Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to the 1977 Silver Jubilee tour and a stop in Portsmouth that saw a very interestingly shaped, striped hat on Queen Elizabeth. A bit of a UFO vibe on this one, I adore its creativity.

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British Royals Commemorate Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British Royal Family joined veterans, military servicepeople, members of government and civilians for a Remembrance Ceremony held yesterday morning at The Cenotaph, in Whitehall.

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The Prince of Wales, who placed wreaths on The Cenotaph of behalf of his mother, was joined by the Princess Royal, the Dukes of Cambridge, Sussex, York, and Kent and the Earl of Wessex, all in military uniform.

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Queen Elizabeth, who watched the service from a Whitehall balcony for the third year, repeated a black straw hat with silk crepe covered crown and binds the upturned kettle brim. The hat is simply trimmed with a stripe of black silk which circles the crown, anchored by two covered buttons in the font.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: June 27, 2017; Nov 8, 2015

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a new, brimless hat. The design follows an oversize helmet (or mushroom top?) shape with gently rounded edges. The curved lines of the hat are dramatically accentuated with a mass of overlapping black feathers that circle around it.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore a new, brimless hat, her design built on a formed teardrop beret base with gentle crease down the center which gives it a gentle curve. The hat is beautifully trimmed with black braid ‘frog’ fasteners and corresponding beaded buttons which, along with the embroidered and tassel trimmed swags on her coat, give a thoughtful military nod to the day.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Duchess of Sussex wore a streamlined black felt hat with wide cartwheel brim. The straight sides of the hat’s crown elevate its sophistication, as does its slim hatband, tied in front in an elegantly austere bow.

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Designer: Stephen Jones’ ‘Facetime’ from AW 2019 Miss Jones Collection. Coat by Stella McCartney. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex wore a black felt perching saucer hat trimmed with a large bow. A subtle swirl on the inside of the saucer (created through hand shaping) gives lovely movement to the design.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the ‘Black Felt Hat With Bow’ from AW 2019. 
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Gloucester usually attend this event but so far, do not appear in any photographs (I’ll update the post if they do). In the meantime, there are some beautiful new hats here to admire.

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This Week’s Extras

Early last month, Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko took in events for the 74th National Sports Festival in a pair of pale hats. Princess Hisako also kicked this week off at the National Dietary Improvement Conference in Miyazaki in a very interesting hat with black brim and patterned burgundy silk crown and leaves at the side


Lady Kitty Spencer attended the Melbourne Cup Monday in a dark blue stemmed beret percher with leaf studded veil by Awon Golding and on Tuesday in a soaring brimmed black Stephen Jones creation.
Queen Sonja welcomed Slovenian president on a state visit on Wednesday in a powder blue and grey felt hat with cutouts across the front. At first glance, I thought it was a repeat but it’s new- and surprisingly close in appearance to its predecessor. 

 


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Also on Wednesday, Empress Masako arrived at the Imperial Royal Palace (to rehearse the upcoming Daijosai ceremony) on Wednesday in her almond silk covered bumper hat. On Thursday, Princess Akiko wore a grey hat with interesting upfolded brim on a visit to Fujinomiya to open the 7th World Tea Festival. 


Queen Margrethe opened an exhibition on Germany yesterday at the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen. She repeated her deep purple felt hat with sidesweeping brim and side bow.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Fantastic fuchsia textured straw pillbox with oversize, flying pink bow by Australian milliner Irene Moore
London-based Irish milliner Philip Treacy’s lavender velvet felt trilby with silk hatband and fringed bow
Black straw hat with beautiful bias folded brim and feather trim by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Graphic royal blue cutout origami halo bandeau by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie
Black felt percher with crin ruffle and black and white feathers by British brand Hostie Hats
Whimsical lilac straw pillbox with statement silk allium flower trim by Australian milliner Victoria Henderson
Angular purple felt hat with the most fantastic folded ribbon hatband by Spanish milliner Eugenia Jimenez
From Australian brand Jack and Jill Millinery, a cheeky yellow straw brimmed cap with horse bit trim
Simple black felt cloche made special with added applique floral vines. Made by US milliner Jennifer Hoertz
Red felt button percher with impressively sculpted trim by British brand Gillys Millinery
Shell-shaped percher hat in striped tan and pink silk abaca with feather by Spain-based milliner Donna Hartley
Incredible gold bandeau headpiece with ombre stacked feather plume by Australian milliner Wendy Scully

And from Australian milliner Jo Peterson, this black disc edged in pink crin with amazing string art trim.


Sussexes Visit Field of Remembrance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the 91st Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey this morning.

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While the Duke predictably wore military uniform with cap, the Duchess wore a new percher hat. In deep midnight blue velvet felt, the hat’s teardrop base, which curves down around the face, is punctuated with a knotted bow. The hat is completed with a an overlaid birdcage veil in large honeycomb weave, dotted with crystals.

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The design hits just the right note of subdued solemnity at an event such as this. The colour is particularly brilliant, its deep hue a fittingly somber alternative to black that looks lovely on Meghan and will equally suit future, less sober engagements (how great would this hat be on Christmas Day?). It’s such an expertly balanced design and I admire how the veil adds texture and the faintest hint of sparkle around Meghan’s face.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC-630 from AW 2019. Coat from Sentaler. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this new hat today at Westminster Abbey?

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Queen Celebrates Charity Centennary

Queen Elizabeth visited Aylesford to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Royal British Legion Industries village. For this visit, she repeated a deep purple felt hat with split crown and upturned kettle brim trimmed with a felt bow and trio of pompoms.

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I’m still a great fan of this ensemble’s saturated jewel tone and the lovely contrast of textures between the the wool coat, silk dress, sleek velvet felt hat and pompom trim. That being said… I’m still not a fan of the hat’s shape (nor the lack of collar on the coat). On its last outing, I described the hat as a bit ‘ponderous’ and I’m afraid, this outing did not give me a change of heart.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: April 12, 2018;  February 2, 2018

It has been a year and a half since we last saw this hat- did today’s outing change your thoughts on it?

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Favourite New Royal Hat: June 2019

The month of June always brings us an array of wonderful new royal hat debuts and this year was no exception. Based on your comments, there were ten new royal hats worn during this month (outside of Royal Ascot) which were met with particular approval. It’s these ten designs that we gather together for a closer look, choosing a favourite to put forward in our ultimate contest for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2019.

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 hats you most admired in June, shown in the order they were worn:
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Princess Beatrice’s black button percher with curling crescent twists by Annabel Allen worn June 1
Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw picture hat with layered lattice crin trim by Philip Treacy worn June 3
3.   4.   5.
Princess Eugenie’s black straw bergère hat with large white silk rose by Emily London worn June 8
Princess Beatrice’s black straw halo bandeau with cream silk organza ruffle flower by Judy Bentinck worn June 8
Princess Marie’s pale pink straw hat with cartwheel brim and natural straw side bow worn June 15
6.     7.   8.
Queen Máxima’s dusky pink vertical saucer with silk flowers and pheasant feathers worn June 17
Queen Letizia’s veiled black straw bandeau headpiece with side feather spray by Cherubina worn June 17
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s chartreuse straw calot hat worn for Luxembourg National Day, June 24
9.     10.
Queen Margrethe’s coral straw hat with raised brim and navy hatband by Mathilde Thoe Førster worn June 25
Queen Elizabeth’s royal blue straw Rachel Trevor Morgan design with purple flowers worn June 29
This poll will remain open until next Thursday, November 12, 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. Happy voting.
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Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: June 2019

June was a busy month of events (beyond Royal Ascot) which saw some wonderful repeated royal hats. Eleven repeated royal hats worn in June were met with particular admiration, based on your comments. It’s now time to take a second look and choose our favourite.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the 11 non-Ascot hats you most admired in June, shown in the order they were worn:

 

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Princess Alexandra’s pale grey straw hat with straw leaves, bow and feathers worn June 1 and June 27
Duchess of Cornwall’s almond straw picture hat with stacked jinsin ribbon twists by Philip Treacy worn June 6
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Duchess of Cambridge’s Philip Treacy cream straw waved saucer with twists and yellow roses worn June 8
Countess of Wessex’s black straw pointed ellipse wave hat with floral vine by Jane Taylor worn June 8
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Queen Máxima’s textured pumpkin straw sideswept brim ‘slice’ hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn June 13
Crown Princess Mary’s wheat straw saucer with ecru flowers and feathers by Jane Taylor worn June 15
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Queen Elizabeth’s renovated pink straw hat with oversize straw rose by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn June 16
Duchess of Cambridge’s Lock and Co. black straw hat with upturned windowpane lattice brim worn June 17
Duchess of Wessex’s cutout straw saucer with tan organdie twists and coral feathers by Jane Taylor worn June 17
10.  11.
Duchess of Cornwall’s ecru straw sidesweep with beaded silk twists and flowers by Philip Treacy worn June 17
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue Rachel Trevor Morgan straw hat with silk hatband and pink flowers worn June 30
This poll will remain open until next Thursday, November 12, 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. Happy voting.