This Week’s Extras

On Monday, Queen Margrethe repeated her orange straw hat with navy hatband to award the Rungstedlund Prize at the Karen Blixen Museum in North Zealand.
On Wednesday during the second day of the German state visit to Sweden, Crown Princess Victoria repeated her forest green folded ribbon flower headpiece by Orjan Jakobsson at a luncheon at the Golden Hall of Stockholm City Hall. In the evening, she wore a peach silk orchid headpiece for a dinner at the Royal Academy of Music.
Also on Wednesday, Princess Benedikte opened a care center swimming pool in her brown straw hat, changed to include a turquoise hatband and large flower. 
On Friday, Princess Beatrix unveiled the window Peace and Reconciliation in the Laurens Church  in Rotterdam in a dark green bumper hat

On Friday, India Hicks was married to partner of 25 years, David Flint Wood. The Bride wore an Emilia Wickstead dress and her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks,  wore a Fiona Clare couture dress and a wide brimmed navy hat.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Striking black lace headpiece by American milliner Jamie Cantwell
Such wonderful sinmay curls on this linen and lace headpiece by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Grey felt button with beautiful leather flowers by British milliner Louise Pocock
Wonderful shapes on this pair of hats in royal blue felt by Italian milliner Monica Gamberale
Amazingly unexpected pink and purple sinamay headpiece by Australian milliner Jen Marsh
Ivory sinamay button with buntal knotted swirl hand woven with rainbow raffia by British milliner Georgina Blyth
A most unexpected, unconventional and creative design by British milliner Nara Taylor
Deep teal luxe fur felt hugger with gorgeous feathers by British milliner Michelle Boyt
Ecru mulberry silk knitted hat with ruffled brim by Danish hatmaker Marianne Schmidt Thorsviv
Beige leather teardrop beret with elegant cream orchids by British milliner Inna Walker
Another masterful design by Australian milliner Jill Humphries. The serpent knot is so beautiful.

How time flies. Prince Hisahito celebrated his 15th birthday last Monday!

Images from social media as indicated 

31 thoughts on “This Week’s Extras

  1. At least on my monitor, I would have called Princess Benedikte’s new hatband and flower light blue rather than turquoise, but nevertheless, brava on that modification — brown with light blue is one of my favorite color combos. (And I guess this also means that another royal other than Crown Princess Mary does hat modifications via the embellishments!)

  2. From what I’ve seen and read, India Hicks and David Flint Wood’s wedding looked wonderfully intimate and just what they wanted. Lady Pamela was rocking that large brimmed navy sinamay hat. I especially love the photo of India and Pamela in that sitting room just before the wedding; simply stunning!

    Good to see Margrethe and Beatrix out in hats I very much like, even if the materials of Beatrix’s hat still perplex me and make me wish I could literally get my hands on it to discover everything about its construction. 😉

    • As far as I can see Jake, Queen Beatrix’s hat is made of sinamay and laize de paille, a material which isn’t being made anymore. I once “got my hands” on a couple of Beatrix’s hats and could see how very skilfully and (solidly!) they are constructed.

      • Wies, this isn’t the first time you’ve mentioned a material that isn’t made anymore. How does it happen that materials stop being made? I can imagine a reduction in manufacture if something goes out of style, but then if it comes back in style, nobody starts making it again?

        • Millinery is a comparatively small industry. Many materials I learned to work with do not exist anymore, simply because they are too time consuming or too expensive to make. When sparterie disappeared (hand woven in Japan) I thought it was the end of my work, and my world. But we learned to adapt.
          Our western economy simply isn’t suited for small scale, labour intensive products. Often, when skilled craftsmen retire, there is nobody to take over. Once machinery is sold, it is destroyed and can’t be brought back. Often the profits are too low to make it worthwhile to invest in something new.

      • I know we talked about the possible materials the last time this hat was worn, so I guess “perplex” didn’t convey my feelings correctly, but rather “the materials of Beatrix’s hat still make me curious as to what they truly are” would be more accurate, although I do trust your trained eye Wies. And how fabulous to have actually held some royal hats! Guess I will just have to content myself with photos haha.

  3. Very fun to see the royals, especially those d’un certain âge, out on the job again, just like old times. Maybe we can even start to be blasé about them…but not yet.

    Lady Pamela is fabulous in her wide-brimmed navy.

    HQ, Victoria’s peach orchid is so small. I’d call it a “hair ornament,” as opposed to a headpiece like the lovely green ribbon number. Do you have a working definition of “headpiece”?

    Wies, love your headpiece for a bride! It’s so sophisticated!

    Such intriguing shapes, combined with stunning colors, from Georgina Blyth and Jill Humphries. I’m picking both of these for Sophie Wessex. She’s been repeating a lot recently and is due for a new hat.

    • Thank you MittenMary! And Lady Pamela is indeed looking fantastic.
      I think headpiece is a word used for miscellaneous thing that don’t really qualify as hats. In Dutch we don’t really have an equivalent, so we use “hoofdcreatie”, meaning creation for the head. The problem with “hair ornament” is that it makes people think of hair bows, while often the construction of these pieces is more complicatd than that. But it is a grey area!

      • Well said, Wies. I’ve chosen to use “hairpiece” for widely here, often to acknowledge the work and skill that goes into the construction of these items. As you say, they are often more complicated than one might guess.

        • Thanks to both of you for the explanation. While we don’t have a good view of Victoria’s peach orchid, I can see that it is more complicated than a bow.

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