Marriage Bans Published For Swedish Royal Wedding

Banns for the marriage of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist were published yesterday during a service held in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm. As with previous publications, the Swedish Royal Family were in attendance and hosted a reception following the service.

For this occasion, Queen Silvia wore a new ivory calot hat trimmed with a several huge silk cabbage rose and twisted straw ribbons. The hat was entirely covered in pearl studded net veil (see a close-up here) that gave immense texture to the piece. Unfortunately, the impact of the elaborate trim was lost by precarious placement way off the side of the hat and dulled by its monochrome pairing with the Queen’s off-white bouclé suit.

Queen Silvia, May 17, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The bride-to-be, Sofia Hellqvist topped her eggshell and grey suit with a teeny tiny black cocktail hat (a hat that at first glance, I mistook for a large moth). It seems Sofia is taking baby steps when it comes to embracing millinery as this small cocktail hat, trimmed with large bow and a single feather, is marginally bigger than the fascinators we have seen her wear in the past. Thank goodness there will be much opportunity for millinery practice by this future princes, as the twee bow and too-small scale of this hat just missed the mark.

Sofia Hellqvist, May 17, 2015 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats   Sofia Hellqvist, May 17, 2015 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats

Designer: Malinda Damgaard. Dress and jacket by Max Mara
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria also chose a much larger scale hat than she typically favours. In the same pale slate blue as her dress, Victoria’s percher cocktail hat was built on a fabric covered beret base.  Lavishly trimmed with the same twisted straw ribbons, an oversize silk flower and multiple silk bow loops that were on her mother’s calot, the vertical design of this hat gave it better balance and presence. Victoria seldom wears such embellished pieces and it was a nice change for her. Princess Estelle sported an adorable silk multi-looped hair bow.

Crown Princess Victoria, May 17, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy It is a bespoke version of OC-865. Dress by Philippa K. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Madeleine wore the most daring hat of the day. Built on a pale pink disk of straw, her cocktail hat featured large curled  and twisted ribbons of straw. The sculptural hat is considerably larger than what we have seen Madeleine wear in several years and against her caramel mane of curled hair, worked surprisingly well. Little Princess Leonore wore a petite pink hair bow.

Princess Madeleine, May 17, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy OC-871
Previously Worn: This hat is new
It’s not often that we see most members of a royal family in hats by the same designer at a single event. This gave a unified look to most of the hats at this event and makes me curious, dear readers, which hat stood out most to you?

Swedish Royal Family, May 17, 2015 | Royal hats

Photos from Getty as indicated and

22 thoughts on “Marriage Bans Published For Swedish Royal Wedding

  1. Queen Silvia really suits a calot hat, and I loved the trim, but the precarious placement way off the side of the head was a turn-off for me, as was that pink scarf just hanging down, and the colour of the hat made her less bright suit looked dull. I did like the suit though.Crown Princess Victoria’s hat was my favourite, but I still took issue with the placement, which seemed a bit too far forward. I didn’t like her dress, which looked too matronly for her. Princess Estelle looked adorable in her outfit and her silk multi-looped hair bow, and it followed the common theme of ribbon loops. Princess Madeleine’s daring hat was sculptural and the colour worked well in her hair, but as some others have said, this hat plus the bushy hair, albeit it lovely hair, was a bit too much, and a sleek chignon would probably have done the hat and the wearer more justice. Princess Leonore’s outfit was cute, and so was her petite pink hair bow.

    • I forgot to mention that I loved Sofia Hellqvist’s eggshell and grey suit, but I didn’t think the teeny tiny black cocktail hat was appropriate for such a classic suit. It looked like half of Minnie Mouse’s ears from one angle.

    • Queen Silvia has been using scarves as a sling. Her shoulder must not be quite healed yet as she “carries” her right hand a lot or tucks it into a scarf.

  2. The hats are all very nice, but they really just don’t seem appropriate for church to me. To much decoration, I think.

  3. I like Victoria and Madeleine’s hats. They are very appropriate for Spring and happy looking for a happy occasion. I have placement issues with Silvia’s and hairstyle issues with Sofia’s. The hats are not bad in my opinion but could have been executed better.

    My big question is why didn’t the women in Sofia’s family wear hats? Did they not attend the church service?

    • Hats are not worn to church in Sweden. The royal familys use of cocktail hats is mimicking british fashion styles and it looks strange to a Swedish eye.

  4. Crown Princess Victoria rates the highest in my opinion. Although, I do wish for a softer hairstyle. I hope Sophie saves this cute little hat… Princess Estelle will look cute in it in a few years.

  5. I think Victoria had the best choice for today. I think it was a great departure from her normal choices and I hope we see it repeated again. I also liked Madeleine’s headpiece, but I think a low chignon (a la Maxima) would’ve helped improve the look. It’s disappointing Silvia has chosen recently to wear her hats farther back on her head, which doesn’t allow them to shine as they should. Finally, I like the idea for Sofia’s cocktail hat and think the placement is great, but I can’t get over the Mickey Mouse silhouette I keep seeing.

  6. I enjoyed seeing these ladies wear larger pieces than they usually wear, except for Queen Silvia who wears hats of all sizes and styles. My favorite hat is CP Victoria’s hat possibly because of the color. I can understand the future bride wearing white or winter white, but Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine would have looked better with more color in their apparel. All in all, they looked well-dressed and it is a wonderful family photo.

  7. I actually like Sofia’s hat. It’s a very simple but fun style, and quite a contrast to the other more extravagantly embellished hats which are more fashionable at the moment (such as the other ladies are wearing). Don’t get me wrong, I like them too! I have nothing at all against placement on the side in general, but in Silvia’s case, the effect is just top-heavy, as though it’s about to make her keel over. I like Victoria’s hat, although here I’d probably put it about an inch further back (but it has to have a significant tilt forward to work at all). Madeline’s is satisfyingly exuberant, and a pleasure to see after all her little fascinators and headbands.

  8. Queen S looks like she has a white cabbage growing out the side of her hat/head – might have been a nice hat if it had been a tad smaller on the embellishment and adjusted just a little bit toward the top of her head. I do really like Vicky’s hat.

  9. Dear Hat Queen,
    I agree with you on all points but one: I actually like Sofia Hellqvist’s head piece. The queen’s hat placement is unfortunate; such a beautiful piece. All in all a big success for millinery.

  10. I actually liked all the hats as well. The placement was precarious on many of them, but other than that, the royal ladies all looked wonderful. I liked Princess Madeleine’s hat the most, but think it would have looked better with a different hairdo. Sofia’s butterfly hat was cute and in keeping with her cheerful, exuberant personality. It was a hat with a sense of humor, and I will be interested in seeing what she does in the future. A least she doesn’t wear it on her ear like M-M of Norway does!

  11. Victoria’s hat is my favourite. Sofia’s looked like a butterfly to me as well. Madeleine’s might not age too well, a little too original for such an event, I’d day. And Silvia’s is nice and all, but not my favourite.

  12. I liked this lot on the whole. Vic’s is a petty titfer, and looks great with her updo. Maddie’s is spectacular, though I wish she had gone for an updo! Silv is elegant as ever, and I really don’t mind the placement at all. My only disappointment was Sofia, it’s too small and gets lost amongst her dark hair, which looks a little unkempt. Still, they all look very smart and rather elegantly understated I thoight.

  13. Ahhh, overall I loved all of the hats, especially considering Madeleine only wore a bow for her service. However for me the placement on both Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria’s was off. I keep worry CP Victoria’s hat will fall off. It looks a bit top heavy, not well balanced to me. However, I still really like it! I’m just nervous she’s going to lose it! HA! 🙂

  14. Beautiful hats per se, but the placement is way off on all ladies. Makes me appreciate the british hat-wearing skills so much more. I liked princess Madeleines hat the best.

  15. FINALLY you reported on this! Worth the wait cos your pics are way better than any other blog & same with report. Love the hats except Sofias. Hope she gets the Philip Treacy discount too when she joins the family.

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