Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel visited the island of Gotland yesterday. For this visit, which included stops at a nature reserve, a refugee support program, military training ground, a furniture company and a meeting about youth entrepreneurship, Princess Victoria was chose a white trouser suit and coordinating fedora hat. The hat, in white straw, was simply trimmed with a navy and white striped band at the past of the crown. We don’t see Victoria in many fedora hats but this one was island chic at its best.
Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Borsalino. Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Banns for the marriage of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist were published yesterday during a service held in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. As with previous publications, the Swedish Royal Family were in attendance and hosted a reception following the service.
For this occasion, Queen Silvia wore a new ivory calot hat trimmed with a several huge silk cabbage rose and twisted straw ribbons. The hat was entirely covered in pearl studded net veil (see a close-up here) that gave immense texture to the piece. Unfortunately, the impact of the elaborate trim was lost by precarious placement way off the side of the hat and dulled by its monochrome pairing with the Queen’s off-white bouclé suit.
Designer: Philip Treacy Previously Worn: This hat is new
The bride-to-be, Sofia Hellqvist topped her eggshell and grey suit with a teeny tiny black cocktail hat (a hat that at first glance, I mistook for a large moth). It seems Sofia is taking baby steps when it comes to embracing millinery as this small cocktail hat, trimmed with large bow and a single feather, is marginally bigger than the fascinators we have seen her wear in the past. Thank goodness there will be much opportunity for millinery practice by this future princes, as the twee bow and too-small scale of this hat just missed the mark.
Designer: Malinda Damgaard. Dress and jacket by Max Mara Previously Worn: This hat is new
Crown Princess Victoria also chose a much larger scale hat than she typically favours. In the same pale slate blue as her dress, Victoria’s percher cocktail hat was built on a fabric covered beret base. Lavishly trimmed with the same twisted straw ribbons, an oversize silk flower and multiple silk bow loops that were on her mother’s calot, the vertical design of this hat gave it better balance and presence. Victoria seldom wears such embellished pieces and it was a nice change for her. Princess Estelle sported an adorable silk multi-looped hair bow.
Designer: Philip Treacy It is a bespoke version of OC-865. Dress by Philippa K. Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Madeleine wore the most daring hat of the day. Built on a pale pink disk of straw, her cocktail hat featured large curled and twisted ribbons of straw. The sculptural hat is considerably larger than what we have seen Madeleine wear in several years and against her caramel mane of curled hair, worked surprisingly well. Little Princess Leonore wore a petite pink hair bow.
Designer: Philip Treacy OC-871 Previously Worn: This hat is new
It’s not often that we see most members of a royal family in hats by the same designer at a single event. This gave a unified look to most of the hats at this event and makes me curious, dear readers, which hat stood out most to you?
Our look back at the marvellous royal hats worn at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge four years ago now moves from family members to royal guests. First up is hats worn by guests from the reigning royal houses of Europe.
The Norwegian Royals (who are cousins to the British Royal family) were represented by the King and Queen. Queen Sonja thoughtfully turned to British hat makers Lock and Co. for her hat. In white straw and trimmed with a simple curled white feather, the ceterpiece of this hat was its lattice brim which was folded up over the crown. The resulting shape was a modern departure for Sonja but it looked wonderful on her.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark topped her Twitter blue wool coat with a brimless calot hat covered in the same fabric. The calot was trimmed in a band of the same patterned blue silk fabric as her dress over which several spiky, spiralled feathers were placed. The hat is a characteristically quirky piece for Margrethe and I thought she wore it well. The overall ensemble, however, was an overkill of the same blue fabric and needed breaks in both colour and texture.
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her slate blue dress and jacket with a large dove grey picture hat trimmed with a single, oversize blue ombre rose. The hat is a beautiful one and while I covet it for my own millinery closet, I don’t think it was the right choice for Maria Teresa. Both her suit and the hat seemed to dwarf the Grand Duchess, which was most unfortunate.
The Spanish Royals seldom wear hats and this wedding provided us an opportunity to see their millinery style. Queen Sofia chose a light fascinator to in the same shade as her Margarita Nuez lavender silk suit. Made of layered organza and net tulle, the headpiece was studded with the same periwinkle blossoms that formed the floral pompom buttons on her jacket. The Princess of Asturias (as was her title then) topped her Felipe Varela embroidered pink 1930s inspired dress with a coordinating cloche hat. Designed by Pablo Y Mayaya, the cloche hat was a great scale and colour for Letizia. I’m afraid, however, it suffered from over-trimming. With four kinds of feathers (including large pheasant ones). a wide ruched sash around the crowd, a net tulle veil, rosettes and even bits of appliqué lace, this small hat held everything but the kitchen sink and suffered for it.
Princess Máxima (who was not yet Queen) was the picture of refined elegance in a pale pink lace Valentino suit and a silk calot hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne. Head-to-toe ensembles in pale pink risk looking rather boring and flat but the different textures of lace and draped silk created a look that was as interesting as it was harmonious. The artfully ruched silk on the hat gave it a wonderful sense of movement despite its small footprint. The addition of diamond star brooches to the side of the calot gave it a touch of glamour and we now all associate with Máxima and I adore her for adding this bling.
Princess Mathilde (who also was not yet Queen) chose teal blue for her ensemble. Her Armani dress and jacket was crowned with a large picture hat by Philip Treacy. A similar shape to the navy hat worn by Lady Frederick Windsor, this piece featured a wide round brim, moulded crown and vertical looped Treacy signature bow. While I loved the colour on Mathilde, the impact of the wonderful hat was lost against her overly shiny suit.
Crown Princess Victoria followed the pattern of head-to-toe in a single colour, choosing cantaloupe orange for her ensemble. Her large straw picture hat, designed by Swedish milliner Britta von Koenigsegg, was a welcome departure from the smaller fascinators Victoria usually favours and it looked great on her. This shade of orange is one of the more difficult colours to wear and while Victoria she managed it well, I think the overall ensemble is just too peachy for me.
Rounding out this group of European royals was Charlene Wittstock (just two months later, she would become Princess of Monaco). Her palest-of-pale bluey grey straw picture hat featured a low, rounded crown and gently waved wide brim. With her Akris coat and pearl earrings, the hat made for an extremely elegant and refined ensemble. High collared coats and picture hats can be a tricky combination but the rounded, slightly open neck on this coat and the easy movement of the hat made for such a perfect compliment.
Queen Silvia, Princess Madeleine, Princess Leonore and Christopher O’Neill attended an audience with Pope Francis today at the Vatican. As per tradition, the royal women wore black lace veils for the visit.
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 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.
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.