Norwegian Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of the Norwegian royal family celebrated Constitution Day today with an annual appearance on the palace balcony for the Oslo children’s parade.

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.
Queen Sonja, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:  May 20, 2003; May 30, 2001 
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.
Princess Mette-Marit, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown. Possibly Mona Strand.
Previously Worn: uncertain. It may be a repeat of this piece with the feathers removed

Princess Märtha Louise dressed in traditional folk costume for her own, private celebrations and shared this snap.

Gratulerer med dagen! #17.mai #grunnlovsdagen #hurra

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It looks like a great day was enjoyed by all. What do you think of this quartet of hats?
Norwegian Royal Family, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix via the Royal House of Norway

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 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.

Photo from Getty as indicated

Norwegian National Day

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.

Royals Gather to Celebrate Bicentenary of Royal Yacht Squadron

The Duke of Edinburgh marked the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron with a Fleet Review of more than 180 ships gathered at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Prince Philip, who is Admiral of the Squadron and wore a cap related to this rank, presided over the day’s events aboard a Royal Navy patrol boat.

Sailing is a popular sport among European royals; accomplished royal sailors King Harald of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Constantine of Greece, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Viscount Linley and Prince Henrik of Denmark were in attendance for the naval celebration, all sporting natty nautical caps.

Prince Pavlos and Viscount Linley, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Prince Philip was further accompanied by the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent. While Princess Anne sported a headscarf, the royal men (except for the Vice Admiral) wore hats related to their roles with the squadron.

 It looks like an enjoyable day was had by all, doesn’t it?!
Prince Michael of Kent, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Prince Pavlos of Greece

Norwegian Royals Take Part in VE Day Commemorations

Yesterday’s 70th anniversary of VE Day saw numerous commemoration events across Europe. In Norway, Princess Astrid attended a memorial for seamen lost during WWII at the monument to their honour in Oslo. For this event, she wore a jaunty white straw pillbox hat trimmed with feathers and a net veil.

Princess Astrid, May 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

King Harald attended a commemoration ceremony at Akershus Fortress and opened an exhibition on the War Cross, the highest Norwegian military decoration.

King Harald, May 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

The Norwegian court also shared a 70 year old photograph of the royal family’s return to their homeland after the war. The photo, taken June 7, 1945, shows King Haakon, Princess Märtha, young Princess Astrid, future King Harald, future King Olav V and Princess Ragnhild (behind Prince Olav). It’s a poignant moment in Norwegian royal history.

King Haakon and the Norwegian Royal Family, June 7, 1945 | Royal HatsPhotos from Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix and Scanpix Archives via The Royal House of Norway

European Monarchs Commemorate D-Day Landings at Normandy

On June 6, 1944, 156,000 British, Canadian and American allied troops joined forces and landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast in France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and the Battle of Normandy, which lasted through August that year, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe. Today marks the 70th day of this momentous event. To commemorate today’s anniversary of the D-Day landings, many heads of state gathered at the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

Queen Elizabeth, the only current monarch who served in World War II, wore a bright, citrusy green straw hat with a sharply upturned brim on one side balanced by a large fabric flower on the other. It’s a lot of bright green but she wore it very well. As expected, the Duke of Edinburgh was in military dress.

   Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Margrethe of Denmark repeated her electric blue hat with pork pie crown, downward curved brim and striped band around the crown. While I love this hat on her, I was secretly hoping she would unveil a new chapeau today.

Queen Margrethe, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Margrethe, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth and Queen Margrethe, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:
May 5, 2013; April 27, 2014; October 6, 2013; September 3, 2013; July 4, 2013; June 2, 2013May 6, 2013June 14, 2012September 2, 2012September 20, 2011September 6, 2011; and May 23, 2011

King Herald of Norway wore military uniform (I believe this is the uniform of Admiral of the Royal Norwegian Navy).

King Harald, June 6, 2014 |Royal Hats  King Harald, June 6, 2014 |Royal Hats

While Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg opted for a suit instead of military dress (as did King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Albert of Monaco and King Philippe of Belgium), Grand Duchess Maria Teresa unveiled a sleek new pillbox trimmed with what looked to be a flat white bow at the back. I loved the lack of frou frou on this hat and thought Maria Teresa looked great in this classic black and white scheme.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

It was also wonderful to see Grand Duke Jean at this commemoration (seated to the left of Queen Elizabeth below). The Grand Duke landed at Normandy in the days after D-Day as a member of a reinforcement until. Luxarazzi has an excellent detail of his role in World War II in this article that I encourage you to read.

Heads of State, June 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

As previously mentioned, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands did not wear military uniform and therefore, was without a hat. Queen Máxima made up for this with a super bright yellow ruched fabric toque hat that coordinated with her jacket.

Queen Máxima, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

My general dislike of bright yellow aside, this ensemble just didn’t work for me (I think it was the boxy, ill fitting Big Bird-esque jacket). The whole look seemed imbalanced and odd… and that was before I realized the toque was not a toque, but another one of Máxima’s millinery doughnuts.

Queen Máxima, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer:  I suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Mathilde of Belgium wore a pale blue calot hat with wide cuff (you can see the cuff here). I thought she looked exceedingly refined and elegant, especially when seated next to certain other yellow hat disasters.

Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 in Dior | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 in Dior | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 in Dior | Royal Hats

Designer: Christian Dior. Suit by Dior as well
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Seldom do we see such a gathering of heads of state at one event- today’s attendance by so many royal families shows how significant D-Day was in the history of each of their nations. It’s one of those occasions where the importance of history eclipses even the marvelous hats.

D-Day Commemoration, June 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

D-Day Commemoration, June 4, 2014 | Royal Hats

Historical significance aside, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the hats worn by European monarchs today. Which one was your favourite?

Photos from Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, WPA Pool, Chris Jackson, Guillaume Souvant,Chris Jackson, Peter MacdiarmidJean Catuffe, Jean Catuffe, Alain Jocquard and Alain Jocquard via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Chris Jackson, Alain Jocquard, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Sean GallupSaul Loeb, and Peter Macdiarmid via Getty

Royals Attend Holmenkollen in Norway

Members of the Norwegian royal family and Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands attended ski and ski jumping races at Holmenkollen today. Nearly everyone was seen in a woolly knit ski hat or headband. I thought the hats worn by Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre (featuring the Norwegian flag) were particularly smart. Hats aside, it’s nice to see royals having great fun together.

Princess Mette Marit, Prince Sverre, Marius Borg Høiby and Prince Haakon, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats BlogKing Herald and Princess Beatrix, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess  Ingrid, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princ Sverre, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Sonja and Princess Ingrid, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Haakon and Princess Mette Marit, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Astrid, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Scanpix NTB via The Royal House of Norway and Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press