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

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 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

Norwegian Royals Celebrate National Day

The Norwegian Royal Family celebrated their country’s National Day today in Oslo and London. King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and their children watched the annual National Day parade from the balcony of The Royal Palace in Oslo this afternoon. I just love how the King and Crown Prince turned up in dapper silk top hats for the parade.

Norwegian Royal Family | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Sonja repeated the red wool hat with crazy curved brim she wore in December 2011 for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. It reminds me of the red Susanne Juul hat that Princess Benedikte has worn several times. I can’t make up my mind about this hat – it’s both interesting and a little odd. I love that Queen Sonja is brave enough to wear it.

Queen Sonja of Norway, May 17, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Sonja of Norway, May 17, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog

Mette-Marit wore the same eggplant purple Mona Strand designed felt cap she wore to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in December 2012 and for the Finnish State Visit in October 2012. I still don’t like how this hat perches on the back of her head but I’m less offended by it the more times I see it. It’s a great colour on her. And Prince Haakon in a top hat? There are no words for how handsome that man is.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, May 17, 2013 in Mona Strand | The Royal Hats Blog

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, May 17, 2013 in Mona Strand | The Royal Hats Blog

Over in London, Princess Martha-Louise attended Norwegian National Day events with her family, all dressed in traditional costume. She looks very festive, doesn’t she?

Princess Martha-Louise of Norway | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Martha-Louise of Norway | The Royal Hats Blog

It looks like a lovely day was had by all. Which of these hats was your favourite today?

Photos from Dutch Photo Press; Julian Parker via Getty; and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Norwegian Royal Family Attend Ridderrenn

The 50th Ridderrenn skiing competition for the visually was held today in Beitostoelen, Norway. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Martha-Louise cheered at the finish line; after the race, Haakon, Mette-Marit and their children Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre Magnus skied over to a photocall. All dressed in warm ski hats, it looked like a lovely day was had by all.

Princess Mette-Marit, Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre Magnus | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Mette-Marit, Prince Haakon, Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre Magnus | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Martha-Louise  | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Ragnar Singsaas via Getty