Queen Margrethe wore a floppy brimmed straw hat last Sunday on her state visit to Ghana, changing out folded scarves tied as hatbands to match her dresses (Danish Monarchy)
The Earl of Wessex in naval uniform in Portsmouth on Monday to welcome a new ship to the RFA (Royal Navy)
Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the civil marriage of her stepbrother, Prince Christian, and Alessandra de Osma on Monday in a blue veiled headpiece.
Prince Joachim at the King Hunt in Lovrup Forest on Wednesday in a fittingly green fedora (Danish Monarchy)
The Luxembourg royals hosted a concert on Wednesday night in Tokyo for their Imperial royal hosts. Princess Alexandra added diamond brooch to her hair for some lovely additional sparkle.
The new millinery designs that stood out to me this week included:
Small but saucy vanilla felt hat with beautifully beaded hatband from Belgian milliner Amelie D’Hooghvorst
Sparkling crystal-studded black silk headpiece designed and worn by British milliner Laura Cathcart
Beautiful navy boater with veil and petite leather blossoms by Australian Jo Mareen Millinery
Such a pretty Breton in gradient shades of purple from Lisa Tan Millinery
Wonderfully vibrant “Lava” large saucer hat from Hong Kong based Irish milliner Noeleen Kish
Effortless striped blue beach hat with upturned brim from Australian brand Felicity Northeast Millinery
Bone leather button percher with exquisite roses and wired net brim by Jill and Jack Millinery
Leopard print trilby with eye-catching pleated ribbon hatband from American milliner Milli Starr
Black cocktail hat with dramatic straw rings and looped feathers from British master Vivien Sheriff
And the remedy for winter doldrums? Colour of course! Loving this raspberry, tangerine and turquoise straw design with rolled brim detail from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput.
Lovely to see Meghan Markle accompany Prince Harry to Nottingham yesterday. From what we’ve seen this week, they are going to be a formidable team.
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Of all the responses to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement this week, this one from the Duchess of Cornwall was among my favourites
With so much other news about Prince Harry this week, his response to a gift from a class of primary children slipped under the radar. It’s just wonderful.
Princess Theodora of Greece shared this lovely snap with her mother, taken this week in Copenhagen
There’s no two ways about it- these two are just great sports. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima playing steel drums today in Sint Maarten.
We end the week with a sweet peek at Prince George’s Christmas list, in his own hand, delivered in person by his father to Santa Claus during the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Finland this week.
Photos from Hanne Juul/Billed-Bladet
I like the boater and beach hats the best. Princess Hisako wore a purple and black hat on November 24th at 69th All Japan Inter-Middle School English Oratorical Contest, see http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004083920
Wonderful hat choices, as always, HQ! The purple Breton is a real Easter bonnet, and I’ll be expecting to see the color-blocked Myra van de Korput on Maxima.
Here’s hoping Meghan Markle takes to hats! I imagine that she could carry a variety of styles off very well.
Hi it was Nottingham not Newcastle that Prince Harry & Meghan visited. Hopefully they’ll visit Newcastle & North East England soon.
E’gads. Who knows where my brain went on that one. Correction made!
On December 1, Princess Aiko turned 16. She is the only child of Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.
Dear Hat Queen,
Thank you SO MUCH for all the hard work you do writing this blog. I don’t always comment, but I read your blog daily. I look forward to This Week’s Extras all week, and enjoy reading the little bits and pieces of Royalty-related information you have gathered.
Hats down, my favorite part of This Week’s Posts are the new millinery designs that caught you eye. This week, I love the vanilla felt hat and the blue beach hat. Just gorgeous!
This week’s Flat Stanley letter was absolutely adorable, and showcases why Prince Harry is so universally loved.
I love how Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander are always game to try anything. Playing the steel drums was lots of fun to watch!
Thanks, Shanon! You readers make this blog so enjoyable for me. The new millinery designs that catch my eye have turned into a fun weekly feature- there is no shortage of beautiful designs for us to admire. The millinery industry is creating new and amazing things every day and it’s so much fun to watch.
Luxembourg hosted the concert for the Imperial family. It was the return event for the Emperor and Empress hosting the state banquet.
On December 1st, Princess Hanako wore a hat to the Imperial Household Council meeting where Emperor Akihito’s abdication was decided. Well, Prime Minister Abe heard opinions and decided the date.
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Thanks Avery. This hat reminds me of Queen Mary’s style of toque. So interesting.
Thanks, Avery- correction made. And thank you for sharing Princess Hanako’s hat- the colour is so wonderful on her! The shape is most interesting- almost a bowler with an open-topped toque sitting on top.
I love the Flat Stanley story. How fun, and so lovely for the students!