Danish Golden Jubilee

50 years ago today, Queen Margrethe II ascended the Danish throne following the death of her father, King Frederik IX.  While the current state of the pandemic forced the postponement of larger scale events celebrating this Golden Jubilee, Queen Margrethe was joined by her family today first for a visit the tomb of her father at Roskilde Cathedral followed by scaled-down celebration at Danish Parliament.

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To visit Roskilde Cathedral, Queen Margrethe repeated her grey fur bumper hat and matching coat.

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Controversy about fur aside, this design is a practical choice for an outdoor winter event. I just wish she had closed her coat to show off the striking diagonal stripes and give a sleeker overall look.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Feb 8, 2019

For the visit to Danish Parliament which followed, the Danish queen switched hats, donning the brimmed blue hat with striped feather trim which we first saw her wear last November. It was an unsurprising change for the indoor event, pairing Margrethe’s lovely blue suit with its matching hat. It’s a beautifully designed and finished piece, the feathers giving some welcome colour and textural contrast to the all-blue ensemble.

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Designer: Mathilde Førster (who deservingly received a Golden Jubilee “Medal of Remembrance” today!)
Previously Worn: Nov 10, 2021

Crown Princess Mary Mary repeated her ecru felt pillbox hat exquisitely trimmed in lace applique on one side.

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The pillbox adds subtle contrast to an overall look that is elegantly restrained- some might frown at the neutral ensemble but it feels so well suited for an event where another family member is clearly the star.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Mar 28, 2017

Princess Marie wore a new black straw beret percher trimmed with round disc flowers. Here’s an occasion where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, the hat pairing beautifully with Marie’s black and white floral dress, black accessories and mint coat.

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Designer: Mademoiselle Chapeaux Paris. It is the “Fleur” design. 
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Benedikte topped her magenta suit and purple cape in a new hat combining these two hues. The design features a magenta domed crown, purple bumper brim and a trio of twists in different saturated shades of pink on the side. Benedikte wears these berry shades so well and this piece is a fun addition to her wardrobe.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new

It’s lovely to see this milestone publicly marked today, especially with the debut of several new hats! What do you think about the hats in Copenhagen for Queen Margrethe’s Golden Jubilee today?

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Danish State Visit To Germany Days 2 & 3

On the second day of the Danish state visit to Germany, Queen Margrethe had a busy schedule of events in Berlin including he signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between the Documentation Center Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation and the Vardemuseerne and visits to Literaturhaus and Pierre Boulez Saal.

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For these events, the Danish queen repeated her sharp fabric covered boater hat with red brim and aubergine crown with slim hatband and small back bow with trailing tails.

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The wonderfully contrasting scheme of this design is matched by its proportion- note how the slim hatband links balances with the narrow brim width and slim binding.  We see Queen Margrethe in many hats designed to go with a certain ensemble and the streamlined silhouettes of dress, jacket and hat pair so well together.

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Designer: Mathilde Førster

Previously Worn:  Oct 5, 2021; Apr 23, 2021; Nov 27, 2020

Today, for a program of events in Munich, Queen Margrethe denim bluehat with upturned brim around one side trimmed with a bias checked tweed hatband and side bow.

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The brim curve on this design is so beautifully done, giving the hat presence and movement way beyond its small scale. It’s so very smart.

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Designer: Mathilde Førster

Previously Worn: Apr 21, 2021; Oct 6, 2020Feb 8, 2020Jan 14, 2020

What do you think of the Danish queen’s hats the past two days in Germany?

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Danish Royals Start State Visit To Germany

Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik arrived in Germany today to begin a three-day state visit to Berlin and Munich.

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Queen Margrethe wore a new hat for the event, a brimmed design covered in the same denim blue fabric as her suit. A quartet of striped feathers bound in blue silk ribbon trim one side.

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The colour and scale of this hat are lovely, as is its impeccable finishing- there is not a single visible stitch or pucker in the bias binding on the brim. I wish for more textural contrast in the overall ensemble (the look is improved by the addition of Queen Margrethe’s ivory coat) and would prefer the feathers were larger to give that hat a bit more visual punch. It’s a little sedate for me, as is.

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Designer: Mathilde Førster

Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of the Danish queen’s new hat today in Berlin?

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Princess Marie’s Folketinget Hats

The new session of the Folketing (Danish Parliament) commences the first Tuesday of October each year with Queen Margrethe and members of the Danish royal family attending the first sitting of the house. Here are all of the past hats Princess Marie has worn to this event:


Taupe straw Susanne Juul stovepipe in 2008; Green felt pillbox with black feathers in 2009; Black straw beret n 2010


Beige trilby with black leather trim in 2011; Greige pillbox in 2012 and a black organza headpiece in 2013


Navy straw fedora in 2014; Plum felt brimmed hat in 2015


Pink sinamay flower headpiece in 2016; Repeat of the navy straw fedora 2017; Navy felt Whitely calot in 2018

It’s an autumnal hued group, save for that pink flower fascinator in 2016.  The standouts for me are the deep green 1940s pillbox in 2009 and the plum felt brimmed hat in 2015.

What do you notice about Princess Marie’s millinery style evolution through the years at this event?

Photos from Niels Henrik Dam via Getty; Hanne Juul; Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty; Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk,and Ricardo Ramirez via Corbis; Splash News/Splash News/Corbis; Ole Jensen/Corbis via Getty; Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix; Chris Christopherson

Danish Opening of Parliament 2021

Queen Margrethe, Crown Princess Mary and Princess Benedikte were in a trio of aubergine hats yesterday for the Danish opening of  parliament. The Danish queen repeated her sharp fabric covered boater hat with red brim and aubergine crown with slim hatband and small back bow with trailing tails.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Nov 27, 2020

Crown Princess Mary wore a new hat, a deep mulberry calot with knotted bow at the back.

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Crown Princess Mary debuted a new aubergine calot hat with knotted bow at the back.

Designer: looks like Jane Taylor Skull Cap
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Benedikte repeated her plum wool domed hat with magenta spiral rings and black feather trim.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 18, 2018; Jan 16, 2016; Dec 7, 2015; April 1, 2005; October 2003

It’s not often we see such a colour-coordinated group of chapeaux at a royal event- what do you think of this trio?

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