Danish Queen Celebrates Banking Milestone

Last Wednesday, July 4, Queen Margrethe took part in events celebrating the 200th anniversary of  Danmarks Nationalbank, Denmark’s central bank. For the occasion, she repeated her pale blue straw hat with round crown and openly  woven sideswept brim, trimmed with a posy of pink and white silk cockscomb flowers and green feather leaves. 

It’s such a light, pretty, summery hat that pairs beautifully with this silk floral dress. The cut of the dress is fantastic on Queen Margrethe – something that always makes a hat look better – and the ensemble’s balance of neckline and brim, texture and pattern, solid and print are all just right.

July 4, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: October 22, 2015June 25, 2013
I think this is a fantastic summer look for the Danish queen- what do you think?
Photos from Hanne Juul and Hasse Ferrold via the Danish Monarchy

Danish Royal Family Remembers Princess Elisabeth

On Monday, members of the Danish royal family gathered at Lyngby Church for the funeral of Princess Elisabeth who passed away on June 19. Queen Margrethe was joined by her two sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie, all in black hats to remember their cousin’s life.

Also in attendance was Elisabeth’s brother, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg, his wife Countess Sussie (below right) and their three nieces, Countesses Feodora, Camilla and Josephineof Rosenborg, daughters of Ingolf’s late brother Count Christian of Rosenborg, all in black hats. 
June 25, 2018 | Royal Hats 
Photos from The Danish Monarchy and Keld Navntoft/Ritzau Scanpix

Princess Benedikte Celebrates Bridge

Last Saturday, Princess Benedikte attended festivities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Egernsund Bridge. It was a full-circle moment for the princess, who originally opened the bridge between Egernsund and Gråsten in 1968 which replaced Denmark’s last chain ferry

For this event, Princess Benedikte  repeated her recently debuted oyster straw beret with twisted ruffle detail. This photos give a better view of the hat than we’ve yet seen- it’s certainly a neutral design but not a boring one, thanks to that twisted embellishment. Paired here with a white suit, the hat makes for an understated and elegant ensemble.

Designer: Likely Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: May 5, 2018
Now that we’ve had a better look at this hat, what do you think of it?
Photos from Getty as indicated

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?

Photos from Getty as indicated

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.

June 3, 2018 | Royal Hats

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.
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?
Photos from Getty as indicated

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.
May 23, 2018 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats
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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.