Christening of Princess Adrienne: Swedish Extended Royal Family

We wrap up our look at the hats and headpieces yesterday at the christening of Princess Adrienne with those worn by members of the extended Swedish royal family. While Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée did not wear hats or headpieces to this event, Princess Birgitta wore a white silk rose tucked behind her right ear. Previously worn for Princess Victoria’s 40th birthday celebrations last summer, the hair decoration coordinated nicely on this outing with Birgitta’s lace dress and pearl earrings.

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Princess Désirée’s daughter, Hélène Silfverschiöld, topped her navy dress and coat with a pink straw hat with ruched hatband around the rounded crown and downward brim finished with a short, upturned kettle edge.

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Princess Christina wore a folded headpiece in ecru metallic straw, trimmed with quills and a bow at the back. I adore that this youngest Haga princess consistently brings out statement headpieces for these types of Swedish royal events and thought the piece was wonderful on her. The metallic sheen on this piece pairs so beautifully with her pearls and dress- while all the pieces are in similar oyster hues, the mix of textures and sheen brings them together in such an interesting way.

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Vicky Magnuson topped her pink lace dress with a small cocktail hat with teardrop shaped base, trimmed with straw leaves and crin bows.

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Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte), who turned 102 years old in April and is currently the eldest member of the Swedish royal family, wore a white and yellow plumeria flower trimmed headband. It’s a sweet piece on her.

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Countess Jill Bernadotte of Wisborg (her husband Count Bertil is a grandson of Prince Oscar Bernadotte through his son Folke), wore a headpiece of layered navy folded crin bows, trimmed with navy rosettes and feathers.

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And finally, Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg (widow of the king’s late uncle Sigvard Bernadotte), wore a navy silk JosefineThelin designed navy silk rosette bandeau with a dotted tulle birdcage veil. The bandeau is a lovely, summery pairing for Marianne’s lace dress and jacket

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That wraps up all of the hats and headpieces at Princess Adrienne’s christening! We don’t often see so many floral headpieces at a single royal event, a feature that made this one particularly pretty and memorable. I’m curious to hear which headpieces you liked best. 
Photos from Getty as indicated; Stella Pictures, TT

This Week’s Extras

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Zara and Mike Tindall attended a polo match and racing event on Australia’s Gold Coast last weekend in casual fedora hats


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Princess Philomena d’Orleans and Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein in black wide brimmed hats at Tuesday’s funeral of Prince François de France, Count of Clermont

Princess Philomena, Jan 6, 2018 | Royal Hats   Princess Isabelle, Jan 6, 2018 | Royal Hats

Vicky Andren in national costume complete with embroidered cap. 

This year’s London Hat Week schedule will include the premiere of a documentary made by royal milliner Marie O’Reagan.

A sweet red hair bow from Spanish brand Amaia Kids for Princess Charlotte’s first day of nursery school (Kensington Palace)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Dusty pink felt button percher with stunning oversize silk flower from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Beautifully detailed hatband on this navy oversize fedora from British milliner Jess Collett
Charming pink, black and white straw boater from American brand Lifted Millinery
Dark, moody red picture hat with flying bow and open weave brim from British milliner Juliette Botterill
Lovely movement on the soaring slim quills trimming this Fabienne Delvigne saucer hat
Classic navy wool hat with beautifully crisp knotted silk hatband from California based Jill Courtemanche
From Stephen Jones, whose creativity knows no bounds – hammer head shark and lamb chop headpieces

And this wonderfully chic is this two-toned felt fedora from German milliner Nicki Marquardt.

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Christmas photos from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik; also from Princess Benedikte and her grandchildren

Two sneak peeks at the BBC documentary airing today on the coronation jewels


Sweet photos released by the Danish monarchy of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent for their seventh birthday. Their mum also shared more relaxed candids of the twins she took on their family’s recent trip to Australia.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit explain why Norwegians are so happy.

We wrap up this week with another stunning landscape image from Prince Nikolaos

 Photos from Alain Guizard/Bestimage via Paris Match 

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 Oscar: Extended Swedish Royal Family

With the whole Swedish extended royal family gathering less than a month ago for the King’s 70th birthday, today’s christening of Prince Oscar was an understandably smaller affair. While Princess Birgitta and Princess Désirée did not make another trip to Stockholm, Princess Margaretha popped over from her home in the UK for the event. She wore a dark taupey-grey fascinator of straw bow loops and leaves with coordinating feathers that was an excellent colour match for her printed dress. It’s not the most exciting of headpieces but it worked well for her.

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Princess Margaretha, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina repeated her infamous black helicopter hat. After being voted our least favourite royal hat of the year three years ago, I hoped not to see this one again. I’m all for creative expression in millinery but this design simply defies good sense.

Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 15, 2013

Vicky Magnuson, wife of Princess Christina’s oldest son Gustaf, topped her yellow lace suit with a black headpiece. In very light black straw, the large tear-drop shaped piece is trimmed by a black feather pinwheel in front and a black feather spray at the back. I like the sense of movement in this piece provided by the feather trim and the way the wide edging creates a sharp finish and contrasts with the transparent straw. It’s an interesting piece that Vicky wore well but I wished it had been paired with almost anything except this yellow suit.

Vicky Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Vicky Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Vicky Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Emma Magnuson, who is married to Princess Christina’s middle son Oscar (one of Prince Oscar’s godparents), topped her pale blue lace dress with a matching straw hat. The disk shaped straw hat is trimmed with a large bow which is edged in white stripes. I want to like this piece- Emma looks great in blue- but the stripes on that bow have me seeing only Adidas.

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Emma Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats   Emma Magnuson, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Frida Bergström, partner of Princess Christina’s youngest son Victor, topped her navy and white ensemble with a taupe straw fascinator of multiple bow loops, straw leaves and feathers. From close view, the neutral headpiece was a good match for Frida’s navy and white ensemble but from a distance her jacket reads much more grey than blue and I’m afraid the ensemble suffered from competing neutrals. I certainly don’t expect more distant royal cousins to keep up with latest millinery styles but I’m so done with this style of straw fascinator and really want to see something different.

Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

One of my favourite ensembles of the day was worn by Countess Jill Bernadotte (wife of Count Bertil Bernadotte af Wisborg). Jill topped her striking taupe and cream silk suit with a calot-based cocktail hat covered in taupe silk that is trimmed lavishly with feathers and net tulle veil. It’s a fun ensemble and I loved how the purple undertones in the hat’s feather trim coordinated with her necklace. Matching feathers to jewels is always a good thing.

Countess Jill Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats Countess Jill Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte also wore a matched hat and suit combination. Made of pale yellow silk covered in ivory lace, her beret-base cocktail hat is trimmed in a large bow. In this case, I much prefer the exquisite coat dress to the hat (which feels overly twee to me) but the use of the same fabric and lace create a very unified ensemble.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne was seated with Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin (granddaughter of Prince Oscar Bernadotte) who just celebrated her 100th birthday and is currently the oldest member of the Swedish extended royal family. Her pillbox hat is covered in pink and purple silk blooms and wrapped with a net tulle veil. It is a perfect spring hat that I thought Dagmar wore, beautifully.

Mrs. Dagmar von Arbin and Countess Marianne Bernadotte, May 27, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 22, 2012

Almost no information was released about these Swedish royal hats, leaving me to guess that most of them were new for this event. There are some beauties here to be sure (and one I wish was retired to its helicopter hangar) so as I draw coverage of this wonderful event to a close, I can only ask which millinery designs today in Sweden were your favourites?

Jump over to this post to see the hats worn by royal guests and this post for those worn by the Swedish royals.

Photos from Getty as indicated; Rex Features; Jonas Ekstromer, Olle Sporung, Maja Suslin, Pontus Lundahl and Anna-Karin Nilsson via TT News Agency

Birthday Celebration Of Swedish King: Extended Family

It was no surprise that birthday celebrations for King Carl Gustaf this weekend included attendance by members of the extended Swedish Royal Family, many of whom wore hats and headpieces for the daytime events.

Princess Christina topped her blue jacquard suit with a feathered flower fascinator in the same hue. It’s not the most exciting of headpieces (I suppose it does have a festive vibe that fits well with this celebration) although the colour is lovely against her hair.

Princess Christina and Emma Magnuson, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Christina, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Christina’s three daughter-in-laws all wore cocktail percher hats. Emma Magnuson (seen above and below) chose a grey straw beret based piece with multiple bow loops and a soaring ribbon tail that coordinated with her grey lace skirt. Frida Bergström (below right) topped her floral dress with a white-rimmed grey saucer hat trimmed in silk roses while Vicky Magnuson (lower photo) wore a pale pink cocktail hat with beret base trimmed with a large bow and net tulle veil. Although the pink hat errs on the saccharine side of the spectrum, I thought it was a light and airy compliment to her navy dress.

Vicky Magnuson and Frida Bergström, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Vicky Magnuson, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Birgitte, who I can’t remember wearing a hat in a very long time, surprised in this round grey percher design. With sharp white piping and a bedazzled button anchoring two large feather spines, the hat is bold and decidedly modern. I’m not sure grey was the best colour for Princess Birgitte but I’m going to ignore this quibble since she’s actually in a hat.

Princess Brigitte, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Brigitte and Viky Magnuson, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

Princess Birgitte’s daughter, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, photographed below with her mother and aunts, wore a pale taupe fascinator of straw and silk bow loops trimmed with feathers.

Princess Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, Princess Brigitte and Princess Christina, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats

The King’s other two sisters, Princess Margaretha and Princess Désirée (seen above in the yellow dress), did not wear hats for this event. His aunt, Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, attended in a gold brocade suit that she paired with an elaborate fascinator. Made up of large silk blooms and arrow trimmed gold feathers, the piece topped off a wonderfully regal and rather luxurious ensemble.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte of Wisborg, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats
Finally, Maline Sommerlath (wife of Queen Silvia’s nephew Patrick Sommerlath), wore an ecru straw fascinator made up of multiple bows and coordinating feather trim. The amazing pleated yellow and white hat worn by Princess Hisako of Takamado is something we’ll discuss more in the next post as we look at the hats worn by royal guests.
Maline Sommerlath, April 30, 2016 Photo taken by Sofia Svanholm | Royal Hats
While none of the King’s extended family wore pieces as large or dramatic as his wife and daughters, this group includes some lovely pieces. Which ones here stand out to you?
Special thanks to Sofia Svanholm for giving permission to sharing her fantastic photos of this event. I encourage you to peek at her blog and gallery of photos taken this weekend.
Photos from Getty as indicated; TT/Stella, SVT1 Screen shots and Sofia Svanholm 

Christening of Prince Nicolas

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband, Christopher O’Neill, brought their son Prince Nicolas to be christened today at the Drottningholm Palace Church. For this happy family occasion, Princess Madeleine wore a large headpiece of magenta silk flowers with a coordinating straw ribbon twist that threaded through the piece.

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Valentino
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Leonore was dressed up for her little brother’s big day in a headband with double side bow which coordinated with her lace trimmed grey linen dress.

Queen Silvia celebrated her first grandson with an all blue ensemble. Her exquisite coat and dress in cornflower blue silk  was topped with a silk-covered calot hat in the same hue. The hat is trimmed in monochrome feathers and a multi looped bow. While Queen Silvia has worn numerous calot hats this year, the colour of this piece is particularly beautiful on her and she looked wonderful in it.

Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Victoria topped her royal purple 1960s cut dress with an equally retro pillbox hat. The shape, scale and colour of this piece are so fantastic on the crown princess that I’m left hoping that she adds a few more pillboxes to her millinery closet, soon.

Crown Princess Victoria, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats    Crown Princess Victoria, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Sofia unveiled another new fascinator for this event to top her magenta dress. In pale pink felt, this double bow was wrapped in dotted burgundy net veil. On its own, the headpiece leans toward twee but paired with this dress and her hair in ringlets, it’s an overload in pink sweetness.

Princess Sofia, October 11, 2015 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats    Princess Sofia, October 11, 2015 in Malinda Damgaard | Royal Hats

Designer: Malinda Damgaard
Previously Worn: This fascinator is new.

Chris O’Neill’s mother Eva wore a grey felt percher cocktail hat trimmed in a mass of felt and silk curls. The base of the hat has exaggerated pinches that form it into a triangular shape that reminds me of a military cap. I thought the hat was shown off exceptionally well against Eva’s sleek blue coat, grey dress and charcoal accessories.

Eva O'Neill, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats    Eva O'Neill, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Chris’ sister, Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, who is one of Prince Nicolas’ godmothers, wore a large red floral headpiece that was anchored to her head with a band across her forehead. Natascha has worn dramatic hats to previous royal events (see here) but this one is several steps too far over the top for me. Chris’ other sister, Tatjana D’Abo, attended the event but photos of her have been difficult to find (feel free to post links in the comments, please!)

Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats Countess Natascha Abensperg und Traun, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

Countess Marianne Bernadotte wore a natty little cream bowler hat trimmed with a golden brown ribbon around the base of the crown and a tulle veil. While simple, this small piece looked so stylish on the Countes, thanks to the rakish angle placed it on her head.

Countess Marianne Bernadotte, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

And finally, Princess Christina’s daughter-in-laws Vicky Magnuson and Frida Bergström were both spotted in interesting millinery. Vicky wore a white disk saucer hat trimmed with white flowers and ribbons and navy edging around the piece. Frida wore a sage green flat headpiece of overlapping leaves, trimmed with faux jewels at the side.

Viky Magnuson and Frida Bergström, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats Frida Bergström, October 11, 2015 | Royal Hats

These Swedish royal family events always bring out some glorious pieces of millinery. Which hats stood out most to you here today?

Photos from Getty as indicated and Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisAlbert Nieboer/dpa/CorbisAlbert Nieboer/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Albert Nieboer/dpa/CorbisAlbert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis and TT News Agency

Swedish Ruby Jubilee Part 2

The celebration mass in honor of King Carl Gustaf’s Ruby Jubilee yesterday was also attended by members of his extended family and two other European monarchs. Norway and Sweden have close ties so it was no surprise to see King Herald and Queen Sonja. Queen Sonja repeated a dove grey picture hat trimmed with a meandering curled ribbon around the brim. It would not be my first choice of colour for her to wear but I like the shape of the hat very much. This hat is at least 13 years old and has stood up quite well, don’t you think?

Queen Sonja, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Sonja, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: January 20, 2009; April 24, 2004, July 11, 2000

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark are both fellow monarchs and extended family members  (Queen Margrethe and King Carl Gustaf are first cousins) and it was also no surprise to see them in Stockholm as well. Margrethe repeated a bright turquoise blue hard-shell beret style hat trimmed in twirling blue feathers. It’s a quirky hat that I like very much on Margrethe- she looks great in blue and the shape of this hat does not make her look bald, unlike many of her other hats. I also suspect this costume designing Queen likes a little bit of creative whimsy in her wardrobe and this whirlybird certainly delivers.

Queen Margrethe, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Margrethe, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 6, 2011;  April 29, 2011April 14, 2011April 16, 2010

King Carl Gustaf’s four sisters were also in attendance but the only one in millinery was Princess Christina. And what a piece of millinery it was! Christina sported a black headpiece made of long, individual petals…. or propeller blades? Whatever it was, I was not a fan.

Princess Christina, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Christina’s daughter-in-laws were the only other extended family members in hats and both sported a pair of grey fascinators. Emma Magnuson, wife of Christina’s son Oscar, wore a demure grey bow trimmed with a fabric rose and feathers. As far as fascinators go, this one was neither offensive nor particularly memorable.

Emma Magnuson, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Vicky Andren, who recently married Christina’s son Gustaf, wore an explosion of pale grey feathers. It’s a very fun headpiece but one I didn’t think fit particularly well with her elegant navy dress and jacket. I suppose, however, as the newest member in the extended Swedish royal family, it’s a good starting point. It is more of a millinery statement than Crown Princess Victoria made so we’ll give her points for that!

Vicky Andren Magnuson, September 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The Ruby Jubilee was a much lower key event than Queen Margrethe’s Ruby Jubilee last year; I suppose the Danes are a glitzier bunch while the Swedes may have used up their annual quotient of glitter back in June for Princess Madeleine’s wedding. Nevertheless, there were also some lovely hats yesterday- which one was your favourite?

Photos from Ragnar Singsaas via GettySven Lindwall via Expressen; and Dutch Photo Press