Golden Anniversary in Norway

King Harald and Queen Sonja celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday with a service of thanksgiving at Oslo Cathedral, the same church where they married.

For the occasion, Queen Sonja wore a chocolate dotted net veil headpiece tucked into her hair. I thought the headpiece was a bit of a surprise for Sonja, who usually wears hats for major events, until it dawned that the use of the tulle veil might be a bridal reference? If that’s the case, it’s a sweet touch I can’t take issue with, especially as the colour complements Sonja’s hair and her gold suit so well.


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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Crown Princess Mette Marit wore one of her characteristic headbands, this one a new design in black with small rosettes curving around the ears. Princess Märtha Louise also wore a headband style headpiece in metallic silver. The only hat of the day was worn by Princess Astrid, who repeated her turquoise straw brimless design embellished around one side of the design with with ribbon work flowers. 

  

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Photos from Lise Åserud, NTB scanpix; social media and Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia in cosy winter hats on their annual Swiss ski vacation

Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and her daughters, Princess Maria  Carolina and Princess Maria Chiara, in chic winter hats during their recent holiday in Switzerland


Princess Clothilde of Savoy in an interesting, intricately beaded mask at the Dior spring show in Paris at the end of January.

Princess Märtha Louise in a patriotically-hued knit hat at the Paralympic Games in South Korea

Pauline Ducruet in a black felt hat at Christian Dior’s 2018/2019 fall/winter collection fashion show February 27 at the Rodin museum in Paris

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Did you catch the release of the 2018 Ascot style guide this week?!

The Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in construction hats to open the London Power Tunnels Project on March 7 and visit the Northern Spire bridge project February 21

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Striking brimless red felt hat with beautifully stitched leaf trim from Aussie brand Rachael Henderson Millinery
Purple straw oblique saucer with silver silk trim from UK milliner Dillon Wallwork
The prettiest cream straw ruffled percher with floral and net trim from Rosie Olivia
Stunning shape on this unembellished blue felt stylized fedora from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Black straw folded headpiece from Scottish milliner Maggie Mobray
Bold green and navy straw colour blocked fedora from American brand Lifted Millinery
Charming percher from Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice with pink leather base and oversize pompom dahlia
Italian milliner Guilia Mio, who is now based in the UK, recently won the Parkins Fabric competition hat making competition with this red felt design with stunning handmade felt and feather flowers which wowed judge Rachel Trevor Morgan. The cream straw boater with rainbow feather trim from her upcoming spring collection has also caught my eye.

And this incredible literary themed headpiece from British milliner Bee Smith.

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A new Swedish princess arrived early yesterday morning. The photo shared here was taken by her father- we’ll learn her name on Monday morning. Congratulations and best wishes to Princess Madeleine, Chris, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas on this new addition to their family.

 

Prince Philip and Princess Danica of Serbia presented their newborn son, Prince Stefan, at the Royal Palace in Belgrade on March 2

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Beautiful photos last week of the Dutch royal family on their annual ski vacation in Austria

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We end the week with a cheekily well timed photo snapped of  Princess Märtha Louise at Kurland School in Sarpsborg on Wednesday

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Prince Harry was in military uniform to present new colours to the Royal Air Force on Thursday (Kensington Palace)

The annual Ringsted horse ceremony at Gråsten Palace was rained out last Sunday. Does anyone do cheery rain gear better than Queen Margrethe?

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Some noteworthy portraits released this week- Princess Märtha Louise in Spanish Vanity Fair in several matador (boater) hats and this beautifully dramatic shot of Flora Ogilvy in a black Garbo hat accompanied a recent interview.

Something we don’t often see from a member of the Imperial royal family- Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the Calgary Stampede in a Smithbuilt design, gifted to her in an official White Hat ceremony. Canadian readers may also enjoy this article about her stop in Victoria to visit friends from her time studying at Comosun College. The end of the article will make you smile (Victoria Times Colonist)

Some sweet hairbows from Amaia sported by a young princess on her visit to Poland and Germany this week

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Did any hats catch your eye this week? Here are the ones that drew my attention:

Spectacular feather and dotted net trimmed cocktail hat by Bundle McLaren
Sneak peek at Jane Taylor’s autumn collection includes this amazing laser cut brim
Wonderfully trimmed black straw boater by Jo Mareem Millinery
Sharp and chic large brimmed panama hats from Jill Courtemanche Millinery
Lovely pink straw hat from Jane Taylor
A white leather fedora from Christie Millinery

And this very refined design with wide mushroom brim from Rachel Trevor Morgan

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Photographer Paul Ratcliffe posted this reminder of an important anniversary on July 17 for the British Royal family- 100 years of officially being the House of Windsor.

Interesting articles on political dressing by the Cambridges this week in Poland and Germany (New York Times) and the British Royal Family’s dress code (BBC).

Lovely new portrait of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall released for Camilla’s 70th birthday this week

Amazing shot of Princess Anne with an Abyssinian Eagle Owl shared by the British Monarchy

Sweet photo of Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix released by the Danish royal court for Felix’s 15th birthday

And we end the week with this wonderful shot released yesterday for Prince George’s fourth birthday

Photo from Chris Bolan via The Calgary Stampede

Norwegian Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of the Norwegian royal family celebrated Constitution Day today with an annual appearance on the palace balcony for the Oslo children’s parade.

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Queen Sonja wore a striking hat in cream straw with a square crown and and wide brim raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with a navy hatband and brim piping, a classic combination that gives high contrast punch to the design. I think it’s a fantastic piece for Sonja. As in years past, King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both wore morning suits with black silk top hats. I’ll wait for our top hat experts to weigh in but it seems to me that King Harald could do with a slightly larger size.
Queen Sonja, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:  May 20, 2003; May 30, 2001 
Crown Princess Mette-Marit stuck to national colours, topping her navy coat with a red beret hat worn on the back of her head. While not my favourite piece, it’s a great colour choice for today’s national holiday.
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Designer: unknown. Possibly Mona Strand.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Märtha Louise dressed in traditional folk costume for her own, private celebrations and shared this snap.

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Gratulerer med dagen! #17.mai #grunnlovsdagen #hurra

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It looks like a great day was enjoyed by all. What do you think of this quartet of hats?
Norwegian Royal Family, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix via the Royal House of Norway