This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth wore a new teal blue hat to church last Sunday. Frustratingly, there are no pictures I can share but you can see it here. Today, she made a surprise appearance at the Aboyne Highland Games in her lilac straw hat with flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

Princess Elena’s predictable ‘wear fedora to bullfight’ routine was stirred up this week with a chocolate version paired with jazzy hot pink tassel earrings. The charming photo of her children (with Froilan in a baseball cap) was taken today at the 36th Copa Del Rey Mafre Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca

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Princess Anne and her family in sporting hats this weekend to cheer on Zara Philips who is competing at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park

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The following hats caught my eye this week:

Wide brimmed natural straw boater from The Hat Shop in New York
Amazing sense of movement on this raspberry pink leather and crin headpiece from Aussie brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Unexpected and interesting feather trim on this Susanne Juul design
Show stopping white straw and lace cocktail hat from Irish brand Montgomery Millinery
Classic and crisp black and white trilby from Jill Courtemanche Millinery
And for a fall trilby, this striking electric blue felt one with gold maple leaf from Rachel Trevor Morgan


 Royal Hats

I’m reluctant to provide another platform for complaints but as Prince Henrik’s rather unsavory announcement made international headlines this week, it deserves acknowledgement, however petty and ungracious it is (New York Times)

New photo of Prince Louis of Luxembourg with his sons, Prince Noah and Prince Gabriel, released this week for Louis’ 31st birthday (Luxarazzi)

And finally, lovely snaps of the Spanish king and queen with their daughters taken this week during their annual summer vacation in Palma de Mallorca

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12 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. It’s just no fair for HM to wear a new hat when we can’t get a good look at it!

    The lovely flowers on the Millinery Jill headpiece prove your point about how well leather holds details, HQ.

    I like the RTM hat as an alternative to red for royal visits to Canada. This would also be a fun choice for Sophie Gregoire.

    Beautiful family photos!

  2. I just have to say I think Henrik is being extremely petty about all of this and this really shows just how insecure he is. It’s really unfortunate, but I honestly have no sympathy for him at this point.

    Moving on, it’s really surprising to see HM bust out a new hat on such a low-key outing, but it’s not the first time she has done so (remember the purple and white from early last fall?); I also think it demonstrates how important the church and her faith is to her, that she’s willing to show off a new hat in church on a regular Sunday rather than give precedence to the world for such things.

  3. I like:
    ~Infanta Elena’s rose brown/chocolate straw fedora. Probably because I’ve got something very similar, though it’s not the same quality 🙂
    ~Millinery Jill’s raspberry leather headpiece
    ~Montgomery Millinery’s white cocktail hat
    ~ RTM’s teal felt fedora
    Prince Henrik’s announcement: like others, I am baffled as to why anyone at this level of public life would decide to issue a statement so damaging to their personal reputation. The Prince is of an age where his health, mental and physical, may not be what they were. I hope that he is receiving every possible support.

    • You raise an interesting point about Prince Henrik’s health, although of course I wouldn’t speculate. But honestly, what an announcement!

  4. Thank you for acknowledging Henrik’s unusual decision. It quite stunned me. Other ‘prince consorts’ settled into their roles after initial upsets – Albert, Phillip – so it seems extraordinary he’s still complaining, and in the process is being rather mean to his lovely wife (but perhaps neither of them care particularly if their mortal remains are side by side, she seems pretty pragmatic). He’s been a great hat wearer over his public life with his choices sometimes unpredictable and eccentric – and we love him for that – but this is the other side to that coin.

    • Do you mean Claus instead of Albert? King Albert was heir (following his brother) in Belgium, not consort. Prince Claus was consort to Queen Beatrix in the Netherlands.

  5. Montgomery Millinery’s white hat is absolutely gorgeous! Even though it hasn’t graced the head of a Royal, it’s my favorite hat of the year. Just stunning!

  6. It’s tough to tell, but I wonder if that coat on HM is an existing one with a new hat? It does look like the turquoise coat she is so fond of, but the light could be playing tricks!

    • I see what you mean, JamesB. My first thought is that the outfit last Sunday was a darker shade of teal but it’s so hard to tell conclusively with photos taken in completely different light.

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