Swedish Royals Welcome New Prince

On Friday, a Te Deum was held in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace to celebrate the arrival of Prince Alexander, son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. The baby’s grandmother, Queen Silvia, repeated her pleated white straw calot hat with back bow and white net veil for the occasion. Calots work so well on Queen Silvia and while I might have preferred something in a warmer colour with her ecru suit, this piece worked well enough.

Queen Silvia, April 22, 2016 in Mode Rosa | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, April 22, 2016 in Mode Rosa | Royal Hats

Designer: Mode Rosa
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014; September 8, 2013May 10, 2013; April 16, 2013 

Crown Princess Victoria wore the most unusual piece of the day, a giant double bow fascinator in pale pink straw. I have been trying to think of something nice to say about this piece…. and I cannot. Before I set off on a tirade about how juvenile, costumey and downright horrible this piece is, let me say that Victoria’s lace dress and pink coat are lovely. If only she had paired a different hat (such as this wonderful Philip Treacy picture hat) with them.

Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Coat from LK Bennett, blouse and skirt from Baum und Pferdgarten
Previously Worn: This piece is new
Countess Marianne Bernadotte was colourfully dressed in a red bumper hat to match her red and navy suit. The hat, with its low crown and rolled brim, was simply trimmed with a navy veil. While I don’t particularly like the ensemble, it coordinates well and the hat shape and scale works nicely with Marianne’s hairstyle.
Countess Marianne Bernadotte, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats  Countess Marianne Bernadotte, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats
Princess Sofia’s sisters Lina Frejd and Sara Hellqvist (photographed with their grandmother, below) both wore tiny headpieces (hair ornaments, really). Their mother, Marie Hellqvist, did not wear a hat.
 Lina Frejd and Sara Hellqvist, April 22, 2016 | Royal Hats
I am afraid that the hats and giant hair bow at this happy event left me disappointed. Thankfully, we have the christenings of both Prince Oscar and Prince Alexander to look forward to. I suspect both, as other recent christenings have done, will showcase some wonderful millinery. What did you think of these royal hats in Sweden?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Pontus Lundahl / TT News Agency; GTRESonline; Stella Pictures

12 thoughts on “Swedish Royals Welcome New Prince

  1. Nothing could be a stronger statement about CP Victoria’s “hat” than your inability to say something nice. You even found something good to say about Countess Marianne whose headpiece made her look like her head would be used as a supplementary end table at the reception.

  2. CP Victoria’s bow is inexplicable, especially on someone who wears hats so well.

    THis is one of the best of Queen Silvia’s calots. Lovely detail.

  3. Since I am new to the Royal Hat Fandom I had never seen Silvia’ s hat before and really liked it. I do agree another color would have been better with this outfit. And that is all I am going to say about the “hats” in this post. 😉

  4. Oh dear! Vickie doesn’t like hats much it seems – and this bow ‘thing’ really looks far worse then some of her other ‘head-gear’ she seems to don often times.

  5. I reckon HatQueen is 100% right about these hats. She has hit the nail on the head, or is that the hatpin on the head? Welcome back HatQueen, you have been missed by the Royal Hats fandom.

  6. Agreed, no standouts in the positive sense. And the crown princess’s “head-related apparel” was a standout in the negative sense. Disappointing. But a lovely family event for those participating nonetheless, I am sure.

  7. “Juvenile, costumey and downright horrible” sums it up nicely. I agree completely. I really didn’t like any of the ladies’ “ensembles” (put in quote because a hair ornament doesn’t make an ensemble) and that is a shame. This type of service is a lovely tradition and should be honored. Frankly, the gentlemen looked a lot better than the ladies.

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