Crown Princess Mary Opens Garden Exhibition

On Tuesday, Crown Princess Mary opened a gardening exhibition in Copenhagen. For this event, which included her naming a new rose, she repeated her oatmeal straw picture hat with waved brim. A cream feather spray adorned the side of the hat- the same one we saw on its first outing (but not its second). I adore the use of detachable trim to give different endless possibilities to neutral hats such as this.

Beauty Queen ❤️ #crownprincessmary

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Congratulation to all students who have graduated, I wish you good luck in future 👩🏽‍🎓🎓👨🏼‍🎓❤️

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Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: June 13, 2016; April 16, 2010

Thoughts about this hat on its third outing?
Photos from social media as indicated

Imperial Crown Prince Kicks Off Danish Visit

Crown Prince Naruhito arrived in Copenhagen airport yesterday for the start of a seven day visit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Japan this year. He was greeted at the airport by Crown Prince Frederick (he and Naruhito are patrons of the anniversary celebration) and Crown Princess Mary. For the welcome, the crown princess repeated her cream straw multi-looped straw bow fascinator studded in arrow trimmed feathers.

Crown Princess Mary, June 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: August 27, 2016; April 27, 2010; May 12, 2005

If one is going to wear a simple bow fascinator, this is certainly how to do it- with a beautiful dress that takes center stage and the fascinator recedes to the background. I know many of you loathe these pieces but I think the styling of this one is really beautiful. At an occasion that really didn’t call for a major hat, this hit the mark.

Photos from Tobias Nicolai Kvist Larsen, Ritzau Photo via the Danish Monarchy; Martin Sylvest and Martin Sylvest via Getty

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats91 years to May 29, 1926 and the christening of Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary- a princes no one expected would one day become queen. The Duchess of York predictably wore a cloche hat she so favoured during this period, trimmed with a hat band and a side posy of flowers. Lady Elphinstone (Queen Elizabeth’s maternal aunt, left) and Princess Mary (her paternal aunt, right) wore wonderful, large brimmed designs lavished with bows and boas.

Photo from Getty as indicated

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, 13 years ago, when the Danish royal family gathered at City Hall for a pre-wedding reception for Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary. Not quite hitting the streamlined and elegant millinery stride we’ve come to expect from Mary these days, she wore a an oversized variation of a cloche hat in olive green straw  with an oddly indented and domed crown, trimmed with a slim ribbon that tied in a rather droopy side bow. The scale of this hat overwhelmed her and the exaggerated shape…  well, I think it’s best left in the past.

Danish Royals Celebrate Confirmation

On Saturday, the Danish royal family gathered to celebrate Prince Felix’s confirmation at  Fredensborg Palace church.

Danish Royal Family, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe marked this milestone in her second eldest grandson’s life in her bright turquoise coat and matching hat. The hat, which follows a rounded helmet shape, is trimmed with a braided stripe of appliqued silk, tall curling feathers and feather quills.

Princess Marie wore a new fascinator with a white lace base trimmed with pale pink silk ruffles, flowers and feathers. As far as fascinators go, this one is a really lovely design and was shown to great effect with Marie’s sweeping chignon.

Princess Marie, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Marie, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Little Princess Athena adorably matched her mum’s headwear with a pale pink headband embellished with organza flowers. For her very first royal headpiece, this one is very sweet.

Princess Athena, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Athena, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Felix’s mother, the Countess of Frederiksborg, topped her dusky lilac-grey lace dress with a similarly hued fascinator made of feathers roughly grouped in floral shapes. While the headpiece complimented Alexandra’s dress well enough, its placement, vertically on the side of her head, was neither flattering nor attractive. Alexandra’s mother, Christa Manley, wore a pale blue organza puff fascinator.

Countess of Frederiksborg, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Countess of Frederiksborg, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary repeated her pale grey veiled fascinator with silk flowers and feathers (see a better photo of it at its last outing here). This is a more substantial piece that Mary wears well and at an event dominated by fascinators, seemed a logical choice for her.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 5, 2015; June 25, 2013April 30, 2013
While we saw only one hat at this event, I think the choice of fascinator headpieces worked well not only for this time of year, but to keep the fashion tone light, informal and even, a little fun. In the end, the center of attention was a beaming young man in a red tie (not stuffy fashions surrounding him) which is exactly how I think it should have been. What do you think of the fascinators in Denmark yesterday?

Danish Royal Family, April 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Photos from Getty as indicated; Keld Navntoft and Scanpix via the Danish Monarchy; Nils Meilvang; Ole Jensen/Corbis, Ole Jensen/Corbis, Ole Jensen/Corbis, and Ole Jensen/Corbis via Getty; Steen Brogaard, Royal Family via the Danish Monarchy

Day 2 of Belgian State Visit To Denmark

The Belgian state visit to Denmark continued on its second day today with a busy programme of events. Queen Mathilde and Crown Princess Mary took in a meeting at the Mary Foundation as well as a visits to Amager Common School, UN City in Copenhagen, and an education focused luncheon before meeting up with their husbands at a Belgian cultural and tourism exhibition and film.

Queen Mathilde wore her second new ensemble of this trip complete with a new hat. In pale dusky pink straw, the design follows a simple rounded crown and mushroom brim, trimmed with a folded straw hatband in the same shade. Clearly designed to coordinate with her Esmeralda Ammoun designed suit (who seems to have taken inspiration from Empress Michiko for the sleeves on the jacket!), the outfit is a streamlined one. While the shape and scale of the hat is lovely, its slightly bland colour leaves me wishing for some further embellishment to liven it up. Feathers, yes?
Queen Mathilde, Mar 29, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
Queen Mathilde, Mar 29, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, Mar 29, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
Queen Mathilde, Mar 29, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, Mar 29, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Crown Princess Mary repeated her much worn moulded grey felt casque hat with large monochrome felt leaves on the right side. She wears the pieces well and while it’s not my favourite grey hat in Mary’s millinery closet its styling today with her neat ponytail, stud earrings and that beautiful scarf, is spot on.
Crown Princess Mary, Mar 29, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Mary, Mar 29, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats
 Crown Princess Mary, Mar 29, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, Mar 29, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, Mar 29, 2017 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats

Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: October 25, 2016September 17, 2014March 18, 2013January 14, 2012

Thoughts about these two hats today in Copenhagen?

Danish Royals Welcome Belgian State Visit

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in Denmark today to start a four-day state visit with their Danish royal cousins. As is expected for such events, the official welcome included a parade of royal hats, several of which are new designs. Queen Mathilde wore one of these pieces, a prim calot-pillbox hybrid in the same blue wool as her coat.

Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Unpredictable temperatures at this time of year make dressing for a state visit tricky but this shade of blue is lovely on Mathilde and feels just right for early spring. The brimless hat compliments the neckline on the coat very well and its placement is particularly attractive with her swirling chignon. My only reservation on this piece is its bow- I suspect intended to be an artistic and modern embellishment, I’m afraid it ends up looking more of a messy afterthought.

Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, Mar 18, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Margrethe repeated her mint green hat with cuff brim and side feather trim. We’ve seen this hat a few times before on the Danish Queen and much prefer it with its coordinating green coat than it was worn today, with this fur.

Queen Margrethe, Mar 28, 2017 | Royal Hats  Queen Margrethe, Mar 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary topped her pale aqua coat with an ecru felt pillbox hat trimmed in lace applique.

Crown Princess Mary, Mar 28, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Mary wears pillboxes so well and both the scale and colour of this one is fantastic on her. The lace applique detail on this piece is beautifully done and the hat, in combination with other neutral accessories and Mary’s impeccably tailored green coat, makes for a wonderfully elegant ensemble.

Crown Princess Mary, Mar 28, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Mary, Mar 28, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Marie also wore a new headpiece today in rosy brown straw. Built on a round straw base, the designe reatures straw flowers, leaves and ribbon curls and pale pink feathers. This piece puzzles me (Princess Marie has a very similar straw floral fascinator in pink) and I think her ensemble might have worked better with her navy felt calot, straw beret, or rose trimmed straw fedora.

Princess Marie, Mar 28, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Marie, Mar 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

State visits are always great fun to watch, particularly when they bring out a parade of hats as this one did today in Copenhagen. What do you think of these three new designs?