Swedish Opening of Parliament

Members of the Swedish royal family joined the King and Queen yesterday to officially open Swedish Parliament. The Queen led her family’s millinery stakes in a new white straw hat with short kettle brim trimmed with a ruched white silk hatband and a mass of flowers on the left side of the hat. It’s not the most exciting of designs but adds some lift and lightness to the black and white dress code of this event.

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Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Crown Princess Victoria topped her chignon with a slim white bow fascinator. The piece was small enough to nearly elude photographers…making it difficult to discuss here.

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Previously Worn: January 19 , 2011; September 28, 2010
Princess Madeleine followed her elder sister’s lead with a black crin hair bow trimmed in wispy grey feathers. The use of crin on this piece makes it nearly invisible at anything but close distance, making me wonder (as I did with Victoria’s white bow), “What’s the point?”

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Designer: again, unknown
Previously Worn: I think this is new
While it’s always nice to see new hats and headpieces, the ongoing trend for Swedish princesses to reach for hair bow fascinators at this event leaves me deflated. Both women have some beautiful black and white hats in their wardrobes- I would love to see them reach for those designs and leave these twee hairbows for their daughters. Your thoughts?
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This Week’s Extras

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Queen Silvia and Princess Benedikte of Denmark both wore black straw hats for the funeral of Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister on Wednesday. The younger Swedish princesses were in hair bows and bands.

On July 12th, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the 53rd National Blood Donation Promotion convention in Akita. Crown Princess Masako wore an ice blue bumper hat to match her suit.

Crown Princess Masako, July 12, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Sonja wore a white wool beret with wool flower trim to open Riddu Riđđu, an international indigenous festival in Kåfjord in Nord-Troms (Royal House of Norway)

Grand Duke Guillaume sported a fedora at Wimbledon (Luxarazzi)

During Ascot week, there was some discussion about Mike Tindall’s new silk hat. Here’s an interesting snipet from The Telegraph:

At the Oliver Brown top hat stand, salesman Charlie Mingay is doing a solid trade in antique, one-of-a-kind toppers. He explained: “The looms that makes this sort of plush silk have been out of production since 1968, so there is a finite supply, and a very high demand.” The most expensive of the black hats on display is £8,000. As of Friday morning he had sold eight, including one to Mike Tindall. The former England rugby captain has a surprisingly small bonce: a size seven. Or, as Mingay put it: “Big guy, peanut head.”

On July 9th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 100th anniversary of the National Welfare Committee in Tokyo. Empress Michiko repeated her large white raised rim saucer with pale grey bow.

Empress Michiko, July 9, 2017 | Royal Hats

I’m seeing boater hats are popping up all over the place (see here, here, here, and here!). Here are the other hats that caught my eye this week (I’d love to see what you are liking- please share in the comments!):

Colourful fedoras from Canadian brand The Saucy Milliner and vibrant trilbys from British Milliner Jess Collett
Beautifully sculpted black straw and crin hat by Texan milliner Bay Willow
Statement cocktail hat from Susanne Juul
Beautifully frayed sinamay rose cocktail hat from Bounce Your Millinery

 

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Lovely photos of Crown Princess Victoria and her family taken today at the continuation of her 40th birthday celebrations at Solliden Palace in Borgholm

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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 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
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?

 Photos from Getty and social media as indicated

Farewell to Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Family of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg were joined by close royal friends at the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Bad Berleburg, Germany this morning to pay tribute to the prince who died unexpectedly on March 13 at the age of 83. His wife, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, led her family in a black bumper hat with diagonal stripes on the cuff brim.

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The couple’s eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra, wore Princess Benedikte’s black Breton hat with short, curled brim bound in silk ping and trimmed with a net tulle veil. Alexandra’s daughter, Countess Ingrid, wore a floral trimmed black headband.

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Princess Nathalie also wore one of her mother’s hats, a brimless design with domed crown trimmed with a swath of feathers at the back. 

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Carina Axelsson, the longtime partner of Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte’s son Prince Gustav, wore moulded black felt cloche hat with extended brim.

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Queen Margrethe repeated her black Karakul fur toque with feather pouf trim.

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Crown Princess Mary repeated her Susanne Juul designed hat with tall, squared felt crown and straw brim, trimmed with a pair of black feathers while Princess Marie repeated her looped black silk ribbon headpiece.

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Queen Anne-Marie wore a short brimmed hat with moulded crown in the shape of a partial Pork Pie, simply trimmed in a Petersham ribbon hatband.
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Queen Máxima repeated her Bettina Thomas designed rounded pillbox hat with bow at the back. Princess Beatrix wore a large black straw bumper hat with double upfolded brim.
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Queen Silvia wore a larger scale black felt hat with short, upturned Kettle brim trimmed with a wide, folded silk hatband and knotted sash. Princess Madeleine, who is Princess Benedikte’s goddaughter, wore a simple black headband.

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Princess Märtha Louise, who represented the Norwegian royal family, repeated her swirled black cocktail hat wrapped in black net veil.

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I’m sure you all join me in expressing the deepest of sympathy to Princess Benedikte and the Berleburg family as they grieve the loss of Prince Richard.

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Swedish Royals Welcome Canadian State Visit

Canadian Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon arrived in Stockholm yesterday for the start of a four-day state visit. They were greeted at the royal palace by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

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Queen Silvia used the occasion to debut a new blue calot hat which topped her matching suit.

Queen Silvia Feb 20, 2017 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats

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A photo shared by the designer gives a great view of this design. The moulded calot base, in blue felt, is embellished with an overlay of widely woven net tulle on the bottom half. Mixed feather trim on the side completes the piece and gives the hat a pop of colour and texture.

Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Once inside the palace, the King, Queen and Canadian guests were joined by Princess Madeleine, Chris O’Neil, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia (Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are abroad on private vacation with their family). Princess Madeleine balanced her printed dress with a simple black headband.
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Princess Sofia topped her sleek white dress in a headpiece not from a milliner, but from Danish jeweller Ole Lynggaard. With gold leaves and pearl berries, the headpiece contrasted nicely against Sofia’s dark hair. It’s an unusual but very interesting choice for a royal headpiece (not one I’m entirely sure is suited to a daytime event) that worked beautifully with Sofia’s pearl earrings. We’ve not seen the newest Swedish princess experiment much with millinery and it’s great to see her step out of the box with this choice.
Princess Sofia, Feb 20, 2017 in Ole Lynggaard | Royal Hats
Princess Sofia, Feb 20, 2017 in Ole Lynggaard | Royal Hats

Designer: Ole Lynggaard
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
What did you think of this pair of new designs in Sweden yesterday?
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