"Seriously, hatters, what are all of you looking at?"
What we're looking at, of course, is the christening of the future Queen Estelle of Sweden, a fabulous hattery occasion if ever there were one!
And while she chose to go hatless for the occasion, her mother pulled one of the weirdest architectural/floral mini berets I've ever seen out of her millinery closet for the day. From this angle, it just looks like flowers in her hair, but when she leans down a bit...
Yep, that happens. I really don't get it.
But Victoria was far from the only royal to go back-of-the-head with her hattery, unfortunately. We've got the always-lovely Princess Madeleine in feathers and purple netting:
And then there's the mysterious case of Princess Mathilde's back-of-the-head turban.
Now you don't see it...
And now you still sort of don't see it. It's a bunch of gray fabric stuck to the back of her head, you'll all just have to trust me on that one.
Speaking of crumpled up gray fabric stuck to one's head:
We've got a brand-new hatter in our midst! This is Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, fiancee of Hereditary GD Guillaume of Luxembourg. Their royal wedding is scheduled for October. Clearly she's using her mother-in-law's milliner already.
Also in typical mode was the always delightful Máxima, who chose a turban (eh) in red-orange (YAY) amid the sea of drab neutrals. God love ya, Máx, we can always count on you for some panache.
Daisy went for an even bigger Baldy than usual...
... while the angels apparently told Märtha Louise that diaphenous pink with a too-tall crown was the most appropriate choice for the christening of her Scandinavian cousin.
Godmother Mary went to her hattery archive for this one -- we've seen it on her at Prince Albert's wedding and (I think?) Vincent and Josephine's christening last year. A couple of other royals have it, too. Eh.
It's fitting that one of my favorite hatters of the day was the first-time grandmother, turban and all. How regal does she look here? Very Queen Mum, and I LOVE it. (PS - did we see this from her, or something similar, at the pre-wedding events in 2010? I know it's in the archives, but I haven't trawled through. Or is it just genuinely giving me Queen Mother flashbacks?)
What I didn't exactly love was this:
Oh, Snake Lady. An invite to this event suggests that you're firmly in the royal fold, so I'll be nice. But seriously, maybe you shouldn't really pick just-rolled-out-of-bed hair with your fascinator for your maybe-niece's christening -- sends a slightly odd message. Godspeed, Miss Slitz!
And that's it from Stockholm today! Next up -- Jubilee time! Get excited, hatters!
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