Prinsjesdag 2019

Members of the Dutch Royal family celebrated Prinsjesdag today, the start of a new session of Dutch parliament that takes place every year in The Hague on the third Tuesday of September.

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King Willem-Alexander, who addressed a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives, was joined in The Hague by Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien (along with this familiar cheerleader!). As per tradition, the women dressed in long gowns and hats according to the 18th century court dress code that remains in place for this event.

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Queen Máxima wore a domed beret hat with teardrop point in deep claret velvet felt. The brimless design is trimmed with a double knotted bow with rolled tails on the side.

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First up, the colour is absolutely divine on Máxima. I wasn’t initially on board with the hat’s uniquely domed shape but I’ve come around- the pearl encrusted collar/capelet on Máxima’s gorgeous gown (LOVE her in Timinau designs!) makes a strong statement that needed some millinery oomph to counterpoint. A flatter percher would have been too little and a brimmed hat, too much against that collar. The luxuriously sleek lines and texture of this hat enable it to stand on its own while linking so amazingly well with the dress (and THAT diamond and ruby stomacher!). It’s grand, regal and all kinds of glamour.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC933 from AW 2019. Gown by Jan Taminiau
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Laurentien also topped her gown, in pink textured lace with underlayer of sequinned metallic voille, with a teardrop- shaped hat. The pink sinamay percher base is formed with a gently curving raised edge that gives dimension to the design, which is completed with a mass of hibiscus blooms made of pink feathers. The hat pairs with the gown to create a beautifully coordinated look with layered, textural contrast to break up the single colour. It’s a more subtle look for Laurentien but one she wears very well.

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Designer: Eudia. Gown by Hardies Couture The Hague
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prinsjesdag always brings statement royal looks and this year is no different- what do you think of this pair of hats today in The Hague?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1977, 42 years ago. Princess Alexandra presented the Ryder Cup, held that year at the at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, to a victorious American team in an ensemble that proves even a princess was not safe from the least kind of 1970s fashion.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to thirty-one years ago this week and a state visit to Brunei where Queen Elizabeth wore a large blue hat with woven brim and braided straw trim by Frederick Fox. We usually associate this familiar hat with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002 but this piece actually made its first appearance, four years earlier.

September 18, 1998 in Brunei: 

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June 4, 2002 for the Golden Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral:

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On display at the 2003 “Hats And Handbags” exhibition at Kensington Palace:

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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, Crown Princess Kiko wore a beige silk covered pillbox to visit the emperor and empress emeritus on the occasion of her birthday
A salmon pink sculpted bumper hat on Princess Hisako on Thursday to open the The Okura Tokyo hotel.


Earl of Wessex in a fedora yesterday in Bundeena, Australia on a walk with local high school children on a new Royal National Park national trail, opened to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
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Queen Elizabeth in a repeated Angela Kelly magenta boater hat to attend church in Scotland this morning
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Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne in casual hats to watch Zara Tindall compete in the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park this weekend
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Brace yourselves- there’s a LONG list of fantastic new millinery designs that caught my eye this week:

Such a pretty magnolia flower headpiece by milliner Australian milliner Meredith McMaster
Exquisite saucers with statement silk ruffles in muted pink and purple by Australian milliner Rachel Henry
Ecru felt teardrop beret with soaring pheasant feathers anchored with pearls by Irish milliner Sophie Hunter
Sunshine yellow straw wide-brimmed bergère hat with statement feather by Australian brand Peacock Millinery
Black guipure lace bandeau with Swarovski crystals by American brand Bay Willow Design
For our gents, the most handsome midnight blue beaver felt fedora by Hornskov København
Fantastic gold and black printed, pleated turban with curling trim by Australian milliner Sandy Aslett
Whimsical pink hat with scalloped straw ribbon brim (and a dragonfly!) by Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Mint green teardrop percher with flowers and white crin swirl by Irish brand Noeleen Designer Hats
Grey and pink sinamay and parasisal boater hat with woven crown from Australian milliner Jo Marree
Classic red felt brimmed hat stunning silk hatband from Belorussian milliner Olga Lumiere
Tasmania-based milliner Meghan Briton’s statement take on a white pillbox with black bow 
Pink textured sinamay based percher with wonderful floral trim by Aussie brand Locopa Designs
More pompoms (!!) on this fantastical design by Canadian milliner David Dunkley 

And two stunners to show here-  from Irish milliner Aoife Kirwan a percher in Irish linen beautifully embroidered with the country’s floral and fauna and from Australian milliner Alana English, a sky blue design with curving crown pleat, windowpane sinamay brim, pink hatband and spiky pink feather poufs.


A new exhibit at The Hermitage Amsterdam opens today featuring jewels of the Imperial Russian court, including this amazing brooch worn by Elizabeth (1741-62), Empress of Russia
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Princess Nobuko suffered a first lumbar vertebral fracture in a fall this week. I’m sure you join me in wishing her a speedy recovery, especially as she reportedly wants to attend the upcoming Imperial Enthronement.
Some lovely new portraits of Crown Princess Kiko, released for her 53rd birthday
And we end the week with a new royal hat wearer- Prince Amadeo of Belgium and his wife Elisabetta welcomed a son, Maximillian

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Pompoms?

Our last royal hat discussion question about lace on hats brought up a wonderful array (far more than I imagined!) of hats trimmed in lace. Along this vein, we continue with this week’s discussion question, dearest readers- what royal hats can you recall are trimmed with pompoms? 

To clarify- we’re NOT talking sprays or plumes of feathers here– we’re talking puffy and light as air, round balls. While they might be made of feathers (an ostrich ball, perhaps), they will also be found of tulle, felt, fur (real and faux), yarn or other materials.

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Queen Elizabeth in an Angela Kelly designed hat (made by Stella McLaren) worn last April

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Favourite New Royal Hat: May 2019

Back in May, a number of foreign visits, summer cruises, garden parties and the inauguration of a new emperor brought us a handful of fantastic new hats. We’re going to look back at eleven designs which, base on your comments, were most admired choose one to be put forward in our countdown to your Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019.

This group of eleven cover a myriad of colours and styles- saucers, perchers, upsweeps,  cartwheel brim and a bumper – in materials including silk, wool, felt, parisisal and sinamay. It is now time to take a closer look at each one and choose your top pick.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the eleven new royal hats you most admired in May, shown in the order they were worn:
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Princess Hisako’s salmon pink hat with lace and dotted veil worn May 3
Princess Tsuguko’s green silk patterned percher with cascading lilies of the valley worn May 3
3.   4.   5.
Princess Beatrice’s white parasisal button percher with flowers & bows by Jess Collett worn May 18
Princess Alexandra’s teal wide-brimmed hat with burnt feathers worn May 18
Zenouska Mowatt in a red straw Jane Taylor Saucer with layered crin ruffle worn May 18
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Lady Amelia Windsor’s cream straw Philip Treacy teardrop percher with knotted flying bow worn May 18
Sarah, Duchess of York’s pink layered disc with pheasant feathers by Jess Collett worn May 18
8.    9.
Duchess of Cambridge’s pink saucer with rose and feather by Juliette Botterill worn May 21
Queen Silvia’s magenta bumper hat with leaf cutouts & feathers by Kirstin Carlefalk worn May 23
10.   11.
Queen Margrethe’s jaunty navy hat with cream brim by Mathilde Thoe Førster worn May 29
Queen Máxima’s deep mulberry straw picture hat with soaring ‘slice’ brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 30
This poll will remain open until Sunday, September 22  at midnight GMT.   As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good luck!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: May 2019

Wonderful summer guest posts and lively discussion questions (that sent my nose into the archives on more than one occasion!) were fun distractions which, I’m afraid, made me lax in posting several months of hat polls. May was a busy month of foreign visits, garden parties, a royal wedding and the inauguration of a new emperor, all events that saw some memorable hats. We’re going to look back at these beauties and choose one to be put forward in our countdown to your Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2019.

There were ten new repeated beauties worn during the month of May which, based on your comments, were particularly admired. It’s now time to choose a winner.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the ten repeated hats most admired in May, shown in the order they were worn:

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Princess Akiko in an aqua blue rolled brim Breton hat with feathers and veil worn May 3
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream picture hat with peaked crown & feather pinwheel by Philip Treacy worn May 15
3.     4.
Queen Elizabeth’s magenta straw Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & feathers worn May 18
Duchess of Gloucester’s royal blue textured, braided headband worn May 18
5.     6.
Queen Máxima’s black silk double bandeau headpiece by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 20
Countess of Wessex’s blush pink straw disc hat with black windowpane crin by Jane Taylor worn May 21
7.     8.

Princess Alexandra’s natural straw picture hat with with floral hatband and tan veil worn May 21
Queen Elizabeth’s pale jade straw hat with silk flowers & bow by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn May 22
9.    10.
Queen Máxima’s beigey-pink picture hat with soaring ‘slice’ brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 23
Princess Hisako in a black straw pork pie crown hat with white crin brim overlay worn May 25 
This poll will remain open until Sunday, September 22  at midnight GMT.   As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good Luck!