Crown Princess Mary Opens Garden Exhibition

On Tuesday, Crown Princess Mary opened a gardening exhibition in Copenhagen. For this event, which included her naming a new rose, she repeated her oatmeal straw picture hat with waved brim. A cream feather spray adorned the side of the hat- the same one we saw on its first outing (but not its second). I adore the use of detachable trim to give different endless possibilities to neutral hats such as this.

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Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: June 13, 2016; April 16, 2010

Thoughts about this hat on its third outing?
Photos from social media as indicated

First Week of Danish Summer Cruise: Part 2

The first week of Queen Margrethe’s annual summer cruises aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog continued yesterday and today in Mariagerfjord.  After arriving in Hobro harbour yesterday, the queen visited an art exhibition, community activities and cultural centre, a robotics company and Maritime Cultural Center before returning to the harbour in time for choral concert performed by 600 schoolchildren. For these events, Queen Margrethe repeated her pink straw brimless bumper hat with domed crown and trio of white diagonal stripes across the front of the brim. 

Previously Worn:

Today, Queen Margrethe travelled upriver to Mariager Harbor by royal barge where she visited Scandinavia’s largest plastics recycling facility, viewed more than 400 varieties of roses at Mariager Rose Garden, listened to an organ concert at Mariager Church and saw excavations at the Bronze age era burial mound Hohøj. For these events, the Danish queen repeated her vibrant pink straw hat with navy floral hatband and small white flowers at the side.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 12, 2016June 27, 2016June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 2015

We often see Queen Margrethe in nautical navy or red for these summer cruise outings and the pink is a fresh and pretty departure. That’s my nice way of saying that I really, REALLY hope we see some new hats come into circulation for Queen Margrethe. The old ones are mighty familiar.

Photos from Getty as indicated

Danish Royals Honor Danish-French Commerce

Last night, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the Danish-French Chamber of Commerce gala dinner where they presented the 2017 export awards. Guests at the gala were treated to a pre-dinner horse race and as such, were invited to wear ‘an interesting hat’. To meet this unusual gowns-and-hats dress code, Princess Marie wore a new percher hat with moulded base in apricot coloured straw, trimmed in a mass of peach and white feather and a net tulle back bow.

Princess Marie, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Marie, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

The scale of this hat is wonderful on petite Princess Marie and the frothy feather trim pairs well with the tiered floral skirt on her dress.

Princess Marie, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Marie, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:this hat is new
Such unusual dress codes call for a creative approach to dressing and this hat fits the bill. It will be interesting to see how Princess Marie styles it on its next outing. Now over to you, dear readers- what do you think of this peach percher?

Imperial Crown Prince Kicks Off Danish Visit

Crown Prince Naruhito arrived in Copenhagen airport yesterday for the start of a seven day visit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Japan this year. He was greeted at the airport by Crown Prince Frederick (he and Naruhito are patrons of the anniversary celebration) and Crown Princess Mary. For the welcome, the crown princess repeated her cream straw multi-looped straw bow fascinator studded in arrow trimmed feathers.

Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: August 27, 2016; April 27, 2010; May 12, 2005

If one is going to wear a simple bow fascinator, this is certainly how to do it- with a beautiful dress that takes center stage and the fascinator recedes to the background. I know many of you loathe these pieces but I think the styling of this one is really beautiful. At an occasion that really didn’t call for a major hat, this hit the mark.

Photos from Tobias Nicolai Kvist Larsen, Ritzau Photo via the Danish Monarchy; Martin Sylvest and Martin Sylvest via Getty

First Week of Danish Summer Cruise: Part 1

Queen Margrethe set sail Monday on the first week of her annual summer cruises aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog. Yesterday, she arrived in Kalundborg harbour for the start of a two day visit. After a welcome from the Royal Danish Life Guards, the Queen travelled by carriage to Bishop’s Palace for a reception; the rest of her day was filled with visits to a sports center, a volunteer-run hub of 62 social programs, and the lighthouse and museum and harbour in Røsnæs. For these events, she repeated her pale green bumper hat with curling detail and feathers on the side. This is undoubtedly one of Queen Margrethe’s best hats but we’ve seen it a lot and I’m ready for something new.

Today’s programme included visits to the local weaving association and nature and history interpretation center, the inauguration of a new heat pump at the power station and a rickshaw ride with cyclists from a local club. For these events, Queen Margrethe repeated her beige hat with inverted mixing bowl shaped crown and upturned kettle brim. There’s not much to say here except to quote a reader who once (now famously) commented, “That’s a whole lot of biscuit.” Indeed.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 30, 2016Aug 31, 2015Sep 10, 2013Sep 4, 2013Sep 6, 2012Jun 8, 2012 
You can watch video of yesterday morning’s arrival here. The Royal yacht moves on to Mariagerfjord for another two-day visit that we’ll look at on Friday. In the meantime, thoughts about the two hats we saw Queen Margrethe wear in Kalundborg?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Nordic Royals Celebrate 100 Years of Finland’s Independence

Nordic heads of state arrived in Helsinki today to take part in official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence. As is expected, the Scandinavian queens all wore hats.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark stood out in her repeated red bumper hat with navy floral bow at the side, a piece that coordinates well with her red coat and floral dress.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016; May 24, 2016

Queen Sonja of Norway repeated the hat, dress and coat she first wore for her and the King’s silver jubilee last year. The streamlined white straw hat features a flat crown and gently upswept brim that curves up around the back and is simply trimmed with a white hat band and slim cords of wired straw.


Queen Sonja, June 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Previously Worn: June 23, 2016

Queen Silvia of Sweden repeated the blue calot she first wore in February during the Canadian state visit. If you jump back to that post, you’ll see a better view of this blue felt moulded calot shape with widely woven net overlay and mixed feather trim on the side.


Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: Feb 20, 2017

While we have seen each of these hats before, they are not greatly familiar (yet!) and today’s centenary gave us another opportunity to see them in action. Any thoughts about this trio of Nordic royal hats?


Photos from Getty as indicated; Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / NTB scanpix via The Norwegian Royal Court

Swedish Royals Remember Baron Silfverschiöld

Members of the Swedish royal family gathered at Erska Church near Koberg Castle yesterday in to remember the life of Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, husband of Princess Désirée, who died April 11, 2017 following a brief illness. As is to be expected at such events, the millinery was very simple. Queen Silvia wore a tall black pillbox hat.

 Queen Silvia, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria repeated her black felt Yves Stain Laurent wide brimmed Garbo hat with fringe-edged bow at the back and wide Petersham ribbon hatband.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 11, 2017 in Yves Saint Laurent | Royal Hats Crown Princess Victoria, May 11, 2017 in Yves Saint Laurent | Royal Hats

Princess Soia wore a black velvet hair band tied trimmed with a knotted bow at the side.

Princess Sofia, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Sofia, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina wore a large brimmed black hat with wide, ruched fabric hatband gathered in a large black buckle. Princess Désirée and the other Haga princesses did not wear hats.

Princess Christina, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

The Danish and Norwegian royal families were represented by Princess Benedikte and Princess Märtha Louise. Princess Benedikte repeated her black hat with diagonally striped, raised bumper brim.

Princess Benedikte, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Märtha Louise looked to have borrowed Princess Mette-Marit’s veiled black headpiece with slim headband base.

Princess Märtha Louise, May 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

I’m sure you all join me in sending our best wishes to Princess Désirée and her family during this difficult time.

Photos from IBL and Adam Ihse / TT