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 Stéphanie 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 bouclé jacket, Stéphanie 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 Désirée 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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Photos from Getty as indicated; SVT and the Swedish Monarchy

Christening of Princess Adrienne: Swedish Extended Royal Family

We wrap up our look at the hats and headpieces yesterday at the christening of Princess Adrienne with those worn by members of the extended Swedish royal family. While Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée did not wear hats or headpieces to this event, Princess Birgitta wore a white silk rose tucked behind her right ear. Previously worn for Princess Victoria’s 40th birthday celebrations last summer, the hair decoration coordinated nicely on this outing with Birgitta’s lace dress and pearl earrings.

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Princess Désirée’s daughter, Hélène Silfverschiöld, topped her navy dress and coat with a pink straw hat with ruched hatband around the rounded crown and downward brim finished with a short, upturned kettle edge.

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Princess Christina wore a folded headpiece in ecru metallic straw, trimmed with quills and a bow at the back. I adore that this youngest Haga princess consistently brings out statement headpieces for these types of Swedish royal events and thought the piece was wonderful on her. The metallic sheen on this piece pairs so beautifully with her pearls and dress- while all the pieces are in similar oyster hues, the mix of textures and sheen brings them together in such an interesting way.

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Vicky Magnuson topped her pink lace dress with a small cocktail hat with teardrop shaped base, trimmed with straw leaves and crin bows.

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Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte), who turned 102 years old in April and is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, wore a white and yellow plumeria flower trimmed headband. It’s a sweet piece on her.

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Countess Jill Bernadotte of Wisborg (her husband Count Bertil is a grandson of Prince Oscar Bernadotte through his son Folke), wore a headpiece of layered navy folded crin bows, trimmed with navy rosettes and feathers.

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And finally, Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg (widow of the king’s late uncle Sigvard Bernadotte), wore a navy silk JosefineThelin designed navy silk rosette bandeau with a dotted tulle birdcage veil. The bandeau is a lovely, summery pairing for Marianne’s lace dress and jacket

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That wraps up all of the hats and headpieces at Princess Adrienne’s christening! We don’t often see so many floral headpieces at a single royal event, a feature that made this one particularly pretty and memorable. I’m curious to hear which headpieces you liked best. 
Photos from Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures, TT

Swedish Te Deum and Name Day Celebrations

Members of the Swedish royal family attended a Te Deum service of thanksgiving in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm to celebrate the safe arrival of Princess Adrienne, born to Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill last Friday morning.

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For this service, Queen Silvia repeated her blue molded calot hat with feather spray at the side.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
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While Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia and Princess Christina did not wear hats, Countess Marianne Bernadotte attended in a brown fur papakha hat and matching coat (undoubtedly pieces that have been in her wardrobe for decades).

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Today was also Crown Princess Victoria’s name day; Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle joined in on celebrations (receiving a marching band, greeting royal well wishers) held in the palace courtyard. The occasion marked Princess Estelle’s formal hat debut in a navy velour tam simply trimmed with a pale blue ribbon around the cuff base perimeter. With her matching velour collar and faux fur cuffed boots, the hat topped a sweet and appropriately warm ensemble on the young princess.

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Designer: Alline Stockholm
Previously Worn: This hat is new
 While the Te Deum hats were few in number, Princess Estelle’s official hat wearing debut added some millinery excitement to royal events in Sweden today. There has been a progression of hair bows, hair ornaments and decorated headbands for the young princess that slowly and naturally led to her first hat today- the first of hundreds of hats she will wear over the course of her royal life. For a family that doesn’t wear a lot of hats, I think this process of millinery introduction for Princess Estelle has been handled really well.
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Swedish Royals Celebrate New Prince

Yesterday morning, a Te Deum mass was held in the Chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm to give thanks for the family’s newest member, Prince Gabriel Carl Walther. The Queen led her family in a lovely pink silk floral suit topped with her white pleated straw calot hat with back bow and net tulle veil. It’s not the most exciting of hat but it paired well with Silvia’s suit and made a lovely emotional connection to the new baby- the hat’s last outing was for the Te Deum following Prince Alexander’s birth in 2016. The Swedish royals have a penchant for personal connections with their sartorial choices and this was another sweet touch from this royal grandmother.

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Designer: Mode Rosa
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While Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine both skipped hats for this event, Princess Christina trotted out a favourite- her black silk flower headpiece (affectionately known here as “The Helicopter”). The hat is a zany one, no question, but I must admit that it’s pairing with Christina’s bold, striped dress here is the best match we’ve seen so far. It’s also fantastic to see Christina doing so well following her health crisis… she likely deserves a few passes to wear whatever crazy hats she wishes.
Countess Marianne Bernadotte wore my favourite hat o the day, an ecru straw cocktail design with pillbox base trimmed with a large straw and silk bow curl and a swath of net tulle veil. The jaunty angle she wore the hat is the secret to its success here and the pairing of hairstyle, jewellery, hat and suit is wonderful. There’s been ongoing debate here about mature royals and cocktail hats- I think Marianne’s hat proves that this style, when done right, can work beautifully at any age.
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We’ll no doubt see more members of the Swedish royal family in hats for Prince Gabriel’s christening but for now, what do you think of this millinery trio?
Photos from Pelle T. Nilsson via Stella Pictures

Christening of Prince Alexander: Extended Family & Guests

After reviewing the hats and headpieces worn by Princess Sofia and members of the Swedish royal family to Prince Alexander’s christening last Friday, it’s now time to turn our attention to those worn by extended family and royal guests. The only foreign royal guests at this event were Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria (Prince Leopold is Prince Carl Philip’s godfather). Princess Ursula followed the trend set by the Swedish royal family, opting for a triple silk bow fascinator with cascade of feathers in pale sky blue. The headpiece is fun but its whimsical feel was at odds with her more streamlined and formal coat. I really like both pieces… but not together.

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The Haga princesses were represented by Princess Margaretha, who did not wear a hat. Frida Bergström, partner of Princess Christina’s son Victor Magnusson who was named as one of Prince Alexander’s godparents, was one of just two members of the extended Swedish royal family to wear a full-on hat. In pale oyster grey straw, the large saucer hat features a gently sloped pyramid at the crown that extends to a slight point on the bottom brim; the hat is simply trimmed with a straw double bow with centre knot embellished with crystals. The scale of this piece works well on Friday and while the colour is not best for her, I like the hat simply because it stands out amidst all the other headbands and fascinators at this event.

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Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg repeated the silk flower and arrow trimmed gold feather headpiece she wore to King Carl Gustaf’s 70th birthday celebrations on April 30.  Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte) who at 100 years old is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, topped her coral suit with a small black silk bow and net fascinator.

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Countess Jill Bernadotte (wife of Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg) topped her honeycomb suit with a natty navy straw hat trimmed in feathers. The shape of this piece is a little unusual but it works with Jill’s short hairstyle and fits well with the informality of this event.

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Several members of Queen Silvia’s extended family were also in attendance. Bettina Aussems (wife of Silvia’s nephew Thomas Sommerlath) wore one of my favourite pieces of millinery at this event. Built on a base of transparent black straw, this cocktail hat is all about its central mass of striped feathers. The overall flower shape of the piece is so lovely and the gentle sense of movement provided by the swaying feathers (which were beautifully caught by even the slightest breeze) made me smile. I think this is a great example of how to do a hat at an informal event… and the royals could take note!

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The other Sommerlath family members in attendance were Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick, his wife Maline and their family. Maline wore a simple navy fascinator attached to a headband while the couple’s twin daughters Chloe and Anais wore darling floral trimmed headbands.

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And that wraps up the hats and headpieces at this christening. Several of you have commented about the wide use of headbands and fascinators at this event and wondered if this is  a permanent millinery future direction the Swedish royal family. While the Swedish royal princesses have favoured smaller headpieces for several years, the King’s 70th birthday celebration in April showed that when royal hat ‘A game’ is required, the Swedish royals deliver. Prince Alexander is fifth in line to the throne and as such, his christening was a less formal event than those of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. I think the informal headpieces we saw here were simply a reflection of the overall informality of the event and not a permanent eschewing of hats.
Now that we’ve seen all the millinery worn for this occasion, are you able to choose your stand out favourites?
Photos from Olle Sporrong, Meli Petersson Ellafi, Anders Wiklund/TT, Jonas Ekstromer/TT, Henrik Montgomery and Claudio Besciani/TT via IBL and TT News Agency