Christening of Prince Nicolas

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband, Christopher O’Neill, brought their son Prince Nicolas to be christened today at the Drottningholm Palace Church. For this happy family occasion, Princess Madeleine wore a large headpiece of magenta silk flowers with a coordinating straw ribbon twist that threaded through the piece.

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats    Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats


Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Valentino
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Leonore was dressed up for her little brother’s big day in a headband with double side bow which coordinated with her lace trimmed grey linen dress.

Queen Silvia celebrated her first grandson with an all blue ensemble. Her exquisite coat and dress in cornflower blue silk  was topped with a silk-covered calot hat in the same hue. The hat is trimmed in monochrome feathers and a multi looped bow. While Queen Silvia has worn numerous calot hats this year, the colour of this piece is particularly beautiful on her and she looked wonderful in it.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Victoria topped her royal purple 1960s cut dress with an equally retro pillbox hat. The shape, scale and colour of this piece are so fantastic on the crown princess that I’m left hoping that she adds a few more pillboxes to her millinery closet, soon.

Crown Princess Victoria, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats    Crown Princess Victoria, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Sofia unveiled another new fascinator for this event to top her magenta dress. In pale pink felt, this double bow was wrapped in dotted burgundy net veil. On its own, the headpiece leans toward twee but paired with this dress and her hair in ringlets, it’s an overload in pink sweetness.

Princess Sofia, October 11, 2015 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats    Princess Sofia, October 11, 2015 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats


Designer: Malinda Damgaard
Previously Worn: This fascinator is new.

Chris O’Neill’s mother Eva wore a grey felt percher cocktail hat trimmed in a mass of felt and silk curls. The base of the hat has exaggerated pinches that form it into a triangular shape that reminds me of a military cap. I thought the hat was shown off exceptionally well against Eva’s sleek blue coat, grey dress and charcoal accessories.

Eva O'Neill, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats    Eva O'Neill, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Chris’ sister, Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, who is one of Prince Nicolas’ godmothers, wore a large red floral headpiece that was anchored to her head with a band across her forehead. Natascha has worn dramatic hats to previous royal events (see here) but this one is several steps too far over the top for me. Chris’ other sister, Tatjana D’Abo, attended the event but photos of her have been difficult to find (feel free to post links in the comments, please!)

Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte wore a natty little cream bowler hat trimmed with a golden brown ribbon around the base of the crown and a tulle veil. While simple, this small piece looked so stylish on the Countes, thanks to the rakish angle placed it on her head.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

And finally, Princess Christina’s daughter-in-laws Vicky Magnuson and Frida Bergström were both spotted in interesting millinery. Vicky wore a white disk saucer hat trimmed with white flowers and ribbons and navy edging around the piece. Frida wore a sage green flat headpiece of overlapping leaves, trimmed with faux jewels at the side.

Viky Magnuson and Frida Bergström, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

25 thoughts on “Christening of Prince Nicolas

  1. According to the designer of Victoria’s dress, British maternity company Seraphine, Victoria’s hat was made by Philip Treacy!

  2. I love all these hats except for Sofia’s pink bow and that red flower one. Queen Silvia looks so elegant and her hat is a perfect match for her coat which is one of the most beautiful outfits I have ever seen. I didn’t know anything about the Swedish royals before this blog and they always look so good when they dress up!

  3. Madeleine-stunning. Queen S-gorgeous. Victoria- o.k. Sofia- horrible hair, rest was ok, Eva- too square coat and same old ugly shaped hat.

  4. Madeleine looked absolutely wonderful and was the best dressed and hatted of the day (as she should be), and I think this fascinator would’ve been great with this outfit even if there was no fuchsia in her dress.

    Silvia didn’t surprise anyone with the style of her hat, but I’m glad she made it more interesting with the feathers and loops.

    Victoria looks good in this larger pillbox and it goes well with her severe hairstyle; if she didn’t have that brooch though, I think her outfit would’ve said more “airline attendant” and less “christening guest”.

    Not the best Sofia could’ve done, but I don’t think it’s as terrible as many people make it out to be. The color scheme of the whole ensemble is great for her and the fascinator suits her, but I don’t like the bow at her neckline.

    Eva’s cocktail hat is nice and the colors of her whole outfit are wonderful, but her jacket is way too boxy and is unflattering, especially up top.

    As for Countess Natascha’s headpiece, I’m not a fan of this wrap-around headband. Tatjana’s headpiece looks good, but seems to be placed a bit too forward, like it might fall off at any moment.

    Countess Marianne’s miniature bowler looked appropriate on her and is quite retro in a good way.

    Finally, I really like Vicky Magnuson’s saucer headpiece as we don’t see them as often anymore, but I’m not a fan of Frida Bergstrom’s embellished headband.

  5. Commenting first, reading other comments second!

    Love how gorgeous Madeleine looks, the hat and its colour (and marriage and motherhood) really suit her. Love Silvia and Victoria, more of this please ma’am. Dislike all of Sofia’s outfit, individually and together … and especially the loose ringlets. Never mind, she’ll get there. Not in love with any of the others, except for the green and bejewelled head-piece on Frida.

  6. Great: Princess Madeleine’s headpiece, Queen Silvia’s calot, Countess Marianne Bernadotte’s petite bowler
    Good: CP Victoria pillbox. Yes, I realize it’s supposed to be oversized but I still find it a bit too large.
    Not exciting but well coordinated: Vicky Magnuson’s disk saucer, Eva O’Neill’s and Tatjana d’Abo’s perchers
    Acceptable: Frida Bergstrom’s leaves and jeweled headpiece
    Bad: Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun’s floral headband, Princess Sofia’s giant bow

  7. Both sisters look super — applause that Vicky wore a pillbox – agree – she needs to pull this style off more often in the hat dept.

  8. I too think that Princess Madeleine’s headpiece was stunning. Even before I understood what had suggested the magenta color, I loved the color and the style on Princess Madeleine’s beautifully coiffed head.
    While I like the colors of Queen Silvia’s and Princess Victoria’s outfits, I’m not overly fond of either hat.

  9. Countess Natascha looks like she was the victim in a terrible accident. Loved Victoria’s whole look (Estelle’s as well). Sofia should have left that thing off her head. I missed Cristina and kept thinking it looked like her husband, but it sure didn’t look like her. I was confused.

  10. Madeleine looked amazing. That coat is stunning, and quote out there, but she accessorised it perfectly with the fascinator. I just found it a beautiful outfit.

    Victoria’s purple pillbox was also risky, but because it’s so big. However she looked great on it.

    Silvia is standard, but I liked it. And for once I didn’t mind what Sofia had on, though her hair up would have been better I think.

    A lovely family occasion I think.

  11. Queen Silvia looks wonderful in that cornflower blue ensemble. I wasn’t sure about Princess Madeleine until I saw that the color of her headpiece matched the bottom of her dress, and then it all came together (for me)! Some of the others — well, best not say anything.

  12. I completely agree that Madeleine looked fantastic. This is a perfect example of an ensemble that is “different” – in this case the print of the dress is unusual as is the color of the headpiece – but still very well put-together and attractive. Compare this with Countess Marianne whose headpiece was “different” but awful. The first rule of headpieces and hats is that they should look good on the person. This doesn’t. Sophie also had a bad day. The dress is not good and, in my opinion, ringlets should not be worn after the age of 21.

  13. Madeleines whole outfit was a Wow for me. She looked amazing. And I love how reliable Silvia is when it comes to dressing for these things. I suspect that, by now, she can put together a suitable, co-ordinated outfit in her sleep.

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