Norwegian Royals Celebrate King Olav V

Members of the Norwegian Royal Family gathered on Sunday at Oslo’s City Hall Square for the dedication of a statue of King Olav V (father of present King Harald and Princess Astrid). For the event, Queen Sonja topped her ecru dress and coat with a hat in the same hue. A simple straw piece with a straight-sided, domed crown and short brim brim gently curved down in front and up at the back, the hat was trimmed only with a wide silk ribbon around the crown.  While not the most exciting of hats, it combined well with her coat, dress and gold jewellery to create an elegant ensemble.

Queen Sonja, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Sonja, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Sonja, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 2, 2014;  May 12, 2011

Princess Astrid’s hat, while small in stature, showed considerably more personality. The creamy yellow bumper was lavishly trimmed with an explosion of white feathers at the back and a swath of dotted net veil that covered the main body of the piece. It is a piece that works well with Astrid’s short hairstyle and shows a cheeky sense of millinery humour. After sadly loosing her husband this year, it is wonderful to see Princess Astrid looking so well.

Princess Astrid, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Astrid, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 8, 2015

Crown Princess Mette-Marit continued her trend of minimal hat wearing with a slim beaded gold headband in lieu of a hat. while it is a nice enough piece, a hat most certainly is not. I also thought the intricate detail of the headband was lost against her finely embroidered Valentino coat. In this case, I think she might have done better following Princess Maertha Louise’s lead and forgoing a hat altogether.

Princess Mette-Marit, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Mette-Marit, June 7, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this piece is new

It is always wonderful to see royal families together for special engagements and while the hats were not plentiful, it appears that the Norwegian royals had an enjoyable day.

Photos from Getty as indicated 

7 thoughts on “Norwegian Royals Celebrate King Olav V

  1. Sonja looked appropriate for the occasion, but boy, do I find the hat and outfit quite boring. Mette-Marit looks fantastic in her outfit and I think a headband works with it (maybe not this particular one), but it is disappointing she has forgone hats. Astrid continues to be my favorite Norwegian hat wearer; she looks so marvelous in this hat!

  2. Princess Astrid’s hat and outfit look great. I like that she is bold in her hat choices. it’s good to see her looking cheery after the sad loss of her husband. She has a plaster on her left leg, I hope it isn’t anything serious. She is the winning look here. Queen Sonja ecru dress,coat and hat is a bit drab. I would like to have seen a colourful trim on the hat. Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Alice band doesn’t go with her bunard-inspired coat, which I like on her. I do wish she would wear some proper hats because she suits hats very well.

  3. There appears to be only two other women in attendance (at least visible in these pictures) who are wearing hats so perhaps Mette-Marit thought she’d compromise. The headband doesn’t match the coat, though.

  4. I just do not get Mette-Marit’s aversion to an actual hat. Now I don’t mind a headband, and I can see this intricate coat doesn’t want a fussy headpiece – but this gold Alice band isn’t the right choice. The coat is fabulous though.

    Everyone else looks perfectly fine and rather jolly. Which is the point of these things I suppose.

    • This is just a stab in the dark, but MMs aversion to hats have something to do with the neck problems she’s had in the past. I have neck and headache problems from time to time and the last thing I’d want to do is wear a hat. Just a guess.

      • I have long wondered the same thing. Empress Michiko’s small hats are due to her headaches- perhaps Princess Mette-Marit’s decreased hat wearing is due to health issues as well.

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