The Scandinavian royals were busy this weekend, leaving us five hatted events to catch up!
On Saturday, Queen Margrethe opened a Niels Skovgaard exhibition at Skovgaard Museum. The queen, who has lent a painting from the royal collection for the exhibition (one that usually hangs in her office), repeated her bright pink straw hat with double navy floral hatband and organza mini blossoms on the side.
On Saturday, Princess Benedikte was at Klampenborg Galopbane for her namesake “Princess Benedikt’s Honorary Prize Run” for female amateur riders. For this event, she wore a new cream straw hat with wide brim, upswept on one side. The hat looks to be simply trimmed with a wide hatband in the same cream straw. It’s a lovely, sleek piece that paired especially well with her bright dress and necklace.
Designer: likely Susanne Juul Previously Worn: This hat is new
Yesterday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended an ordination service at Uppsala Cathedral. For this service, Queen Silvia topped her patterned royal blue dress with her repeated straw hat in the same hue. The hat features a rounded crown, gently upswept brim and is trimmed with a pleated blue silk hatband and a side spray of blue silk flowers at the side. We’ve discussed recently here about the success (or non success!) of one colour ensembles and I put this one firmly in the ‘success’ category, thanks to the mix of multiple textures on the dress and hat.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attend a church service for the episcopal ordinations at Uppsala Cathedral in Stockholm. pic.twitter.com/Z8OMaLvGtt
Also yesterday, Queen Margrethe was in Fredericia to take part in the 350th anniversary celebration of Sct. Michaelis Church. She repeated her pale pink straw hat with tapered crown and slightly upswept brim on one side, trimmed with white silk flowers and pink silk ribbon hatband and brim binding piped with a slim stripe of white. She was joined for the service by her cousin, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg and his wife, Countess Sussie, who wore a smart raspberry straw bumper hat.
Designer of Queen Margrethe’s hat: likely Per Falk Hansen. White silk flowers by Danish fleuriste Effi Pingel Previously Worn:Nov 23, 2017; July 15, 2017
And finally, the Norwegian royal family welcomed Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska today on a three day state visit. For the official welcome, Queen Silvia repeated a cream straw picture hat with trimmed with coral quills.
President @Andrej_Kiska of Slovakia has arrived in Norway today for a three-day state visit. From left: Princess Astrid, Queen Sonja, President Andrej Kiska, King Harald V, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon. (Photos: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix) 🇸🇰🇳🇴 pic.twitter.com/b9yYOReNWk
Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore an embellished bandeau headpiece while Princess Astrid looks to be wearing a black straw brimless hat with domed crown, trimmed with a black net tulle veil.
Designer of both pieces: unknown Previously Worn: I believe both are new
My apologies for the poor photos, dearest readers- the Scandinavian royals just get the level of media coverage that their British cousins do. Nevertheless, it’s been a busy weekend of interesting hats across Scandinavia! I think Princess Benedikte’s new design is a particular beauty.
Photos from social media as indicated; Chresten Bergh and Scanpix Norway
King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora last weekend for a visit to Vilhelmina
Yesterday, King Carl Gustaf visited Vilhelmina. The king arrived in a steam locomotive from 1908. He said "[Vilhelmina is] A part of Sweden where people are proud of their country. But also, by tradition and perhaps by necessity, are accustomed to taking their own initiatives." pic.twitter.com/u4zEbPtlQ9
Princess Märtha Louise, who is an accomplished equestrian, showed that talent for this sport has passed to a new generation of Norwegian royal family members with this video of her daughter Leah’s first international competition.
The entire Danish royal family joined Queen Margrethe to watch soldiers from the Royal Guard bring Prince Henrik’s remains to Parliament’s church in Copenhagen last night, where it will remain for members of the public to visit until Monday.
Another millinery closet we have yet to peek into during our inventory series is the one belonging to Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. While we seldom see her wear hats these days, during the earlier years of her royal life she donned millinery of all shapes and sizes, including a few in red. Here are all of the red designs she has worn, in the order they were introduced:
Designer: both are unknown First Worn: May 17, 2002; April 30, 2006
Designer: unknown (my guess is Mona Strand) First Worn: May 17, 2017
For Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday celebrations in April 2015, Mette-Marit repeated a gold Prada headband but changed the champagne and navy ribbons previously woven through it at earlier outings with a red one. It’s certainly not a red hat but seemed worthwhile (albeit reluctantly) to include in this inventory. I suspect the red ribbon, combined with her white coat, is to reference the Danish flag.
As the Norwegian royals do not wear hats to most regular engagements, we can’t expect them to have as many designs in their inventories as British or Dutch counterparts (and health issues in recent years have made Princess Mette-Marit wear even fewer hats). The group here is a mixed one in terms of success- #1 completely dwarfs the princess and while the smaller scale designs suit her better, I’m not sure about that mustard feather on the #2 beret and I can’t decide if the #3 calot is classically elegant or a bit too boring. My vote here might go to #2, even though the trim seems a bit dated today.
Lovely new portraits released for Princess Beatrix’s 80th birthday, including a spectacular set with her grandchildren. Click on the photo sets below to enlarge.
A series of new portraits of Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands have been released ahead of her 80th birthday tomorrow; they were taken by Jeroen van der Meyde at Drakensteyn Castle pic.twitter.com/j8KRpkJOCG
Queen Sonja wore a black cuffed bumper hat on the back of her head in the style of a calot. The back of the design appears to feature a ruffled bow. The smaller scale of this design is a common choice for Sonja- it works well with her hair and the Norwegian queen’s petite stature. A better peek at the back detail might endear me more to this design- as it sits now, it’s a bit bland.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
This event was Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s first appearance requiring millinery following her treatment earlier this fall for Benign Positional Vertigo. As such, it was no surprise that her headwear was extremely minimal- a simple black headband. Here’s hoping she is able to recover enough that larger scale headpieces and hats become possible for her to wear again.
There’s no two ways about it- this hat and headband aren’t terribly exciting. Surprisingly… I’m not sure they needed to be. As much as most of us love to see a hat as the focus of an ensemble, sometimes it needs to be a more simple accessory, tying an ensemble together instead of stepping out as the star. Both the queen and crown princess wore beautiful statement coats yesterday, coats that would have been thrown off balance by statement hats. And at this particular event – one of considerable global significance – I wonder if millinery not seeking its own star power might be a good thing.
While it looked like the Crown Princess had donned a pink pillbox for the couple’s official welcome yesterday from Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, a side view showed the design is actually a slim bandeau that circles her head, trimmed with three overlapping loops behind her right ear.
Designer: unknown. Previously Worn: the headpiece is new
I know, I know…. it’s not a real hat. It is, however, the style of millinery Princess Mette-Marit has worn for most of the past decade (for medical reasons, it is rumoured) and it simply is what it is.
Luxarazzi writer Svenja provided excellent coverage (here, here, here, here and here) of last weekend’s marriage of Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia – both descendants of Queen Victoria. There were some very memorable hats along with an impressive bridal tiara. (Confessions of A Castelholic)
Princess Viktoria Luise wore the Prussian Meander Tiara for her wedding, a family heirloom previously also worn by her grandmother. pic.twitter.com/ebyLZRxUzd
And from the studio of legendary milliner Stephen Jones- a thread spool top hat variation and a trio of tandem boater hats in the most luminous lamé organza, modelled by longtime members of his staff. Bonkers but brilliant.
Prince Harry arrived in Toronto ahead of today’s opening of the Invictus games to fit in visits to mental health facilities and rub elbows with athletes (even acting as an alarm for one Aussie athlete catching a nap). For Canadian readers, the Invictus Opening Ceremony will be broadcast this evening on CTV.