Romanian Royals Celebrate Crown

On Tuesday, members of the Romanian royal family celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Romanian crown with events held in Bucharest and Sinaia. The day’s events included a military ceremony, garden party and outdoor concert, and the first raising of the royal standard at Peleș Royal Castle since 1947. While King Michael’s health prevented his attendance, the Romanian princesses all joined in the celebration.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta wore a turquoise straw hat with wide brim designed by Romanian designer Kristina Dragomir. Its placement, far back on her head, allowed the appliqué lace flowers flowers and leaves on the underside of the brim to frame her face. A wide twist of pleated purple straw placed on the other side of the brim further trimmed the hat and tied into Margareta’s other purple accessories. The hat is a fantastic colour on her and the appliqué detail is a lovely touch we don’t often see. I’m just not sure about the jarring purple twist.

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Princess Elena topped her red dress and coat in a small straw percher hat trimmed with flowers and curling straw ribbons. I thought the design was a wonderful compliment to her hairstyle and the natural straw a good counterpoint to her vibrant ensemble.

Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Sophia paired her apricot dress and jacket with a small cream straw hat trimmed with white and brown feathers and a cream bow. The scale of the piece feels a little small for Sophia although the jaunty angle she wore the piece is great fun.

Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria wore a large, white straw picture hat. The short crown of this piece is wrapped in a royal blue ribbon thied in a huge side bow and the hat is further embellished with multiple loops and bows of white organdie. It’s a nice enough piece that I think could have been elevated greatly if she had tilted it forward on her head.

Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria (King Michael’s niece) joined in the festivities in a large black straw hat. Trimmed in a sash of diagonal black and white stripes around the crown, the focus of the piece is a wreath of large black straw leaves placed on top of the mushroom brim. Such sculpture with straw is not something we see often and the design was certainly unique.

 Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

We seldom see the Romanian royals and it was lovely to see the Princesses and their cousin together to celebrate this event.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

 Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

What did you think of this parade of Romanian royal hats?

Photos from Cristian Coposesc and Daniel Angelescu. via The Royal Family of Romania

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11 thoughts on “Romanian Royals Celebrate Crown

  1. I like the blue and white hat in the side view in the last photo. The curling white and blue trims have such a nice flow to them.
    I also like the swoosh of purple on the first hat–it is so dramatic, but I don’t care for the color combination, although I can see that it was probably meant to heighten the drama. The rest of the outfit was pretty conservative, so a white swoosh might have been a better fit overall. The purple accessories seemed out of place or too much or something I can’t quite put my finger on.

  2. Margarita’s hat is very beautiful, until we see that purple swoop around the crown; if this was in the same turquoise color as the hat, it wouldn’t be a problem, but the purple, in addition to the appliqué, is too much going on, and is too matchy-matchy with the outfit. So close!

    Elena’s cocktail hat looks nice on her, but I don’t find it exciting. I agree, if Sophia’s disc headpiece had been larger, it would’ve been even better!

    Maria’s hat was the best of this group, but it should be sitting farther down on her head so we can actually appreciate the craftsmanship put into this hat.

    Finally, Maria-Magdalena’s hat looked very nice on her and I do like the striped hatband to keep this hat interesting.

    Overall, a good showing from the Romanian royals.

  3. I saw the purple in the scarf and in the purse, but until I finally scrolled down to the 5th picture, I couldn’t figure out where the purple in the hat was. Well, now I have found it. I like the appliquéd flowers. They should have been purple; then the fabric could have been left off the hat. It’s a spectacular hat and entire outfit, however, especially in the sixth picture.
    Yes, Princess Elena does rather resemble Lesley Nicol of Downton Abbey fame.

  4. Wonderful to see other royals than the usual ones. Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria-Tuscany is such a kind woman. Very elegant hats for a change.

  5. Interesting to see this selection, and some Royals whom we seldom see. I love turquoise and purple together, and don’t mind the bold purple twist on its own on Margarita’s hat, but I agree it doesn’t seem to belong on the hat with the rather delicate lacey pattern in the brim, so I’d have one or the other. Generally I wouldn’t put a large hat on at this angle, but it works surprisingly well with the lace detail there.

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