New Year’s Day Races

Mike and Zara Tindall attended New Year’s Day Racing at Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday, accompanied by their two daughters. Zara wore a deep purple trilby with textured hatband and feather trim.

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The hat combines well with collarless coat and streamlined leather belt to create a effortlessly chic look.

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Designer: Somerset Millinery “Clara” design. Coat by The Fold. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Mia and Lena Tindall wore embellished headbands. Adorable!

Thoughts about Zara’s new hat?

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This Week’s Extras

King Charles and Queen Camilla attended Sunday service today at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate. Camilla repeated a taupe felt beret with double pheasant feather trim.
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Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko visited the Emeritus couple at their Sento Imperial residence  for New Year greetings. Empress Masako repeated a bumper hat covered in blush floral jacquard silk  and Princes Aiko wore an ivory silk brimless hat with braid circling the crown and a petite floral spray on the side.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye recently (see the comments for more):


The Imperial royal women in gowns (but no tiaras this year) for New Year Receptions at the Imperial Palace on January 1.

Emperor Naruhito delivered a traditional New Year’s greeting  on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, joined by the Imperial royal family.
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Happy New Year to you all!
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British Royal Family on Christmas Day 2022

As in years past, members of the British royal family spent Christmas at Sandringham and attended a morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

The annual walk to church was led by King Charles and the Queen Consort with Queen Camilla in a striking new hat. Covered in the same denim blue wool as her coat, the beret shape is wonderfully trimmed with a halo stripe of ostrich feathers.

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Camilla has added several beret hats to her wardrobe this fall and all have been excellent. The colour of this design is magnificent on her and the feather trim a great counterpoint to her streamlined coat. What’s not to love about a halo of ostrich feathers?!

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Cashmere coat and dress by Anna Valentine.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Princess of Wales was also in a new hat, a wide brimmed fedora in the most luxurious loden green felt. The design is trimmed with a braid embellished hatband, flat folded bow and tall pheasant feather.

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The look is so chic on Kate, the fedora’s extended brim and beautiful trim elevating its presence, formality and elegance. Coordinating the shades of green on the coat and hat’s trim is a masterful styling move that pulls the overall look together. It’s just so good.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Alexander McQueen
Previously Worn: This hat is new. 

Princess Beatrice wore a bottle green dyed felt teardrop percher with silk rose and curved pheasant feather. The colour and scale are lovely on her, although the colour disparity between coat and hat made them an unsuccessful pairing for me.

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Designer: Somerset Millinery “Jane” design. Coat by Shrimps.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Princess Eugenie wore a headpiece described by its milliner as a “cream designer headpiece in stunning hand-smocked silk.” The detail on this design is lovely, although its colour and fabric at closer view feel more suited to summer than winter.

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Designer: Emily London “Cressida” design. Coat by Weekend Max Mara.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new. 

The Countess of Wessex topped a wide collar cashmere coat with a wide brimmed hat in similarly hued felt. The design features a pork pie crown and the brim has a subtle turn-up around the back. The hat is trimmed with two overlapping stripes of ribbon on one side over which is the milliner’s logo (a little too large and prominently placed, in my opinion, to not look like an obvious advertisement). As for the overall look… to quote a much loved and repeated comment here on Royal Hats, “it’s a whole lot of biscuit.”

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Coat by Joseph
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Lady Louise Windsor wore a navy felt trilby trimmed with a wonderful pair of silk bows on one side. The scale and youthful trim is lovely on her.

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Designer: Jane Taylor “Midnight Trilby with Bows” design. Roland Mouret coat and Ralph Lauren dress. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Zara Tindall topped a black and white herringbone coat with a burgundy felt percher hat trimmed with silk flowers and cut-out felt leaves. It’s a great look for Zara, the burgundy accessories adding a great punch of colour to the ensemble.  I adore how Mia and Lena’s jewel-toned headbands coordinated with their mum’s look. So sweet.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. Coat by LK Bennett.
Previously Worn: This hat is new. 

Lady Sarah Chatto repeated a deep navy cloche with extended brim in textured poly straw. It’s a versatile piece that has stood the test of time for Sarah.

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Designer: unknown. My guess is Stephen Jones. 
Previously Worn: Dec 24, 2017; Dec 25, 2015; Dec 25, 2013; Mar 23, 2008Dec 25, 2001; Dec 25, 2000 (I believe there is also a black version of this hat worn Jan 5, 2005; Apr 19, 2002; Feb 15, 2002)

There are some lovely jewel toned designs that made their debut this Christmas. Which ones stand out to you?

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Catching-Up with the Imperial Royals

October 9, 2022: Princess Tsuguko in a dark green hat with short saddle brim and side spray of feathers to visit the Sakura City Museum 

October 31, 2022: Princess Hisako toured a glamping site in Takanezawa in an ecru brimmed hat with side spray of burgundy feathers. 

November 2, 2022: Princess Nobuko attended a Red Cross convention in a streamlined ivory hat with upturned kettle brim. Later in November, she was diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer and began treatment- we all wish her the very best and a full restoration of health. 

November 4, 2022: Princess Akiko attended a university’ anniversary celebration in an oatmeal hued hat with brim and diagonally striped hatband.

November 8, 2022: Empress Masako repeated a white silk covered brim hat for the anniversary of a national recreation program

November 12, 2022: Crown Princess Kiko arrived in Oita Prefecture in a dark burgundy bowler shaped hat trimmed with a rose made up of the same fabrics as the hat and her tweed suit. 

November 12, 2022: Princess Akiko wore a deep grey flared brim cloche with mulberry hatband for a health and welfare festival in Kanagawa. 

November 13, 2022: Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the 41st National Sea Enrichment Festival in Hyogo Prefecture. Empress Masako wore a cream brimmed hat with royal blue hatband whimsically trimmed in a wave shape. Brilliant!

November 13, 2022: Crown Princess Kiko attended the 45th National Tree Growing Festival in Oita in an oatmeal fabric covered bowler-style hat with tall, horizontally stitched hatband. 

November 21, 2022: Members of the Takamado family attended a ceremony at Toshimagaoka Cemetery to mark the 20th anniversary of Prince Takamado’s death. Princess Ayako, now Ayako Moriya, attended with her husband and elder son Jo. Former Princesses Yasuko and Masako also were in attendance. 

November 22, 2022: Princess Hisako attended a Red Cross event in a repeated ivory brimmed hat with pale lilac slim hatbands and a net veil wrapped crown. 

November 26, 2022: Empress Masako repeated a deep green hat with black hatband and high, upturned brim edged in braid to mark the centenary anniversary of the Japanese Scout Association. 

December 3, 2022: Princess Tsuguko wore an ivory hat with jaunty stitched brim for to open a youth forum. 

December 5, 2022: Empress Masako repeated a dark burgundy felt brimmed hat with wide diagonal striped hatband for an award ceremony for persons with disabilities.

December 9, 2022: Empress Masako repeated a pale blue silk covered pillbox for a visit to Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emeritus Michiko on her 59th birthday.

December 23, 2022: Empress Masako repeated an ice blue silk jacquard covered hat to visit Emperor Emeritus Akihito on his 89th birthday.

December 29, 2022: Princess Kako wore a vibrant red hat with floral trim to visit the Emperor and Empress and her grandparents, the Emeritus couple, on her birthday. 

 

Empress Masako’s hat with wave-shaped blue hatband is the standout here for me! Which hats here catch your eye?

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Catching Up With European Royals

November 8: Queen Máxima repeated a plum felt hat with brim pleated on one side for the National Coalition Financial Health Action Meeting in Eindhoven.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Flavia” design.
Previously Worn: Nov 21, 2018;  February 5, 2018October 13, 2015October 30, 2014October 15, 2014March 19, 2014November 12, 2013

November 22: Crown Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Haakon donned colourful hats on a visit to a mangrove reforestation development program in Kenya.

November 24: Queen Máxima attended the jubilee of the multicultural network for government officials at the ministry of Interior affairs in her muted burgundy melusine felt fedora. The combination of hat with sienna dress, cranberry coat and oxblood leather gloves and boots is a close-tonal one that works unexpectedly well.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Borsamalia.” Natan dress, Valentino cape.
Previously Worn: Oct 9, 2019; Oct 2, 2019Jan 31, 2019 

November 24: Queen Mathilde welcomed Mr. Ignazio Cassis and Mrs Paola Rodoni Cassis, the President and the first Lady of the Swiss Confederation, on state visit to Belgium in a repeated a cranberry felt brimmed hat with high, angular crown simply trimmed with a slim hatband knotted on the right side.

Designer: Dior (my guess is Stephen Jones for Dior). Outfit, bag and shoes all by Dior.
Previously Worn: Dec 16, 2019

November 30: Queen Máxima opened an exhibition on royal embroidery, stories and craftsmanship in the Tilburg Textile Museum in a repeated toque hat of safron and navy printed ikat silk.

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Designer: unknown. Dress and skirt by Natan.
Previously Worn: Dec 6, 2018

December 1: Queen Máxima repeated an emerald braided straw pillbox to attend the 70th anniversary of an organization supporting international education.

Designer: unknown. Dress and coat by Oscar de la Renta.
Previously Worn: May 27, 2021 

December 6, 2022: Queen Margrethe repeated her red and aubergine boater hat for a visit to the Danish Church of St Katharine’s in Camden for a celebration service for her Golden Jubilee.

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Designer: Mathilde Førster
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2021; Oct 5, 2021Apr 23, 2021Nov 27, 2020

December 6: Prince Alexander was christened in Moscow at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Princess Victoria wore a pale grey disc percher hat trimmed with feathers. Grand Duchess Maria of Russia wore one of her signature kokoshnik halo headpieces, this one in black with a white floral spray on the side.

December 10: For the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, Queen Sonja repeated a teal felt pillbox with ribbon trim and back bow.

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Previously Worn: Dec 10, 2015; May 9, 2015

Crown Princess Mette Marit wore a red double crepe covered bandeau headpiece with bow across the back.

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Designer: Jane Taylor Small Bow Band. Coatdress by Catherine Walker. 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new. 

Which hats here catch your eye?

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