Opening of Swedish Parliament

Members of the Swedish royal family attended the opening of parliament yesterday, arriving by carriage in the traditional dress code of black and white.

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Queen Silvia the white silk crepe covered calot hat with double stitched seams, black velvet flower and curled black feathers she wore for the German state visit last week.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: Sep 7, 2021Sep 25, 2018

Crown Princess Victoria repeated a headpiece of overlapping black and white bow butterflies.

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Designer: Malinda Damgaard 
Previously Worn: Sep 10, 2019; Sep 13, 2016Oct 19, 2015Sep 15, 2015

I love a crisp black and white look and enjoy the dress code for this annual event. What do you think of the headwear?

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Swedish Royals Host German State Visit

The Swedish royal family welcomed German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Bedenbender yesterday for the start of a three-day state visit.

 

Queen Silvia repeated her white silk crepe covered calot hat with double stitched seams, black velvet flower and curled black feathers. The graphic trim still works so well on this hat, giving it a contemporary vibe that paired well with her black and white ensemble.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn Sep 25, 2018

Elke Bedenbender’s smart red boater with tan binding and hatband deserves mention! The contrasting binding and hatband is a marvelous way to break up her all red ensemble.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore a headpiece of palest apricot hued silk roses, placed above her chignon on the crown of her head. The design pairs well with her cafe au lait dress as does it’s placement, framing Victoria’s face from front view.

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Princess Sofia topped a beautiful dotted dress with a black velvet braided bandeau headpiece. This ensemble also confronts the outdated rule that black and navy shouldn’t be worn together as the shades pair successfully here.

Designer: Eivy Flodin. It is the AlexandrĂ© de Paris – Dahlia – Black
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

What do you think of this group of hats and headpieces yesterday in Stockholm?

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Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Scandinavian Royals

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit;s late afternoon wedding on August 25, 2001 carried a formal dress code. We don’t often cover tiaras here but any daytime diamonds are fair game here at Royal Hats so we’re going to sparkle up the rest of this week and look at the jewels and gowns worn by royal guests to this event (I’ll leave discussion about the jewels to expert Lauren Kiehna and link to her comprehensive history of each diadem).

Queen Sonja topped her jade gown with the very grand diamond and emerald tiara from the Norwegian Emerald Parure

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Princess Märtha Louise wore the modern tiara her grandfather King Olav gifted her in 1989 with diamond ears of wheat and pearls.

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Princess Astrid wore Queen Maud’s Turquoise Circlet tiara, beautifully paired with her pale blue gown.

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Princess Ragnhild wore what is known as Princess Ingebog’s Boucheron Circle Tiara

Queen Margrethe topped her purple ensemble with the romantic heart-shaped Baden Palmette Tiara

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Princess Benedikte wore her Star and Pearl Tiara. Her eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore her mother’s wonderful floral tiara; her younger daughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, is shown below in coral, in an open design tiara I’ve not been able to identify.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore the beautiful scrolled diamond Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wore her diamond tiara with lovely halo shape.

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Queen Silvia wore one of her larger tiaras, Queen Sofia’s Tiara with central starburst and diamond swags.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore her graphic diamond Baden Fringe Tiara

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Princess Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara, a gift from her parents which she would later wear at her own wedding.

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We don’t chat tiaras much here but like hats, a tiara’s shape or scale can suit (or not suit!) their wearers and the ensembles with which they are paired. Which ones here stand out to you most?

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Christening of Prince Julian

Prince Julian, the third son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, was christened this morning at the Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm.

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For this event, Princess Sofia wore an ivory velvet bandeau headpiece with large bow at the back.

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The shape is a great christening choice- the bow frames Sofia’s face and leaves an open view to sweet Prince Julian while the scale gives the look some gravitas. Sofia wears ivory well, the colour contrasting with her dark hair and linking with her floral dress, which is the real statement here. While I’ve got some construction quibbles about the bow, the scale and balance of the piece is on point.

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Designer: Headpieces By M (Matthias Lavesson). Dress is the Etro “Santa Barbara Floral A-Line Long Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress”
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Queen Silvia wore a new brimless hat in pale aqua, trimmed simply with a folded bow along one edge of the design.

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The off-the-face style pairs well with the funnel neck on Silvia’s jacket and while the ensemble is in one colour, the textured crepe used on the hat bow and jacket give enough contract to keep the ensemble from falling flat. While It’s another elegant look for Queen Silvia, I’m a bit curious about placement – the amusing photo below shows a good view of the hat’s shape, albeit mid-air. It looks to me that it is blocked as an oval percher beret and I wonder if it might have worked better worn as such with the bow on top instead of a calot, with bow on one side. Thoughts?

Designer: Hat and suit by Georg et Arend
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria repeated her lilac ribbon flower headpiece. It’s a beautiful design that certainly deserves another outing and while I’m not a great fan of the fussy dress, the headpiece pairs well with it.

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Designer: Parant Parant (Ă–rjan Jackobsson). By Malina ‘Adele’ dress.
Previously Worn: August 31, 2019

Princess Estelle wore a pink dress her mother wore in 1986, topped with a darling white multi-looped hair bow.

Princess Madeleine paired her painterly blue and white dress with cascading headpiece of white silk blossoms tucked behind her right ear. While I hear some of you calling for a hat, I think the delicacy of both the headpiece and dress make them good companions.

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Designer: unknown. Dress is the ‘Luminous Frayed Edge Midi’ by Zimmerman
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Finally, Princess  Leonore and Princess Adrienne wore a sweet blue hair bows.

The Swedish royals do these family milestone events so well, even in a pandemic-mandated reduced capacity. What do you think of thesehats and headpieces today?

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Christening of Princess Estelle, Nine Years On: Royal Guests & Extended Family

t’s no surprise that Princess Estelle’s christening on May 22, 2012 was also attended by numerous royal guests and extended members of the Swedish royal family.

Queen Margrethe wore a navy straw wide-brimmed picture hat. Navy dotted white tulle overlaid the open-weave straw brim and a large flower of white feathers adored the piece on the side. The scale of the piece is such a contrast from the brimless and short-brimmed hats we’re used to seeing on the Danish queen today and while the tulle looks overly fussy to me now, it links the hat well to Margrethe’s dotted ensemble.

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Queen Mathilde (was was Crown Princess at the time, wore a layered calot hat in the same taupe silk chiffon as her skirt. It’s not an terribly exciting hat but anything with more presence likely would have competed with her elaborate beaded jacket and the overall look is certainly festive, however subdued.

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Princess Máxima, who would become queen a year later, stood out in a red suit and Fabienne Delvigne ruched turban. The turban is beautifully draped and pairs well with the modern-vintage vibe of the suit, the vibrant colour giving some much needed pep at an event that, as we’ve seen, saw so many pale and neutral ensembles. Trust Máxima to liven things up.

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Princess Märtha Louise wore a pale straw pink hat with layered raw-edge brim. The jaunty angle provided by the brim’s sidesweeping shape gave it lovely lift and that unfinished edge, echoed on the hat’s wide hatband, contrasted well with the smooth silk of Märtha’s jacket. With diamond chandelier earrings and an ecru and blush striped dress, it was a great look for her.

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As this was Countess StĂ©phanie de Lannoy’s first major royal event (she and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume would marry five months later), it wasn’t a surprise that she dipped into her future mother-in-law’s closet for a hat. This grey pleated silk abaca headpiece by Fabienne Delvigne requires some millinery courage to pull off and while I wasn’t thrilled about its pairing with this grey bouclĂ© jacket, StĂ©phanie still wore it well.

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The King’s sisters were all in attendance, Princess Margaretha in a grey pillbox with side bow, Princess Birgitta in a white rose fascinator and Princess DĂ©sirĂ©e in a red Garbo hat with relaxed brim. Princess Christina wore a disc headpiece in navy straw painted with white Swiss dots, edged in white binding and trimmed with navy and white feathers (see a better view of it at Crown Princess Victoria’s 40th birthday celebration here).

Princess Christina’s daughter-in-laws, Emma Magnussen, Vicky Andren and Frida Bergström were all in attendance. Emma’s navy crin headpiece featured a birdcage-style transparent brim and was studded in slim feathers. Vicky’s taupe straw hat was trimmed in a triple stacked hatband with straw flower and goose feathers on the side.

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Frida Bergström (4th row, far left) wore a loden green pillbox hat swathed in a gold dotted net veil. Also seen in the photo above are Countess Marianne Bernadott (3rd row, far left in front of Frida) in a mint green brimmed hat (see a better view at a later wearing here) and Dagmar von Arbin (4th row, 4th from left) in a purple straw pillbox studded with silk flowers (see a better view at Prince Oscar’s christening here). After the palate of very pale neutrals we saw in the first post, the brighter spring hues seen in the photo above give some welcome vibrancy to this event!

Nearly a decade on, which hats stand out most to you from this event?  To see hats worn by Princess Estelle’s family members and godparents, jump over to this post. 

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