Members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated their principality’s patron and protector Santa Devota with a series of radiational events over the past two days. On Wednesday evening, festivities commenced with the arrival of a boat to the port which, after a series of blessings in a religious ceremony, was ceremonially set on fire. For this event, Princess Gabriella wore a slouchy black wool beret hat very reminiscent of her mother’s recent millinery style.
The placement of this piece makes it look like a halo bandeau from the front, beautifully framing Caroline’s face and making the beret style seem more current and modern than it does from the back. That’s where the view falls flat for me, both in terms of shape and texture.
Designer: unknown. Coat by Chanel. Previously Worn: This hat is new
Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella joined their father and aunt on the balcony of Prince’s Palace of Monaco to watch a procession following the mass. Princess Gabriella wore a dark blue velvet headband trimmed in faux pearls.
What a great trio, especially from someone who wears a hat just a few times each year. While the quintessentially French rose-trimmed pyramid is one of my all time favourites in Charlene’s hat closet (and was our top royal hat pick in 2016), the lovely lines of both the ecru beret and the white fedora warrant our admiration.
Prince Jacques repeated his miniature winter dress uniform of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Riflemen, the infantry branch that protects the Royal Palace) complete with blue cloth helmet with red and white dress plumes.
Designer: unknown. Dior coat and Valentino lace skirt. Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi wore the only brimmed hat of the day, a tall crowned design with wide dropped brim in ecru braided straw trimmed with a wide black hatband and bow. The graphic contrast and spectacular scale of the design makes it stand out… and while I can’t ignore the construction issues giving the hatband some wobbles (it doesn’t look like it was cut on the bias), the overall look is an elegantly classic one for Beatrice.
Princess Charlene of Monaco donned a pair of berets last night and today to celebrate Saint Devota, patron and protector of the Principality. For Tuesday night’s traditional bonfire, where a boat is offered to the patron saint, she topped a black and red woven tweed coat with a classic black beret.
Designer: Dior. Coat by Akris Previously Worn: this hat is new
Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella joined their parents for the outdoor event, the young prince dapper in a royal blue and black patterned knit hat and matching scarf. Princess Gabriella wore a bucket hat in the matching pink and ivory mini hound’s tooth check as her skirt and coat. How charming!
The hat breathes some life support into this ensemble. I’m all for a hat being the star of the show (the colour is such fun!) but I’d love to see it paired with an outfit that doesn’t overwhelm its wearer.
Designer: unconfirmed. Prada coat and dress Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Charlene has been on roll of beret hats, these her third and fourth in the past three months. The classic French shape suits her streamlined aesthetic (and edgy new haircut!) well. What do you think of these berets for St. Devote?