This Week’s Extras

I need to step away from Royal Hats from Monday until the end of the month for some ‘real’ work focus and travel. I’ve planned a series on past Ascot hats and ask again that in my absence, you all share whatever new hats are worn each day in the comments of these flashback posts. I promise to be back soon!  

On Monday, the Imperial family marked the 30th anniversary of Emperor Showa’s death at Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in Hachiōji, Tokyo. Empress Michiko, Princess Kiko, Princess Akiko, Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko all wore black hats. The Imperial Crown prince and princess marked this anniversary at the Imperial Palace, Princess Masako in an ecru silk covered hat with high, upturned Breton brim.

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Zara Tindall posed with her husband, Mike on Monday, holding a pink straw sun hat.

On Wednesday, Crown Princess Victoria visited Livgardet (The Life Guards) in Kungsängen in a military green beret.

Also on Wednesday, Princess Sofia was photographed in a pink sun hat at a polo match in Florida where she, Prince Carl Gustaf, and the King and Queen are on holiday, visiting Princess Madeleine and her family.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Winter white beautifully embellished bandeau by Ukrainian milliner Elena Martynenko
Adore this pink straw percher with exuberant ostrich pompom by Australian milliner Meg Rafter
Forrest green velvet felt trilby with slim pale blue hatband by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Honey orange straw percher with silk roses, veil & burnt feathers by London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir
Blush straw dramatic sidesweep with pale grey looped rings from Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison
Prim Mary Poppins inspired embellished straw boater by British brand Frase Annand Millinery
I’m not usually partial to a bowler hat but adore this vibrant and fresh take on the bowler  by Italian brand Borsalino
Lovely blue straw kokoshnik bandeau with veil and white leather flowers by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Amazing citrus branch headpiece by Australian milliner Rebecca Share that won top prize at Magic Millions Raceday

And from Australian milliner Danica Erard, this vibrant pink straw saucer with flying red bow around the front brim.

The Danish Royal Court shared this charming portraits of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent to celebrate their eighth birthday.
How sweet is this snap, shared by their mum, of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella of Monaco returning to school after Christmas break?
Great view of London from the cockpit of a helicopter, flown from Kensington Palace to The Royal London Hospital by the Duke of Cambridge to celebrate the London Air Ambulance’s 30th anniversary.

Photos from Getty and social media as indicated 

14 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. The Empress was perfectly elegant at the Imperial Mausoleum. She and the Emperor (who sadly, I assume, only carried his top hat) led the family looking so regal. I will say Kiko’s hat looked kinda casual in comparison to the others, but otherwise it was a great showing by the Japanese Imperial Family at this event.

    Wishing you much success and relaxation as you take a step back HatQueen!

  2. I’d like to see the Princess Haya, Duchess of Sussex or Princess Beatrice wear the gorgeous honey colored hat by Merve Bayindir. I haven’t seen this milliner’s hats before, and they are gorgeous! I hope to see these creations on some Royal Heads.

    Enjoy your well deserved break Hat Queen! Thank you for all your hard work on this amazing blog!

    • After seeing Zara’s outfit yesterday, I wonder if it was pulled by her stylist as a potential pairing for her black, red and pink floral dress?! She has worn Danica Erard during a previous Australian visit…

  3. HatQueen, this post includes comments from last week’s Extras, which has disappeared? Or maybe I just need another cup of coffee…

    I started to panic when I read your first sentence since Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor is going on hiatus. We’ll survive until the end of the month! Looking forward to the Ascot retrospective, and thank you so much for your ongoing work on this excellent blog!

    • I also had a moment of panic as The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour is on indefinite “hiatus” and Luxarazzi is in a bit of a quandary these days, and both of these blogs are firm favourites of mine and many other Royal Watchers. Have a good rest and break Hat queen and come back to us refreshed and with more of you wonderful posts!

      • I’m afraid my break is to focus on some intense work and travel related to my “real” job… but appreciate being able to leave Royal Hats in your capable hands while I briefly step away.

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