One of the major royal events this summer will be the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist. Sofia has attended a number of royal occasions in the past and worn several hats and headpieces. Eagle eyed reader Sara noticed something familiar about one of these hats:
Sofia Hellqvist at the March 2013 funeral of Princess Lilian
Crown Princess Victoria at the May 2012 funeral of Count Carl Bernadotte
No question- it’s the same hat. It makes me curious if we’ll see some more hat swapping between Sofia and Princess Victoria as Sofia starts her royal life.
In early February, the Swedish Royal Family attended the funeral of a family friend. For this event, Princess Victoria wore a black felt Garbo hat with wide brim, trimmed with a simple grosgrain band and bow at the base of the crown. The last time we saw this hat, it was at a similarly sombre occasion but was without the band and bow trim. This simple piece of trim significantly changes this hat and this makes me curious, dear readers, if you are in camp “Bow” or “No Bow”?
Last Friday, King Carl Gutaf and Queen Silvia opened an exhibition on the life, paintings and art collection of Prince Eugen (this year is the 150th anniversary of his birth) at the Waldemarsudde in Stockholm. For this event, Queen Silvia accessorized her pale pink suit and lace blouse with a dark clutch purse and fur calot hat. The contrast between the suit and sable brown hat was unexpected but provided a welcome wintertime context to the pastel ensemble. Fur calots will never be included on my list of most favourite royal hats but I think this one worked very well for Queen Silvia. What do you think of this hat and its pairing with this ensemble?
The Swedish Royal Family gathered today at the Katarina kyrka in Stockholm to bid farewell to Swedish business leader and friend, Peter Wallenberg. For this funeral, Queen Silvia wore a beautiful black pillbox hat. The crown of the pillbox was made of felt while the sides were wrapped in silk. A flat silk bow at the back completed this simple but striking hat.
Crown Princess Victoria repeated her black Garbo hat. Since its last outing, a black band was added around the crown of this hat along with a coordinating grosgrain ribbon bow. The simple, classic lines of the hat worked very well with the clean lines of her black coat.
On Sunday, King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended a special mass at Stockholm Cathedral. Part of the “Refuse to Hate” interfaith initiative, the service brought together representatives from numerous faiths in support of the Swedish Interfaith Council’s rejection of using religious arguments to legitimize hatred, violence and aggression. While Crown Princess Victoria did not wear a hat for this event, Queen Silvia wore a simple bowler in loden green felt trimmed with a ruched chocolate brown band around the crown. This sedate and rather boring hat does the job, I suppose…. but I thought this ground breaking initiative deserved a much more vibrant and exciting hat. Don’t you as well?
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: I suspect this hat is new
King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz today with attendance at a memorial at Stockholm’s Grand Synagogue. Queen Silvia wore a simple black felt beret hat, placed at the back of her head in the style of a calot. King Carl Gustaf honoured the Jewish practice of wearing a kippah.
Designer: Kerstin Carlfealk
Previously Worn: This is a new hat