King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden kicked off celebrations for Sweden’s National Day yesterday with a visit to Ånge. For this visit, Queen Silvia repeated her white straw pleated calot hat trimmed with a net veil and rosettes at the back. While this is a good hat style for her (particularly with her hairstyle), I would love to see her try something more modern.
In the afternoon, the Swedish Royal Family left the Royal Palace by carriage to attend a National Day concert at Skansen. Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine all wore Swedish national dress complete with distinct folded white caps.
Little Princess Estelle joined the procession, also dressed in national costume with a white bow in her hair. I can’t decide what is more adorable- her hairbow or her royal wave?
As this was Princess Madeleine’s first wearing of national dress as a married woman, she was able to add the folded white cap to her ensemble for the first time. She wears it well, doesn’t she?
Hats, flags and nationalism aside, there were two images of the day that were most special. The first was Princess Madeleine presenting her baby daughter Princess Leonore to the Swedish people for the first time. Little Leonore did not wear a hat but she did appear in miniature national dress.
The second was this image, released by the Swedish Royal Court, of this future Swedish Queen in national dress and white hair bow. Adorable, isn’t she?
Photos from Jonas Ekstromer and Mats Andersson via Expressen; Kate Gabor via Kungahuset, Torsten Laursen and Torsten Laursen via Getty; Stella Pictures, Stella Pictures, Charles Hammarsten / IBL and Patrik Osterberg / All Over Press, Charles Hammarsten / IBL via Svenskdam