Swedish Opening of Parliament

Members of the Swedish royal family joined the King and Queen yesterday to officially open Swedish Parliament. The Queen led her family’s millinery stakes in a new white straw hat with short kettle brim trimmed with a ruched white silk hatband and a mass of flowers on the left side of the hat. It’s not the most exciting of designs but adds some lift and lightness to the black and white dress code of this event.

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Swedish Royal Family, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Crown Princess Victoria topped her chignon with a slim white bow fascinator. The piece was small enough to nearly elude photographers…making it difficult to discuss here.

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Swedish Royal Family, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: January 19 , 2011; September 28, 2010
Princess Madeleine followed her elder sister’s lead with a black crin hair bow trimmed in wispy grey feathers. The use of crin on this piece makes it nearly invisible at anything but close distance, making me wonder (as I did with Victoria’s white bow), “What’s the point?”

Princess Madeleine, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Madeleine, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Madeleine, Sep 12, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: again, unknown
Previously Worn: I think this is new
While it’s always nice to see new hats and headpieces, the ongoing trend for Swedish princesses to reach for hair bow fascinators at this event leaves me deflated. Both women have some beautiful black and white hats in their wardrobes- I would love to see them reach for those designs and leave these twee hairbows for their daughters. Your thoughts?
Photos from Getty as indicated;  IBL and Stella Pictures

10 thoughts on “Swedish Opening of Parliament

  1. Crown Princess Victoria’s headpiece is not new, she previously wore it 19 January 2011 and a few other times I believe. Often she wears it over ponytails

  2. I love Q Silvia’s hat. It’s always great to see her wear a modern hat style, worn in a way which varies her hairstyle (though I would like to have seen white shoes and/or handbag to work in more with the hat); and I enjoy seeing her dainty petite figure in feminine looks, as opposed to some of her more business-like suits. Those trendy fluted cuffs are just the ticket!
    Re the headpieces – I think Victoria, Madeleine and Sofia in general do these very well. I love the drama of those bold, striking sculptural adornments in white, or black-and-white, which we’ve seen in the past. I just don’t know why the headpieces on this occasion are so small and insignificant.

  3. It’s nice to see Silvia in a brimmed hat again, but this all-white one feels a bit disjointed when paired with her all-black outfit; adding a black hatband I think would solve the problem and make this look a true winner.

    Can we even call Victoria’s hair accessory a fascinator? A pretty big stretch for me. Madeleine’s isn’t much better, but at least there is a little more volume. But at this rate, I agree, why even bother?

  4. Princess Madeleine’s best accessory is her husband! I don’t mind their hair bows that much. I guess it’s because I wore my hair in a pulled up bun like Victoria does, for more than 20 years before I cut it again. I wonder if Victoria gets headaches from hats or something – she sure is one of the biggest royals to fore go hats in favor of hair accessories much of the time. I do like Princess Madeleine’s net bow with the wisp of feathers a lot. And the white (looks like a bunch of flowers on Victoria’s bun, is equally fine in my book.

    • Princess Madeleine attended with her brother, Prince Carl Philip, not her husband Chris.

      We see Crown Princess Victoria in hats from time to time (certainly more than Crown Princess Mette Marit or Queen Letizia) but she also wears these fascinators as well.

  5. I’ve always wondered why the black and white dress code for the opening of Swedish Parliament? I’m with JamesB, Victoria could have knocked it out of the park with a beautiful matching hat. And don’t get me started with Madeleine’s bow thingy. Very disappointing. I did like her up-do though.

    • The black and white dress code is a throw back to Swedish Court Dress which was the norm for many years and stopped in the 1970’s I believe, There are some lovely photos of the current King’s mother and sisters wearing such garb. I also agree that Silvia’s hat is too summery for the rest of her ensemble. I also wonder – or perhaps fear is the more appropriate word – if some of the younger royals such as the Bernadotte sisters and Mette-Marit are not – gasp – hat lovers and will only rarely wear hats in the future. Say it isn’t so!

  6. All these women are most attractive. Queen Silvia is at least wearing a hat, and a nice one at that. It would be good if her daughters followed suit.

  7. Victoria could have gone for a beautiful monochrome cartwheel hat and that suit could have looked amazing. I like it as it is, it just missing something. Madeleine’s bow is equally fine, just meh.

    At least Silv had a go. I’d like this hat a bit bigger, but let’s take what we can…

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