First Week of Danish Summer Cruise: Part 2

The first week of Queen Margrethe’s annual summer cruises aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog continued yesterday and today in Mariagerfjord.  After arriving in Hobro harbour yesterday, the queen visited an art exhibition, community activities and cultural centre, a robotics company and Maritime Cultural Center before returning to the harbour in time for choral concert performed by 600 schoolchildren. For these events, Queen Margrethe repeated her pink straw brimless bumper hat with domed crown and trio of white diagonal stripes across the front of the brim. 

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Today, Queen Margrethe travelled upriver to Mariager Harbor by royal barge where she visited Scandinavia’s largest plastics recycling facility, viewed more than 400 varieties of roses at Mariager Rose Garden, listened to an organ concert at Mariager Church and saw excavations at the Bronze age era burial mound Hohøj. For these events, the Danish queen repeated her vibrant pink straw hat with navy floral hatband and small white flowers at the side.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 12, 2016June 27, 2016June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 2015

We often see Queen Margrethe in nautical navy or red for these summer cruise outings and the pink is a fresh and pretty departure. That’s my nice way of saying that I really, REALLY hope we see some new hats come into circulation for Queen Margrethe. The old ones are mighty familiar.

Photos from Getty as indicated

First Week of Danish Summer Cruise: Part 1

Queen Margrethe set sail Monday on the first week of her annual summer cruises aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog. Yesterday, she arrived in Kalundborg harbour for the start of a two day visit. After a welcome from the Royal Danish Life Guards, the Queen travelled by carriage to Bishop’s Palace for a reception; the rest of her day was filled with visits to a sports center, a volunteer-run hub of 62 social programs, and the lighthouse and museum and harbour in Røsnæs. For these events, she repeated her pale green bumper hat with curling detail and feathers on the side. This is undoubtedly one of Queen Margrethe’s best hats but we’ve seen it a lot and I’m ready for something new.

Today’s programme included visits to the local weaving association and nature and history interpretation center, the inauguration of a new heat pump at the power station and a rickshaw ride with cyclists from a local club. For these events, Queen Margrethe repeated her beige hat with inverted mixing bowl shaped crown and upturned kettle brim. There’s not much to say here except to quote a reader who once (now famously) commented, “That’s a whole lot of biscuit.” Indeed.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 30, 2016Aug 31, 2015Sep 10, 2013Sep 4, 2013Sep 6, 2012Jun 8, 2012 
You can watch video of yesterday morning’s arrival here. The Royal yacht moves on to Mariagerfjord for another two-day visit that we’ll look at on Friday. In the meantime, thoughts about the two hats we saw Queen Margrethe wear in Kalundborg?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Nordic Royals Celebrate 100 Years of Finland’s Independence

Nordic heads of state arrived in Helsinki today to take part in official celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence. As is expected, the Scandinavian queens all wore hats.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark stood out in her repeated red bumper hat with navy floral bow at the side, a piece that coordinates well with her red coat and floral dress.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016; May 24, 2016

Queen Sonja of Norway repeated the hat, dress and coat she first wore for her and the King’s silver jubilee last year. The streamlined white straw hat features a flat crown and gently upswept brim that curves up around the back and is simply trimmed with a white hat band and slim cords of wired straw.


Queen Sonja, June 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Previously Worn: June 23, 2016

Queen Silvia of Sweden repeated the blue calot she first wore in February during the Canadian state visit. If you jump back to that post, you’ll see a better view of this blue felt moulded calot shape with widely woven net overlay and mixed feather trim on the side.


Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: Feb 20, 2017

While we have seen each of these hats before, they are not greatly familiar (yet!) and today’s centenary gave us another opportunity to see them in action. Any thoughts about this trio of Nordic royal hats?


Photos from Getty as indicated; Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / NTB scanpix via The Norwegian Royal Court

Princess Benedikte Returns To Royal Engagements

Princess Benedikte made a return to royal engagements on Sunday (following her husband, Prince Richard’s unexpected death), attending the Danish Osteoporosis Society’s anniversary in Aarhus. She wore a new hat for the event in royal purple straw, trimmed with a pink hatband and large grey and burgundy flower at the side. The flower looks to be the same one as has adorned her navy straw hat, leading me to suspect it is a removable embellishment- something Danish royal milliner Susanne Juul has done before. Princess Benedikte wears this shade of purple well and the combination of trim on the hat and her pale pink suit unexpectedly works.

 Princess Benedikte, May 7, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Benedikte, May 7, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: I strongly suspect Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary sailed into Oslo aboard the Danish royal yacht Dannebrog. Queen Margrethe repeated the new navy hat with wide hatband we saw her debut on May 3.

Queen Margrethe, May 9, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 3, 2017

Thoughts about this Danish pair of royal hats?

Photos from Ole Hartmann Schmidt via Konghuset and Scanpix

Queen Margrethe Awards Colours & Boards Yacht

Queen Margrethe visited the Home Guard at Skive Barracks and the Citadel in Copenhagen yesterday to present two regiments with new colours. For these events, she repeated her vibrant turquoise hat with domed, indented Pork Pie style crown. I have long thought this hat’s success is due to its wide, darker blue velvet hatband which injects contrasting colour and texture to the otherwise one note ensemble. It’s amazing how a simple hatband can make such a difference.

Queen Margrethe, May 2, 2017 | Royal Hats


Today, the Danish Queen boarded the royal yacht Dannebrog for the first time this season. She used the occasion to debut a new hat in navy felt with rounded crown, gently raised U-shaped brim and wide silk hatband with tied bow at the side. The neutral piece is a good addition to Margrethe’s hat closet and one we’ll undoubtedly see again during this year’s summer cruises.

Queen Margrethe, May 3, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, May 3, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, May 3, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
What do you think about Queen Margrethe’s new hat?
Photos from Martin Høien; Keld Navntoft/Scanpix via Kongehuset and Stella Pictures

Queen Margrethe Opens Aarhus Exhibition

Queen Margrethe was in Aarhus yesterday to open the exhibition “Aarhus Tells”. She wore a new hat or the event with a Pork Pie indented crown and gently curved brim made in the same plain wool as her suit. Printed hats are not for the faint of heart and while I admire the fashion chops required to carry off this design and find its jaunty shape rather fun, the combination of matching suit and hat is a few steps to far for my liking

 Queen Margrethe, April 11, 2017 | Royal Hats  Queen Margrethe, April 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new