Swedish Monarchs Attend Synod Opening

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia  of Sweden were in Uppsala yesterday to attend the annual opening of Synod at Uppsala Cathedral. For this event, the Queen wore a black straw hat with a gently upturned front brim and a twisted band of straw wrapped around the crown. This hat is feels rather somber to me- I can’t help thinking that the low brim seems better suited for mourning than a regular royal engagement. A black hat was the right choice to top Silvia’s black and white jacket but I think lighter shape- like that of her black straw beret, feathered pillbox or even this picture hat– would have been a prettier choice. What do you think?

Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats


Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: March 16, 2013


Photos from Stella Pictures via Svenskdam

9 thoughts on “Swedish Monarchs Attend Synod Opening

  1. It’s a pretty hat, though we’re used to seeing more of her face. I like it…but I also like some of the other options you posted. Probably picture hat next, then the pillbox, then the beret (those are a harder sell for me).

  2. I think it looks fine. Of the other choices you suggest, I think the picture hat would also work. The other two might a trifle frivolous, perhaps?

  3. I like this hat and the pillbox would also have been fine. Church in Sweden is generally a very somber affair so Queen Silvia looks very good. I am very surprised to see the bold print on the lady in the back, left. A national costume (right front) is always appropriate

  4. This hat looks like something I could buy in my local shop. Nothing special really. The pillbox hat with the feathers would have been very nice as Queen Silvia wears pillbox hats so very well.

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