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 b√•de budt ‚ÄĚwolkom‚ÄĚ og ‚ÄĚvelkommen‚ÄĚ, da H.M. Dronningen i dag ankom til Risum Skole i Slesvig-Holsten. P√• skolen l√¶rer eleverne nemlig b√•de frisisk og dansk, og Risum Skole, eller Risem Sch√∂lj, som den hedder p√• frisisk, er et lille vindue til Danmark og de danske sproglige og kulturelle v√¶rdier. Skolens elever l√¶rer dansk allerede fra deres skolestart, og senere i skoletiden undervises de ogs√• i frisisk. Et eksempel p√• hensynet til de to mindretal er, at beskeder under skolens morgensang bliver givet p√• b√•de dansk og frisisk. Skolen har siden sin grundl√¶ggelse i 1946 v√¶ret et vindue til Danmark og danske sproglige og kulturelle v√¶rdier. Dronningen blev i dag modtaget p√• skolen af l√¶rere og elever som et led i det officielle bes√łg af delstaten Slesvig-Holsten og bes√łg 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 F√łrster
Previously Worn: June 16, 2019

This year, Danish millinery Mathilde Thoe F√łrster 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.¬†‚ÄčI’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 F√łrster
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 tilf√¶lles? Begge er emner, som der forskes i p√• institutioner i delstaten Slesvig-Holsten, og som i dag er blevet pr√¶senteret for H.M. Dronningen, som i disse dage foretager officielt bes√łg i delstaten og bes√łg ved det danske mindretal. Universit√§tsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein forsker blandt andet i bet√¶ndelsesmedicin og spedalskhed, og et dansk-tyskt samarbejde har her v√¶ret med til at skabe resultater i forskningen. GEOMAR Heimholtz-Zentrum f√ľr Ozeanforschung er en af verdens f√łrende institutioner inden for marineforskning og arbejder blandt andet gennem brugen af dybhavsrobotter, som Hendes Majest√¶t i dagens anledning fik forevist.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: June 15, 2019; May 5, 2018; July 1, 2017; June 29, 2017; June 1, 2017; Oct 4, 2016; Sep 5, 2016; May 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 bes√łg i delstaten Slesvig-Holsten bes√łgte H.M. Dronningen i dag omr√•det og Vikingemuseet Hedeby. Her fik Hendes Majest√¶t fremvist udvalgte udstillingsgenstande, som er fundet under en udgravning ved Dannevirkevolden i 2017. Efterf√łlgende tog Dronningen til byen Frederiksstad for at bes√łge Paludanushuset, der siden 1960 har v√¶ret et forsamlingshus for det danske mindretal. P√• turen rundt i den nordtyske by bes√łgte Dronningen udover Paludanushuset ogs√• Menonniterkirken og den lokale danske menighed, der benytter kirken. Sidst p√• dagen holdt Dronningen pressem√łde ombord p√• 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, 2016; Sep 8, 2015; Jun 5, 2015; May 23, 2015; Apr 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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Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of a major royal wedding in London attended by three Kings and eight Queens. On July 9,1999 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark married Carlos Javier Morales Quintana, a Spanish architect and a champion yachtsman, at St. Sophia Cathedral. Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look back at this event.

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The bride went to one of her mother’s favourite designers, Austrian Inge Sprawson, for her sleek gown in ivory satin. With long, fitted sleeves and a wide v-neck, the focal point of the dress was a pair of diagonal crossed seams at the waist that created a fitted bodice silhouette and attached the gown’s skirt.

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The straight skirt flowed into a modest sweep train with a longer, detachable train fixed at the waist. The back of the dress was decorated in a row of beaded buttons which were repeated on the underside of each sleeve.

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Following the tradition set by her grandmother and followed by her mother, aunts and cousins, Alexia wore her great-grandmother Crown Princess Margaret’s Irish lace veil anchored with the Danish royal family’s Khedive of Egypt Tiara.

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A simple gown is usually the best way to show off such an amazing vintage lace veil but I’m just not sure that the cut and fabric of this dress entirely flattered it’s wearer. For me, it always paled in comparison to the amazing gold beaded Armani dress with portrait neckline she wore two days earlier to a pre-wedding party- a look I’ve long thought was her very best. It was breathtakingly stunning

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Princess Alexia was attended by her sister Princess Theodora, who wore a long sleeved gown in floral embroidered lilac silk organza with sheer sleeves and a draped neckline.

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Bridesmaides included Princess Alexia’s 3-year old niece, Princess Olympia, and Princess Mafalda, daughter of Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Bulgaria (the Prince and Princess of Preslav). Their dotted white silk organza full-skirted frocks with lilac silk sashes were topped with delicate white floral hair wreaths. Pageboys wore high waisted lilac silk trousers with white silk Peter Pan collared shirts.

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Fascinators were very popular in 1999 (Queen Elizabeth famously wore one two weeks earlier for the wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex) making Queen Anne-Marie’s headpiece of lilac feathers a fashionable choice at the time. From today’s viewpoint, it seems a fussy choice for her lace trimmed coat and dress.

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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal topped a textured suit with a wide brimmed hat in light ecru straw. The design featured a raised brim around the front behind which was a large grin unstructured bow.

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I’m curious, dearest readers- what do you think of this bridal look and hats, 20 years on?

Jump over to the following posts to review hats worn by the many royal guests:

Danish and Spanish Extended Royal Families
British Royal Guests
Norwegian and Swedish Royal Guests
Luxembourg, Jordanian, and Eastern European Royal Guests

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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.¬†‚Äč


Designer: Mathilde Thoe F√łrster
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 m√łdt frem, da H.M. Dronningen ankom til Estlands hovedstad Tallinn med Kongeskibet Dannebrog. For 800 √•r 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. If√łlge sagnet var det her, at en blodr√łd fane med et hvid kors dalede ned fra himlen sikrede danskerne sejr i den estiske region. For at markere sagnet har H.E. Estlands Pr√¶sident Kersti Kaljulaid inviteret Dronningen til Tallinn, og indtil videre har dagen budt p√• et bes√łg i Pr√¶sidentpaladset og en guldalderudstillings√•bning p√• Kadriorg Paladset, hvor C.A. Lorentzens ber√łmte maleri af Dannebrogs fald fra himlen udstilles for f√łrste gang uden for Danmark. For kort tid siden deltog Dronningen i en familiedag p√• Frihedspladsen i hjertet af Tallinn, hvor borgere fejrer det danske og det estiske flag. ūüďł Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix

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I hjertet af Tallinn bes√łgte H.M. Dronningen i eftermiddags byens skulptur, der fort√¶ller om Dannebrogssagnet. Skulpturen er t√¶nkt 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. If√łlge sagnet var det under dette slag, at en blodr√łd fane med et hvid kors dalede ned fra himlen sikrede danskerne sejr i den estiske region. Ved siden af skulpturen indviede Hendes Majest√¶t ‚ÄĚDen Danske Dronnings Have‚ÄĚ, hvor r√łde og hvide roser formet som Dannebrog nu udg√łr et varigt minde om Dronningens officielle bes√łg i Estland. ūüďł Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 5, 2018; July 1, 2017; June 29, 2017; June 1, 2017; Oct 4, 2016; Sep 5, 2016; May 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 diamant√©, 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, 2012; July 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.

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Kirkeklokkerne ringede i dag ind til festgudstjeneste i K√łbenhavns Domkirke. Det gjorde de i anledning af Valdemarsdag, som i √•r er noget s√¶rligt, da sagnet fort√¶ller, at det i dag er 800 √•r siden, at Dannebrog faldt ned fra himlet i Estland. Med til gudstjenesten var D.K.H. Prins Joachim og Prinsesse Marie, der sammen med den √łvrige kongelige familie markerer den danske fanes m√¶rkedag. Efter den kirkelige handling var der faneoptog til R√•dhuspladsen i K√łbenhavn, hvor Deres Kongelige H√łjheder deltog i festlighederne og sammen med den √łvrige forsamling sang med p√• ‚ÄĚI Danmark er jeg f√łdt‚ÄĚ. ūüďł Chris Christophersen

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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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