This Week’s Extras

Infanta Elena in a floppy hat last weekend at the Longines Global Champions Tour Equestrian and in a natural straw fedora at the San Isidro Fair, both in Madrid
Princess Michael of Kent last Monday at the Chelsea Flower show in a tan duckbill brimmed cap
On Wednesday, the Earl of Wessex donned his dapper natural straw panama hat to present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards in the garden of Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Kent also donned a panama hat in Greece, where he traveled to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Order of St Michael and George
Also on Wednesday, Queen Sonja of Norway opened the Bergen Festival in a cream straw cloche hat
The Thai monarchy released official photos of Queen Suthida- there are lots of military hats and soft focus filters

Princess Hisako attended the ‘Now Africa’ festival today in Yokohama in a great black and white wide-brimmed hat.

Two events with fantastic floral headpieces, both in honour of the Chelsey Flower show. The first is a display in Covent Garden, photographed below by Princess Miriam of Bulgaria. The second is the 4th annual “Flower Walk” outdoor fashion show in Chelsea created by the Catherine Walker brand with astounding floral headpieces topping their dresses.

Here’s what other new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
From Rachel Trevor Morgan, four stunning hats with handmade flowers in red, pink, purple and blush
Romantic mint straw button with lattice brim,  bow and flowers from London-based brand Bea and Evie
Curving pink straw headpiece with handmade peony by Spanish milliner Eugenia Jiménez
Winter white felt raised beret percher with pearl-trimmed bow from Australian brand Hats By Zarbella
Pink lattice-brimmed picture hat with wonderful lace trim from London-based milliner Vivien Sheriff
Trio of stunning black perchers: straw with leather flowers & soaring twists from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill; sequins with veil & bow from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit; leather with flowers & leaves from Aussie brand Crazy Teapot
Wide brimmed cream straw hat covered in lemon silk orchids by Scottish milliner William Chambers
Simple but SO pretty! Sky blue straw saucer with cream rose trim from British brand Atelier Millinery
Fantastic digital knitwear design (with British Museum ceiling-like brim) from Dutch milliner Eugenie van Oirschot
Magenta straw statement hat with sharp lines and oversize hydrangea trim by British milliner Amanda Denton
Sleek silver grey brimmed hat with ethereal, smoky flower from British brand Layla Leigh Millinery
The prettiest watermelon pink straw stacked bandeau with floating vine from Scottish milliner Sally-Ann Provan
Cream straw teardrop percher with twists and wonderful lime and cream flowers from Irish-born milliner Philip Treacy (flowers made by Russian artisan Anfisa Korelova)

And from Australian brand Murley and Co., designed by milliner Carla Murley, this spectacular garden of floral trimmed percher hats.

Prince Albert was joined by Prince Jacques, Princess Gabriella and their cousin Kaia Wittstock today at qualifying rounds of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco
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Prince Dushan of Serbia was married to Valerie De Muzio in Topola, Serbia today. Prince Dushan is the son of the late Prince Alexander and his second wife, Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein. Princess Barbara wore a wide brimmed, natural straw hat for the wedding.
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33 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. More photos of Princess Hisako at the 2nd “Ima No Africa” (Now Africa) festival.
    Bunch of ribbons/curls and a bow in the back

    • Avery, that hat is fascinating, with what looks like a removable sheer brim placed over the black brim. It’s something i’d love to get a closer view of. The earlier version of this hat with the spiral trim looks most interesting too.

  2. Absolutely beautiful hat choices in the new millinery designs section! I even found some very nice reasonably priced wide brim panama hats on sale on one of the accounts so thanks!

  3. Sonja wears her white cloche beautifully! And cheers for the royal gentlemen in their straw panamas!

    The headpieces from the Chelsea Flower Show are stunning, although they must have made for some tough going for the models. HatQueen, I love that most of your new designs feature stunning floral trims this week. Were you inspired by the flower show, or maybe just ready for spring, as I am?

    We don’t often see Max in black hats other than for very somber events, but how perfect would Wies Mauduit’s sequinned percher be for her, especially for Prinsjesdag? And Wies, I don’t think I thanked you for posting the booklet about the couleurs. My high-school French didn’t get me very far, but I still enjoyed it. So what color could we assign to be called La Reine d’Angleterre?

  4. Great edition of “This Week’s Extras.” The “What caught my eye” section is especially varied and beautiful this week.
    In the “Royal News” section, don’t forget a Royal attendee this year at the Chelsea Flower Show, without hairnet or hat! HM is wearing the Harry/Meghan wedding ensemble, but the beautiful coordinating hat is nowhere to be seen. Sigh.

    May 20, 2019: Chelsea Flower Show
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      • It makes sense that she wouldn’t wear a hat in the evening. What doesn’t make sense is going to a flower show in the evening — wouldn’t the flowers look better in natural daylight?

        • @Matthew: It’s a special preview opening for the Royals and select members before the Show opens properly on the following day. They attend in the early evening so the light is still very good.

        • Hi Matthew, during May in London the sun doesn’t set till 9pm! so the queen could even be visiting the show after dinner. I’m envious; here in Sydney, sunset is currently depressingly early, at a very wintery 5pm.

  5. So many beautiful hats this week. The winter white percher by Zarbella was my favorite. I could envision so many Royals wearing this hat – Catherine came to mind immediately. Like another commenter, Weis Mauduit’s sequins with veil and bow hat was a stand out for any of the Royals. A hat, possibly, for Queen Maxima was the magenta statement hat by Amanda Denton which, to me, had Maxima’s name on it. The last hat that caught my attention, even though I’m not overly fond of bandeaus, was the watermelon pink bandeau by Sally-Ann Provan. This “hat” was a beautiful spring/summer color and was just charming. I love seeing photos of Princess Hisako since she appears to be the only Japanese Royal who doesn’t conform to a uniform-like way of dress – very boxy, relatively plain, etc. Lastly, Prince Albert and his young twins are always a delight to see.

  6. Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies in costume at the Tiepolo Ball Dior in Venice on May 11

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  7. I love Queen Sonja’s cloche.
    Princess Hisako’s wide brimmed hat is gorgeous! I’d love to see more photos of her in it.
    Adorable photos of Prince Albert and the kiddos!

    I love the purple Rachel Trevor Morgan. Have we seen the Duchess of Cambridge in a purple hat? She would look divine in this! Otherwise the Countess of Wessex for Ascot!
    The Bea and Evie hat is so summery. I think the Countess of Wessex would wear this well.
    Really like the striking black and white percher from Justine Bradley-Hill. Lady Louise?
    Love love love Wies Mauduit’s sequin hat! Autumn Phillips or Zara Tindall?
    The drop dead gorgeous William Chambers hat is made for Camilla! I’d love to see her wear that at Ascot.
    The sky blue straw saucer with cream rose trim from British brand Atelier Millinery is so pretty. I’d love to see the Duchess of Cambridge wear it.
    The Eugenie van Oirschot digital knitwear is a stunner! Gorgeous design!
    I really like the smoky color of the Layla Leigh hat. Queen Maxima or Queen Mathilde could pull off that color.
    Really love the Philip Treacy/Anfisa Korelova hat. The burst of lime and whimsical twists are gorgeous. How beautiful would CP Mette-Marit or CP Mary look in this?

    • I think Princess Hisako repeated this hat from August 2018 without the printed curl

    • Shanon, your selections are always so good! What about the Bea and Evie for Stephanie of Luxembourg? She wore a floral-trimmed picture hat a few years ago, and I think this one would be stunning on her.

    • I agree with you Wies! My favorite in the whole post were the Batherine Walker flowered headpieces and the stunning dresses on the models!

        • Good point Wies, about the weight. I remember my surprise when I first laid my hands on quality millinery, and discovered that, thanks to the milliner’s art, large hats aren’t nearly as heavy as I had expected.
          But those headpieces are made with real flowers – so they will be MANY times heavier than millinery flowers. I hope the models took painkillers, and didn’t have to wear the arrangements too long!

    • I always enjoy seeing the creations from your studio, Wies — a beautiful example this week, and one deserving of sitting on a royal head. Like I said before, letters to the palace(s)!

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