Christening of Prince Gabriel: Extended Family & Royal Guests

Several members of the extended Swedish royal family and a pair of foreign royal guests were also in attendance at the christening of Prince Gabriel today.

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While Princess Margaretha and Princess Christina did not wear hats, Princess Christina’s daughters-in–law did. Emma Magnuson topped her purple lace dress in a purple velvet percher cocktail hat with button base. The hat is trimmed with a single feather and velvet multi-looped bow. As far as cocktail hats go, I think this one is a winner.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I think this hat is new

Vicky Andren Magnuson repeated a dusky pink straw cocktail hat with button base, trimmed with a large flat bow and net veil. While a fine enough hat on its own, its pairing today with her black, white and royal blue ensemble felt a bit odd.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: April 30, 2016

Countess Jill Bernadotte (wife of Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg) wore a black crin headpiece. It’s a simple design but one with a scale and shape that works nicely on Jill, particularly with her hairstyle.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I think it may be new

Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte) who at 101 years old is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, repeated small black silk bow and net fascinator. She arrived with Countess Marianne Bernadotte, who went hatless for this event.

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The only foreign royal guests at this event were Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria (Prince Leopold is Prince Carl Philip’s godfather). Princess Ursula followed the headpiece trend set by the Swedish royal family and wore a navy floral design attached to a headband. It’s a great winter headpiece that worked well with her hairstyle and while it tied to her navy skirt, her patterned coat and blouse and coral accessories made for an ensemble that felt a bit madly off in all directions. I really like the individual pieces (including the fascinator) but am not a fan of their mashup together.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: new, maybe?
This wraps up all the hats and headpieces we saw in Sweden today. Which ones stand out to you most?
Photos from Getty and social media as indicated; Jonas Ekstrommer/TT;  Frederik Sandberg/TT; Anna-Karin Nilsson

Christening of Prince Alexander: Extended Family & Guests

After reviewing the hats and headpieces worn by Princess Sofia and members of the Swedish royal family to Prince Alexander’s christening last Friday, it’s now time to turn our attention to those worn by extended family and royal guests. The only foreign royal guests at this event were Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria (Prince Leopold is Prince Carl Philip’s godfather). Princess Ursula followed the trend set by the Swedish royal family, opting for a triple silk bow fascinator with cascade of feathers in pale sky blue. The headpiece is fun but its whimsical feel was at odds with her more streamlined and formal coat. I really like both pieces… but not together.

Princess Ursula, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Ursula, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Haga princesses were represented by Princess Margaretha, who did not wear a hat. Frida Bergström, partner of Princess Christina’s son Victor Magnusson who was named as one of Prince Alexander’s godparents, was one of just two members of the extended Swedish royal family to wear a full-on hat. In pale oyster grey straw, the large saucer hat features a gently sloped pyramid at the crown that extends to a slight point on the bottom brim; the hat is simply trimmed with a straw double bow with centre knot embellished with crystals. The scale of this piece works well on Friday and while the colour is not best for her, I like the hat simply because it stands out amidst all the other headbands and fascinators at this event.

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Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg repeated the silk flower and arrow trimmed gold feather headpiece she wore to King Carl Gustaf’s 70th birthday celebrations on April 30.  Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte) who at 100 years old is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, topped her coral suit with a small black silk bow and net fascinator.

 Countess Marianne Bernadotte, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats   Dagmar von Arbin, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte and Dagmar von Arbin, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Jill Bernadotte (wife of Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg) topped her honeycomb suit with a natty navy straw hat trimmed in feathers. The shape of this piece is a little unusual but it works with Jill’s short hairstyle and fits well with the informality of this event.

Countess Jill Bernadotte, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats    Countess Jill Bernadotte, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Several members of Queen Silvia’s extended family were also in attendance. Bettina Aussems (wife of Silvia’s nephew Thomas Sommerlath) wore one of my favourite pieces of millinery at this event. Built on a base of transparent black straw, this cocktail hat is all about its central mass of striped feathers. The overall flower shape of the piece is so lovely and the gentle sense of movement provided by the swaying feathers (which were beautifully caught by even the slightest breeze) made me smile. I think this is a great example of how to do a hat at an informal event… and the royals could take note!

Bettina Aussems, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Bettina Aussems, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats Bettina Aussems, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

The other Sommerlath family members in attendance were Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick, his wife Maline and their family. Maline wore a simple navy fascinator attached to a headband while the couple’s twin daughters Chloe and Anais wore darling floral trimmed headbands.

Maline Sommerlath & Family, September 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

And that wraps up the hats and headpieces at this christening. Several of you have commented about the wide use of headbands and fascinators at this event and wondered if this is  a permanent millinery future direction the Swedish royal family. While the Swedish royal princesses have favoured smaller headpieces for several years, the King’s 70th birthday celebration in April showed that when royal hat ‘A game’ is required, the Swedish royals deliver. Prince Alexander is fifth in line to the throne and as such, his christening was a less formal event than those of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. I think the informal headpieces we saw here were simply a reflection of the overall informality of the event and not a permanent eschewing of hats.
Now that we’ve seen all the millinery worn for this occasion, are you able to choose your stand out favourites?
Photos from Olle Sporrong, Meli Petersson Ellafi, Anders Wiklund/TT, Jonas Ekstromer/TT, Henrik Montgomery and Claudio Besciani/TT via IBL and TT News Agency

Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King: Royal Guests

Celebrations for King Carl Gustaf’s 70th birthday over the weekend also included attendance by representatives from numerous royal houses. Queen Margrethe led the Danish contingent (she and the Swedish King are first cousins) in the same mint green wool crepe hat that she first wore for her own birthday last year. It’s a great hat on her and the interesting shape of this hat’s bumper brim makes it a continued success for me

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 8, 2015; June 5, 2015May 23, 2014April 16, 2015

Princess Benedikte topped her pale aqua coat with a hat in coffee coloured straw that featured a slightly upturned brim on one side. The hat is trimmed with a giant silk bloom on the side that looks very close to the one on this other hat.

Princess Benedikte and Countess Marianne Bernadotte, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

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

Crown Princess Mary repeated her marvellous purple pillbox hat with side feather trim. It’s a wonderful hat on her that was again, styled beautifully with her camel coat. In the last photo below, she is pictured with Icelandic First Lady Dorritt Moussaieff who wore a white felt hat with wide, upturned brim that was filled with silk flower petals.

Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Shell” design
Previously Worn: March 17, 2015October 7, 2014

One of the most interesting hats of the day was worn by Princess Hisako of Takamado. The design featured a flat, rounded crown in covered in yellow silk, wrapped with a wide yellow silk band and trimmed with a multi-looped bow at the side. The centrepiece of the hat is undoubtedly its brim, made of accordion folded straw piped in yellow. Those of us who follow millinery worn by the Imperial royals will appreciate just how bold and out-of-the-box this design is; while it might carry a 1980s soap opera vibe, it’s so out there that I have to love Princess Hisako for it.

Update: The reason this hat has an 1980s vibe is because it dates back to 1997!

Princess Hisako and Crown Princess Mary, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: October 4, 1997

Princess Beatrix wore a hat in one of her signature shapes with a tall, upfolded bumper brim and flat, stacked crown. The burgundy straw used for this piece has a glamorous shimmer that, when paired with her snakeskin printed tunic and skirt (not to mention that divine cape), makes for a knock-out ensemble. Isn’t this Dutch Princess is looking her best?!

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I suspect this hat is new

Speaking of glamour…Princess Märtha Louise glittered in a metallic lace dress topped with a fascinator in pale pink layered feathers and a net tulle veil.

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

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, pictured below right, wore a calot hat in cafe-au-lait coloured straw trimmed with feathers and a net tulle veil in the same colour. As you can also see below, Queen Sofia of Spain and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria (as well as Crown Princess Margarita of Romania in the lower photo) did not wear hats.

Crown Princess Katherine, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats Crown Princess Katherine, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

Finally, Princess Ursula of Bavaria was spotted in small cocktail hat with a pheasant feather covered base and trimmed with a navy double bow and dotted net tulle veil.

Princess Ursula, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

UPDATE: Thanks to blogger Hovikirjeenvaihtaja and reader Avery for hunting down this photos of Princess Anna of Bavaria and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha who wore hats afterall! Princess Anna topped her blue suit with a navy beret-based percher hat trimmed with a large sunburst of red feathers on the side. Seated next to Anna in the photo below is Duchess Elizabeth of Bavaria who is sporting a pale blue fascinator or curling straw ribbon and silk blooms.

Princess Anna of Bavaria, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Anna of Bavaria, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Kelly wore my favourite fascinator at this event, a mass of intertwined, curling straw ribbons swathed in a bubble of coordinating dotted net tulle veil.

 Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

That wraps up coverage of King Carl Gustaf’s 70th birthday celebration! Amidst this wonderful parade of royal hats, which ones were your favourites?

My sincere thanks to Sofia Svanholm for granting permission to share her excellent photos. Do peek at her blog and gallery of photos of this event as both are very well done.

Photos from Getty as indicated; SVT1 Screen shot; IBL, IBL and IBL;  and Sofia Svanholm 

Swedish Royal Wedding: Non- Reigning Royal Families

Royal Hats The wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and Sofia Hellqvist yesterday also saw a number of guests from non-reigning royal houses. Representing the Greek royals, Princess Tatiana wowed in an exquisitely beaded Celia Kritharioti gown in dove grey. The light gown was perfectly complimented by Tatiana’s small diamond tiara, a piece not previously seen before. I hope this is a permanent addition to Tatiana’s jewel vault because the proportion, scale and delicacy of it are lovely on her.

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One of the biggest tiara surprses at this wedding appeared on Princess Ursula of Bavaria. While the scrolled diamond tiara looked lovely on her, it is eerily reminiscent of the famous Spencer tiara. The Bavarian royals have sent several larger tiaras to auction in recent years and this piece has a few royal jewel watchers wondering if it is a new purchase or has been pulled out from the depths of the family vault.  Its history aside, this tiara is a beautiful one that I thought would have benefited from either Ursula’s large drop earrings or multiple strands of pearls but not both.

Princess Ursula’s daughter-in-law, Princess Anna of Bavaria, repeated the small diamond fringe tiara we saw her wear to Princess Madeleine’s wedding two years ago. This time, however, she paired it with a grand up-do which showed the piece to much greater effect. With her dramatic diamond earrings and navy and silver dress, Anna looked stunning.

That covers our review of all the tiaras worn by guests at the Swedish royal wedding! Stay tuned for a final post with all the official wedding portraits to tie up coverage of this event.

Photos from Albert Nieboer/dpa and Albert Nieboer/dpa via Corbis; Getty as indicated

Swedish Royal Wedding: German Royals

The Royal Hats Blog A number of German royals and nobles also attended Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill’s wedding. The Bavarian royals, Princess Ursula and her daughter-in-law Princess Anna, both wore small tiaras of unknown origin. This royal family recently sold their biggest tiara at auction – these two smaller tiaras are either replacement purchases or have been pulled out from the depths of the family vault. Hopefully, some details will be released soon. Ursula’s tiara looks to be a delicate floral one while Anna’s is a small fringe.

Princess Ursula of Bavaria, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Ursula of Bavaria, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

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Princess Anna of Bavaria, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Anna of Bavaria, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Silvia of Arenberg appeared in another tiara surprise – her tiara looks so much like Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg’s Art Deco Tiara that I can only assume that Silvia borrowed it from her Luxembourgish friend! It looks much more becoming on her than her matronly dress, I’m afraid.

Princess Silvia of Arenberg, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wore a turquoise button tiara that used to belong to her husband’s great-grandmother. Turquoise tiaras are hard to wear and while this one is a little disjointed between her royal blue dress and cerise and jade green sash, it looks lovely on this blue-eyed princess.

Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Albert Nieboer and Albert Neiboer via Corbis; and Pascal Le Segretain and Vittorio Zunino Celotto via Zimbio