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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, October 23, Swazi King Mswati III and his newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama arrived in Sochi to take part in the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit. Inkhosikati LaMashwama wore a magenta straw disc percher hat trimmed with straw twists, rosettes, feathers and sparkle crin bows
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On Thursday, October 24, Princess Yoko wore a sunny, tall-crowned cloche to open the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. The same day, Princess Kiko wore a beige silk covered bumper hat with smocked side panel to open the Meiji Jingu Museum
Also on October 26, Queen Margrethe repeated her tan, caramel, chocolate and burgundy checked hat with short  brim and stacked hatbands for military awards and parades at Fredericia. Crown Prince Frederick wore a Tyrolean hat to host a hunt on the Gludsted Plantation in central Jutland on Monday, October 28.
The Imperial Princesses in hats on Monday for the 3rd court enthronement banquet. Last Sunday, a memorial for the Prince of Mikasa (Takahito) was held on the third anniversary of his death. Crown Princes Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako, Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, Princess Akiko, Princess Yoko and Princes Tsuguko were all in attendance in demure black hats.

On Thursday, Queen Maxima repeated her warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept brim.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
And from British milliner, millinery instructor and millinery flower maker Ann Tomlin, this whimsically wonderful green button percher trimmed with a handmade wildflower garden. It’s just so charming.

Lovely new portraits of the Belgian royal family (see here, here and here) released last weekend for the celebration of Princess Elisabeth’s 18th birthday
The Norwegian and Greek royals shared inspiration for their Halloween costumes this year

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The Imperial royal ladies in beautiful kimonos on October 31 for the 4th court enthronement banquet

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Dutch Royals Welcome Polish President

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda for a visit to Holland today. For an official welcome ceremony held at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Mrs. Duda wore a black felt beret percher with looping buff pink bow while Queen Máxima repeated burgundy velvet calot with black net veil.

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The colour is great on Queen Máxima and the dotted veil overlay gives a surprising amount of depth and texture to the design. I’m not even that bothered by the hat’s pairing with Máxima’s red coat, a combination I’m not usually fond of but that surprisingly works here. Somehow the coat brings out a cherry undertone in the hat, brightening it up.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 17, 2018; March 7, 2018;  Nov 29, 2016

What do you think of this hat today on its fourth outing?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1941 when Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and King George VI visited the London & North Eastern Railway’s Doncaster Works in Yorkshire. The Queen’s jaunty hat with upswept brim is the basis for a very familiar hat shape we often see on royal heads today but clearly, one that is not as contemporary as we might think!

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Imperial Enthronement: Imperial Family Members

We finally wrap up our look at last week’s Imperial Enthronement  with attention to the hats worn by members (and former members) of the Imperial royal family. Two familiar faces at Tuesday’s enthronement ceremony included Noriko Senge (former Princess Noriko of Takamado) and Sayako Kuroda (Emperor Naruhito’s younger sister, the former Princess Nori). While Noriko paired her gown with a delicate tiara borrowed from her mother (Princess Hisako usually wears it as a necklace), Sayako wore a calot hat covered in grey silk with what looks like hand folded pleats around the outside edge of the hat.

Ayako Moriya (former Princess Ayako of Takamado) , who is expecting a baby, and her husband Kei were also in attendance, Ayako in a tiara from her mother’s jewellery collection, usually worn as a necklace. Also in tiaras were former Mikasa princesses, Masako Sen and Yasuko Konoe as well as the emperor’s paternal aunt, Takako Shimazu (Emperor Emeritus Akihito’s sister).

While not royal, it feels important to include retired diplomat Hisashi and Owada and his wife Yumiko- Masako’s parents, who, it is understood, have been an unwavering source of support to her over the past two decades. Yumiko wore a silk covered bumper percher hat in the same muted lilac shade as her gown. The hat was placed at a perfect angle and shows how a hat of this shape and scale can look wonderful on any aged wearer.

Last Wednesday, on the day following the enthronement, Imperial family members attended a court banquet. While the empress, as hostess, did not wear a hat, Crown Princess Kiko wore a tan silk covered bumper design. Her daughters opted for more new bandeau headpieces making more vibrant statements, Princess Mako in pale pink trimmed with pink gerbera daisies and Princess Kako in deep scarlet with delicate flowers and leaves.

Princess Nobuko topped her deep raisin purple velvet gown with a silk covered bumper hat in the same hue with split bumper brim embroidered with beads. Princess Akiko repeated a lemon yellow hat with white silk organza wrapped bumper brim, trimmed with a spray of silk flowers at the back. Princess Yoko repeated a salmon pink pillbox hat trimmed in wispy feathers that give it distinct texture.

Princess Hisako wore a boater hat variation in what looks like cream and peach crin. The hat’s shallow peach crown is accentuated with a with cream hatband and its focal point, a gently fluted brim, in transparent overlapping layers of the two shades. The left side of the hat is trimmed with leaf cutouts and applique lace studded with pearls. Princess Tsuguko repeated her blue and green silk jacquard percher hat with layered sash and trailing spray of blossoms on the side- a spray that has received a trim since its first outing.

Former Takamado princesses Noriko Senge and Ayako Moriya were also spotted at the banquet in a pair of bumper hats, Noriko in a veiled white design with ostrich feather trim and Ayako in forest green with a dark spray of feathers on the side.


Empress Masko’s parents, Hisashi and Yumiko Owada, attended again, Yumiko in a small, angular pillbox in the same pale avocado shade as her ensemble.

Excellent footage of this court banquet can be seen below. This post concludes our look at hats worn to the Japanese enthronement, dearest readers. Which designs here stand out most to you?

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