This Week’s Extras

Just fitting in this post while I step away for a day- I’ll be back to finish coverage of Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding tomorrow!

Back on May 4, Prince Mihailo and Princess Ljubica of Serbia christened their daughter Natalija in the church of St. George at Oplenac. Princess Ljubica wore a cream straw disc base percher hat with straw loops and ostrich feathers.
Last Sunday, the Prince of Wales took part in the Cavalry Sunday parade, an annual march and commemorative service held the second Sunday of May by the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association in Hyde Park. He sported the traditional black felt bowler hat worn by retired regimental members to this event.
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On Monday, the Earl of Wessex donned a dapper cream straw fedora for The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Presentations in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Also on Monday, Princess Hisako wore a cream silk covered bowler trimmed with a modern floral motif and a very interesting, octagon shaped upturned kettle brim for her departure en route to Sweden. I’m not sure I like the brim shape but it’s undisputably unique.
Princess Beatrix celebrated the bicentenary of the Hermien Mill in Harreveld on Friday, repeating her navy straw hat with domed crown wrapped in layers of wide straw ribbon.
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Yesterday, Crown Princess Kiko attended the 30th National Greenery Conservation ceremony in Tottori in a cream hat trimmed with a pale green hatband (not a coincidence, I’m sure!)
The Duke of York was photographed yesterday in more rehearsals for upcoming Trooping the Colour. The Duke was appointed Colonel of Grenadier Guards in 2017 (taking over from the role his father had held since 1975) an will review the troops in this regiment on June 1 to make sure they are in tip top shape for the Queen’s birthday parade on June  15
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Today, Princess Yoko donned a tall, flared pink cloche hat for youth tennis championships in Kashiwa.

This week, I updated the post on all of Queen Máxima’s signature upswept brim ‘slice’ picture hats and was gobsmacked to realize she has 25 (and counting) of this style! Jump to the updated post for a peek.
The following new millinery designs jumped out at me:
Brilliantly practical straw percher with interchangeable trim from British milliner Fernanda Lewis
Two great picture hats (one with lovely ombre ruffle & one with pink perspex bow) by British milliner Ellie Vallerini
Exquisite movement on this crin trimmed black straw beret percher by Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray
Pale grey saucer with iridescent pinwheel of layered crescent petals from London-based milliner Merve Bayindir
Red button percher with swirling scarlet cherry blossoms by Irish milliner Suzanne Ryan
Bandeau headpieces with colourful, statement-making trims from British milliner Jess Collett
Striking black and white design, amazingly made without a hat block by Australian milliner Louis Macdonald
Lovely colour story on this lilac and peach floral trimmed boater from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Stunning midnight blue beaded pillbox percher with flying bow by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Adore the ribbon pinwheel trim on this cream straw trilby from period-inspired British brand Bea & Evie
Fantastic statement star magnolias on this magenta hugger percher by Australian brand Murley and Co.
Pattern! Vibrant floral printed black straw boater with feather trim by Canadian-based brand Jaycow Millinery


Princess Märtha Louise was in a lot of headlines this week after announcing a new relationship. Here’s the interview she and her new partner Shaman Derek Verrett conducted to address some of the controversy:
Princess Benedikte’s daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, was married to Count Michael Ahlefeld-Laurvig-Bill’s wedding yesterday. Interestingly, she wore a floral tiara from her new husband’s family. Princess Märtha Louise (and Shaman Derek Verrett) were among a handful of family and royal guests.
Wonderful footage of the entire Cambridge family exploring the “Back to Nature” garden the Duchess was part of creating at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

And, we wrap up this weekend with a start to the Royal Ascot countdown… it’s just 4 weeks away!


5 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. On May 16th, Princess Akiko attended the opening ceremony of the 40th All Japan Selected Junior Tennis Championships “DUNLOP SRIXON CUP”

  2. On Saturday, members of the Casiraghi family attended the Alberta Ferretti Cruise 2020 Collection’s fashion show held at Monaco Yacht Club in Monte Carlo. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies also attended with her two daughters- her elder daughter, Princess Maria Carolina, wore a hair bow embellishment.

  3. CP Kiko’s hat is lovely on her. Such a pretty hat!
    I quite like Princess Yoko’s cloche. It’s a beautiful hat and I love that she’s trying different styles.
    Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg’s wedding dress is so pretty! What lovely photos of the happy couple.
    The video of the Cambridge’s is the best! Those kids are too adorable!

    The Fernanda Lewis percher would look beautiful on Zara Tindall or Autumn Phillips.
    The Ellie Vallerini picture hats are gorgeous. That white hat with the pink bow would look perfect on anyone. How lovely would the Duchess of Sussex look in that? Or CP Mary? Princess Beatrice?
    The black beret percher by Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray would look so lovely on the Duchess of Sussex or Countess of Wessex.
    I am intrigued by the pale grey saucer with iridescent pinwheel of layered crescent petals from London-based milliner Merve Bayindir. That is a beautiful design! I would love to see that at Royal Ascot! I think Princess Beatrice could pull that off.
    I’m not normally a fan of boater hats, but the Carol Kennelly one is divine. I agree Hat Queen that the colors are so beautiful. Princess Beatrice would look great in this.
    The Anel Heyman hat is so lovely. The Duchess of Sussex or Zara Tindall.
    The magenta magnolias on the Murley and Co. percher are brilliant. Such talent from Down Under!

    Great post this week Hat Queen! Thanks for all your hard work!

  4. I’ll comment more on this post later, but for now, some amazing photos from the Chelsea Flower Show, although the only one in a hat is Princess Michael.
    The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Michael, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, and some gorgeous photos of Princess Alexandra!

  5. Great post with such a lot of variety! The Duke of York looked very sharp in his regimental uniform and cover while practicing for Trooping the Color. Crown Princess Kiko’s hat with green hatband is lovely and I like the bigger brim. The lilac hat with peach trim by Carol Kennedy is a little too twee but what really annoys me is the striped hatband. Change that to a solid and it’s a winner IMO. The video of the Cambridge’s at the Chelsea Flower show was delightful although I wish Prince William would have worn a nice fedora or Panama hat to protect his head. I can’t wait to see more hats from Lady Gabriella’s wedding and am counting the days before Royal Ascot, such fun at that event especially since it’s over several days and not just one day. I’m guessing that the Queen wears hat for the Trooping and yellow for the first day of Ascot.

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