Seeing Double: Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Royal HatsThese days, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway seems to be on a hat-strike, favouring fascinators and small pillboxes for the occasions when a hat is required. This wasn’t always the case. Back in June 2006, Mette-Marit choose a pair of navy and white hats that looked very much alike

The twin cream straw hats both featured flat crowns (one slightly rounded and one square) and sweeping upturned brims that were raised on one side. While navy stripes were woven into the straw of one piece, the the brim on the other was covered in large navy fishnet. Both hats were trimmed with a large embellishment (bow on one, fishing net tangle on the other) on the side.

Both hats were worn for events celebrating the centenary of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud’s wedding- events that were just two days apart. While it is curious for a royal to own such similar navy and white hats, I find it most peculiar that both hats made their début in the same week. While the navy striped hat was worn for National Day 2011 and another state visit, the fishnet trimmed hat hat not been repeated since this initial outing. What do you think of this pair of navy and cream millinery twins?

Photos from Getty as indicated

13 thoughts on “Seeing Double: Crown Princess Mette-Marit

  1. These hats are the ones worn by her that I like the most. I would pick the first one as the best one, mainly due to that fishnet trim on the second one that looks randomly added, rather than being integrated into the design of the hat or coat.

  2. I know there have been at least two other outings of the cream and navy hat because I have a photo saved on my computer of her wearing that hat with a longer navy double-breasted coat and navy leather gloves (this link [] is the closest I could get on a Google search to finding the photo I have saved, although it doesn’t show much of the outfit; you can tell it’s a different event since it’s sunny). There is this 2011 National Day outing with an all white outfit: (scroll down for the photo of the royal family on the balcony; I prefer this hat with navy outfits, however). At any rate, I love the cream hat with navy stripes, and the fishnet detailing hat has really grown on me. Both of these definitely need to make a comeback.

  3. You can never go wrong with navy and white. I’m surprised to say this but I really like the fishnet on the hat. It’s very unique.

  4. Crown Princess Mette-Marit looks so good in these hats and they coordinate well with her outfits, and give her a regal look. How I wish she would dress more like this now. My preferred hat is the first one, because it is more elegant, and the trim is more subtle. However, both are excellent hats.

  5. These hats are a damn sight better than that ridiculous gold hair band ‘thingie ‘ she keeps flogging. Both hats are classy and classic. I’m wishing for their return

  6. I absolutely love the fishnet hat. Somehow, it compliments her face a bit better, and she looks graceful in it.

  7. I like both hats maybe because this is the first time I’ve seen her in a traditional style hat. I like Mette-Marit but I don’t believe fashion is her strong point although she almost always looks appropriately dressed.

  8. It’s so weird to see MM in real hats! Nice enough shape but they both pulled down too far over her eyes. Maybe best to keep the fishnet to stockings. Not working for me.

  9. I like both hats and the outfits too. I prefer the first hat as it looks more classic than the second, which has that fishnet trim, which I am not crazy about. I wish she would wear more hats like this as they give her a more elegant, regal look.

  10. I like them both – perhaps the fishnet one more as the coat it’s worn with is lovely. MM does have a very pared down style, which I by and large like, it’s just sometimes she looks like she’s not making that much of an effort that’s all. She should start sporting bigger hats again, she can still do this in a minimal way and look fabukous – she has angular features that look great with clean, bold lines.

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