Monaco Royal Wedding: Scandinavian Royals

It’s not often that a monarch marries so it was no surprise that the religious ceremony of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock on July 2, 2011 included lots of royal guests.

We start our tour of royal hats worn to this wedding with the last bride to marry a reigning monarch- Queen Silvia, who wore a wide brimmed parasisal straw picture hat in lilac pink. The design featured a crossover shape on the front of the crown, a gently sideswept brim and was simply trimmed with a double looped straw bow on the side. With her silk jacquard cloqué dress in the same colour, the hat topped a very coordinated look.

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Crown Princess Victoria’s aqua calot hat was clearly designed to match her silk chiffon embellished dress with the same curved iridescent paillettes on the dress’ sleeves completely covering the hat. It’s a very textural look in a colour that’s great for Victoria but that was let down by her limply styled hair. Victoria was in her first trimester of pregnancy with Princess Estelle at the time of this wedding, making me wonder if she was feeling her best or if the heat of the day simply got the best of her. It’s a fussier look than we usually see on Victoria, which makes me like it for her, and I wish we could see it worn again with a more successful hairstyle.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Escada.

Princess Madeleine paired her almond silk dress with a large silk rose headpiece in a similar hue, with tall curving pheasant feather. As far as fascinators go, this one makes a statement… although the curve and height of that feather always felt a bit random to me.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Dolce & Gabbana

Princess Mette-Marit also chose a monochrome look in a pale, neutral pink with a crescent headpiece of layered hand cut lace that circled around the back of her head. The multiple layers of lace created a wonderfully dimensional piece that contrasted against the smooth lines and asymmetrical neckline of her dress and beautifully framed her face. I usually am a stickler for impeccable finishes on royal millinery but the the slightly raw lace on this design gave it an edgy, rough beauty.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Valentino.

Princess Mary wore one of my favourite looks at this wedding with a finely woven, wheat-hued straw saucer hat studded with tiny diamanté, trimmed with large ecru silk roses and flying coque feathers. While a neutral colour, the hat was anything but boring thanks to its dramatic shape and bold trim, elements that enabled it to stand up as the perfect counterpoint for Mary’s Mediterranean blue silk dress. With neutral shoes and a fun, patterned turquoise purse, this ensemble was perfectly styled and firmly got my vote for best dressed guest at this wedding. Nine years on, it’s still one of my favourites.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Prada. 

Princess Marie went with a more monochrome approach, topping her pale peach silk wrap dress with a brimmed hat in the same shade. The hat’s brim was gently turned up around the front the hat was completed a spray of straw leaves in darker and lighter shades sweeping over the side.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Rikke Gudnitz.

There’s no shortage of interesting milliner here- we’ve got colour, sparkle and drama! I’ve already tipped my hand as to my favourite, dearest readers but I’m curious- which looks here stand out most to you?

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Hats From the Past: Christening of Princess Isabella

Thirteen years ago today, Princess Isabella of Denmark was christened in an intimate service held in the chapel of Fredensborg Palace, the Danish royal family’s summer home.

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Crown Princess Mary topped a dusky pink Birgit Hallstein dress with the same cream silk flower bandeau headpiece by Malene Birger she had worn for Prince Christian’s baptism in 2006 (and she would later repeat for the christening of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine in 2011).

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Larger than a bandeau, the headpiece’s scale gives it enough presence to stand on its own without obscuring a view of the baby and the floral motif gives is a delicacy and charm that feels very right for the occasion. The colour is so wonderful against Princess Mary’s hair and easily pairs with different ensembles, although this dress fell flat for me. In this ensemble, I think the headpiece was one of the most successful elements.

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Queen Margrethe wore her recognizable pink and green ensemble with patterned floral silk dress and wide brimmed vibrant green straw picture hat, trimmed with pink straw loops. Ever the romantic, Prince Henrik tied in his ensemble with a pink shirt.

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Princess Benedikte topped her pink coat with the loveliest ecru straw brimmed hat (how elegant are the lines on the brim’s  cartwheel shape) trimmed with a pink spray of silk flowers on the side. Her daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore a bandeau headpiece of deep purple flowers.  Carina Axelsson topped her pink dress with a pale almond straw brimmed hat with gently sidesweeping brim, trimmed with an ecru wide hatband and side ruffled bow. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore a wheat coloured straw hat with upturned, rimmed kettle brim and a textural, woven hatband.

Princess Isabella’s godmothers included Queen Mathilde and Prince Frederik’s first cousin, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark. Mathilde topped her lace coat with a matching wide padded bandeau headpiece, covered in the same lace and trimmed with a multi-looped black silk side bow. Princess Alexia wore a cream bandeau headpiece with spray of goose biot feathers on the side.

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Royal guests included Crown Princess Victoria who wore a bandeau headpiece with textured fabric base, trimmed with applique flowers and a pair of feather quills. Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore her gold Prada headband with blush silk bow on one side.

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Princess Mary’s stepmother, Susan Donaldson, wore a deep eggplant silk floral fascinator with dotted tulle bow.

Looking back, this event is a noticeably more informal and intimate affair than Prince Christian’s baptism was, just 18 months earlier.  The palate is so light and summery, although today’s current popularity of bandeau style headpieces makes me surprised to see so many here, 13 years ago! Perhaps these royal ladies were just ahead of fashion?!

What do you think of these royal hat looks? Which ones stand out most to you?

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Danish Queen Marks 75th Anniversary of Liberation

Queen Margrethe cast a compelling, solitary figure at the Ryvangen Memorial Park in Copenhagen today for a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of German occupation.

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Det er 75 år siden, at de tyske tropper overgav sig, og i den anledning har dronningen og statsministeren lagt en krans i Mindelunden i Hellerup 💐Der var planlagt en stor højtidelighed i Mindelunden, men den blev aflyst på grund af coronakrisen. Flere mennesker er dog mødt op i løbet af dagen for at lægge blomster ved de mange navne på døde danskere. ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Før området i Hellerup blev til Mindelunden var det et militært øvelsesterræn, som den tyske besættelsesmagt fra 1943 til 1945 brugte som henrettelses- og begravelsesplads for danske modstandsfolk. Siden blev området omdannet til mindested, og Mindelunden blev officielt indviet 5. maj 1950 af statsminister Hans Hedtoft. Officielt trådte den tyske kapitulation først officielt i kraft 5. maj 1945, men befrielsesbudskabet blev meldt ud i radioen via BBC 4. maj klokken 20.36.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Læs mere via link i bio. ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #tv2lorry #mindelunden #befrielsen #befrielse #dronningmargrethe #margrethe #dronningen #danmarksbefrielse #4maj #fjerdemaj #maj #minde #andenverdenskrig #verdenskrig #frihedskamp #frihedskæmpere #modstandsbevægelse #modstandsbevægelsen @detdanskekongehus @mette

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For today’s anniversary, the Danish Queen repeated her red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress. Commemorative events such as these can be tricky to dress for, especially in light of a global pandemic, and while some royals would have chosen sombre neutrals for this event, I love that Queen Margrethe chose something characteristically vibrant and cheery.


Designer: Likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 8, 2019; Sep 4, 2019; June 15, 2019May 5, 2018July 1, 2017June 29, 2017June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016

I understand that it is Danish tradition to light candles in the windows of one’s home to commemorate this anniversary and the Danish monarchy shared these poignant shots of candles lit in the windows of Fredensborg Castle, Amalienborg Castle and Chancery House, home of Crown Prince Frederick, Crown Princess Mary and their family. Such beacons of hope are so comforting these days. 


Hats at such events are not the focus but it is so lovely to finally see one, and a cheery red one at that!

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Hats From the Past: Christening of Danish Twins

Nine years ago this week, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary brought their young twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, to Holmens Church in Copenhagen to be baptised.

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Crown Princess Mary repeated the cream silk flower bandeau headpiece by Malene Birger she had worn for Prince Christian’s christening in 2006 and Princess Isabella’s in 2007.

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The delicate headpiece is a great option for an event like this, beautifully framing Princess Mary’s face while allowing for a full view of the baby. It’s a flattering and wearable piece that works so well against her dark hair and adds a lovely amount of softness to the overall ensemble, tying in so well with these exquisite antique christening gowns.  The styling here is also impeccable with great colour contrast between the headpiece and Mary’s saturated blue dress (it works so much better than the competing patterns it was paired with on its first outing) and a few statement jewelry pieces that add that bit of regal ‘wow’ to the elegantly streamlined ensemble.

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Princess Isabella looked charming in a pink hairbow to match her silk dress, tied to the braid on the side of her head.

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Queen Margrethe wore a brimless design covered in the same vibrant blue weave as her coat. The hat is trimmed with a wide stripe of plaited velvet ribbon and braid that wraps over the hat and a pair of feather spines circled with in curled goose biot feathers.

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Princess Marie topped her pale greige wool coat with a straw beret-based percher hat in the same colour from British brand Whiteley. The hat is trimmed with a triple looped straw curl.

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Princess Benedkite topped her mint coat with a warm toast brown hat of sewn braid with Breton style upturned brim. The hat is trimmed in a wide mint petersham ribbon hatband that ties in a bow at the back, topped with a slim coppery brown ribbon. Queen Anne-Marie wore a navy straw classically-shaped pillbox hat trimmed with a small navy velvet bow at the front.

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Princess Tatiana of Greece topped her navy ensemble with a blue feather headpiece, formed in the shape of a lotus flower. The hat is surrounded by burnt feathers and a striped quill with gentle curl in the center completes it. Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Princess Benedikte’s eldest son, who is one of Prince Vincent’s godparents) attended with his parnter, Carina Axelsson, who wore a pink floral headpiece tucked into her chignon.

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Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies attended the event (Prince Charles is one of Princess Josephine’s godparents). Camilla wore a characteristically flamboyant ensemble topped with a watermelon pink straw pyramid hat bound in a wide stripe of burgundy velvet and topped with a mass of deep pink feathers.

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Princess Mary’s stepmother Susan Donaldson wore a sculpted wire flower headpiece and her sister Patricia wore a calot headpiece of embellished grey feathers.

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How do these milliner designs hold up, nearly a decade later? What looks here stand out most to you?

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Queen Margrethe’s 80th Birthday

Queen Margrethe celebrates her 80th birthday today, unfortunately, with far less fanfare than was originally planned. The Danish court has released some wonderful photos this week to celebrate, including:

New portraits with Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Christian

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I dag offentliggøres de tre første billeder i en ny kunstportrætserie i anledning af Hendes Majestæt Dronningens forestående 80-års fødselsdag. Portrætterne er taget af fotograf Per Morten Abrahamsen, og serien indeholder både generationsportrætter af Dronningen sammen med Hans Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsen og Hans Kongelige Højhed Prins Christian samt individuelle portrætter af Dronningen. Per Morten Abrahamsen er især kendt for sit iscenesatte fotografi, som ofte bryder rammen for det traditionelle portræt. Portrætserien er udformet i et samspil mellem fotografens research og forslag samt Dronningens egne ønsker. Portrætterne er taget i efteråret og vinteren 2019 i Christian IX’s Palæ på Amalienborg samt på Fredensborg Slot. 📸 Per Morten Abrahamsen©️

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New photos of the birthday girl, taken at home

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I dag offentliggøres to nye portrætter af Hendes Majestæt Dronningen i anledning af den forestående 80-års fødselsdag. Portrætterne er taget af fotograf Per Morten Abrahamsen på Fredensborg Slot i september 2019. På det første billede ses Dronningen i sit arbejdsværelse på Fredensborg Slot. Rummet, som også var arbejdsværelse for Dronning Ingrid, stod oprindeligt i hvidt og guld, men i 1999 fik Dronningen stuen malet om efter de oprindelige røde farver. ”Hvis man giver et lille rum en kraftig farve, så er det pludselig ikke så lille. Det ophæver begrænsningen i rummet”, har Dronningen fortalt om restaureringen af arbejdsværelset. På det andet billede sidder Dronningen i Havesalen på Fredensborg Slot, som gennem slottets 300-årige historie har dannet ramme om en række portrætter af den kongelige familie. Et af de mest kendte er Lauritz Tuxens store maleri af Christian 9. med Dronning Louise samt deres børn, børnebørn og svigerbørn. 📸 Per Morten Abrahamsen ©️

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Gallery of photos taken throughout her life (with some fantastic hats!)

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Da borgerne i Danmark stod op tirsdag den 16. april 1940, var det til en blæsende forårsdag, hvor temperaturerne i aviserne blev spået til at svinge fra 2,1 til 7,8 grader. På forsiderne var nyhederne præget af den tyske besættelse, men dagen ændrede karakter, da en lille pige på 3.300 gram kom til verden klokken 10.10 i Frederik VIII’s Palæ på Amalienborg. Efter kun 23 minutter blev følgende telegram udsendt: ”Hendes Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsesse Ingrid nedkom Tirsdag Kl. 10.10 med en velskabt Datter. Moder og Barn befinder sig vel.” I morgen er det 80 år siden, at dette fandt sted, og på Kongehusets hjemmeside (www.kongehuset.dk) bringes der i den anledning 80 fakta og små historier fra Hendes Majestæt Dronningens liv.

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A look at some of the Queen’s passions (scroll to the second clip which shows describing, in English, the hat for one of her costume designs, which she models wonderfully!)

Gallery of past milestone birthday portraits

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Gennem tiden er Hendes Majestæt Dronningen blevet fotograferet adskillige gange. Både af pressefotografer, men også af befolkningen, når Majestæten deltager i officielle begivenheder. En række billeder er dog noget ganske særligt. Det er de officielle portrætfotografier, som oftest bliver taget i forbindelse med særlige mærkedage i Dronningens liv. Sammen med fotografen er Dronningen involveret i processen bag portrætbillederne, og i mange år var det afdøde Rigmor Mydtskov, der tog officielle billeder af Dronningen. I dette opslag ses en række af Mydtskovs portrætter af Majestæten: fra tronbestigelsen i 1972 til 60-års fødselsdagen i 2000. Se flere billeder på Kongehuset hjemmeside. I morgen og frem til på torsdag afsløres en række nye portrætfotografier af Majestæten. Portrætterne er taget af fotograf Per Morten Abrahamsen i forbindelse med Dronningens 80-års fødselsdag den 16. april. Billederne vil kunne ses på Kongehusets hjemmeside og sociale medier. 📸 Rigmor Mydtskov, Huset Mydtskov©️

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A look at the commemorative coin, minted to celebrate this occasion

To celebrate Queen Margrethe’s birthday today, let’s raise a glass and share our favourite of her hats (or tiaras, if you wish!). For me, it’s the coral straw double-brimmed picture hat with red dotted paler pink upper brim she wore to Royal Ascot in 2002- such great colour with a little bit of bonkers from the pink and orange curling trim. Which of her hats stand out most in your memory?

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