Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Scandinavian Royals

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit;s late afternoon wedding on August 25, 2001 carried a formal dress code. We don’t often cover tiaras here but any daytime diamonds are fair game here at Royal Hats so we’re going to sparkle up the rest of this week and look at the jewels and gowns worn by royal guests to this event (I’ll leave discussion about the jewels to expert Lauren Kiehna and link to her comprehensive history of each diadem).

Queen Sonja topped her jade gown with the very grand diamond and emerald tiara from the Norwegian Emerald Parure

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Princess Märtha Louise wore the modern tiara her grandfather King Olav gifted her in 1989 with diamond ears of wheat and pearls.

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Princess Astrid wore Queen Maud’s Turquoise Circlet tiara, beautifully paired with her pale blue gown.

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Princess Ragnhild wore what is known as Princess Ingebog’s Boucheron Circle Tiara

Queen Margrethe topped her purple ensemble with the romantic heart-shaped Baden Palmette Tiara

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Princess Benedikte wore her Star and Pearl Tiara. Her eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore her mother’s wonderful floral tiara; her younger daughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, is shown below in coral, in an open design tiara I’ve not been able to identify.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore the beautiful scrolled diamond Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wore her diamond tiara with lovely halo shape.

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Queen Silvia wore one of her larger tiaras, Queen Sofia’s Tiara with central starburst and diamond swags.

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Crown Princess Victoria wore her graphic diamond Baden Fringe Tiara

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Princess Madeleine wore the Modern Fringe Tiara, a gift from her parents which she would later wear at her own wedding.

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We don’t chat tiaras much here but like hats, a tiara’s shape or scale can suit (or not suit!) their wearers and the ensembles with which they are paired. Which ones here stand out to you most?

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Norwegian Monarchs Commemorate Attack

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway attended a memorial service at Oslo’s Cathedral yesterday to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the bomb attack in central Oslo and mass shooting on the island of Utoya that took the lives of 77 people.

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For this event, Queen Sonja repeated a hat of ivory crin with rounded crown and upturned brim. This outing shows a better look at the piece, revealing an overlapping brim that curves up onto the hat’s crown with a curved end flourish. What looked like a central seam down the crown at this hat’s first outing is actually a stripe of pearl embellishment.

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Yesterday’s better view of the piece helped it make a little more sense. It’s a light, summery design with dimension, thanks to the stripes of sewn crin that form its body. However, I’m still a bit perplexed by the placement of the overlapped brim and pearl stripe, which runs from the top of the crown down one side to where the crown and brim meet. It just feels a bit unbalanced and awkward.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 23, 2018  

What do you think of this cream crin hat, now that we’ve had a better look?

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This Week’s Extras

Also on Wednesday, Empress Masako and Princess Mako were in hats to mark the anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Patterned pink straw hat with darling lace butterfly trim by Ghanan milliner Velma Owusu Bempah
Lime waved disc with crin brim and silk flowers by London-based Irish milliner Philip Treacy
Striking white and gold leather folded pinwheel design by British Milliner Jennifer Rowley
Charming blue straw capulet with straw flowers and leaves by French brand Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Forrest green velvet bandeau headpiece with leafy vine by Scottish milliner Sarah Macgregor-Norrie
Adore the soft but strong statement made by this peach brimmed hat by Australian milliner Chris Mullane

Wonderful spring green brimmed hat with straw loops and feather by German milliner Ulrike Strelow
Exquisite 3D lace applique trimmed bandeaux headpieces by Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice
White teardrop percher with whimsical purple daisies by Australian brand Monroe Millinery
Sky blue bandeau with beautiful silk and velvet flowers by British milliner Inna Walker
Navy straw vertical saucer with gravity-defying fuchsia ribbon by London-based Filipa Cardoso
“Lemon Drop” design with fantastic graphic brim by Australian milliner Angie Jackman

This Week’s Extras

Queen Sonja, Princess Ingrid and Maud Behn in Norwegian folk bunad ring headpieces on Monday for National Day
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Princess Gabriella of Monaco in a sweet red rosette headband yesterday to watch qualifying races for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix with her dad and brother
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The American Milliner’s Guild is counting down to Royal Ascot with an interactive event inspired by Eliza Doolittle- see how you can take part here.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Lighter-than-air design in black crinoline and cane by London-based milliner Anna Stefanou
Grey saucer with multicolour statement feathers by US milliner Alexandra Bell for Suzanne Couture Millinery
Exquisite filigree beaded Kokoshnik headpiece by Australian milliner Wendy Louise Diggles
Lovely cream to navy ombre Panama straw fedora with leather flower by British milliner Louise Pocock
Whimsical striped sun hats with twist trim by Japanese milliner Yumiko Kuroiwa
Wonderful modern take on a cloche in aubergine straw by German milliner Ulrike Strelow
Beautiful use of 3D organza on this brimmed design with bird by American milliner Jamie Cantwell
Natural straw button with fantastic black braid trim by Australian milliner Jill Humphries

Also from Australian milliner Jill Humphries, this red bandeau with charming straw braid flowers
Absolutely beautiful brim shape on this black straw design by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Simple but still memorable ecru and slate grey bow headpiece by Italian brand Galia e Peter
Green leopard print covered pillbox with back bow by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Charming natural patterned straw hat with red hatband and blue brim binding by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Pink jinsin oversize saucer with braided brim edge by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Incredible feather flowers on this grey button beret percher by British milliner Ian Bennett

Lovely new photos of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar and pup Rio released today for Pentecost. Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia also shared these photos of Prince Alexander to celebrate his fifth birthday.
Princess Benedikte opened an exhibition of Danish artist Lars Physant​’s work which includes a striking new portrait of her, unveiled at the opening.
And finally, this stunning photograph taken by Prince Nikolaos of Greece, shared to announce his upcoming photography exhibition in London

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Norwegian Opening of Parliament 2020

Crown Prince Haakon and Queen Sonja were on hand yesterday for the 165th opening of Norwegian Parliament, Prince Haakon filling in for his father who has been ill.

Queen Sonja repeated her black capulet hat with close fitting cloche crown and upturned front brim. The brim follows a slightly peaked shape with central point and is printed (or embroidered?) with diamond shapes on the undersideIt’s difficult to assess this hat without a better view but the shape of the hat, from front view, works well with Sonja’s hairstyle and regally frames her face in a sort of modern kokoshnik.



Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 9, 2017

Thoughts about this petite black hat?

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