Swedish Royals Celebrate 1000 years of Skara Diocese

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden took part in festitivites marking the 1,000th Anniversary of Skara Diocese today. For this celebration, Victoria wore a navy straw fascinator headband of abstract leaves and ruffled flowers, trimmed with a few navy feathers.

Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

There are a few things that don’t feel right to me about this ensemble. The coat is adorable but the royal blue printed gingham dress just isn’t the right match for it. While the navy fascinator matches the coat very well, I think it would have been shown to greater effect with a more free and flowing hairstyle (something like this).  Victoria’s sleek hairstyle is great but I think it would have worked much better with a simple cream straw picture hat.

I am finding it more and more difficult to love royal fascinators. Does this one deserve my dislike or am I being too fickle about the fascinator?

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Princess Estelle Starts School

Our favourite tiny-princess-with-hairbow began her academic career today in Stockholm with her first day of school. Little Princess Estelle, who was accompanied by her parents Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, wore a petite blue bowed hair clip for the occasion. Adorable!

Princess Estelle, August 25, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Estelle, August 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, August 25, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Estelle, August 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

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Swedish Monarchs Participate in Vintage Car Rally

Last Saturday, August 16, 2014, King King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden attended the King’s Rally on the island of Öland. The royal couple joined 350 other vintage car enthusiasts in the King’s 1946 Volvo PV 60. For this event, Queen Silvia topped her 1940s inspired red peplum suit with a red and black straw cloche hat. The cloche was trimmed with large straw flowers and bows on the side that trailed in long tails around the bottom of the hat. I don’t expect we’ll see this hat for future daytime royal engagements but it was so very suitable for this event. The King looked quite handsome in a white fedora; I loved how he matched his red polka dot bow tie to his wife’s ensemble.

Queen Silvia, August 16, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, August 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, August 16, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, August 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from Stella via Svenskdam

Who Wore It Best: August 2014 Poll

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In the race for the best sea shore inspired headpiece by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne, we have a very clear winner:

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, May 22, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg (when she was still Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy)
at the christening of Princess Estelle of Sweden on May 22, 2012

Thanks to everyone who voted! Stay tuned Tuesday morning for the final poll of the summer.

Photos from Dan Kitwood, Mark Renders, Europa Press, and Andreas Rentz via Getty and Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio

Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Swedish Royals

The Royal Hats Blog The Swedish Royal family were also all in attendance for the May 22, 2004 wedding of the Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. Queen Silvia wore a pale aqua blue ensemble with a matching hat. This hat, with a rounded crown hat and slightly curled brim, was an exquisite colour on the Swedish queen but the simplicity of its shape makes the hat seem ordinary… perhaps too ordinary for a queen.

Queen Silvia, May 22, 2004Queen Silvia and Crown Princes Victoria, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria caused a fashion stir by not wearing a hat. Her orange embroidered, Asian-inspired silk dress made a phenomenal statement all by itself – instead of a hat, Victoria wisely chose to top it with a small orange feather fascinator worn at the back of her head. I have always thought Princess Victoria looked stunning in this dress although I wonder if was better suited to a evening or cocktail event instead of a daytime royal wedding. The dress seems too sparkly and shiny and that little bunch of orange feathers does not, a royal headpiece make.

 Crown Princes Victoria, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Crown Princes Victoria, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

While Princess Victoria’s outfit pushed the daytime dress code, Princess Madeleine’s cream suit and rose-beige hat fell quietly within it. The hat, with a short crown and downward curved brim is rather neither offensive nor memorable. While I understand that not all royal hats can be dramatic statements, this one felt like a rather bland millinery choice for this fashionable young princess.

Princess Madeleine, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Princess Madeleine, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Looking back, I am certainly not as impressed by the hats worn by the Swedish royal family at this wedding as I was by the Belgian, Greek or Spanish royal families. Do you agree?  Is there a hat in this trio that strikes your fancy?

Later today, we’ll look at the hats worn by the Norwegian royal family.

Photos from  A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, Lalo YaskyA. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert, and Getty Images/Stringer via Getty;

Who Wore It Best: August 2014 Poll

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This summer, we have faced off several neutral hued summery hats in our polls (see July’s two polls here and here). As we move into the hazy, lazy days of August, let’s look at the sea shore inspired headpieces by Belgian designer Fabienne Delvigne. In palest pinks and watery greys, these five dramatic royal headpieces all carry a decidedly beachy vibe. The question is, dear readers, who wore it best?

Queen Silvia, April 16, 2008 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa June 23, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden, April 16, 2008; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa on Luxembourg National day, June 23, 2010

Princess Mathilde, October 20, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, May 22, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, May 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde at the Luxembourg royal wedding, October 20, 2012; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg at the christening of Princess Estelle on May 22, 2012; Queen Máxima visiting in Germany on May 27, 2014

The poll will remain open until August 18, 2014 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the results shortly afterward. As usual, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish. To avoid confusion, I have named everyone above with their current titles even though Queen Mathilde was a princess at the time of this photo and the Hereditary Grand Duchess was still Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy.

Photos from Dan Kitwood, Mark Renders, Europa Press, and Andreas Rentz via Getty and Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio

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

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