Catching Up On Royal Hats

After a short vacation, I’m back refreshed and ready for what will be a very busy upcoming month of royal hats! Thanks so much for keeping the conversation going while I was away- you readers are absolutely wonderful. A few of you have requested a post with photos of all the hats we missed over the past week – here we go.

May 21:  Princess Anne attending Day 2 of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2017 in a repeated hat with tall, navy straw crown and cream brim trimmed with navy straw bow loops, silk flowers and feather quills. She wore it most recently in June 2015 at garden party (jump to this post for better views).

May 24: Queen Sonja of Norway opened the 65th Bergen International Festival in a repeated gold straw hat with high, domed crown, flat brim and wide silk hatband we saw her last wear in June 2015.

Queen Sonja, May 24, 2017 | Royal Hats

May 24: The Duchess of Cornwall presented RAF Halton with new colours. She repeated a hat by Lock and Co. with a tall crown, upturned kettle brim and side bow in nubbly natural straw.

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May 24: The Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex presented the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gold awards at Buckingham Palace in a pair of straw Panama hats

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May 25: Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and an equestrian farm in Staffordshire, repeating the orange straw cloche with wrap around the crown that she first wore for Ascot last year. Designed by Angela Kelly, the hat is trimmed with orange straw bows, silk roses and royal blue feathers.

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May 25: Empress Michiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Hisako and Princess Nobuko attended the Japanese Red Cross Society annual meeting. Empress Michicko repeated a white saucer with blow and transparent lattice underbrim and Princess Kiko repeated a bowler variation with upturned, kettle brim and pleated hatband in the same ice blue printed silk as her suit. Princess Hisako wore a charcoal grey straw design with wide, dotted hatband sash that tied in a bow at the side while Princess Nobuko repeated a white hat with rolled brim and crisp navy hatband with white pinstripes.

Imperial Royal Family, May 25, 2017 | Royal Hats

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May 25: Princess Eugenie co-hosted a Buckingham Palace garden party with her father to celebrate the Centenary of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). She wore a new gold straw hat with inverted crin brim by Nerida Fraiman (it’s the Crin Disc Gold from SS 2017). I adore the shape and sheen of this design.

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May 26: Princess Anne delivered closing remarks at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2017 (read parts of her speech here). She looked fantastic in an emerald green dress topped with a cream straw hat with diagonal crown and sharply upturned brim on one side. The hat is trimmed with a mass of cream feathers on the lowered side of the brim and stacked hatbands in gold and caramel straw. While the hat follows a very similar shape and colour to the one she debuted for Easter last year, I think this one is different. Have any of you seen it before?

May 27: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko travelled to Toyama to attend the 68th National Tree-Planting Festival. On the first day of their three day visit, Empress Michiko repeated a large, white, domed saucer hat trimmed in a black and caramel striped silk bow she most recently wore during their last visit to this region in October 2015.

Empress Michiko, May 27, 2017 | Royal Hats

May 27: Charlotte Casiraghi photographed attending a wedding in Italy in a white cuffed calot hat. It’s a repeated pice that was worn several decades earlier by her mother, Princess Caroline.

May 28: Empress Michicko on Day 2 in Toyama in a large white saucer with a coordinating bow to her lime and black and white hounds tooth checked suit she first wore June 1, 2014. How wonderful is that hit of lime!

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Empress Michiko, May 28, 2017 | Royal Hats 

May 28: Queen Elizabeth en route to Crathie Church for Sunday Service in a repeated magenta straw hat with upswept brim, white straw hatband, straw loops at the side and a pair of magenta feathers. Jump over to this post for better photos from this Rachel Trevor Morgan design’s most recent outing in May 2016.

May 29: Empress Michicko wrapping up the visit to Toyama in her repeated, teal blue, rimmed saucer with grey, black and white plaid bow in the same silk as her skirt. She wore it last June 4, 2016

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May 31: Today, The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the London Youth charity’s 130th anniversary. He looked rather dapper in his straw Panama hat.

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I think that catches us up! I think there’s only one hat here that didn’t make it into your discussion- Princess Anne’s cream straw hat worn with the green dress. I think this is a knockout outfit for her and am curious to hear what you think. Any final thoughts on the hats we’ve seen over the past week?

11 thoughts on “Catching Up On Royal Hats

  1. Queen Elizabeth’s dress and hat are always vivid, gorgeous.
    I think that Empress’s hat is strange.
    It is not a hat but a forehead decoration.

  2. So, so many hats….
    P.. Anne: I love these two hats on her. She tops my list from this group.
    The ladies from Japan all looked lovely but I especially like the ice blue hat and the grey with the polka dotted hat band.
    Camilla looks great in her signature large hat style.
    Charlotte looks lovely in her mother’s hat. She could be Grace all over again in style, very glam!!
    D of E looks fantastic in his Panama Hat.

  3. So many hats! And most of them quite nice! I do think P. Anne looked marvelous in the emerald green outfit and cream hat! I also liked her navy and white hat at the garden party, though I prefer the first coat she paired it with. P. Eugenie’s hat is lovely and I think it looks great with the navy dress! I love that Charlotte wore her mother’s hat. I did like the way the hat looked on her mother with her bangs in front, but Charlotte wore it with enough hair showing to look good, too.

  4. Welcome back HatQueen!

    The Queen should appoint the Princess Royal as Lord High Commission every year, it works wonder for her hat selecting! I watched a brilliant video of the closing sederunt of the Assebly and in her speech HRH actually refers to her hat, one of the few times I’ve heard a Royal refer to their hat!

    I was unwell over the winter and have had to to take to wearing a panama in the sun as I’m not supposed to get too much sun now! Last week I was at Hillsborough Castle when The Duke of Edinburgh was over to present some more Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. It was a glorious day and my panama got an outing! Not often men get an opportunity to wear a hat these days at fairly formal occasions but now I have an excuse!

  5. So glad you are back, HatQueen! A few thoughts:

    These Edwardian hats work well for Princess Anne. Substantial and slightly eccentric, they practically announce, “I am a royal doing my job.”

    Agreed about that lime accent for Empress Michiko!

    Princess Eugenie’s gold hat is just beautiful. It suits her hair and complexion well, although I’m not so sure about the pairing with this dress.

    Lovely calot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that cuff effect.

    And finally, is there a rule for when men wear their Panama hats, as with the top hat for morning suit, or is it just the gentleman’s preference? They are so dapper, and I’d think the men would appreciate the protection from the sun, but we don’t see them very often.

  6. Hope you had a relaxing few days away @HatQueen! I’ll add a few comments on the hats I haven’t remarked on in previous posts.

    Beautiful repeat hat for Anne on Day 2 of the Church of Scotland General Assembly, although I do wish the coat was a bit more tailored.
    What a difference a change of outfit make’s for Sonja’s hat! I like the hat so much more this time, and the salmon color of her outfit is a perfect compliment for it, and for her.
    Glad to see some straws coming out for the men, although I wish we had a better look at Edward’s fedora.
    Anne’s hat at the opening of the Church of Scotland General Assembly does appear to be new, and it’s pairing with this green outfit is excellent!
    Charlotte Casiraghi is channeling her grandmother and the 1960s, but not in a way that appears too retro or costumey; she wore this calot very well, so much so it has charmed me (and it’s very rare a calot catches my eye!).
    The Empress looks absolutely superb in the grey, black, and lime (another favorite color combo of mine). Disappointed in myself that I have not seen this hat and outfit before, and I’m glad to see it return!
    I still think the fuchsia RTM hat sits too high on HM’s head, but otherwise it’s a great hat.
    Finally, I saw earlier the DoE was hosting a garden party and pulled out his trusty panama fedora. Always a great look, but I do wish he a few others with different hatbands and/or varying colors of the panama straw.

  7. So many photographs! I don’t have time to digest.
    Princess Anne does look fantastic in the green with cream, although I don’t know why she managed to choose that hat for that outfit. But she does looks impressive, I admit.
    Empress Michiko’s hats are her typical first-class choices.
    Queen Elizabeth’s pink RTM is a fine choice.
    The only hat I rather dislike is the Duchess of Cornwall’s natural straw. The vertical bow trim seems out of place: usually one gets the bow at an angle of horizontal. The hat is so tall. I’m used to Queen Elizabeth’s hat being too tall since I think people are trying to make her look taller, but this isn’t needed for the Duchess. The fringe on the Duchess of Cornwall’s coat doesn’t help the outfit either.
    Queen Elizabeth’s orange hat is a wonder. I’m surprised it was repeated. It seemed all right for Royal Ascot since it’s rather over the top, both in terms of color and of style, but of course anything chosen for an unexpected stop in Manchester is worth it. This does not need to be added to the regular rotation, however.
    Charlotte Casiraghi was photographed recently wearing an old dress of Princess Caroline’s, and I believe that one of Princess Caroline’s daughters-in-law recently wore an old silver gown of the Princess’s. Princess Caroline must be cleaning out her well-organized closet!
    We’re approaching a busy hat season (for the British, that is). I’m glad you’re back, HQ.

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