Princess Madeleine borrows a page (or two) from Will and Kate's photo album
Hey, it worked for Will and Kate ... why not some Swedish royals as well?
Princess Madeleine, obviously taking a page from the British royal engagement book, released her official engagement photos this week with her betrothed, Chris O'Neil. There is no mistaking that haven't-we-seen-this-before feeling.
The Daily Mail was quick to pick up on the similarities, running the opposing photos with a headline: "A right royal rip off?"
The Prince William-Kate Middleton engagement photos were taken in late 2010 by Mario Testino. Princess Madeleine, 30, and O'Neill, 38, had their official photos taken by Patrick Demarchelier of France.
The poses are almost identical, right down to the placement of hands and style of dress. Kate and Madeleine could even pass as sisters. (Not so much for Chris and Will -- one of them has quite a full head of hair.)
The Swedish engagement was announced last week, with Queen Silva describing O'Neill as "every mother-in-law's dream."
O'Neil and Madeleine have been dating since January 2011. They met in New York, where O'Neill is a partner at Noster Capital and where Madeleine had been living after calling off her engagement to Swedish lawyer Jonas Bergstrom in April 2010. At the time, the rumours swirled that Bergstrom had cheated on his royal bride-to-be.
Then, along came O'Neill, whom Madeleine met through mutual friends in the Big Apple.
Madeleine is the youngest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silva, and fourth in line for the throne. In New York, she had been working for World Childhood Foundation.
It's expected O'Neill and the princess will be married sometime next year in Stockholm.
That's Dr. Prince Philip, please
The Duke of Edinburgh went into the history books once again this week, becoming, at age 91, the oldest British royal to be given an honourary doctorate.
At Plymouth University, he was awarded a degree in marine science at a private ceremony and couldn't resist making a crack:
"I'm delighted to have this. It's now quite a long time since I started my university career. But, unlike most people, I started at the wrong end.
"I became Chancellor of the University of Wales in 1947 and been going downhill ever since."
Queen Elizabeth receives applause following the playing of the national anthem prior to meeting members of the cast and crew as the Queen and Prince Philip attend a Gala Jubilee celebration at the Royal Opera House in London on Oct. 30. The monarch is wearing a metallic silver dress by Angela Kelly. (AFP/Getty Images)