Christening of Princess Estelle, Nine Years On

On May 22, 2012, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel brought their daughter, Princess Estelle, to the Royal Chapel in Stockholm’s Royal Palace to be christened.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore cocktail hat with triangular base covered in the same nude pink fabric as her dress. Lace from her dress’ neckline was cut out into three dimensional applique trim along with rolled roses. A spray of the lace and floral trim was additionally tucked into Victoria’s chignon, just below the hat.

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It’s a beautifully trimmed hat, the scale perfect for an event where all eyes were on Estelle. The addition of that second spray of  lace applique roses is a unique one, adding greater presence to the piece and linking it in a lovely way to Victoria’s updo. We don’t often see accompaniment milliner pieces in such a way.

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Designer: Malinda Damgaard. Dress by Elie Saab. 
Previously Worn: This hat was new

Queen Silvia repeated a blush straw turban with twisted side rose. For this occasion, small pink silk flowers, feathers and a scattering of pearls were added to the design, giving it texture that beautifully complimented her blush lace peplum jacket.

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Designer: unknown. Jacket by Valentino. 
Previously Worn: April 30, 2004

Princess Madeleine wore a pale grey feather crescent shaped headpiece with lavender net birdcage veil. At the time, it seemed like such an elegant and classic choice for her.


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Designer: Malinda Damgaard. Dress and coat from Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti 
Previously Worn: This headpiece was new

Sofia Hellqvist, who was not yet a member of the Swedish royal family, wore an ecru multi-looped bow fascinator studded with trimmed feathers.

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Designer: unknown.  Dress by Tibi
Previously Worn: This headpiece was new

Prince Daniel’s mother, Ewa Westling, wore a fascinator of taupe twists and feathers. Danie’s sister Anna, who is one of Princess Estelle’s godparents, wore a simple brimmed hat in white straw trimmed with a flower and bow at the back.

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Estelle’s other godmother is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who repeated a golden wheat coloured straw saucer studded with tiny diamanté and trimmed with large ecru silk flowers and coque feathers on the underside of the raised brim. The neutral scheme of her ensemble kept Mary suitably in the background while the hat’s dramatic shape and bold trim gave it just the right amount of ‘statement’ in her significant role at this happy occasion.

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Designer: Jane Taylor.  Dress by Strenesse.
Previously Worn: July 2, 2011. It has since been repeated  on June 15, 2016 and June 15, 2019

There were numerous royal guests and members of the extended Swedish royal family at this christening- see their hats at this post.

Which designs from this group of immediate family and godparents stand out to you most these nine years on?

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5 thoughts on “Christening of Princess Estelle, Nine Years On

  1. I love the sequence of images where Estelle’s eyelids just get heavier and heavier. Bliss. I don’t dislike Victoria’s hat but it certainly looks better from some angles than others. Were feathers a trend then? I don’t like the feathers in Silvia’s hat and can do a pass on the rest.

  2. Victoria’s cocktail hat is indeed beautifully trimmed, but it’s just too small. I agree with Jake that one of Silvia’s pillboxes or calots would have suited her better. And Sofia’s shows how far she’s come since she’s joined the family. This isn’t bad, but just not as polished as she is now. How nicely the family coordinated to look unified!

  3. What stood out for me was Anna Westling’s lovely hat and ensemble, for the nice clear colours more than the design. I’m so happy those nude pinks and shades of blergh have gone out of style. I really liked Victoria’s hat and accessory, Silvia’s added embellishments and Mary’s floral hat. the rest are unmemorable.

  4. I love everything about Victoria’s hat and outfit except for the hat’s placement on her head, which feels very awkward to me. I like all the details on Silvia’s hat, but I don’t think this turban style framed her face and hair well compared to the pillboxes and calots she often wears. I like the purple netting on Madeleine’s headpiece, but it didn’t feel like it connected or contrasted well enough as a color unfortunately. I would like to see Sofia’s fascinator again, but her dress can stay in the past.

    Ewa Westling’s fascinator worked well enough, but wasn’t a standout. Her daughter Anna’s hat on the other hand is great to see; its simplicity is suits the occasion and the sky blue jacket and bracelet are the perfect offset to her otherwise white ensemble.

    We all know I’m not a huge fan of beige, but Mary pulled neutrals together in a way that isn’t boring, but also doesn’t distract from the main reason for this event. Definitely my favorite of this group.

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