Swedish Opening Of Parliament 2020

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended the opening of fall session of Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) in Stockholm yesterday.  This year’s event was scaled back because of the coronavirus and additional family members did not attend.

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Queen Silvia continued the black and white dress code traditional to this event, topping her bouclé with a repeated white straw calot hat. The hat is trimmed with a multi-looped white bow on the side studded with silver sparkles and wrapped in burnt white feathers. While the textured suit may lend itself more naturally to a more wintry hat, this one stands on its own for a warm late summer day, the silver trim picking up faint sparkle in the weave of the bouclé.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Premier rendez-vous” design. 
Previously Worn: Sep 30, 2014; April 5, 2014; May 22, 2013; May 29, 2012; April 16, 2010May 23, 2009April 22, 2009April 15, 2008

What did you think of Queen Silvia’s hat for the opening of parliament yesterday?

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This Week’s Extras

The closest thing to a royal hat worn this week was Queen Silvia in a navy bowed hairband to award prizes for this year’s idea garden competition at the Swedish summer residence, Solliden
Town and Country magazine named these 15 hats as “The Best Royal Hat Moments” – do you agree with their choices?
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Burgundy leather button percher with stitched bow and veil by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Handwoven straw fedora with textured crown and extended, striped brim by Italian brand Borsalino
Loveliest dark green felt halo bandeau with bow by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie
Handsome blue felt hat with deeply creased crown and braided leather hatband by UK milliner Carrie Jenkinson
Halo bandeau of light-as-air braided pink crin by UK brand Hostie Hats

Fantastic oversize brimmed black hat featured in “Black Is King” by American milliner Jo Miller
Gold sinamay halo bandeau trimmed with Indian floral, sequinned embroidery by UK milliner Josephine Willis
Verdant green straw teardrop percher with delicate flowers & butterflies by Spanish brand Montesinos Vilar Millinery
Palest pink straw sidesweep saucer with pink crin swirl by British milliner Tracey Miller
Two-toned ivory and coffee straw brimmed hat with chocolate hatband and bow by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Graphic almond and black Natural and black pinok pok trilby by British milliner Dillon Wallwork

 

The prettiest floral bandeau with hand painted, silk anemonies and sweet peas by UK brand Angharad Rose Millinery
Patterned straw boater hat in the most toasty tan and walnut tones by Australian milliner Meg Rafter
For our dear gents, a blue chambray stitched newsboy cap with double brim from Dutch brand Atelier Pauline
Statement pink button percher with pink and red flying sinamay ruffles by US brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Black felt sidesweep with tutti fruitti tweed crown and velvet hatband by Australian brand Millinery by Mairead

It’s not every week a former king goes into exile- here’s a good synopsis of the situation from the Financial Times
Interesting editorial penned by the Duke (and Duchess?) of Sussex. Read the article here. 
Finally, Princess Eugenie shared this lovely photo to celebrate Princess Beatrice’s birthday yesterday (we’ll celebrate with a dive into Beatrice’s hat closet next week!)

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Monaco Royal Wedding: Scandinavian Royals

It’s not often that a monarch marries so it was no surprise that the religious ceremony of Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock on July 2, 2011 included lots of royal guests.

We start our tour of royal hats worn to this wedding with the last bride to marry a reigning monarch- Queen Silvia, who wore a wide brimmed parasisal straw picture hat in lilac pink. The design featured a crossover shape on the front of the crown, a gently sideswept brim and was simply trimmed with a double looped straw bow on the side. With her silk jacquard cloqué dress in the same colour, the hat topped a very coordinated look.

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Designer: unknown

Crown Princess Victoria’s aqua calot hat was clearly designed to match her silk chiffon embellished dress with the same curved iridescent paillettes on the dress’ sleeves completely covering the hat. It’s a very textural look in a colour that’s great for Victoria but that was let down by her limply styled hair. Victoria was in her first trimester of pregnancy with Princess Estelle at the time of this wedding, making me wonder if she was feeling her best or if the heat of the day simply got the best of her. It’s a fussier look than we usually see on Victoria, which makes me like it for her, and I wish we could see it worn again with a more successful hairstyle.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Escada.

Princess Madeleine paired her almond silk dress with a large silk rose headpiece in a similar hue, with tall curving pheasant feather. As far as fascinators go, this one makes a statement… although the curve and height of that feather always felt a bit random to me.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Dolce & Gabbana

Princess Mette-Marit also chose a monochrome look in a pale, neutral pink with a crescent headpiece of layered hand cut lace that circled around the back of her head. The multiple layers of lace created a wonderfully dimensional piece that contrasted against the smooth lines and asymmetrical neckline of her dress and beautifully framed her face. I usually am a stickler for impeccable finishes on royal millinery but the the slightly raw lace on this design gave it an edgy, rough beauty.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Valentino.

Princess Mary wore one of my favourite looks at this wedding with a finely woven, wheat-hued straw saucer hat studded with tiny diamanté, trimmed with large ecru silk roses and flying coque feathers. While a neutral colour, the hat was anything but boring thanks to its dramatic shape and bold trim, elements that enabled it to stand up as the perfect counterpoint for Mary’s Mediterranean blue silk dress. With neutral shoes and a fun, patterned turquoise purse, this ensemble was perfectly styled and firmly got my vote for best dressed guest at this wedding. Nine years on, it’s still one of my favourites.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Prada. 

Princess Marie went with a more monochrome approach, topping her pale peach silk wrap dress with a brimmed hat in the same shade. The hat’s brim was gently turned up around the front the hat was completed a spray of straw leaves in darker and lighter shades sweeping over the side.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Rikke Gudnitz.

There’s no shortage of interesting milliner here- we’ve got colour, sparkle and drama! I’ve already tipped my hand as to my favourite, dearest readers but I’m curious- which looks here stand out most to you?

Jump to this post for an index of other royal hats that appeared at this wedding. 

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Gabriella of Monaco adorable in a flower trimmed headband Tuesday for Fete de la Saint Jean
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The Earl of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor out for a ride last weekend
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Sweet photo of Princes Alexander and Gabriel of Sweden, enjoying summer
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Grass green straw brimmed newsboy cap by Italian brand Gallia e Peter
Striking, angular black and white straw hat with dramatic cartwheel brim by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Whimsical ruffled crin headpieces in rainbow and ruby red by UK milliner Alexandra Harper
Ivory straw picture hat with calla lilies and canteloupe raw edged straw trim by UK brand Hostie Hats
Show-stopper pink straw oversize Breton hat rimmed in giant pink silk roses by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen

Tangerine sinamay straw hat with mushroom brim dotted with black flowers from Italian brand Modista Stybel. The effect of the layered orange and black straw on the crown is lovely.

Angular red straw statement hat with black and white striped hatband by Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Coronet of emerald silk butterflies trimmed in black beaded lace and veil by British milliner Philip Rhodes
Printed velvet beret percher with orange feathers and black veil by Aussie brand Millinery By Mel
Aqua, chartreuse and ivory straw mushroom brimmed hat with lilies by French milliner Sylvia Martinez
Black straw button percher with quills, net and coral silk flowers from British milliner Piers Atkinson
Ivory straw wide brimmed boater with blue and green ombre pompm by British milliner Laura James

Also from Australian brand Millinery By Mel, this exquisite sweeping bucket hat in ivory, jade, yellow and pink straw striped trimmed with a single feather. Breathtaking!

Elegantly streamlined pewter parisisal straw button percher with ruffle by UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Fantastic headpiece of red silk abaca hibiscus flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Oversize fedora sunhat made of natural straw braid with rickrack hatband from UK milliner Sally Ann Provan
Black button percher with leather flowers, crin twists and face loops by Irish milliner Edel Black
Pink straw boater with vibrantly patterned hatband and feather pompoms by US brand Lifted Millinery
Spectacular headpiece made from recycled packing strips by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne

Flawless pattern matching by Canadian milliner Truly Carmichael on this ‘newsgirl’ cap with pink and purple diamond print fabric cut to form a star on the crown.

Blush pink silk covered hugger percher with large silk rose by UK brand Catherine Walker
Spectacular red and black straw freeform hat made under the tutelage of British milliner Tracy Chaplin
Royal blue straw boater with flower, quills and wonderful 3D woven hatbands by Australian milliner Leteisha Knecht
Black straw disc percher with floating fuchsia feather by Irish milliner Aoife Harrison
Chic panama straw fedora with silk scarf hatband by British brand John Boyd Hats

And from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly, this wonderfully vibrant fuchsia straw slice picture hat trimmed with red, orange and pink handmade poppies. This hat makes me smile!

More sweet photos of wee Prince Charles of Luxembourg


Interesting review, in English, of the first year of the Heiwa era. The pace is a little slow but the look into the Imperial ceremonies is detailed and fascinating.
The Belgian royal family enjoying a trip to Limburg today
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This Week’s Extras

Empress Masako, Princess Mako and Princess Kako in demure hats on June 16 to mark the 20th anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death


On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe wore her apricot straw hat with navy hatband to open the recreation of an early Viking era 61 meter long great hall/building for a king or chieftain
On Thursday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall received French President Emmanuel Macron for a visit to commemorating the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ speech which sparked the start of French Resistance. For this visit, Camilla repeated her ivory straw sidesweeping picture hat with navy straw crown cuff and ivory silk knotted bow.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Silver straw pyramid with cream and red Japanese silk flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Denim blue straw beret percher with rainbow trim by London-based milliner Vesna Pesic
Guipure lace stylised top hat with cerise silk flying bow by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Retro striped straw bucket hat with veil and bow by Australian brand That Millinery
Lilac straw bandeau with rolled edge flower by France-based brand Elegance Ahead
Navy extended brim straw cloche by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Pale pink sculptural headpiece based on a rose by British milliner Awon Golding
Striking royal blue lace halo bandeau by Australian brand Get Racy
Vintage lilac and cream straw hat with striking teal and purple hatband by Italian milliner Marianna Sanua
Navy extended brim straw cloche by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Pale purple hat with webbed brim and pink roses by Hong Kong brand Noeleen Millinery
For our dear gents, a charcoal felt fedora with taupe hatband and brim stitching from Hornskov København

Fantastic shape and dimensional, striped hatband on this impeccably finished design from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit

King Willem Alexander his usually good-natured self, adapting to social reality with an elbow greeting
New photos of the next generation of Luxembourg royals, taken from a Paris Match interview with the Grand Duchess
Wonderful photos of the Duke of Cambridge with his father and children, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and shared today on William’s birthday



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