Funeral of King Michael of Romania

Representatives from several royal houses gathered in Bucharest on Saturday for the funeral of Romania’s last king.

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King Michael’s daughters, led by Crown Princess Margareta who is now styled as ‘Custodian of the Crown of Romania’, all wore conservatively styled black hats or veils. Princess Margareta’s bumper hat features a large, double bow at the back while Princess Elena’s hat has a cuffed brim in the same fur as her coat.  Royal Musings reported yesterday that Nicholas Medforth-Mills and his fiance Alina-Maria Binder were quietly married in a civil service (their religious wedding remains set for next summer) recently, presumably so that the couple could attend the funeral together.

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Romanian royal family, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Alina Binder, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Romanian royal family, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia wore a black felt pillbox, wrapped in a silk pseudo bumper brim and trimmed with a flat bow at the back.

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Queen Sofia of Spain wore a loosely woven net veil anchored to her hair with a small back bow.

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Queen Anne-Marie wore a black felt bumper hat wrapped in a wide swath of dotted net veil. The hat features a double upturned brim, the inner of which is made of silk which lends lovely sheen and contrast to the monochrome piece. It is finished with a ruffled flourish at the back.

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Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia wore a black velvet pleated headpiece in her go-to traditional Kokoshnik shape to which was attached a black veil.

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Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a simple black hat with rounded crown and relaxed mushroom brim.

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Princess Astrid of Belgium wore a black faux fur pillbox trimmed with a silk rosette and leaves.

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Princess Muna of Jordan wore a white lace veil. Behind her, Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein wore a large black straw hat with wide, exaggerated mushroom brim. The crown appears to be wrapped in a wide straw hatband (almost in the style of a bumper brim) overlaid in a dotted sheer organza or crin.

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Photos from Getty as indicated;  Simion Mechno, Simion Mechno, and Simion Mechno via Agerpres Foto; NurPhoto via Getty; REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

9 thoughts on “Funeral of King Michael of Romania

  1. The only hat I would like to get my hands on and rearrange is that of Princess Astrid. Shape fine, decoration not. I don’t understand the sticky-out flower at all. All the others are very acceptable and appropriate for the occasion and flattering to their wearers … with the exception being Sofia. Much better to have worn a hat on what was clearly a cold day than mess about with this bit of flummery.

  2. Margareta looked good in her pillbox and I really like the collar and cut of her coat. I liked Elena’s wide brimmed hat as well, but I wish there was a little more trim to help soften the severity of the shape. The rest of the family also looked very appropriate, although none of the hats really stood out.

    No surprise from Silvia, although her hair looked to be style a little differently than usual.

    I was surprised to see Sofia was even wearing anything; in the first photos I saw from this event, she was far away the veiling blended in with her hair. I also believe her sister Irene is wearing something very similar (if I’m correct that it’s Irene sitting behind Archduke Lorenz and in front of her nephew Prince Nikolaos).

    Anne-Marie’s pillbox isn’t a new shape for her or this event, but the details are what make it stand out, and in a good way.

    Always interesting to see which royal events Maria Vladimirovna shows up at; she definitely has a particular hat style and wears it well, and the veil on the back is a nice addition.

    Katherine of Serbia’s hat is nice and easy, but the angle at which she wears it shows good attention to detail and how this can work in your favor to bring elevate your hat when wearing a simple one.

    I like the addition of the rosette detailing to Astrid’s hat, but I don’t care for it’s placement at the very front; put it off to the side a bit, and it would be much improved.

    Muna’s veil is quite nice, and Isabelle’s portrait hat is my favorite of the day; of course I’m biased towards the larger brim, but the large bow on the back is what really makes this hat.

    I also have to add: Charles’ morning suit shows true attention to menswear details; the piping on the edge of his lapels and the pocket square show real class.

  3. My favorite hats from this sad occasion are from your fourth picture—the two with furry brims. They look like great winter hats for formal occasions. There are several good pillbox hats here, particularly those of Princess Margareta and of Queen Silvia. My favorite pillbox appearance though was on the Princess from Albania who wore her hair neatly pulled back, which to my eye showed off the pillbox to best advantage.

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