Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

One of many statement hats in the Countess of Wessex’s wardrobe is a black straw sidesweeping waved disk hat with pointed ends, anchored on a calot style cap and trimmed with a branch of black flowers. Sophie has paired this custom version on Jane Taylor’s “Lady A” design with three ensembles so far:

Look #1:  With a sleek black striped jacket and tailored skirt worn June 21, 2013 to Royal Ascot

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Look #2: With a red and black jaquard patterned Azzedine Alaïa dress worn March 9, 2017 to a memorial for members of the armed services who served and died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Look #3: With a vibrant green silk Suzannah tea dress worn for Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019

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Which ensemble do you prefer most with this hat?

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Kiko in a simple black short-brimmed hat Monday for a service at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery
King Carl Gustaf in a very smart navy felt fedora by Italian brand Borsalino today for the official opening of the Slussbron bridge, along with his eldest daughter and granddaughter
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Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit in cozy hats to celebrate Princess Ingrid’s gold medal at the Norwegian junior surfing championship; Crown Princess Mary in a knit hat to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the New Little Belt Bridge


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Blush straw saucer trimmed with pastel sinamay spheres by Australian milliner Enza Geddes
Supremely elegant wheat straw boater hat with black hatband by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
White bandeau with shocking barbed wire trim by American milliner Tiffany Arey
Luxe claret felt looped percher with twists and silk rose by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Spectacular wired headpiece of pink crin and metallic ribbon by Australian milliner Rebecca Share
Vintage inspired rolled edge black felt percher with crin bows by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio
Blush and peach straw and ostrich feather bandeau headpiece
by Australian milliner Reny Kestel
Whimsical loden green felt fedora with orange stitched leaves by UK milliner Siana Yewdall
Orange and pink flying crin flower headpiece by Australian milliner Wendy Sculley
Fantastic fascinator of parasisal ballet slippers with silk binding and leather soles by Australian milliner Stephanie Spencer

Bold boater hat covered with reverse navy & cream zebra prints by Australian brand Jettah & Till Design Millinery
Orange felt hat with wide cuffed brim by Tronto-based milliner Jay Cheng
Layered pink and grey sinamay oversize saucer with grey feather dahlias by UK brand Stephanie Elizabeth Millinery
Charming grey and magenta plaid button percher with felt leaves by French milliner Jeannie Clark
Blush felt extended brim fedora with the most beautiful folded ribbon hatband by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

Lovely photos released by the Imperial Household Agency to commemorate the Empress Emeritus’ 86th birthday and Princess Mako’s 29th.


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Hat Renovation Teaser

During the summer, British milliner Amy Morris-Adams shared a photo of several vintage hats she was working on updating, mending and retrimming. I really appreciated her approach to this, sewing each hat’s original labels back inside after the work was done.

Interestingly, Amy offered Royal Hats a teaser not only that these hats belonged to Princess Anne, but that we should keep our eyes open for them, soon. Any guesses which hats from Princess Anne’s wardrobe these might be?!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1937, 83 years ago, when Queen Mary opened the Rachel MacMillan Training College in one of her characteristic toque hats. This one has an architectural ruffle trimming the top of the crown.

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Favourite New Royal Hat: June, July & August 2020

Over the summer, we saw a handful of wonderful new royal hats make their debut for Ascot, a royal investiture (and family wedding!) and a national day celebration. During times when any sight of a royal hat has been scarce, new designs to admire has been particularly welcome.

We’re now taking a look back at these beauties and choose winner to move forward in our end of year contest for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2020.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the new hats we saw in June, July and August, shown in the order they were worn:

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Zara Tindall’s navy straw beret percher with cascade of flowers by Juliette Botterill for the first day of Ascot, June 16
Queen Elizabeth’s pale aqua hat with feathers and straw rolled pink roses by Angela Kelly worn on July 17
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Queen Mathilde in a classic natural straw hat with wide, drop-edge brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn July 21
Queen Mathilde’s fuchsia headpiece trimmed in a ruffle of pleated silk abaca by Fabienne Delvigne worn July 21
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Princess Astrid’s textured black straw Garbo hat with bow worn for National Day on July 21
This poll will remain open until next Thursday, October 29  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. Happy voting!