Hats From the Past

Royal Hats sixteen years to June 18, 2002. While the connection between Ascot and British royal hats is an unbreakable one, there are occasionally royal friends and relations from other royal houses who join in the racing festivities. Back in 2002, the Danish and Swedish monarchs were guests at Windsor Castle and attended Ascot,  both queens in vibrant hats.

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I’ve always loved the two directional double brim on Queen Margrethe’s hat (a creative feature still today!), the play between the two shades of pink and the subtle repetition of the red dots on her silk dress on the upper, lighter pink brim of the hat. Queen Silvia’s bright pink sidesweep reminds how long this style of upturned brim has been en vogue, balanced here by a flat crown and lovely contrasting feathers in unexpected yellow and black.

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I wonder if any continental royal friends will be in attendance this year?

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Catching Up Five Scandinavian Royal Hatted Events

The Scandinavian royals were busy this weekend, leaving us five hatted events to catch up!

On Saturday, Queen Margrethe opened a Niels Skovgaard exhibition at Skovgaard Museum. The queen, who has lent a painting from the royal collection for the exhibition (one that usually hangs in her office), repeated her bright pink straw hat with double navy floral hatband and organza mini blossoms on the side.

Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 29, 2018Aug 28, 2017;  June 16, 2017September 12, 2016June 27, 2016June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 201
On Saturday, Princess Benedikte was at Klampenborg Galopbane for her namesake “Princess Benedikt’s Honorary Prize Run” for female amateur riders. For this event, she wore a new cream straw hat with wide brim, upswept on one side. The hat looks to be simply trimmed with a wide hatband in the same cream straw. It’s a lovely, sleek piece that paired especially well with her bright dress and necklace.


Designer: likely Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new 
Yesterday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended an ordination service at Uppsala Cathedral. For this service, Queen Silvia topped her patterned royal blue dress with her repeated straw hat in the same hue. The hat features a rounded crown, gently upswept brim and is trimmed with a pleated blue silk hatband and a side spray of blue silk flowers at the side. We’ve discussed recently here about the success (or non success!) of one colour ensembles and I put this one firmly in the ‘success’ category, thanks to the mix of multiple textures on the dress and hat.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 6, 2016  
Also yesterday, Queen Margrethe was in Fredericia  to take part in the 350th anniversary celebration of Sct. Michaelis Church. She repeated her pale pink straw hat with tapered crown and slightly upswept brim on one side, trimmed with white silk flowers and pink silk ribbon hatband and brim binding piped with a slim stripe of white. She was joined for the service by her cousin, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg and his wife, Countess Sussie, who wore a smart raspberry straw bumper hat.

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Designer of Queen Margrethe’s hat:  likely Per Falk Hansen. White silk flowers by Danish fleuriste Effi Pingel
Previously Worn: Nov 23, 2017July 15, 2017
And finally, the Norwegian royal family welcomed Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska today on a three day state visit. For the official welcome, Queen Silvia repeated a cream straw picture hat with trimmed with coral quills.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 19, 2014; May 31, 2012June 2007 
Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore an embellished bandeau headpiece while Princess Astrid looks to be wearing a black  straw brimless hat with domed crown, trimmed with a black net tulle veil.
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Designer of both pieces: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe both are new
My apologies for the poor photos, dearest readers- the Scandinavian royals just get the level of media coverage that their British cousins do. Nevertheless, it’s been a busy weekend of interesting hats across Scandinavia! I think Princess Benedikte’s new design is a particular beauty. 
Photos from social media as indicated; Chresten Bergh and Scanpix Norway

Danish Queen Opens National Park

Queen Margrethe was in Esrum yesterday to officially open the ‘Kings Northern Zealand’ new national park. This event gives us the best side view we’ve seen of her pink straw hat, showing clearly that the hatband is a double row of the same navy floral fabric as her blouse, bound on each side with solid navy piping. The flowers are also visible here as small organza poufs in white, pink and navy with unfinished edges.

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While this closeup view makes me less impressed with the trim (those flowers seem unnecessarily fussy and crafty), I’m surprisingly taken with the hat’s shape. The brim has a jaunty trilby feel to it I had not noticed before, with shorter upturned shape around the back and wider, down facing slope at the front. Seeing the nuances of this shape makes the hat feel decidedly more modern. If only the the great shape and colour were further shown off with a medium width navy Petersham ribbon hatband (perhaps ending in a flat side bow?) in place of the current one.  I have a hunch that simpler trim would do this hat a world of good.

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Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Aug 28, 2017;  June 16, 2017September 12, 2016June 27, 2016June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 2015
Have your impressions of this hat changed at all with this closer look at its trim?
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Danish Crown Prince And Princess In Aarhus

Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary spent Frederik’s 50th birthday yesterday on a visit to Aarhus. Arriving into the port on the royal yacht Dannebrog, the couple embarked on a program that included an official welcome, a media production company, a gin distillery, and an international sailing center. For these events, Crown Princess Mary wore a white lace dress topped with a magenta headpiece.

The floral headpiece features a large cala lily with stamen filled center and long, slim veined leaves that circle around the back of Princess Mary’s head. The colour is marvelous against Mary’s dark hair and the scale of the piece gives it some significance without competing with the lace dress- a dress that might have gone too ‘garden party’ with a full hat. I also love the styling here, with a neutral purse and pumps and ruby centered earrings as the only link of deep pink. It’s balanced, nuanced, festive and really pretty.
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Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new
I’ve been critical of numerous headpieces and fascintors here in the past but I wonder if I’ve missed their potential to be good pieces for summery daytime engagements such as this. What do you think of this floral headpiece?
Special thanks to contributor and dear friend to Royal Hats, Inger Stokkink for graciously offering these wonderful photos  here to share. 
Photos from The Danish Monarchy as indicated; Miguel Mielgo and Inger Stokkink. Photos may not be replicated in any way without written permission from their owners.

Princess Benedikte Opens Sports Center

On Monday, Princess Benedikte officially opened the Mølleparken sports center in Dianalund. For this she, repeated a hat that is new here at Royal Hats- somehow, I missed its debut last spring. In narrow navy (or black? it’s hard to tell) and ecru stripes, the straw design features a relaxed kettle brim and is simply trimmed with an ecru hatband edged on the top and bottom with a navy stripe.

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The hat is certainly on the side of informal and while it’s not my favourite in Princess Benedikte’s wardrobe, it works for less formal events like these.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 5, 2017
Thoughts about this new hat?
Photos from Thomas Olsen via Scanpix and social media as indicated

Catching Up Three Events in Denmark

On Tuesday, Queen Margrethe opened the royal yacht Dannebrog’s sailing season in her repeated navy felt hat with silk hatband that ties in a side bow. With her navy suit, red and white blouse and anchor brooch, the hat topped a suitably (but not to obviously) nautical ensemble.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 9, 2017; May 3, 2017
Yesterday, the Danish Queen was at Frederiksberg Castle to visit the Army Officer School headquartered there on this, its 150th anniversary year. For this event, she repeated a straw hat with ecru crown and double grey brim. This design is intriguing- something not always said about a design in such neutral colours – with the upper brim in a kettle upturn and the lower brim, under a white band, appearing to be flat.  I want to see this closeup for a final verdict but it looks wonderfully promising.


Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Oct 9, 2007
Today, Queen Margrethe was joined by her sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, to celebrate the city of Kolding’s 750th anniversary.  The visit, which included a stop at a new exhibition held at Kolding Castle Museum, Queen Margrethe repeated her red bumper hat with navy floral patterned bow trim. Princess Benedikte wore a new pale grey straw beret base percher decorated with a pleated grey silk ruffle. Queen Anne-Marie wore an upswept brim design in natural straw that appears to be embellished.



Designer of Queen Margrethe’s hat: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn:  July 1, 2017; June 29, 2017; June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016
Designer of Princess Benedikte’s hat: likely Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Designer of Queen Anne-Marie’s hat: looks like Lock & Co.
Previously Worn: TBA
While some of these hats are ones we are very familiar with, the two new grey designs are both distinctive- one for the brim and the other for the ruffle trim- and both impress me. What do you think of this parade of hats in Denmark this week?
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Crown Princess Mary Opens Hospital

Crown Princess Mary was in Slagelse this morning to officially open a new hospital. She follows the custom of wearing a hat for such openings and today was no different, although she surprised in a hat we’ve not seen in almost four years. In palest pink felt, the calot hat has the loveliest of curved sides and is trimmed with felt leaves and a spray of light feathers. The trim balances the subtle colour, which looks so great against Mary’s dark hair and the hat’s weight and material works well across several seasons, including the current transition to spring. It’s a pretty pretty with much potential to be a solid workhorse.

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Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: May 12, 2014
Thoughts about this hat’s second outing today?
Photos from AFP; Claus Bech via The Danish Monarchy and Claus Bech via Getty