2013 Nobel Prizes

IN PICTURES: Nobel gala’s flashiest fashion

IN PICTURES: Nobel gala's flashiest fashion
Swedish students, who volunteer at the event, on the dance floor. Photo: TT
It's not all atoms and equations, but one helluva party at Stockholm City Hall as Nobel Prize Laureates and their spouses took to the dance floor of the Gilded Hall for the dance-off of the season following Tuesday's awards ceremony and banquet.

Sweden may love science, but it equally loves hosting one of the most important bashes of them all – the Nobel banquet. Even at the awards ceremony, Swedes pour over pictures of the Royal Family on the stage. 

In 2010, the big news was that the yet-to-be-born Princess Estelle took the opportunity to aim a kick at her mum's stomach from inside the womb. A little foot was seen causing a ripple across the sequins on Crown Princess Victoria's impeccable midnight blue frock. 

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This year, Victoria left Estelle and hubby Prince Daniel at home as she jetted south to attend anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela's remembrance ceremony. 

As little sister Princess Madeleine is pregnant and decided to remain at home in New York, Queen Silvia was left to hold the sartorial banner aloft. And this year it was more than aloft…the Swedish tabloids exploded with praise for the 69-year-old flamboyant dress. 

Other Swedes who more often than note score high in the style stakes include MEP and wife of the foreign minister Anna Corazza Bildt. She was rather subdued this year, but still elegant, leaving European Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson unchallenged for her daring near gothic gown. 

The laureates' wives, however, were not far behind. Click here for more scenes from the Nobel dance floor.

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