Funeral of Prince Henrik

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.

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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.

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Princess Marie wore her black felt Garbo hat with wide brim, trimmed with a pale grey hatband and cluster of black felt flowers on the side.

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Princess Josephine and Princess Athena wore matching headbands from Norwegian brand Princessefin (the Josephine design) with a subtle diamond pattern in pink and black from

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Princess Benedikte wore her black bumper hat with diagonal stripe detail on the cuffed brim.

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Queen Anne-Marie repeated her black felt bumper hat wrapped in a wide swath of dotted net veil. The hat features a double upturned brim, the inner of which is made of silk.

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Princess Elisabeth wore a wider brimmed design in light black straw, trimmed with a large ruffled bow at the back.

Countess Sussie of Rosenborg wore a prim bumper hat embellished with a gold button on the side.

Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg wore a black felt cloche variation with square, domed crown and short downturned brim. A slim leather hatband and black feather flower at the side trimmed the piece.
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The service was broadcast on Danish television available for international viewers to see here (the royal family’s arrival starts at 1:49:00). Additional photo galleries can also be seen here and here. A final note- well known for his love of flowers and gardening, Prince Henrik requested that the memorial wreaths today be arranged as a flower garden as a last surprise and gift for his wife. It was beautiful.

I know you will join me in wishing peace and comfort to the entire Danish royal family as they continue to grieve this immense loss.

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This Week’s Extras

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King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora last weekend for a visit to Vilhelmina

The Belgian King and Queen with their four children, all in cozy hats while on a skiing holiday

Crown Prince Haakon has been spotted at numerous Winter Olympics events in Pyeong Chang this week in a navy wool hat with Norgwegian flag. On Wednesday, Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the site for the future Cathedral of Hope, to be built with recycled plastic gathered from the ocean, in a floppy navy wool hat. (Royal House of Norway)

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi shared this throwback photo to a past visit to Carnival in Rio in a floral crown

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Oversize pale blue saucer with crin brim edge and pastel trim by UK milliner Merve Bayindir
Jewel toned trilbys with textural patterned hatbands by new UK brand Karasu London
Exquisite design in pleated pink crin from Munich based milliner Nicki Marquardt
Très chic rain hat in maroon water repellent cotton from Australian milliner Helen Kaminsky
Sculpted sky blue straw saucer percher with lace trim from UK brand Layla Leigh Millinery
Coral straw boater with bows and net overlay from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Striking tri-colour blocked oversize fedora with flying bow from UK milliner Lisa Tan
Teal leather pillbox base percher with giant spring bloom from Tasmanian Cessiah Alice Millinery
Lovely use of black net on this felt design with pork pie crown from Australian milliner Meg Rafter

I don’t imagine we’ll see these on royal heads but the saucer and percher designs trimmed with food by Israeli milliner Maor Zabar are most certainly memorable.

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Princess Märtha Louise, who is an accomplished equestrian, showed that talent for this sport has passed to a new generation of Norwegian royal family members with this video of her daughter Leah’s first international competition.

The entire Danish royal family joined Queen Margrethe to watch soldiers from the Royal Guard bring Prince Henrik’s remains to Parliament’s church in Copenhagen last night, where it will remain for members of the public to visit until Monday.

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Catching Up With Danish Royals

The past two days have been busy ones for the Danish royal family. Yesterday, Princess Benedikte, Princess Elisabeth and the Count and Countess of Rosenborg attended the opening of an exhibition on legendary Russian court jeweller Fabergé and his connection to the Danish Royals at the museum at Koldinghus Castle. For this event, Princess Benedikte repeated her raspberry straw wide-brimmed picture hat with a narrow band around the crown. We have seen this hat with a variety of different ensembles and I thought its pairing with her grey dress and pearls hit just the right note. I love it when an ensemble shows a hat off to greatest effect and such was the case here. It’s such a beautiful piece on Benedikte.

Princess Benedikte, May 12, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Benedikte, May 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: June 5, 2015September 8, 2013; August 3, 2013April 24, 2013

Princess Elisabeth wore a hat of cerulean blue straw with a gently upturned brim and what looks to be a straw bow on the side. The combination of blue and green in her ensemble was unexpectedly fresh and I only wish there were better photos so we could have a closer peek. You’ll notice that in the lower photo, Countess Susie did not wear a hat.

 Princess Benedikte and Princess Elisabeth, May 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Benedikte and Princess Elisabeth, May 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

Today, Princess Benedikte was on hand to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Danish National Association for eating disorders and self-harm. For this event, she looked to be wearing a bronze hat although I believe the lighting is playing tricks on it and it is the same coffee coloured straw designer that she wore for the Swedish King’s birthday festivities two weeks ago (the crown and brim shapes on both hats are identical, making me surmise it is the same piece). Interestingly, it looks like the large flower that appeared on this hat last time was removed, leaving a more simple bow embellishment. Hopefully, the flower trim will return at a future wearing and give us a chance to catch a better view.

Princess Benedikte, May 13, 2016 | Royal Hats

Any thoughts on this trio of Danish royal hats?

This Week’s Extras

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Queen Margrethe reopened the newly renovated Skagen Museum in her burgundy Breton hat (Billed Bladet)

Princess Anne opened the new atrium at the University of the West of Scotland in her brown fur pillbox (UWS)

Queen Sonja cheered on Norwegian skiers at a World Cup race last Sunday while her granddaughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, lit the cauldron of Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games during the Opening Ceremony.

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Lovely photos of the Belgian royal family on ski holiday in Switzerland

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Beautiful new portraits of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa released for their 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Luxarazzi)

The King and Queen of Bhutan released a photo of their new son, meeting his grandfather (Queen Jetsun Facebook)

The Imperial Crown Prince and Princess celebrated a milestone for social education development (Imperial Family of Japan)

A look at the new exhibit Fashion Rules Restyled, featuring clothing worn by Queen Elizabeth, the late princess Margaret and the late Princess Diana, which just opened at Kensington Palace (Vogue)

The Duchess of Cambridge is lending her support to Children’s Mental Health Week 2016 with this message:

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Belgian Royals Inaugurate Vessel

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in Zeebrugge yesterday to attend the launching of the new navy ship P902 Pollux. The King and Queen were joined by their eldest daughter, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, who has been named as the official godmother of the vessel. For this event, Queen Mathilde repeated her pale blue calot hat with straw cuff and coordinating suit. This is a great working look for her and the monochrome outfit somehow doesn’t read as flat or one-note as others we have seen recently.

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Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsPrincess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer of Queen Mathilde’s hat: Christian Dior. Suit by Dior.
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014

Princess Elisabeth wore a braided headband in the same fabric as her dress, trimmed with a side rosette. I thought it was a perfect mini-fascinator for the 13 year old princess on one of her first major engagements and she wore it very well.

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Princess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
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Royal Hats this Year: Denmark

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014Our look back through all the royal hats we saw in 2014 now turns attention to Denmark- here are all of the hats that graced Danish royal heads this year.  In cases where a hat was worn repeatedly 2014, it is shown here just once (usually, the most recent outing) and you can click on each hat to take you to the original post with larger views and detailed information.

Princess Benedikte

1. Princess Benedikte, Marh 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Benedikte, April 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Benedikte, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Princess Benedikte, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Princess Benedikte, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Elisabeth (#6) and Princess Marie (#7 and 8)

6. Princess Elisabeth, January 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 7. Princess Marie, March 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Marie, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary

9. Crown Princess Mary, May 9, 2014 in Susanne Juul| Royal Hats 10. Crown Princess Mary, May 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Crown Princess Mary, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats 

12. Crown Princess Mary, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Crown Princess Mary, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe

15. Queen Margrethe, January 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. Queen Margrethe, March 9, 2014 | Royal Hats  18. Queen Margrethe, April 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 

19. Queen Margrethe, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Queen Margrethe, April 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 21. Queen Margrethe, May 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Queen Margrethe, May 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 

23. Queen Margrethe, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Queen Margrethe, June 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Queen Margrethe, June 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Queen Margrethe, June 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 

27. Queen Margrethe, July 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Queen Margrethe, September 1, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Queen Margrethe, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 30. Queen Margrethe, September 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 

31. Queen Margrethe, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Queen Margrethe, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 33. Queen Margrethe, November 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 34. Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

I suspect that there are hats in this group that are on your lists of favourite and least favourite royal hats of 2014. Which ones are they?

Belgian Royal Wedding

Royal HatsPrince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este married Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein at Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere today in Rome. Elisabetta looked luminously beautiful in a Valentino designed dress and matching veil. The dress featured a high illusion bodice and three quarter length sleeves made of ivory point d’esprit tulle trimmed with rebrodè lace, which continued over the bodice of the gown. This lace detail and point d’esprit tulle were repeated on the full skirt, which  flowed into a sweeping but light-as-air train.

 Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

Elisabetta anchored her five meter long point d’esprit tulle veil (trimmed with beautiful Chantilly lace) with a surprise- Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau on loan from Prince Amedeo’s grandmother, Queen Paola. This is the same tiara Queen Mathilde borrowed for her wedding in 1999 and the small scale suited Elisabetta very well. I particularly liked the contrast of the graphic art deco lines of this tiara with the scalloped lace edging Elisabetta’s veil. Perhaps this tiara will be used for future Belgian royal brides, as well (I would love to see such a tradition continue).

Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

The young couple emerged from the Basilica with a pair of the widest royal grins we have seen in a long while- such a heartwarming and delightful sight.

Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats  Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

The young bridesmaids wore white dresses with dark teal pleated collars, sashes, and silk slippers. Their high contrast ensembles were topped with lovely green and white floral wreaths.

Princess Laeticia Maria, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Prince Amedeo’s sister, Princess Laeticia (above, center) was joined by her cousins Princess Elisabeth (below, center) and Princess Louise (below, right).

Princess Elisabeth and Princess Louise, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see photos of hats worn by the Belgian Royal Family at this post and by other royal guests, at this post. There were some beautiful (and bizarre) pieces you won’t want to miss.

Photos from AFP and Belga via LaVenir; RTLElisabetta Villa/Stringer, Elisabetta Villa/Stringer, Elisabetta Villa/Stringer, and Elizabetta Villa/Stringer via Getty