Hats From the Past

Royal Hats On July 1, 1923, this photo was taken of Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (left) and Princess Margarita of Greece of Greece and Demark (right) with their aunt, Lady Louise Mountbatten. Lady Louise married the widowed Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden months after this photo was taken and years later, became Queen of Sweden. The two teenage princesses, daughters of Prince Andrew of Greece and thus, older sisters of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (who would have been just two years old at the time), both married German princes in 1931. The trio of hats are truly wonderful, aren’t they?!

Lady Louise Mountbatten with Princesses Princess Theodora and Margarita of Greece and Denmark  July 1, 1923  | Royal Hats

Photo from PA Images

Danish Queen Presents Military Honour

Last Friday, Queen Margrethe attended the  Anniversary Parade of The Royal Guard at the Royal Life Guards barracks in Gothersgade, Copenhagen. Each year at this event, Margrethe presents the Queen’s Clock award – an award of merit to a member of the guards. This year, she attended the event in a new hat. In brightest fuchsia, the straw piece follows a very traditional shape with rounded, flat sided crown and downward facing brim. The hat appears to be trimmed in navy ribbon embroidered with pink and white flowers, which is wrapped twice around the crown and topped with a bunch of silk flowers on the side.

Queen Margrethe, June 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

The hat is rather simple but receives a boost from its pairing with Queen Margrethe’s navy trimmed fuchsia suit. It is a lot of vibrant colour for one ensemble but the touches of navy in the floral fabric used on her blouse and trim on the hat provide grounding and contrast to make it work.

Queen Margrethe, June 26, 2015 | Royal Hats   Queen Margrethe, June 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, June 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this bright new summer hat?

Photos from Jens Dresling, Polfoto via the Danish Monarchy; Splash News and Splash News via Corbis

Swedish Royal Wedding: Danish Royals

Royal Hats With close relations between the Swedish and Danish Royal Families (the King Carl Gustav and Queen Margrethe are first cousins and Queen Margrethe is Prince Carl Philip’s godmother), there was a predictably large group of Danish Royals in attendance at the Swedish royal wedding yesterday in Stockholm.

Queen Margrethe wore the most romantic of royal tiaras, the Baden Palmette Tiara. The heart-shaped scrolls on this piece are delicately pretty on Margrethe but its pairing with her cupid red gown (a stunning gown on its own) for a wedding felt a little cheesy. If I saw this ensemble at a royal banquet I would absolutely adore it but yesterday, I would have preferred a different tiara with this gown.

Queen Margrethe, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats   Queen Margrethe, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

Crown Mary wore her Wedding Tiara, utilizing the piece’s option to add pearls to beef it up. I like this tiara much more with the pearl additions- it is an elegant piece that works well with her pearl drop earrings and stands out against Mary’s dark hair. Her ice blue gown was a great pairing with these jewels and while it looked great from a distance, a few issues with construction (wonky bust darts and oddly placed lace slapped on the front midsection) made me more a fan of the tiara than the dress.

Interestingly, Princess Mary tucked a diamond brooch into her chignon. I’m just not sure the addition was necessary or that the two pieces worked together.

Princess Mary, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie wore the tiara she usually wears, her Diamond Floral Tiara. I adore the lightness and intrinsic beauty of floral tiaras and Marie wears this one well. Her fresh green dress was a great choice for a summer wedding although I would have preferred it much better without the oddly placed, pleated cummerbund.

Princess Marie, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Marie, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

The Danish royal’s fashion choices were not as successful as I would have hoped but  they looked to be having great fun at this event. I suppose in the end, that’s what matters most. Next, we’ll look at tiaras worn by the Norwegian royals.Princess Marie and Princess Mary, June 13, 2015 | Royal HatsPhotos from Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van katwijk/dpa,  Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa, and Splash News via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

Royals Gather to Celebrate Bicentenary of Royal Yacht Squadron

The Duke of Edinburgh marked the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron with a Fleet Review of more than 180 ships gathered at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Prince Philip, who is Admiral of the Squadron and wore a cap related to this rank, presided over the day’s events aboard a Royal Navy patrol boat.

Sailing is a popular sport among European royals; accomplished royal sailors King Harald of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Constantine of Greece, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Viscount Linley and Prince Henrik of Denmark were in attendance for the naval celebration, all sporting natty nautical caps.

Prince Pavlos and Viscount Linley, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Prince Philip was further accompanied by the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent. While Princess Anne sported a headscarf, the royal men (except for the Vice Admiral) wore hats related to their roles with the squadron.

 It looks like an enjoyable day was had by all, doesn’t it?!
Prince Michael of Kent, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Prince Pavlos of Greece

Danish Royals Mark Constitution’s Centenary

The Danish Royal Family gathered at Parliament today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Danish Constitution which gave women the right to vote. Queen Margrethe, who delivered a speech marking this event, repeated her mint green bumper hat and coordinating suit. Today’s photos give us the best view we have seen so far of the left side of the hat where the bumper brim splits and swirls into a gentle curve on the hat’s crown. This interesting detail makes me like this hat even more.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 23, 2014April 16, 2015
Crown Princess Mary repeated her pale grey fascinator made of silk flowers, multiple types of feathers and net veil. This delicate piece looks wonderful on Mary- it is such a beautiful contrast against her dark hair and her classic chignon shows it off to perfection. Where the ensemble falls short, in my humble opinion, is in this headpiece’s pairing with this dress. While contrast is a great thing in fashion, I think the very modern mustardy gold and silver print on the dress would be better balanced and complimented with a stronger, more substantial hat.
Princess Marie repeated the navy blue felt calot hat she first wore for Queen Margrethe’s birthday celebrations in April. For this outing, she changed the hat’s placement, wearing it firmly on the top of her head. While I prefer the off-the face placement we saw last time (where the flat bow trim on the side of the hat beautifully framed her face), I am so pleased to see Marie experimenting with different ways to wear this piece. It was beautifully paired today with her cream jacket, navy printed dress and bold brooch.
Designer: Whiteley
Previously Worn: April 8, 2015

Princess Benedikte was a vision in pink, repeating her raspberry straw wide-brimmed picture hat with a narrow band around the crown. Paired with her pale pink rolled collar coat, the ensemble was so summery and fresh.

Princess Benedikte, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Benedikte, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: September 8, 2013; August 3, 2013April 24, 2013
Princess Benedikte, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats
It is always wonderful to see the Danish Royal Family together at such celebrations and the hats today did not disappoint. Was there a particular piece that stood out to you in this quartet of royal hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Ole Jensen/Demotix, Ole Jensen/Demotix and Ole Jensen/Demotix via Corbis

Catching Up With the Danish Queen

On May 23, Queen Margrethe visted Herlufsholms, the oldest boarding school in Denmark, to commemorate the school’s 450-year anniversary. Along with attending a service to mark the anniversary, the Danish Queen unveiled a new sculpture in Nyhave of artist Eva Steen Kristensen, inaugurated the newly renovated central Red Square and launched 450 red balloons. For these festivities, Queen Margrethe repeated the mint green bumper hat she first wore at her 75th birthday celebrations in April. It remains a great hat for her and I thought the addition of her patterned scarf added some much needed pattern to her all-green ensemble.

Queen Margrethe, May 23, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, May 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, May 23, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, May 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, May 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, May 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 16, 2015

The Queen’s eldest grandson Prince Nikolai is a student at the school and was captured enjoying the day’s festivities with his school mates.

Prince Nikolai, May 23, 2015

Photos from Splash News, Splash NewsSplash News, Splash NewsSplash News, Splash News and Splash News, all via Corbis

Danish Royal Couple Kick Off Summer Sails

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik braved rainy weather yesterday and travelled from Copenhagen to Helsingør on board the royal yacht Dannebrg. For the trip, Queen Margrethe repeated her nautical navy wool hat with white braided trim around the brim and crown. This hat is a good choice for a blustery cruise and worked well with Margrethe’s brightly patterned rain coat. The only thing  would have liked was a closer view of the perplexing side decoration on the hat. We’ll have to wait for another outing to make sense of that.

Queen Margrethe, May 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 26, 2014

Photo from Keld Navntoft/Scanpix via The Danish Monarchy