Monaco National Day 2021

Members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today at a military parade and balcony appearance in the palace courtyard and thanksgiving mass at the Cathedral of Monaco.

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The most senior female member of the family in attendance this year was Princess Gabriella, who wore a darling ivory soft boiled wool beret trimmed with a tulle veil and small pink blossoms.

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Designer: It is the “Boiled Wool Basque Beret” from Monna Lisa
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Jacques repeated his miniature winter dress uniform of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Riflemen, the infantry branch that protects the Royal Palace) complete with blue cloth helmet with red and white dress plumes.

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Princess Caroline wore a headpiece of two sizes of black net tulle attached to a headband, the large dotted and placed further back from her face. There’s not much to say about this design.

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Designer: Likely Chanel. Suit by Chanel.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Alexandra of Hannover and Monaco wore a black silk rose and bow headpiece, anchored on the back of her head.

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Designer: Likely Chanel. Coat by Chanel.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore a navy bandeau headpiece with flat bow and birdcage veil. Her daughter, India, wore a navy double bow in her hair.

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Designer: unknown. Dior coat and Valentino lace skirt.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi wore the only brimmed hat of the day, a tall crowned design with wide dropped brim in ecru braided straw trimmed with a wide black hatband and bow. The graphic contrast and spectacular scale of the design makes it stand out… and while I can’t ignore the construction issues giving the hatband some wobbles (it doesn’t look like it was cut on the bias), the overall look is an elegantly classic one for Beatrice.

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Designer: Stephen Jones for Dior. Skirt, sweater and coat by Dior.
Previously Worn: This hat is new. 

Camille Gottlieb wore a black felt blocked beret trimmed with a large flat bow. It is the first hat Camille has worn for National celebrations and it’s a good one.

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Melanie de Massy wore a burgundy tulle and feather fascinator.

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The Monaco royal ladies are not a widely hat wearing bunch and the popularity of smaller headpiece is evident here. What do you think of this group of millinery designs today in Monaco?

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6 thoughts on “Monaco National Day 2021

  1. Beatrice is so chic. I love that she brought her A game. The hat is gorgeous, the jacket is stunning, and the top and skirt underneath are beautiful. She has a tremendous style.

    Camille looks incredible in that hat. A great overall look.

    Princess Caroline looks incredible. I love that her and Princess Stephanie helped out with Jacques and Gabriella. It shows what a close family they are.

    Finally, Gabriella is a future style star. Her beret is so adorable. She always looks so trendy and Jacques pulls off his helmet so well.

    Sending best wishes for health and happiness to Princess Charlene. The signs from her children on the balcony brought a tear to my eye. Hopefully they will all be together very soon.

  2. When Gabriella was one of the best dressed and hatted at this event, you have to include her! I love this beret on her; it feels more natural than the red beret she tried two years ago. I remember liking an Instagram post of a child in a beret and thought it was Gabriella for a second (it was not), but this outing merely proves she can rock a beret.

    I do wonder if the wearing of masks has played into the choice of headwear/no headwear for this event two years in a row since small headpieces offer less interference. Caroline’s is interesting with the two types of veiling, although it is very subdued for her and hope we see her again in something more fabulous as we know she can do it. Alexandra’s bow headpiece is okay, but it honestly feels a bit juvenile for her, especially when one of her nieces is wearing a similar piece. Tatiana looks nice, but it doesn’t stand out after she’s worn multiple similar ones in the past.

    Beatrice brought her A game again, as she usually does. Such a glamorous look, very Audrey Hepburn for me. It is interesting this hat is made from a braided paper straw instead of something in a higher quality (although that does allow it to be worn at the beach easier) and I agree the hatband could’ve been done a little better where it transitions to the bow on the side, but that’s a very minor complaint for me.

    Camille looks quite fantastic in this beret headpiece; I wonder if she borrowed it from her sister-in-law Marie and wore it a different way as it looks very similar (see Marie last year: https://royalhats.net/2020/11/19/fete-nationale-monegasque-2020/).

    Finally, glad to see Melanie de Massy bring out something different again this year; the fascinator is more low key, but I love the burgundy color and it pairs perfectly with her great clutch and gloves.

  3. They’re always so chic, and that can often be a bit dull. As it is this year. So thank heavens for Beatrice, who always knows how to do full on glamour, she looks fabulous. (No hat, but I loved Charlotte’s golden coat – quite the statement!!)
    I feel a bit weird commenting on the appearance of kids, but Charlene’s two look fantastic, and we all wish their Mum the best.

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