October Review: Week 3

Last week in royal hats was quieter than the first two weeks this month but still brought us a number of lovely designs. Here are are the royal hats worn between October 15 and 22:

Tuesday, October 17: Princess Nobuko attended the Murayama City Rose Festival in a repeated cream hat with navy hatband.

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Tuesday, October 17: Princess Alexandra attended a Service of Celebration for the Centenary of Lady Margaret School at Westminster Abbey. She repeated her dark turquoise blue straw picture hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan with gold silk ruched overlay, trimmed with gold edged blue silk flowers. It’s a hat we’ve not seen since its first wearing at the Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.

Thursday, October 19: Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the 70th anniversary ceremony of the Japanese junior high school education system. Princess Masako repeated a cream felt hat with upturned Kettle brim, simply trimmed with a hatband in the same rosy beige hue as her suit.

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Thursday, October 19: Princess Yoko visited Toyama Prefecture October 18-19 to attend the 19th Hokuriku Welfare Golf Tournament. For the event, she repeated a yellow cloche hat with white, upfolded brim.

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Thursday, October 19: Queen Elizabeth attended the 70th anniversary parade of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park. She repeated the raspberry pink Rachel Trevor Morgan designed hat with sloped crown, pale grey and pink stacked hatbands and straw flowers with crystal centres we saw her debut earlier this summer.

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Friday, October 20: The Imperial Family gathered to celebrate the Empress’ 83rd birthday. Crown Princess Masako repeated a pale blue silk jaquard hat with bumper hatband and rolled brim, Princess Kiko wore a brimless cream hat and Princess Mako wore a peach cuffed calot with side bow detail.

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Friday, October 20: Princess Hisako of Takamado opened an exhibition at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. She wore a striking new hat with cream crown and grey bumper brim, brimmed with feathers across the front.

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Saturday, October 21: Queen Elizabeth attended Champions Day at Ascot Races in her repeated pink felt hat with slim multi-wrap hatband and feather koosh on the side.

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That, I believe, catches us up to today! Do any of these designs receive your nomination for top hats worn this month?

Photos from Asahi ShimbunSankei; News 24

12 thoughts on “October Review: Week 3

  1. Alexandra’s repeat of the Cambridge wedding hat on 17 October is one of my favorite repeats of the whole year! But October has been full of excellent repeats, so the poll is gonna be a tough race. Seems like HM may be wearing the fuchsia repeat a little more forward, but regardless, it’s still a great hat. Masako’s repeat from 20 October is another good one, and so is Hisako’s new hat on the same day, especially paired with that orange collar!

    • I agree- that orange collar makes the ensemble sing! The hat itself is a creative design and makes a major departure from the traditional styles we usually see on Imperial royal heads!

  2. I like the Queen’s raspberry RTM as much as I did during its original outing. Princess Hisako’s new hat also stands out, although I agree with Bristol about the hat baldness. The sleek lines work well to contrast the nubby suit.

  3. Bonjour, voici mes préférences pour la semaine 3 :le 17:Princesse Alexandra ;le 19: HM et Masako ; le 20 : Hisako et le 21: HM.

  4. My favorites from this week:
    October 17: Princess Alexandra – dark turquoise blue straw picture hat
    October 19: Queen Elizabeth – raspberry pink hat

  5. I really like the Queen’s pink hat (although I still think the shape and the rather bold trim make it seem more akin to other Angela Kelly hats than RTM). Princess Hisako’s bumper hat is interesting, but I do think it makes her suffer a bit from hat baldness, at least from the front.

    Princess Alexandra’s hat is a characteristic statement design in a lovely colour and I think a super use of royal hat opportunities – this isn’t a hat that could be worn in most contexts by ordinary people except possibly a dressy wedding. Alexandra makes use of her royal position to wear a hat that would be OTT on members of the public but doesn’t seem out of place for a princess doing a royal engagement, so we must thank her for seizing the opportunity.

  6. Princess Alexandra’s gorgeous hat – so very her! She has her own style and always looks so wonderful and elegant.

  7. Also, I know it was a September event, and I can’t remember if it happened before or after you went on vacation or even (sorry!!!!) if we had a post here about it or not, but one of my favorite pieces of millinery for the year so far was the Countess of Wessex’s greyish blue hat at the Headley Court Farewell Parade. Just wanted to get a vote in for it!

    • We have several months of polls to catch up on (and will do that in coming day) but don’t worry- that hat will certainly make the September poll as it was widely admired!

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