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.
Previously Worn: September 25, 2013
Photos from Getty as indicated
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.
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.
Hairbow designer: Livly
Photos from Suvad Mrkonjic via Expressen
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.
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
Photos from Getty as indicated
Sometimes, 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 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 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
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?
Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This is a new hat
Photos from Getty as indicated, Antti Aimo Koivisto / Stringer via Getty and MTV Finland
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.
Photos from Lehtikuva.fi and Ragnar Singsaas / Stringer via Getty