25 May 2016

Royal State Visit of the Day: May 25

The Norwegian royal family welcomed the President and First Lady of Poland for a state visit this week. The welcome ceremony on Monday was dampened (literally) by a dreary rain...

L to R: Princess Astrid, Crown Prince Haakon, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, President Andrzej Duda, King Harald V, Queen Sonja, Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Liv Osmundsen, Det kongelige hoff
...and it seems the royal welcoming outfits were dampened by a bit of the same. It's a fair bet Queen Sonja's incongruous choice of heavy black boots with this lovely bright outfit was influenced by the puddles outside. Likewise, the need for constant umbrellas obscured Crown Princess Mette-Marit's very interesting striped hat selection. What would look like an Ascot prison break on many might just be working for her, if only we could see it better. Blame it all on the rain.

Mette-Marit actually wore galoshes outside, as you can see in the above video. Comfort and safety must have been the primary concerns, because she ended up pulling out of the evening's state banquet due to her ongoing back pain issues.

Queen Sonja brought the ruffles in her place. Extra ruffles, actually, just to make up the difference. It's a curious match for the grand Norwegian emerald tiara, but that's never stopped her in the past. Princess Astrid gamely sported her most antenna-esque aigrette (which, as you may have seen me tweet, is amusingly animated in movement).
Presidency of the Republic of Poland Twitter
Mette-Marit wasn't down for long, thankfully. She returned on day 2 with a soft pink reminder that she looks excellent in pastels. (Hopefully she'll stay well - she's got Prince Oscar's christening on Friday to attend! Everyone's calling Crown Prince Frederik as a lock for a godparent, and I think M-M is too.)