Spanish Monarchs Begin State Visit To Sweden

King Felipe and Queen Letizia arrived in Stockholm today to kick off a two-day state visit to Sweden.

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For their arrival, Queen Letizia wore an orange draped silk abacca bandeau headpiece trimmed with feather flowers, dyed a slightly darker shade and place on one side of the design.

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The colour is fantastic on the Spanish queen as is the scale. The flower placement is also interesting, framing the face instead of on top of the design, leaving the drape of the silk abaca visible. I have some quibbles about the silk abaca drape (lovelier in the video below than in photographs today) and the seasonal clash between summery headpiece and wintry cape but as Letizia does not always wear hats or headpieces for state visits, it was fantastic to see her in something today.

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Designer: It is the Guilia design by Cherubina. Dress by Carolina Herrera.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Queen Silvia repeated a bumper hat in vibrant magenta felt, worn on the back of her head in the style of a calot. The hat is trimmed with a felt cutout leaf on one side that anchors a small bunch of wispy feathers that lay across the front of the design and cascade off the other side. The saturated colour is so great on Silvia and the hat combines with the matching coat to create a polished but punchy ensemble (especially standing next to Queen Letizia in that luscious orange!).

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: May 23, 2019 

Crown Princess Victoria repeated a pale blue silk rose headpiece with ice blue straw twists. Princess Sofia paired her black floral dress with a black casque headpiece with chevron pointed edge.

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Designer: both are unknown
Previously Worn (Princess Victoria): Jun 14, 2019
Previously Worn (Princess Victoria): this headpiece is new

In the afternoon, the monarchs visited the Nobel Museum to see a special exhibition on Santiago Ramon y Cajal. For this, King Carl Gustaf donned a sharp dark navy Borsalino fedora.

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What do you think about this group of hats today in Sweden?

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This Week’s Extras

On Tuesday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended the annual anniversary at the art museum Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm, the queen in an ivory hat with wide ruched hatband and rose on the side.
Yesterday, took part in the annual “Kungsrallyt” for older vintage cars in Borgholm, Öland, the king in a natty fedora at the wheel of his prized 1946 Volvo PV-60. Queen Silvia wore a vintage shaped straw hat with low crown and curving brim trimmed in a ring of silk wild flowers.

King Jigme Khesar in a military beret on Friday for the Attestation Parade of the 77th group of Recruits to the Royal Bhutan Army at the Military Training Centre in Tencholing, Wangduephodrang.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderfully unique diamond leather overlay on this wide brimmed hat by Dutch designer Irene van Vugt
Black straw bandeau with wonderfully vibrant and whimsical strawflower trim by British milliner Josephine Willis
Deep orange straw Breton hat with braid leaf trim by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Another absolutely spectacular brim on this ecru straw hat by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Curved half hat covered in spotted feathers with feather studded veil by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Ivory straw bandeau with vibrant green striped binding and bow by Japanese brand Emera Beret
I LOVE seeing something completely new on a hat. The colour block, thread-wrapped brim on this bright pink felt hat by British milliner Viviane Gomis is just that!
Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson’s new collection is full of incredible feather work like this black & white design
Absolutely wonderful colour on this orange button with red feathers by Australian brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
German milliner Ulrike Strelow proving that denim can be chic and so stylish with this brimmed driving cap
Adore all the ombre shades of pink in this sinamay percher with twist trim by Australian milliner Rachel Henry
Grey baroque freshwater pearl encrusted bandeau by British milliner Jane Taylor
Gorgeous crin on this button by Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison and this brim by Dutch milliner Marilène De Zomer
Lovely shape and featherwork in this blue and yellow headpiece by Australian brand With Grace Millinery
Refined grey and pink straw trilby with the most beautiful layered ombre hatband by British milliner Louise Pocock

Sad news from Liechtenstein, announcing the death of Princess Marie at age 81.

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This Week’s Extras

Prince Albert, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques were all in hats to inaugurate the Port of “Cala Del Forte” in Ventimiglia on Friday
King Carl Gustaf in a natty straw fedora yesterday to open a garden exhibition at Solliden Castle.
Yesterday, the Countess of Wessex was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in a new navy felt fedora with feather trim from Hayfield England.
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Today, the Countess and Lady Louise both displayed their carriage driving skills, Sophie in a navy velvet hat with oversize crown and Louise in her olive top hat with curled brim and feather trim.

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:
Spectacular feathers on this red beaded button percher inspired by volcanoes by British milliner Nora De la Quintana
Wonderful pink straw percher with ombre rings and feather starburst by Nigerian brand Coral Earth Finery
Elegant pale grey saucer with flowers and feathers by British milliner Beverley Edmondson
Whimsical rolled sinamay climbing vine headpiece by British brand Miss Ava’s Millinery
Very handsome blue graphic check newsboy cap by American brand Bailey Hats
A statement hat in natural straw with chartreuse and purple trim by New York brand Kokin
Exquisite sky blue textured saucer with crin extended brim by London-based Merve Bayindir Millinery
A charming lavender straw cloche with swirling hatband by French brand Mei Mei Chapeaux
Vibrant striped straw hat with looped bow trim by Japanese milliner Yumiko Kuroiwa
Oversized ivory straw pillbox with large black bow by Australian milliner Meghan Briton
Fantastic contrast on this blush wide brimmed hat with black velvet trim by Irish brand Millinery By Mairéad
Amazing woven hat in black cotton organdie with scarlet peek-a-boo underbrim by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
I love seeing recycled materials used creatively on hats- this percher by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit is so smart!

Lovely photos of Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess with Prince Charles yesterday at Ettelbruck Agricultural Fair

 

Ian Rank-Broadley’s statue of the late Princess of Wales was unveiled Thursday in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace.
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This Week’s Extras

King Willem-Alexander re-enacted his marriage proposal to Queen Máxima on the pond at Huis ten Bosch Palace, the couple in matching knit winter hats.
 The Swedish royal family in knit hats to cross country ski together
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful Valentine’s themed designs by Australian milliner Jill Humphries and Dutch milliner Berry Rutjes
Adore the plum and teal scheme on this button percher with silk abaca bow by British brand Camilla Rose Millinery
Watermelon pink beret percher with perfect bow by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
 Amazing quilled black straw braid halo bandeau studded with pearls by Australian brand Zia Pazza Headwear
 Grey-blue felt bucket hat with whimsical faux fur brim by British milliner Laura James
Charming blush straw Tiffany hat with bow by German brand Atelier Hutgeflüster
Elegant camel felt beret percher with veil and two cafe au lait feathers by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Stunning headpiece of orange and red cascading silk leaves by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Pyramid hat in black and red checked buntal straw with black lace and tassel by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio​
Chic cream straw trilby with black hatband and brim binding by American milliner Jill Courtemanche
Lovely bandeau headpiece of oxblood feather flowers by German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Incredible feather work on this teardrop percher with wave in ombre blue by Australian milliner Jill Humphries

 

Fascinating story of a lost, found and restored couture gown worn by an American socialite who was briefly married to a Polish prince (Town and Country)
Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

The British royal family is growing! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son arrived safely this week and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that a sibling is expected for Archie.

 

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Kiko in a simple black short-brimmed hat Monday for a service at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery
King Carl Gustaf in a very smart navy felt fedora by Italian brand Borsalino today for the official opening of the Slussbron bridge, along with his eldest daughter and granddaughter
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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit in cozy hats to celebrate Princess Ingrid’s gold medal at the Norwegian junior surfing championship; Crown Princess Mary in a knit hat to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the New Little Belt Bridge
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Blush straw saucer trimmed with pastel sinamay spheres by Australian milliner Enza Geddes
Supremely elegant wheat straw boater hat with black hatband by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
White bandeau with shocking barbed wire trim by American milliner Tiffany Arey
Luxe claret felt looped percher with twists and silk rose by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Spectacular wired headpiece of pink crin and metallic ribbon by Australian milliner Rebecca Share
Vintage inspired rolled edge black felt percher with crin bows by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio
Blush and peach straw and ostrich feather bandeau headpiece
by Australian milliner Reny Kestel
Whimsical loden green felt fedora with orange stitched leaves by UK milliner Siana Yewdall
Orange and pink flying crin flower headpiece by Australian milliner Wendy Sculley
Fantastic fascinator of parasisal ballet slippers with silk binding and leather soles by Australian milliner Stephanie Spencer

Bold boater hat covered with reverse navy & cream zebra prints by Australian brand Jettah & Till Design Millinery
Orange felt hat with wide cuffed brim by Tronto-based milliner Jay Cheng
Layered pink and grey sinamay oversize saucer with grey feather dahlias by UK brand Stephanie Elizabeth Millinery
Charming grey and magenta plaid button percher with felt leaves by French milliner Jeannie Clark
Blush felt extended brim fedora with the most beautiful folded ribbon hatband by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

Lovely photos released by the Imperial Household Agency to commemorate the Empress Emeritus’ 86th birthday and Princess Mako’s 29th.


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