Christening of Princess Adrienne: Swedish Extended Royal Family

We wrap up our look at the hats and headpieces yesterday at the christening of Princess Adrienne with those worn by members of the extended Swedish royal family. While Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée did not wear hats or headpieces to this event, Princess Birgitta wore a white silk rose tucked behind her right ear. Previously worn for Princess Victoria’s 40th birthday celebrations last summer, the hair decoration coordinated nicely on this outing with Birgitta’s lace dress and pearl earrings.

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Princess Désirée’s daughter, Hélène Silfverschiöld, topped her navy dress and coat with a pink straw hat with ruched hatband around the rounded crown and downward brim finished with a short, upturned kettle edge.

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Princess Christina wore a folded headpiece in ecru metallic straw, trimmed with quills and a bow at the back. I adore that this youngest Haga princess consistently brings out statement headpieces for these types of Swedish royal events and thought the piece was wonderful on her. The metallic sheen on this piece pairs so beautifully with her pearls and dress- while all the pieces are in similar oyster hues, the mix of textures and sheen brings them together in such an interesting way.

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Vicky Magnuson topped her pink lace dress with a small cocktail hat with teardrop shaped base, trimmed with straw leaves and crin bows.

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Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte), who turned 102 years old in April and is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, wore a white and yellow plumeria flower trimmed headband. It’s a sweet piece on her.

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Countess Jill Bernadotte of Wisborg (her husband Count Bertil is a grandson of Prince Oscar Bernadotte through his son Folke), wore a headpiece of layered navy folded crin bows, trimmed with navy rosettes and feathers.

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And finally, Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg (widow of the king’s late uncle Sigvard Bernadotte), wore a navy silk JosefineThelin designed navy silk rosette bandeau with a dotted tulle birdcage veil. The bandeau is a lovely, summery pairing for Marianne’s lace dress and jacket

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That wraps up all of the hats and headpieces at Princess Adrienne’s christening! We don’t often see so many floral headpieces at a single royal event, a feature that made this one particularly pretty and memorable. I’m curious to hear which headpieces you liked best. 
Photos from Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures, TT

Crown Princess Victoria Turns 40

Members of the Swedish Royal Family gathered today at the chapel in the Royal Palace in Stockholm for a Te Deum service of thanksgiving in honour of Crown Princess Victoria’s 40th birthday.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore a small headpiece above her chignon in white silk, covered with the same pink lace appliqué butterflies that embellished her dress. The dress is definitely the star here and I understand why a non-competing headpiece was chosen, but I think her white ringed headpiece with roses would have given this ensemble a better sense of occasion that this headpiece- essentially, a decorated barrette.

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Designer: Victoria’s dress is by Pär Engsheden and I suspect the headpiece is as well. 
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Princess Estelle’s braided hairstyle was embellished with some of the same pink lace butterflies from her mum’s dress and headpiece. This use of the butterflies, I heartily applaud! Such a sweet touch.

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Queen Silvia repeated her turquoise straw calot hat with silk flower trim. The first time she wore this piece, it was placed over the crown of her head as calots are usually worn but today, she moved the hat forward on the right side of her face, almost as a cocktail hat. Today’s placement allows the swirling cuff of the piece to be visible and this sense of movement lightens the look of the hat- a brilliant move for a summer event such as this.

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Designer: unknown. My guess is Kerstin Carlefalk
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Princess Madeleine topped her pale slate blue floral dress with a matching vertical straw saucer hat trimmed with silk roses and straw twists. Madeleine has embraced these vertical sauces in recent years and wears them very well. The scale and colour are particularly lovely on her.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It looks like a bespoke version of OC 292 from SS 2017.  Dress by Erdem
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Princess Leonore’s hair was clipped back, off her face, with a sweet pair of barrettes trimmed in white silk blossoms.

The biggest millinery surprise of the day appeared with Princess Sophia, who wore the largest hat we’ve seen her wear to date. In black straw, the design features a wide brim and large bow, both edged in pale pink straw. The brim is split on the left side of the piece with one side of the split tucked in behind the bow, giving the piece the most wonderful sense of movement around the back and side. The graphic contrast of the hat works so well with Sophia’s floral dress and while the hat packs a lot of visual punch, Sofia carries it, beautifully.

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Designer: Whiteley 
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Three of King Carl Gustaf’s sisters were also in attendance today, along with Countess Marianne Bernadotte. Princess Christina topped her black floral dress with a white dotted disc hat embellished in black and white feathers. Princess Birgitta wore a small white feathered headpiece while Princess Désirée wore an elegant, Chanel inspired wide brimmed black straw hat with silk hatband and pale pink silk camellia on the side. Countess Marianne repeated a headpiece of cream silk flowers and gold, arrow trimmed feathers.

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Update: Princess Christina’s daughter-in-law, Vicky Andren, shared this photo from the event. She wore a white disc headpiece edged in black, trimmed with a white silk rose and straw bow.

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There were some great hats today in Stockholm, and a few millinery surprises to keep us royal hat fans on our toes. What do you think of the hats worn for Crown Princess Victoria’s celebration today?

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Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King: Extended Family

It was no surprise that birthday celebrations for King Carl Gustaf this weekend included attendance by members of the extended Swedish Royal Family, many of whom wore hats and headpieces for the daytime events.

Princess Christina topped her blue jacquard suit with a feathered flower fascinator in the same hue. It’s not the most exciting of headpieces (I suppose it does have a festive vibe that fits well with this celebration) although the colour is lovely against her hair.

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Princess Christina’s three daughter-in-laws all wore cocktail percher hats. Emma Magnuson (seen above and below) chose a grey straw beret based piece with multiple bow loops and a soaring ribbon tail that coordinated with her grey lace skirt. Frida Bergström (below right) topped her floral dress with a white-rimmed grey saucer hat trimmed in silk roses while Vicky Magnuson (lower photo) wore a pale pink cocktail hat with beret base trimmed with a large bow and net tulle veil. Although the pink hat errs on the saccharine side of the spectrum, I thought it was a light and airy compliment to her navy dress.

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Princess Birgitte, who I can’t remember wearing a hat in a very long time, surprised in this round grey percher design. With sharp white piping and a bedazzled button anchoring two large feather spines, the hat is bold and decidedly modern. I’m not sure grey was the best colour for Princess Birgitte but I’m going to ignore this quibble since she’s actually in a hat.

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Princess Birgitte’s daughter, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, photographed below with her mother and aunts, wore a pale taupe fascinator of straw and silk bow loops trimmed with feathers.

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The King’s other two sisters, Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée (seen above in the yellow dress), did not wear hats for this event. His aunt, Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, attended in a gold brocade suit that she paired with an elaborate fascinator. Made up of large silk blooms and arrow trimmed gold feathers, the piece topped off a wonderfully regal and rather luxurious ensemble.

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Finally, Maline Sommerlath (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick Sommerlath), wore an ecru straw fascinator made up of multiple bows and coordinating feather trim. The amazing pleated yellow and white hat worn by Princess Hisako of Takamado is something we’ll discuss more in the next post as we look at the hats worn by royal guests.
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While none of the King’s extended family wore pieces as large or dramatic as his wife and daughters, this group includes some lovely pieces. Which ones here stand out to you?
Special thanks to Sofia Svanholm for giving permission to sharing her fantastic photos of this event. I encourage you to peek at her blog and gallery of photos taken this weekend.
Photos from Getty as indicated; TT/Stella, SVT1 Screen shots and Sofia Svanholm 

Swedish Royal Wedding: Extended Swedish Royal Family

Royal Hats  With many members of the extended Swedish Royal Family in tiaras for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist today, a significant part of the Swedish collection of jewels was on display.  Princess Christina wore the Six Button Tiara. It’s a rather clunky piece but Christina’s hair colour and style provided soften the linear base of the tiara and make the buttons seem less disjointed as they usually do. This is one of the rare cases when I think this tiara works better than the rest of what she is wearing.

Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld topped her bright pink caftan gown with the Cut Steel Tiara. The gold frame of this tiara is a great match with Désirée’s warm-hued hair and while this pairing of gown and tiara would not have been my first choice, surprisingly, they worked well together.

Princess Margaretha topped a beautiful grey brocade tunic and jacket with the exquisite Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara. Pairing aquamarines can be tough as the pale stones are easily washed out with too much contrasting colour but this pairing was perfect. What was less than perfect, however, was Princess Brigitte’s ensemble. Her  tiara, the Baden Fringe Tiara, is certainly striking but her choice to wear it with a fur jacket and pink palazzo jumpsuit is absolutely bizarre.

Princess Brigitta’s daughter, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, wore the Pearl Circlet Tiara. We seldom see all pearl tiaras and Désirée showed this one off beautifully with the choice of her royal blue gown.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg wore a delicate diamond tiara. The tiara alone is beautiful but I’m afraid that the rest of the ensemble- lace dress, bow cuffs, pearl choker, fur trimmed stole, embroidered purse- was a case of too many beautiful statement pieces at the same time.

Finally, Countess Bettina Bernadotte of Wisborg topped her blue gown and jacket with a small diamond tiara. The tiara, made of of triangular peaks, is a rather spiky one that might have benefited from a softer hairstyle. It is not a piece I have seen before and suspect it does not get out much.

That concludes our look at all the Swedish royal tiaras! Next, we will start looking at the tiaras worn by royal guests.

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Swedish Royal Wedding: The Bride’s Extended Family

A wedding The extended Swedish Royal Family pulled out majority of their collection of tiaras for this wedding. Let’s start with the two tiara surprises, worn by the King’s eldest sisters, Princess Birgitta and Princess Margaretha. Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (in purple) wore the Baden Fringe Tiara, a tiara thought to be reserved for Crown Princesses and one we normally associate with Princess Victoria (see here and here for more information on this tiara). I thought it was a great tiara on her and fit especially well with her colour and style of hair.

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Princess Birgitta of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen wore what the Swedish Monarchy website called “Princess Sibylla’s Tiara”, a tiara we know as the Connaught Diamond Tiara (for great background information on this tiara, see here or here).  Princess Madeleine wore this tiara for her sister’s wedding three years ago and it was a tiara many guessed she would choose for her own wedding today. It’s another spiky tiara that looked well enough on Birgitta. I just wished they would have removed the dark velvet ribbon wrapped around its base and replaced it with something closer to her hair colour.

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Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld wore the Cut Steel Tiara. This is one of the more unusual tiaras in the Swedish cache of jewels and to be honest, not one of my favourites. Princess Désirée, however, wore it very well today with her glittering gold dress and volumous hair, which balanced out the top feathery plume of the tiara. If it’s got to be worn, this is how to wear it.

 Princess Désirée, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

 Princess Désirée, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson wore the Six Button Tiara. I’m not a fan of the Swedish Button Tiaras in general but Christina’s hair colour and style provided a soft backdrop for this tiara and kept the diamond buttons from appearing as disjointed as they usually do. I thought she looked quite lovely.

 Princess Christina, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Princess Christina, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Countess Gunnila Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Carl Johan of Sweden) wore her usual rather unusual tiara. To me, it looks like a diamond and pearl brooch stuck on a metal headband that thankfully, is hidden in her curled grey hair. She wore this same tiara to Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010. I initially thought that Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg (widow of the King’s uncle Prince Sigvard of Sweden)was wearing the Napoleonic Amethyst Tiara (she’s on the right below) but this one looks different. Does anyone know the identity and history of this tiara?

Countess Gunilla and Countess Marianne, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Mrs. Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, daughter of Princess Brigitta (named after her sister Princess Désirée) wore the Pearl Circlet Tiara. Like the Six Button and Amethyst Tiaras above, this one is a little flat. I suppose it is a good choice for a more distant relative and I can not imagine Désirée has many other tiaras at her disposal so it likely was her only choice. A small tiara is always better than no tiara (hear that Princess Charlene of Monaco?!?!).

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Now I turn to my dear hat readers for some identification help. The woman below was identified by photo agencies as Countess Gunnila Bernadotte but I’m 99.9% certain that Countess Gunnila is in the picture above, dressed in a grey gown printed with burgundy leaves. The mystery woman below also attended Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010 and wore the same tiara she wore today. Does anyone know who she is?

UPDATE: Thanks to readers Bella and Jelsta , we have identified the mystery woman as Countess Alice Victoria Trolle-Wachtmeister,  Swedish Mistress of the Robes and former lady-in-waiting to Queen Silvia.

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Photos from Scanpix and Stella Pictures via Svenskdam;  Adam Ihse via; and Pascal Le Segretain and Vittorio Zunino Celotto via Zimbio