This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice and Princess Mabel attended the funeral of Kofi Annan this week in Ghana. Princess Beatrice wore one of her wrapped straw bumper hats while Princess Mabel wore a black feathered headband.

Queen Margrethe is a well known costume and set designer. The Amalienborg Musem will open a six-month special exhibition on some of this work, curated by the Queen herself, next week. A short promotion video shared by the Danish monarchy this week is well worth a watch- not only is it wonderfully charming, it gives us a rare and unique window into a queen creating her own hats (a first here at Royal Hats, I think!)

Harper’s Bazaar shared this fun look at some of Princess Diana’s many hats

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Handpainted straw percher in autumnal tones from London based Sahar millinery
Philip Treacy’s magenta velvet percher with crystal studded veil and stunning silk flowers by Anfisa Korelova
Amazing feather work on this plum hued headpiece by British milliner (based in Queensland) Ian Bennett
Vibrant turquoise, fuchsia and orange straw boater hat by Australian milliner Louise MacDonald
Fascinating ombre texture on this unique saucer design from Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Such a pretty watercolour silk covered boater by Hong Kong based Noeleen Millinery
From Australian label Jill and Jack Millinery, pale green and red straw perchers with the most
wonderful flying bows with an effortlessly jaunty sense of movement and lightness.

The Hague Central Train Station will be exceptionally busy during Prinsjesdag this week. To celebrate this event, they are hosting a Hat Design Contest with a catch- the hats must be made from material from old trains, found objects and/or NS (Dutch Rail) uniforms. Dutch milliner Weis Mauduit, who regularly shares her excellent millinery knowledge and experience in comments here at Royal Hats, is one of thirteen milliners who have taken part. Scroll through the two galleries below to see multiple views of Weis’ design and its fascinating creation process- including the train station’s glass roof that inspired it. You can see other hats in this competition at this link as well as vote for your favourite until September 18 (click on the photo then on the blue box on the left, beneath the photos). Weis has not requested any coverage or support here- I’m so impressed with this design that I offer it on my own along with my wishes for the best of luck in the contest!

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~Den Haag Centraal~ This was my entry for the The Hague Central Station Hat Design Contest You can vote for the best design until the 18th of September, see link in bio ☝️(my design is listed under Wies Mauduit-Jansen) or on location in The Hague Central Station itself. Swipe for making of - part one, starting with a picture of the glass roof of the station that inspired the design. #laplusbelle_hoeden #wiesmauduit_bespokemillinery #handmadehats #dutchdesign #thisisthehague #denhaagcentraalstation #stationdenhaagcentraal #thehaguecentralstation #hoedenwedstrijd #hatcontest #prinsjesdag #prinsjesdaghoeden #prinsjesfestival2018 #prinsjesfestival #Nederlandsespoorwegen

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Princess Akiko sported an uncharacteristically bright manicure during her visit to Turkey this week (notice both the Japanese and Turkish flags!). She also happened upon a couple taking wedding photos on Monday while visiting the Japanese Garden in Kirsehirand and happily posed with them!

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Lovely new picture of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family taken this summer at Château de Berg (the Grand Duke and Duchess’ primary residence in Luxembourg).

Such sweet snaps shared by Princess Charlene of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella’s first day of school

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First day of school

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10 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. Dear Royal Hats blog readers,
    Yesterday came the announcement of the winner of the The Hague Hat Design Contest. Mine wasn’t the winning design, alas! but it was great fun to participate. My warmhearted thanks for all your positive comments, your votes and your support!
    I followed Prinsjesdag from afar, as I am in Paris right now, but let’s say : Better luck next year, for the dress/hat combination of Queen Máxima, as well as for my designs!

  2. I want to see Princess Beatrice wearing that bold teal, magenta, and orange boater.
    Princess Diana had many excellent hats, especially wide brimmed.
    Princess Akiko’s nail art sparked a trend in Turkey.

    On September 16th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako attended the opening ceremony of the 11th International Water Association (IWA) World Congress & Exhibition. Repeat white hat with new hatband?

    http://www.sankei.com/life/photos/180917/lif1809170001-p1.html

  3. On August 2 the Countess of Snowdon attended the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2018 at Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester:
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  4. Dear Hat Queen, what a beautiful and colourful array of millinery designs this week!
    I am of course honoured and delighted that you showcase my train station design. It was quite a challenge to make the hat: first because it had to be inspired by/based on The Hague Central train station (a rather big, square, modern building) and second because it had to be made from materials totally unsuitable for millinery purposes.
    I hope that the readers of this blog will take a little time to look at the entries for the competition and cast their votes (the contest closes on Prinsjesdag, next Tuesday, the 18th of September). I thank you very much for your support!

    • Congratulations on your inventive creation, Wies Maudit! I love how you incorporated your idea of the flowering trees growing to the glass ceiling.

  5. HQ, great Extras this week! Four things stood out to me:
    1. Watching Queen Margrethe constructing the wonderful theatrical “hats.”
    2. Seeing the fantastic array of Diana’s hats. (Both videos are set to Mozart!)
    3. The hat contest is unbelievable. I love Wies’ entry – it looked at first glance like a fancy goalie’s mask! And the last one with the railroad tracks on top is awesome!
    4. The tri-colored boater by Louise MacDonald. I can’t imagine many real life occasions where some of the other ones shown this week would be seen in my part of the world. (We just got running water and electricity last year!)

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