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The sparkling Swedish princesses

It may well be the last time we see them together before maternity leave and tonight Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia of Sweden were on sparkling form. As the Swedish Royal Family hosted the first official dinner of the year in Stockholm, the royal mums to be glittered in gold and silver and the effect was dazzling.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel arrive at the official dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm this evening

Crown Princess Victoria chose a silver dress with grey pattern, a scalloped neckline and loose sleeves. With just weeks to go before her due date and days to go until her last public engagement, set for February 10th, the future queen of Sweden looked relaxed and happy. As did her sister in law, Sofia, who was going for gold on this big evening engagement.

Princess Sofia of Sweden with her husband, Prince Carl Philip, at the official dinner in Stockholm

Sofia, whose baby is due about a month after Victoria's, went for sequins and a sleek fit with a square neckline and cap sleeves. Meanwhile, Queen Silvia, set to welcome two new grandchildren in quick succession, chose red.

Victoria sparkles in silver while her mum looks regal in red

Guests included members of the diplomatic corps, parliamentary and government representatives and members of the sporting and science communities. They were entertained to a gala dinner in Karl XI's Gallery in the Royal Palace. And while the setting was spectacular, it was the princesses who sparkled who stole the show.

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