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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 of Sweden, April 16, 2008; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa on Luxembourg National day, June 23, 2010
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.
Crown 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.
That’s my pick for Crown Princess Victoria. What hat would you like to see her wear?