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
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

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. 
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

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
Previously Worn: June 1, 2015

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
Previously Worn: this hat is new

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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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.

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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.

 

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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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 dustry 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 herehere, herehere 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.

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Norwegian royals in warm winter hats for a rescue dog demonstration (Royal House of Norway)

Lots of cosy hatted photos of Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas and the other Swedish royals shared from their recent ski holiday in Verbier (Swedish Royal Court)

 

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Lovely photos of the entire von Vollenhoven family released for Princess Margriet and Peter von Vollenhoven’s 50th anniversary (Mode Koningin Maxima blog)

Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Luxembourg announced her engagement (Luxarazzi)

Sounds like a Japanese royal abdication is turning into more than just a suggestion (Japan Times)

News from Britain that The Earl of Snowdon, former husband of the late Princess Margaret, passed away yesterday (BBC)

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Christening of Prince Alexander: Immediate Family

As with other recent Swedish christenings, today’s baptism of Prince Alexander was an family-centric affair. Queen Silvia debuted her third ‘grand-baby christening colour’ (she wore pink for the christenings of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar and blue for the christenings of Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas) along with a new hat.

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In a modified calot shape (the back did not completely cover the crown of Silvia’s head), this design is entirely covered in silk hydrangea blossoms that cascade down onto the shoulders of her coordinating jacket. While the hat has a decidedly 1960s vibe to it (reminiscent of other past royal hats here and here), the flowers lend wonderful texture and celebratory feel to this piece, which is a beautiful colour on Queen Silvia.
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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria topped her coral pink Elie Saab dress with a custom bowed headband made of the same lace. Any more use of lace on the headpiece would have been complete overkill but… this headpiece left me wanting more. I think this is another case where a neural straw percher could have done a lot to lift this all-lace ensemble and provide some much needed textural contrast.

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While this headpiece fell completely flat for me, my heart was warmed by the matched hues of Victoria and Estelle’s frocks. So very sweet.

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Designer: Malinda Damgaard
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Madeleine topped her blue floral Erdem dress with a stylised double bow headpiece in navy and sky blue. The pointed shape of the bows saves the bow from saccharine cutesey-ness (barely) and the piece works well with Madeleine’s chignon hairstyle. I’m not a great fan of the piece but at an event that saw almost no real hats, it held its own.

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Designer: Malinda Damgaard
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Inquisitive young Princess Leonore sported a white double hair bow.

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Designer: I suspect Livly
Princess Sofia’s mother Marie matched her pink lace dress to a fascinator of straw leaves and feathers in the same hue.
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Sofia’s sister, Lina Frejd, who was named as one of Prince Alexander’s godparents, topped her chic blue dress with a ruffled floral fascinator in pale grey, pinned to the back of her hair. Sofia’s other sister, Sara, wore a navy triple bow fascinator anchored to a headband. At an event with such pared-back millinery, the pieces worn by Hellqvist family members fit right in.
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 All in all, I’m afraid today’s royal millinery in Sweden was disappointing for me. My favourite piece here is Queen Silvia’s hat simply because it’s the only thing that comes close to being an actual hat. What are your impressions of the hats worn by the Queen and Swedish princesses today?
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The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Rifles’ Sounding Retreat on Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2016 in a dashing bowler hat.

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King Carl Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip looked handsome in military uniform at a national ceremony for Swedish veterans (The Swedish Royal Court)

Princess Alexandra in her turquoise Rachel Trevor Morgan hat to open a new hospital wing in Sutton Coldfield (Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer)

Queen Margrethe in her beige,flat-topped safari hat to open a new Viking Fortress near Køge (Billed Bladet).  She also braved a rainstorm in her navy hat with white trim to set sail on the first leg of her annual summer cruise (Billed Bladet)

Another complete fail at the Daily Mail describing the fedora worn by British designer Alice Temperly to pick up her MBE as a “squashed top hat“. Seriously? (thanks Barbara for forwarding this!)

The wee Duchess of Gotland visited Gotland for the first time yesterday with her parents. Her sweet blue hairbow is from Livly.

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Former Formula 1 champion David Coulthard went for a spin with Prince Albert where they chatted about the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and life in Monaco