Princess Estelle Celebrates Mum’s Birthday

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrated her 37th birthday today. While the Swedish royal family joined in the celebration, the star of the festivities was undoubtedly little Princess Estelle. Wearing an adorable dress worn back in 1984 by her aunt, Princess Madeleine, Estelle was the picture of sweetness in a little pink hair bow.

Princess Estelle, July 14, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Estelle, July 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

During the celebration, Estelle was given a wreath of red roses for her hair. She was less enthused about this headpiece and decided it was more interesting to study than to wear.

Princess Estelle, July 14, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Estelle, July 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, Mark CuthbertMark Cuthbert, and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Birthday of Princess Victoria

Royal HatsCrown Princess Victoria of Sweden celebrates her 37th birthday today. Over the past two years, we have seen Victoria in very few hats as she has usually chosen feathery or floral fascinators. I’m not sure this has always been a good millinery choice for her. Instead of fussy fascinators, I would love to see Victoria embrace more substantial hat shapes that fit better with her modern, clean-lined fashion aesthetic. I think Victoria could carry off hats in interesting shapes- percher and cocktail hats that are not large in scale but architecturally interesting and without fussy embellishment. I would love to see her in something along the lines of this beauty, designed by Australian milliner Jill Humphries of Jill & Jack Millinery. The colour and the gently waved lines would be beautiful on Victoria.

Jill & Jack Millinery    Jill & Jack Millinery

That’s my pick for Crown Princess Victoria. What hat would you like to see her wear?

Photos from Jill and Jack Millinery Facebook Page

Who Wore It Best: May Poll Results

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A WWI Best

May and June were such busy months of royal hats that we missed celebrating the winner of the May poll. Facing off two dramatic Philip Treacy feathered and flowered headpiece produced a clear winner:

Duchess of Cornwall, May 6, 2006 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall! Camilla wore this amazing headpiece at the wedding of her daughter Laura, on May 6, 2006 and I remember thinking at the time that it was a daring and whimsical choice for the mother-of-the bride.

Stay tuned later today for an all new July poll.

Guests at The Christening of Princess Amalia

Royal Hats As we have already looked at the hats worn by her mother and grandmothers, let’s now turn our view to the hats worn by guests at Princess Amalia’s baptism ten years ago.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who was named one of Princess Amalia’s godmothers, wore a hat I absolutely adore on her. This chocolate brown straw picture hat designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacey featured Treacy’s signature figure-8 looped bow as a minimalist trim. The bow, in pink, coordinated beautifully with Victoria’s tailored pink suit, and created such a chic ensemble.

Crown Princess Victoria, June 12, 2004 in Philip Tracy | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, June 12, 2004 in Philip Tracy | Royal Hats Crown Princess Victoria, June 12, 2004 in Philip Tracy | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wore a juicy lime green.straw hat with oval, upturned brim edged in bubblegum pink. The high contrast colour combination was echoed in her suit to create a fantastic overall ensemble. My only quibble was the brim of her hat, which seemed a too large for Maria Teresa.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Mathilde of Belgium (as she was known then) wore a pale gold mushroom-shaped straw hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne. This hat shows Mathilde’s streamlined millinery style a decade ago and makes such an interesting comparison with the bright and more daring hats she wears today.

Princess Mathilde, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Mathilde, June 12, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Laurentien wore one of the most interesting hats at this event. Made of three layers of red straw, this hat flowed over Laurentien’s head like a wave (notice there is no specifically formed crown) and raised vertically on one side. Trimmed with a large bow and feathers on the raised side, the hat made quite a statement. I think I would have liked it much better had it not been paired with Laurentien’s busy, patterned jacket and necklace.

Princess Laurentien, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats Princess Laurentien, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Mabel and Princess Laurentien, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Mabel, in comparison, looked serene and very streamlined in a white picture hat with a square crown. The unusual proportion of the large brim and short crown on this hat creates much visual interest on this hat (something that is created on most other hats by embellishment). At the time, Mabel was a newcomer to the Dutch Royal Family and had worn many outfits with bows (something I was never a fan of) and  I thought this clean-lined and bow-free coat and hat were such an elegant look for her.

Princess Mabel, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Other members of the Dutch royal family were also in attendance for Princess Amalia’s christening. Princess Margriet wore a white picture hat with floppy brim and red flower on the side. Princess Irene wore a beautiful black hat with flat crown and brim, trimmed with a Chanel-esque pink rose on the side. And Princess Christina wore a sunny yellow pillbox trimmed with a flower and trailing looped ribbon. This pillbox remains one of my favourite ever hats on Princess Christina.

Princess Margriet, Princess Irene and Princess Christina, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène wore a royal blue ensemble topped with an elegant straw hat. The brim of the hat gently rolled up around her face and created the most flattering and beautiful hat shapes on her. When the proportions of a hat are just right for the wearer, the hat ‘sings’ and I think such was the case with this hat on Marilène.

Princess Marilène, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Annette wore a white hat in an oversize cloche shape with a tall, rounded crown and low brim. While these photos do not share the detail of this hat (I believe there was a white ribbon around the crown and the edge of the brim), it still seemed a little too big for petite Annette.

Princess Annette, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Annette, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats Princess Anita, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Anita (above right and below right) wore a sea foam green straw picture hat draped in a vine of straw leaves. I love this hat much more now than I did at the time, and appreciate such interesting trim that does not involve flowers or feathers! The trailing vine framed Anita’s face so beautifully and the large scale of the hat was wonderful on her. Princess Aimée wore a small bucket hat in pale pink with a soft, ruched scarf around the crown. I particularly like how the soft pink of her hat coordinated with the darker pink of her suit.

Princess Aimée and Princess Anita, June 12, 2004 | Royal Hats

All in all, Princess Amalia’s christening was a colourful day of royal hats, wasn’t it? I am curious- do you find that time has been kind to these hats or do they seem dated and best left as a memory?

Photos from Steve Finn, Julian Parker, Steve Finn, Steve Finn, Steve Finn, Steve Finn, Steve Finn, Julian Parker, Steve Finn, Steve Finn, Steve Finn, Steve FinnSteve FinnSteve FinnSteve Finn, Steve Finn, and Steve Finn, all via Getty

Swedish Royals Celebrate Historic Ordination

On Sunday, King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended the ordination of Archbishop Antje Jackeléns, the fist female archbishop in Sweden, at Uppsala Cathedral. For this historic occasion, Queen Silvia wore a cream straw lampshade style hat with a side bloom. It is another traditional hat for the Swedish queen but paired with her beautiful pink coat, created such a pretty ensemble.

Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Silvia, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously worn: TBA

Crown Princess Victoria wore a black picture hat with a sweeping brim and simple white band around the crown. It is a rather austere picture hat as far as they go but it worked so well with Victoria’s clean-lined white dress.

 Queen Silvia, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Victoria, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: December 10, 2013

Crown Princess Victoria and Queen Silvia, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats

What did you think of this pair of Swedish royal hats?

Swedish Royal Christening: Extended Family

As I wrap up a review of the hats at the Swedish royal christening on Sunday, I thought we would take a quick peek at some hats worn by members of the extended Swedish royal family. The King’s sister, Princess Christina (who is Princess Madeleine’s godmother), wore a purple flower fascinator trimmed with wispy purple feathers. I love the contrast of this shade of purple in her white hair but paired with her purple dress, coat, and wrap, the look was rather one-note.

Princess Christina, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Margaretha (to the left, behind Chris O’Neil) wore what looks to be a white feathered fascinator. To her right (immediately above Chris’ head), Princess Désirée to her right seems to be wearing a white calot hat at the back of her head. We’ll have to save judgement on these pieces until better photos are available.

Swedish Royal Christening, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Countess Gunilla Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Carl Johan of Sweden)  wore a stunning pale grey straw hat. The under side of the brim was in  white straw, edged in slim black piping and the hat was trimmed with a black sash around the crown and large black loops. Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Sigvard of Sweden) wore a lovely mint green straw hat trimmed with a monochrome ribbon around the crown and spray of silk blossoms on the side.

Countess Gunilla Burnadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  CountessMarianne Burnadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Bettina Aussems (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Thomas Sommerlath) topped her red sheath and scarf with a simple hat in the same colour. Embellished only with a ruched sash around the crown, I thought this hat was a great tutorial for effective monochrome dressing.

Bettina Aussems, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Maline Sommerlath (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick Sommerlath who was named one of Princess Leonore’s godparents) followed the unofficial dress code of the day: lace dress + fascinator in the same colour. I thought the headband on this fascinator drew too much attention away from the bloom itself and would have preferred it hidden in her hair. This one fell a little flat for me.

Maline Sommerlath, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  Maline Sommerlath, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

And finally… Prince Carl Philip’s longtime girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist wore a grey looped bow fascinator trimmed with white net and feathers. I found this headpiece most haphazard, with the trimmings unrelated to the looped bow (and another visible headband problem). Sofia’s hair was beautifully styled for a fascinator but this was not the right one.

Sofia Hellqvist, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Looking back at all the marvelous millinery at this christening, my favourite headpiece was the one worn by Crown Princess Victoria. I am curious- which one was your favourite?

Photos from Patrick Van Katwijk via Corbis; Bertil Ericson/TT via Kungahuset; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Lasse Allard and Jonas Ekstromer via Aftonbladet

Swedish Christening: Immediate Family

It is no surprise that the families of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill were both in attendance for Princess Leonore’s christening yesterday. What was surprising, however, was that they nearly all shopped at the same hat designer! Let’s start with Queen Silvia, who wore a large fascinator of twisted ribbon tails  in blue straw, trimmed with a large blue net veil. It was clearly custom made to compliment her blue lace Valentino dress and like Princess Madeleine, the overall effect was very light, airy and delicate. The last time we saw Queen Silvia, I wished a more modern millinery style for her; today, this wish was granted.

Queen Silvia, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This is a new headpiece

Crown Princess Victoria also eschewed a hat in favour of a dramatic headpiece. This one, in the same pale grey-mauve as her dress, wrapped around her head in a loose trio of bands and anchored a huge silk bloom at the side.

Crown Princess Victoria, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

I will admit that I was on the fence about this headpiece (you all know how I feel about open-topped hats) until I realized it was a reinvention of the one Queen Silvia wore on August 31, 1979 for the christening of Prince Carl Philip. After making that connection and seeing this modern reworking of the original, I decided that it was wonderful on Victoria. The Swedes certainly do create sweet and emotional touches at big events, don’t they?

Crown Princess Victoria, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, August 31, 1979 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This is a new headpiece

Christopher O’Neill’s mother, Eva O’Neill, also wore a Philip Treacy designed headpiece that wrapped around her head. While I loved the shimmery gold of the headpiece paired with Ms. O’Neill’s pale yellow coat, the wide layers made it look too much like a wrapped bandage.

  Eva O'Neill, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Eva O'Neill, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Eva O'Neill, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Chris O’Neill’s sisters, Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun and Tatjana D’Abo, also wore designs by Philip Treacy. Natascha’s black cocktail hat featured a bejeweled base topped with a net ring and a curling feather spine while Tajana’s jaunty vertical hat in cream straw was trimmed in large signature Treacy silk flowers.

Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun and Tatjana D'Abo, June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Chris’ remaining two stepsisters,  Anna Lisa O’Neill and Karen O’Neill, were the only immediate family members not in Philip Treacy designs. Anna Lisa wore a very pretty transparent black straw hat with a multi-looped bow and Karen wore a pleated cocktail hat trimmed with a net rosette and feathers. 

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The hats today were not what I was expecting- they were edgier and more haute couture than we usually see for a major royal event. Since I love royal millinery surprises, I’m going to consider this day a royal hat success. I can’t wait to hear you all weigh in!

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Photos from Torsten Laursen via Getty; Splash News via Corbis; Stella Pictures. All Over Press and TT via Svenskdam;  Splash News via Corbis; Anna Lu Lundholm via Getty; Anna-Lena Ahlström via Kungahuset; Keystone / Stringer and Luca Treuchmann via Getty; and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Swedish Royal Christening

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband, Christopher O’Neill, brought their infant daughter Princess Leonore to the chapel at Drottningholm Palace to be christened yesterday.

Princess Madeleine, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

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For this special event, Princess Madeleine topped off her pink lace Valentino dress with a delicate net veil headpiece trimmed in pink applique flowers. It was an unexpected choice but one that worked well with her delicate dress. The whole look was very light and pretty.

Princess Madeleine, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Madeleine, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Madeleine, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This is a new headpiece

You can see the hats worn by family members and the Swedish Royal family here and here.

Photos from Jonas Ekstromer via Afteonbladet; Luca Teuchmann, Luca Teuchmann, Luca Teuchman, Jonathan Nackstrand; via Getty; and All Over Press via Svenskdam

Swedish Royals Celebrate National Day

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden kicked off celebrations for Sweden’s National Day yesterday with a visit to Ånge. For this visit, Queen Silvia repeated her white straw pleated calot hat trimmed with a net veil and rosettes at the back. While this is a good hat style for her (particularly with her hairstyle), I would love to see her try something more modern.

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I suspect it is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 8, 2013May 10, 2013; and April 16, 2013 

In the afternoon, the Swedish Royal Family left the Royal Palace by carriage to attend a National Day concert at Skansen. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine all wore Swedish national dress complete with distinct folded white caps.

Swedish Royal Family, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Madeleine, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Little Princess Estelle joined the procession, also dressed in national costume with a white bow in her hair. I can’t decide what is more adorable- her hairbow or her royal wave?

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

As this was Princess Madeleine’s first wearing of national dress as a married woman, she was able to add the folded white cap to her ensemble for the first time. She wears it well, doesn’t she?

Princess Madeleine, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

 Princess Madeleine, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine and Crown Princess Victoria, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Hats, flags and nationalism aside, there were two images of the day that were most special. The first was Princess Madeleine presenting her baby daughter Princess Leonore to the Swedish people for the first time. Little Leonore did not wear a hat but she did appear in miniature national dress.

Princess Madeleine and Princess Leonore, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

The second was this image, released by the Swedish Royal Court, of this future Swedish Queen in national dress and white hair bow. Adorable, isn’t she?

Princess Estelle, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from Jonas Ekstromer and Mats Andersson via Expressen; Kate Gabor via Kungahuset, Torsten Laursen and Torsten Laursen via Getty; Stella Pictures, Stella Pictures, Charles Hammarsten / IBL and Patrik Osterberg / All Over Press, Charles Hammarsten / IBL via Svenskdam

Who Wore It Best: May 2014 Poll

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This month has been such a busy month of royal hats that we have nearly forgotten our monthly hat poll! As the northern hemisphere sails from spring toward summer, I thought it would be fun to face off two very summery headpieces made by Irish milliner Philip Treacy. Both feature a mass of monochrome blooms nestled into nests of curled feathers, one in mint green and one in vibrant fuchsia. The question remains- Who wore it best?

Duchess of Cornwall, May 6, 2006 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   Duchess of Cornwall, May 6, 2006 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall at the wedding of her daughter Laura, May 6, 2006

Queen Silvia, May 21, 2007 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, May 21, 2007 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 21, 2007

This poll will remain open until June 13 at midnight GMT and results will be celebrated soon thereafter. As usual, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish. Happy voting!