Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1983 that saw Princess Alexandra visit RAF Benson in Oxfordshire in a fur-trimmed hat and coat fit for a snow queen.

Thanks to reader Jake for suggesting this hat!

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Monday Multiples: Crown Princess Mette-Marit

Crown Princess Mette-Marit has worn her elegant cream Valentino collarless coat with bow-trimmed sleeves on four occasions, paired with three… and a half headpieces:

Look #1: With an unembellished ivory felt pillbox by Mona Strand for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 2009

Looks #2 & #4: With a gold Prada headband tied with a trailing oyster silk bow on April 10, 2010 for Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday celebration; a repeat of the gold Prada headband without embellishment for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

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Look #3: With a black lace bandeau headpiece the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 2014

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Which headpiece do you prefer most with this coat?

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Hisako repeated her large black saucer hat with feather trim on January 1st for the All Japan Football Championship match

Prim hats on Princess Mako and Princess Kako on January 7

Numerous new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Pale ecru classic wool fedora by British brand Hicks and Brown
Pink teardrop percher with crescent trim and sparkling sequins by Italian brand Batog hats
Fantastic checkerboard straw waved hat with silk floral trim by London-based milliner Merver Bayindir
Structured grey felt stacked beret with snakeskin print hatband by French milliner Geneviève Parois
Pale pink jinsin twist saucer with double headwrap by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Incredible beaded and lace trimmed Tudor hood with folded ribbon by Austrian milliner Nadia Grubelnik
Button crowned hat with fuchsia pinwheel ribbon wrap by British brand Victoria Charles Headpieces
Streamlined and sleek muddy mauve felt saucer with beaded trim by Russian milliner Lana Anisimova
Deep berry felt beret with ombre dyed feathers by British milliner Awon Golding
Oyster felt extended brim trilby with silver hatband and lilies by British milliner Beverley Edmondson
Lovely felt cloche hats with side stitched bows by Italian milliner Monica Gamberale
Black and white leather bumper percher with flowers and feathers by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
The prettiest silk and velvet flowers adorning a deep pink straw beret percher by London-based milliner Inna Walker

Animal Print?

On Monday, I received some insightful feedback from reader Judith, who wrote,

“While I really like Wies Mauduit’s fur felt fedora featured on 31 December, I would have to say that it is really more cheetah than leopard.  I have been fortunate to live in Botswana, and to get to know two cheetahs at a local reserve.  Leopard spots are much more rosettes than spots.  The cheetah has true round spots, as you can see on the right”.  

Judith- you are absolutely correct. Thanks so much for helping me better learn my animal prints! This exchange inspired my discussion question this week, one that may be one of our toughest yet. Dearest readers- which royal hats can you recall in animal prints?

Photos from Lars Krogsgaard via the Danish Monarchy

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 60 years to January 2, 1961 and Queen Frederica of Greece in this statement pillbox of feathers. With her fur-cuffed gown and emerald parure, it’s a fabulously luxe look.

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