Royal Hats this Year: Sweden

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We still have a number of royal houses to review in our look back at royal millinery in 2014. Here are all of the Swedish royal hats we saw this year (click on each photo to link its original post with larger views of each hat):

Queen Silvia, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess MarianneBernadotte of Wisborg, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  March 26, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  April 4, 2014 in Whitely | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne  | Royal Hats Princess Madeleine,  June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Victoria,  June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Christina, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess Gunilla Bernadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess MarianneBernadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, August 16,2014  | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, September 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, November 22, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for favourite royal hat of 2014? Are any among your least favourite?

Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family was joined by monarchs and representatives from numerous other royal houses for Queen Fabiola’s funeral today. Empress Michiko of Japan wore a petite black saucer hat that featured a flat fan bow and net tulle veil.

Empress Michiko, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe of Denmark repeated her a black Karakul fur toque with feather pouf trim.

Empress Michiko and Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a black felt cloche hat with wide, folded black velvet band around the crown.

Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a black pillbox which was covered in net tulle and wrapped with a band of black velvet around the outside of the hat.

Queen Sofia and Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Sofia and Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands repeated her black fur felt hat with pointed crown and upfolded felt and straw double brim.

Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Empress Farah of Iran wore a black silk pleated turban that was interlaced with strands of metallic black straw and trimmed with a loosely woven black straw rosette.

Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid of Norway, who accompanied King Harald, wore a black bumper hat in the same Karakul fur as her coat.

Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

And finally, the Duchess of Castro wore a black calot trimmed with a silk ruffle that spanned the side and back of the hat. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

I think that includes all the royals who attended this event (please let me know if I missed anyone). The hats were all rather simple, but simple elegance is exactly what was required. Did any of these royal hats stand out to you today?

Photos from Vincent Kalut, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Didier LebrunPatrick van Katwijk, and Albert Nieboer, all via Corbis

Day 1 of Swedish State Visit to France

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in Paris today to begin their three day state visit to France. Queen Silvia. For this arrival, Queen Silvia wore a red pillbox hat to coordinate with her striking red coat. The hat was swathed in a black tulle net veil and appeared to have a fold of black fabric that encircled the side of the hat in an abstract sort of stripe. It also looks like there was a flat red bow at the back of the hat. Silvia wears pillbox hats so very well and this one was no exception. There is a lot going on in this little hat but I thought it was balanced by the red coat and black accessories. What do you think of this new pillbox hat?

Queen Silvia, December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Photos from Getty as indicated

Princess Victoria Supports Women’s Voluntary Defense Service

Crown Princess Victoria attended the 90th anniversary and annual National Conference of the Swedish Women’s Voluntary Defense Service in Skövde, Sweden, last Saturday. For this conference, Victoria wore the uniform of the Defense Service members which includes a small beret cap. We don’t see many royal women in uniform and it was nice to see Princess Victoria lending her support to this organization in this way.

Princess Victoria, November 22, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, November 22, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, November 22, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from Lehtikuva

Hat Renovation in Sweden

Royal HatsReader Sarah contacted me earlier this week with an interesting hat observation.  Do you notice anything between this hat, worn by Queen Silvia for King Carl Gustaf’s official birthday celebration in April 2004:

Swedish Royal Family

and this hat, worn by Queen Silvia for Princess Estelle’s christening on May 22, 2012

Great observation, Sarah! It is clearly the same hat, with the addition of seed pearls, pleated silk ribbon, feathers and silk blossoms. While I am mildly surprised that Queen Silvia recycled a hat for this important event, the transformation of this hat really does make it into a completely different piece. It is an interesting idea to take a previously worn hat and “jazz it up” for a single, important event (instead of ordering a bespoke hat for that same event which would likely be worn just once). This approach to hat recycling greatly intrigues me.

Which way do you, dear readers, prefer this straw hat? Thanks again, Sarah, for sharing this great observation.

Swedish Royals Attend Opening of Parliament

Members of the Swedish Royal Family accompanied King Carl Gustaf this morning to officially open Swedish Parliament. As is tradition, the family was dressed in black and white, a dress code they adopted in the 1970s when the court dress requirement for this event was abolished.

Swedish Royal Family, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia repeated a white ruched calot hat with a large beaded, looped bow. I thought her beautiful pearl jewellery helped tie the hat with her black suit and kept the ensemble from looking too starkly contrasted.

Queen Silvia, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: April 5, 2014; June 4, 2013; May 29, 2012; April 26, 2010; May 24, 2009; April 22, 2009; April 15, 2008

Crown Princess Victoria topped her black and white dress with a striped hair bow nestled in her chignon. While I like the integration of the bow with her hairstyle, I really do think royal hair bows are best left to her daughter. It might be too much to dream but can you imagine how fantastic she would have looked in something like this non-royal but very famous black and white picture hat, worn earlier this week?

Crown Princess Victoria, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Sofia Hellqvist, fiance of Prince Carl Philip, attended this year’s Opening of Parliament for her first time. She wore her hair back in a neat chignon as well, and topped it with a sweeping headpiece of black and white feathers. From the front view, you can see how nicely this fascinator framed Sofia’s face. I particularly liked how the  mix of black and white on both her headpiece and clutch provided just the right compliment to her beautiful black suit. For her first official royal engagement, I think Sofia did very well.

Sofia Hellqvist, September 30, 2014 | Royal HatsSofia Hellqvist, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Click here to see a lovely seven minute clip of the Royal Family’s arrival. The hats today were not that exciting, I’m afraid, although we did see the official debut of a new royal hat wearer who did very well. What did you think of this lineup of Swedish royal hats and headpieces?

Photos by IBL via Svenskdam; and IBL via Svenskdam

Swedish Monarchs Attend Synod Opening

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia  of Sweden were in Uppsala yesterday to attend the annual opening of Synod at Uppsala Cathedral. For this event, the Queen wore a black straw hat with a gently upturned front brim and a twisted band of straw wrapped around the crown. This hat is feels rather somber to me- I can’t help thinking that the low brim seems better suited for mourning than a regular royal engagement. A black hat was the right choice to top Silvia’s black and white jacket but I think lighter shape- like that of her black straw beret, feathered pillbox or even this picture hat- would have been a prettier choice. What do you think?

Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats

 

Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: March 16, 2013

 

Photos from Stella Pictures via Svenskdam