Danish Queen Opens 2021 Cruise Season

Queen Margrethe kicked off the 2021 Cruise Season on Tuesday, boarding the Royal Yacht Dannebrog and sailing from the Port of Copenhagen to the sound of the cannons from the Sixtus Battery.

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Amidst rough seas, the royal ship was welcomed by a cannon salute of 27 shots at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore.

For this first sail of the season, Queen Margrethe repeated her red felt cloche hat trimmed with a wide, dimensional, striped hatband that ties in a side bow. The pork pie shaped crown gives some variation and height to the shape which is more interesting than balanced, although the scale works well for Queen Margrethe. With her red cape, navy suit and dotted scarf, the hat tops a handsome nautical ensemble.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 13, 2017; May 3, 2013 and others

Yesterday, Queen Margrethe was in Humlebaek for the inauguration of a sculpture by artist Per Arnoldi to commemorate the flight of Danish Jews to Sweden in October 1943 during World War II. For this event, she repeated her mint green fabric-covered bumper hat with side split brim curling around pair of feathers. While usually see this hat worn with a matching suit and coat, cool weather mandated its pairing with this warmer ivory coat. The contrast works so well, letting the statement brooch and green hat stand out amidst the neutral tones of the rest of the ensemble.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 5, 2019; May 31, 2019; June 13, 2017; Mar 28, 2017; Oct 3, 2016; Apr 30, 2016Sep 8, 2015; Jun 5, 2015May 23, 2015Apr 16, 2015

The Queen’s official boarding thus marks the start of this year’s sailing season which will include a Reunion Celebration in Southern Jutland, voyages to the Faroe Islands and Greenland and stops around Denmark in the the municipalities of Thisted, Esbjerg and Fanø.

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Danish Royals Open Kolding Exhibitions

Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte were in Kolding on Friday to open two exhibitions at the Royal Collection at Koldinghus. The first exhibition ‘Christian V – King, warrior and the anointed of God” is about the 17th century king but the second, “The Queen’s Embroideries” is contemporary, showcasing Queen Margrethe’s own embroidery work.

The collection includes pillows, furniture, table linen, advent calendars, clothing and accessories, including a pair of clutch bags the Danish queen made for each of her daughter-in-laws.

For this visit, Queen Margrethe repeated the aubergine and red boater hat covered in the same fabrics as her dress and jacket.

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This is this hat’s second outing and it remains a winner, thanks to its unexpected unexpected colour scheme, excellent scale and flawless execution. And the jaunty angle the Danish queen wears it- well, that’s perfection.

Designer: Mathilde Førster
Previously Worn: Nov 27, 2020

Princess Benedikte joined her sister for this visit in a new periwinkle brimmed hat with a pink hatband. It’s a great addition to her wardrobe- Benedikte wears the classic shape well and the colour suits her well.

Queen Margrethe and Princess Benedikte were also joined by their first cousin Count Ingolf of Rosenborg and his wife Sussie, who topped her suit with a small fascinator (see gallery below).

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Back on Wednesday, Queen Margrethe opened an Auguste Rodin exhibition at the Glyptoteket museum in Copenhagen. She repeated her denim blue cloche hat with upturned brim around one side trimmed with a checked tweed hatband and side bow. It’s another fine design- Mathilde Førster’s work certainly suits the Danish queen, doesn’t it? This relatively new pairing of milliner and wearer continues to excite. 

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Designer: Mathilde Førster
Previously Worn: Oct 6, 2020; Feb 8, 2020Jan 14, 2020

These days, any royal hat we see is a welcome one- what do you think about these designs?

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Inventory: Queen Margrethe’s Pink Hats

We’re peeking into Queen Margrethe’s hat wardrobe today for a look at her pink hats. At the turn of the millennium there were a handful in regular use:

These are now retired, replaced by new designs added since~2009:

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Designer: unconfirmed (all are likely Per Falk Hansen)
Introduced: May 9, 2009 or earlier; Feb 16, 2010 or earlier; June 2010 or earlier 

4.  5.   
Designer: unconfirmed (both are likely Per Falk Hansen); flowers on the light pink hat by Effi Pingel
Introduced: June 26, 2015; July 15, 2017 

I’ll admit- I did not expect this inventory to be so small. When I think of the Danish queen’s style, I think bright colours and while a few of these hats meet that mark, I somehow thought she had considerably more hats in this hue. Granted, several designs I thought of as pink turned out to be red but even so…

What do you notice about Queen Margrethe’s pink hats?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day, 60 years ago. Fresh from a holiday and participation in the Red Cross Training program in Norway, Princess Margrethe of Denmark arrived at Victoria Station en route to her 21st birthday party at the Danish Embassy in London in a brimmed hat.

We’ll pop into her hat closet for an inventory next week.


Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to Queen Margrethe’s 18th birthday on April 16, 1958. For this coming of age milestone, she wore a lovely floral frock with matching calot hat. Photos from the time are all in black and white but, thanks to the Danish Monarchy, we have a view of it in full colour.

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Next week we’ll celebrate Queen Margrethe’s 81st birthday with another inventory of her hats- what colour would you like to see?

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