This Week’s Extras

Have a lovely Sunday- I’ll be back first thing tomorrow for focused coverage and discussion on hats worn for the Romanian national holiday and look at two (one new!) designs worn by Queen Elizabeth over the weekend at the Windsor Horse Show.

On Tuesday, Empress Masako was spotted arriving at the Imperial Palace with the emperor to rehearse their first court ritual which took place on Wednesday. She repeated her unembellished almond bumper hat.
Also on Tuesday, the Duke of York was spotted in uniform as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (with cap) for the morning’s Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guards riding new Cavalry Black horse ‘Darby’, apparently practicing for the upcoming Trooping the Colour.
On Wednesday, King Carl Gustaf donned his trusty brown fedora for the World Wildlife Fund’s annual meeting, held this year at Huvudskär and Utö in the Stockholm archipelago. The same day, King Harald commemorated Norwegian Armed Forces Day and Liberation Day at Akurshus Fortress, predictably in military uniform with cap.
Infanta Elena donned a neutral straw fedora to watch her daughter, Victoria de Marichalar, open the Seville Fair in a traditional Spanish mantilla with tall peineta comb (see more photos and video here). And 20 years after meeting at this event, the Dutch King and Queen returned this week along with their three daughters… and a quartet of wonderfully vibrant floral headpieces.

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Un día inolvidable.

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On Wednesday, Princess Alexandra visited a life boat station in Shoreham. She repeated her ice blue straw hat with tall crown wrapped in coordinating net tulle, designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan.
Queen Margrethe unveiled a new statue of Denmark’s longest reigning monarch King Christian IV (1577 – 1648) in Copenhagen yesterday. She repeated a hat with ecru straw crown and grey straw double brim for the event.


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Emerald straw button percher with vibrant ribbon trim and soaring quills by NY milliner Jennifer Hoertz
Pink felt wide brimmed hat with rose gold diamanté hatband from LA based milliner Gladys Tamez
VA VA VOOM red straw percher with the most fantastic curving trim by Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Exquisite curving cream disc with pink handmade blooms and curving quills by Rachel Trevor Morgan
Navy beret percher with hand-beaded bow by Irish milliner Michelle Gleeson
Classic ivory straw picture hat with monochrome leaf printed brim by British milliner Bee Smith
Colourful red and green embroidered lace headpiece from German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Black and white patterned straw pyramid with crin and tassel trim by Italian brand Giulia Mio Millinery

Another interesting article on the Empress of Japan, written by someone with personal connection (The Asahi Shimbun)
King Hamad Of Bahrain and sons Sheikh Nasser and Sheikh Khaled were spotted out for a ride at Windsor Castle in between days spent enjoying the Royal Windsor Horse Show this week
Did you see this delightfully sweet exchange between Queen Elizabeth and former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Tuesday?

Princess Margriet presented the Duke of Sussex with an adorable gift during his quick visit to The Hague this week to official launch this year’s Invictus Games, to be held in The Netherlands.

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And finally- the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared this sweet photo of ten wee toes today, in honor of Mother’s Day (notice the background forget-me-not flowers, a favourite of the Duke’s late mother)

Photos from Getty and social media as indicated

9 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. The Dutch Royals look fabulous. I love their fun spirit.

    All of these “extra” photos this week are exactly that – special extra doses of fun and happiness. I love it. Thanks Hat Queen!

    The Jennifer Hoertz Emerald straw button percher is lovely. Princess Beatrice would look so pretty in it.

    The red straw percher by Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery would be perfect on Autum Phillips.

    Navy beret percher by Michelle Gleeson is a style the Duchess of Sussex wears so beautifully. I’d also like to see Princess Beatrice or Autum Phillips in it.

    The ivory straw picture hat by Bee Smith would be lovely on one of the York Princesses.

    The colourful red and green embroidered lace headpiece from German milliner Nicki Marquardt has exquisite work on it.

    The black and white patterned straw pyramid with crin and tassel trim by Italian brand Giulia Mio Millinery would be lovely on Princess Charlene or Princess Beatrice.

  2. The Dutch royals look wonderfully festive. Great to see Princess Alexandra and Queen Margrethe’s hat is nice.

    Princess Hisako departed for Sweden on May 13th:

    Princess Hisako on April 23rd at the opening of “Vienna on the Path to Modernism” exhibition:

  3. Princess Alexandra opened the final expansion phase of the New Victoria Hospital in Kingston Upon Thames on May 11:

  4. On the occasion of her 75th birthday, Princess Benedikte of Denmark visited The Danish Defence Command

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