Finnish State Visit to Norway

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö (and his wife, Jenni Haukio) arrived in Norway for a state visit today. As per protocol, the Norwegian Royals greeted them in full-hatted splendor.

I’m sorry to write this but in my humble opinion, Queen Sonja’s hat looks like some sort of military uniform from the planet Vulcan. And that is NOT a good thing.


Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s calot ,designed by Mona Strand, is not working for me, either. I just don’t like the placement so far on the back of her head.


That leaves Mrs. Haukio. I am usually a fan of feathered fascinators and when I first saw it from a distance (first photo above), I liked it. Upon a closeup view, however, it seems too twee for a First Lady. I’m afraid I’m going to do the unthinkable and pass on all three hats today! Maybe tomorrow will be better. Sigh.

The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Getty as indicated and


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