This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora cheering on his son at the racetrack last weekend (Svenskdam)

A pair of nautical and rain hats for the Norwegian monarchs last weekend as they closed the 2016 royal yacht tour

Queen Silvia in a simple black hat for the funeral of Countess Gunnila Bernadotte on Thursday (Swedish Royal Court)

Great article about the designer and story behind the hat worn by Sophie Gregoire Trudeau for last weekend’s royal welcome (Ottawa Citizen)

Even the royals do standard ‘baby in pumpkin patch with cozy hat’ poses. Here is adorable Prince Oscar.

Wonderful conclusion last weekend to the Countess of Wessex’s cycle from Edinburgh to London in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Daily Mail)

Interesting interview with Crown Prince Leka of Albania (who was raised in exile in South Africa) as lead up to his October 8 wedding, Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here and Part 5 here (Noblesse et Royautes blog)

Speaking of weddings- huge thanks to our friends at Luxarazzi for translating RTL’s interview this week with Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on the occasion of their tenth wedding anniversary.

Sculptures made by Prince Henrik of Denmark are featured in a Spanish exhibition (El Diario)

Great interview with Queen Margrethe released yesterday, sharing the story behind an embroidered tapestry she designed and will be presenting to Schlosskirche in Wittenberg next week. Her stance on Danish succession and smoking is also made rather clear (Der Spiegel)

While we will always shy away from politics here at Royal Hats, this interview with King Abdullah of Jordan is insightful (60 Minutes)

Princess Beatrice became the first member of the British Royal Family to complete a triathlon this week, all in support of charity (Daily Mail)

And to close out the week with something to warm your heart-  wonderful moments captured on Thursday (all by British photographer extraordinaire Chris Jackson) when a number of Canadian military families joined the Cambridges in Victoria for an outdoor children’s party. Charlotte’s hair bow is by Amaia Kids. So sweet

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Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King

Festivities for the 70th birthday of King Carl Gutaf IX continued today with schedule of daytime events that included a Te Deum Thanksgiving Service at the Royal Palace, Armed Forces tribute, choral tribute and cortege, and lunch hosted by the City of Stockholm.

As expected, the day’s events saw new millinery worn by the Swedish royal ladies. Queen Silvia wore a large picture hat with mushroom-shaped brim in pale pink straw. The hat’s small, rounded crown was trimmed in a ring of pink silk that knotted at the side into a flying silk and straw bow. It’s a much larger hat than we’re used to seeing on Silvia but the size seemed to convey the importance of the occasion.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria topped her striped dress and white coat with a white straw hat. The hat featured an angular , off-centred peak at the top of the crown (very similar to this hat), and a diagonally upfolded brim. A pleated band of black patent leather finished the piece, circling round the base of the crown and ending in an elaborate ringed knot at the side. The angular lines of the piece work well on Victoria and while I didn’t like the hat in combination with the coat, it’s a great topper to her striped dress. We can’t forget wee Prince Oscar, who made his official début in a blue knitted cap.

Designer: Philip Treacy desicn OC-153 from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Sofia topped her pale pink dress and white coat with a headpiece of silk roses and pale green velvet leaves. While she undoubtedly is focused these days on her brand new son, Prince Alexander, I would have preferred to see her in something more than these few faux blooms.

Princess Sofia, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Sofia, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new. 

The other ‘blooming’ hat at this event was worn by Princess Madeleine. Her percher hat featured a sculptured saucer in black straw edged in white windowpane sinamay. The tall, fluted side of the hat was trimmed with huge silk cabbage roses in the same pale pink as her coat. This is a far more bold and dramatic hat than Madeleine usually chooses and it would have been a home run without those two unfortunately placed black appliqué flowers on the neckline of her dress. How I want to take a scissors to those things.

Designer: Philip Treacy design OC-109 from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Such large, hatted events happen only a few times per year and it is wonderful to see the spirit of fun and celebration that was undoubtedly part of the day, also visible in these hats. Which ones stood out to you?