This Week’s Extras

Yesterday, Empress Masako was photographed arriving for the Spring Equinox Festival at the Imperial Palace in an ecru silk covered hat with upturned Breton brim. This video shows Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako and Princess Hisako arriving in cream silk bumper hats and Princess Tsuguko in a her cloche with short cartwheel brim.
King Harald and Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit shared greetings and words of encouragement along with photos of how they are keeping occupied in isolation


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God fredag❤️. Her kommer noen bilder herfra i denne spesielle tiden. Hos oss er det hjemmekontor ,telefonmøter, lekser, turgåing, bading og rutiner som holder moralen oppe. Haakon, barna og jeg sender mange gode tanker til alle som på hver sine hvis holder hjulene i gang om dagen. En ekstra hilsen til dere som føler dere mer ensomme nå. Og til alle som har blitt syke: Måtte dagene bli lettere snart. Min måte å finne ro ser du hvis du blar videre❤️ Sender @askerhusflidslag og Heidi en stor takk for lånet av hjemmevev! Hvis noen trenger boktips så kan jeg anbefale å ta opp igjen John Irving. Spesielt «Last night in twisted river» Irving skriver så levende historier at man kan unne seg å være midt i et annet univers en stund, og det er vel noe vi alle trenger nå.... En liten pause. Kommer med flere boktips etterhvert. Sender en klem her fra vevstua... ❤️🇳🇴❤️#sammenholdervimoralenoppe

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Several of you have commented on this re-post of Queen Margrethe making a dachshund hat. It’s certainly worth another watch!
I have no idea when this photo was taken but it shows one of the wives of  Swazi King Mswati III in a fun, deep red headpiece that I don’t remember seeing before.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

 Blue straw fedora with saucy brim with silver lace appliqué with hand embroidered sequins by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Black beret percher rimmed in straw blooms and a straw bow by New York-based brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Another bold and wonderfully vibrant sinamay headpiece by American milliner Amy Fowler
Lovely drape on this vibrant blue felt beret percher’s double bow by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Exaggerated and striking white boater hat with tall crown and cutout brim by Korean milliner Q Park
Blue ombre bandeau headpiece of overlapping straw leaves by British milliner Bee Smith
Lovely mulberry felt fedora with extended brim and fantastic pheasant feathers by Kenya-based miliner Chloe Mitchell
Black and white straw saucer with flying rim trimmed with lace by American milliner Tiffany Arey
Mysteriously beautiful veiled black lace mask headpiece by British milliner Jane Taylor
Tan felt fedora with fascinating textured brim by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Two-toned blue sinamay percher with sweeping shape by New York-based milliner Sally Caswell
Futuristic black straw saucer brimmed design with orbiting planets by British brand Miss Ginny Millinery
Two blush leather halo bandeau headpieces with statement flowers here and here by Australian milliner Cessiah Alice
For our dear gents, this sleek black fedora with silk paisley hatband from Danish brand Hornskov København

And from British milliner Anne Tomlin, this amazing percher made from straw braid sewn with wire and formed into a caged button percher, trimmed with exquisite handmade lily-of-the-valley and silk abaca leaves.
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Lily-of-the valley are harbingers of brighter days ahead. Green is the colour of hope and is connected with the colour of springtime; hope represents the faith that things will improve after a period of difficulty, like the renewal of flowers and plants after the winter season regardless of the virus. Pollution levels are now lower and that can only be a good thing for nature to thrive and improve our immune systems. Maybe there will be things to learn after this crisis enabling us to rethink how we live our lives and how we can protect our natural world. 🌿 I made this very delicate hat for a competition. It didn't win but to me it it will always be a winner. Looking at it makes me happy and emotional. I loved the challenge of making a hat completely by hand. Sewing the wire in to the straw braid and hand sewing the edges took days but it was a really therapeutic project. 🌿 It currently sits under a big glass dome looking very green and positive. I hope it brings you some cheer in these difficult times. 🌿 A big thank you to my beautiful friend Sue @cesuemac for modelling it with such serenity and for Ian my photographer @skellu 🌱🌿🌱🌿 #lilyofthevalley #handmade #flowermaker #silkflowers #millinerymaker #millineryflowers #positivenews @bumble_mag @selvedgemagazine @bloom_the_magazine @hortusjournal #greenforce #healing #beautifulobjects #environment #botanical #naturecure #lookafteryourself #craftmanship #creativelifehappylife #hatalkcompetition

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Happy news from Bhutan on the safe arrival of a new prince on Thursday.
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❀ Announcement ❀ We are honoured to announce the birth of the second Royal Child of Their Majesties The King and Queen, a Prince, on the 19th of March 2020, corresponding with the 25th day of the 1st month of the Male Iron Rat year, in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother. Their Majesties express their gratitude to the medical team, the Zhung Dratshang and to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers. While this remains a very happy occasion for the Royal family and the nation and people of Bhutan, Their Majesties wish to remind all Bhutanese to be mindful, responsible and supportive to each other in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. Their Majesties have everyone whose lives have been affected by this global pandemic in their thoughts and prayers. (Royal photograph taken in February 2020) #RoyalBaby #Bhutan #Prince

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The Belgian princes and princesses sharing waffles with the staff and residents of two nursing homes.
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Solidair met de meest kwetsbaren: huisgemaakte wafels voor de bewoners en zorgpersoneel van twee rusthuizen en telefonische contacten met eenzame bejaarden. Samen sterk tegen Corona!⁣ —————⁣ Solidarité avec les personnes âgées : gaufres faites maison pour les résidents et le personnel soignant de deux maisons de repos et contacts téléphoniques pour soutenir les personnes âgées isolées. Tous ensemble contre le Corona !⁣ —————⁣ Solidarity with the most vulnerable: home-made waffles for the residents and nursing staff of two nursing homes and telephone conversations with lonely elderly people. Strong together against Corona!⁣ ⁣ #Belgianwaffles #waffles #wafels #gaufres #belges #gauffres #ouderen #elderly #personnesâgées #SamenTegenCorona #EnsembleContreCorona #GemeinsamGegenCorona #confinement #TogetherAgainstCorona #Corona #Covid_19 #COVID19BE #CoronaVirus #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe

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What are you doing to spread support and encouragement these days?

Photos from social media as indicated

8 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. The slouchy bow of Neil Grigg blue percher make me think of the Duchess of Sussex. The reversed-out pattern of Tiffany Arey‘s dramatic saucer is nifty — very unusual.

    We saw a lot of lilies of the valley in the “most flowers” challenge, and I was wondering why we don’t see them on current royal hats. But here we are with Anne Tomlin‘s caged percher! I love the way they’re tied into a posy. The cage design is so attractive. This airy design would be a great alternative to the donut hats and bandeaus.

    Great news from Bhutan! And how lovely that the Belgians are continuing to spread good cheer.

  2. Thank you for featuring my blue grey fedora HatQueen. I am puzzled as to what to post in the present situation. Things are getting rather desperate in Italy now; we worry about friends and aquintances. And it looks af if more people will loose their incomes than their lives, which is also worrying.
    Yet, it won’t do to get all depressed. Colour and beauty are always welcome I suppose.

    I love the beautiful percher made by Anne Tomlin. She is a ardent student of nature and her handmade flowers are true works of art. Like Anne, I feel I am blessed to have a garden, especially in these times of self isolation.
    I hope you are all well, HatQueen and fellow bloggers where ever you are!

  3. The similarity between these outfits is uncanny Shanon, well spotted and remembered. Yes indeed, proof positive that HM’s ensemble is ‘timeless”!
    I do love that HM doesn’t always dress in a “majestic” style – her outfit is fun and fresh, in a sort of early Princess Anne way.

  4. The lovely new hat designs are much appreciated, HQ.
    Gosh, that dachsund face hat Queen Margrethe is making takes me back. In kindergarten, I and my classmates wore “birdface” hats on our heads, just like the one the queen wears at the end of the video, to do a “Bird Dance” performance at the end-of-school concert. We also wore little capes of coloured crepe paper to represent wings, which we flapped with our arms. I dare say we looked hilariously cute. I don’t suppose I had more than a “colouring-In” role in the making of my birdface hat and costume. Parents had to be VERY hands-on with craft in those days.

  5. Queen Margrethe is the best! I love how even she got a little frustrated making her wonderful craft 🙂

    I think the milliners who are posting their creations is what we need right now. I love the burst of color in the headpiece by Amy Fowler (wasn’t Sheldon’s girlfriend on Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler?? Coincidence or is she now a milliner instead of a neurobiologist?) 😉
    I love the two blush leather halo bandeau headpieces with statement flowers by Australian milliner Cessiah Alice. Stunning!!!

    In other fun events, look at this delightful photo of Queen Elizabeth
    Embed from Getty Images

    Here’s Hat Queen’s post on it from 2013:

    https://royalhats.net/2013/02/26/hat-from-the-past-2/

    Now, see Rita Ora’s outfit from September 2019, which I think took inspiration from Her Majesty’s timeless outfit: https://hienalouca.com/2019/09/15/rita-ora-looks-sensational-in-leotard-and-matching-boots-as-she-takes-to-the-stage-in-paris/

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