Christening of Prince Julian

Prince Julian, the third son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, was christened this morning at the Drottningholm Palace Chapel in Stockholm.

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For this event, Princess Sofia wore an ivory velvet bandeau headpiece with large bow at the back.

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The shape is a great christening choice- the bow frames Sofia’s face and leaves an open view to sweet Prince Julian while the scale gives the look some gravitas. Sofia wears ivory well, the colour contrasting with her dark hair and linking with her floral dress, which is the real statement here. While I’ve got some construction quibbles about the bow, the scale and balance of the piece is on point.

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Designer: Headpieces By M (Matthias Lavesson). Dress is the Etro “Santa Barbara Floral A-Line Long Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress”
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Queen Silvia wore a new brimless hat in pale aqua, trimmed simply with a folded bow along one edge of the design.

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The off-the-face style pairs well with the funnel neck on Silvia’s jacket and while the ensemble is in one colour, the textured crepe used on the hat bow and jacket give enough contract to keep the ensemble from falling flat. While It’s another elegant look for Queen Silvia, I’m a bit curious about placement – the amusing photo below shows a good view of the hat’s shape, albeit mid-air. It looks to me that it is blocked as an oval percher beret and I wonder if it might have worked better worn as such with the bow on top instead of a calot, with bow on one side. Thoughts?

Designer: Hat and suit by Georg et Arend
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Crown Princess Victoria repeated her lilac ribbon flower headpiece. It’s a beautiful design that certainly deserves another outing and while I’m not a great fan of the fussy dress, the headpiece pairs well with it.

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Designer: Parant Parant (Ă–rjan Jackobsson). By Malina ‘Adele’ dress.
Previously Worn: August 31, 2019

Princess Estelle wore a pink dress her mother wore in 1986, topped with a darling white multi-looped hair bow.

Princess Madeleine paired her painterly blue and white dress with cascading headpiece of white silk blossoms tucked behind her right ear. While I hear some of you calling for a hat, I think the delicacy of both the headpiece and dress make them good companions.

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Designer: unknown. Dress is the ‘Luminous Frayed Edge Midi’ by Zimmerman
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Finally, Princess  Leonore and Princess Adrienne wore a sweet blue hair bows.

The Swedish royals do these family milestone events so well, even in a pandemic-mandated reduced capacity. What do you think of thesehats and headpieces today?

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Christening of Princess Adrienne

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O’Neill, were joined by family and friends today at Drottningholm Palace Chapel for the christening of their daughter, Princess Adrienne.

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For the event, held on the couple’s fifth anniversary, Princess Madeleine topped her cream silk floral dress with a bandeau headpiece of silk flowers in the same pink and coral shades as the flowers on her dress.

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It’s a pretty headpiece that has the feel of a folk floral headdress. Madeleine has worn headpieces for each of her children’s christenings (most of those in attendance wore small headpieces) so it’s not surprising she went this route today. I can’t help wondering, however, if a small, embellished straw percher hat might have coordinated better with the dress and felt less ‘twee’ than this headpiece.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Giambattista Valli
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Princess Leonore wore a small white flower trimmed barrette in her hair.

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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 DĂ©sirĂ©e 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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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde sported an informal straw fedora during her Unicef mission to Laos this week. The shape and scale of a fedora is great on her, right?

Princess Kiko and Princess Mako visited the Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara on Monday. Both princesses wore sedate beige pillbox hats with bows at the back. (Sankei)

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The Duchess of Cornwall took advantage of Storm Doris this week, keeping warm in her trusty faux fur trimmed tweed hat from Lock and Co. One reader mentioned on twitter that this hat is far better suited to a ski outing like this than a formal engagement and I’m inclined to agree.

Sweet photos released this week by the Swedish Court for Princess Leonore’s third birthday and Princess Estelle’s fifth birthday. Leonore’s bowed hair band is from Livly.

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More crin winged creature headpieces by Stephen Jones for Dior here, here, here and here along with an opulent ostrich tiara here. These beautifully made (albeit avant garde) pieces are certainly worth a look.

 

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A new exhibition, “Diana:Her Fashion Story” opened yesterday at Kensington Palace. I’m hoping that those of you in London who manage to take it in will share your experience and tell the rest of us what hats are included!

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Máxima wore a large silk flower and net headpiece to last week’s society wedding of Filippos Lemos and Marianna Goulandris in London (not sure about the dusty rose headpiece with her coral lace dress). Princess Arianne and Princess Alexia were bridesmaids and wore fresh floral wreaths (Noblesse et Royautes Blog)

Princess Madeleine shared this snap of a cosy hatted Princess Leonore exploring London. Her hat is by Barnum.

More fantastical millinery designs from Stephen Jones at the Dior show here, here, here, here and here– and don’t miss his take on a tiara here. No matter what you think about the pieces, there’s no question that this man’s creativity is astounding.

Rosie Olivia’s SS2017 collection is a vibrant plethora of perchers. We’ve already seen several on Zara Tindall and I expect we’ll see her in a few more.

It’s not often that I see a new millinery design and immediately think it would be great for Queen Elizabeth but when I saw this hat with wonderful feather quills by Maria Marcus, that was my first thought. (Hat Academy)

I just KNOW that my winter doldrums would be instantly cured if Queen Mathilde and Queen Máxima turned up at a joint event in this pair of Meredith McMaster beauties.

Lovely new photos released by the Norwegian Royal Court to mark Princess Astrid’s 85th birthday tomorrow.