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 dark green 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 surprised with a new, 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: This hat is new

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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Danish Queen Concludes German Visit

Queen Margrethe wrapped up her visit to the Schleswig-Holstein region in northern Germany yesterday, a visit that has been a prelude to next year’s 100 year anniversary of the 1920 plebescite that resulted in Northern Schleswig reunifying with Denmark and central Schleswig voting to remain with Germany. For this final day of engagements, she repeated her navy and cream hat with slightly flared brim and straight-sided, flat crown.

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Der blev både budt ”wolkom” og ”velkommen”, da H.M. Dronningen i dag ankom til Risum Skole i Slesvig-Holsten. På skolen lærer eleverne nemlig både frisisk og dansk, og Risum Skole, eller Risem Schölj, som den hedder på frisisk, er et lille vindue til Danmark og de danske sproglige og kulturelle værdier. Skolens elever lærer dansk allerede fra deres skolestart, og senere i skoletiden undervises de også i frisisk. Et eksempel på hensynet til de to mindretal er, at beskeder under skolens morgensang bliver givet på både dansk og frisisk. Skolen har siden sin grundlæggelse i 1946 været et vindue til Danmark og danske sproglige og kulturelle værdier. Dronningen blev i dag modtaget på skolen af lærere og elever som et led i det officielle besøg af delstaten Slesvig-Holsten og besøg ved det danske mindretal.

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The proportions of this hat are excellent on Margrethe, as is the classic colour scheme. The use of the same fabric on the hat’s crown and the ensemble’s jacket isn’t my favourite touch (I would have preferred plain navy to make it wearable with other outfits) but it works, thanks to all of the neutralizing cream in the rest of the look. What sets the hat apart from others in Queen Margrethe’s wardrobe, however, is the jaunty angle it has been designed to be placed on the head. SO chic!

Designer: Mathilde Thoe Førster
Previously Worn: June 16, 2019

This year, Danish millinery Mathilde Thoe Førster has made a few hats for both Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte and it’s great to see them both embracing the work of a new milliner, particularly when it’s as good as this. ​I’d love to see a few other royals expand the milliners they regularly work with.

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Queen Margrethe Visits Schleswig-Holstein

Queen Margrethe has been in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany this week on a visit related to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the demarcation of the border which will be celebrated in 2020.

For the first day of this visit on Tuesday, she repeated her new-ish muted coral straw hat with navy hatband, tied in a side bow. The photos of this outing show the hat at best view we’ve seen so far. Most surprising is the colour, which is less of a terra-cotta shade as it first appeared and more of a muted coral with pink undertones. It’s a great colour to pair with navy and, I think, works better on Margrethe’s skin tone than some previous photos were it looked more orange.


Designer: Mathilde Thoe Førster
Previously Worn: Jul 26, 2019; Jun 27, 2019; Jun 25, 2019 

For the second day of her visit yesterday in Flensburg,, Margrethe repeated her red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress. Fabric covered hats, such as this one (it looks to be a wool or silk crepe) sometimes look one note when paired with matching coats but the print on this ensemble lifts everything and makes it work.

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Hvad har middelalderlig spedalskhed og dybhav tilfælles? Begge er emner, som der forskes i på institutioner i delstaten Slesvig-Holsten, og som i dag er blevet præsenteret for H.M. Dronningen, som i disse dage foretager officielt besøg i delstaten og besøg ved det danske mindretal. Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein forsker blandt andet i betændelsesmedicin og spedalskhed, og et dansk-tyskt samarbejde har her været med til at skabe resultater i forskningen. GEOMAR Heimholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung er en af verdens førende institutioner inden for marineforskning og arbejder blandt andet gennem brugen af dybhavsrobotter, som Hendes Majestæt i dagens anledning fik forevist.

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

Today in Dannewerk, Haithabu and Friedrichstadt, Queen Margrethe repeated her mint green bumper hat covered in the same wool silk crepe as its matching coat and dress. Trimmed with cuffed brim that splits into side curls and pair of feathers, the hat is as good on this, its 9th outing as it was on its first. Whoever cares for Queen Margrethe’s hats certainly does a fine job.

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I vikingetiden levede kristendom og hedenskab side om side i en af tidens vigtigste danske byer Hedeby. Under sit besøg i delstaten Slesvig-Holsten besøgte H.M. Dronningen i dag området og Vikingemuseet Hedeby. Her fik Hendes Majestæt fremvist udvalgte udstillingsgenstande, som er fundet under en udgravning ved Dannevirkevolden i 2017. Efterfølgende tog Dronningen til byen Frederiksstad for at besøge Paludanushuset, der siden 1960 har været et forsamlingshus for det danske mindretal. På turen rundt i den nordtyske by besøgte Dronningen udover Paludanushuset også Menonniterkirken og den lokale danske menighed, der benytter kirken. Sidst på dagen holdt Dronningen pressemøde ombord på Kongeskibet Dannebrog.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 31, 2019;  June 13, 2017;  Mar 28, 2017;  Oct 3, 2016;  Apr 30, 2016Sep 8, 2015; Jun 5, 2015May 23, 2015Apr 16, 2015

We’ve seen each of these hats before- do you notice anything new about them on these outings?

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Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Danish & Spanish Extended Families


We don’t often see a  royal bride who counts four queens between her mother, grandmother, and aunts but such is the reality of Princess Alexia’s family tree. As such, her wedding was an extraveganza of royal hats on high profile royal heads.  Alexia’s grandmother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, wore an ensemble in pale lilac with a cuffed ring brim hat. Made of the same fabric (silk crepe?) as her dress and coat, the hat’s centerpiece was its woven crown, a unique design touch that gave it wonderful texture.

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Queen Margrethe topped her vibrant floral dress with a picture hat in the same hues. The wide brimmed design, in grass green straw, was trimmed in whimsical twists of layered pink and white curling straw.

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Princess Benedikte was in sunny yellow from head to hem. Her straw hat featured a flat crown, silk hatband stitched in narrow rows and folded into a flat front bow, and a wide downturned brim overlaid in a swath of yellow net veil studded with silk rose petals. While the colour seems very much of the time, the classic shape translates better than her ruffle trimmed suit!

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Princess Benedikte’s elder daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, wore an ivory straw hat with flared and domed crown and wide brim that sloped downward in back and upwards in front. An overlay of informally ruched sinamay paced over the brim gave movement and a touch of modernity to the design.

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Princess Benedikte’s younger daughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, seen behind Prince Charles in the photo below, wore a sky blue sinmay hat with squared crown and sideswept brim trimmed with a multi-looped bow on the side.

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While Queen Sofia did not wear a hat, Infanta Elena’s statement piece was impossible to miss. While structure here is difficult to pinpoint (Is it a pyramid? Do I see a small, rounded straw crown on th very top?), the hat’s focus was its wide cartwheel brim entirely covered in cream ostrich feathers. The phrase “lot of look” comes to mind to describe Elena’s couture suit and hat on steroids and I admire how much milliny confidence it must have taken to carry off such an over-the-top hat. It’s such a memorable royal hat moment.

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Infanta Cristina topped a blue dress and grey silk organza coat with a neutral almond straw hat with curved brim. The hat’s classic shape and streamlined trim (just a slim hatband) made a chic maternity look for Cristina.

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Infanta Margarita, who we seldom see, wore a very simple veiled headpiece. This is one of those times when function seems to have trumped fashion as the choice seems to satisfy the need for a headcovering, but that’s all. Do any of you recall seeing this headpiece from other angles?

There are some colourful and memorable hats among this group of royal relatives- I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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