Day 2 of Dutch State Visit to Denmark

For the second day of the Dutch state visit to Denmark, Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary joined the King and Queen of the Netherlands for a visit to Samsoe Island. This visit unexpectedly saw Queen Máxima and Princess Mary in a pair of new brown fedora hats. Queen Máxima’s hat in chocolate brown felt features a slightly higher crown (with characteristic fedora pleats) and an unstructured brim; her hat is trimmed with a wide grosgrain ribbon around the base of the crown and an unstructured bow loop on the side. The slightly floppy hat contrasted with Máxima’s supremely structured camel coat and the varied shades of brown between hat, coat, purse and gloves kept the ensemble from being bland or boring.

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer of Queen Máxima’s hat: Fabienne Delvigne. Her coat is designed by Claes Iversen
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Mary’s hat in beaver brown felt featured a more structured brim and a more defined ‘pinch’ at the top of the crown. Her hat was also trimmed in grosgrain ribbon with a flat, traditionally shaped bow on the side. While I like the more restrained and traditional fedora shape that this hat follows, I found the styling of Princess Mary’s outfit today rather perplexing. The brown hat paired with brown sweater, brown boots and black skirt make sense but the addition of her pale blue-grey coat, to me, does not. Unfortunately, the disharmonious outfit decreases the impact of the chic and stylish hat.

Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer of Crown Princess Mary’s hat: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, March 18, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne| Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Fashion foibles aside, it appeared as though the two couples shared an enjoyable day together. Which of these two brown fedora hats struck your fancy?

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Danish Royals Welcome Dutch State Visit

The remaining working members of the Danish Royal Family also were on hand today to welcome King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima for their state visit. Crown Princess Mary wore one of our favourite hats last year, her oversize purple felt pillbox with feather trim. This event gave us a better view of this hat than we saw during its first outing at the opening of Danish Parliament last fall, leading me to ooh and aah over the the colour, detail and scale of this hat. It’s simply sublime.

Crown Princess Mary, March 17, 2015 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Mary, March 17, 2015 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary, March 17, 2015 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Mary, March 17, 2015 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Shell” design
Previously Worn: October 7, 2014

Princess Marie followed Princess Mary’s fashion formula, topping her chic cream coat with a purple fedora (and matching purse!). While I wish better photos were available, it looks like this new hat for Marie is a keeper. She wears fedoras exceptionally well and purple is a great colour for her.

Princess Marie, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Benedikte repeated her ecru felt hat with contrasting swirl and raised brim at the back of the hat. It is a hat we have seen numerous times on Benedikte but one that looks great on her. With her oyster tweed suit and fur trimmed wrap, I thought Princess Benedikte looked stylish and elegant.

Princess Benedikte, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: my guess is Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: October 7, 2014January 30, 2014; January 14, 2012 

Many royal watchers were expecting the Danish royals to bring their fashion ‘A game’ for this state visit and when it came to hats, they certainly did not disappoint. Which was your favourite royal hat in Copenhagen today?

Princess Benedikte, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

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Dutch Monarchs Kick Off State Visit to Denmark

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima arrived in Copenhagen this morning for the start of their state visit to Denmark. As we come to expect with such high profile events, Queen Máxima arrived sporting a new hat. Clearly designed to compliment her amazing embellished grey coat, Máxima’s coordinating grey felt calot hat is trimmed simply in a band of grey velvet around the edge of the hat. The grey velvet creates the appearance of a small, upfolded brim and adds a textural contrast to the hat. It is a simple hat but one that looks elegant on her and perfectly compliments her embellished coat.

Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

  Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. First guess for Máxima’s hats is always Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Queen Margrethe also wore a new hat today. Made of purple felt, her slightly domed pillbox is trimmed with a triple band of black sequins around the perimeter of the hat with a spray of black feathers and black sequin looped bow on the side. I thought the balance of colour in this ensemble was very well done (the hat tied Margrethe’s purple dress and black fur jacket together beautifully) and the use of sequins on the trim were restrained enough not to venture too far into showgirl territory.

Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Dutch State Visit to Denmark March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Later today, we’ll look at hats worn by Crown Princess Mary, Princess Marie and Princess Benedikte.

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Danish Royals Remember Close Friend

Members of the Danish Royal Family attended the funeral of long time family friend Peter Heering yesterday. For this farewell, Queen Margrethe repeated her black wool rounded-crown hat with faux fur bumper brim and large button trim. Princess Benedikte wore a petite black hat with piping around the upturned brim and a short black veil.

Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary wore a larger scale black hourglass shaped wool hat with silk band around the base of the crown. Princess Mary’s hat was trimmed with a large black silk bloom and slim bow loops.

Crown Princess Mary, March 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

All eyes in the royal world will be on Copenhagen later today when the Danish royals welcome the Dutch King and Queen on state visit. As King Willem-Alexander is Queen Margrethe’s godson and the families have a close relationship, we can expect some rather grand and glittering events.

Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Margrethe Presents Military Award

Queen Margrethe of Denmark visited the Royal Guards barracks in Copenhagen yesterday to present the annual “Queen’s Clock” award to the ‘best’ guardsman of the regiment (this year’s recipient was Guards Marquard Frederik Nielsen). The Queen made the parade all the more exciting for us royal hat fans by wearing a new hat! Made of red felt, this hat features a tall, domed and slightly fluted crown and short brim, upfolded on one side. The brim is trimmed in black piping and the hat is finished with a band around the base of the crown that ends in a bow at the side. While the red and black colour scheme is a classic one, the shape of this hat is slightly quirky. As Queen Margrethe’s hats tend to the quirky and creative, this one fits right in. I’m not fond of the bulbous crown but the brim frames the Queens face beautifully and the contrasting colours are balanced, something not always easy to achieve in a two-toned hat. What do you think, dear readers, about this new hat?

Queen Margrethe, March 11, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, March 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, March 11, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, March 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, March 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this is a new hat

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Royal Hats this Year: Denmark

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014Our look back through all the royal hats we saw in 2014 now turns attention to Denmark- here are all of the hats that graced Danish royal heads this year.  In cases where a hat was worn repeatedly 2014, it is shown here just once (usually, the most recent outing) and you can click on each hat to take you to the original post with larger views and detailed information.

Princess Benedikte

1. Princess Benedikte, Marh 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Benedikte, April 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Benedikte, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Princess Benedikte, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Princess Benedikte, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Elisabeth (#6) and Princess Marie (#7 and 8)

6. Princess Elisabeth, January 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 7. Princess Marie, March 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Marie, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary

9. Crown Princess Mary, May 9, 2014 in Susanne Juul| Royal Hats 10. Crown Princess Mary, May 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Crown Princess Mary, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats 

12. Crown Princess Mary, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Crown Princess Mary, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe

15. Queen Margrethe, January 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. Queen Margrethe, March 9, 2014 | Royal Hats  18. Queen Margrethe, April 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 

19. Queen Margrethe, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Queen Margrethe, April 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 21. Queen Margrethe, May 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Queen Margrethe, May 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 

23. Queen Margrethe, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Queen Margrethe, June 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Queen Margrethe, June 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Queen Margrethe, June 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 

27. Queen Margrethe, July 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Queen Margrethe, September 1, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Queen Margrethe, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 30. Queen Margrethe, September 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 

31. Queen Margrethe, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Queen Margrethe, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 33. Queen Margrethe, November 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 34. Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

I suspect that there are hats in this group that are on your lists of favourite and least favourite royal hats of 2014. Which ones are they?

Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family was joined by monarchs and representatives from numerous other royal houses for Queen Fabiola’s funeral today. Empress Michiko of Japan wore a petite black saucer hat that featured a flat fan bow and net tulle veil.

Empress Michiko, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe of Denmark repeated her a black Karakul fur toque with feather pouf trim.

Empress Michiko and Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a black felt cloche hat with wide, folded black velvet band around the crown.

Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a black pillbox which was covered in net tulle and wrapped with a band of black velvet around the outside of the hat.

Queen Sofia and Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Sofia and Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands repeated her black fur felt hat with pointed crown and upfolded felt and straw double brim.

Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Empress Farah of Iran wore a black silk pleated turban that was interlaced with strands of metallic black straw and trimmed with a loosely woven black straw rosette.

Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid of Norway, who accompanied King Harald, wore a black bumper hat. At first glance, I thought this hat and coat combination were made from the same Karakul fur but after a closer look, I believe they are made of textured wool.

Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

And finally, the Duchess of Castro wore a black calot trimmed with a silk ruffle that spanned the side and back of the hat. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

I think that includes all the royals who attended this event (please let me know if I missed anyone). The hats were all rather simple, but simple elegance is exactly what was required. Did any of these royal hats stand out to you today?

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