Swedish Monarchs Welcome Papal Visit

King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden welcomed Pope Francis today for a two-day visit to Sweden marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The royal couple greeted the Pope at the Royal palace in Lund this morning where the queen repeated her vibrant purpley-blue brimless hat trimmed with black feathers.

Queen Silvia, October 31, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, October 31, 2016 | Royal Hats

While the shape of this design looks like a rounded pillbox from the front, the side view reveals it to be more of a calot with indented crown similar to a Pork Pie hat. The shape nestles nicely into Queen Silvia’s hairstyle and the vibrant colour (which is reported to be a royal blue despite taking on a very purple hue in many photographs) suits her very well.

Queen Silvia, October 31, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, October 31, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: January 19, 2016May 31, 2015
Thoughts about this royal purple-blue hat in Sweden today?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Michael Campanella, Jonathan Nackstrand, Max Rossi and Michael Campanella via Getty

Swedish State Visit To Germany

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived in Berlin yesterday to begin a state visit to Germany. Not surprisingly, Queen Silvia used the occasion to debut a new hat. In camel coloured felt, the design features a rounded cloche style crown and wide brim, raised on one side and edged with a wide black stripe. The black stripe gives a great punch of contrast to the hat and I particularly like the dimension provided by rows of camel stitching on it. While worn a little lower on Silvia’s head than I would prefer, my main quibble about this hat is its pairing with this grey coat and dress. Mixing neutrals can work well but in this instance, I’m not such a fan.

 

      

Queen Silvia, Oct 5, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, Oct 5, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new
I like this hat on Queen Silvia but not with this coat… what do you think of it?
Photos from Getty as indicated and IBL

Opening of Swedish Parliament

Members of the Swedish Royal Family gathered in Stockholm yesterday for the opening of parliament dressed in the  traditional black and white dress code associated with this event. Queen Silvia led her family in a repeated white ruched straw headpiece with wide bow at the back. The lovely movement of this piece, which swirls around Silvia’s head, almost makes up for it’s open crown. I have long disliked such open crowned hats but paired with an impeccably cut black suit and pearls, this one almost works.

Queen Silvia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 17, 2013

The three Princesses sported chignon hairstyles, each topped with a fascinator style headpiece. There has been growing controversy here at Royal Hats over the merits of this style of millinery and, like them or love them, I think each worked particularly well with this hairstyle.

This is the third outing for Crown Princess Victoria’s layered headpiece of black and white butterflies and while still not my favourite for her, I think it worked better with her Paule Ka dress than it has with any previous ensemble.

 

Designer: Malinda Damgaard
Previously Worn: October 19, 2015September 15, 2015

Princess Madeleine’s black free form shaped headpiece was worn as a calot the last time we saw it. I think the scale of this piece suits the placement we saw here and the combination of hard edged headpiece with the very delicate lace collar of her blouse made for an interesting contrast.

Princess Madeleine, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Madeleine, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Madeleine, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 15, 2013

For my favourite ensemble of the day, Princess Sofia topped a streamlined Max Mara black dress with an over-size white camellia bloom headpiece. Black and white ensembles can be tough to balance but the scale of this headpiece works so beautifully with the dress, understated jewellery and a large chignon. The resulting combination is timeless, classic and so very chic.

Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia, September 13, 2016 | Royal HatsPrincess Madeleine and Princess Sofia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sofia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new
Any thoughts to share on the quartet of Swedish royal headpieces for this year’s opening of parliament?
Photos from Getty as indicated;  Anna Karin Nilsson and Olle Sporrong via Stella Pictures; and Dana Press

Swedish Royals Support Children’s Sports Day

For several years, Prince Daniel of Sweden has organised a children’s sports day run and Sunday saw the fourth edition of this event. The prince was joined by his wife and daughter who both sported natural straw hats. You may recognise both hats- Princess Estelle’s design with fluted brim and flower trim at the side and Princess Victoria’s simply shaped hat with slim, buckled hat band-  from a photo released in June for Swedish national day.

Designer of Crown Princess Victoria’s Hat: Philip Treacy 
Previously Worn: June 2016

Christening of Prince Alexander: Extended Family & Guests

After reviewing the hats and headpieces worn by Princess Sofia and members of the Swedish royal family to Prince Alexander’s christening last Friday, it’s now time to turn our attention to those worn by extended family and royal guests. The only foreign royal guests at this event were Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria (Prince Leopold is Prince Carl Philip’s godfather). Princess Ursula followed the trend set by the Swedish royal family, opting for a triple silk bow fascinator with cascade of feathers in pale sky blue. The headpiece is fun but its whimsical feel was at odds with her more streamlined and formal coat. I really like both pieces… but not together.

Princess Ursula, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Ursula, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Haga princesses were represented by Princess Margaretha, who did not wear a hat. Frida Bergström, partner of Princess Christina’s son Victor Magnusson who was named as one of Prince Alexander’s godparents, was one of just two members of the extended Swedish royal family to wear a full-on hat. In pale oyster grey straw, the large saucer hat features a gently sloped pyramid at the crown that extends to a slight point on the bottom brim; the hat is simply trimmed with a straw double bow with centre knot embellished with crystals. The scale of this piece works well on Friday and while the colour is not best for her, I like the hat simply because it stands out amidst all the other headbands and fascinators at this event.

Frida Bergström, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg repeated the silk flower and arrow trimmed gold feather headpiece she wore to King Carl Gustaf’s 70th birthday celebrations on April 30.  Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte) who at 100 years old is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, topped her coral suit with a small black silk bow and net fascinator.

 Countess Marianne Bernadotte, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats   Dagmar von Arbin, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte and Dagmar von Arbin, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Jill Bernadotte (wife of Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg) topped her honeycomb suit with a natty navy straw hat trimmed in feathers. The shape of this piece is a little unusual but it works with Jill’s short hairstyle and fits well with the informality of this event.

Countess Jill Bernadotte, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats    Countess Jill Bernadotte, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Several members of Queen Silvia’s extended family were also in attendance. Bettina Aussems (wife of Silvia’s nephew Thomas Sommerlath) wore one of my favourite pieces of millinery at this event. Built on a base of transparent black straw, this cocktail hat is all about its central mass of striped feathers. The overall flower shape of the piece is so lovely and the gentle sense of movement provided by the swaying feathers (which were beautifully caught by even the slightest breeze) made me smile. I think this is a great example of how to do a hat at an informal event… and the royals could take note!

Bettina Aussems, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Bettina Aussems, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Bettina Aussems, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

The other Sommerlath family members in attendance were Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick, his wife Maline and their family. Maline wore a simple navy fascinator attached to a headband while the couple’s twin daughters Chloe and Anais wore darling floral trimmed headbands.

Maline Sommerlath & Family, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

And that wraps up the hats and headpieces at this christening. Several of you have commented about the wide use of headbands and fascinators at this event and wondered if this is  a permanent millinery future direction the Swedish royal family. While the Swedish royal princesses have favoured smaller headpieces for several years, the King’s 70th birthday celebration in April showed that when royal hat ‘A game’ is required, the Swedish royals deliver. Prince Alexander is fifth in line to the throne and as such, his christening was a less formal event than those of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. I think the informal headpieces we saw here were simply a reflection of the overall informality of the event and not a permanent eschewing of hats.
Now that we’ve seen all the millinery worn for this occasion, are you able to choose your stand out favourites?
Photos from Olle Sporrong, Meli Petersson Ellafi, Anders Wiklund/TT, Jonas Ekstromer/TT, Henrik Montgomery and Claudio Besciani/TT via IBL and TT News Agency