This Week’s Extras

Swedish royals in traditional costume for their nation’s holiday today. They also released a darling photo of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, and Princess Madeleine weighed in with her children from Florida.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Black windowpane straw wide brimmed hat with silk abaca, quills and rose by London-based Joaquina Pereira
Incredible texture on this ivory and aqua braided boater hat from British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Denim blue and black felt fedora with hand stitched detail from Australian milliner Jill Humphries
The prettiest grey swirling brim design with roses by British milliner Lucy Bowler
Casual (but impeccable!) natural straw trilby with rope hatband from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
From London-based milliner Merve Bayindir, this wide brimmed blue straw picture hat with rectangular sequins

Periwinkle and dark raspberry felt fedora from Russian milliner Lana Anisimova
Classic navy and cream Dior brimmed beauty by British milliner Rose Collins
Wonderful headpiece of blue silk flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Blush pink parasisal pyramid with irredescent butterflies by British milliner Julian Garner
Charming blue bandeau with white bow, feathers and dotted blue veil by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Incredibly fine stitching detail on this silver silk pillox hat from British brand Fraser Annand Millinery

Lovely fedoras in neutral blush, grey and taupe with crisp eggshell hatbands by British brand SB Millinery
Black silk bandeau with silk and tulle pleated trim by Australian milliner Meg Rafter
Cream straw vertical saucer with pink hydrangeas by British brand Rebecca Couture
Grey felt trilby with wide, geometric printed hatband by London-based Sahar Millinery
Fuchsia lace headpiece with green quills by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Striking black straw pyramid hat with feather trimmed brim by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock and Co.

Lovely photos of the Bhutan royal family with their newest member
Compelling statement from Princess Martha Louise.
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Being @shamandurek ‘s girlfriend has given me a crash course in how white supremacy is at play and the way I have consciously and subconsciously thought of and acted towards black people. How I have taken my rights for granted - never looked properly at what racism really is, because it has been comfortable for me that the system is in place. I am not proud of it, but I realize I need to grow into understanding this deeply rooted system to be able to be part of the dismantling of it. I, as a white person, need to grow, educate myself and become better and move from being against racism to being anti-racist. Racism is not just the obvious (which I thought it was), of the openly discrimination, mistreating and killing of black people which is easy and obvious to take a stand against. It is in the details (which I had no idea still existed). It is in the way people shy away from Durek. How friends assume he lies about everything. That he is evil for being kind. The words muttered under their breath, making it perfectly clear to him that he does not have a natural place at the table. People at high places saying “How dare you think I would touch your hand?” when he reached out his hand to say goodnight (pre Covid-19). People thinking they aren’t racist, but don’t know anyone with a different skin color than their own, apart from the people working for them. How it is assumed that Durek is not a good person who actually loves me, but has manipulated me into loving him and keeps manipulating me in our relationship. How he will exploit me financially. The press presents him as a liar, being violent and a threat to my family and myself, sharing scrupulously his X’s story without checking facts, because it supports the belief system already in place about him. THAT IS RACISM! We have both received death threats for being together and have weekly been told that we shame our people and families for choosing each other. The reality of it all is that I love how he holds space for me as a woman, listens to my wisdom and shows up for me and my girls. I love how he shares his wisdom with the world CONTINUES IN COMMENTS 👇

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And eloquent words from the Duchess of Sussex to young women graduating from her high school in Los Angeles.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom Hats: Part 4 The 2000s

We wrap up our look through all of Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom hats today with a look at those worn this millenium. It’s a colourful, brimmed bunch that contrasts against the hats we’ve seen so far in terms of shape and scale, showing an extension of the impressive arc of evolving millinery style we’ve seen during past decades. My immense thanks to Jimbo for researching photos for this entire series.

Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 2000 until last year:

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2000; June 8 and 9, 2001

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2002 and 2003

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2005 and 2006

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2007 and 2008

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2009 and 2010 in Rachel Trevor Morgan

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Rachel Trevor Morgan designs in 2011 and 2012

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Angela Kelly designs (made by Stella McLaren) in 2013 and 2014

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Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) again for 2015 and 2016

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Rachel Trevor Morgan designs in 2017 and 2018

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Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) in 2019

So…. what do you notice about the hats during these two decades?

I hope you have enjoyed this look at the Queen’s Epsom hats, a retrospective replacement for the hats we will not see at the races tomorrow. Here are links to the other three posts in this series:

Part 1 1947-1964

Part 2 1965-1979

Part 3 1980-1999

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Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom Hats: Part 3 1980-1999

After sweeping through Queen Elizabeth’s hats worn to the Epsom Races from the late 1940s until 19643 and from 1965 through the end of the 1970s, we turn our attention today to her colourful hats of the 1980s and 1990s. Again, my thanks to reader Jimbo for his assistance with photo research.

Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 1965 to 1979:

1980, 1981 and 1982

1983, 1985 and 1986

1987; 1988 in Frederick Fox; 1989 in Philip Somerville

1990 in Philip Somerville; 1991 in Frederick Fox 

Frederick Fox designs in both 1992 and 1993

1994 and 1995

1996 and 1997

1998 and 1999

What do you notice about Her Majesty’s hats during these two decades?

Stay tuned tomorrow for the last post in this series featuring hats from the past 20 years.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom Hats: Part 2 1965-1979

Yesterday we looked at Queen Elizabeth’s hats at the Epsom Races from the late 1940s until 1964; today, we continue this sweeping retrospective with her toppers (and many turbans!) through the end of the 1970s. Special thanks to Jimbo for his assistance finding most of these photos.

Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 1965 to 1979:

June 2 and 4, 1965

May 25 and 27, 1966

June 1 and 3, 1967

May 31 and June 1, 1968; 1969

June 1 and 3, 1970; 1971

1972 and 1973

June and July 1974

1977, 1978 and 1979 in Frederick Fox

The turbans of the early 1960s in yesterday’s post continue here throughout that decade. What’s fascinating for me is the introduction of brims in the early 1970s, with a return to the voluminous turbans for a few more years. The first hat in 1971 was entirely new for me with it’s teal overlapping mini-visor around the front, a unique touch on a turban. What do you notice about the Queen’s hats during this period?

Stay tuned tomorrow for what’s sure to be some memorable millinery during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Epsom Hats: Part 1 1947-1964

In ordinary circumstances, this weekend would see us admiring hats worn by members of the British royal family at Epsom races,  held the first weekend in June at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey since 1870. Queen Elizabeth has attended nearly every year of her adult life and this week, we’re going to look at all the hats she has worn to this event.  Immense thanks to Jimbo for his assistance researching these hats. 

Here are the hats Queen Elizabeth wore to the Epsom races from 1947 to 1965:

1947: June 3 and June 5, 1948 

1949 and 1950

May 30 and June 1, 1951

1953; June 2 and 4, 1954

1955 and 1956

June 5 and 7, 1957

June 4, 5 and 6, 1958 

June 3 and 5, 1959

June 1, 2 and 3, 1960  

May 31 and June 2, 1961

1962 and 1963

June 3 and 6, 1964

Retrospective give us a fascinating glimpse of evolving millinery style- I had forgotten reminded me how frothy and romantic Queen Elizabeth’s hats were in the late 1940s (not surprisingly, during her newlywed early 20s). It’s also interesting how the bonnet-shaped brims dominated in the early 1950s were replaced by calots, in various forms, for the rest of the decade. What do you notice about the Queen’s hats over this two decade span?

Stay tuned tomorrow for a look at hats through the rest of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Monday Multiples: Queen Mathilde

It was wonderful to see Queen Mathilde step out in a hat for the 75th anniversary commemoration of VE Day back on May 8. The beige velvet felt fedora she wore is one we’ve seen her pair with three very different ensembles:

Look #1: With a beige and yellow colour blocked dress and fuzzy yellow coat worn for an October 11, 2013 visit to Liege.

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Look #2: With a vibrant orange belted dress with pleated skirt worn during an October 2016 visit to Japan

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Look #3: With a navy and ecru Battenberg lace patterned shirtwaist dress worn May 8, 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe. 

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Which ensemble do you prefer most with this hat?

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This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of York in a pompom bedecked natural straw hat for today’s daily children’s story, The Wonky Donkey.

Milliner’s Guild USA is hosting a fun Royal Ascot challenge, inviting anyone to recreate one of their favourite Ascot royal fashion looks and share on Instagram. Details are on the example below- if any of you participate, please share with us here, too! You can follow all entries on Milliner’s Guild Instagram here.
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Ready for some fun? As a way to celebrate this year’s Royal Ascot races (which will take place without spectators this year), the @milliners_guild is hosting a Royal photo challenge! Read on for details, then post your pics! #Repost @milliners_guild with @get_repost ・・・ The Milliners Guild is excited to announce the start of our Dressing Royal for Ascot Challenge!👑🏇 This is a chance for everyone to get into the #royalascot spirit and create a royally inspired ensemble in celebration of one of millinery's biggest events. ⬇️ ____________________ 1. Choose a photo of a member of the British Royal Family in which he/she is dressed in formal attire including a hat. 2.It could be a photo from Ascot, a Royal Wedding, a Christening, etc. Extended family such as Zara Phillips and Lady Kitty Spencer count, as do Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 3. Recreate that look as best you can. Be creative with items in your wardrobe and around your home. Bonus points if you have a Corgi.🐶 4.Take a photo. Post the original royal inspiration picture alongside your interpretation picture on your Instagram account, tag us @milliners_guild, and include these hashtags for extra visibility: #millinersguildchallenge #dressingroyal #replikate 5. The challenge will run from now until the end of Royal Ascot in June and we will share your looks on our page and in our stories. This is not a competition. Full challenge details are listed on our website, follow the link in our bio. We can't wait to see what you come up with!!! Pictured is HRH Princess Beatrice of York and the royally inspired look from @millistarr ___________________________ #royalascot #ascot #katemiddleton #duchessofsussex #duchessofcambridge #meghanmarkle #royalwedding #houseofwindsor #royalstyle #princessdiana #hatlover #millinery #hats #instachallenge

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Continuing this week’s hat’s with sparkle, this deep purple silk velvet pillbox hat studded with  iridescent cabouchon stones from British milliner Dillon Wallwork.
Headpiece of vibrant rainbow-hued interlocking crin rings by American milliner Amy Fowler
Royal blue straw crown boater with leopard print brim by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Statement saucer in layered sapphire and coral straw by British brand Lillibets Millinery
Wearable slate blue straw braid capulet with woven hatband by German brand Hutmanufaktur
Warm brown straw Dior brim with deep pink silk abaca swoosh by Dutch millinerMyra van de Korput
Ombre pink straw & lace percher with sinamay leaves and leather flowers by Aussie brand Ebbella Millinery

Amazing heapiece of blue feathers weightlessly floating over a blue silk organza petal bandea, made by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
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Day 30 - Ice Queen, SS2017 #ahataday4may #millineryinfo

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Winter white felt cloche with freestyle side pleat by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Beautiful movement on this navy straw pleated brim design by London-based brand John Boyd Milliner
Adorable floral headpiece made entirely of recycled denim by British brand Angharad Rose Millinery
Prettiest vintage Japanese quilted silk saucer with cherry blossoms by Australian milliner Victoria Henderson

And finally, this fantastic purple faded sinamay wide brimmed hat with sweeping, wonderfully smooth lines by Dutch
milliner Myra van de Korput

Greetings from Princess Theodora this week on the day that her wedding was scheduled (Princess Beatrice’s wedding, as many recall, was also scheduled this week.
We started this post with a story- why not close with one as well? Here is a lovely excerpt of the Duchess of Cornwall reading from Roald Dahl’s  James and the Giant Peach.

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