This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Prince William took the salute during The Colonel’s Review this morning, the second rehearsal for Trooping the Colour which will take place next Saturday. He wore the uniform of his rank as Colonel of the Irish Guards complete with the regiment’s distinctive St. Patrick’s blue plume on the right side of his bearskin hat.

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Queen Margrethe repeated her pink straw brimless hat with white Adidas stripes last Sunday morning at a national service in Haderslev Cathedral to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Danish Monarchy)

Princess Madeleine shared this sweet snap setting off in a carriage with her husband Chris on Swedish National Day. The couple celebrated their fourth anniversary on Thursday and Princess Madeleine’s 35th birthday is today.

Sarah, Duchess of York, repeated a black felt calot with veil to Ronnie Corbett’s memorial service on Wednesday

Princess Alexandra repeated her natural straw hat with net tulle and silk rose trim last week for a visit to West Sussex. She opened the Arundel Museum during this visit, which has posted a wonderful gallery of photos from the event here. 

In his role as Royal Honorary Colonel of The London RegimentThe Earl of Wessex attended the annual Founder’s Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday. He wore the uniform of the London Scottish Regiment complete with wonderfully feathered hat.

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A few new hats have caught my eye:

this beautiful brimmed design in blue straw with white feather from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Sarah Cant’s exquisite perchers with such energy and movement
this stunning velvet, crystal, sequin and beaded halo design from Australian brand Allport Millinery
a Jess Collette designed bright pink straw trilby
this quintessential beach hat from Fabienne Delvigne

and this white straw boater hat with scalloped lucite brim from Awon Golding that stopped me in my tracks. I would LOVE to see unexpected new materials used in such creative ways on royal hats!

 Royal Hats

Japanese parliament passed a one-off bill that paves the way for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, which is expected to happen next year (BBC)

Lovely picture of the Duchess of Cornwall at the Chelsea in Bloom Festival (her late brother Mark was a conservationist and longtime advocate of elephants)

Sweet new snaps of Prince Oscar and Princess Estelle were released by the Swedish court for their national holiday this week.

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today with a new statue in their garden (designed by Prince Henrik) that their entire family joined them to unveil earlier this week.

And finally…. wishing the Duke of Edinburgh a marvellous 96th birthday

2 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. So many dazzling new designs! The Allport Millinery embellished black velvet especially caught my eye. I think Maxima needs to feature it with a Prinsjesdag ensemble. The use of lucite — scalloped, yet! — is so innovative, but it must be too heavy to actually wear.

    The bearskin hats are one tradition I think they can drop. They must be unbearably (ha!) hot, and they look pretty silly. But, Edward’s feathered uniform hat is dashing.

    Wonderful photos of the Danish RF, both vintage and current.

  2. Another enjoyable compilation of royal news, HQ.
    I loved the new millinery designs – thank you! I would so like to see royals wearing some of the latest exciting interpretations of the trends – although I don’t suppose royals would want to wear “crowns” (or what the industry loosely calls “halos”, but what often look to me more like modern kokoshniks) because of their folkloric/historical associations.

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