The Swedish King and Queen attended an annual Association of Friends of the Artists event today. The event was held again this year at Waldemarsudde, former home and gallery of Prince Eugene, fourth son of King Oscar II who was an accomplished landscape painter, art collector and patron (at the time of his death in 1947, Prince Eugene’s private collection included 3,200 works by the himself, and 3,500 works by almost 450 other artists) who created a Swedish Artists’ Support Fund Foundation in 1937. For this fundraiser, Queen Silvia wore a picture hat red straw hat.
A quick trip back in the photo archives shows this hat’s last outing was over a decade ago on May 5, 2008 during a state visit to Portugal. Photos taken from this visit show the hat has a wide, sidesweeping brim in triple-layers of very thin red straw and is trimmed by an oversize straw flower with straw petals cascading over the crown (which appears to be a nearly transparent, single layer of straw) and lower side of the brim.
It’s not my favourite hat on the Swedish queen- I think the scale is too large on her. Wide brims are great unless they leave the impression of swallowing up their wearer, something I think is the case here.
Designer: I suspect Fabienne Delvigne Previously Worn: May 5, 2008
It’s always curious when a hat that’s not seen the light of day for a decade makes a sudden return. Photos of today’s event aren’t good enough to tell if there’s been a renovation of this hat’s crown (it looks square in today’s photo)- hopefully, we’ll not need to wait another decade to see it in closer detail to know for certain. What do you think of Queen Silvia’s reappeared red hat?
Queen Silvia celebrated Swedish National Day, along with the king, in Ludvika last Thursday in a repeated ivory felt calot hat with silk flower and brown feather trim. Festivities later in the day saw the Queen and adult princesses in folk costume with traditional white cotton folded hats.
Also on Thursday, Prince Harry was in uniform to preside over the annual Founder’s Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea (a retirement and nursing home for former members of the British Army). Royal Hospital residents, known as Chelsea Pensioners, wore their distinctive tri-corn hats.
On Thursday, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko conducted rites related to the abdication at the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo. The empress emerita repeated a slate grey veiled saucer with knotted bow.
On Saturday, members of the Imperial royal family attended the 5th anniversary memorial ceremony for Prince Katsura. The Imperial royal women, who included the Empress, the late Prince’s mother, Princess Yoriko and sister, Yasuko Konoe (formerly Princess Yasuko of Mikasa) all wore black hats.
On June 8th, the Imperial family attended the 5th anniversary memorial ceremony for Prince Katsura (Yoshihito) at Toshimagaoka Cemetery in Tokyo.
For the first day of this visit, Queen Silvia debuted a new molded bumper hat in vibrant magenta felt. The smaller scale hat is trimmed with a felt cutout leaf on one side that anchors a small bunch of feathers that lay accross the front of the design and cascade off the other side.
The colour is wonderful on Queen Silvia as is the angle she wore it, perched slightly on the right side of her head. The hat’s small scale works well with the matching coat (in just slightly a different enough shade for the pieces to still coordinate), the neckline of which goes so well with a hat.
Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk Previously Worn: this hat is new
Sabina Higgins, wife of Irish President Michael Higgins, repeated a a pale pink cocktail hat with dramatic pleated square fan motif on the side. The sculptural piece is a memorable one she wears so well (she first wore it for the Irish state visit to Great Britain in 2014) and I’m so pleased to see again.
In the loveliest, saturated shade of purple straw, the hat’s toque shape is defined by swirled draping that frames Silvia’s face. She often wears hats on the back of her head and the colour and gentle shape of this design suit that placement well. It’s hard to tell without a closeup view but this design looks to be a good addition to her millinery wardrobe.
When Crown Prince Willem-Alexander married Máxima Zorreguieta seventeen years ago, his status as heir to the Dutch throne made the wedding a state occasion and as such, a large number of royal guests attended. We now look at some of these royal hats.
Queen Margrethe’s hat linked with her fur trimmed coat, the domed crown covered in the same textured blue wool fabric. The denim blue inverse brim made this design unique, hugging the bottom of the crown tightly before opening horizontally, the shape punctuated by a slim lighter blue hatband on the under side. the brim’s front brim vent was further highlighted with a pearl brooch. Despite its small footprint, this hat packs a lot of punch- perhaps too much in combination with the fur collar and cuffs on the coat?
Princess Benedikte wore a silver tweed coat and hat with fur trim on the bumper brim (and collar and dress hem). The scale of fur trim is just right here and the dark colour contrasts AND coordinates beautifully with the fabric. The fur hem of the dress is a little odd but the hat works really well.
Benedikte’s eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, topped her lilac dress and coat with a magenta felt brimless hat trimmed with a tall spray of feathers. The pieces are all individually attractive but I’m just not sure they combine well together. Photos of Alexandra’s younger sister, Princess Nathalie, who also attended, elude me.
Queen Silvia’s midnight blue hat combined straw and velvet- not a combination we often see. The hat’s wide, upturned kettle brim was edged in a wide stripe of velvet which was repeated on the crown. A ruched hatband of light straw added softness, volume and textural contrast between the crown and brim.
Crown Princess Victoria topped her tailored chocolate suit with a matching straw hat. It’s a hat I’m happy to leave in the past for Victoria, its unrefined finishing and awkward looking hatband making a less than flattering look for her.
Princess Madeleine’s hat packed a little more style punch and finesse with its angular crown and upswept brim around the back. The sequinned hatband reads a little ‘glitzy cowgirl’ and the roughly woven straw feels slightly unmatched against Madeleine’s beautifully tailored dress and jacket but somehow, the look works for what it was.
Queen Sonja topped her cantaloupe orange lace suit with a matching silk cloche hat. The upturned brim updated the traditional shape with some angular edge (a touch somewhat nullified by the wide, rather dowdy lace hatband) and a small spray of orange feathers and a canteloupe silk twist on the side attempted to liven the design. A matching canteloupe lace purse and fur stole completed the look- and a lot of canteloupe it was. Melon overkill, I’d say.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit was barely six months into royal life at this point and her ensemble reflects some of this inexperience. Her navy silk cloche hat was embellished by a wide, ruched hatband and the same matchstick cream stitching around the outside of the brim edge as on the neckline of her dress and, in reverse, on her cream coat. All in all, it was rather bland.
From bland and boring we move to brilliantly bizarre with Princess Märtha Louise’s hat. A fantastical design that combines a tall, olive green felt square-edged hourglass crown, a wide purple felt brim, purple roses and cobalt, orange and red feathers, the hat is unexpected, whimsical and… well, it’s just bonkers. Pairing this embellished purple suit with this hat was a gutsy move I’ve always admired and makes me smile, still.
to June 2002, the year that saw numerous foreign monarchs join their British royal cousins for Ascot. Queen Silvia’s magenta straw square crowned hat with sideswept brim suited her so well in terms of colour and shape while Queen Margrethe’s watermelon pink straw picture hat with double brim trimmed with orange and paler pink straw twists remains one of my all-time favourites for her.
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