Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to September 5, 1932, 88 years ago, and a very sweet tam-sporting Princess Elizabeth returning to Balmoral Castle from attending Sunday morning service at nearby Crathie Kirk with her grandparents. Queen Mary’s pleated toque hat is embellished with fabric leaves and a diamond brooch, an addition that also seems to be on her granddaughter’s tam, in mini version.

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During our recent look at Princess Anne’s inventory green hats, discussion about her green straw hat painted with feathers threw out a challenge (thanks JamesB!) to find other painted royal hats. So I pass this to you, dearest readers- which royal hats can you recall that have painted embellishments? 

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At Ascot Racecourse on July 27, 2013

Visiting an Experimental Farm in Ottawa on July 5, 1982

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Swedish Opening Of Parliament 2020

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended the opening of fall session of Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) in Stockholm yesterday.  This year’s event was scaled back because of the coronavirus and additional family members did not attend.

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Queen Silvia continued the black and white dress code traditional to this event, topping her bouclé with a repeated white straw calot hat. The hat is trimmed with a multi-looped white bow on the side studded with silver sparkles and wrapped in burnt white feathers. While the textured suit may lend itself more naturally to a more wintry hat, this one stands on its own for a warm late summer day, the silver trim picking up faint sparkle in the weave of the bouclé.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Premier rendez-vous” design. 
Previously Worn: Sep 30, 2014; April 5, 2014; May 22, 2013; May 29, 2012; April 16, 2010May 23, 2009April 22, 2009April 15, 2008

What did you think of Queen Silvia’s hat for the opening of parliament yesterday?

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Danish Crown Prince Couple Commemorate Flag Day

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary took part in Flag Day ceremonies in Copenhagen on Saturday, remembering members of Danish forces who have lost their lives in service to their country.

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🇩🇰 ”Altid frejdig når du går”.⁣ Den kendte salme sluttede i Holmens Kirke tidligere i dag den officielle markering af Flagdag for Danmarks udsendte, hvor Deres Kongelige Højheder Kronprinsen og Kronprinsessen deltog i en⁣ mindegudstjeneste for danske faldne i international tjeneste.⁣ ⁣ Tidligere på dagen lagde Kronprinsparret en krans på Kastellet. Flagdag for Danmarks udsendte blev højtideligholdt første gang i 2009, og formålet med dagen er at hædre de personer, der er eller har været udsendt på en mission af Danmark samt at anerkende den professionelle indsats, som de yder og har ydet i en række af verdens konfliktområder.⁣ ⁣ 📸 Foto: LARS H. LAURSEN, ALLER FOTO OG VIDEO ©

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For this commemoration, Crown Prince Frederik was predictably attired in military uniform with cap. Crown Princess Mary repeated her black felt beret-calot trimmed with black felt and feather leaves on the side and a black net birdcage veil.

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The trim on this hat has been added over it’s past two outings; while it’s subtle, as far as trims go, the hat benefits from it, softening it’s previously stark lines and framing Princess Mary’s face in a lovely way. Paired with her gorgeous blue coat, the black hat lends that slight bit of gravitas to the ensemble that so fits a memorial event such as this one.

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Designer: Susanne Juul. Coat by Søren Le Schmidt. 
Previously Worn: Feb 20, 2018; Oct 31, 2017; Apr 13, 2016Oct 6, 2015;  May 4, 2015Apr 8, 2015May 9, 2014Nov 8, 2012;  Nov 7, 2011

Every royal hat we see this year is one to be thankful for- what do you think of Crown Princess Mary’s black hat on Saturday?

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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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