Finnish State Visit to Norway

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö (and his wife, Jenni Haukio) arrived in Norway for a state visit today. As per protocol, the Norwegian Royals greeted them in full-hatted splendor.

Queen Sonja wore a periwinkle blue felt hat with high, upturned brim. The hat’s crown and upper layer of the brim are in chocolate felt, which highlights the ‘V’ cutouts in the front of the brim. It’s interesting but the overall vibe is a bit to sci-fi for me.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s calot  designed by Mona Strand, is not working for me, either. I just don’t like the placement so far on the back of her head.

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That leaves Mrs. Haukio. I am usually a fan of feathered fascinators and when I first saw it from a distance (first photo above), I liked it. Upon a closeup view, however, it seems a bit twee for a First Lady. I’m afraid I’m going to do the unthinkable and pass on all three hats today! Maybe tomorrow will be better. Sigh.

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Photos from Getty as indicated 

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