Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit celebrate their 20th anniversary today and as such, we are taking time this week to look back over their 2001 wedding.

Prince Haakon was the second in a line of European crown princes to marry in the early 2000s which, understandably, attracted much attention, as did his choice of fiancé. Thankfully, the intervening twenty years have brought acceptance for Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, whose past involvement in Oslo’s house-party drug culture and four-year old son made her marriage to the crown prince somewhat controversial. In the end, love prevailed and the couple married on  August 25, 2001 at Oslo Cathedral.

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Norwegian Designer Ove Harder Finseth collaborated with Mette-Marit on her bridal gown, its silhouette inspired by the coronation gown Queen Maud wore in 1906.

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The result was a thoroughly modern gown made from custom-dyed ecru silk crepe and 125 meters of silk tulle. The gown’s gently curved open neckline and horizontally draped bodice beautifully softened the minimalist design.

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Full length sleeves and an exquisitely draped skirt that extended to a two meter long train emphasized the gown’s elegant and sweeping line.

King Harald and Queen Sonja gifted an antique bandeau diamond tiara to their their new daughter-in-law. The Edwardian piece, which dates to about 1910 and features a delicate scrolled daisy motif, has since become her signature tiara.

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Mette-Marit’s bridal look was completed with a 6-meter long silk veil tucked into the chignon on the back of her head which, unusually, extended well beyond the train of her gown.  The exquisite combination of train and veil, as one commentator wrote, “creates the effect of a bride floating down the aisle on her own personal cloud.”  The overall bridal look was one of lightness and restraint that suited her, perfectly.

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Crown Prince Haakon, and his best man Crown Prince Frederik, both wore military uniform.

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Adult bridesmaid  Linda Tånevik wore a silver-lilac silk halter necked gown and wrap with silver hair ornaments studded throughout her updo. The young flower girls, Mette-Marit’s nieces and children of Haakon’s maternal cousin, wore delicate woven floral wreaths in the same purple blooms as in the bride’s trailing bouquet.

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What do you think of this bridal look, 20 years on? For tiaras (and uniform caps!) worn by Norwegian royal family members and other royal guests, jump over to these posts:

Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Scandinavian Royals

Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: European Royals


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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, royals from the houses Bonaparte, Orleans, Bourbon and Murat gathered in Paris to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death. Princess Philomena, Countess of Paris, wore a black feather and crin fascinator.

On Tuesday, Crown Prince Frederik marked the anniversary of the liberation of Denmark in Haderslev
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Salmon pink straw percher with lighter-than-air silk oversize poppies by UK brand John Boyd Millinery
Adore the crown contours on this sunny yellow fedora by Bulgarian brand Hatter’s Daughter
Sky blue crin halo bandeau with statement goose feather pinwheel by UK brand SB Millinery
 Mulberry straw disc rimmed in silk blooms by French milliner Clothilde Toussaint
Ivory button with lavender and apricot ombre flying bow birds by British milliner Awon Golding
Fantastic texture and shape on these woven straw caps by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Adore the swoosh stripes on this black and white felt cloche by British milliner Anne MacDonald


Black mini button percher with the most beautiful calligraphic wired twists by UK milliner Piers Atkinson
Blush lace covered pyramid with crin brim extension by London-based milliner Merve Bayindir
Striking quilled straw disc in hues of blue by Australian milliner Michelle Robinson
Natural straw hat with camellias and green abaca draped hatband by American milliner Maria Etkind
Seafoam straw hat with hexagon shape halo brim and gold wire trim by British milliner Sarah VandenBon
Collapsible summer cloche in vibrant orange and pink by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Lovely floral patterned hatband and brim binding on this straw hat by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
Gorgeous lace placement on this blue straw beret percher by British milliner Lucy Davies


Sweet photos of Prince Henrik shared for his 12th birthday

Prince Albert attended the Monaco E-Prix with his children and their maternal cousin Kaia.
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The Hereditary Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg planted a cherry tree in Oetrange to celebrate Prince Charles’ first birthday. They also released a sweet video you can watch below.

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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, October 23, Swazi King Mswati III and his newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama arrived in Sochi to take part in the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit. Inkhosikati LaMashwama wore a magenta straw disc percher hat trimmed with straw twists, rosettes, feathers and sparkle crin bows
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On Thursday, October 24, Princess Yoko wore a sunny, tall-crowned cloche to open the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. The same day, Princess Kiko wore a beige silk covered bumper hat with smocked side panel to open the Meiji Jingu Museum

Also on October 26, Queen Margrethe repeated her tan, caramel, chocolate and burgundy checked hat with short  brim and stacked hatbands for military awards and parades at Fredericia. Crown Prince Frederick wore a Tyrolean hat to host a hunt on the Gludsted Plantation in central Jutland on Monday, October 28.
The Imperial Princesses in hats on Monday for the 3rd court enthronement banquet. Last Sunday, a memorial for the Prince of Mikasa (Takahito) was held on the third anniversary of his death. Crown Princes Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako, Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, Princess Akiko, Princess Yoko and Princes Tsuguko were all in attendance in demure black hats.

On Thursday, Queen Maxima repeated her warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept brim.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
And from British milliner, millinery instructor and millinery flower maker Ann Tomlin, this whimsically wonderful green button percher trimmed with a handmade wildflower garden. It’s just so charming.

Lovely new portraits of the Belgian royal family (see here, here and here) released last weekend for the celebration of Princess Elisabeth’s 18th birthday
The Norwegian and Greek royals shared inspiration for their Halloween costumes this year

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This Week’s Extras

On Monday, the Akishinos visited the Imperial Musashino Cemetery in Hachioji. Princess Kiko wore a black silk bumper hat.
Prince Charles in a white kippah on Tuesday for a visit to the Nidhe Israel synagogue in Bridgetown, Barbados
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On Wednesday, a concert by music university graduates held at the Imperial Palace was enjoyed by several members of the Japanese royal family. Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko repeated bumper hats in oyster beige and pale blue; Princess Mako wore a navy cuffed calot with pointed sides and Princess Kako, a pale blue silk bowler hat. Princess Akiko repeated a pistachio green brimmed hat and Princess Yoko, a black design with square crown and short kettle brim edged in trim.

Yesterday, Queen Mathilde attended the funeral of Cardinal Godfried Danneels in her black calot wrapped in overlaid wide stripes of textured black woven fabric and trimmed with a large looped rosette on the side.
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During this week’s Danish state visit to Argentina, Crown Prince Frederik gained a bird’s eye view of a wind farm development (wind turbines from designed and built by a Danish company) near the city of Bahia Blanca. The Danish monarchy also shared photographs taken in northern Argentina after the official visit that show Queen Margrethe in what looks like a new, flat crowned, red brimmed hat 

Congratulations to Princess Kako who is graduating from the International Christian University in Tokyo. She took part in the graduation ceremony yesterday  in a gown and mortarboard hat.
Casual hats for Peter Phillips and Princess Anne today, cheering on Zara Tindall who is competing at the Gatcombe Horse Trials held on the grounds of Princess Anne’s estate.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Statement gold freeform percher with butterflies by New York brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Purple feather covered pillbox percher from Melbourne brand Jill & Jack Millinery
Sharp stylized cream felt trilby with black floral trim from Russian milliner Denis Gulyaev
Adore the colour contrast on this large copper straw disk with blue feathers from Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison
Vibrant purple straw button percher with pink flower and feather spray from US brand Fascinate Designs
Wonderful vintage print on this navy and cream pillbox by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Blush straw saucer with light-as-air tulle pompom trim from British milliner Sarah Cant
Sculptural and beautifully draped red felt headpiece from American brand ChuChu NY
For our dear gents, this very elegant black beaver felt fedora from Danish brand Hornskov København
In a time when the need for recycling only increases in importance, Kenya-based milliner Chloe Mitchell
trimmed this charming ecru and grey floral embellished percher entirely out of felt scraps

And from British milliner Marisa Groom, this cream straw beret percher with ivory, ecru and pink organza ruffles.

Those sweet royal twins in Monaco don’t miss a holiday, do they?! So sweet

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This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of Northumberland hosted the Prince of Wales for a day away of engagements on September 12 in a white pompom trimmed grey wool tam o’shanter

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Back on September 15, Princess Helene of Yugoslavia (granddaughter of Regent Prince Paul of Yugoslavia and King Umberto II of Italy) and  married Stanislas Fougeron in Villeprevost, France. In the final photo below, you’ll see Princess Lea of Belgium in the second row in a cream floral trouser ensemble with wide brimmed hat.

The Prince of Wales in military hats on September 22 to present a new Guidon to The Queen’s own Yeomanry and this morning to present medals to members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s Black Watch 3rd Battalion.

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The Duchess of Cambridge atttended her friend Sophie Carter’s wedding last weekend in a cornflower blue silk flower and crin bandeau headpiece from Juliette Botterill. It’s such a pretty colour but the combination of this design with the matching dress and coat reads too twee for my liking.

Crown Prince Frederik visited Frederikshavn in military uniform on Monday to celebrate the city’s 200th anniversary

King Carl Gustaf visited several sites in Östergötland on Thursday in his trusty brown fedora hat. 

Princess Hisako and Crown Princess Masako both wore hats in fresh green hues this week- Princess Hisako officially closed the 7th Special Olympics National Summer Games in Aichi on Wednesday in this cream hat with green hatband and starburst bow while Crown Princess Masako wore this pistachio green bowler with brocade hatband on Thursday at the World Social Science Forum in Fukuoka.

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Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies brought her daughters to a Fashion 4 Development event in New York. Her younger daughter, Princess Chiara, sported a red feathered fascinator.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Camel felt beret with amazing leather applique and pearls from Scottish brand Angels & Insects Edinburgh
Luxuriously beautiful plum velvet percher hat with crin pleated ruffle from British milliner Jane Taylor
Silk abacca twisted bandeau headpieces from Australian brand Millinery By Mel
Striking black lace covered fedora with silk orchid trim from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Raspberry felt hat with jaunty brim and relaxed crown from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Stunning white percher with black floral trim from Guangzhou-based brand Vivian Blooms
Ice blue saucer with eye-catching, sliced leather curvy trim from Munich milliner Nicki Marquardt
Pink pearlescent leather percher with fuchsia flower from Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice
Black and white houndstooth straw percher with black ostrich pouf from Brisbane milliner Meg Rafter
Whimsical (and very tall!) design of pleated crin ruffles in rainbow hues from British milliner Bundle McLaren


Royal Hats

Much has been written about the Duchess of Sussex’s first charity project in support of the Hubb Community Kitchen. Take time to read the cookbook’s forward (see it here)– clearly written in her own voice, it’s compelling and beautiful.

Mike and Zara Tindall joined the first leg of the Blue Marine Foundation fundraiser cycle ride from London to Monaco last week (they joined in from London to Dover).

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene brought along Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques for a ceremony yesterday to christen two yachts.

Beautiful images shared from the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Africa this week

We end this week with another stunning landscape photo from James Ogilvy. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Photos from social media and Getty Images as indicated; Sankei and The Asahi Shimbun via Getty