This Week’s Extras

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Not a royal hat in sight this week (unless you’re counting Crown Prince Frederik’s bicycle helmet)
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Darling hat in coffee and tan vintage straw by British milliner Kate Thomas
Beautifully embroidered blue silk beret with crin swish by Australian brand Maker Millinery
Adore the exuberant straw butterfly and leaf trim on this jade straw pyramid by Australian milliner Rebecca Carswell
Statement black bandeau with flying leather avant garde vines by British milliner Sarah Cant
The most fantastic shape on this wide brimmed blue straw design by German milliner Nicky Marquardt
The loveliest sense of movement on this red straw design by Italian brand Gallia e Peter
Whimsically jaunty design in pink and blue straw with colourful feathers by American milliner Conney Borda
A recycled black straw beret with trimming that is the epitome of spring by British milliner Anne Tomlin
Ivory felt beret studded with black pompoms by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Charming colour blocked blush and pale grey felt bowler from Danish brand Andersen & Berner
Striking red felt boater with laser cut red & black leather flowers and stacked hatband by Australian brand My Hat Millinery
Fantastic crown shape on this tan staw fedora with flower hatband by French brand House Laurette
Love the edgy vibe on this black felt stylized trilby with zipper hatband by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Pale mauve button percher with hydrangeas and spring green twists by British brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Fantastic tower of bright blue feather flowers by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones-Bryson
Astounding period silk bonnet with wired brim by British theatrical milliner Lauren Martin

Congratulations to Prince Louis of Luxembourg on his engagement to Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue.

 

We end this week with beautiful words from the Princess Royal about her dad

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Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace announced this morning, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Prince Philip was two months from his 100th birthday. There is much to be said about him but I will leave those words to the one who knew him best.

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“If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it.” The Queen’s Silver Wedding speech at the Guildhall, November 1972.

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“During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide.” The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament at Westminster Hall, March 2012.

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“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner. The Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.

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“I take this opportunity to mention the strength I draw from my own family. The Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past fifty years, as he has to so many charities and organisations with which he has been involved.” The Queen’s Golden Jubilee speech at the Guildhall, June 2002.

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“I don’t know that anyone had invented the term platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long.” The Queen’s 2017 Christmas message

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“Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a little—having, as he economically put it, “done his bit”. But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever.’” The Queen’s 2017 Christmas message

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“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.” The Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.

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We wish the entire British royal family our deep sympathy and join them in celebrating Prince Philip’s remarkable life.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Commonwealth Day Service Hats

My thanks to reader Jimbo, for researching and organizing photos for this post. 

As head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth has, since the late 1990s, attended the Commonwealth Day Service with members of her family held annually on the second Monday in March at Westminster Abbey. While the global pandemic cancelled this year’s service, let’s look back at all the hats she has worn to this event over the years:

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1972, 1976 (see colour image here), 1982, 1983 and 1985 (see colour image here)

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1989 (see colour image here), 1991, 1996 and 1997; 1998 – 2001

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2003, 2004 and 2005; 2006 through 2009

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Blue bumper cloche in 2010; Peach boucle hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan in 2011; pink hat with stitched brim in 2012

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Pink Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with rose in 2014; woven cream and gold split crown design by Angela Kelly in 2015:
Blue felt Angela Kelly design with feather flowers in 2016

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Angela Kelly designs- yellow and grey in 2017 and oxblood with cherry blossoms in 2018

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Purple felt kettle brim design with burgundy flowers by Angela Kelly in 2019; blue and grey felt sidesweep with bow and feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan in 2020 

These retrospectives always give and interesting view of a royal’s evolution of millinery style. This lineup reminds me that Her Majesty embraced the early 2000s lampshade shapes (so popular at the time) more than I remembered, and how this shape quietly transitioned to the gentler sidesweeping brims that permeate her wardrobe today.

What do you notice in this lineup of hats?

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Elizabeth in a silk kerchief for a spring walk with Prince Charles at Windsor
Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria shared photos from the joint first communion of their eldest daughter Maria-Stella and christening of their youngest daughter, Cecilia

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Stunning sunrise-inspired pink and orange ombre brim on this design by British milliner Sarah Cant
The most wonderfully elegant dove grey woven pillbox by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Charming straw boater trimmed with whimsical twists by French brand Mademoiselle Chapeaux
Oxblood felt embroidered fez with removable chin strap by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Looking for a summer straw hat? Adore this one with hand dyed stripes by US milliner Kimberly Hutsal
A straw braid filigree headpiece/tiara that will take a royal from day to night! By Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Periwinkle straw waved design with statement ombre tulip by British milliner Kerry Kernan

 

Pink parasisal straw button percher with the loveliest bow by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie
Golden yellow straw bandeau with oversize poppy bloom by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Olive felt pillbox with olive and navy pleated crin fan by Italian milliner Vito Antonio Lerario
Classic wide-brimmed natural straw hats (in mommy and mini sizing) by American milliner Behida Dolić
Saffron, fuchsia and cream draped halo bandeau with soaring bunny ears by Irish brand Wendy Louise Designs
Artful (and wearable) patchwork bucket hats by Japanese milliner Yumiko Kuroiwa
Turquoise textured teardrop saucer with pink jinsin twisted bow by American milliner Tiffany Arey
Charming blue straw boater with the loveliest silk organza ruffle flowers by British milliner Marissa Groom

Princess Beatrice narrated a new children’s book, bravely working to empower those facing challenges of dyslexia as she has.

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