Swedish Queen Attends Bishop’s Ordination

Queen Silvia was at Uppsala Cathedral yesterday to attended the ordination of professor Karin Johannesson as Bishop, an event that saw her wear a new hat.

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In the loveliest, saturated shade of purple straw, the hat’s toque shape is defined by swirled draping that frames Silvia’s face. She often wears hats on the back of her head and the colour and gentle shape of this design suit that placement well. It’s hard to tell without a closeup view but this design looks to be a good addition to her millinery wardrobe.

 

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of Queen Silvia’s new hat?
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Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 1

When Crown Prince Willem-Alexander married Máxima Zorreguieta seventeen years ago, his status as heir to the Dutch throne made the wedding a state occasion and as such, a large number of royal guests attended. We now look at some of these royal hats.

Queen Margrethe’s hat linked with her fur trimmed coat, the domed crown covered in the same textured blue wool fabric. The denim blue inverse brim made this design unique, hugging the bottom of the crown tightly before opening horizontally, the shape punctuated by a slim lighter blue hatband on the under side. the brim’s front brim vent was further highlighted with a pearl brooch. Despite its small footprint, this hat packs a lot of punch- perhaps too much in combination with the fur collar and cuffs on the coat?

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Princess Benedikte wore a silver tweed coat and hat with fur trim on the bumper brim (and collar and dress hem). The scale of fur trim is just right here and the dark colour contrasts AND coordinates beautifully with the fabric. The fur hem of the dress is a little odd but the hat works really well.

Benedikte’s eldest daughter,  Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, topped her lilac dress and coat with a magenta felt brimless hat trimmed with a tall spray of feathers. The pieces are all individually attractive but I’m just not sure they combine well together. Photos of Alexandra’s younger sister, Princess Nathalie, who also attended, elude me.

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Queen Silvia’s midnight blue hat combined straw and velvet- not a combination we often see. The hat’s wide, upturned kettle brim was edged in a wide stripe of velvet which was repeated on the crown. A ruched hatband of light straw added softness, volume and textural contrast between the crown and brim.

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Crown Princess Victoria topped her tailored chocolate suit with a matching straw hat. It’s a hat I’m happy to leave in the past for Victoria, its unrefined finishing and awkward looking hatband making a less than flattering look for her.

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Princess Madeleine’s hat packed a little more style punch and finesse with its angular crown and upswept brim around the back. The sequinned hatband reads a little ‘glitzy cowgirl’ and the roughly woven straw feels slightly unmatched against Madeleine’s beautifully tailored dress and jacket but somehow, the look works for what it was.

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Queen Sonja topped her cantaloupe orange lace suit with a matching silk cloche hat. The upturned brim updated the traditional shape with some angular edge (a touch somewhat nullified by the wide, rather dowdy lace hatband) and a small spray of orange feathers and a canteloupe silk twist on the side attempted to liven the design. A matching canteloupe lace purse and fur stole completed the look- and a lot of canteloupe it was. Melon overkill, I’d say.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit was barely six months into royal life at this point and her ensemble reflects some of this inexperience. Her navy silk cloche hat was embellished by a wide, ruched hatband and the same matchstick cream stitching around the outside of the brim edge as on the neckline of her dress and, in reverse, on her cream coat. All in all, it was rather bland.
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From bland and boring we move to brilliantly bizarre with Princess Märtha Louise’s hat. A fantastical design that combines a tall, olive green felt square-edged hourglass crown, a wide purple felt brim, purple roses and cobalt, orange and red feathers, the hat is unexpected, whimsical and… well, it’s just bonkers. Pairing this embellished purple suit with this hat was a gutsy move I’ve always admired and makes me smile, still.
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Well- there’s much to discuss here! Which hats stand out to you, most? Which hats have weathered the passage of time, best?
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Swedish Royals Welcome Italian State Visit

The Swedish King and Queen welcomed Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his daughter Laura yesterday for the start of a state visit. For the official welcome at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Queen Silvia wore a new hat.

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With a blocked peacock blue felt wave-shaped base, the hat is trimmed with a grey diamond woven veil and a ruffled flower made of grey felt and grey and blue silk. The gentle curves of the base frame Silvia’s head so beautifully and the combination of trim adds another layer of softness. I particularly love the pop of blue to contrast against her exquisite silver grey suit- it’s a good look for her.


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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Crown Princess Victoria wore another one of her go-to headpieces, this one in pale blue. While a good look of this headpiece evades me, we can see it has a straw twist, some feathers and some ruffled silk flowers. Unlike anything else she’s worn before, I suspect this headpiece was specifically chosen to pair with Victoria’s beautiful lace dress.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Malina
Previously Worn: I think this headpiece is new

Princess Sofia also wore a blue headpiece, this one a silk knotted bandeau. The scale and colour suit Sofia very well (it’s so nice to see her in more saturated colour!) and

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Designer: Eivy Flodin. Dress by Hugo Boss.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Laura Mattarella’s burgundy felt pillbox with interesting wired bow at the bottom also deserves some attention here- the use of felt to contrast with her velvet dress is really good, as is that wired bow, which gives a fresh and unexpected twist to the classic shape. It’s really good on her. 

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I can’t imagine the choice of blue on all the royal ladies was coincidental- together, they make a well coordinated group. What do you think of these three new blue millinery designs yesterday in Stockholm?

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Swedish Royals Celebrate Bernadotte Bicentenary

King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel paid a one-day official visit to Pau, France on Sunday to celebrate the Bernadotte Dynasty’s bicentenary.

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The Swedish royal amily posed with Mayor of Pau, Francois Bayrou, in front of a portrait of Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte who was born in the French city and 200 years ago, became king of Sweden and Norway under the name Karl XIV Johan

While Queen Silvia did not wear a hat, Crown Princess Victoria topped her garnet dress with a matching silk floral headpiece in shades of rosy cordovan-brown and deep claret. She wears the autumnal hues well and I adore how the headpiece was chosen to coordinate with the dress rather than perfectly match. Victoria’s go-to choice of floral headpieces at many hat-wearing royal events sometimes feel underwhelming but the substantial scale and interesting layers of colour and texture on this one makes it work well for her and the layers of colour and texture make it an interesting on

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This design is new
Thoughts about this new headpiece?
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Swedish Royals Open Annual Church Meeting

Crown Princess Victoria joined her father this morning for the opening of the Church of Sweden’s annual General Synod meeting. For this event, she wore a blush pink silk floral fascinator tucked beside her chignon. It’s a go-to look for Victoria that fits well for an event where no one else would be wearing a hat.

Designer: unknown, possibly Eivy Flodin
Previously Worn: I believe this is new (it’s different than this headpiece and this one)
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