Royal Hat Catch Up

Thanks, everyone, for holding down the fort over the past two weeks! I appreciate being able to step away from Royal Hats from time to time and leave it in your very capable hands. Thank you! Here are all the hats that were worn while I was away:

Friday, February 23: Princess Hisako attended the opening of the “Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo Del Prado” exhibition at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. She wore a new large navy felt saucer hat trimmed with what looks like white silk flowers on the side.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Monday: February 26: Princess Kiko  in a white bowler hat with ruched blue hatband to send off the Japanese national Paralympic team for Winter Olympic Games

Feb 26, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I suspect the hatband is a new addition to a previously worn hat

Monday, February 26:  Queen Máxima and Princess Amalia in cozy ski hats for a photocall during their annual ski holiday in Lech, Austria

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Tuesday, March 6: Queen Elizabeth visited the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for its 70th anniversary in her repeated royal purple felt hat with square crown, upfolded kettle brim and dark purple velvet hatband, trimmed with silk irises and velvet leaves.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Dec 7, 2017;  Nov 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 7: Empress Michiko repeated her small rimmed pale blue-grey saucer trimmed with a multi-looped silk bow for the 70th anniversary ceremony of the municipal fire-fighting system at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Sumida, Tokyo.

Mar 7, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 29, 2017
Wednesday, March 7: Queen Máxima repeated her burgundy velvet calot swathed in black net veil  to open the World Horti center, an international knowledge and innovation center for greenhouse horticulture in Naaldwijk

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Nov 29, 2016

Thursday, March 8: The Duke of Edinburgh in his well worn Panama hat for a carriage drive at Windsor Castle

It has been a very quiet two weeks of royal hats- something that will change next week with a Te Deum mass for the new Swedish princess born this morning and the Cheltenham Festival. In the meantime- any thoughts about these hats?

Photos from Asahi; Sankei; social media and Getty as indicated

21 thoughts on “Royal Hat Catch Up

  1. Hisako’s hat definitely deserves another outing so we can all admire it more.

    I’m not wowed by most of the other hats, although I don’t find anything offensive.

    While Philip looks good in his panama fedora, I agree that it’s strange he’s wearing a straw hat this time of year, especially in the U.K.

  2. Princess Anne as Chancellor of the University of London attended the University of London International Programmes Annual Graduation Ceremony on March 6:

  3. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden went on their annual winter holiday to the ski resort of Klosters, Switzerland.

    • Thanks for sharing these links, Maja. You’ll notice that I’ve edited your post above to remove paparazzi photos of the Swedish Crown princess and her family on private vacation in Switzerland. I’m not comfortable with paparazzi photos shared here at Royal Hats. Official photos and casual photos shared by royals on their social media are game but paparazzi ones taken during private vacations are not.

  4. Welcome back, HatQueen! We’ve had fun with your excellent Hats from the Past, but it’s great to return to the present.

    I wish we could see Princess Hisako’s hat better. It looks very promising indeed. Splendid repeat for Maxima. The rich colors set off the texture of the veiling so nicely.

    Looking forward to the Te Deum and Cheltenham!

  5. Ruthtoo commented in an earlier post that she thought the flower trim on HM’s hat had been cut back. I’m not sure if anything has been removed, but the trim certainly does look re-arranged. I love this hat and outfit, so its great to see it again
    Maxima had a great styling formula going on for this hat on its last outing (hair, earrings, brooch, dress), and it’s great to see it repeated here (with slight, interesting changes to earrings hair and brooch).I love veiling with velvet, and Maxima wears these rich, muted shades so very well.
    I just wish the pattern on the skirt didn’t contain white stripes. The sheen on the velvet is the star of this dramatic look, but the white trumps it. Remove the white stripes, and the skirt colours would be the perfect second string accompaniment to this gorgeous, fashionable look

    • Here are front views of the hat, side by side for comparison (2018 on top, 2017 and 2016 below). I think the hat trim was altered after its first outing in 2016.
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      Embed from Getty Images

  6. I adore (!!!!) Queen Max’s whole look here, and I typically am one who cares less for her smaller hats. But I love the color depth and texture in this hat, and I love the purple/mustard combo, and I just love the whole thing. I’m excited about the Te Deum (congrats to P. Madeleine and family).

    I love HM QEII in the purple, but I really don’t care for those silk irises. In my brain the read sort of Hobby Lobby, which is a terrible thing to say because I’m sure up close, they are beautiful silk flowers, but to me they are just a bit jarring. I think I’d much prefer the hat without them.

    Welcome back Hat Queen!

  7. I’m a bit confused by the Duke of Edinburgh wearing a Panama hat in the winter, and with winter clothing. That is a summer hat unless I’m mistaken. I’m sure he has a felt fedora he could have worn.

    • In amongst the awful weather over here we have also had some bursts of sunshine. I think that PP just thinks – the sun is shinning and I’ll wear what I jolly well want to!!

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