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.

 2016-05-27 Prince Oscar christening 24  Princess Margaretha, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

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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?

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.

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.
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?
Stay tuned for a look at the hats worn by royal guests and members of the extended Swedish royal family later today. You can watch the entire event at SVT here.
Photos from Getty as indicated and Rex Features

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

Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King: Extended Family

It was no surprise that birthday celebrations for King Carl Gustaf this weekend included attendance by members of the extended Swedish Royal Family, many of whom wore hats and headpieces for the daytime events.

Princess Christina topped her blue jacquard suit with a feathered flower fascinator in the same hue. It’s not the most exciting of headpieces (I suppose it does have a festive vibe that fits well with this celebration) although the colour is lovely against her hair.

Princess Christina and Emma Magnuson, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina’s three daughter-in-laws all wore cocktail percher hats. Emma Magnuson (seen above and below) chose a grey straw beret based piece with multiple bow loops and a soaring ribbon tail that coordinated with her grey lace skirt. Frida Bergström (below right) topped her floral dress with a white-rimmed grey saucer hat trimmed in silk roses while Vicky Magnuson (lower photo) wore a pale pink cocktail hat with beret base trimmed with a large bow and net tulle veil. Although the pink hat errs on the saccharine side of the spectrum, I thought it was a light and airy compliment to her navy dress.

Vicky Magnuson and Frida Bergström, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Vicky Magnuson, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Birgitte, who I can’t remember wearing a hat in a very long time, surprised in this round grey percher design. With sharp white piping and a bedazzled button anchoring two large feather spines, the hat is bold and decidedly modern. I’m not sure grey was the best colour for Princess Birgitte but I’m going to ignore this quibble since she’s actually in a hat.

Princess Brigitte, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Brigitte and Viky Magnuson, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

Princess Birgitte’s daughter, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, photographed below with her mother and aunts, wore a pale taupe fascinator of straw and silk bow loops trimmed with feathers.

Princess Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, Princess Brigitte and Princess Christina, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

The King’s other two sisters, Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée (seen above in the yellow dress), did not wear hats for this event. His aunt, Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, attended in a gold brocade suit that she paired with an elaborate fascinator. Made up of large silk blooms and arrow trimmed gold feathers, the piece topped off a wonderfully regal and rather luxurious ensemble.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats
Finally, Maline Sommerlath (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick Sommerlath), wore an ecru straw fascinator made up of multiple bows and coordinating feather trim. The amazing pleated yellow and white hat worn by Princess Hisako of Takamado is something we’ll discuss more in the next post as we look at the hats worn by royal guests.
Maline Sommerlath, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats
While none of the King’s extended family wore pieces as large or dramatic as his wife and daughters, this group includes some lovely pieces. Which ones here stand out to you?
Special thanks to Sofia Svanholm for giving permission to sharing her fantastic photos of this event. I encourage you to peek at her blog and gallery of photos taken this weekend.
Photos from Getty as indicated; TT/Stella, SVT1 Screen shots and Sofia Svanholm 

Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King

Festivities for the 70th birthday of King Carl Gutaf IX continued today with schedule of daytime events that included a Te Deum Thanksgiving Service at the Royal Palace, Armed Forces tribute, choral tribute and cortege, and lunch hosted by the City of Stockholm.

As expected, the day’s events saw new millinery worn by the Swedish royal ladies. Queen Silvia wore a large picture hat with mushroom-shaped brim in pale pink straw. The hat’s small, rounded crown was trimmed in a ring of pink silk that knotted at the side into a flying silk and straw bow. It’s a much larger hat than we’re used to seeing on Silvia but the size seemed to convey the importance of the occasion.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria topped her striped dress and white coat with a white straw hat. The hat featured an angular , off-centred peak at the top of the crown (very similar to this hat), and a diagonally upfolded brim. A pleated band of black patent leather finished the piece, circling round the base of the crown and ending in an elaborate ringed knot at the side. The angular lines of the piece work well on Victoria and while I didn’t like the hat in combination with the coat, it’s a great topper to her striped dress. We can’t forget wee Prince Oscar, who made his official début in a blue knitted cap.

Designer: Philip Treacy desicn OC-153 from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Sofia topped her pale pink dress and white coat with a headpiece of silk roses and pale green velvet leaves. While she undoubtedly is focused these days on her brand new son, Prince Alexander, I would have preferred to see her in something more than these few faux blooms.

Princess Sofia, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Sofia, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new. 

The other ‘blooming’ hat at this event was worn by Princess Madeleine. Her percher hat featured a sculptured saucer in black straw edged in white windowpane sinamay. The tall, fluted side of the hat was trimmed with huge silk cabbage roses in the same pale pink as her coat. This is a far more bold and dramatic hat than Madeleine usually chooses and it would have been a home run without those two unfortunately placed black appliqué flowers on the neckline of her dress. How I want to take a scissors to those things.

Designer: Philip Treacy design OC-109 from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Such large, hatted events happen only a few times per year and it is wonderful to see the spirit of fun and celebration that was undoubtedly part of the day, also visible in these hats. Which ones stood out to you?

Swedish Royals Welcome New Prince

On Friday, a Te Deum was held in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace to celebrate the arrival of Prince Alexander, son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. The baby’s grandmother, Queen Silvia, repeated her pleated white straw calot hat with back bow and white net veil for the occasion. Calots work so well on Queen Silvia and while I might have preferred something in a warmer colour with her ecru suit, this piece worked well enough.

Queen Silvia, April 22, 2016 in Mode Rosa | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, April 22, 2016 in Mode Rosa | Royal Hats

Designer: Mode Rosa
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014; September 8, 2013May 10, 2013; April 16, 2013 

Crown Princess Victoria wore the most unusual piece of the day, a giant double bow fascinator in pale pink straw. I have been trying to think of something nice to say about this piece…. and I cannot. Before I set off on a tirade about how juvenile, costumey and downright horrible this piece is, let me say that Victoria’s lace dress and pink coat are lovely. If only she had paired a different hat (such as this wonderful Philip Treacy picture hat) with them.

Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Coat from LK Bennett, blouse and skirt from Baum und Pferdgarten
Previously Worn: This piece is new
Countess Marianne Bernadotte was colourfully dressed in a red bumper hat to match her red and navy suit. The hat, with its low crown and rolled brim, was simply trimmed with a navy veil. While I don’t particularly like the ensemble, it coordinates well and the hat shape and scale works nicely with Marianne’s hairstyle.
Countess Marianne Bernadotte, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats  Countess Marianne Bernadotte, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats
Princess Sofia’s sisters Lina Frejd and Sara Hellqvist (photographed with their grandmother, below) both wore tiny headpieces (hair ornaments, really). Their mother, Marie Hellqvist, did not wear a hat.
 Lina Frejd and Sara Hellqvist, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats
I am afraid that the hats and giant hair bow at this happy event left me disappointed. Thankfully, we have the christenings of both Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander to look forward to. I suspect both, as other recent christenings have done, will showcase some wonderful millinery. What did you think of these royal hats in Sweden?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Pontus Lundahl / TT News Agency; GTRESonline; Stella Pictures