Monday Multiples: Princess Eugenie

 One of the hats in Princess Eugenie’s wardrobe that makes me smile is a modified pillbox design in vibrant cerise pink felt with the loveliest knotted trim on the side. She has paired this Juliette Botterill design with two flared coats, one light and one dark, for two distinctly different looks:

Look #1: With a double breasted ivory wool Max Mara coat for two church outings at Sandringham, the first on Christmas Day, , worn December 25, 2014 and the second on January 24, 2016

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Look #2: With a black Oscar de la Renta dress coat with multicoloured spattered paint motif on the skirt, worn Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

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Which coat do you prefer most with this hat?

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Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

One of my favourite dresses in the Countess of Wessex’s closet is a vibrant green design from Suzannah with collared boatneck, black bow belt and full pleated skirt. Sophie has paired this stunning dress with three black Jane Taylor hats:

Look #1: With a black straw pillbox trimmed with vintage straw braid detail worn for a VE Day Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on May 10, 2015.

 Look #2:With a black felt button percher with silk abaca overlay and triple bow worn June 15, 2015 for the Order of the Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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Look #3: With a dramatic, wide waved disc straw hat with floral vine worn for Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019
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Which hat do you think pairs best with this dress?

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Monday Multiples: Queen Máxima

One of the most vibrant hats in Queen Máxima’s wardrobe is a large coral straw disk edged in beige straw binding, trimmed with multicoloured feathers inspired by the Carmine Bee-Eater bird. Made by South African designer Bettina Thomas, the Dutch Queen has paired this memorable hat with two ensembles:

Look #1: With a coral tonal printed Natan coat dress worn May 20, 2015 to open a sculpture exhibition in The Hague

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Look #2: With a beige silk ruched waist dress, also by Natan, worn October 15, 2019 in India

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Which dress do you prefer most with this hat?

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Norwegian Royal Wedding, 52 Years On

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King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway celebrated 52 years of marriage on Saturday.

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The couple married on August 29, 1968 at Oslo Domkirke following a nine-year courtship that began serendipitously when, several months after her father’s death, Sonja Heraldsen was convinced, by her mother, to attend a June 1959 party also attended by the Crown prince.  Despite the couple being photographed several months later at his graduation from the Norwegian Military Academy, they had to overcome strong pressure for Crown Prince Harald to marry a foreign princess instead of a commoner trained as a dressmaker and tailor. But overcome they did (reportedly, after Harald, the sole heir, gave an ultimatum to his father that it was Sonja or no one!) and consent was granted to their union in 1968. King Olav V added his own support to the marriage by offering to escort Sonja down the aisle.

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Sonja’s training as a dressmaker in Norway and France and work in her late father’s clothing store undoubtedly gave her greater understanding of fashion than most royal brides. She collaborated with Sigrid Vedeler from Norwegian fashion house Molstad for her gown.

The resulting gown followed a silhouette popular in the late 1960s- high neck, three quarter sleeves, slight empire waist and A-line skirt- made of structured silk zibeline that crisply emphasized the design’s clean lines and beautifully held its shape. The gown was simply embellished with pearl embroidery on the funnel neck and on bands at the sleeves.

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A sweeping, square edged train attached at the shoulders.

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The gown was topped with a voluminous silk organza full length veil anchored by a spiky white faux floral headpiece. To balance the headpiece, Sonja’s only other accessories were simple pearl stud earrings. Her all white bouquet, made by legendary retired decorator Fernando Menk, included orchids, roses, lily of the valley and Sonja’s favorite flower, freesia.

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With guests in gowns and tiaras, the wedding was a glittering affair.

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I have always loved this bridal look for its sweeping lines and streamlined aesthetic. What are your thoughts, 52 years on?

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Monday Multiples: Duchess of Cambridge

In the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe is an elegantly tailored grey raw silk coat with hand beaded cuff and waist detail. Kate has paired this design, the “Buxton” by British designer Katherine Hooker, with two neutral hued hats:

Look #1: With a grey straw Rachel Trevor Morgan designed saucer with starburst overlay, straw multi-looped bow and curled feathers and a grey silk cowl necked dress worn June 13, 2011 to the Order of the Garter

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Look #2: With a Whiteley cappuccino parasisal beret percher with twist trim and a Jenny Packham floral dress worn June 9, 2012 for the marriage of Emily McCorquodale, one of William’s Spencer cousins

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Which hat do you prefer most with this coat ?

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