boring, but she looks so happy I barely even notice it.  I do hope she has a nice, uncomplicated pregnancy and an easy delivery.  Clearly, being a mommy is something she’s totally thrilled about, and not just because she’s producing the required next generation heir.

    • Anonymous

      I can see why royalty would wear one color when they have to wear sashes, tiaras and other jewelry, and are also presented with flowers. I also think that very few want to be seen as fashion forward or trendsetters and really, when you’re often photographed and the press are quick to criticize or mock, it’s probably smart to go with what most people are used to. Who knows, in a few years, matchy-matchy may be back. 

    • Judy_J

      Love her earrings.

    • Susan Crawford

      They do make a cute couple! I lovelovelove his glasses: I’m such a sucker for a cute guy in a pair of horn-rims! Her dress is somewhat disappointing because it is so  – - – so navy blue. I like navy as well as the next gal, but I wish she had spiced it up a bit with some color, or at least a little fresh white accenting. And of course, holding the bouquet and scarf thing to both hide and draw attention to the “baby bump” is becoming a little de trop, don’t you think? But what can one do? I’m glad I wasn’t there, because I’m afraid I would have found it hard to resist snatching her earrings as she passed by – they are fabboo!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DO54ICWQLRD2STHRSELEATLSKY Cindy

      Very cute.. especially for pregnant… have some sympathy people… and as for the Vastorgotland… how about Prince and Princess Ikea?

      • Anonymous

        Oh well done, dear!!

      • Anonymous

        Double well done! How about Dan and Vicki Ikea?

    • http://twitter.com/londonpenguin Teresa MacDonald

      He’s cute, but something about those glasses screams “serial killer” to me.

    • http://twitter.com/londonpenguin Teresa MacDonald

      He’s cute, but something about those glasses screams “serial killer” to me.

    • Anonymous

      It must be a weird dilemma to be in her position.  Unlike most well known people, it’s not your job to work on your celebrity (see and be seen, get your photo into magazines, etc.) even if you are celebrated.  I wonder if she believes she should not draw much attention to herself via what she wears because it isn’t a suitable thing for a princess to do?  Still, the last two looks I’ve seen her in on here just seem to old for her.  I can go with the all one color thing I guess but I wish she’d dress a bit younger – something happy to match her sweet smile/expression.   He looks like he needs a TUMS or something.

    • Anonymous

      Vikki’s hair:  Futuristic bike helmet
      Donny:  Morning sickness

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      He bears a vague resemblance to Rainn Wilson/Dwight Schrute. She bears a vague resemblance to Janet Jackson. WEIRD.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        I was thinking Michael C. Hall from Six Feet Under/Dexter, but I definitely see shades of Dwight Schrute.  The glasses add that adorable geek factor that I love. 

    • http://twitter.com/lenelein marlene

      They both look adorable! Don’t like her hair, I give the dress a pass because she’s pregnant and they’re going to a prize ceremony which for royals probably means long and dark. Anyway: Love her smile.
      He probably looks exhausted due to his illness – he has impaired renal functions and his father actually donated a kidney to him months before the wedding. I’m no expert, but I think you have to take something the rest of your life in order to keep the kidney and you never really are “as healthy” as with two working kidney. Heard that’s why the Swedish worried it would take them longer to get pregnant.

    • muzan-e

      Awr. Thank you so much for featuring them again. That woman’s smile is like infectious sunshine: I could just sit next to her for an hour watching, and smiling myself, and walk away afterwards a better, happier person.

      … and okay, he’s ridiculously gorgeous too.  *G*

    • Rand Ortega

      Favorite Royal Couple. She’s so pretty & happy w/out that stuffy royal reserve i.e., the Middleton-Cambridges. That bod is serious. That’s what you get for marrying a pro trainer. Mazel on the pregnancy! Dan has the same look Mr. Ortega had the 1st couple of years we were married– “But we just did it an hour– Oh, never mind, c’mon!”

    • Anonymous

      I think they’re so cute. I like the dress a lot, it’s not exciting but she looks good AND pregnant in it, not just pregnant. The hair is a pretty bad choice, given the shape of her head/chin/jaw, she reminds me of a cartoon dinosaur my kids watched in some kids movie years ago, which is not a thought I’ve ever had about her before, so it’s all down to this hair style.

    • Anonymous

      The hairdo is also aging; she only in her early 30s.  How about Dan and Vicky Svenson?

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      I’d love to have lunch with her! She always looks so laid back and happy!   And Royals tend to dress all in one color so they can be seen well by the big crowds. 

    • Anonymous

      He’s tired because she’s got morning/evening/always-sickness from having a fetus bouncing around inside her. I’d put money on it.

      • Anonymous

        Funny observation, but it explains why she’s tired.

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s a cutie–like you said, always looks happy and like she’s living the dream.  I hope that’s not just appearance, and really is true for her.  I know the whole royal thing cannot be easy.

      He really does look tired, doesn’t he?  I have this thing about wanting to see him with that hair a little mussed, in an open-necked plaid shirt and jeans.  I think that would be yummy.

    • Anonymous

      He is SO not hot!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

      It’s seems so much easier to say Prince Vicki and Princess Dan. Can we do that instead?

      • Anonymous

        lol

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

      It’s seems so much easier to say Prince Vicki and Princess Dan. Can we do that instead?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000181791606 Valerie Little

      That hair makes her look like she’s ready to run a time trial in the Tour de France.

    • Wanda Ryngwelski

      It looks like they’re holding hands, which is so cute! 

    • Anonymous

      that crazy  bun and her chin  make her head look completely symmetrical which is almost cool  until you realize its a persons actual head. She does look like a wild cat though. Something in her eyes. HE on the other hand is starting to look like he is not going to age well but will do so prematurely.

    • Anonymous

      that crazy  bun and her chin  make her head look completely symmetrical which is almost cool  until you realize its a persons actual head. She does look like a wild cat though. Something in her eyes. HE on the other hand is starting to look like he is not going to age well but will do so prematurely.

    • Anonymous

      Oh and I enjoy  Uma’s homelier lil sister in the back checking HIS  backside.

    • Anonymous

      Oh and I enjoy  Uma’s homelier lil sister in the back checking HIS  backside.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

      I really like her just because everytime I see a pic of her she acutally looks happy.  He, on the other hand , looks like the accountant Ken doll with no genitals.  Yes, I know that they’ve spawned little royalettes. Just my impression of him, didn’t claim accuracy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8400269 Aaron Lucas

      YUM, i love it when you cover these two.  He’s so incredibly handsome.  I read these posts over Bill and Cathy all the time.

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      It means the same thing as companies that hire consultants all the time. No one will accuse you of screwing up if you rely on the “experts”

    • Anonymous

      I love his whole Clark Kent shtick. Very hot. Her butt ruffles make her ass look sort of cute.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know what her butt looks like when she’s not pregnant, but I have a feeling she’s showing some pregnancy-butt here, which is indeed cute. And very familiar.

    • Anonymous

      I love his whole Clark Kent shtick. Very hot. Her butt ruffles make her ass look sort of cute.

    • Anonymous

      They do look good together, but I like him better in profile.  Full on he gives me a bit too much of an Al Franken vibe.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      You actually killed me with the HR Giger snark. I’m lying here on the floor dead.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing special