Let’s Talk

Two years ago on March 11, 2019, I wrote here about the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. One of the royal hats covered was this one, worn by the Duchess of Sussex.

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My critique about the hat was lukewarm, something I still think was fair. There is, however, another piece of information we now know about this period in the Duchess’ life- when these photos were taken, she was not okay. She was deeply troubled and struggling, at a breaking point of personal crisis.

If I had known this at the time, would I have changed my words of commentary? Maybe. I think many have taken a particularly gentle approach when writing/speaking about Empress Masako, knowing of her long mental health struggle. This has me thinking this morning about the true value of royal fashion blogging, how it contributes to celebrity royal culture, and what it means for (and takes from) all involved.

This post is not an announcement that I’m hanging up my blogging hat. It’s questioning how I can continue in a way that is healthy and empowering for all. For me, the best and most unexpected surprise of writing Royal Hats (aside from creating a community of wonderful readers!) has been the opportunity and platform to champion milliners and millinery around the world (stay tuned later this spring for a new endeavor in this area). It has long been important to me that Royal Hats be a respectful forum for royal watching and discussion. I’m proud of what we’ve created here together but I think it’s good to step back to reconsider, evaluate and learn when opportunity to do so is presented. I welcome your thoughts.

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Tsuguko wore a chic green hat with vibrant feathered trim on February 27 to attend a UN Youth Forum in Tokyo.

Princess Hisako in a large black beret on Wednesday to open a photo exhibition and a purple silk jacquard covered hat today for the first day of the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto.


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Scarlet tall-crowned trilby covered in guipure lace by Norwegian milliner Mona Strand
Fantastic felt fedora in the juiciest shade of orange by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Exquisite headpiece of beaded white rolled sinamay leaves by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Black woven leather halo bandeau with back bow by Australian milliner Sophie Allport
Beret percher covered in ombre folded ribbon with feather trim by UK milliner Louise Pocock
Chocolate fedora with bias stripe hatband, stitched star and leopard underbrim by Danish brand Hornskov Hats
White paper sparterie  hat with triple layered brim and cotton organdy ruffles by London milliner Anna Stefanou
Stunning bumper and percher designs both with leather flowers from Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Adore the braid trimmed brim edge on this acid yellow design with feathers by Norwegian milliner Ingrid H. Braten
Three toned pink and white sinamay hat with Dior brim and bow by US brand Amy Jo Original Hats
Striking red take on a cloche shape with high upturned brim by Estonian milliner Emma-Elfriide Kübarad
Mint straw hat with pleated crin brim overlay and fan by British milliner Sarah Ross
Such a creative scalloped petal crown shape on this aubergine felt cap by American milliner Mamie Raynaud
Quirky shape on this navy trilby with avocado hatband by British brand Little Sister Millinery
Wonderful autumnal ombre statement in this dyed sinamay design by German milliner Ulrike Strelow


Sweet snaps of Prince Oscar released by the Swedish Court to mark his 5th birthday


Nod of respect to the Duchess of Gloucestershire who are walking 11,000 steps each day this month to highlight prostate cancer

Commonwealth day message from the Queen

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Most Realistic Flowers?

A large percentage of royal hats we see are trimmed in flowers of some type. For this week’s discussion question, dearest readers, I’m wondering: which royal hat hosts the most realistic looking flower(s)?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to March 1982 when the Queen Mother attended the Cheltenham Races in this fantastic woven pink turban with silk flowers.

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This Week’s Extras

Crown Princess Victoria looking fantastic in Maria Nilsdotter’s “Nocturnal Creatures” tiara in a photoshoot to coincide with her receipt of an inclusion award.

Crown Princess Kiko in a pale sage green printed silk calot hat with rolled brim on February 23 for the Emperor’s birthday

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
More incredible feather worn on this dramatic headpiece by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Adore the silk stitched flowers on this bandeau headpiece by Greek milliner Lia Ioannou
Ivory felt button percher with lovely black lace applique by Italian milliner Monica Gamberale
Teal felt oversize bowler hat printed with chocolate Labradors by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen
Ice blue felt bandeau headpiece with felt feather and dotted veil by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Black wool felt fedora with vibrant Peruvian woven hatband by UK brand Sahar Millinery
Deep amaranth pink straw bergère hat trimmed with spectacular ombre feathers by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne


Stunning beaded red kokoshnik headpiece by Russian milliner Lyubov Mikhaleva
Wonderful black parasisal beret percher with fern lush floral trim by Australian brand Ebbella Millinery
Love the unexpected acid green velvet hatband on this tan fedora by British milliner Jess Collett
Charming brim and crown shapes on this fuchsia felt hat with veil by Australian milliner Melanie Atherinos
Black and white checked straw wide Dior brim with quills and rose by Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
Simple but so-pretty crin-draped peach straw beret percher with pearls by UK milliner Nora De la Quintana
A pair of halo bandeau headpieces with beautiful statement pink flowers by Tasmanian brand Cessiah Alice Millinery
Uniqe shape on this black peachbloom waved felt design with grosgrain rosette by British milliner Stephen Jones


Sweet portraits of Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar and their pup Rio released for Estelle’s 9th birthday.

How lovely is it to hear this voice again!


And if you haven’t already seen this…

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