This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

The Royal House of Norway released a new photo of Princess Ingrid last weekend, taken by her father Crown Prince Haakon, to mark her 14th birthday.

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora and Queen Silvia in a fur hat on Tuesday for their visit to Kiruna (Swedish Monarchy)

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar in cosy knit wool hats to open a multisports facility in Daniel’s hometown on Thursday.  The prince also donned hockey gear for a charity match.

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, celebrated her nation’s Union Day on January 24 in a black wool hat with a brown fur cuff bumper brim (Royal Family of Romania)

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Princess Kiko wore a new black felt cloche with diagonal crown wrap on Wednesday to the Japanese Olympic team’s send off to the Pyeong Chang Olympics. While so similar to Queen Elizabeth’s diagonal wrapped crown cloche hats, this one somehow feels much more modern and sleek.

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Also on Wednesday, Princess Alexandra wore a black hat with grey faux fur cuff brim for a visit to The Old Moat Garden Centre in Epsom.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Feathered Philip Treacy masterpieces here and here on the Valentino show runway in Paris
Interesting shape on this teardrop saucer with silk rose trim by Jane Taylor
Black leather button with net veil brim and cream leather flowers from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Two brimless designs from Bundle McLaren with a wonderful feather flourish and green feather overlay 
Lavishly trimmed cocktail hat by Australian brand Millinery by Mel proves brown hats aren’t always boring
Classic black straw upsweep with white feather flowers from Marilyn Vanden Berg
Bumper with the most charming bow in the loveliest shade of blue from UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Sharp red straw boater with striped navy and white ribbon trim from Australian milliner Julia Watson
Simple, wearable but beautiful grey felt hat with upturned brim from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
A  trio of whimsically embellished helmets from New York milliner Carol Markel

And an exquisite lace, silk flower and net veil headpiece from Vivienne Sheriff’s upcoming summer collection.

 Royal Hats

Congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the announcement of their engagement. While we’ve yet to hear details, this means potentially two major hatted events (in addition to Trooping the Colour and Ascot etc.) for the British Royal Family in 2018. BRING ON THE HATS.

Peek at the lovely photo King Albert and Queen Paola used for their Christmas card this season

Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco accompanied their parents last night for the annual ceremony of Sainte-Devote

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We end this week with a The Prince of Wales reading “My Heart’s In The Highlands”, shared in honor of poet Robert Burns’ birthday yesterday.

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Daniel Angelescu via the Royal Family of Romania

6 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. Wow, that may be one of the best hats I’ve ever seen on Kiko! Usually I’m not a fan of her millinery choices, but this is a definite keeper and deserves another, more prominent, outing soon!

    Alexandra’s whole look is a rare miss for her. I find the crown too tall on her hat, and then too much tartan going on with all the colors of her coat combined with her scarf.

    Finally, glad to see the Vivien Sheriff fascinator make a prominent spot as it was also one of my favorite hats of last week too!

  2. >I’m enjoying furry winter hats lately, and Margareta of Romania’s brown-edged one looks lovely with her ginger hair.
    > Less successful is Princess Alexandra’s hat. Leaving aside the unexpectedly wild Vivienne Westwood-style jacket (which BTW would look awesome on a black-haired Japanese royal or Jetsun Pema), the cuff colour looks dingy and heavy next to Alexandra’s delicate complexion. She’d look brighter in any of Camilla’s winter hat colours.
    > in new millinery designs, it was a pleasant surprise to see Jean and Valerie, authors of New York culture blog TheIdiosycraticFashionistas. Those women have ENVIABLE personal collections of new and vintage Modernist hats.
    > I know little of Robbie Burn’s poetry, but I know and love the poem that Charles is reading, from the beautiful haunting melody composed by Arvo Part to go with it.

  3. So many feathers in the new designs! The Phillip Treacy make me think of Princess Haya. The not-boring brown hat should look over-embellished, but all those elements are so well-balanced that it really works. And I love the sculptural look of the Mind Your Bonce blue bumper.

  4. I never thought I would be saying this, but Princess Alexandra’s hat is just wrong; I’m not sure what’s going on with the rest of her outfit either. Philip Treacy’s first hat! Golly! It needs to have Audrey Hepburn under it. I’m in love. I agree about Kiko’s hat. I usually do like cloche hats, but this one is really special on her.

  5. I usually don’t like cloche hats but I LOVE Princess Kiko’s! It doesn’t look squashed down on her head like other cloche hats do. It looks great on her!

    • Same here. I think this one is large enough to sit lower on her head, instead of looking a little perched and forced down because it’s too small. It looks cozy and updated. I’d wear it!

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