Swedish Te Deum and Name Day Celebrations

Members of the Swedish royal family attended a Te Deum service of thanksgiving in the chapel of the Royal Palace in Stockholm to celebrate the safe arrival of Princess Adrienne, born to Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill last Friday morning.

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For this service, Queen Silvia repeated her blue molded calot hat with feather spray at the side.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
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While Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Sofia and Princess Christina did not wear hats, Countess Marianne Bernadotte attended in a brown fur papakha hat and matching coat (undoubtedly pieces that have been in her wardrobe for decades).

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Previously Worn: Mar 2, 2014 and others

Today was also Crown Princess Victoria’s name day; Prince Daniel and Princess Estelle joined in on celebrations (receiving a marching band, greeting royal well wishers) held in the palace courtyard. The occasion marked Princess Estelle’s formal hat debut in a navy velour tam simply trimmed with a pale blue ribbon around the cuff base perimeter. With her matching velour collar and faux fur cuffed boots, the hat topped a sweet and appropriately warm ensemble on the young princess.

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Designer: Alline Stockholm
Previously Worn: This hat is new
 While the Te Deum hats were few in number, Princess Estelle’s official hat wearing debut added some millinery excitement to royal events in Sweden today. There has been a progression of hair bows, hair ornaments and decorated headbands for the young princess that slowly and naturally led to her first hat today- the first of hundreds of hats she will wear over the course of her royal life. For a family that doesn’t wear a lot of hats, I think this process of millinery introduction for Princess Estelle has been handled really well.
Photos from IBL; Stella pictures; Henrik Garlöv / Kungahuset.se; Getty as indicated

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The Royal House of Norway released a new photo of Princess Ingrid last weekend, taken by her father Crown Prince Haakon, to mark her 14th birthday.

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora and Queen Silvia in a fur hat on Tuesday for their visit to Kiruna (Swedish Monarchy)

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar in cosy knit wool hats to open a multisports facility in Daniel’s hometown on Thursday.  The prince also donned hockey gear for a charity match.

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, celebrated her nation’s Union Day on January 24 in a black wool hat with a brown fur cuff bumper brim (Royal Family of Romania)

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Princess Kiko wore a new black felt cloche with diagonal crown wrap on Wednesday to the Japanese Olympic team’s send off to the Pyeong Chang Olympics. While so similar to Queen Elizabeth’s diagonal wrapped crown cloche hats, this one somehow feels much more modern and sleek.

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Also on Wednesday, Princess Alexandra wore a black hat with grey faux fur cuff brim for a visit to The Old Moat Garden Centre in Epsom.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Feathered Philip Treacy masterpieces here and here on the Valentino show runway in Paris
Interesting shape on this teardrop saucer with silk rose trim by Jane Taylor
Black leather button with net veil brim and cream leather flowers from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Two brimless designs from Bundle McLaren with a wonderful feather flourish and green feather overlay 
Lavishly trimmed cocktail hat by Australian brand Millinery by Mel proves brown hats aren’t always boring
Classic black straw upsweep with white feather flowers from Marilyn Vanden Berg
Bumper with the most charming bow in the loveliest shade of blue from UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Sharp red straw boater with striped navy and white ribbon trim from Australian milliner Julia Watson
Simple, wearable but beautiful grey felt hat with upturned brim from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
A  trio of whimsically embellished helmets from New York milliner Carol Markel

And an exquisite lace, silk flower and net veil headpiece from Vivienne Sheriff’s upcoming summer collection.


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Congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the announcement of their engagement. While we’ve yet to hear details, this means potentially two major hatted events (in addition to Trooping the Colour and Ascot etc.) for the British Royal Family in 2018. BRING ON THE HATS.

Peek at the lovely photo King Albert and Queen Paola used for their Christmas card this season

Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco accompanied their parents last night for the annual ceremony of Sainte-Devote

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We end this week with a The Prince of Wales reading “My Heart’s In The Highlands”, shared in honor of poet Robert Burns’ birthday yesterday.

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Daniel Angelescu via the Royal Family of Romania

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Carina Axelssohn shared this snap taken with her dogs on a mountain walk last Sunday in a fuzzy faux fur hat

Sweet red double hair bow for Princess Estelle on Thursday to receive the Swedish royal family’s Christmas trees along with her mum and brother (Swedish Royal Court). She also wore a glittery hairbow and feather boa to a pantomime theatre performance yesterday.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in Australia on Tuesday in sporty hats for a sailing race

Princess Yoko in a black bumper hat at a Dec 5 memorial for the late Prince Mikasa (Imperial Family of Japan)

June is such a busy month here at Royal Hats, it’s no wonder we missed Princess Nobuko paying a visit to the JS Takanami. Her hat, a wide brimmed white straw design, has an unusually shaped brim and looks to be embellished with some sort of net tulle wrap and a bow at the back. It’s a unique shape for an Imperial royal hat. 

Kensington Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend church with the Queen and royal family on Christmas morning. For those of you waiting for Meghan’s first royal hat, I suspect that will be it. Also- mark your calendars for May 19 and hope for a daytime wedding. Daytime = HATS!!

New millinery designs shared this week that stand out to me include:

British millinery Stephen Jones pushes creativity again with this hat made of 35mm film
Lovely loden green felt fedora with a delicious hit of fuschia from Goldust Millinery
Red straw statement hat with floral appliques and pleated pink crin halo brim from With Grace Millinery
Beautiful white straw wide brimmed hat covered in beaded black applique from Nerida Fraiman
Yellow and green crystal tipped feather fascinator from California based
Stunning royal blue fedora/pork pie hybrid (that looks far better than it sounds!) from Susanne Juul
The navy straw-base cocktail hat with twists, veil and jewelled button by British milliner Edwina Ibbotson
worn by J.K. Rowling on Tuesday
to receive the Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace

And this stunning dark plum fedora with floral embroidered applique by British Layla Leigh Millinery

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Sneek peek at the Spanish royal family’s Christmas photo card

Princess Charlene shared the sweetest holiday snap of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, taken by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz

New pictures released this week of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, including a sweet snap of the Grand Duchess with her pups

Princess Martha Louise of Norway posted this Christmas wish, showing her great sense of humour (and a touching reminder that royals deal with many of the same life challenges as the rest of us)

A stunning new portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh painted by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans for an exhibition at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Demark

Christening of Prince Gabriel

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia were joined by family and friends today in the chapel at Drottningholm Palace for the christening of their second son, Prince Gabriel.

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Princess Sofia broke with tradition and wore traditional folk dress. Her costume is from Dalarna, the area where she was raised and the duchy of which Prince Gabriel was named Duke at the time of his birth, making the sartorial choice a personal and sentimental one. Her vibrant ensemble included a traditional hand painted/embroidered red cap edged in cotton lace.

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Queen Silvia topped a slate blue silk dress and coat with a veiled lace headpiece. The texture and sheen of the headpiece is a beautiful compliment to the streamlined coat and the colour, while muted, looks wonderful on her.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is a bespoke version of OC 384 from AW 2017
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Princess Madeleine, who was named one of Prince Gabriel’s godparents, also made a sentimental touch with her millinery. Her lilac grey twisted silk headpiece with pink silk rose at the back is a clear nod to a similar peach design that Queen Silvia wore on August 31, 1970 for Prince Carl Philip’s baptism (and that Crown Princess Victoria had reinvented in June 2014 for Princess Leonore’s christening). We didn’t get to see the headpiece directly against Madeleine’s printed silk Valentino dress but it looks like it would balance really well.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Flowers made by Anfisa Korelova
Previously Worn: thisheadpiece is new

Crown Princess Victoria topped a stunning red suit with a leather hair bow. At an event where small headpieces reigned, I see the rationale in this choice but I’m not a fan of the twee shape or mismatch of shades between the bow and the suit. My reservations about the hairbow aside, the red suit is divine on Victoria and I adore her brave use of deep maroon accessories with it. And Princess Estelle’s matching maroon Mary Janes? SO adorable.

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Designer: Corinne Hair Accessories Leather Bowtie
Previously Worn: this bow is new
Princess Estelle topped her red boiled wool jacket and grey dress with a sweet red velvet hairbow.
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There have now been six Swedish royal Christenings in the past five years, all of which have seen mostly small headpieces instead of hats. Today followed this trend- what do you think of these designs?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Jonas Ekstrommer/TT;  Frederik Sandberg/TT; Anna-Karin Nilsson; Jonas Ekstrommer via Getty

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Crown Princess Masako in a white hat with trilby style brim and wide green patterned hatband at the national youth farmers summit on October 24, 2017 in Kochi and a white silk hat with kettle brim and double hatband at the GEA (Global Environment Action) International Conference on October 26, 2017 in Tokyo

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The Duchess of York in a colourful headscarf to provide micro credit development support in Uganda

Grand Duke Henri in a military uniform beret while visiting Luxembourg forces deployed in Lithuanian this week

Sweet snap of Crown Princess Victoria with a cosy hatted Princess Estelle (Swedish Monarchy)

The wonderful hat Queen Máxima wore in Eemnland this week- while it really looked to be a repeat of the 2012 Prinsjesdag hat…

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…our good friend Josine over at Mode Koningin Maxima noticed a bow separating the two designs. Milliner Fabienne Delvigne confirmed the two hats are in fact, different (with slightly different crown shapes). The whole thing leaves me scratching my own head and asking, WHY?

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Prinesjesdag, Sep 18, 2012
 and  Visit to Eemnland, Oct 24, 2017

The new hat designs which caught my eye this week include:

Spectacular lace headdress from Canadian milliner David Dunkley
Pink teardrop percher with signature flower trim from Tasmania based Cessiah Alice Millinery
Interesting black pillbox from Australian brand Murley & Co. Millinery with oversized dahlias… all in leather
Wide brimmed sky blue straw fedora with exquisite flying crane trim from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery

And these stunning autumnal fedoras with  feathered hatbands from Jane Taylor. Adore this use of feather trim.

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Lovely new pictures of Princess Elisabeth released by the Belgian monarchy for her 16th birthday this week (swipe or scroll right to see second picture)

Princess Charlene looked absolutely stunning in a Ralph Lauren gown Wednesday night in Beverly Hills at the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala

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More lovely gowns in Norway for the annual Stortingsmiddag dinner. Queen Sonja’s frock is an unexpectedly beautiful complement to her emerald parure.


 Photos from The Asahi Shimbun, Kyodo News  via Getty; social media as indicated