This Week’s Extras

Princess Hisako returned from a trip to Russia on Tuesday and, as per tradition, visited the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries to report her homecoming to the ancestral gods. She wore an interesting cream brimless hat with bumper top and gently ruched sides for the visit.

Also on Tuesday, Prince Nicolai of Denmark celebrated completion of his high school education in a Danish traditional graduation hat.


On Thursday morning, the Duke of Cambridge visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem during his high profile trip to the Middle East.

Also yesterday, Queen Mathilde repeated her royal blue ruched toque hat for the second day of the Australian state visit. 

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Princess Anne took part in a number of events in celebration of Armed Forces Day today

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Cream straw percher with amazing yellow feather trim from Canadian milliner David Dunkley
Wearable and stylish panama hats from Jess Collett with statement hatbands and pink pompom trim
From Irish milliner Teresa Nugent, a pale pink felt button percher with fab black & pink square ruffles
Unique double straw and crin brims on this lilac straw picture hat from Essex based Victoria Carson
Straw boater with upturned kettle brim in warm shades of taupe by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Red leather teardrop percher with sculptural knot & feather trim from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
And from the incomparable millinery imagination of Stephen Jones, grey conical gnome hats with striped ribbon trim and matching beards seen at the Thom Brown Spring 2019 runway show in Paris. Words escape me for these hats.

It’s not a new design exactly… but I couldn’t resist sharing comedienne Kaye Adams’ musings on finding the right hat to wear to a wedding .

Royal Hats

Happy news from Japan- Princess Ayako will marry businessman Kei Moriya on October 29. The couple met late last year, introduced by Ayako’s mum, Princess Hisako, who has known Kei’s parents for a long time (she was a university classmate of his father and interacted with his late mother’s nonprofit work)

Queen Rania shared this lovely picture with her husband and eldest son on the occasion of Prince Al Hussein’s birthday.

In addition to his high school graduation, Prince Nicolai was also busy this week, walking on Monday in the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris. He took over Dior’s instagram page for the day, showing short clipos from behind the scenes you can view here.

Sweet snap of the King of Bhutan with his young son, Prince Jigme Namgyel

And to send us into the weekend with a flourish, the Earl of Wessex unveiling a plaque to officially open the renovated RAF museum yesterday with theatrical flair.

13 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

    • You’re welcome. I’m always happy to see Princess Alexandra. She, like the Queen, wears hats for visits to her charities.

  1. Is it worth mentioning that Price William’s hat in the West Wall photo is a kippa? It’s a head covering Jewish men wear during prayer (religious men often wear them all the time. Apparently reform women also wear then during prayer, Israel is fairly Jewish Orthodox. So I don’t know a ton about reform Jews.) Some are crocheted or decorated, depending on which religious circles they belong to
    He’s wearing it maybe a bit far back.
    We were all very excited to have him here

  2. Queen Margrethe’s pink hat and outfit are in my top three she currently wears, always happy to see it again.

    Queen Mathilde looked wonderful in her dress and the hat works for a more casual engagement at the beach.

    Princess Anne was born to wear a uniform, I have never seen her look bad in any of them.

    From everything I’ve read, Prince William did a great job on this potentially problematic visit.

    Prince Jigme Namgyel is the cutest royal baby, and always seems so interested and aware.

    I saw that video of Prince Edward already, but it makes me laugh every time. Good for him, making a boring plaque unveiling fun. You can hear people cheering, so they obviously appreciate it as well.

  3. Zara Tindall during the 2018 ‘Celebrity Cup’ on June 30
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