The Danish Royal Family gathered together today in Copenhagen for the official opening of Parliament. This annual event is often occasion to debut new hats and today, there were three new beauties! Queen Margrethe led her family in a smart new ensemble in cornflower blue. Covered in the same silk crepe as her dress and tailored jacke, the matching brimless hat is simply trimmed with a stitched twist bow on the side. While I think I’d prefer the hat more if it was more of a calot on the back of Margrethe’s head instead of this helmet-like style, its a go-to shape for her and the colour is wonderful. We’ll undoubtedly see the ensemble many times again but I think it’s a good addition to her wardrobe.
Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen Previously Worn: This hat is new
Crown Princess Mary also wore a new hat, a black felt bumper design with piped crown and small feather spray on the side. I adore the scale and placement, which makes the hat look like a rounded pillbox from some angles. We’ve not seen Princess Mary in many bumper hats (I think this is the first) and this one is also a great addition to her millinery closet.
Designer: Susanne Juul Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Marie wore the only repeated hat of the day, her navy calot with large side bow. This remains a great hat for petite Marie, whose hair styled to one side was a great counterpoint to the hats large bow.
Princess Benedikte also wore a new hat, a wide brimmed chocolate felt design with simply shaped, rounded crown, trimmed with a felt hatband and autumnal-hued spray of feathers on the side. The combination of hat, chocolate wrap and orange dress is a good one and the ensemble has that effortless elegance we often associate with Princess Benedikte.
On Monday, members of the Danish royal family gathered at Lyngby Church for the funeral of Princess Elisabeth who passed away on June 19. Queen Margrethe was joined by her two sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie, all in black hats to remember their cousin’s life.
Also in attendance was Elisabeth’s brother, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg, his wife Countess Sussie (below right) and their three nieces, Countesses Feodora, Camilla and Josephineof Rosenborg, daughters of Ingolf’s late brother Count Christian of Rosenborg, all in black hats.
Photos from The Danish Monarchy and Keld Navntoft/Ritzau Scanpix
Last Saturday, Princess Benedikte attended festivities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Egernsund Bridge. It was a full-circle moment for the princess, who originally opened the bridge between Egernsund and Gråsten in 1968 which replaced Denmark’s last chain ferry
For this event, Princess Benedikte repeated her recently debuted oyster straw beret with twisted ruffle detail. This photos give a better view of the hat than we’ve yet seen- it’s certainly a neutral design but not a boring one, thanks to that twisted embellishment. Paired here with a white suit, the hat makes for an understated and elegant ensemble.
Designer: Likely Susanne Juul Previously Worn: May 5, 2018
Now that we’ve had a better look at this hat, what do you think of it?
The Scandinavian royals were busy this weekend, leaving us five hatted events to catch up!
On Saturday, Queen Margrethe opened a Niels Skovgaard exhibition at Skovgaard Museum. The queen, who has lent a painting from the royal collection for the exhibition (one that usually hangs in her office), repeated her bright pink straw hat with double navy floral hatband and organza mini blossoms on the side.
On Saturday, Princess Benedikte was at Klampenborg Galopbane for her namesake “Princess Benedikt’s Honorary Prize Run” for female amateur riders. For this event, she wore a new cream straw hat with wide brim, upswept on one side. The hat looks to be simply trimmed with a wide hatband in the same cream straw. It’s a lovely, sleek piece that paired especially well with her bright dress and necklace.
Designer: likely Susanne Juul Previously Worn: This hat is new
Yesterday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended an ordination service at Uppsala Cathedral. For this service, Queen Silvia topped her patterned royal blue dress with her repeated straw hat in the same hue. The hat features a rounded crown, gently upswept brim and is trimmed with a pleated blue silk hatband and a side spray of blue silk flowers at the side. We’ve discussed recently here about the success (or non success!) of one colour ensembles and I put this one firmly in the ‘success’ category, thanks to the mix of multiple textures on the dress and hat.
King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attend a church service for the episcopal ordinations at Uppsala Cathedral in Stockholm. pic.twitter.com/Z8OMaLvGtt
Also yesterday, Queen Margrethe was in Fredericia to take part in the 350th anniversary celebration of Sct. Michaelis Church. She repeated her pale pink straw hat with tapered crown and slightly upswept brim on one side, trimmed with white silk flowers and pink silk ribbon hatband and brim binding piped with a slim stripe of white. She was joined for the service by her cousin, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg and his wife, Countess Sussie, who wore a smart raspberry straw bumper hat.
Designer of Queen Margrethe’s hat: likely Per Falk Hansen. White silk flowers by Danish fleuriste Effi Pingel Previously Worn:Nov 23, 2017; July 15, 2017
And finally, the Norwegian royal family welcomed Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska today on a three day state visit. For the official welcome, Queen Silvia repeated a cream straw picture hat with trimmed with coral quills.
President @Andrej_Kiska of Slovakia has arrived in Norway today for a three-day state visit. From left: Princess Astrid, Queen Sonja, President Andrej Kiska, King Harald V, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon. (Photos: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix) 🇸🇰🇳🇴 pic.twitter.com/b9yYOReNWk
Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore an embellished bandeau headpiece while Princess Astrid looks to be wearing a black straw brimless hat with domed crown, trimmed with a black net tulle veil.
Designer of both pieces: unknown Previously Worn: I believe both are new
My apologies for the poor photos, dearest readers- the Scandinavian royals just get the level of media coverage that their British cousins do. Nevertheless, it’s been a busy weekend of interesting hats across Scandinavia! I think Princess Benedikte’s new design is a particular beauty.
Photos from social media as indicated; Chresten Bergh and Scanpix Norway
On Monday, Princess Benedikte officially opened the Mølleparken sports center in Dianalund. For this she, repeated a hat that is new here at Royal Hats- somehow, I missed its debut last spring. In narrow navy (or black? it’s hard to tell) and ecru stripes, the straw design features a relaxed kettle brim and is simply trimmed with an ecru hatband edged on the top and bottom with a navy stripe.
The hat is certainly on the side of informal and while it’s not my favourite in Princess Benedikte’s wardrobe, it works for less formal events like these.
On Tuesday, Queen Margrethe opened the royal yacht Dannebrog’s sailing season in her repeated navy felt hat with silk hatband that ties in a side bow. With her navy suit, red and white blouse and anchor brooch, the hat topped a suitably (but not to obviously) nautical ensemble.
Yesterday, the Danish Queen was at Frederiksberg Castle to visit the Army Officer School headquartered there on this, its 150th anniversary year. For this event, she repeated a straw hat with ecru crown and double grey brim. This design is intriguing- something not always said about a design in such neutral colours – with the upper brim in a kettle upturn and the lower brim, under a white band, appearing to be flat. I want to see this closeup for a final verdict but it looks wonderfully promising.
Queen Margrethe visited today the Army Officer School, which has its 150th anniversary this year. The anniversary was celebrated at Frederiksberg Castle, which has been the headquarters of the school since 1868. pic.twitter.com/rcyrcLHJrr
Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen Previously Worn: Oct 9, 2007
Today, Queen Margrethe was joined by her sisters, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, to celebrate the city of Kolding’s 750th anniversary. The visit, which included a stop at a new exhibition held at Kolding Castle Museum, Queen Margrethe repeated her red bumper hat with navy floral patterned bow trim. Princess Benedikte wore a new pale grey straw beret base percher decorated with a pleated grey silk ruffle. Queen Anne-Marie wore an upswept brim design in natural straw that appears to be embellished.
Today, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her sisters, Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes and Princess Benedikte, attended the festivities to celebrate the city of Kolding’s 750th anniversary. (Photos: Michael Drost-Hansen / Ritzau Scanpix / TV 2) pic.twitter.com/UXfKIAtC65
Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece attended the opening of "The Splendour of Power" (Magtens Smykker) exhibition held at Kolding Castle Museum in connection with 750th anniversary of Koldinghus. pic.twitter.com/MTJh5q4xH5
Designer of Princess Benedikte’s hat: likely Susanne Juul Previously Worn: This hat is new
Designer of Queen Anne-Marie’s hat: looks like Lock & Co. Previously Worn: TBA
While some of these hats are ones we are very familiar with, the two new grey designs are both distinctive- one for the brim and the other for the ruffle trim- and both impress me. What do you think of this parade of hats in Denmark this week?
The funeral of Prince Henrik of Denmark took place today in the chapel of Christiansborg Palace, attended only by family, close friends and the late prince’s staff. Queen Margrethe led her family in her fur black bumper hat. A long black silk veil was anchored in between the upfolded front brim and crown of the hat that framed her face and trailed down her back.
Crown Princess Mary repeated her black felt calot hat designed by Susanne Juul. The feather and felt leaf spray that was added to the piece in 2015 was joined today by the further addition of a black net veil.