Celebrations for King Harald’s Silver Jubilee on Sunday continued after the worship service with an afternoon of winter activities for all ages held in the Palace Square. The event, which was at the King and Queen’s specific request, featured cross-country ski trails, hills for snowboarding and ski jumping, an ice slide, biathlon laser rifle targets and areas for ski play. The entire Norwegian royal family changed into sporting clothes and joined in the fun.
After a quick change, the family walked from the Palace Square to the Aula of the University of Oslo where they were met by Prime Minister Erna Solberg and enjoyed a gala concert featuring a wide array of Norwegian artists. Queen Sonja wore a beautiful royal blue cape edged in black fur with a matching fur hat. Controversy about fur aside, the simple shape of the hat was a perfect compliment to the glorious cape and the two pieces looked fantastic on the queen.
Princess Märtha Louise wore a simple navy headpiece with large multi-leafed flower at the side. As far as fascinators go, it’s an attractive piece that she wore well.
UPDATE: Eagle eyed reader Royalwatcher227recognized this piece as one previously worn by Princess Mette-Marit. I’m not sure why but knowing that the piece is shared between these sister-in-laws makes me like it a little more.
I admire the sense of fun and family that was included in this anniversary. The informality of the event did not lend itself to a parade of fantastic hats but it seems that the King and Queen celebrated and were celebrated in a way that was characteristically them. My favourite hat of the day was Queen Sonja’s fur hat and cape combination- which one did you like most?
Queen Sonja repeated the black calot hat she wore for the Nobel Peace Prize in December, adding a small diamond brooch to the side of the brim. It’s a simple hat that allows her luscious purple velvet Pucci jacket to shine and works especially well with Sonja’s hairstyle. I also think the dotted net tulle veil adds a note of formality that was needed at this milestone event.
Crown Princess Mette Marit topped her tailored cream coat with a blue silk headband decorated with jewels in a flower motif. The ribbon incorporated into her braided hairstyle and trailed down her back. While there is uncertainty if Mette-Marit’s lack of millinery over the past seven years is linked to her neck injury in 2008 (and might explain her use of headbands instead of hats), I don’t think this piece worked and wish she had gone with one of her go-to pillboxes instead. Between the messily trailing ribbons and an overkill combination of headband and lapel brooches which completely cluttered a beautifully streamlined coat, I’m left looking at this ensemble and wondering, “Why?”
Princess Märtha Louise followed her sister-in-law’s headband lead and wore a ribbon headpiece of stacked black silk bows. While I don’t want to disrespect whatever design process went into this piece, I have to wonder if someone took the bow off a wrapped gift, stuck it to the side of her head and called it a completed headpiece. We know that Märtha Louise has an interesting black cocktail hat or two in her millinery closet and I wish she had chosen one of them instead.
Princess Astrid topped her royal blue suit with a cozy cream fur (or faux fur?) hat with brown stripes. It’s not my favourite hat in the world but alas, it is a hat.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: I do not believe this is new
Queen Margrethe repeated the rimmed saucer hat with white fur knotted bow from her own Ruby Jubilee. It’s a wonderful hat tailor made for grand winter Scandinavian events such as this and she wears it so very, very well.
Queen Silvia repeated the purple silk covered calot she first wore last summer. In a twist from its last outing, she turned the hat slightly, placing the black feather trim at the side (instead of at the back as it was for its début). I think it is a successful move, giving the smooth piece some much needed texture and contrast.
After the church service, the Norwegian royal family joined in a number of winter activities in Palace Square. We’ll look at those (along with a few more hats) later today. In the meantime, dearest readers, it’s clear that my thoughts on these hats run both hot and cold. Which pieces stood out most to you?
After looking at the royal hats that premiered this year in Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Norway, we turn our focus to Sweden today. If any of the hats you see here are, in your opinion, among the best new royal hats of 2015, case your vote below! To streamline the poll, I have omitted a number of less memorable hats and fascinators (links are provided below). Click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.
A note about voting- the hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to the final face off. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote or take another look at hats from Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg and Norway. The next poll will be up on tomorrow.
Crown Princess Victoria (not including fascinators here and here)
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Princess Sofia and Countess Marianne Bernadotte (this and this fascinator have been omitted)
12. 13. 14.
Looking at this array of hats makes me conclude it has been a good year for royal millinery in Sweden! Are any of these pieces worthy of your vote for best new royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016- you can vote for multiple hats once per day.
Eagle-eyed reader Sarah passed on a most interesting royal hat find a few months ago and I thought it was high time to share it with all of you. This Ebay listing featured a hat from the estate of Princess Lilian of Sweden. Made by Scottish milliner John Boyd, the toque shaped hat is covered in pleated cream and navy silk and trimmed with handmade silk pompoms. The photos below show all sides of the hat including a peek inside- a view we never get to see! It’s a wonderful piece of exceptional quality and workmanship.
Unfortunately, I first saw the listing after it had already closed and was unable to make an offer. Whoever the buyer was, they are the lucky owner of a small piece of Swedish royal millinery history.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and his wife Saida were welcomed by the Swedish Royal Family this week for the first state visit paid by the country since 1963. For their arrival on Tuesday, Queen Silvia repeated the moulded white calot hat she first wore for the opening of Swedish parliament this year. The photo below shows a better view of the back trim on the hat which consists of a pearl studded white silk flower and several leaves made of brown feathers.
Crown Princess Victoria repeated her navy ruffled flower and leaf fascinator trimmed with navy feathers. While the height and sense of movement in this piece did balance her sleek coat, I don’t think it was the right choice for this ensemble and I found myself wishing, yet again, for Victoria to invest in a cream hat or two to pull out for these kinds of events.
Yesterday, Princess Victoria showed her continued love for black and white hair bows with the début of a new piece (her third by my count). While this headpiece does a great job of tying together her white coat and black accessories, it’s still a little twee for my liking.
Designer: Evelina Persson Previously Worn: This piece is new
What did you think of the hats and headpieces worn this week in Sweden?
Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden are in Peru and Colombia this week on an economic and cultural visit. They kicked things off today in Lima where Princess Victoria led a delegation at the University of Lima and the couple visited an H&M department store. For these events, Princess Victoria repeated the black and white layered butterfly fascinator she first wore last month for the opening of Swedish parliament. She paired it this time with a red twin of the smart purple dress she wore to Prince Nicolas’ christening last weekend. While the pairing of the black and white headpiece with a red dress is a little predictable for my taste, it makes for a polished daytime ensemble.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband, Christopher O’Neill, brought their son Prince Nicolas to be christened today at the Drottningholm Palace Church. For this happy family occasion, Princess Madeleine wore a large headpiece of magenta silk flowers with a coordinating straw ribbon twist that threaded through the piece.
Queen Silvia celebrated her first grandson with an all blue ensemble. Her exquisite coat and dress in cornflower blue silk was topped with a silk-covered calot hat in the same hue. The hat is trimmed in monochrome feathers and a multi looped bow. While Queen Silvia has worn numerous calot hats this year, the colour of this piece is particularly beautiful on her and she looked wonderful in it.
Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Victoria topped her royal purple 1960s cut dress with an equally retro pillbox hat. The shape, scale and colour of this piece are so fantastic on the crown princess that I’m left hoping that she adds a few more pillboxes to her millinery closet, soon.
Designer: Philip Treacy Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Sofia unveiled another new fascinator for this event to top her magenta dress. In pale pink felt, this double bow was wrapped in dotted burgundy net veil. On its own, the headpiece leans toward twee but paired with this dress and her hair in ringlets, it’s an overload in pink sweetness.
Designer: Malinda Damgaard Previously Worn: This fascinator is new.
Chris O’Neill’s mother Eva wore a grey felt percher cocktail hat trimmed in a mass of felt and silk curls. The base of the hat has exaggerated pinches that form it into a triangular shape that reminds me of a military cap. I thought the hat was shown off exceptionally well against Eva’s sleek blue coat, grey dress and charcoal accessories.
Chris’ sister, Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, who is one of Prince Nicolas’ godmothers, wore a large red floral headpiece that was anchored to her head with a band across her forehead. Natascha has worn dramatic hats to previous royal events (see here) but this one is several steps too far over the top for me. Chris’ other sister, Tatjana D’Abo, attended the event but photos of her have been difficult to find (feel free to post links in the comments, please!)
Countess Marianne Bernadotte wore a natty little cream bowler hat trimmed with a golden brown ribbon around the base of the crown and a tulle veil. While simple, this small piece looked so stylish on the Countes, thanks to the rakish angle placed it on her head.
And finally, Princess Christina’s daughter-in-laws Vicky Magnuson and Frida Bergström were both spotted in interesting millinery. Viky wore a white disk saucer hat trimmed with white flowers and ribbons and navy edging around the piece. Friday wore a sage green flat headpiece of overlapping leaves, trimmed with faux jewels at the side.
These Swedish royal family events always bring out some glorious pieces of millinery. Which hats stood out most to you here today?