Swedish Royals Welcome Canadian State Visit

Canadian Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon arrived in Stockholm yesterday for the start of a four-day state visit. They were greeted at the royal palace by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

Queen Silvia used the occasion to debut a new blue calot hat which topped her matching suit.

Queen Silvia Feb 20, 2017 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia Feb 20, 2017 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia Feb 20, 2017 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats

A photo shared by the designer gives a great view of this design. The moulded calot base, in blue felt, is embellished with an overlay of widely woven net tulle on the bottom half. Mixed feather trim on the side completes the piece and gives the hat a pop of colour and texture.

Å nu är den klar !#hatteljen #kerstincarlefalk #drottningsilviashattar

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Once inside the palace, the King, Queen and Canadian guests were joined by Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neil, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia (Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are abroad on private vacation with their family). Princess Madeleine balanced her printed dress with a simple black headband.
 Princess Madeleine, Feb 20, 2017 | Royal Hats
Princess Sofia topped her sleek white dress in a headpiece not from a milliner, but from Danish jeweller Ole Lynggaard. With gold leaves and pearl berries, the headpiece contrasted nicely against Sofia’s dark hair. It’s an unusual but very interesting choice for a royal headpiece (not one I’m entirely sure is suited to a daytime event) that worked beautifully with Sofia’s pearl earrings. We’ve not seen the newest Swedish princess experiment much with millinery and it’s great to see her step out of the box with this choice.
Princess Sofia, Feb 20, 2017 in Ole Lynggaard | Royal Hats
Princess Sofia, Feb 20, 2017 in Ole Lynggaard | Royal Hats

Designer: Ole Lynggaard
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
What did you think of this pair of new designs in Sweden yesterday?

I dag inleds det fyra dagar långa statsbesöket från Kanada. Efter välkomstceremonierna gav Kungaparet lunch för generalguvernör David Johnston och Sharon Johnston på kungliga slottet. Prins Carl Philip, Prinsessan Sofia, Prinsessan Madeleine och Christopher O'Neill var med vid lunchen. Today begins the four-day State visit from Canada. After the welcoming ceremonies, gave the Royal couple lunched for Governor general David Johnston and Sharon Johnston at the Royal Palace. Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sophia, Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill was also at the lunch. #kungcarlgustaf #drottningsilvia #prinscarlphilip #prinsessansofia #prinsessanmadeleine #chrisoneill #kungahuset #sverigeskungahus #kungafamiljen #swecan2017 #canada

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Photos from Getty as indicated; Jonas Ekstromer / TT / TT NEWS AGENCY

Opening of Swedish Parliament

Members of the Swedish Royal Family gathered in Stockholm yesterday for the opening of parliament dressed in the  traditional black and white dress code associated with this event. Queen Silvia led her family in a repeated white ruched straw headpiece with wide bow at the back. The lovely movement of this piece, which swirls around Silvia’s head, almost makes up for it’s open crown. I have long disliked such open crowned hats but paired with an impeccably cut black suit and pearls, this one almost works.

Queen Silvia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 17, 2013

The three Princesses sported chignon hairstyles, each topped with a fascinator style headpiece. There has been growing controversy here at Royal Hats over the merits of this style of millinery and, like them or love them, I think each worked particularly well with this hairstyle.

This is the third outing for Crown Princess Victoria’s layered headpiece of black and white butterflies and while still not my favourite for her, I think it worked better with her Paule Ka dress than it has with any previous ensemble.

 

Designer: Malinda Damgaard
Previously Worn: October 19, 2015September 15, 2015

Princess Madeleine’s black free form shaped headpiece was worn as a calot the last time we saw it. I think the scale of this piece suits the placement we saw here and the combination of hard edged headpiece with the very delicate lace collar of her blouse made for an interesting contrast.

Princess Madeleine, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Madeleine, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Madeleine, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 15, 2013

For my favourite ensemble of the day, Princess Sofia topped a streamlined Max Mara black dress with an over-size white camellia bloom headpiece. Black and white ensembles can be tough to balance but the scale of this headpiece works so beautifully with the dress, understated jewellery and a large chignon. The resulting combination is timeless, classic and so very chic.

Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia, September 13, 2016 | Royal HatsPrincess Madeleine and Princess Sofia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sofia, September 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new
Any thoughts to share on the quartet of Swedish royal headpieces for this year’s opening of parliament?
Photos from Getty as indicated;  Anna Karin Nilsson and Olle Sporrong via Stella Pictures; and Dana Press

Christening of Prince Alexander of Sweden

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden brought their young son, Prince Alexander, to Drottningholm Palace Church today to be christened.

Princess Sofia, September 9, 2016 in Yunotme | Royal Hats

Princess Sofia, September 9, 2016 in Yunotme | Royal Hats   Princess Sofia, September 9, 2016 in Yunotme | Royal Hats

Princess Sofia topped her white lace Ida Sjöstedt suit  with a simple headband of three rows of faux pearls criss-crossed with gold beads. The pairing of pearls and white lace reads as very bridal (perhaps an intended reference as the suit’s designer also made Sofia’s wedding dress last year) and I think a small percher or calot hat in natural straw with a multi looped bow or feather trim would have gone a long way to de-wedding this look.

 

Princess Sofia, September 9, 2016 in Yunotme | Royal Hats   Princess Sofia, September 9, 2016 in Yunotme | Royal Hats

Designer: Yunotme
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

The star of this event was clearly young Prince Alexander, who seemed less interested in millinery than he did chewing on his newly acquired order, holding his grandpa’s finger and chattering away to his cousin Oscar. Adorable.

What do you think of Princess Sofia’s new headpiece today?

Next up- hats and headpieces worn by the Swedish Royal Family.

Photos from Getty as indicated; Olle Sporrong, Meli Petersson Ellafi, Anders Wiklund/TT, Jonas Ekstromer/TT, Henrik Montgomery and Claudio Besciani/TT via IBL and TT News Agency

Swedish Royals Celebrate National Day

Swedish Royal Family, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Swedish Royal Family kicked off National Day celebrations earlier this morning with the release of two photos of Princess Estelle taken at Haga Palace. In the first, she is dressed in national costume, cuddling her little brother and in the second, she and Crown Princess Victoria are both sporting summery hats in natural straw.

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crrown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

The King and Queen spent the first part of today visiting Sofiero Castle which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. For their tour of the castle and recently completed commemorative gardens and an outdoor concert, Queen Silvia wore a new hat in what can only be described as Swedish blue! Made of lightly woven straw, the design features a rounded crown, and side sweeping brim. 

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

The hat is trimmed in a pleated silk hatband and a side spray of blue silk flowers (irises maybe?) that reveal peeks of yellow and white at their centre, giving a wonderful but very subtle nod to Swedish national colours.

 Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

Head-to-toe outfits in strong colours such as this blue can be difficult to balance but the transparent straw used for this hat design gives a beautiful lightness to the ensemble. It’s a beautiful colour on Queen Silvia and I think she wears this hat, beautifully.

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The family congregated in Stockholm in the evening for their annual carriage procession from the Royal Palace to Skansen for an outdoor concert. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine and Princess Sofia all wore Swedish National Dress completed with the white folded linen headpieces (traditionally worn only by married women). Princess Estelle wore a sweet royal blue and yellow braided folk headband.

Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats

What do you think about Queen Silvia’s new hat for National Day today?

Photos from Kate Gabor via the Swedish Monarchy; Stella Pictures; and Getty as indicated

Christening of Prince Oscar

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel brought their young son, Prince Oscar, to the Royal Chapel in Stockholm’s Royal Palace this morning to be christened.

For this special occasion, Princess Victoria chose a white cocktail hat with straw beret base. Lavishly trimmed with white silk flowers that covers most of the base, the hat is completed with a wrap of widely woven white net tulle veil that encircles it. The veil gives a retro feel to the otherwise modern piece and the scale of it is excellent on Victoria. Paired with her exquisite white broderie anglaise dress and worn at just the right angle on the side of her head, the hat made for a beautiful ensemble. My only quibble is that in photographs, the hat reads more starkly white than the dress does, leaving us with a slight colour variation that I suspect was not visible in person.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 27, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, May 27, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Proud big sister Princess Estelle matched her mother in an all white ensemble with her first headpiece! A headband topped with a sidepray of silk leaves and flowers created the small fascinator which beautifully tied in with the flower and leaf print of Estelle’s dress. A sweet pearl necklace and a ponytail anchored with a white bow to completed her adorable look.

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Estelle, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia matched her blush pink silk and lace dress with a headpiece in the same lace embossed fabric. While it looks like the piece is one of Silvia’ go-to calot shapes, photos taken during the service allowed a peek at the back which reveal it to be a wide circlet around the crown of her head. While I am usually not a fan of open crown designs, there is something about the movement of this piece and how it contrasts against’s Queen Silvia’s hair that makes it rather attractive.

Queen Silvia, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Perhaps Fabienne Delvigne?
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Madeleine, who was named as one of Prince Oscar’s godparents, topped her blush pink silk dress with a giant silk flower headpiece edged in delicate pink net. The scale of the piece is fantastic on Madeleine and her romantic hairstyle showed it off to complete perfection.

Princess Madeleine, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Leonore’s blue and white dress was topped with a sweet white double hair bow. She and her brother Prince Nicolas kept their parents busy during the christening but it was lovely to see them both included in the event.

Princess Leonore, May 27, 2016 | Royal HatsDesigner: Livly

Princess Sofia topped her blue caped dress with a small hat in beige straw. While a neutral hat was a great choice for this dress, it was most unfortunate that the too-flat design of this mini pillbox shape left it looking like a pancake stuck on her head. Earlier this month, Sofia wore a lovely beige straw piece for the Chilean state visit and I think this design, with simple looped bow brim, would have been a better choice for her ensemble today.

Princess Sofia, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Daniel’s mother Ewa Westling wore a cream cocktail hat with a round base in cream straw which was covered in straw bow loops, rosettes, slim feathers and pearl sprays. I always feel for her at these major royal events (it can’t be easy adjusting one’s ‘normal life’ wardrobe to include items for much-photographed royal occasions) and she looked great. This pair of grandmas clearly coordinated their attire and I thought that was a sweet touch.

Ewa Westling, May 27, 2016 | Royal HatsEwa Westling, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats
Prince Daniel’s sister, Anna Westling Söderström, topped her ecru lace dress with a large headpiece of gold straw looped bows and a net tulle veil designed by Anna-Stinas Hattstuga.
Anna Westling Söderström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Anna Westling Söderström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats
While I don’t expect a wide array of colourful hat designs at a royal christening, I was a little disappointed by some of the hats we saw today in Sweden. Of these hats worn by wee Prince Oscar’s close family members, which designs stood out most to you?
Photos from Getty as indicated; ; SVT; Rex Features; and Jonas Ekstromer, Olle Sporung, Maja Suslin, Pontus Lundahl and Anna-Karin Nilsson via TT News Agency

Romanian Royals Celebrate Crown

On Tuesday, members of the Romanian royal family celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Romanian crown with events held in Bucharest and Sinaia. The day’s events included a military ceremony, garden party and outdoor concert, and the first raising of the royal standard at Peleș Royal Castle since 1947. While King Michael’s health prevented his attendance, the Romanian princesses all joined in the celebration.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margarita wore a turquoise straw hat with wide brim designed by Romanian designer Kristina Dragomir. Its placement, far back on her head, allowed the appliqué lace flowers flowers and leaves on the underside of the brim to frame her face. A wide twist of pleated purple straw placed on the other side of the brim further trimmed the hat and tied into Margarita’s other purple accessories. The hat is a fantastic colour on her and the appliqué detail is a lovely touch we don’t often see. I’m just not sure about the jarring purple twist.

Crown Princess Margarita, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margarita, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margarita, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margarita, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margarita, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margarita, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Princess Elena topped her red dress and coat in a small straw percher hat trimmed with flowers and curling straw ribbons. I thought the design was a wonderful compliment to her hairstyle and the natural straw a good counterpoint to her vibrant ensemble.

Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Sophia paired her apricot dress and jacket with a small cream straw hat trimmed with white and brown feathers and a cream bow. The scale of the piece feels a little small for Sophia although the jaunty angle she wore the piece is great fun.

Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria wore a large, white straw picture hat. The short crown of this piece is wrapped in a royal blue ribbon thied in a huge side bow and the hat is further embellished with multiple loops and bows of white organdie. It’s a nice enough piece that I think could have been elevated greatly if she had tilted it forward on her head.

Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria (King Michael’s niece) joined in the festivities in a large black straw hat. Trimmed in a sash of diagonal black and white stripes around the crown, the focus of the piece is a wreath of large black straw leaves placed on top of the mushroom brim. Such sculpture with straw is not something we see often and the design was certainly unique.

 Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

We seldom see the Romanian royals and it was lovely to see the Princesses and their cousin together to celebrate this event.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

 Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

What did you think of this parade of Romanian royal hats?

Photos from Cristian Coposesc and Daniel Angelescu. via The Royal Family of Romania

Swedish Royals Welcome Chilean President

The King and Queen of Sweden welcomed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to the Royal Palace in Stockholm today for the start of a three day state visit. While I originally thought her bright coral pinks hat and suit were new, they have indeed been worn before (thanks Lex!)

Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

The rounded calot hat is covered in the same textured fabric as her suit and trimmed simply with a multi-looped bow on the side. While the calot shape is very familiar to her, this shade is a more difficult one that not many can carry and I think Silvia wears it very well.

Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Silvia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: April 17, 2012

Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sophia both suspended their maternity leaves to join in the official welcome. Princess Victoria topped a pink frock with her pale pinky-mauve headpiece of interlooped rings with huge silk bloom on the side (some of you will remember this piece from Princess Leonore’s christening where it made a sweet connection to the past). I adore this dramatic piece on Victoria and it’s pairing today with a simpler dress made showed it off, beautifully.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Victoria, May 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, May 10, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 8, 2014

Princess Sofia topped her simple cream dress with a cocktail hat in natural straw. With a flat base, the piece’s focus is entirely on its trim of multiple straw bow loops and a tall feather spine. During this first year of her royal life, we have seen Sofia in small fascinators and today’s cocktail hat is her first experiment with more substantial millinery. It’s a neutral piece but the shape and scale work well for Sofia and she wears it so wonderfully that I caught myself wishing she had worn it for the King’s birthday last weekend. The pop of colour brought to her ensemble by her shoes is a fun touch.

Princess Sofia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This hat is new

2016-05-10 Chilean state visit 3

In recent months, we’ve seen the Swedish Princesses favour fascinators and I was happy to see more substantial pieces of millinery top their elegant ensembles today. What do you think of this trio of Swedish royal hats?

Photos by Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures; IBL, IBL, and IBL