Danish Queen Arrives At Summer Home

Queen Margrethe arrived in Aarhus Harbour yesterday aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, en route to her annual summer residence at Marselisborg Castle. For this trip, she wore a new hat in dark peachy orange straw. The hat follows a simple shape with rounded crown that extends to a modest length brim and is trimmed with a navy hatband tied in a side bow.

There’s much to like here- the hat’s simple shape is enlivened with an interesting colour scheme and beautifully turned angles on the brim (they play so well against the jacket’s lapels). It’s impeccably finished and tops an ensemble that certainly coordinates, but uses colour blocking and different textures to its benefit. This shade of orange is a brave one to wear and I think it’s handled really well in this ensemble. ​


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

What do you think of Queen Margrethe’s new hat?

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Danish Royals Celebrate National Flag

According to legend, the Danish flag, Dannebrog, fell from the sky during the Battle of Volmerslaget in Estonia on June 15,  1219, providing Danish soldiers, led by King Valdemar II, strength to persevere to victory. Today, on the  800th anniversary of this event, members of the Danish royal family took part in celebrations for this popular, well-loved national symbol. Queen Margrethe arrived in Tallin, Estonia, aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog this morning in her repeated red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress.

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Tusindvis af estere og tilrejsende danskere var i formiddags mødt frem, da H.M. Dronningen ankom til Estlands hovedstad Tallinn med Kongeskibet Dannebrog. For 800 år siden var Tallinn en blodig slagmark, hvor den danske konge Valdemar Sejr stod i spidsen for et korstog udsendt af paven med omkring 25.000 danske soldater. Ifølge sagnet var det her, at en blodrød fane med et hvid kors dalede ned fra himlen sikrede danskerne sejr i den estiske region. For at markere sagnet har H.E. Estlands Præsident Kersti Kaljulaid inviteret Dronningen til Tallinn, og indtil videre har dagen budt på et besøg i Præsidentpaladset og en guldalderudstillingsåbning på Kadriorg Paladset, hvor C.A. Lorentzens berømte maleri af Dannebrogs fald fra himlen udstilles for første gang uden for Danmark. For kort tid siden deltog Dronningen i en familiedag på Frihedspladsen i hjertet af Tallinn, hvor borgere fejrer det danske og det estiske flag. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix

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I hjertet af Tallinn besøgte H.M. Dronningen i eftermiddags byens skulptur, der fortæller om Dannebrogssagnet. Skulpturen er tænkt som et vidnesbyrd over dengang Tallinn var en blodig slagmark, hvor den danske konge Valdemar Sejr stod i spidsen for et korstog udsendt af paven med omkring 25.000 danske soldater. Ifølge sagnet var det under dette slag, at en blodrød fane med et hvid kors dalede ned fra himlen sikrede danskerne sejr i den estiske region. Ved siden af skulpturen indviede Hendes Majestæt ”Den Danske Dronnings Have”, hvor røde og hvide roser formet som Dannebrog nu udgør et varigt minde om Dronningens officielle besøg i Estland. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 5, 2018July 1, 2017June 29, 2017June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended celebrations in Vordingborg, Denmark’s medieval capital and location of King Valdemar II’s castle (now just remains). The Crown Princess topped her red dress with a repeated vertical saucer hat in natural straw studded with diamanté, trimmed with large silk roses and flying coque feathers.

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This has always been a great hat on Mary- the scale is really good and the hat’s neural colour scheme comes to life paired with vibrant items such as this red dress. The mix of neutral and vibrant items from head to toe (make sure you also peek at her shoes!) makes for a polished ensemble that feels very suited to the celebratory nature of today’s events.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 15, 2016; May 22, 2012July 2, 2011

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended celebrations at City Hall in Copenhagen. Princess Marie wore a new hat in a pale pink textured straw with cartwheel brim and shallow, flat crown. The design is simply trimmed with a striped natural straw bow on the side. The hat is clearly designed to sit on an angle on the head (evidenced by a base beneath the crown that sits on the head) and this angle really makes this hat work. It’s a charming design on Princess Marie.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

It’s always great to see the Danish royal family all in hats to celebrate an event (even if the celebrations are in different locations!). What do you think of these Danish hats today?

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Danish Queen Sails Into Nyborg

The first first leg of this year’s summer cruise concluded yesterday in Nyborg. For this day of visits in the region, Queen Margrethe repeated her mint green bumper hat with cuffed brim that curls at the side with a pair of feathers. The hat is covered in the same wool silk crepe as the ensemble’s matching coat and dress.

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We’ve seen this hat a few times, I wasn’t going to devote an entire post to it until I saw the following photos showing a clear side view of that curled brim cuff in detail. The cuff wraps around the hat and at its overlap, is sliced horizontally into two ribbons that curl up on to the hat’s crown. It’s an ingenious design detail that adds so much to this small hat and is so beautifully executed it looks far more simple, in terms of construction, than it is.

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Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: June 13, 2017;  Mar 28, 2017;  Oct 3, 2016;  Apr 30, 2016Sep 8, 2015; Jun 5, 2015May 23, 2015Apr 16, 2015

This wraps up the first week of the annual Danish summer cruise- the second leg of the cruise will continue in early September.

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For H.M. Dronningen har årets sidste forårsdag i dag budt på arkæologiske udgravninger i midten af Nyborg, balletopvisning og besøg på et beskyttet værksted. Sommertogtet med Kongeskibet Dannebrog bragte i dag Dronningen til Nyborg Kommune. Da Hendes Majestæt i formiddags ankom til den fynske købstad klokken 10.00, var mange nyborggensere mødt frem for at byde Dronningen velkommen. Før Dronningen tog hul på dagens alsidige program kørte Hendes Majestæt sammen med borgmesterparret gennem byen i karet med eskorte fra Gardehusarregimentets hesteskadron. Dronningens årlige sommertogt er en tradition, der går tilbage til Christian 10. Som den første regent gjorde Kongen dengang årlige togter i danske farvande til en fast del af sit program. Traditionen er siden videreført af Frederik 9. og Dronningen, der begge har lagt vægt på at bruge Kongeskibet Dannebrog til at være i kontakt med alle dele af riget.Tidligere på ugen besøgte Dronningen Køge Kommune. Dagens besøg er sidste stop på sommertogtet.

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Danish Summer Cruise Day 2

For the day’s program, which included visits to a school, supported employment program and transport center, Queen Margrethe repeated  ​her ecru straw with triple brim- one ecru sandwiched between two grey which curved away from it in opposite directions. It’s a creative brim, this one, and I like the way it references the strip in this ensemble’s jacket.


Designer: Peter Falk Hansen ​
Previously Worn: May 10, 2019 Sep 3, 2018​; May 4, 2018;​ Oct 9, 2007 and likely others

The Danish monarchy also released this sweet gallery of floral posies the queen has received on these first two days, displayed around the yacht.

 

Thoughts about this grey hat on the Danish Queen?

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Danish Summer Cruise Begins in Køge

The first leg of Queen Margrethe’s annual double summer cruise kicked off today with the royal yacht Dannebrog arriving in Køge. Today’s program of events included a carriage ride to Køge Town Hall and visits to a health and rehabilitation facility, performing arts center, sustainable housing development and a miniature village.

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Pretty proud of my shot of the Danish Royal Ship, Dannebrog, that I got this evening. The wind was kind and unfolded our beautiful flag, the sky is magnificent and the evening sun shines from behind. It has been a wonderful day, where my oldest kids and I saw our queen on three occasions. Couldn’t have been better if you ask me 👑🤩 My kids thought it was a great experience too, and when asked if they would’ve liked to shake her hand, my daughter said, It was fine to just wave😂😂 #voreseventyr #ouradventure #dronningmargretheii #kongeskibet #kongeskibetdannebrog #køge #mitkøge #minby #kongeligtbesøg #royalvisit #royalship #dannebrog #queenmargretheofdenmark #queenmargrethe #queenmargretheii

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For these events, Queen Margrethe wore a new hat. The design features a short, flat crown covered in the same navy textured woven fabric (gabardine, maybe?) as her jacket and a short, cream cartwheel brim in what looks like straw.


The Danish queen tends to wear hats that coordinate with a specific ensemble, often with the same fabric used on both hat and garment(s). It’s certainly an efficient way to dress that results in extremely coordinated ensembles but it’s a level of coordination that can easily veer towards one-note or overly matched. This hat and jacket, however, escape such a fate. Margrethe’s cream skirt and sweater greatly help this, as does the jacket’s crisp navy and white pockets and sleeve placket and that adorable navy and cream striped purse. What has my heart a flutter, however, is the jaunty angle that Queen Margrethe wore it. In the end, this hat is a very simple design (fabric straight sided crown, straw brim, no trim) that becomes a statement of style when worn at that angle. It’s so good.


 

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

What do you think of Queen Margrethe’s new hat?

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Funeral of Grand Duke Jean: Royal Guests

The funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was attended by representatives from nearly every European royal house, many who wore hats. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post contains photos only (no commentary) and is not open for comments.

Monarchs from Denmark, Sweden, Liechtenstein and Norway:

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Spanish, Romanian and Greek Queens:

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Dutch, British and Norwegian Royals:

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Spanish, Italian, Bulgarian and Portuguese Princesses

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Jordanian and Moroccan Royals:

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Marlene Koenig, author of Royal Musings, published a full guest list here. Representatives from numerous abolished, lesser known European monarchies (mostly French, German and Prussian) were in attendance but have not been included here- you can see them at this comprehensive post over at Luxarazzi.

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Princess Benedikte Opens Birthday Exhibition

On Saturday, Princess Benedikte opened an exhibition at Koldinghus Museum in Kolding in honour of her 75th birthday. The exhibition, entitled, “Princess of the Time: Princess Benedikte and 75-year Danish History” includes jewelry, gowns, clothing and other personal items and will be open until November 3 this year. For this opening, she wore a new hat in lilac straw with rounded crown and wide, sidesweeping brim.The design is simply trimmed with a straw hatband.

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It’s a very good hat- impeccably finished in the loveliest of summery colours. I particularly like the sweeping scale of the brim which has wonderful presence. There might be some slight improvement with a less bulbous, rounded rounded shape on the crown but it’s a minor quibble.

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

A sweet note- the day in Kolding finished with an equestrian show that included the surprise appearance of Princess Beneditkte’s horse, Digby, ridden by her daughter Princess Nathalie. Digby and Nathalie rode successfully to a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the horse has not performed publicly, until yesterday, since his retirement in 2012.

It’s lovely to see Princess Benedikte again, even better in a new hat! I’m sure you join me in wishing her a very happy 75th birthday today.

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