Favourite New Royal Hat: July & August 2019

While you’re already casting votes for your favourite repeated royal hat worn over the summer, we turn our attention now to the new hats worn during the same time period. Over July and August, eight new royal hats stood out in our related conversations and it is these eight designs we return to now with the task of choosing one to be put forward in our countdown to your favourite new royal hat of the year.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the eight hats we most admired in July and August this year, shown in the order they were worn:
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Duchess of Cambridge’s braided bandeau in red silk abaca by Juliette Botterill worn July 6
Queen Mathilde’s coral straw layered leaf-shaped hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn July 21
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Princess Claire’s raspberry straw picture hat with mushroom brim by Amélie D’Hooghvorst worn July 21
Princess Hisako’s blue hat with flat crown and cartwheel brim with multicoloured straw leaves worn August 4
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Princess Hisako’s pale celery green hat with lace crown and crin brim worn August 17
Princess Beatrice’s black leather halo bandeau with feathers by Justine Bradley-Hill worn August 31
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Sarah, Duchess of York’s black bumper hat with Lady Amherst feather trim by Jess Collett worn August 31
Crown Princess Victoria’s headpiece of folded lilac ribbon flowers by Örjan Jackobsson worn August 31
 
This poll will remain open until next Monday, December 16 at midnight GMT.   As with all polls here, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good luck!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: July & August 2019

While the pace of royal hat wearing slows over the summer, this year saw  number of lovely repeated designs worn to events in July and August. We’re going to look back at these beauties and choose one to be put forward in our countdown to your Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019.

There were ten repeated royal hats worn over the summer that received particular admiration- ten hats in a myriad of colours and shapes, some with restrained trim and others lavishly bedecked. Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the ten repeated royal hats we most admired in July and August, shown in the order they were worn:

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Queen Máxima’s  warm brown straw picture hat with high upsweep by Fabienne Delvigne worn July 2
Queen Elizabeth’s coral straw hat with upturned brim and wide arc of feathers by Angela Kelly worn July 4
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Queen Mathilde’s silver silk covered percher with silver straw twist by Philip Treacy worn July 9
Queen Elizabeth’s pink silk wool cloque hat with fritillaria flowers and feather leaves by Angela Kelly worn July 9
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Queen Mathilde’s textured pink calot with side bow by Fabienne Delvigne worn July 10 in Germany
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue cloche with flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn on August 6
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Princess Tsuguko’s cream hat with black crown and trim worn on August 10
Queen Elizabeth’s turquoise straw hat with double hatband and bows by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn August 17
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Queen Elizabeth’s magenta straw hat with blue brim binding and burnt feathers worn August 25
Queen Máxima’s fuchsia straw picture hat with sidesweeping ‘slice’ brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn August 31
 
This poll will remain open until next Monday, December 16 at midnight GMT.   As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good luck!

Autumn Phillips’ Christmas Hats

A royal hat wearer who as emerged as one to watch over recent years is Autumn Phillips. Today, we’re taking a look back at the hats she has worn on Christmas Day:

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Fuzzy white beret in 2008; Black trilby with bow tied hatband in 2009

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Grey wool crowned hat with high, faux fur cuffed brim in 2011;
Burgundy button percher with feather flowers by Nerida Fraiman in 2012

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Tall navy brimless hat with pork pie crown in 2013

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Chocolate Juliette Botterill beret percher with bow in 2014; Navy felt saucer with looped bow by Rachel Black in 2016

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Red pleated velvet button percher by Emily London in 2017;
Emerald green felt curved beret percher with bow by Sally Ann Provan in 2018

It’s a millinery look that has become more polished over time I suspect, thanks to a stylist’s guiding hand. Autumn suits smaller scale percher pieces so well, the dark hues here contrasting beautifully against her fair complexion and blonde hair. What do you think of this millinery retrospective?

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Swedish Monarchs Visit India

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia kicked off a visit to India yesterday.

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For the first day of this visit, Queen Silvia wore a new, leaf-shaped royal blue headpiece trimmed with lovely handmade flowers with beaded stamen centers.

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The colour is ace on Silvia and the headpiece’s smooth surface contrasts nicely with her lace dress. The flowers are also a fantastic touch. I’m less certain about the shape and placement- it works well with Queen Silvia’s hairstyle from front view but less so from the side. It’s nice to see her experiment with the more traditional calot shape she often wears but I’m just not sure this shape is a great one.

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Designer: Kerstin Carlefalk
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of Queen Silvia’s new royal blue headpiece?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats fifty years ago today and a royal visit to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge that saw a most memorable hat.

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Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction: Queen Elizabeth wore this green coat with a coarsely woven straw hat in Sacramento, California in March of 1983. A few days later she wore it with a fantastic multi-colored hat, the feathers matching the dress worn under the coat.  She repeated the second hat for Christmas later that year and for a visit to Canada in September of 1984.  Both hats had veils on them, and both were very nice!

Look #1: Textured loden green straw hat with short brim, veil and ribbon hatband tied in a front bow, worn March 4, 1983 during a visit to California

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Look #2: Printed felt Breton with rolled brim, veil and side feather spray worn for the Commonwealth Day and Christmas Day services in 1983 and on the September 1984 Canadian tour

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Which hat do you prefer most with this ensemble?

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This Week’s Extras

Great grey veiled hat on Princess Hisako last Sunday for a visit to Omiwa Shrine
The Japanese emperor and empress visited Nara and Kyoto this week. For their arrival on Tuesday, Empress Masko repeated a white silk bowler hat with  beaded hatband. For mausoleum visits on Wednesday, she wore a smart (new, I think) pale grey hat with short, upturned brim and horizontally pleated crown.


On Thursday, Princess Nobuko wore a fun dark blue crowned hat with black fur (maybe faux fur?) brim studded with tiny grey cut feathers to attend the 130th anniversary ceremony of the Japanese Red Cross Society in Yamanashi.
Also on Thursday, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted a tea party for 600 people at Kyoto Imperial Palace. Empress Masako’s pale blue hat has a lovely wave sculpted into the upturned brim. Later that day, she wore a cream hat with short, kettle brim with wide, double layered peach silk hatband for her and the emperor’s return to Tokyo.


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Gently waved shape on this burgundy felt formed cap by Italian brand Galia et Peter
Wonderful white saucer of free-hand wired roses by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Absolutely exquisite feather work on this deep inky blue percher by UK-based milliner Guilia Mio
Such a lovely shape on this camel felt upturned brim design by British milliner Jane Taylor
Love the sparkling beaded veil on this black felt boater by Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison
Sunrise on a hat! Orange and red straw, crin and floral percher by Australian brand Locopa Designs
Fantastic movement on this charcoal felt percher with flying tails by British milliner Dillon Wallwork

And from Australian milliner Georgia Skelton, this lilac straw pyramid shaped hat with jaw-droppinghandmade open lattice brim.



Princess Aiko turns 18 tomorrow and to celebrate, the Imperial court released this video.
And because a giggle is always welcome, we end this week with a delightful anecdote told by Lady Pamela Hicks about her aging former Nanny and the Queen.
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A rather good Nanny story-

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