Disappointed to hear that the Order of The Garter service has been cancelled this year. The state opening of parliament is scheduled that day (postponed to accommodate the UK election) and for the first time since 1974, we’ll see Queen Elizabeth in a day dress and hat for this event instead of the Robes of State and the Imperial State Crown, which will be carried in on a pillow. (Windsor Observer & Telegraph)
Royal Ascot and legendary department store Fenwick teamed up with eight London-based milliners to create an eight piece collection of hats. Click on the photo to jump to their Facebook page then click again to open a slideshow of the eight designs.
Rachel Trevor Morgan shared this look at two of her beautiful saucer designs in one of the Fenwick display windows.
Following up the beautiful hat worn in last week’s roundup by the Duchess of Vendome- Princess Philomena has formally become an ambassador for French milliner Marie d’Argent. You can see her wearing several designs from this brand here (La Couronne blog)
I’d love to see this floral trimmed fedora from London milliner Bundle MacLaren on a royal head at Epsom or Ascot – slightly unexpected but SO pretty and right on trend.
Note- several of you have written to say how much you enjoy the “Hats From The Past” posts. As a treat, we’re going to start every day in May with an early morning hat post featuring a royal hat from the past. Stay tuned!
All smiles last Saturday for the baptism of prince Liam of Nassau at the Vatican. If you enlarge the photo collage below, you’ll see Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume accompanying a song on the guitar.
Lovely new portraits of King Willem Alexander taken for his 50th birthday this week- click the arrow at right to scroll through.