Royal Hat Trends of 2013: #1

The Royal Hats Blog2013 was a stellar year for royal hats with major royal events in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium (along with Ascot and  royal weddings in Luxembourg, Sweden and The Netherlands). Amidst streams of beautiful, bold and sometimes bizarre royal hats, there was one millinery trend that took us all by surprise and stands out above all others.

2013 Royal Hat Trend #1- Rebirth of the Toque

At first, I was not a fan of this hybrid turban-pillbox hat. I end the year, however, knowing more about the history of the toque and having warmed up to its unique shape. While it is a hat style we have seen primarily on Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, Queen Margrethe appeared in a toque last month… maybe we will see more toques in 2014. Please click on the photos below to link back to their original post and photo credit information. All hats below (except for the black one worn by Queen Margrethe) were designed by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne.

Queen Máxima, September 13, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne I The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, Oct. 23, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, September 24, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, Nov. 20, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, June 19, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  9 Queen Mathilde, Oct. 16, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Margrethe, Dec. 12, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, Oct. 18, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Máxima, June 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

7 thoughts on “Royal Hat Trends of 2013: #1

  1. They are dreadful but if they give us some relief from the less than fascinating fascinations, they will be welcome enough.

  2. Being Canadian, the first thing that comes to mind when I see the word ‘toque’ is a knitted cap that is worn while engaging in winter sports haha!

    • I am also Canadian and that’s the first thing I think of when I see the word toque! I think it is so interesting how Queen Mary wore these hats for many years and then they fell out of fashion and are being revived now. I don’t care for all of them but they are very interesting to watch.

  3. These remind me of wash cloths that my grandmother used to do dishes with when I was a child, I do like the hat QM of Denmark is wearing, that is very chic on her. That is not twisted and turned upside down like the rest of them…..I just don’t like these hats.

  4. Although it is far from my favorite hat style, I have grown to like this style hat over the course of the year. The hats worn in the bottom row by Mathilde (with the veil) and Maxima (wearing what my five year old niece called “yarn hat”) are two that I definitely do not like.

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