Norwegian Royals Attend Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit  attended the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Town Hall yesterday. For this event, Queen Sonja repeated her black brimless hat with pyramid shaped crown trimmed with sequins. The piece is certainly festive paired with her aubergine velvet jacket.

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Previously Worn: Feb 7, 2014Dec 11, 2013Dec. 10, 2008
Crown Princess Mette-Marit topped her brown tweed and cream colour blocked coat with her winter white felt pillbox hat, worn on the back of her head in the style of a calot.

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Previously Worn: May 15, 2014June 2, 2010May 17, 2010; December 10, 2009
This is always a glittering event- what do you think of these two repeated royal hats?
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Golden Anniversary in Norway

King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday with a service of thanksgiving at Oslo Cathedral, the same church where they married.

For the occasion, Queen Sonja wore a chocolate dotted net veil headpiece tucked into her hair. I thought the headpiece was a bit of a surprise for Sonja, who usually wears hats for major events, until it dawned that the use of the tulle veil might be a bridal reference? If that’s the case, it’s a sweet touch I can’t take issue with, especially as the colour complements Sonja’s hair and her gold suit so well.


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Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Crown Princess Mette Marit wore one of her characteristic headbands, this one a new design in black with small rosettes curving around the ears. Princess Märtha Louise also wore a headband style headpiece in metallic silver. The only hat of the day was worn by Princess Astrid, who repeated her turquoise straw brimless design embellished around one side of the design with with ribbon work flowers. 

  

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Photos from Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix; social media and Getty as indicated

Catching Up Five Scandinavian Royal Hatted Events

The Scandinavian royals were busy this weekend, leaving us five hatted events to catch up!

On Saturday, Queen Margrethe opened a Niels Skovgaard exhibition at Skovgaard Museum. The queen, who has lent a painting from the royal collection for the exhibition (one that usually hangs in her office), repeated her bright pink straw hat with double navy floral hatband and organza mini blossoms on the side.

Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 29, 2018Aug 28, 2017;  June 16, 2017September 12, 2016June 27, 2016June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 201
On Saturday, Princess Benedikte was at Klampenborg Galopbane for her namesake “Princess Benedikt’s Honorary Prize Run” for female amateur riders. For this event, she wore a new cream straw hat with wide brim, upswept on one side. The hat looks to be simply trimmed with a wide hatband in the same cream straw. It’s a lovely, sleek piece that paired especially well with her bright dress and necklace.


Designer: likely Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: This hat is new 
Yesterday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended an ordination service at Uppsala Cathedral. For this service, Queen Silvia topped her patterned royal blue dress with her repeated straw hat in the same hue. The hat features a rounded crown, gently upswept brim and is trimmed with a pleated blue silk hatband and a side spray of blue silk flowers at the side. We’ve discussed recently here about the success (or non success!) of one colour ensembles and I put this one firmly in the ‘success’ category, thanks to the mix of multiple textures on the dress and hat.


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Previously Worn: June 6, 2016  
Also yesterday, Queen Margrethe was in Fredericia  to take part in the 350th anniversary celebration of Sct. Michaelis Church. She repeated her pale pink straw hat with tapered crown and slightly upswept brim on one side, trimmed with white silk flowers and pink silk ribbon hatband and brim binding piped with a slim stripe of white. She was joined for the service by her cousin, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg and his wife, Countess Sussie, who wore a smart raspberry straw bumper hat.

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Designer of Queen Margrethe’s hat:  likely Per Falk Hansen. White silk flowers by Danish fleuriste Effi Pingel
Previously Worn: Nov 23, 2017July 15, 2017
And finally, the Norwegian royal family welcomed Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska today on a three day state visit. For the official welcome, Queen Silvia repeated a cream straw picture hat with trimmed with coral quills.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 19, 2014; May 31, 2012June 2007 
Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore an embellished bandeau headpiece while Princess Astrid looks to be wearing a black  straw brimless hat with domed crown, trimmed with a black net tulle veil.
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Designer of both pieces: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe both are new
My apologies for the poor photos, dearest readers- the Scandinavian royals just get the level of media coverage that their British cousins do. Nevertheless, it’s been a busy weekend of interesting hats across Scandinavia! I think Princess Benedikte’s new design is a particular beauty. 
Photos from social media as indicated; Chresten Bergh and Scanpix Norway

Norwegian Queen Opens Music Festival

On Wednesday, Queen Sonja opened the 66th Bergen International Festival, kicking off a lineup this year that will see 300 events in the areas of theatre, dance, opera and performing arts. For this event, the Norwegian Queen wore a light new summer hat in stripes of white crin. The design features a rounded crown and upturned kettle brim with what looks to be a embellishment (fluted bow? leaf?) of some variety on the right side.

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I try to showcase all new hats (especially ones worn by reigning queens) in stand alone posts here but have resisted hitting the ‘publish’ button on this one. Why? There’s nothing memorably about the shape or style and I really do not like the veined seam that runs down the center of the crown. Perhaps with some different embellishment, it can be improved. I hope we’ll get a better look at the detail of this design on its next outing because, as it stands now, it seems to be lacking in quality and design. I hate to say it but it looks like the kind of thing any of us could pick up at a local discount department store, and that makes me sad. Here’s hoping I’m wrong on this one.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I’m looking forward to you all weighing in on this one to see if I’m being unnecessarily unfair about it!
Photos from Marit Hommedal / NTB scanpix via The Royal House Of Norway

Norwegian Royals Attend Christmas Day Service

King Harald, Queen Sonja, Princess Märtha Louise and her daughters attended Christmas day service together at Holmenkollen Chapel in Oslo yesterday. For this event, Queen Sonja repeated a hat with brown velvet crown and fur bumper brim. The brim coordinates with the collar on Sonja’s coat, a touch which adds a bit of formality to piece.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 14, 2010; Dec 25, 2009; likely others
I find this style of loosely structured crown, even when made in velvet and trimmed in fur, an informal and slightly dowdy look. Two years ago on this same day, Queen Sonja paired this same coat with a chocolate felt fedora. Which hat do you think pairs with this coat best?
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Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2017

Members of the Norwegian royal family attended the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony yesterday in Oslo.

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Queen Sonja wore a black cuffed bumper hat on the back of her head in the style of a calot. The back of the design appears to feature a ruffled bow.  The smaller scale of this design is a common choice for Sonja- it works well with her hair and the Norwegian queen’s petite stature. A better peek at the back detail might endear me more to this design- as it sits now, it’s a bit bland.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
This event was Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s first appearance requiring millinery following her treatment earlier this fall for Benign Positional Vertigo. As such, it was no surprise that her headwear was extremely minimal- a simple black Prada headband. Here’s hoping she is able to recover enough that larger scale headpieces and hats become possible for her to wear again.

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There’s no two ways about it- this hat and headband aren’t terribly exciting. Surprisingly… I’m not sure they needed to be. As much as most of us love to see a hat as the focus of an ensemble, sometimes it needs to be a more simple accessory, tying an ensemble together instead of stepping out as the star. Both the queen and crown princess wore beautiful statement coats yesterday, coats that would have been thrown off balance by statement hats. And at this particular event –  one of considerable global significance – I wonder if millinery not seeking its own star power might be a good thing.
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Norwegian Visit to Ethiopia

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit arrived in Ethiopia on Monday for a two-day visit.

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While it looked like the Crown Princess had donned a pink pillbox for the couple’s official welcome yesterday from  Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, a side view showed the design is actually a slim bandeau that circles her head, trimmed with three overlapping loops behind her right ear.

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Designer: unknown. 
Previously Worn: the headpiece is new
I know, I know…. it’s not a real hat. It is, however, the style of millinery Princess Mette-Marit has worn for most of the past decade (for medical reasons, it is rumoured) and it simply is what it is.
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