This Week’s Extras

While we’ll take a detailed look tomorrow at hats from Luxembourg’s National Day Celebrations and The Guards Polo Club at Windsor, here are some of this week’s hats and royal happenings we missed during our focus on Ascot.

Queen Sonja in her bunade Tuesday to open an exhibition on these folk costumes (Royal House of Norway)

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Dronning Sonja åpnet i dag utstillingen "Tradisjon og inspirasjon. Norsk kulturarv i De kongelige samlinger". Kongefamiliens bunader og kulturhistoriske skatter stilles ut i Dronning Sonja KunstStall. Dronningen, Kronprinsparet og Prinsesse Astrid, fru Ferner har alle lånt ut sine drakter til utstillingen - og var til stede under åpningen i dag. Utstillingen åpner for publikum i morgen. Bunadskledde fra Det norske jentekor ga vakkert tonefølge under arrangementet. Foto: Det kongelige hoff #kongehuset #dronningen #dronningsonja #dronningsonjakunststall #kronprinsessen #kronprinsessemettemarit #kronprinsen #kronprinshaakon #prinsesseastrid #bunad #kunststall #detnorskejentekor

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On Friday, Queen Maxima openned a new building in Enschede that will act as a meeting place for sports, catering, art, culture, craft and entrepreneurship initiatives. For the opening, she repeated her large upswept hat in natural straw.

Yesterday, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended a “Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco” meeting and brought their young twins, in folk costume. Notice the very sweet straw bonnet on Princess Gabriella

The following non-Ascot designs caught my eye this week:

Pink hat with leather crown and brim of 400 hand-cut feathers by Australian brand Millinery By Mel
Black open weave bergere hat with cream silk roses and quills from John Boyd Millinery in London
Teal and taupe striped bandeau from Australian milliner Felicity Northeast with amazing sinamay loop trim
Pink ombre dyed straw hat from Melbourne milliner Stephanie Spencer
Lily Collins in an open weave natural straw beret percher with exquisite floral trim from Stephen Jones
Classic white straw boater with wide black hatband and Chanel-esque rose from Maggie Mowbray Millinery
Lovely lime mushroom brimmed design with silk bow from Dutch milliner (and friend here!) Wies Mauduit

And after so many elaborate hats this week, I’m drawn to this simple, classic and very wearable design from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

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Poignant and heartfelt message from Queen Maxima, returning to work following the very sad loss of her younger sister.

We don’t often see political messages from royal women- interesting and admirable to this one formally released from Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Sweet snaps of Princess Charlene and Prince Jacques last weekend after the Riviera Water Bike Challenge 2018 which will help fund one of Princess Charlene’s foundation’s projects in Burkina Faso. Prince Albert and Andrea Casiraghi also took part and Princess Gabriella was also spotted cheering on the sidelines.

Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma is wrapping up his time as Dutch Ambassador to the Vatican and shared these lovely photos of his family’s farewell with the pope.

And finally… while we’ve all come to appreciate all the work British royal photographer Chris Jackson does to bring us fantastic shots of hats in motion, this tweet from Lesotho, where he accompanied Prince Harry to document a short trip, shows he he is about far more than just getting the right shot.

9 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. What a beautiful lime hat Wies! Just realized I wasn’t following you on Instagram, but now I am!

    The statement from Máxima about her sister was so sincere and heartbreaking; it was sad to watch it earlier this week.

  2. That pink feathered creation by Millinery By Mel is an elegant piece of millinery To my eye it has more detail, structure and finish than Sophie’s lilac one or the Duchess of Cornwall’s pink feathers at the recent wedding.

  3. Thank you HatQueen for featuring me.
    We feel very sad, in the Netherlands, for Queen Maxima’s loss. King Willem-Alexander lost a younger brother, now she’s lost her youngest sister in a most heartbreaking way.

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