Swedish Royals Attend Opening Of Parliament

The Swedish Royal Family arrived at the Swedish Parliament House in Stockholm this morning to take part in the opening of the new parliamentary session

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The family, led by the king and queen, dressed in the black and white dress code traditionally associated with this event (well, most of them did but we’ll get to that, shortly!). Queen Silvia repeated her white straw calot hat with back bow and net tulle veil. The beehive shaped hat is wrapped in stripes of straw, giving the design texture and dimension in addition to a distinctive shape. It’s not my favourite hat in Silvia’s wardrobe but integrates very well with her hairstyle.

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Designer: Mode Rosa
Previously Worn: Sep 4, 2017; Apr 24, 2016Jun 6, 2014; Sep 8, 2013May 10, 2013; Apr 16, 2013

Crown Princess Victoria wore an interesting headpiece put together from two previously worn separate designs. The white triple ringed bandeau previously had a large white bloom that was removed today and in its place, Victoria’s headpiece of black and white layered butterfly bows.  I’m all for mixing millinery pieces whenever possible but there’s something incongruous about this combination, which, I’m afraid, looks like a bit of a mash-up. I wish the ringed bandeau had been repeated in its original, flower trimmed form.

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Designer of the ringed headpiece: unknown (Philip Treacy made its pink twin)
Previously Worn: April 16, 2015
Designer of the Butterfly bow headpiece: Malinda Damgaard 
Previously Worn: September 13, 2016; October 19, 2015September 15, 2015

Princess Sofia veered away from the black and white dress code with a two-piece headpiece – face framing bandeau and a separate bow worn at the base of her neck- in luxe wine velvet.  As far as bandeaus go, it’s a good one and frames Sofia’s face beautifully. The colour, however, has me scratching my own head here- yes, it’s a beautiful, painterly fall colour that looks fantastic in velvet but… I can’t believe I’m stating the obvious here… it’s not black or white. Is this the start of coloured accessories for this event? I hope so!

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Designer: Headpieces by M (Matthias Lavesson)
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

This is one of very few annual hatted events in Sweden and leaves me curious, dearest readers- what do you think of this trio of off-the-face millinery designs?

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This Week’s Extras

Last Sunday, the Swedish royal family donned warm winter hats to unveil the statue of King Carl XIV Johan (the first Bernadotte King of Sweden) in its new location on the Slottsbacken “Castle Slope” in Stockholm
Prince Alexander of Sweden in a festive hat with his father on Monday to receive this year’s royal Christmas trees

Princess Rym Ali of Jordan in a fetching deep aubergine felt cloche on Tuesday with her children at a tree lighting ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth arrived in Norfolk on the train on Thursday, in one of her characteristic head scarves.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Garnet felt sidesweep with floral ruffles and curling quills from British milliner Bundle McLaren
Navy fur felt cloche with beautifully raised brim from Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
Luxe black cherry beaver felt fedora with silver silk hatband from Danish brand Hornskov Copenhagan
A very festively trimmed electric blue veiled button percher from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Dark green fedora with stunning navy and gold brocade hatband from Philip Treacy
Star trimmed red bandeau from British milliner Harvy Santos
Mesmerizing unraveling straw top hat from the insanely creative mind of British milliner Stephen Jones
Scarlet wide-brimmed fedora from Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne
And this floral helmet, made by Philip Treacy for a nature exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Glorious!

Lovely holiday greeting portraits from the royal families of Jordan, The Netherlands, Belgium and Greece

And to wrap up this week, charming video greetings from Haga Palace and Amalienborg Palace

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria wore brimmed hats last Sunday to the funeral of Count Oscar Bernadotte; Princess Sofia wore a black hair bow and snood. You can see the hat and headpiece worn by Dagmar Von Arbin (née Countess Bernadotte of Wisborg) and Countess Marianne Bernadotte here. 
Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Laurence were in Chile last weekend to take part in a number of events to mark the Bicentenary of the Chilean Navy.
A preview of the Swedish royal annual documentary shows the Crown Princess and her family enjoying summer in several casual hats.
On Wednesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Sharoushi Act in Tokyo. The Empress repeated a small grey rimmed saucer hat with layered silk bow.
Princess Masako celebrated her 55th birthday today with a visit to the Imperial Royal Palace. She wore a repeated robin’s egg blue rounded pillbox for the visit- it looks like she was accompanied by Princess Kiko, in a brimless grey hat.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Black wave-shaped saucer trimmed with autumn leaves by Italian milliner Giulia Mio
Forest green cloche with ruffled brim ’round the back by British brand Whiteley
Wonderfully chic wide brimmed, tri-colour straw Panama hat by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Adore the unique shape on this blocked bright pink hat shared by British milliner Tracy Chaplin
Veiled black felt hat with layered mushroom brim by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Button perchers with veil and pompom embellishment from British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Very  handsome navy blue fedora with ribbon hatband and feather trim from British brand Christys
Angular chocolate felt hat and snappy plaid crin hatband by Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
Sideswept picture hat covered in coral ostrich feathers by British milliner William Chambers
Slightly bonkers sisal boater covered in flowers and 3D polka dots by California milliner Amy Fowler

And from Irish millinery brand Angels and Insects, this red velvet blocked percher trimmed with luxuriously beautiful scarlet velvet and silk dahlia blooms and green leather leaves. LOVE.

Charming new portrait of Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre on the occasion of the prince’s 13th birthday
Princess Madeleine shared this sweet snap of Princess Leonor’s ballet debut in The Nutcracker
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Our very own Nutcracker ballerina! 🎄🍭🎁🎄

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Swedish Royals Welcome Italian State Visit

The Swedish King and Queen welcomed Italian President Sergio Mattarella and his daughter Laura yesterday for the start of a state visit. For the official welcome at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Queen Silvia wore a new hat.

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With a blocked peacock blue felt wave-shaped base, the hat is trimmed with a grey diamond woven veil and a ruffled flower made of grey felt and grey and blue silk. The gentle curves of the base frame Silvia’s head so beautifully and the combination of trim adds another layer of softness. I particularly love the pop of blue to contrast against her exquisite silver grey suit- it’s a good look for her.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Crown Princess Victoria wore another one of her go-to headpieces, this one in pale blue. While a good look of this headpiece evades me, we can see it has a straw twist, some feathers and some ruffled silk flowers. Unlike anything else she’s worn before, I suspect this headpiece was specifically chosen to pair with Victoria’s beautiful lace dress.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Malina
Previously Worn: I think this headpiece is new

Princess Sofia also wore a blue headpiece, this one a silk knotted bandeau. The scale and colour suit Sofia very well (it’s so nice to see her in more saturated colour!) and

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Designer: Eivy Flodin. Dress by Hugo Boss.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Laura Mattarella’s burgundy felt pillbox with interesting wired bow at the bottom also deserves some attention here- the use of felt to contrast with her velvet dress is really good, as is that wired bow, which gives a fresh and unexpected twist to the classic shape. It’s really good on her. 

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I can’t imagine the choice of blue on all the royal ladies was coincidental- together, they make a well coordinated group. What do you think of these three new blue millinery designs yesterday in Stockholm?

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Opening of Swedish Parliament 2018

The Swedish royal family attended the opening of Swedish Parliament Riksdagen yesterday in Stockholm, dressed, as they are each year, in black and white.

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Queen Silvia used the occasion to debut a new hat. The teardrop shaped calot is covered in textured white silk crepe with seam lines finished in fine, double stitching, and trimmed with a pair of curling, trimmed black feathers and a black velvet flower. The graphic trim works well on the hat, given a modern and graphic element to the traditional shape. Queen Silvia carries these modified calot shapes so well and the scheme of this one gives it a more contemporary feel than some of her other hats in this shape.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new 
While a clear shot of Crown Princess Victoria’s black and white headpiece eludes me (click on the twitter link below to open a gallery with better views), she wore the same striped bow she wore to this event in 2014

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Designer: Evelina Persson
Previously Worn: Sep 30, 2014
Princess Sofia repeated her black velvet bandeau with knotted bow. It’s a fine enough headpiece but I wish both Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia would fill their hat closets with a selection of small, embellished black designs (take a peek at the Countess of Wessex’s black perchers for inspiration, ladies!) to pull from for this event in coming years. 
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Designer: Eivy Flodin
Previously Worn: May 11, 2017

Thoughts about these black and white designs yesterday? 

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Vi tar en lite närmre titt på kungligheternas håraccessoarer! 👑 Prinessessan Sofia valde ett sammetsband knutet i en rosett som blev en avslappnad kontrast till den i övrigt rätt strikta dressen. 👑 Kronprinsessan Victoria prydde sin favoritfrisyr, den låga knuten, med en vit och svart accessoar. 👑 Drottning Silvia slog på stort med en vit huvudbonad med en svart blomdetalj som matchade hennes dräkt. 👑 Har du någon favorit? _________________________ Foto: Claudio Bresciani / TT & Robert Eklund / Stella * Let’s take a closer look at the royals headpieces! Princess Sofia wore a velvet ribbon tied in a bow, crown princess Victoria added a white and black decoration to her signature low bun. 👑 And queen Silvia matched her white outfit with a black trim with a headpiece in the same fashion! 👑 Har du någon favorit?

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Christening of Princess Adrienne: Immediate Families

We continue our look at the floral themed hats and headpieces worn at Princess Adrienne’s christening with those worn by her grandmothers, aunts and cousins. Queen Silvia topped her pale grey silk wool cloqué embossed floral dress with a padded headpiece in the same fabric. While the design looks like a pillbox or calot hat from the front, back and side views confirm it is an open ring with geometric shaped back.

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I’ve written before my thoughts on this style of headpiece- I’m not a particular fan. This one is not helped by the bland colour or the distinct pattern of the cloqué fabric, which ties it to the dress to a degree that a ‘matchy-matchy’ label feels inevitable. The dress is beautiful and I wonder how it might have paired with a smart straw hat instead.

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Designer: unknown. 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Crown Princess Victoria topped her floral dress with a cream tri-ringed headpiece trimmed with large beige and cream silk cabbage roses. We’ve seen Victoria in two twins of this piece (see here and here), all which link to the headpiece Queen Silvia wore in August 1970 for Prince Carl Philip’s christening. While she wears the design well, it makes a lovely nostalgic nod and it fit the floral theme of yesterday’s event, three versions of such a distinctive style is enough for me –  I’d love to see something different on Victoria.

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Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Sofia wore a large ecrcu silk floral headpiece tucked behind her left ear. It’s a pretty design, albeit nondescript design that paired especially well with her drop pearl earrings, relaxed chignon and floral dress.

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Previously Worn: This design is new

In a non-hatted but very sweet touch, Prince Alexander wore the same blue outfit his father wore to the Te Deum following Princess Madeleine’s birth in 1982. The resemblance between father and son is striking.

Looking now at Princess Adrienne’s paternal relations, Eva O’Neill topped her green-gray dress with a matching bandeau headpiece of overlapping feathers in the same hue. The piece works especially well with her short haircut and the shape and movement of the design made a lovely complement to the dress.
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Chris’ sisters, Annalisa  and Karen O’Neill, both wore black crin headpieces trimmed with feathers.
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Chris’ sister Tatjana d’Abo wore an embellished gold headband while her daughter, Anouska, who was named as one of Princess Adrienne’s godparents, wore a Philip Treacy designed pink straw percher with lace trimmed veil. Chris’ other sister, Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, also wore a Philip Treacy design (silk flowers made by Anfisa Korelova). Her domed grey straw percher is trimmed with pink and white handmade silk flowers, green silk leaves and grey feathers.

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I always love to see non-royal relations hold their own in the millinery stakes at events such as this, and the O’Neill family did especially well, bringing some of the few hats we saw at this event. That being said, there is something sweetly pretty about the floral dress and headpiece uniform of sorts adopted by the Swedish royal relations. Which hats stand out here most to you?
Next up, hats and headpieces worn by members of the extended royal family.
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This Week’s Extras

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Quick note- I will be away for the next week and a half but have a planned a “Hat From The Past” post every day while I am away. Please continue all hat related conversation (including sharing whatever hats are worn this week) during my absence. See you soon!

Queen Mathilde repeated her grey and beige cloche this morning for a military parade in Geraardsbergen

Princess Sofia participated in the women’s Tjejvasan Cross Country Ski Race yesterday, cheered on by Prince Carl Philip, Prince Alexander, Prince Gabriel and her parents.

Fabienne Delvigne announced the oping of an e-shop where you can purchase her millinery and accessory designs.

The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was given to designer Richard Quinn this week (see final photo in this post). The actual award was designed by Angela Kelly who was profiled in this Vogue article. 

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

 Striking black percher with giant embroidered natural straw flower from UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Such beautifully textured straw on this navy button percher from New Zealand milliner Monika Neuhauser
Beautiful midnight blue fedora with emerald velvet hatband and gold star from UK milliner Jess Collett
Cream hand sewn pillbox percher with flying bow, veil and pearls from Irish brand Montgomery Millinery
Bold royal blue and orange straw boater from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Dramatic purple felt sculpted percher from New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
More dramatic sculpture in this eye catching black pyramid from UK milliner Sophie Beale
 Chanel-esque saucer with pleated black and white Petersham ribbon from Canadian milliner Helen Gair
Sublime shade of peacock blue on this fedora with jewelled hatband from Rosie Olivia
Amazing Stephen Jones cloche with multi layered collapsible crown inspired by Smithsonian senior curator of African American Hstory & Culture, Elaine Nichols 

And this vibrant cocktail hat in fuchsia and orange straw with beautifully balanced ring trim from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput. The clean design works so well to show off the spicy colours.

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Pauline Ducruet shared her newly released cover of Spanish Harper’s Bazaar. Her younger brother Louis announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Marie Chevallier.

Prince Nikolai of Denmark popped up on the runway of the Burberry show in London on February 17

Photos shared by the Dutch King and Queen (including a rare selfie) of their time at the Winter Olympics

Hereditary Prince Ernst and Princess Ekaterina of Hanover welcomed a daughter, Elisabeth, this week.

It was a week of birthdays in the Swedish royal family celebrated with the release of beautiful new portraits. Princess Leonore turned four…

…and Princess Estelle turned six. Scroll to the right below to see each of the three released photographs because they are beauties.

Don’t you wish you could have overheard this conversation? And seriously Anna Wintour- of all moments to keep your sunglasses on, you chose this one? My caption for this photo would read, “Her Majesty attends fashion show with Queen Elizabeth”.

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