This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Princess Anne in more casual hats last weekend here and here to present awards and cheer on her daughter at the Gatcombe Horse Trials last weekend.

On Thursday, Sayako Kuroda (Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s daughter)  was photographed at the Ise Jingu Grand Shrine in a white pillbox hat. The former Imperial princess became Chief Priestess of the Shrine in June.

Sayako Kuroda, Sep 14, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth repeated her white straw hat with tweed and feather trim for church last Sunday while the Duchess of Cornwall repeated her taupe straw beret.

Queen Margrethe repeated her textured red hat last Sunday at Maribo Cathedral.

Princess Alexandra visited HMS Warrior 1860 this week in her dove grey hat


Prinsjesdag, the annual Dutch opening of Parliament is scheduled for Tuesday next week. For a visual reminder of all the hats Queen Máxima has worn to this event in the past, jump over to this retrospective post.

After being seduced by felt fall/winter hats last week, my eye was drawn this week to these more summery designs thanks to racing season which is in full swing in Australia! Here’s what caught my attention:

Multi hued blue cocktail hat and grey design with twisted brim from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Beautiful white and grey picture hat (see stunning side view here) from Annáy Millinery London
White straw slice with green hydrangea trim from Brisbane based Marilyn Van den Berg Millinery
Beautiful detail and texture on this pale grey design from New Zealand milliner Claire Hahn
Lace covered vertial straw disc hat with leather twist from Irish brand Montgomery Milinery
Black and white houndstooth straw button percher with sequins and feathers by Chris Mullane Millinery
Elegant silver straw boater with pearls and black & white button percher from Myra van de Korput
Black and red straw halo hat with red flowers from Aussie Brand Neigh Millinery

And from Country Peonies Millinery in Queensland, this whimsical pink percher with leather floral trim.It’s such a fun and happy hat!

 Royal Hats

Interested to buy a royal palace? There’s one for sale in Sweden 

New portrait of Prince Daniel released this week by the Swedish royal court on the occasion of his 44th birthday.

Clarence House shared this sweet photo yesterday in celebration of Prince Harry’s 33rd birthday.

9 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. Really enjoyed the extra hats section this week, HatQueen. Wow! Thanks for finding and sharing with us.
    The white and grey picture hat from Annáy Millinery is rich and delicious. A delight to behold. Would love to see the Duchess of Cornwall wear it.
    The houndstooth button percher by Chris Mullane Millinery – whenever there is houndstooth, I say yes!
    The silver boater with pearls percher from Myra van de Korput – oh my, the pearls scattered on it are yummy. And the silvery color, so elegant.
    And finally, the black and red halo hat from Aussie Brand Neigh Millinery – what a dream! So unique. I wonder who would be brave enough to wear it? Maybe Princess Eugenie or Princess Beatrice.
    I would love to see each of these hats on a royal head… please, as soon as possible!

  2. Since HM has worn this tweed suit several Septembers at Balmoral, I suspect that it is kept there, along with so many other tweeds. If the photo below (September 7, 2008) is of the same suit as last Sunday’s, with a different hat, I think I like the original hat better.
    Embed from Getty Images
    The older hat was repeated on August 8, 2016

  3. I’m so curious about Sayako Kuroda becoming Chief Priestess of the Ise Jingu Shrine. Is this an honorific position, something like the monarch of the UK being the temporal head of the Church of England? Or is this a personal religious vocation? Can anyone enlighten me? TIA

    • I don’t like quoting Wikipedia as a source but their page on the Ise Jingu Shrine does have some interesting information. The chief priestess has always been a female member of the Imperial royal family and the shrine is rebuilt every 20 years. To answer your question, I get the sense there is practical responsibility in being chief priestess but I’m not certain. I can’t imagine it’s a daily responsibility as I believe Mrs. Kuroda lives in Tokyo with her husband.

      • Yes, the position isn’t a daily thing. Sayako’s aunt Atsuko Ikeda lives in Okayama Prefecture and was chief priestess for nearly 30 years. There are also 5 festivals and the chief priestess is the Emperor’s representative at those events. I believe Sayako’s first festival in her new role will be in October. She was assistant priestess for several years, helping her elderly aunt.

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