Seeing Triple: Crown Princess Mary

Royal HatsCrown Princess Mary knocked our proverbial socks off at the recent christening of Prince Oscar in a fantastic new straw picture hat. This, however, is not the first picture hat with wave brim we have seen on the Danish princess:

At the May 27, 2016 Swedish christening and at the 350th Anniversary Of The Royal Danish Life Guards on June 30, 2008

2016-05-27 Prince Oscar baptism      2009-08-03 Daens Wordwide annual meeting

At the Swedish christening and at the August 3, 2009 annual meeting of Danes Wordwide at Kronborg Castle

UPDATE: I completely forgot that Princess Mary has a third version of this hat, in cream straw. The hat made its début on April 16, 2010 where it was paired it with the same cream silk flower and feather spray as she attached to the black version for Prince Oscar’s christening:

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The purple and cream designs follow a very similar shape and scale to the black one, with a slightly lower upsweep on the brim opposite the wave. All three hats are Susanne Juul designs made of straw and have the practical option of adding additional trim . I have long adored the purple hat and the addition of the new black one adds a versatile and beautiful piece into Mary’s millinery closet. When I thought there were two versions of this design, I said, “We’re often left scratching our own heads when it comes to royal hat triplets but in this case, I’m simply nodding in approval.” I stand by that statement. I’m just not sure it applies to THREE versions of the same design, no matter how beautiful they are!

What do you think of this trio of similar picture hats?

Photo from Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures; and James Thistead via Corbis

Day 3 of Danish Summer Cruise

Last Friday, Queen Margrethe arrived in Varde for a two-day stop on the first leg of this year’s summer cruise. For this day of engagements, the Danish queen repeated her fuchsia straw hat with trio of white rosettes and navy floral double hat band. It takes a fair amount of bravado to carry off a bright pink suit and hat and Margrethe manges to succeed. I’m delighted by the glimpse of her white gloves in the first photo below, practically tucked into her jacket pocket.

 Queen Margrethe, June 3, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, June 3, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: August 31, 2015June 26, 2015

Queen Margrethe appeared at engagements in Vardge on Saturday, unfortunately without a hat. She’s taking a few days off but we’ll see her again next weekend in the Faroe Islands where she’ll draw this leg of the cruise to a close. In the meantime, what do you think of her pink hat?

Photos from Henning Bagger/Scanpix via The Danish Monarchy

Day 2 of Danish Summer Cruise

Queen Margrethe continued her visit to Lolland today in Maribo stops at an organic farm, a rehabilitation centre, a lake cruise and the opening of a new park. For these events, she repeated her well-worn red straw hat with folded brim, square crown and ribbon daisy trim. We’ve seen this design on Margrethe many times but it’s pairing today with her white skirt, floral blazer and red accessories always works so well that the repetition really doesn’t matter.

Queen Margrethe, June 2, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 5, 2014September 3, 2014July 21, 2014September 5, 2013June 7, 2013September 3, 2012;  May 25, 2011June 7, 2011November 6, 2009July 23, 2009; and June 2, 2009

I think this is another instance where not seeing an outfit for a few years makes us able to appreciate it more upon its return. I always love seeing Queen Margrethe in bright colours and thought she looked great today.

You can see a short video of the day’s events here (complete with an adorable interaction between the Queen and a wee piglet).

Photos from Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen via Scanpix

Danish Queen Sets Off On 2016 Summer Cruise

Queen Margrethe set sail yesterday on the first leg of this year’s summer cruise, stopping first on the island of Lolland for a two day visit. For the first day of engagements, which included her arrival in Nakskov harbour and visits to a cherry winery, museum and sculpture installation, the Danish Queen repeated her pale blue bumper hat with braided trim and side bow. This hat has been on the shelf for a few months and the break made me happy to see it again. It’s a lovely piece and I particularly admire how the felt of the hat matches perfectly with Margrethe’s silk crepe suit. Matching the colour on different textiles is tricky at best and this ensemble coordinates so well.

Queen Margrethe, June 1, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, June 1, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Margrethe, June 1, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 4, 2015October 21, 2014October 7, 2014September 14, 2014June 24, 2014May 19, 2014April 25, 2014

This is the first solo summer cruise for Queen Margrethe since Prince Henrik’s retirement and I can’t help but feel for her, although she looked upbeat and happy at yesterday’s events. You can see a short video of this visit (and see this hat in action) here. What do you think of this design?

Photos from Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen via Scanpix

Danish Princess Supports Peacekeepers Day

Princess Marie of Denmark was at Kastellet (The Citadel) yesterday to take part in UN International Peacekeepers Day. For this occasion, she repeated her navy felt calot hat with side bow. The side view of this hat shown in the third photo below shows the scale of the bow (something we have not directly seen before)  which is much larger than I thought. This hat doesn’t excite me but its classic design is a good one to have in a royal wardrobe for events such as this. I think we’ll see it become one of Marie’s workhorses.