Members of the Norwegian royal family celebrated Constitution Day today with an annual appearance on the palace balcony for the Oslo children’s parade.
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Queen Sonja wore a striking hat in cream straw with a square crown and and wide brim raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with a navy hatband and brim piping, a classic combination that gives high contrast punch to the design. I think it’s a fantastic piece for Sonja. As in years past, King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both wore morning suits with black silk top hats. I’ll wait for our top hat experts to weigh in but it seems to me that King Harald could do with a slightly larger size.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit stuck to national colours, topping her navy coat with a red beret hat worn on the back of her head. While not my favourite piece, it’s a great colour choice for today’s national holiday.
Designer: unknown. Possibly Mona Strand.
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Märtha Louise dressed in traditional folk costume for her own, private celebrations and shared this snap.
It looks like a great day was enjoyed by all. What do you think of this quartet of hats?
King Harald visited the Norwegian royal yacht on Wednesday in preparation for next week’s 80th birthday celebrations for he and Queen Sonja which will bring a number of royal guests. He always looks natty in his nautical hat.
Some fun snaps of King Carl Gustaf taken April 28 at the opening of the new Viking Museum in Stockholm
Quick but very interesting demo from Rachel Trevor Morgan
So lovely to see the Duchess of Kent at an event this week.
Adorable family photo shared by the King of Bhutan
From Sweden, a sweet moment captured between Princess Estelle and the King last Sunday on his birthday
And finally, news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement caught many by surprise this week. Fittingly, the last word on this subject goes to him:
King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora cheering on his son at the racetrack last weekend (Svenskdam)
A pair of nautical and rain hats for the Norwegian monarchs last weekend as they closed the 2016 royal yacht tour
King Harald is participating in the World Sailing Championships in Toronto (Royal House of Norway)
Crown Princess Mary took part in the Baltic Sea Challenge (Daily Mail)
Have you heard that the Countess of Wessex is taking up a Duke of Edinburgh challenge (raising funds for charity in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s 60th anniversary) that involves many, many hours wearing a bike helmet?
While not exactly a sport… Princess Camilla of of Bourbon Two Sicilies was spotted hat shopping in St. Tropez back in early July (Pure People)
In early August, she was also spotted out on the town in some snazzy headpieces (Pure People)
Lovely new photo of Prince Carl Philip, Princes Sofia and Prince Alexander (Svenskdam)
to a quintet of hats worn 68 years ago today to the opening of the 1948 London Olympics. From left to right are Prince Olav of Norway, Princess Ragnhild, Princess Märtha, a smiling and very young Prince Harald, and Princess Astrid. Princess Märtha’s hat follows a particularly aerodynamic shape.
This weekly feature was interrupted last weekend for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Hang on to your hats- there’s much news to catch up!
The Swedish monarchs arrived in Bhutan on June 8 for a short state visit. Queen Silvia wore a floral headpiece for a banquet the first evening that looked to be made of real flowers. Part of the visit was more casual and saw the King wearing his trusty old fedora (Swedish Monarchy), brought out again last week for an interview (Svenskdam)
Princess Akiko of Mikasa was uncharacteristically casually dressed (complete with floppy hat) to plant rice with students of Kokugakuin University. Also, several members of the Imperial Family attended a memorial service for the late Prince Katsura (Imperial Family Of Japan)
King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon partook their annual inspection of the King’s Guard (Royal House of Norway)
Flora Ogilvy celebrated Midsummer in a romantic and retro floral turban (Zenouska Mowatt Instagram)
Princess Mary was in head-to-toe camouflage two weekends ago for Home Guard Land Exercises and a parade in Jutland, reviewed by Queen Margrethe in her red straw hat (Danish Monarchy).
The Danish Monarchy also released this throw-back photo to the mid 1980s of Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim wearing the hats of their secondary school, Øregaard Gymnasium
The Danish Royals released a handsome new family photo (Danish Monarchy)
The Swedish royals released beautiful photographs of Prince Nicolas on the occasion of his first birthday here and here (Princess Madeleine Facebook). They also shared this wonderful video of the King and Queen’s wedding which took place 40 years ago, yesterday.
In all of the Ascot madness this week, I’m sure I have forgotten other tidbits of royal news. Please feel free to share them in the comments.
Photo from Stella Pictures
The Norwegian Royal Family celebrated their National Day today with attendance at a children’s parade and a balcony appearance at the royal palace. This year, the women remained in traditional folk dress for all events which meant that the hats were left to the men. King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both donned silk top hats as part of their morning dress and looked quite handsome, indeed.
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