Swedish Royals Open CHIO 2016

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden opened the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany yesterday.

Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia used this occasion to debut a new red (or is it a dark coral pink?) straw calot hat trimmed with three intertwined straw twists. Silvia wears calots and vibrant colours so well and those two elements make this a lovely hat for her. While not my favourite embellishment, the twists give some movement and visual interest the small design. Calots can easily be boring but this one certainly is not.

Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Where this look fell flat, however, was in its placement on Silvia’s head. You’ll notice below that the metal loops (a sort of frame used both to help affix the hat to the wearer’s head and attach any necessary hairpins) are completely visible over her hair. I can only imagine that in the rainstorm that thundered at the beginning of this event, Queen Silvia had to readjust her hat on her head without a mirror and the result, as you can see here, was quite messy.

Queen Silvia, July 12, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Placement and rainstorms aside, it’s nice to see the Swedish queen add a new design to her millinery lineup.  The last time she wore this suit, Silvia topped it with a calot hat in the same fabric. I think this straw design is a better pairing but then I’m averse to overly matched ensembles. What do you think of this new hat?

Photos from IBL

Swedish Royals Celebrate National Day

Swedish Royal Family, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Swedish Royal Family kicked off National Day celebrations earlier this morning with the release of two photos of Princess Estelle taken at Haga Palace. In the first, she is dressed in national costume, cuddling her little brother and in the second, she and Crown Princess Victoria are both sporting summery hats in natural straw.

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crrown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

The King and Queen spent the first part of today visiting Sofiero Castle which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. For their tour of the castle and recently completed commemorative gardens and an outdoor concert, Queen Silvia wore a new hat in what can only be described as Swedish blue! Made of lightly woven straw, the design features a rounded crown, and side sweeping brim. 

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

The hat is trimmed in a pleated silk hatband and a side spray of blue silk flowers (irises maybe?) that reveal peeks of yellow and white at their centre, giving a wonderful but very subtle nod to Swedish national colours.

 Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

Head-to-toe outfits in strong colours such as this blue can be difficult to balance but the transparent straw used for this hat design gives a beautiful lightness to the ensemble. It’s a beautiful colour on Queen Silvia and I think she wears this hat, beautifully.

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The family congregated in Stockholm in the evening for their annual carriage procession from the Royal Palace to Skansen for an outdoor concert. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia all wore Swedish National Dress completed with the white folded linen headpieces (traditionally worn only by married women). Princess Estelle wore a sweet royal blue and yellow braided folk headband.

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

What do you think about Queen Silvia’s new hat for National Day today?

Photos from Kate Gabor via the Swedish Monarchy; Stella Pictures; and Getty as indicated

Swedish Monarchs Support Art Fund

The Swedish King and Queen attended an annual Association of Friends of the Artists event yesterday at Waldemarsudde, home of the late Prince Eugene. Prince Eugene,  an accomplished landscape painter in his own right, created a Swedish Artists’ Support Fund Foundation in 1937 and Monday’s festivities were in support of this fund. Queen Silvia wore a new hat in cherry red felt with a rounded crown and flat brim. Trimmed with a large white silk rose, a slim black hat band and a swath of black net tulle around the brim, the hat follows a very classic design. While it has a 1980s feel to it, this piece is a good scale and colour for Silvia and I think she wears it well.

Queen Silvia, May 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, May 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, May 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

What do you think of Queen Silvia’s new red hat?

Photo from  Pelle Nilsson T / Stella Pictures via The Swedish Royal Court and Dana Press

Christening of Prince Oscar: Extended Swedish Royal Family

With the whole Swedish extended royal family gathering less than a month ago for the King’s 70th birthday, today’s christening of Prince Oscar was an understandably smaller affair. While Princess Birgitta and Princess Désirée did not make another trip to Stockholm, Princess Margaretha popped over from her home in the UK for the event. She wore a dark taupey-grey fascinator of straw bow loops and leaves with coordinating feathers that was an excellent colour match for her printed dress. It’s not the most exciting of headpieces but it worked well for her.

 Princess Margaretha, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Margaretha, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Margaretha, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina repeated her infamous black helicopter hat. After being voted our least favourite royal hat of the year three years ago, I hoped not to see this one again. I’m all for creative expression in millinery but this design simply defies good sense.

Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 15, 2013

Vicky Magnuson, wife of Princess Christina’s oldest son Gustaf, topped her yellow lace suit with a black headpiece. In very light black straw, the large tear-drop shaped piece is trimmed by a black feather pinwheel in front and a black feather spray at the back. I like the sense of movement in this piece provided by the feather trim and the way the wide edging creates a sharp finish and contrasts with the transparent straw. It’s an interesting piece that Vicky wore well but I wished it had been paired with almost anything except this yellow suit.

Vicky Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Vicky Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Vicky Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Emma Magnuson, who is married to Princess Christina’s middle son Oscar (one of Prince Oscar’s godparents), topped her pale blue lace dress with a matching straw hat. The disk shaped straw hat is trimmed with a large bow which is edged in white stripes. I want to like this piece- Emma looks great in blue- but the stripes on that bow have me seeing only Adidas.

Emma Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Emma Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Emma Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats   Emma Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Frida Bergström, partner of Princess Christina’s youngest son Victor, topped her navy and white ensemble with a taupe straw fascinator of multiple bow loops, straw leaves and feathers. From close view, the neutral headpiece was a good match for Frida’s navy and white ensemble but from a distance her jacket reads much more grey than blue and I’m afraid the ensemble suffered from competing neutrals. I certainly don’t expect more distant royal cousins to keep up with latest millinery styles but I’m so done with this style of straw fascinator and really want to see something different.

Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

One of my favourite ensembles of the day was worn by Countess Jill Bernadotte (wife of Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg). Jill topped her striking taupe and cream silk suit with a calot-based cocktail hat covered in taupe silk that is trimmed lavishly with feathers and net tulle veil. It’s a fun ensemble and I loved how the purple undertones in the hat’s feather trim coordinated with her necklace. Matching feathers to jewels is always a good thing.

Countess Jill Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Countess Jill Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte also wore a matched hat and suit combination. Made of pale yellow silk covered in ivory lace, her beret-base cocktail hat is trimmed in a large bow. In this case, I much prefer the exquisite coat dress to the hat (which feels overly twee to me) but the use of the same fabric and lace create a very unified ensemble.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne was seated with Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte) who just celebrated her 100th birthday and is currently the oldest member of the Swedish extended royal family. Her pillbox hat is covered in pink and purple silk blooms and wrapped with a net tulle veil. It is a perfect spring hat that I thought Dagmar wore, beautifully.

Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin and Countess Marianne Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 22, 2012

Almost no information was released about these Swedish royal hats, leaving me to guess that most of them were new for this event. There are some beauties here to be sure (and one I wish was retired to its helicopter hangar) so as I draw coverage of this wonderful event to a close, I can only ask which millinery designs today in Sweden were your favourites?

Jump over to this post to see the hats worn by royal guests and this post for those worn by the Swedish royals.

Photos from Getty as indicated; Rex Features; Jonas Ekstromer, Olle Sporung, Maja Suslin, Pontus Lundahl and Anna-Karin Nilsson via TT News Agency

Christening of Prince Oscar

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel brought their young son, Prince Oscar, to the Royal Chapel in Stockholm’s Royal Palace this morning to be christened.

For this special occasion, Princess Victoria chose a white cocktail hat with straw beret base. Lavishly trimmed with white silk flowers that covers most of the base, the hat is completed with a wrap of widely woven white net tulle veil that encircles it. The veil gives a retro feel to the otherwise modern piece and the scale of it is excellent on Victoria. Paired with her exquisite white broderie anglaise dress and worn at just the right angle on the side of her head, the hat made for a beautiful ensemble. My only quibble is that in photographs, the hat reads more starkly white than the dress does, leaving us with a slight colour variation that I suspect was not visible in person.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 27, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, May 27, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Proud big sister Princess Estelle matched her mother in an all white ensemble with her first headpiece! A headband topped with a sidepray of silk leaves and flowers created the small fascinator which beautifully tied in with the flower and leaf print of Estelle’s dress. A sweet pearl necklace and a ponytail anchored with a white bow to completed her adorable look.

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia matched her blush pink silk and lace dress with a headpiece in the same lace embossed fabric. While it looks like the piece is one of Silvia’ go-to calot shapes, photos taken during the service allowed a peek at the back which reveal it to be a wide circlet around the crown of her head. While I am usually not a fan of open crown designs, there is something about the movement of this piece and how it contrasts against’s Queen Silvia’s hair that makes it rather attractive.

Queen Silvia, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Perhaps Fabienne Delvigne?
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Madeleine, who was named as one of Prince Oscar’s godparents, topped her blush pink silk dress with a giant silk flower headpiece edged in delicate pink net. The scale of the piece is fantastic on Madeleine and her romantic hairstyle showed it off to complete perfection.

Princess Madeleine, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Leonore’s blue and white dress was topped with a sweet white double hair bow. She and her brother Prince Nicolas kept their parents busy during the christening but it was lovely to see them both included in the event.

Princess Leonore, May 27, 2016 | Royal HatsDesigner: Livly

Princess Sofia topped her blue caped dress with a small hat in beige straw. While a neutral hat was a great choice for this dress, it was most unfortunate that the too-flat design of this mini pillbox shape left it looking like a pancake stuck on her head. Earlier this month, Sofia wore a lovely beige straw piece for the Chilean state visit and I think this design, with simple looped bow brim, would have been a better choice for her ensemble today.

Princess Sofia, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Daniel’s mother Ewa Westling wore a cream cocktail hat with a round base in cream straw which was covered in straw bow loops, rosettes, slim feathers and pearl sprays. I always feel for her at these major royal events (it can’t be easy adjusting one’s ‘normal life’ wardrobe to include items for much-photographed royal occasions) and she looked great. This pair of grandmas clearly coordinated their attire and I thought that was a sweet touch.

Ewa Westling, May 27, 2016 | Royal HatsEwa Westling, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats
Prince Daniel’s sister, Anna Westling Söderström, topped her ecru lace dress with a large headpiece of gold straw looped bows and a net tulle veil designed by Anna-Stinas Hattstuga.
Anna Westling Söderström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Anna Westling Söderström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats
While I don’t expect a wide array of colourful hat designs at a royal christening, I was a little disappointed by some of the hats we saw today in Sweden. Of these hats worn by wee Prince Oscar’s close family members, which designs stood out most to you?
Photos from Getty as indicated; ; SVT; Rex Features; and Jonas Ekstromer, Olle Sporung, Maja Suslin, Pontus Lundahl and Anna-Karin Nilsson via TT News Agency

Day 2 of Chilean State Visit

The second day of the Chilean state visit to Sweden saw a business forum followed by lunch at the Stockholm City Hall. Joining President Michelle Bachelet were the King, Queen, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.

Queen Silvia, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia repeated her peacock blue pillbox hat. It’s a piece we’ve seen several times before but the colour is so fantastic on her that I understand why it’s becoming a favourite.

Queen Silvia, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 8, 2015; May 11, 2015September 15, 2013

Crown Princess Victoria indulged her fascinator-loving side with one made up of ecru straw bow loops and spiky white feathers. It’s a substantial piece that worked well with her hairstyle and the level of formality of today’s event. If you’re going to do an all white working royal ensemble, this is a good way to do it.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Victoria, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, May 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 17, 2012;  April 16, 2010

That’s another solid millinery showing from the Swedish royals, wouldn’t you agree?

Photos by Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures; and The Presidency of Chile

Swedish Royals Welcome Chilean President

The King and Queen of Sweden welcomed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to the Royal Palace in Stockholm today for the start of a three day state visit. While I originally thought her bright coral pinks hat and suit were new, they have indeed been worn before (thanks Lex!)

Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

The rounded calot hat is covered in the same textured fabric as her suit and trimmed simply with a multi-looped bow on the side. While the calot shape is very familiar to her, this shade is a more difficult one that not many can carry and I think Silvia wears it very well.

Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: April 17, 2012

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sophia both suspended their maternity leaves to join in the official welcome. Princess Victoria topped a pink frock with her pale pinky-mauve headpiece of interlooped rings with huge silk bloom on the side (some of you will remember this piece from Princess Leonore’s christening where it made a sweet connection to the past). I adore this dramatic piece on Victoria and it’s pairing today with a simpler dress made showed it off, beautifully.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Victoria, May 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, May 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 8, 2014

Princess Sofia topped her simple cream dress with a cocktail hat in natural straw. With a flat base, the piece’s focus is entirely on its trim of multiple straw bow loops and a tall feather spine. During this first year of her royal life, we have seen Sofia in small fascinators and today’s cocktail hat is her first experiment with more substantial millinery. It’s a neutral piece but the shape and scale work well for Sofia and she wears it so wonderfully that I caught myself wishing she had worn it for the King’s birthday last weekend. The pop of colour brought to her ensemble by her shoes is a fun touch.

Princess Sofia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This hat is new

2016-05-10 Chilean state visit 3

In recent months, we’ve seen the Swedish Princesses favour fascinators and I was happy to see more substantial pieces of millinery top their elegant ensembles today. What do you think of this trio of Swedish royal hats?

Photos by Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures; IBL, IBL, and IBL