Norwegian National Day 2022

The Norwegian royal family celebrated the country’s national holiday yesterday, first at a children’s parade at Skaugum

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followed by the annual balcony appearance at the Royal Palace in Oslo. Queen Sonja wore a new red hat with short, curved brim and rounded bowler crown. The hat is trimmed with an interesting wrapped hatband in ombre dyed orange and dark pink.

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King Herald and Crown Prince Haakon wore gleaming antique black silk top hats.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a new double layered circular headpiece in what looks like a textured tan fabric. The design looks to tie in a sort of bow around the back, at the nape of her neck.

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Thoughts about the hats yesterday in Norway?

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2021 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was held today at Oslo City Town Hall. Queen Sonja wore a new hat for the occasion, a black formed beret design overlaid with a dotted black veil.

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The classic shape suits Sonja well and the dot-studded veil lends contrast, texture and visual interest, pairing beautifully with her aubergine velvet jacket.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Thoughts about this new hat?

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Dutch State Visit to Norway Concludes

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima wrapped up their state visit to Norway on Thursday in Trondheim, accompanied by the Norwegian crown prince and princess.

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Queen Máxima repeated a crescent-shaped calot headpiece covered in stacked pleats in the same mulberry fabric as her firework embroidered coat.

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Some of you may remember that on its first outing, this headpiece had two crescents with a split between them (see photos from that event in 2017 below). Or perhaps the two crescents were separate pieces, right from the start? We don’t see many royal hats with such scale options and this development adds to the interest and intrigue for this design.

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Designer: unknown. Coat by Claes Iversen.
Previously Worn: Mar 28, 2017

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a slim navy headband.

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And that concludes this state visit! Which hats or headpieces stood out to you most this week in Norway?

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Dutch State Visit to Norway Day 2

The Dutch monarchs continued the second day of their state visit to Norway with a program of events including a seminar on human rights, a visit with the Prime Minister, lunch at Akershus Castle and a reception aboard Dutch navy ship in Oslo harbor.

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For these events, Queen Máxima repeated her navy smocked silk crepe and georgette organza calot headpiece embroidered with narrow metal bugle beads.

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This ensemble is such a great sartorial flat for the House of Orange, the small scale headpiece balancing well against the strong looks of the dress and coat. I’ve said it before- while the calot shape is not my favourite, it serves good purpose for events like these, especially when the host queen elects not to wear a hat!

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Designer: likely Jan Taminau
Previously Worn: Mar 5, 2019; Feb 8, 2018Apr 27, 2017

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a navy embellished hair ornament worn to tie back her hair.

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Dutch State Visit to Norway

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were greeted this morning by members of the Norwegian royal family for the start of a state visit to the Nordic nation.

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Queen Máxima repeated a beige blocked beret hat for this morning’s arrival in Oslo.

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The scale of the hat pairs well not only with Máxima’s voluminous dress but with the smaller scale hats typically worn by the Norwegian royal ladies. The combination of felt hat and silk dress is less cohesive, although an understandable choice for the current season and today’s rainy weather. I do admire how the neutral accessories let the dress and emerald earrings shine!

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Designer: Dress by Natan. 
Previously Worn: Jan 20, 2014; Nov 29, 2013

Queen Sonja repeated her chocolate and periwinkle blue felt hat with high, upturned brim embellished with ‘V’ cutouts. I’ve said this before- the hat, especially in combination with the chocolate dress, has a sci-fi vibe I find distracting and overly costumey.  What I do like are the cutouts, a design element we seldom see but that is so visually effective.

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Designer: uknown
Previously Worn: October 11, 2012; October 15, 2007 

Later in the Day, Queen Sonja changed into a different ensemble with brown velvet tam hat. Any day a royal embraces the opportunity to wear multiple hats is a great day! Tams are not trendily fashionable these days, a shame as the style and rich colour suit Sonja really well.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit repeated her classic ivory felt pillbox, worn, as she does, on the back of her head.

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Designer: Mona Strand. Dress by Fendi.
Previously Worn: May 17, 2019;  Dec 10, 2018May 15, 2014Jun 2, 2010May 17, 2010; Dec 10, 2009

Princess Märtha Louise wore am oyster bandeau bow headpiece trimmed with silver and crystal embellishments.

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Designer: 
Previously Worn: I believe this piece is new

What do you think of this quintet of millinery designs today in Oslo?

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