Danish Opening of Parliament 2018

The Danish Royal Family gathered together today in Copenhagen for the official opening of Parliament. This annual event is often occasion to debut new hats and today, there were three new beauties! Queen Margrethe led her family in a smart new ensemble in cornflower blue. Covered in the same silk crepe as her dress and tailored jacke, the matching brimless hat is simply trimmed with a stitched twist bow on the side. While I think I’d prefer the hat more if it was more of a calot on the back of Margrethe’s head instead of this helmet-like style, its a go-to shape for her and the colour is wonderful. We’ll undoubtedly see the ensemble many times again but I think it’s a good addition to her wardrobe.


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Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Crown Princess Mary also wore a new hat, a black felt bumper design with piped crown and small feather spray on the side. I adore the scale and placement, which makes the hat look like a rounded pillbox from some angles. We’ve not seen Princess Mary in many bumper hats (I think this is the first) and this one is also a great addition to her millinery closet.

Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Marie wore the only repeated hat of the day, her navy calot with large side bow. This remains a great hat for petite Marie, whose hair styled to one side was a great counterpoint to the hats large bow.

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Designer: Whitely
Previously Worn: Oct 8, 2016; May 29, 2016; April 13, 2016; June 5, 2015; April 8, 2015

Princess Benedikte also wore a new hat, a wide brimmed chocolate felt design with simply shaped, rounded crown, trimmed with a felt hatband and autumnal-hued spray of feathers on the side. The combination of hat, chocolate wrap and orange dress is a good one and the ensemble has that effortless elegance we often associate with Princess Benedikte.

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Designer: unknown- maybe Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Thoughts about this quartet of royal hats today in Copenhagen?

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Danish Queen Closes Summer Sailing Season

The royal yacht Dannebrog delivered ‚ÄčQueen Margrethe back to Copenhagen on Wednesday, thus officially completing this year’s summer sailing season. For this farewell, the Danish queen repeated a hat we’ve not seen yet this year- her red straw wide brimmed design with diagonal open weave crown overlay and brim edge, slim silk hatband and front bow.¬† These photos don’t show the hat in great detail (jump over to this post for a close look at it) but it’s been a workhorse for Margrethe and the mix of textures is an interesting one. For this sailing event, it tops a nicely tailored, nautical look. And I’ll admit- it’s much easier to admire this hat after an extended period of not seeing it!

Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 2, 2017; Sep 2, 2015; Jun 19, 2014;  May 24, 2014; Aug 31, 2013; Jul 1, 2013;  May 29, 2013, May 14, 2013; Sep 11, 2009; Jun 2, 2009; Jun 30, 2008; Feb 20, 2008; Sep  12, 2007; Jun 7, 2007;  May 10, 2007
After a dinner the Queen hosted for for officers of Dannebrog, the vessel is now en route back to her base in Frederikshavn where she will be cleaned, repaired, repainted and refitted over the winter. In early spring, she will set sail again.

Danish Summer Cruise 2018: Part 2

Queen Margrethe concluded this year’s summer cruise aboard the Danish royal yacht Dannebrog with a two day visit to the municipality of Svendborg. Her arrival yesterday brought a surprise- the white hat we saw her wear July 19 is indeed, a new hat! In white straw, the design follows the tall crown shape of a fedora (without front pinches) with a wide brim that curves downward in the front and back.

The hat is simply trimmed with a wide white hatband and folded side bow. The profile is larger than many of Queen Margrethe’s hats and while the colour isn’t exactly exciting, it pairs well with the nautical red and navy clothing she favours for these summer cruises.

Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: July 19, 2018

For today’s final day of visits and engagements, Queen Margrethe repeated her navy felt hat¬†with rounded crown, gently raised kettle brim and wide silk hatband with tied bow at the side.
The hat’s simple design paired well with Margrethe’s brightly patterned raincoat and neutral suit (how fantastic is her mixing of patterns in this ensemble? I love it!)

Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 9, 2017; May 3, 2017

And so draws another season of Danish summer cruises to a close. Any thoughts about the hats we saw this week?
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Danish Royals Celebrate Flag Day

With Queen Margrethe away for her summer cruise and crown Prince Frederik recovering from back surgery, attendance at this year’s¬†annual Flag Day commemoration fell to remaining family members. Crown Princess Mary attended events in Copenhagen, laying a wreath at The Citadel, attending a commemoration service at Holmens Church and watching a parade¬†at Thorvaldsens Plads at Christiansborg Castle. For these events, she repeated her black hat with felt crown and straw brim, simply trimmed with two feathers. It’s a restrained and elegant piece that paired beautifully with her floral dress.

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Det officielle Danmark med H.K.H. Kronprinsessen i spidsen markerer i dag flagdagen for Danmarks udsendte. Markeringen startede med en kransel√¶ggelse ved monumentet p√• Kastellet og efterf√łlgende en mindegudstjeneste for Danmarks faldne i Holmens Kirke. Senere p√• eftermiddagen vil Hendes Kongelige H√łjhed deltage i en parade for √•rets udsendte p√• Thorvaldsens Plads ved Christiansborg Slot. Flagdagen bliver derudover h√łjtideligholdt ved en r√¶kke lokale arrangementer over hele landet. I Fredericia deltog D.K.H. Prins Joachim og Prinsesse Marie i markeringen af flagdagen. F√łrst med et bes√łg p√• Ryes Kaserne og derefter en gudstjeneste i garnisonskirken Sct. Michaelis. Til slut deltog Prinsen og Prinsessen i en parade p√• B√ľlows Plads i Fredericia. ūüďł Liselotte Sabroe, Ritzau Scanpix og Leon Lindholm ¬©ÔłŹ

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Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: Mar 21, 2017; Apr 25, 2015;  Oct 1, 2013; Sep 18, 2013; Oct 2, 2012; Apr 21, 2012; Jul 27, 2011; Apr 9, 2010; Oct 5, 2010; Sep 23, 2006; Sep 6, 2009; Sep 28, 2006; Sep 23, 2006

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in¬†Fredericia where they attended a worship service in the garrison church Sct. Michaelis, laid a wreath and watched a parade at B√ľlows Square.¬†Princess Marie repeated her black headpiece¬†of ruffled black silk organdie. I’ve always liked the delicate way this design frames Marie‚Äôs face and the scale, which is as large as an average percher hat, is¬†a very flattering one for her. Black hats can look very flat and one dimensional but this piece has a lovely sense of¬†layered¬†texture and movement while remaining¬†perfectly appropriate for a memorial occasion.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 21, 2017; May 18, 2016; Sep 5, 2015; Apr 16, 2015;  Oct 1, 2013; Sep 5, 2013 
We’ve seen both these hats numerous times before but as they are both so good, I don’t mind taking another look. What do you think of this pair of hats yesterday in Denmark?

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Danish Summer Cruise 2018: Part 1

Queen Margrethe embarked on the first leg of her annual summer cruise this week, spending Monday and Tuesday in the municipality of Silkeborg. For her arrival Monday at City Hall and a day of events that included visits to the museum Jorn and Neder Kjærsholm manor house, the Danish queen repeated her hat with ecru straw crown and brim sandwiched between a pair of curved grey straw brims curved both upward and downward.

¬†The hat stands out for its unique shape, which is tempered by the neutral colour scheme. It’s interesting and always draws me in for a closer look- something I like a royal hat to do. Grey isn’t my favourite colour on Queen Margrethe but it worked, thanks to the pop of colour she added to the ensemble with her canary yellow blouse.


Yesterday, the tour of¬†Silkeborg continued with visit to an eco-minded demolition company and art therapy program. For these visits, she repeated her natural straw hat with domed crown and short brim with upturn around one half (this time, the half around the front), trimmed with a hatband in the same plaid as her skirt. Not overly exciting, it gets a nod for it’s nautical-ness.

Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn (with plaid band): Aug 31, 2017; Aug 24, 2015; Sep 9, 2014; Jul 3, 2014; Jun 20, 2014; Sep 3, 2013; Aug 29, 2013;  Jun 4, 2013; Jun 9, 2011
Previously Worn (with green band): Aug 23, 2015; Sep 10, 2014; Sep 1, 2014; Apr 28, 2013; Aug 30, 2013; Sep 5, 2012
Thoughts about these hats? We’ll catch up with the second leg of the cruise tomorrow.¬†
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Danish Queen Celebrates Banking Milestone

Last Wednesday, July 4, Queen Margrethe took part in events celebrating the¬†200th anniversary of¬†¬†Danmarks Nationalbank, Denmark’s central bank. For the occasion, she repeated her pale blue straw hat with round crown and openly woven sideswept brim, trimmed with a posy of pink and white silk cockscomb flowers¬†and green feather leaves.¬†

It’s such a light, pretty, summery hat that pairs beautifully with this silk floral dress. The cut of the dress is fantastic on Queen Margrethe – something that always makes a hat look better – and the ensemble’s balance of neckline and brim, texture and pattern, solid and print are all just right.

July 4, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: October 22, 2015; June 25, 2013
I think this is a fantastic summer look for the Danish queen- what do you think?
Photos from Hanne Juul and Hasse Ferrold via the Danish Monarchy

Danish Royal Family Remembers Princess Elisabeth

On Monday, members of the Danish royal family gathered at¬†Lyngby Church for the funeral of Princess Elisabeth who passed away on June 19. Queen Margrethe was joined by her two sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie, all in black hats to remember their cousin’s life.

Also in attendance was Elisabeth’s brother, Count¬†Ingolf of Rosenborg, his wife Countess Sussie (below right) and their three nieces, Countesses Feodora, Camilla and Josephineof Rosenborg, daughters of Ingolf’s late brother Count Christian of Rosenborg, all in black hats.¬†
June 25, 2018 | Royal Hats 
Photos from The Danish Monarchy and Keld Navntoft/Ritzau Scanpix