Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to another royal skating outing, this one in The Hague in 1917, 103 years ago. Queen Wilhelmina, in a fur hat and muff is at center left beside a young Princess Julianna.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto February 15, 1968 and a braided turban with giant tassel trim on Queen Elizabeth to attend a reception for the Confederation of British Industry. Surprising to see a hat with such a craft-project vibe on Her Majesty.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to February 10, 1971 when young Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko, in a white fur hat, skated on the Makomanai speedway in Sapporo during the 1972 Winter Olympics.

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Personal Note

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I need to step away from Royal Hats for a few weeks. After making a remarkable recovery from a health crisis and several surgeries, my mother unexpectedly passed away yesterday.  She was incredibly touched by your well wishes for her recovery- after all we hear that is negative on the internet, she was amazed that strangers from around the world took the time to write her a message of encouragement. She was also absolutely delighted with the nickname you gave her- Hat Queen Mother – and would issue me a royal wave whenever she felt particularly regal (daily, it seemed!), citing her new title as justification to do so. This new moniker gave her great joy over the last few weeks and for this, I thank you so very much.

My mom was a talented amateur seamstress and I grew up at the foot of her sewing machine. I can identify fabric types, interesting construction details (and shoddy workmanship!) thanks to her tutelage and while she never commented here, her voice was woven into our conversations simply because it’s ingrained in my own perspective. She checked Royal Hats each morning, gently scolded when there was not a new post (or a feature of a hat she didn’t think warranted one!) and looked forward to Ascot more than anyone. She was my biggest fan and I can’t express how much I will miss her.

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Over the coming days, I’ll post open posts for you to comment on (and share any hats that make an appearance) while I’m away. See you in a few weeks. And thank you.

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Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

Royal HatsThe Countess of Wessex has stepped out in an elegantly draped collar, pale Armani coat on numerous occasions, four with different hats:

Look 1: with a Jane Taylor rounded pillbox hat in leopard print velour felt trimmed with a flat black bow on the side, worn on Christmas Day, 2014

  

Look 2: with a pheasant feather covered beret cocktail hat for Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

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Look 3: with an angular, tall burgundy felt Philip Treacy cloche with flying bow on December 27, 2015 for church at Sandringham

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Look 4: with a Hicks & Brown casual camel felt fedora with overlapping pheasant feather hatband worn on December 23, 2019, again for church at Sandringham

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It’s an interesting quartet of hats- which look do you think pairs best?

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice rang in Chinese New Year in a pearl trimmed Zara bandeau
Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia in streamlined black hats (and headpiece) on Tuesday for the funeral of Dagmar von Arbin


On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth wore a silk headscarf for an engagement- something we don’t often see her do. She officially opened the new Wolferton Pumping Station 72 years after father, King George VI, opened the original station on February 2, 1948.
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On Thursday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were in warm winter hats for the Jokkmokk Fair in northern Sweden
Queen Margrethe repeated her smart navy wool covered hat with tartan hatband by Mathilde Thoe Førster yesterday to open the new Copenhagen Museum
The following new millinery designs caught my (and my mum’s !) eyes this week:
Fantastical floral wire vine headpiece made of recycled plastic by Australian milliner Brea Moreland
Ochre straw retro mushroom brimmed hat with blue silk bowed hatband by UK brand Gillys MIllinery
Red straw beret percher with feather flowers and wired crin loops by British milliner Rosie Olivia

And two to highlight- the first, from British milliner Marissa Groom, is a cream straw button percher with pastel sinamay flames and rows of cream ruffles. The second, from Japanese brand Maxim, is a brown felt design with cut felt feather hatband and woven chain detail around the brim edge.


The Danish monarchy released new portraits of Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie to celebrate their respective birthdays this week


Sweet new family portrait of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and family (I think Princess Estelle’s hairbow is from Livly)
We end this week with an interesting clip of Queen Elizabeth, shared this week on the anniversary of her accession.

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Queen Visits Air Force Training Center

Last Monday, Queen Elizabeth visited the new integrated training centre at RAF Marham. For this day out, she wore a new ensemble with matching hat in a cream, peach and pink textured bouclé plaid. The hat features a gently sloped crown and upturned brim and is trimmed on the side with a wired plaid bow and spray of pale peach feathers

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The feather trim gives some welcome textural contrast to this ensemble, as does the bias pattern of the plaid on the bottom of the upturned brim. I’m not sure I would have chosen the plaid pattern for all three pieces (hat, dress and coat) of the ensemble but the colour palate is a pretty one that the Queen wears well.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this new addition to Queen Elizabeth’s hat closet?

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