Queen Máxima Opens Science Museum

Queen Máxima attended the official opening of Micropia, a museum about micro-organisms, in Amsterdam today. While the museum sounds most interesting, I’m afraid Máxima’s hat choice was a disaster. She repeated the bright yellow fabric doughnut headpiece we saw her debut the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June. A bright yellow ring headpiece is bad on its own but paired with a matching jacket over a beigey-pink silk dress, it was truly awful. If you can find something attractive about this outfit, please do share because I’m afraid, dear readers, I can not.

Queen Máxima, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014

Photos from Koen van WeelKoen van Weel and Koen van Weel via ANP

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 in Evelina Persson | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, September 30, 2014 in Evelina Persson | Royal Hats

Designer: Evelina Persson
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 in Mode Rosa | Royal HatsSofia Hellqvist, September 30, 2014 in Mode Rosa | Royal Hats

Designer: Evelina Persson
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

Hat Mystery for Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Sunday Service again this morning at Crathie Kirk in Aberdeenshire. En route to church, photographers caught a glimpse of the Queen in a turquoise straw hat trimmed with a cream band around the crown. We have not seen this hat in a decade and I was surprised to see it pop up out of the depths of the Queen’s millinery closet. That was until I realized that the designer of this hat, Philip Somerville, was laid to rest today. The Queen sent one of her ladies in waiting to attend the funeral and this appears to be her own, private tribute.  Her Majesty paid the same sort of tribute to Frederick Fox last year- a lovely touch from an incredibly thoughtful woman.

Queen Elizabeth, September 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer:  Philip Somerville
Previously Worn: July 2, 2004;  May 7, 2004

Photo from Newsline Media Ltd. via The Daily Mail

 

Queen Elizabeth in Scotland

Reader Lex was able to locate a photo of Queen Elizabeth en route to church at Crathie Kirk last Sunday. The Queen wore a grey straw hat we have not seen on her since its debut, also in Scotland, two years ago. The hat is clearly designed to coordinate with the Queen’s black and white bouclé suit, with this fabric used as a band around the crown and edging on the brim. The squared cloche shape is one we have seen many times on Her Majesty (it works well for her) and the feather trim adds a little whimsy.  I could do without the edging around the brim but aside from that, this looks to be a fine hat. What is your reaction to this hat?

Queen Elizabeth, September 21, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. The fabric edging around the brim is a touch Angela Kelly often uses
Previously Worn: September 7, 2012

Photo from Reuters

One Hat, Four Coat Dresses

Royal HatsOne of the hats we have seen most on the Duchess of Cambridge is this Whitely designed natural straw beret. Kate has paired this hat with four light-hued dress and coat combinations so far and I am curious, dear readers, which pairing do you prefer?

Duchess of Cambridge, June 4, 2011 in Whitely | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, June 9, 2012 in Whitely | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, July 5, 2012 in Whitely | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, April 21, 2013 in Whitely | Royal Hats

At Epsom, June 4, 2011; Attending a Spencer family wedding, June 9, 2012; At the Order of the Thistle Service in Edingburgh, July 5, 2012; and Attending the National Review of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013

Photos from Dave M. Bennet, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson and WPA Pool via Getty

Danish Queen Opens Research Institute

On Tuesday, Queen Margrethe officially opened the new headquarters of the Danish Meat Research Institute in Taastrup. For this engagement, she repeated a navy hat with Bowler-style crown and a short brim that gently curled up on one side; the hat brim and band around the crown were trimmed in the same fabric as her checked dress. While this hat and dress were clearly made to go together, I think it is overly matched. I suspect simple white trim (similar to this hat, also in Queen Margrethe’s millinery closet) might have been a better compliment. What do you think?

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

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 6, 2009August 23, 2009; July 6, 2009; 

Photos from Bjørn Armbjørn via SN.dk