This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Charming photo gallery of Princess Estelle and her hair bows (Svenskdam)

Two wonderful articles on legendary milliner John Boyd here and here (Nuit Magazine and Phoenix)

Royal Hats

Summary of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s trip to California this week (Royal House of Sweden)

Princess Akiko of Mikasa published a book about her time as a PhD student at Oxford (Imperial Family of Japan)

The Romanian Royal Family celebrated the 25th anniversary of their return home (Noblesse et Royautes)

Lovely photos of how the Countess of Wessex spent her 50th birthday (World Royal Family blog)

Birthday review of the Countess of Wessex’s jewels Part 1 and Part 2 (The Court Jeweller)

7 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. This Week’s Extras made interesting reading. I was disappointed that the Countess of Wessex received so few jewels. There seems to be a lot that rarely or never emerges from the palace vaults. You would think that the Queen could loan the Countess the Oriental Circlet parure, which the Queen only ever wore the once to my knowledge. We haven’t seen the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara since Diana, Princess of Wales wore it. The Queen has about 100 brooches, many of which have only been worn once or twice, so you would think she would loan some to her. I agree with others who have criticised the Countess of Wessex wedding tiara.

  2. Bravo HatQueen for bringing us all this news! HRH the Countess of Wessex owns some marvelous hats and clothes but she is a little poorly on the jewel front. I agree with others in regards to her wedding tiara. I have never liked it, her hair was too short to cover its ugly metal base, and the shape has never sat right on her head. I am baffled why the Queen gave her this one. I am also baffled why the Queen loaned her 2 aquamarine tiaras. Why not Queen Victoria’s emerald tiara, or one of the many other tiaras that no member of the British Royal Family currently wears? The Queen bought Sarah Ferguson a new tiara when she married Prince Andrew. But the Countess wasn’t so lucky!

  3. I enjoyed reading the material in all the links. Princess Estelle of Sweden in such a cute tot and her bows are adorable, and they are a delightful family. John Boyd has been a top contributor to the world of hats and continues to excel. Maybe we will see some of his hats on the Duchess of Cambridge this year? Congratulations to HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa on her Doctorate from Oxford and the publication of her book “Gown of Red and Blue.” Happy Birthday to the Countess of Wessex. I was saddened by how few jewels she owns and I don’t have any time for her ugly wedding tiara. I think she dresses well, I like her hats, and I guess she has to make the best of what jewels she got. She certainly has far less expensive pieces than many below her in rank, such as Princess Michael of Kent.

  4. This is once again a very good series of articles. Thank you HatQueen for your hard work in providing this. John Boyd’s hats are so fabulous, and it is amazing that he is still working at 89 years. He has incredible talent, and he made so many beautiful hats, including those he made for the late Diana, Princess of Wales. I do hope he continues to put beautiful hats on regal heads. Princess Estelle is so cute, and her little bows are so beautiful on her. I recommend people read about the jewels of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who has more jewels than I thought she had. Her wedding tiara is one of the ugliest tiaras in history. She does have many good jewels, clothes and hats.

    • I agree Tatsuya. The Countess of Wessex’s wedding tiara is so ugly. To me it looks like cobbled together bits of jewelry that was lying around. She works very hard, so surely the Queen could loan her something else?

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