to a quintet of hats worn 68 years ago today to the opening of the 1948 London Olympics. From left to right are Prince Olav of Norway, Princess Ragnhild, Princess Märtha, a smiling and very young Prince Harald, and Princess Astrid. Princess Märtha’s hat follows a particularly aerodynamic shape.
This weekly feature was interrupted last weekend for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Hang on to your hats- there’s much news to catch up!
The Swedish monarchs arrived in Bhutan on June 8 for a short state visit. Queen Silvia wore a floral headpiece for a banquet the first evening that looked to be made of real flowers. Part of the visit was more casual and saw the King wearing his trusty old fedora (Swedish Monarchy), brought out again last week for an interview (Svenskdam)
Princess Akiko of Mikasa was uncharacteristically casually dressed (complete with floppy hat) to plant rice with students of Kokugakuin University. Also, several members of the Imperial Family attended a memorial service for the late Prince Katsura (Imperial Family Of Japan)
King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon partook their annual inspection of the King’s Guard (Royal House of Norway)
Flora Ogilvy celebrated Midsummer in a romantic and retro floral turban (Zenouska Mowatt Instagram)
Princess Mary was in head-to-toe camouflage two weekends ago for Home Guard Land Exercises and a parade in Jutland, reviewed by Queen Margrethe in her red straw hat (Danish Monarchy).
The Danish Monarchy also released this throw-back photo to the mid 1980s of Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim wearing the hats of their secondary school, Øregaard Gymnasium
The Danish Royals released a handsome new family photo (Danish Monarchy)
The Swedish royals released beautiful photographs of Prince Nicolas on the occasion of his first birthday here and here (Princess Madeleine Facebook). They also shared this wonderful video of the King and Queen’s wedding which took place 40 years ago, yesterday.
In all of the Ascot madness this week, I’m sure I have forgotten other tidbits of royal news. Please feel free to share them in the comments.
Photo from Stella Pictures
The Norwegian Royal Family celebrated their National Day today with attendance at a children’s parade and a balcony appearance at the royal palace. This year, the women remained in traditional folk dress for all events which meant that the hats were left to the men. King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both donned silk top hats as part of their morning dress and looked quite handsome, indeed.
Photos from Getty as indicated
Princess Mako in a black pillbox at a memorial for the Great Tokyo Air Raid (Imperial Family of Japan)
Princess Michael of Kent in a casual winter hat at the Birmingham Dog Show (Daily Mail)
Prince Bernhard, Prince Maurits and Prince Pieter-Christiaan participated in the first edition of the Hollandse 100 skating and cycling races on March 8 to raise money for Prince Bernhard’s foundation ‘Lymph&Co’ (he’s a lymph node cancer survivor). The princes’ parents, wives and children cheered them on. (PPE Agency and Monarchy Press)
A certain royal blue beanie hat was spotted in Denmark again (Danish Monarchy)
A busy week in Norway as Crown Prince Haakon completed a paratrooper course, the Crown Prince and Princess opened a new library in Furuset and King Harald was on winter military exercise (Royal House of Norway
The Swedish royals released a sweet photo of their newest family member (Kungahuset Facebook)
Danish television has a new documentary series inside the Danish royal palaces. You can watch the first episode, on Amalienborg Palace, here. (DK.tv)
And to show the great extremes experienced in royal life, here are photos of Queen Maxima taken last night in Paris (in an interesting Tom Ford velvet and silk gown) and this morning at a playground in Alpen aan den Rijn. One can only admire a queen who seamlessly goes from diamonds to rubber gloves inside of 12 hours.
Photos from AFP/Pool/Philippe Wojazer via Getty and Patrick Van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis
The Duke of Edinburgh marked the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron with a Fleet Review of more than 180 ships gathered at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Prince Philip, who is Admiral of the Squadron and wore a cap related to this rank, presided over the day’s events aboard a Royal Navy patrol boat.
Sailing is a popular sport among European royals; accomplished royal sailors King Harald of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Constantine of Greece, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Viscount Linley and Prince Henrik of Denmark were in attendance for the naval celebration, all sporting natty nautical caps.
Prince Philip was further accompanied by the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent. While Princess Anne sported a headscarf, the royal men (except for the Vice Admiral) wore hats related to their roles with the squadron.
It looks like an enjoyable day was had by all, doesn’t it?!
Yesterday’s 70th anniversary of VE Day saw numerous commemoration events across Europe. In Norway, Princess Astrid attended a memorial for seamen lost during WWII at the monument to their honour in Oslo. For this event, she wore a jaunty white straw pillbox hat trimmed with feathers and a net veil.
King Harald attended a commemoration ceremony at Akershus Fortress and opened an exhibition on the War Cross, the highest Norwegian military decoration.
The Norwegian court also shared a 70 year old photograph of the royal family’s return to their homeland after the war. The photo, taken June 7, 1945, shows King Haakon, Princess Märtha, young Princess Astrid, future King Harald, future King Olav V and Princess Ragnhild (behind Prince Olav). It’s a poignant moment in Norwegian royal history.
Photos from Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix and Scanpix Archives via The Royal House of Norway
This week, King Harald became the first Scandinavian monarch ever to visit Antarctica (Royal House of Norway)
Queen Elizabeth in grey felt and red feathers to attend church at Sandringham last weekend (PA Picture Desk)
This photo gallery of Queen Silvia’s style over the years includes some rather amusing hats (Svenskdam)
I can’t think of another royal who wears a fedora more effortlessly than Infanta Elena (Blog Real)
The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple toured a steel factory and hats were required. (Luxarazzi)
Lovely photo taken by the Duke of York at a 50th Birthday reception for the Earl & Countess of Wessex (Duke of York Facebook page)
Prince Frederick and Prince Joachim on ski trips with their families in Switzerland (The Daily Mail)
A romantic look at repeatedly worn royal wedding tiaras (The Court Jeweller)
If you haven`t already seen the unique royal portraits of Dutch artist Tiety Entjes-Weij, do take a peek (The Daily Mail)