Royal Hats this Year: Sweden

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We still have a number of royal houses to review in our look back at royal millinery in 2014. Here are all of the Swedish royal hats we saw this year (click on each photo to link its original post with larger views of each hat):

Countess Marianne (#1 and 2), Countess Gunnila, Princess Madeleine and Princess Christina

1. Countess MarianneBernadotte of Wisborg, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats  2. Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  3. Countess Gunilla Bernadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  4. Princess Madeleine,  June 8, 2014 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats  5. Princess Christina, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria

6. Princess Victoria, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats   7. Princess Victoria,  June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   8. Princess Victoria, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats   9. Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats 

10. Princess Victoria, September 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  11. Princess Victoria, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats  12. Princess Victoria, November 22, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia

13. Queen Silvia, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats 15. Queen Silvia,  March 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Queen Silvia,  April 4, 2014 in Whitely | Royal Hats 

17. Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne  | Royal Hats 18. Queen Silvia,  June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  19. Queen Silvia, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Queen Silvia, August 16,2014  | Royal Hats 

21. Queen Silvia,  September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Queen Silvia, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 23. Queen Silvia,  December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 25.Queen Silvia, December 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for favourite royal hat of 2014? Are any among your least favourite?

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Swedish Royal Christening: Extended Family

As I wrap up a review of the hats at the Swedish royal christening on Sunday, I thought we would take a quick peek at some hats worn by members of the extended Swedish royal family. The King’s sister, Princess Christina (who is Princess Madeleine’s godmother), wore a purple flower fascinator trimmed with wispy purple feathers. I love the contrast of this shade of purple in her white hair but paired with her purple dress, coat, and wrap, the look was rather one-note.

Princess Christina, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Margaretha (to the left, behind Chris O’Neil) wore what looks to be a white feathered fascinator. To her right (immediately above Chris’ head), Princess Désirée to her right seems to be wearing a white calot hat at the back of her head. We’ll have to save judgement on these pieces until better photos are available.

Swedish Royal Christening, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Countess Gunnila Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Carl Johan of Sweden)  wore a stunning pale grey straw hat. The under side of the brim was in  white straw, edged in slim black piping and the hat was trimmed with a black sash around the crown and large black loops. Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Sigvard of Sweden) wore a lovely mint green straw hat trimmed with a monochrome ribbon around the crown and spray of silk blossoms on the side.

Countess Gunilla Burnadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  CountessMarianne Burnadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Bettina Aussems (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Thomas Sommerlath) topped her red sheath and scarf with a simple hat in the same colour. Embellished only with a ruched sash around the crown, I thought this hat was a great tutorial for effective monochrome dressing.

Bettina Aussems, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Maline Sommerlath (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick Sommerlath who was named one of Princess Leonore’s godparents) followed the unofficial dress code of the day: lace dress + fascinator in the same colour. I thought the headband on this fascinator drew too much attention away from the bloom itself and would have preferred it hidden in her hair. This one fell a little flat for me.

Maline Sommerlath, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats  Maline Sommerlath, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

And finally… Prince Carl Philip’s longtime girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist wore a grey looped bow fascinator trimmed with white net and feathers. I found this headpiece most haphazard, with the trimmings unrelated to the looped bow (and another visible headband problem). Sofia’s hair was beautifully styled for a fascinator but this was not the right one.

Sofia Hellqvist, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats

Looking back at all the marvelous millinery at this christening, my favourite headpiece was the one worn by Crown Princess Victoria. I am curious- which one was your favourite?

Photos from Patrick Van Katwijk via Corbis; Bertil Ericson/TT via Kungahuset; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Lasse Allard and Jonas Ekstromer via Aftonbladet

Swedish Royal Wedding: The Bride’s Extended Family

A wedding The extended Swedish Royal Family pulled out majority of their collection of tiaras for this wedding. Let’s start with the two tiara surprises, worn by the King’s eldest sisters, Princess Birgitta and Princess Margaretha. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (in purple) wore the Baden Fringe Tiara, a tiara thought to be reserved for Crown Princesses and one we normally associate with Princess Victoria (see here and here for more information on this tiara). I thought it was a great tiara on her and fit especially well with her colour and style of hair.

 Princess Brigitta and Princess Margaretha , June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

 Princess Brigitta and Princess Margaretha , June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Princess Brigitta and Princess Margaretha , June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Birgitta of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen wore what the Swedish Monarchy website called “Princess Sibylla’s Tiara”, a tiara we know as the Connaught Diamond Tiara (for great background information on this tiara, see here or here).  Princess Madeleine wore this tiara for her sister’s wedding three years ago and it was a tiara many guessed she would choose for her own wedding today. It’s another spiky tiara that looked well enough on Birgitta. I just wished they would have removed the dark velvet ribbon wrapped around its base and replaced it with something closer to her hair colour.

 Princess Brigitta , June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld wore the Cut Steel Tiara. This is one of the more unusual tiaras in the Swedish cache of jewels and to be honest, not one of my favourites. Princess Désirée, however, wore it very well today with her glittering gold dress and volumous hair, which balanced out the top feathery plume of the tiara. If it’s got to be worn, this is how to wear it.

 Princess Désirée, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

 Princess Désirée, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson wore the Six Button Tiara. I’m not a fan of the Swedish Button Tiaras in general but Christina’s hair colour and style provided a soft backdrop for this tiara and kept the diamond buttons from appearing as disjointed as they usually do. I thought she looked quite lovely.

 Princess Christina, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Princess Christina, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Countess Gunnila Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Carl Johan of Sweden) wore her usual rather unusual tiara. To me, it looks like a diamond and pearl brooch stuck on a metal headband that thankfully, is hidden in her curled grey hair. She wore this same tiara to Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010. I initially thought that Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Sigvard of Sweden)was wearing the Napoleonic Amethyst Tiara (she’s on the right below) but this one looks different. Does anyone know the identity and history of this tiara?

Countess Gunilla and Countess Marianne, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Mrs. Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, daughter of Princess Brigitta (named after her sister Princess Désirée) wore the Pearl Circlet Tiara. Like the Six Button and Amethyst Tiaras above, this one is a little flat. I suppose it is a good choice for a more distant relative and I can not imagine Désirée has many other tiaras at her disposal so it likely was her only choice. A small tiara is always better than no tiara (hear that Princess Charlene of Monaco?!?!).

Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Now I turn to my dear hat readers for some identification help. The woman below was identified by photo agencies as Countess Gunnila Bernadotte but I’m 99.9% certain that Countess Gunnila is in the picture above, dressed in a grey gown printed with burgundy leaves. The mystery woman below also attended Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010 and wore the same tiara she wore today. Does anyone know who she is?

UPDATE: Thanks to readers Bella and Jelsta , we have identified the mystery woman as Countess Alice Victoria Trolle-Wachtmeister,  Swedish Mistress of the Robes and former lady-in-waiting to Queen Silvia.

June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Scanpix and Stella Pictures via Svenskdam;  Adam Ihse via HD.se; and Pascal Le Segretain and Vittorio Zunino Celotto via Zimbio