This Week’s Extras

On Thursday, Queen Beatrix opened the opening of the 79th session of the Institut de Droit international (IDI) in the Hague. She topped her black floral dress with a black straw hat with tall, pleated Breton style brim.
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Princess Ingrid’s confirmation took place yesterday in the Chapel of the Royal Palace in Oslo. For this milestone, she, Crown Princess Mette Marit, Queen Sonja and Princess Märtha Louise, all  wore traditional Norwegian bunads with the folk costume’s wreath-style rolled headpiece .

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Ingrid’s new bunad was a gift from her grandparents, King Harald and Queen Sonja. In a wonderfully personal touch, Queen Sonja, who was a trained dressmaker before beginning her royal life, helped create the traditional folk dress.
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Ingrid’s godmother, Crown Princess Victoria, attended the event in a lilac silk chiffon dress with matching headpiece. of  lilac silk ribbon pleated flowers with hand beaded centers from Parant Parant Couture Headpieces by Örjan Jackobsson. Crown Princess Mary, who attended with Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian, wore a new folded headpiece in plum straw that wrapped around her head with a side rosette.
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Today, Princess Kako attended a memorial service for victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake at the Metropolitan Memorial Hall in Tokyo. She wore a sedate black silk covered hat with wide hatband and short kettle brim.

Also today, Queen Elizabeth was joined by Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence for Sunday service at Crathie Kirk in Scotland. The Queen repeated a raspberry Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with sidesweeping short brim and felt feather trim. Princess Anne wore a new brown felt trilby with extended brim and what looks like a spray of feathers on the side by Amy Morris-Adams, different from  the very similar brown trilby with side bow she wore for the first time LAST Sunday.

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Sleek olive green felt cloche with metallic gold hatband from Melbourne brand Contempromental Millinery
White straw boater hat with lace overlaid brim by German brand MATAdesign
Pale blue straw capulet with lime hatband and navy honeycomb veil from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Exquisitely dramatic black lace headpiece by UK-based Italian milliner Guilia Mio
Pink buntal button with delightful ruffled swoosh from Australian milliner Rachel Henry
Rust felt pillbox with black pleated ombre trim by British milliner Jane Taylor
White percher with swirling black feathers from British milliner George Durdy
Copper straw hat with relaxed crown, wide brim and feathers by German milliner Nicky Marquardt
Purple silk abaca turban with magenta leather orchids by Australian brand Murley and Co.
Emerald silk covered button percher with crin ovelay and gold feather by Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
Cream and poppy red straw hat with marvelous side sweeping brim by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Fantastic black straw hat with rainbow tipped ostrich feathers by Anthony Peto Chapelier

And from Australian hat shop The Essential Hat and milliner Catherine Ellen, this sunny yellow straw picture hat with cut-out brim.

The Danish monarchy released a trio of portraits to mark Prince Nikolai’s 20th birthday
Lovely portrait of the Norwegian king, queen and crown princely family taken before the formal dinner following Princess Ingrid’s confirmation
Pierre Casiraghi was part of the sailing team for Greta Thunberg’s landmark voyage and navigated some rather rough seas.
Empress Masako and the Imperial princesses donned traditional kimonos on Friday for a palace tea party hosted for African leaders.

We end this week with an August 27 performance”The Swan” by Saint-Saëns by Empress Emerita Michiko and flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz (jump to 0:30 to start)

Photos from social media as indicated

18 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. The photos from Princess Ingrid’s confirmation were wonderful. I adore the traditional outfits, and, in particular her bunad.

    I’m impressed by Pierre Casiraghi donating his boat and sailing with Greta Thunberg. I can’t imagine how arduous that journey was. She sure is a wonderful force for change.

    What a lovely performance by Empress Emerita Michiko! It’s wonderful to see her talents on display.

    – The green felt cloche by Contempromental Millinery is quite lovely. It would look lovely on Princess Marie.
    – I really like the ruffled swoosh on the pink button by Rachel Henry. It has such beautiful flow. Lady Louise would look lovely in this.
    – Jane Taylor’s rust felt pillbox is luxurious. I adore the unusual color. I think the Countess of Wessex could wear this color well.
    – What a stylish copper straw hat with relaxed crown by German milliner Nicky Marquardt. The color and crown shape remind me of the 1930’s style. I think CP Mary or Queen Mathilde would wear this so well.
    – Beautiful, vibrant colors on the silk abaca turban by Australian brand Murley and Co. I love orchids and these are exceptional. Queen Maxima would look beautiful in this.
    – What an exquisite poppy red straw hat with side sweeping brim by Myra van de Korput. I’m fascinated by the brim. It’s quite beautiful. This would look so lovely on Queen Mathilde, or CP Mary or the Countess of Wessex
    – The black straw hat with rainbow tipped ostrich feathers by Anthony Peto Chapelier is a riot. Princess Haya could pull this stylish hat off.
    – I love the yellow straw picture hat by The Essential Hat. Queen Maxima would look wonderful in this.

  2. Infanta Elena on August 27
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  3. Great photos of the Norwegians. I especially like the image of Princess Ingrid showing off her bunad with a twirl. How extra-special to have her grandmother help with its creation.

    Any event with kimonos is a treat, and the African ladies brought some beautiful textiles, too.

    Last week, I noticed the drama in the new designs; this week, I’m especially appreciating the unusual colors — copper, soft emerald, purple with magenta, rainbow ostrich feathers, and especially the lime-accented blue from Wies.

    And how lovely to see the Empress Emeritus pursuing her music in retirement!

  4. I love the beautiful traditional Norwegian dresses, each one different and all so colourful. Interesting to learn more about these bunads.
    Charming video of Empress Emerita Michiko, comforting to think that life is somewhat more relaxed for the Imperial couple after their retirement.
    I love the sunny, yellow and technically complex spring hat from The Essential Hat/Catherine Ellen.
    And thank you for featuring my “Dimanche” hat!

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