Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King: Extended Family

It was no surprise that birthday celebrations for King Carl Gustaf this weekend included attendance by members of the extended Swedish Royal Family, many of whom wore hats and headpieces for the daytime events.

Princess Christina topped her blue jacquard suit with a feathered flower fascinator in the same hue. It’s not the most exciting of headpieces (I suppose it does have a festive vibe that fits well with this celebration) although the colour is lovely against her hair.

Princess Christina and Emma Magnuson, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina’s three daughter-in-laws all wore cocktail percher hats. Emma Magnuson (seen above and below) chose a grey straw beret based piece with multiple bow loops and a soaring ribbon tail that coordinated with her grey lace skirt. Frida Bergström (below right) topped her floral dress with a white-rimmed grey saucer hat trimmed in silk roses while Vicky Magnuson (lower photo) wore a pale pink cocktail hat with beret base trimmed with a large bow and net tulle veil. Although the pink hat errs on the saccharine side of the spectrum, I thought it was a light and airy compliment to her navy dress.

Vicky Magnuson and Frida Bergström, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Vicky Magnuson, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Birgitte, who I can’t remember wearing a hat in a very long time, surprised in this round grey percher design. With sharp white piping and a bedazzled button anchoring two large feather spines, the hat is bold and decidedly modern. I’m not sure grey was the best colour for Princess Birgitte but I’m going to ignore this quibble since she’s actually in a hat.

Princess Brigitte, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Brigitte and Viky Magnuson, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

Princess Birgitte’s daughter, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, photographed below with her mother and aunts, wore a pale taupe fascinator of straw and silk bow loops trimmed with feathers.

Princess Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, Princess Brigitte and Princess Christina, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

The King’s other two sisters, Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée (seen above in the yellow dress), did not wear hats for this event. His aunt, Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, attended in a gold brocade suit that she paired with an elaborate fascinator. Made up of large silk blooms and arrow trimmed gold feathers, the piece topped off a wonderfully regal and rather luxurious ensemble.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats
Finally, Maline Sommerlath (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick Sommerlath), wore an ecru straw fascinator made up of multiple bows and coordinating feather trim. The amazing pleated yellow and white hat worn by Princess Hisako of Takamado is something we’ll discuss more in the next post as we look at the hats worn by royal guests.
Maline Sommerlath, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats
While none of the King’s extended family wore pieces as large or dramatic as his wife and daughters, this group includes some lovely pieces. Which ones here stand out to you?
Special thanks to Sofia Svanholm for giving permission to sharing her fantastic photos of this event. I encourage you to peek at her blog and gallery of photos taken this weekend.
Photos from Getty as indicated; TT/Stella, SVT1 Screen shots and Sofia Svanholm 
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6 thoughts on “Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King: Extended Family

  1. How is it the Swedes know how to get good photos of the extended royal family, but this does not happen elsewhere?? Haha, but I digress . . .

    Princess Christina looks great in this shade of blue, but her fascinator looks kinda cheap to me to be honest. Nevertheless, she’s definitely one of the best dressed guests.

    At first, I almost thought Emma Magnuson was Queen Letizia in that first photo and got really excited for a second haha. I think she looked great in her cocktail hat, and I like the coral pink/silver grey color combo. Frida and Vicky did not impress me so much.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Princess Birgitte in a hat. I adore this one, but the placement is so wrong here! It should sit a little farther up and back on her head so it doesn’t look like it’s about to fall off. I kinda wish her outfit was a different color from the hat and her hair, but at the same time it all works so well anyhow. Désirée’s fascinator is fine, but again nothing impressive.

    I really like this whole ensemble for Countess Marianne, but as we know she can wear full hats well, I find the fascinator disappointing. The gold brocade is simply wonderful for her though!

    Finally, Maline Sommerlath is suffering similar problems to Birgitte; it looks like her fascinator might fall off since it’s sitting farther forward and way down on the side of her head, otherwise it’s a fine piece for her.

  2. Countess Marianne Bernadotte for the win! Very elegant! Princess Christina in second place! The blue did look so pretty against her silvery hair! Vicky for third because I love pink! Birgitte looked much better than usual, but I agree with Hat Queen that another color contrasting with her hair color would be better.

  3. I’m not a fan of fascinators, but I think Princess Cristina looks fantastic, front and side views. Princess Birgitte looks a lot better than usual.

  4. My favorite is Princess Christina’s blue fascinator. It is such a cheerful piece and shows up brightly in contrast to her white hair. It is placed perfectly as well. Next I like the fascinator with the gold arrow, but this one could have been worn up higher for better visibility and effect. It sure is fun looking at all of these.

  5. The fascinators here are pretty meh but I’m loving the grey saucer hat expecially with the fur wrap. So fab!

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