This Week’s Extras

Princess Michael of Kent in a chic, floppy brimmed white canvas hat at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Photographers also taught her daughter, Lady Gabriella, taking a snap of her brother Frederick, in a casual panama hat.

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The Earl of Wessex in a summery Panama hat on Thursday to meet with recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh award at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh

Lady Kitty Spencer in a spectacular gold sunburst headpiece to open Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda Fashion Show in Lake Como today

Pauline Ducruet shared a picture of herself wearing an Dior denim coogan style cap with interesting net veil.

The Order of the Thistle yesterday in Edinburgh saw Queen Elizabeth, The Earl of Strathearn and the Princess Royal in full regalia with velvet, Tudor style plumed hats.

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I updated this post on the square crown, kettle brimmed hats Angela Kelly has made for Queen Elizabeth– there have been four new iterations over the past year!

A handful of new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Stunning picture hat with a classic shape and colour scheme from Australian milliner Marilyn Van den Berg
From Dublin-based Martha Lynn Millinery, a red straw button percher with large perspex bow printed with triangles
Easy breezy straw fedora with raspberry crown, cream brim and striped hatband from Bundle McLaren
Phenomenal red floral, lace and veil trimmed percher from Ghanan milliner Velma Owusu-Bempah
Unexpected, graphic wide brimmed hat in orange, cream & black from Melbourne based Murley & Co Millinery
Chic boater with pork pie crown, layered straw & velvet hatband and dotted veil from Dutch milliner Wies Maduit

And from Australian milliner Catherine Ellen, this cheeky and very sweet design that I’d just LOVE to be able to wear to high tea. Such fun!


 Royal Hats

Lighthearted interview with Mike Tindall about current charity work, adjusting to baby Lena’s arrival and his new, very handsome nose (Hello)

Lovely new photos released by the Belgian monarchy of the King, Queen and their family. I adore the bottom snap of them cheering on the Belgian soccer team.

17 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. Here is the link to the audio of the Philip Treacy interview. I found the format of the program a little contrived, with the musical interludes and books to bring onto a desert island, but apparently this program has been around longer than I have and I’m no spring chicken, so it must be popular. I was disappointed that Treacy talked mostly about his work with celebrities rather than with royals,but the story of his life journey is still quite interesting.

    • Thank you Matthew, for sharing the link to this fascinating interview. I particulary liked the bit about Philip watching his mother positioning her hat and finding the right angle and how a hat changes the proportions of the face. Reminded me of the discussion we had earlier on this blog about Sarah, Duchess of York, not placing her hat as Treacy intended it. And also the way he talks about his thimble, not being able to spend a day without putting it on. I loved listening, thank you again!

    • Thanks for sharing, Matthew! I think Philip Treacy makes a great point… and I hope that the royal tradition of hat wearing continues long into the future. Somehow, I’m afraid it will slowly decline.

      And I could just kiss Philip Treacy for his comments about fascinators!

      • Philip Treacy is quite right. In Great Britain there is more to hats than just fashion. Queen Elisabeth has firmly established the tradition. Let’s hope it will long outlive her reign!

  2. Thank you Hat Queen, for featuring my boater.
    The Tudor hats are magnificent, as indeed are the whole outfits. The white ribbons against the deep green velvet, the beautiful gold chains; Queen Elisabeth looks most impressive and so do her companions.
    That little macaron hat is adorable, “â croquer!” as the French would say!

    • WM, I love your boater that HQ included in the round-up today! Black/white (or navy/white?) at its best.
      As for Queen Elizabeth’s ensemble, I can’t decide if I prefer Friday’s Thistle Service deep green and navy combination, or the navy/deep red combination from June 18th’s Order of the Garter Ceremony. Both are magnificent! BTW, check out the cheeky page boy below, on the left! This is a great shot of him!
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      • What splendor! The robe must be quite heavy though. I image that that’s where the page boys come in.
        (The boater is natural straw & black by the way. Black with real white looks crisper, but natural colored straw is somewhat softer on the complexion.)

        • Please send me one for Mrs. Jimbo!!!! She’s just about the only hat wearing church goer where we go to worship! I’m about ready to give up religion until more hats appear!

          • Oh dear! The only places in the Netherlands where people still wear hats to go to church are in the regions where a rather stiff variety of Protestantism is practiced. And usually those are not couture hats, alas! I wish they were.

        • Wies, referring to your comment about hat-wearing to church in the Netherlands, the same seems to be true here in the U.S., at least in the parts where I have lived. Stylish hats are still universally worn in the churches with primarily black membership but have gone by the wayside in others. Among observant Jewish women, who are required by religious dictate to wear a head-covering to synagogue after marriage, there was a resurgence of fancy hat wearing during the Diana era, which was later replaced by little lace things that more closely resemble doilies than fascinators. I wonder if hat-wearing for regular women went out of style when short “poufy” hairstyles replaced buns and chignons in popularity — my mother and her friends seemed happy when they no longer needed to wear hats because the hats messed up their hair.

          • Matthew, those little lace things (chapel veils) were worn by my mother and four sisters until around 1970, as I recall. I think mom kept them in the glove box of the car, with an old medicine jar filled with bobby pins, so they could be anchored in place just prior to parading into the church. Like Bob Hope would sing, “thanks for the memory.” They still pop up on heads every once in a while, (by the “stiff variety” of Catholics, as Wies called them) but not often.

          • On the other hand, a hat is a great way to camouflage a bad hair day!
            The church we frequent here is catholic (my husband is a practicing Catholic), but no hats are worn, ever. No doilies either, I don’t think that’s a European custom. It sounds like a symbolic way of hat wearing, or head covering, rather like the Jewish kippa.

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