Danish Queen Opens Hospital Wing

Queen Margrethe officially opened the new North Wing at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen yesterday. For this event, she wore a new ensemble and hat in denim blue. Covered in the same finely woven wool as her jacket, the hat features a low-profile rounded crown and moderate sidesweeping brim. The hatband and side bow are in the same checked tweed as this ensemble’s skirt.

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Niårige Alma, der for tiden er patient på Rigshospitalet, bød i dag Hendes Majestæt Dronningen velkommen til den officielle indvielse af første fase for Rigshospitalets nye bygning: Nordfløjen. Bygningen er en behandlingsbygning, som fremover skal benyttes til blandt andet behandling af patienter med brandsår, epilepsi samt kritiske hjerne- og nervesygdomme. Første spadestik til Nordfløjen blev taget i januar 2014, og i dag overværede Majestæten indvielsen af bygningens første fase. I forbindelse med indvielsen fik Dronningen forevist Nordfløjens fire kunstværker: Et roterende værk af Olafur Eliasson, et mosaikværk af Erik A. Frandsen, et 40 meter højt vægmaleri af Malene Landgreen og et 110 meter langt kunstværk på bygningens facade af Eva Schlegel. Dernæst besøgte Hendes Majestæt også en af de sengestuer, som fremover vil huse patienter i den nye fløj.

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It’s a great shape, proportion and colour on Margrethe, and I particularly like how the hat is designed to be worn at a jaunty angle. It is beautifully executed (no stitch or pucker to be found) and while I usually prefer hats in different materials to the clothing they are paired with, this look feels more coordinated and less overly matched, I think, thanks to the two fairly muted fabrics.  Jump over to this gallery for some better photos and views of this design.

Designer: Mathilde Thoe Førster
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Mathilde Thoe Førster started making hats for Queen Margrethe last year and has produced some beautiful pieces. Most milliners don’t provide behind-the-scenes peeks at royal hats, and I greatly appreciate that she does! What do you think of this addition to Queen Margrethe’s millinery wardrobe?

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Danish Queen Marks Centennial Year of Reunification

This year marks 100 years since the southern part of Denmark, Sønderjylland, which was a German territory from 1864 to 1920, returned to Denmark. While official reunification celebrations for this anniversary will occur in early July, a memorial service to mark this centennial year took place yesterday at at Copenhagen Cathedral. Queen Margrethe repeated her ivory felt domed percher hat with upturned cuff brim, trimmed with felt and fur looped bows.

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We’ve not seen this hat in several years and it’s such a good one on the Danish queen. It’s ‘snow queen’ in the best possible way, the hat and matching coat pairing to create a quintessential Scandinavian winter royal look that’s wonderfully regal and luxe. The use of fur on hats is, admittedly, very controversial, and while I’m usually not a fan, I think this hat would suffer without it.

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Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: March 13, 2016; January 17, 2016; April 8, 2015November 17, 2014March 17, 2014;  April 4, 2013; February 3, 2013January 14, 2012

What do you think of Queen Margrethe’s wintry look yesterday?

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Danish Crown Princess Opens Hospital

Crown Princess Mary was in Viborg yesterday to tour and officially open a new emergency centre at within the Regional Hospital there. For this event, she wore a deep plum textured bandeau headpiece.

The colour is beautiful on Princess Mary and the piece is elevated from being a basic headband thanks to its molded shape and textured fabric overlay. The Scandinavian princesses aren’t frequent hat wearers, generally, but the current popularity of bandeau headpieces have seen several, such as this, atop royal heads. And more millinery is always a good thing!

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Regionshospitalet Viborgs nye akutafdeling med skadestue, lægevagt og traumestuer, sengeafsnit, operationsstuer og skopirum blev i dag indviet af H.K.H. Kronprinsessen. Hendes Kongelige Højhed forestod den officielle indvielse af akutcenteret ved symbolsk at klippe et rødt bånd, der var opsat i den nye forhal. Efterfølgende fik Kronprinsessen en rundvisning i de nye rammer. Her overværende Kronprinsessen blandt andet en øvelse, hvor en figurant spillede en patient, der havde været ude for en ulykke. Patienten ankom til behandling i akutcentret, hvor et traumeteam tog imod og begyndte behandlingen, mens Kronprinsessen så på. Det nye akutcenter på Regionshospitalet Viborg er største delprojekt i det omfattende kvalitetsfondsbyggeri til i alt 1,16 milliarder kroner. Akutcenteret rummer blandt andet ny akutafdeling. Her vil alle akutte patienter fremover få en behandlingsplan inden for fire timer; uanset om de kommer selv, med ambulance eller på sigt lander på hospitalets tag i lægehelikopter.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the Metallic Sequin Headband from AW 2019
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

What do you think of Crown Princess Mary’s new bandeau? Look through a gallery of additional photos of this event here.

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Imperial Enthronement: Foreign Royal Guests

Tuesday’s enthronement ceremony was attended by a number of royal events adorned in either national costume or traditional century court dress, giving the wonderfully formal gown-and-hat combination we don’t often see.

Queen Máxima donned a familiar slate blue gown in transparent silk brocade printed with large roses  but paired it with a different hat than we’ve seen with it before- her grey silk floral and dotted net tulle statement headpiece. The scale and bold design of the headpiece pairs wonderfully with the gown, elevating the sense of drama and gravitas of the overall ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Gown by Natan.
Previously Worn: Nov 4, 2014November 19, 2005

Queen Mathilde was wonderfully elegant in a an exquisite gown, cape and pillbox trio in pale pink silk crepe. The clean, sleek lines of each piece make them balance perfectly together and create a serene and quietly regal look. It’s a fashion philosophy we often see used with the Imperial royal ladies- perhaps the inspiration or influence for this ensemble?

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Designer: unknown. Gown by Armani Prive. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new. It is not the same as the felt calot worn February 6, 2014 as some blogs are reporting. 

Queen Letizia paired her bright, floral gown with a divided bandeau headpiece in pale, dusky pink silk. The scale is great on her and the solid colour is a great choice against her patterned dress, although I thought the bandeau’s construction, with many visible stitches, wasn’t quite up to snuff.

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Designer: Nana Golmar. It is a bespoke silk version of the velvet “Iria Headband“. Gown by Matilde Cano.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Crown Princess Mary’s muted lilac-grey caped dress was brightened with mulberry purple straw hat. The modified saucer  is worn at a steep incline and trimmed with two huge silk flowers on the underside of the raised brim, the one at the front in mixed shades of purple. Supremely elegant on its own, I think this gown is again, elevated with the statement hat – not to mention those rubies!

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Gown by Valentino
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria wore a straw saucer hat in the same deep inky purple shade as her gown. The piece, also designed to sit at a sharply tilted angle on the head, is lavishly trimmed with silk roses and straw twists beneath the raised brim, a touch that gives such textural contrast to the opposite, very smooth upper side of the saucer.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Gown by Escada.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Seated next to Crown Princess Victoria was a face new to Royal Hats, Swazi King Mswati III’s newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama. She topped her white suit with a vibrant blue straw hat with disc base trimmed with rolled straw rosettes and large bow loops, blue tulle, purple cut feathers and pearls, scattered over the base.

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I know some readers have been waiting days to discuss the hats in this post (my apologies for the delay) so I turn it over to you- what millinery looks here were your favourites?

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Danish Opening Of Parliament 2019

Members of the Danish royal family attended their country’s annual opening of Parliament yesterday in Copenhagen. Queen Margrethe wore an unexpectedly quick repeat of the purple felt hat we saw her wear over the weekend. There’s not much to add to my last comments- great colour, interesting brim shape and lovely proportions. The bow is not my favourite trim option for this hat but it works.

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Designer: Likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 28, 2019; Jan 20, 2013; Apr 1, 2013; Oct 20, 2012; Oct 2, 2012; Jan 15, 2012

Crown Princess Mary repeated the pink brimless hat we first saw her wear in Latvia late last year.

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Photos from this outing show the hat is not a pillbox as it first appears (and continues to appear, from front and side views!) but follows a calot shape with indented center that forms a thick, raised cuff around the design. While I don’t adore the shape, it certainly gives the hat more presence and statement than a traditional pillbox shape would have, and for that reason, I like it more than I did on its first outing. Pink can be tricky in royal wardrobes (easily too bright or too twee) but this dusky hue works really well on Mary and the overall look is polished and sleek.

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Designer: Susanne Yuul. Coat by Claes Iversen.
Previously Worn: Dec 6, 2018 

Princess Benedikte topped her hunter green wool with coordinating felt hat with high bumper sides and domed crown trimmed with two navy straw leaves that artfully wave from one side across the back of the design.

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I can’t remember seeing Benedikte in a hat this colour and the departure is a good one, particularly with the addition of her patterned silk dress to give the ensemble some lift.

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What do you think of this trio of hats yesterday in Copenhagen?

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Catching Up With The Danish Royals

Queen Margrethe took in the races on Saturday at Klampenborg Racecourse. For this outing, which saw her present The Queen’s Honorary Award, she repeated a hat we’ve not seen in several years. In royal purple felt, the design features a diagonally placed brim and bow trim on one side. A piece first worn for her Ruby Jubilee in 2012, it’s nice to see this vibrant hat trotted out again.

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🏆🐎 Dansk Galops 160-års jubilæum blev her til eftermiddag fejret på Klampenborg Galopbane, hvor H.M. Dronningen var til stede for at overvære Hendes Majestæt Dronningens Ærespræmieløb. Dronningen ankom til galopbanen i en landauer fra 1885 trukket af fire Kladruberheste fra Den Kongelige Stald-Etat, der var ledsaget af Gardehusarregimentets Hesteskadron. Hendes Majestæt overværede løbet fra Kongelogen og overrakte efterfølgende ærespræmien til ejeren, opdrætteren og træneren af den vindende hest Paris Pearl. Ærespræmieløbet daterer sig tilbage til 1859, hvor den daværende Kronprins Christian (9.) var med til at stifte Foreningen til Ædle Hesteavl. I dag er foreningen kendt som Dansk Galop. Lige siden begyndelsen har den siddende danske monark været protektor for foreningen. Således har Hendes Majestæt været protektor for foreningen siden sin tronbestigelse i 1972. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Kongehuset©️

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Designer: Likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Jan 15, 2012; Oct 2, 2012; Oct 20, 2012; Jan 20, 2013; Apr 1, 2013;

Also on Saturday, Crown Princess Mary officially opened a namesake bridge connecting West and North Zealand across Roskilde Fjord. For the event, she wore a new saucer hat in navy fur felt with sharply angled brim (upturned on one side, downturned on the other) trimmed with a felt bow and large silk flower.

The shape is a departure for Mary and while I don’t like the sharp angles of this design on her as much as some of her other, more classic, softer shapes, it’s great to see some variation in her millinery wardrobe. It also stood up admirably to some intense wind! As usual, the ensemble was beautifully styled, with a pop colour from her red dress.

Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Jujube” design from AW 2017
Previously Worn: This hat is new

On Sunday, the new M3 Cityringen metro line in Copenhagen was officially opened by its first, very royal passenger. For this inaugural ride, Queen Margrethe repeated her charcoal grey felt trilby with pompom flower trim. It’s a very chic hat (this is one of a very few royal pompoms that works!) that Margrethe wears very well.


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Danish Queen Concludes Sailing Season

Queen Margrethe arrived back from Germany yesterday at Copenhagen’s waterfront ‘Nordre Toldbod’ aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog. Before disembarking, she thanked each person on the 57-member crew for this sailing season- the 90th year the 78-meter long ship has been in the water. For this year’s sailing farewell, Queen Margrethe repeated a brightly patterned red hat.

The design features a flat crown and generous brim with gentle curve that frames Margrethe’s face really well and gives a jauntily lighthearted feel to the design. Shape, however, is not what is immediately noticed about this hat- it’s all about the red and white print! We see so few printed royal hats I find myself embracing this one. Yes, its repeat on Margrethe’s high-necked blouse is a bit much but her navy suit firmly grounds the ensemble and makes it work. The minute she takes that jacket off, however, it will be print overkill.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: 1994

I adore that after 7 years of looking closely at royal hats here, there are still unexpected surprises, such as this design, that come our way! What do you think of Queen Margrethe’s new red and white hat?

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