Birthday Celebrations for Queen Margrethe

Royal Hats

We have already looked at the hats worn by members of the Danish Royal Family today for Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday lunch at Copenhagen’s Town Hall- now it’s time to turn our attention to the hats worn by royal guests. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (Queen Margrethe’s youngest sister) topped her beige pleated silk dress and bouclé coat with a chocolate felt hat. The hat, with a rounded crown and simple curled brim, was trimmed with a beige band around the crown that wrapped into a side bow surrounded in beige feathers. It’s not a particularly memorable hat but I appreciated the contrast it provided to Anne-Marie’s very beige ensemble.

In contrast, Queen Silvia was a vision in vibrant purple. Rounding out her her silk suit (the same one previously worn to the Luxembourg royal wedding in 2012) and wool cape was a silk rose and straw twisted curl fascinator designed by Philip Treacy. Silvia looks fabulous in jewel tones and this bright piece was a nice change from the demure pillboxes and calots she has favoured of late… even though it does look like it is levitating on the side of her head. I adored how the magenta headpiece played against her purple ensemble and gave some much needed lively colour among the rather bland ensembles worn by other royal guests.

Crown Princess Victoria topped her Chanel dress with a twin to the Philip Treacy fascinator she wore last year for Princess Leonore’s christening. While the two white pieces worked very well together, I can’t help being curious about er version of this very distinctive piece.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit continued her trend of not wearing hats by (you guessed it), not wearing a hat. Instead, she topped her white dress and coat with her gold headband tied with a red ribbon (clearly, in a reference to the red and white Danish flag). Mette-Marit wore this same headband to Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday five years ago and I suspect its appearance today might reference the last big birthday party. Such personal touches aside, I can’t wait for her aversion to hats to be over because no amount of ribbons woven through this headband will make it a hat.

The hats worn by the Swedish royal women stood out to me in this group, they didn’t top those worn by the Danish Queen and princesses. Which one of these royal hats was your favourite today?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Swedish Visit to South Korea Day 2

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel arrived in South Korea yesterday and began their four day visit. Today, the royal couple laid a memorial wreath at the National Cemetery and met with President Park Geun-Hye. For these events, Crown Princess Victoria tucked her large fascinator of blush pink feathers and crystal beads behind her right ear, nestled into her chignon. As far as fascinators go, this one is fairly attractive with lovely movement and textural variation. I do not like, however, its inclusion with this outfit. While each piece of Princess Victoria’s ensemble is lovely (drop earrings, lace skirt, silk blouse, star necklace, white gloves, pleated coat), they do not relate to each other at all. The fascinator thus becomes, in this case, the crowning explanation point on an outfit that is all wrong.

Swedish Royal Christening

On Saturday, members of the Swedish Royal Family gathered at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm for the christening of Désirée Magnuson, daughter of Gustav Magnuson and Vicky Andren Magnuson (and granddaughter of Princess Christina). For this special event, Princess Christina wore a black and white cocktail hat with a flat, disk base and mass of feathers on top. While I we don’t have a good view of it to know for certain, I don’t think this hat is attractive or flattering to its wearer, two things a royal hat really should be.

Princess Christina, March 21, 2015 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine attended the christening with their families (Queen Silvia is recovering from a recent skiing injury to her shoulder and was unable to attend). Little Princess Estelle and Princess Leonore were adorable, as usual, in their grosgrain ribbon hairbows.

Swedish Royal Family, March 21, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Leonore, March 21, 2015 in Livly | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, March 21, 2015 in Livly | Royal Hats Princess Estelle, March 21, 2015 in Livly | Royal Hats

Hairbow designer: Livly

Photos from Suvad Mrkonjic via Expressen

Crown Princess Attends Royal Swedish Academy

Last Friday, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended the annual meeting of the The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities at at the House of Nobility in Stockholm. The Crown Princess, who is an honorary member of the academy and awarded a number of honours at this event, added her faux jewelled headpiece to her outfit. Such pieces are a marvellous way to add a little sparkle to a non-tiara formal events and I thought this small addition added a regal touch to her beautiful ensemble.

Crown Princess Victoria, March 20, 2015 in Jenny Packham | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, March 20, 2015 in Jenny Packham | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Victoria, March 20, 2015 in Jenny Packham | Royal Hats

Designer: Jenny Packham (dress designed by Pronovias)
Previously Worn: September 9, 2014

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel began a visit to South Korea this morning- let’s hope she will wear a hat or two during this trip.

Photos from Pelle Nilsson T / Action Press and Pelle Nilsson T / Action Press via APA Picturedesk

Name Day Celebration For Swedish Crown Princess

Princess Estelle of Sweden joined in on the celebration of Crown Princess Victoria’s name day this morning in the Royal Palace court yard in Stockholm (Prince Daniel was at another engagement). For these festivities, the royal mother and daughter were dressed in very sweet matching vibrant purple coats. Princess Estelle topped her coat in a white cable knit cap and matching mittens. In a word- adorable!

Millinery Correction

Royal HatsSometimes, dear readers, I mix up hats. With thousands of royal hats worn over the past decade, it can be a challenge keeping track of which hat is which. Thankfully, I can count on your assistance to sort out the millinery puzzles! Two weeks ago, I wrote a “This or That” post about Crown Princess Victoria’s black felt Garbo hat and the recent addition of a bow.

 Crown Princess Lilian, March 16, 2013 | Royal Hats      Crown Princess Victoria, February 4, 2015 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria on  March 16, 2013 and February 4, 2015

Yesterday, eagle-eyed reader Sarah identified the hat with the bow as a design by Saint Laurent Paris.This means that these two hats are indeed, different hats. If you take a very close look, you’ll notice that brim on the hat without the bow has a slightly greater curve, making the front of the brim more rounded than the hat with the bow. We have, dearest readers, another pair of hat twins! Of course, this now raises a question as to why Crown Princess Victoria added another version of a black Garbo hat to her millinery closet?

Saint Laurent Paris Saint Laurent hat in black felted rabbit fur

Thanks, Sarah for identifying this hat! My apologies, everyone, for this error.

Photos from TT, Stella Pictures and All Over Press via Svenskdam and Saint Laurent Paris

Swedish Monarchs Kick Off Finnish State Visit

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in Helsinki yesterday for the start of a three day state visit to Finland. For this arrival, Queen Silvia wore a new calot hat made of the same dark teal wool as her suit, trimmed with a feather and tulle spray on the side.The colour looks like a great shade on her but I thought the style was slightly lost in her hairstyle. I suppose there are times when a royal must wear a hat and opts to meet this requirement with a hat that stays in the background – a calot hat is a great option for this kind of  ‘low key’ royal working hat. For an occasion the likes of a state visit, however, I’m always going to hope for something a little more. What do you think of this new hat?

Queen Silvia, March 3, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, March 3, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, March 3, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, March 3, 2015 | Royal HatsDesigner: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photos from Getty as indicated, Antti Aimo Koivisto / Stringer via Getty and MTV Finland