Monaco Royal Wedding: Other Reigning Royal Houses

With lots more hats to still admire, we continue our look at the July 2, 2011 religious wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with guests from The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Jordan, Thailand and Morocco.

Princess Máxima, as was her title at the time, debuted a hat at this wedding that has since become one of her most-worn pieces. In warm-hued caramel straw, the familiar ‘slice’ shape is sharply upturned on one side that curves back off the face to effectively highlight it. The hat is simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband in the same colour tied in a side bow. The combination of caramel hat and tangerine silk dress was a little out-of-the-box but worked well on Máxima, brilliantly playing of Willem-Alexander’s crisp white tropical dress military uniform.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.

The Countess of Wessex topped her sleek slate grey pleated sheath dress with an exuberant hat. A large grey saucer, placed at a steep incline, the design’s focus was its trim- large sprays of cut feathers in varied shades of grey and finished with a sizable diamanté cluster on the outer side of the hat. The colour variation in the feather trim gave great depth and movement to the hat and while the overall look was monochrome, the sleek lines of the dress contrasted with the hat’s lavish trim to provide enough textural contrast that kept the look anything but flat.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Amanda Wakeley.

Princess Michael of Kent wore one of her characteristically wide brimmed hats, a finely woven white straw design with low crown and curved brim trimmed with an oversize beigey-blush silk rose under one side of the brim.  You’ll notice no seam at the base of this hat’s crown, its smooth lines flowing out to the brim, like a cloche. The seamless shape creates a downward front curve of the hat, pulling it down visually, and making me really wish the flower was above the brim in a more traditional placement to lift the look. As it is, almost touching Marie-Christine’s shoulder, the flower competes with her amazing necklace. Although, who, am I kidding, we’re all unable to divert our eyes from those sleeves.

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Princess Sara al Faisal of Jordan (second wife of Prince Faisal bin Hussein) brought some colour to this wedding’s fashion with a head to toe look in vibrant magenta. Her button percher, covered in what looks like the same silk as her dress and jacket, was trimmed with a large silk rose and deep burgundy curled cut feather. Different shades of deep pink in the rose trim gave the hat great dimension and saved the overall look from being one-note.

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While not in hats, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand and  Lalla Meryem of Morocco and her daughter, Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali, represented their respective countries in exquisitely beautiful national dress that deserves inclusion in our sartorial tour of this event.

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Well, what do you think, dearest readers? Which hats and ensembles stand out here are your favourites?

Jump to this post for an index of other royal hats that appeared at this wedding. 

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Trooping The Colour 2020

Queen Elizabeth marked her official birthday on the quadrangle of Windsor Castle today with a ceremony that saw the Welsh Guards troop their colour.

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For this event, the Queen repeated repeated her muted jade straw hat with straight-sided, domed top crown and short cartwheel brim, trimmed with a straw twist studded with silk flowers and leaves.

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It’s a hat we’re all familiar with and can easily admire- the mixture of textures between the hat and silk cloque coat combine so well and the ensemble’s lovely colour stands out well amidst uniforms and castle stone. We last saw this hat seven months ago at the opening of Parliament and I can’t help wonder if Her Majesty’s choice to wear it again today was partly based in fostering a larger sense of continuity and calm during what has been a difficult time. Or maybe she just felt like wearing green today.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Dec 19, 2019; June 3, 2019May 22, 2019May 15, 2018June 23, 2017

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It’s certainly wonderful to see the Queen again and I know you all join me in celebrating her 94th birthday. Enjoy the full ceremony.

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Chelsea Flower Show

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The Chelsea Flower show is one of many things relocated online this year, with a message of encouragement from its patron. Buckingham Palace also shared a gallery of Her Majesty attending in years past and some of the hats are wonderful:

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The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is moving online for the first time. 🌸💻 . Visit @the_rhs for a unique timetable of events from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd May, including gardening advice and virtual sessions. The RHS have been supporting gardeners old and new, with more people than ever accessing the advice pages on their website over recent weeks. Her Majesty has been Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952 - she first attended the show as Monarch in 1955, and has visited almost every year since. The Queen has today sent her best wishes to all those associated with the RHS: ‘My family and I have always enjoyed visiting the Show, and I know that your Members and Supporters will be disappointed that they are unable to attend in person this year. . ‘I am sure that my grandmother, Queen Mary, who first attended the Chelsea Flower Show in 1916, would be delighted that many people today have an enthusiasm for horticulture, and that gardening remains a popular pastime in the United Kingdom.’ . #RHSChelsea #VirtualChelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow Images: ©️ @the_rhs Lindley Library

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Jump over to this post to see all the hats (and hairnets!) Queen Elizabeth has worn to the Chelsea Flower Show since first attending in 1952

To kick off this year’s virtual Flower Show, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, members of the Royal Family joined in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing their favourite plants and flowers. Since flowers are such a huge part of royal hats and we all need some encouragement, let’s take a peek, starting with the Queen’s favourites:

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On the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year. 🌿🌸 . As this year's show coincides with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, @the_rhs are encouraging people to brighten their social media feeds with images of plants and gardens, to provide a moment of respite in these challenging times. The Queen has chosen lily of the valley, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lily of the valley featured in Her Majesty’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations since. Visit our website to see #MyChelseaGarden images shared by other members of the Royal Family (link in bio). . #MyChelseaGarden #VirtualChelsea #RHSChelsea

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Princess Alexandra: 

Duke & Duchess of Gloucester

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Princess Anne
Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

I thought this was charming and I hope it brightens your day.

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Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Yellow Hats

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 94th birthday today, we’re taking a collective look at her yellow hats, using the year 2000 as our starting point. Twenty years ago, there were a handful of yellow hats in regular use in Queen Elizabeth’s wardrobe, all of which have been long retired:

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Since 2000, she has added an additional 20 yellow designs. Here they are, in order of introduction:

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Designer: all unknown
Introduced: May 31, 2001; February 28, 2002; March 27, 2002

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Designer: both are unknown
Introduced: June 2, 2003; June 15, 2004

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Designer: both are unknown
Introduced: May 9, 2005; March 15, 2006

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Introduced: June 20, 2007; June 16, 2009

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Designer: unknown; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: September 5, 2009; July 5, 2010

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Designer: both are Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: November 27, 2010; April 29, 2011

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Designer: Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 24, 2014; June 19, 2015;

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Designer: Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: June 26, 2015March 27, 2016; June 10, 2016

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan and Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren)
Introduced: June 21, 2017 (revised version April 18, 2019); June 19, 2018

There were a few surprises here for me. First is the consistency of shade, with most of these hats in a softer, lemony shade of yellow. Second are two distinctive designs (#7 and #12) that I don’t recall seeing before. We’ve seen Her Majesty in a blue version of #7 with the lovely pleated hatband which fans out over the brim so it’s not entirely surprising. However,  the frothy, ruffled bejewelled #12 is unlike any other hats in recent memory (same for the tiered silk organza ruffled skirt on the dress it is paired with).

So… what do you notice about this group of hats? Which designs do you think suit the Queen best?

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Duchess of Cambridge’s Easter Hats

I’m always intrigued by what hats a particular royal wears to the same event, year after year. Today, we’re going to look at the hats worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on Easter Sundays in the past:

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Grey felt teardrop percher with organdie looped bow by Jane Taylor April 20, 2014 in Australia
Ivory silk covered square pillbox with bow at Windsor on April 16, 2017

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A repeated chocolate felt Pork Pie crowned pillbox by Lock & Co. for April 1, 2018
Repeat of the Jane Taylor grey felt percher with organdie bow on April 22, 2019 

It’s a pretty sedate bunch (beautiful details aside) that doesn’t really say ‘spring’!. I understand why Kate leaves the bright colours on this day to the Queen but I’d love to see her in an Easter look that wasn’t so neutral. Maybe next year she’ll bring some colour into her Easter look?!

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