Queen Margrethe Visits Schleswig-Holstein

Queen Margrethe has been in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany this week on a visit related to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the demarcation of the border which will be celebrated in 2020.

For the first day of this visit on Tuesday, she repeated her new-ish muted coral straw hat with navy hatband, tied in a side bow. The photos of this outing show the hat at best view we’ve seen so far. Most surprising is the colour, which is less of a terra-cotta shade as it first appeared and more of a muted coral with pink undertones. It’s a great colour to pair with navy and, I think, works better on Margrethe’s skin tone than some previous photos were it looked more orange.

Designer: Mathilde Thoe Førster
Previously Worn: Jul 26, 2019; Jun 27, 2019; Jun 25, 2019 

For the second day of her visit yesterday in Flensburg, Margrethe repeated her red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress. Fabric covered hats, such as this one (it looks to be a wool or silk crepe) sometimes look one note when paired with matching coats but the print on this ensemble lifts everything and makes it work.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: June 15, 2019; May 5, 2018July 1, 2017June 29, 2017June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016

Today in Dannewerk, Haithabu and Friedrichstadt, Queen Margrethe repeated her mint green bumper hat covered in the same wool silk crepe as its matching coat and dress. Trimmed with cuffed brim that splits into side curls and pair of feathers, the hat is as good on this, its 9th outing as it was on its first. Whoever cares for Queen Margrethe’s hats certainly does a fine job.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 31, 2019;  June 13, 2017;  Mar 28, 2017;  Oct 3, 2016;  Apr 30, 2016Sep 8, 2015; Jun 5, 2015May 23, 2015Apr 16, 2015

We’ve seen each of these hats before- do you notice anything new about them on these outings?

Photos from social media as indicated 

10 thoughts on “Queen Margrethe Visits Schleswig-Holstein

  1. I much prefer this coral hat with the jacket to give a nice contrast; with just the dress alone, this color washes out Margrethe a bit IMO. Definitely one of my favorite hats in her collection.

    Nothing new for me to say about the red hat.

    This mint green hat is probably my all-time favorite hat for Margrethe. As has been said, it (and others of her hats) have been kept in great shape, especially as they travel a lot (on her cruises, etc.). But with proper care and hatboxes, hats, especially felts, should last for years, if not decades!

  2. thanks for sharing Jimbo and Sandra! I like all Queen Margerethe’s hats, The soft mint and pink colors and the bright red, she can wear it all.

  3. Going off-piste can be dangerous when skiing, but when it happens with conversations on this blog, it is always a delight!
    Your story is very interesting Sandra and so is yours, Jimbo. If only people realized how mixed up our bloodlines all are, maybe they would be more tolerant to those who seem “different”.

    Queen Margarethe’s mint green bumper hat is my favourite of this trio for it’s shape and the red toque for it’s dynamic colour scheme.

  4. The coral is indeed a good color for Margrethe. I’m not tired of this charming hat yet, but four appearances in one summer does seem like a lot.

    The question of hat longevity just came up, and here we have two long-serving examples.

  5. How exciting to have a ‘personal’ connection to this commemoration. The male line of my husband’s family emigrated to NZ from Flensburg and when we were there 24 years ago my husband was able to expand upon his family tree in a research library. His great-grandfather Carl was born in Flensburg to a Danish mother and father born in Meklenburg-Schwaria (now Germany). Control of Flensburg alternated between Denmark and the forerunners of what became Germany until a referendum decided the issue – most of the population of the city were German speakers. The birth certificates of Carl’s children In NZ reflected the status of Flensburg, first father born in Denmark, then father born in Germany.

    Danewerk (Danevirk) is an ancient set of fortifications, last used for military purposes in 1864 during the Second War of Schleswig – and has a fun connection to NZ. In an area where a lot of Scandinavian migrants settled we have the tiny towns of Norsewood and Dannevirke (complete with giant Viking to welcome visitors).

    And yes, I like Margarethe’s hats! (Sorry for going off-piste for a bit.)

      • Not huge numbers compared to North America, but we had Swedes, Norwegians and Danes in the 19th century and in the 20th century a group of Finns came to establish pulp and paper mills (just as Italian tunnellers came for hydro projects).

        I’ve just been checking and Scandinavian settlers were ‘recruited’ with a cash offer and land from 1870 and almost all at that time went to the same area, roundabout where I grew up. The immigrants, by the way, arrived to dense forest and had to clear their land! Thank goodness the Scandinavians are hardy souls!!

        Last year I stood on the dock in Copenhagen where 19th century migrants from all over Scandinavia set sail for a new life, mostly North America. To put it in perspective in 1878 Scandinavians comprised just over 1% of NZ’s population – the highest proportion they were ever to reach. By the end of the United States’ first century of existence, Scandinavians were arriving by the tens of thousands.

        Here endth the history lesson! (Promise.)

    • Sandra, that is a fascinating story, thanks. NZ is absolutely beautiful! Not even beginning to try topping your story, I’ll just mention that my maternal grandfather (from Copenhagen, Denmark) emigrated to Chicago in the early 1920s, found a non-English speaking Polish girl and married her. She was as sweet as they could be, and together we played canasta for hours as a kid.
      BTW, thank you for teaching me a new word “off-piste.” Unfamiliar with it since I don’t snow ski, I usually reverse the two words when in conversation (but not here with this nice group!)

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