Favourite New Royal Hat: March, April & May 2020

Despite a near global shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still managed to see a number of new royal hats make their debuts during the months of March, April, May and June. We’ll now take a second look at these six bandeau, saucer, beret percher, pillbox and fedora designs to choose one to move forward in upcoming contest for Favourite New Royal Hat of 2020.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the hats you most admired in March, April, May, shown in the order they were worn:

1.    2.
Duchess of Cambridge’s black velvet bandeau worn March 3 in Ireland
Duchess of Cambridge’s red felt saucer with flowers and oxblood bow by Sally Ann Provan worn March 10
3.     4.
Duchess of Sussex’s green teardrop beret with net veil wrap and large bow by William Chambers worn March 10
Countess of Wessex’s navy felt domed pillbox with dotted net veil by Jane Taylor worn March 10
5.     6.
Queen Máxima’s textured tan fabric covered bandeau headpiece worn March 12 in Indonesia  
Queen Máxima’s black felt fedora with relaxed brim and ribbon hatband by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 4
This poll will remain open until Friday, August 14 at midnight GMT.  As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: March, April & May 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of most royal engagements during the months of March, April and May, we still managed to see a handful of events that sported repeated royal hats.

It’s time now to take a second look back at these designs and choose a winner to move forward in our end-of-year contest for Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2020.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the then repeated hats you most admired in March, April and May, shown in the order they were worn:

 1.    2.
Queen Elizabeth’s blue and grey felt hat sidesweep with looped bow and feathers by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Mar 10
Duchess of Cornwall’s navy felt picture hat with ostrich feather wrap by Philip Treacy worn March 10

     3.      4.
Queen Máxima’s green straw upswept slice picture hat by Fabienne Delvigne worn March 11 in Indonesia
Queen Máxima’s textured straw hat with shallow crown and cartwheel brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn March 11
5.     6.
Queen Máxima’s warm brown ruched straw ring headpiece by Fabienne Delvigne worn March 12 in Indonesia
King Willem Alexander’s almond Panama straw trilby with black hatband worn March 12 in Indonesia
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Queen Margrethe’s red bumpber hat with navy floral patterned bow worn May 4
Duchess of Cornwall’s textured black beret with mottled green feather by Philip Treacy worn May 8
Queen Mathilde’s almond felt fedora with looped bow by Fabienne Delvigne worn May 11
It’s now time to vote! This poll will remain open until Friday, August 14 at midnight GMT.  As usual for these polls, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish.

Hats From the Past

Some wonderful Imperial hats worn during the 1950s. Emperor Emeritus Akihito looks particularly dapper in his fedora in the third photo and you may recognize a young Prince pf Hitachi, with sisters Princess Atsuko and Princess Takako in the first. The bottom photo shows Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako looking relaxed in summer hats worn to catch shellfishes at a beach outside the Hayama Imperial Villa in July 1963.


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Monday Multiples: Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall has worn her summery blue suit with three different natural hued straw hats:

Look #1: With an ecru straw sharply angled sidesweeping picture hat with large figure eight knotted bow worn to Royal Ascot on June 14, 2005

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Look #2: With a wide brimmed tan straw hat with gentle sidesweep brim, silk knotted bow and large pair of tan ombre feathers worn for Service of Remembrance and Dedication for former holders of the Victoria Cross on September 13, 2005

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Look #3: With a worn textured straw hat with vertical folded bow worn on July 19, 2012 during a Diamond Jubilee visit to the Channel Islands

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Which hat do you think pairs best with this suit?

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This Week’s Extras

Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg and Mr. Jérôme D’Ambrosio were civilly married in Monaco this week. The bride’s mother, Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen, shared photos of the ceremony and following lunch, for which British milliner Stephen Jones made hats for all of the guests (he also made the bride’s headpiece).
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My beloved daughter Eleonore just married Jerome D'Ambrosio, my fantastic new son in law in an intimate ceremony in at the Mairie of Monaco, observing all the restrictions of social distancing, followed by a very cosy lunch that was organised at a beautiful property belonging to a dear old friend in Cap d'antillbes. It was such a lovely day, such a precious moment with so much love in the air! A whole collection of hats was produced my world class milliner Stephen Jones for all of us! The happy couple are "Je ne sais où!" on a short honeymoon before Jerome has to go to Berlin for the next series of Formula E races as the season finally is about to start! Bless them both for all the love that they shared with only direct familly and a few close friends from Monaco. No one flew in, no one came from afar... but the match was made in heaven! @eleonorehabsburg @jeromedambrosio @fhabsburg62 @mareymann @stephenjonesmillinery 📷 @luc_castel Ferdinand and me!

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Adore the graphic black & white hatband and bow on this fuchsia straw fedora by US brand Lifted Millinery
A happy sight- lots of colourful Panama straw sun hats by British milliner Amy Morris-Adams
Black, grey and cream twisted silk abaca flying bow headpiece by Polish milliner Marta Ruta
Statement pink ombre feather waved percher with quill by Irish Milliner Aoife Harrison
Stunning black trilby with transparent dotted brim by London-based milliner Rafa Peinador

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Glorious social media that has allowed me to meet, to know and to work with such an amazing human being and talented artist. @marabarros I love you 😍 #picoftheday #uniquehat #rafapeinador #hat #hats #modernmillinery #bedpokefashion #redcarpetstyle #coolfashion #milliner #millinery #millinerycouture #stylist #styleblog #headpiece #racingfashion #sombrero #racewear #butterfly #instafashion #fashionhat #hampersanddiamonds #fashionstylist #uniquehat #couture #uniqueart #vogueteam Facebook: rafa peinador Twitter: @rafa_peinador www.rafapeinador.com Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RafaPeinador Posted @withregram • @marabarros Las redes sociales les sirven a algunos para vomitar su odio, protegidos por el anonimato o el hecho de no tenerte en frente. A mí me sirven para promocionar mis trabajos, para sentirme más cerca de vosotros y para conectar con gente que, de otro modo, muy probablemente ni conocería. No sé cómo di con su perfil pero sé que le escribí admirando su trabajo y confesándole las ganas que tenia de trabajar con él. Y me respondió. Y su respuesta fue una grata sorpresa porque me contó que a veces trabajaba por encargo pero que otras se le antojaba hacer una pieza única. Así que me pidió que le hablase de mí... Menuda cosa fue a decirme!! Le hablé de mis padres, del mar onubense, de mis miedos, mis sueños, mis fobias y el objetivo por el que llevo luchando desde que tengo uso de razón: SER LIBRE. La conexión fue inmediata y me envió 4 increíbles bocetos, a cual más hermoso, pero es cierto que este sombrero me enamoró. Gracias, @rafa_peinador por tan hermoso regalo, gracias por escucharme y captar mi esencia a la perfección, gracias por aparecer en mi vida. Nunca te he visto pero, ya sabes, ya te quiero! Benditas redes sociales!! • • • Sombrero: @rafa_peinador Blazer: @noc.style Brazalete: @roselindeaccessories Pendientes: @noc.atelier Fotografía: @jesusmayorga.estudio #madrid #londres #diseño

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Floral teardrop percher with bright crin bow by Australian milliner Brea Moreland
Sleek straw brimmed hats in striking shapes in red and in white by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Lovely draping on this brimless blue felt design by British milliner Ana Espina
Natural straw button percher with black crin and feathers by British milliner Georgina Blyth
Easy, breezy taupe and sky blue straw trilby with striped hatband by Dutch milliner Martine Verstraeten
Wonderful folded ribbon trim on this red percher by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald

Creative shape on this mulberry straw percher with vertical bow by Irish brand Wendy Louise Designs
Sharp merlot felt fedora with gold foil honeycomb button trim by American milliner Karen Morris
Love the handmade South American flowers on this blue button percher by UK brand NDLQ Millinery
Painterly monochrome silk floral trim on this white straw picture hat by American milliner Lisa Shaub
Rust felt teardrop percher with black crin and a colourful feathers by Australian milliner Rachel Cockrell
Beautiful texture and pattern on this natural straw sunhat with black hatband and brim binding by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

A fascinating look at what it took to dress in the 18th century
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Have you ever wondered what all goes into dressing in those big, fancy eighteenth-century dresses? What did Madame de Pompadour wear, and what were all the layers of her Rococo dress? In this video Lauren demonstrates getting dressed in a Robe a la Francaise, or sacque, gown, accurate to the period of c. 1750 to 1770. . This gown was made using Simplicity 8578 and The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking. Both are available here: https://www.american-duchess.com/book . #historical #historicalcostume #costume #costumedesign #costumedesigner #sewing #dress #americanduchess #historiccostume #fashion #oldfashioned⁠ #georgian #18thcentury #1700s #1770s #1780s #1790s #georgianfashion #georgiandress #historicalcosplay #marieantoinette ⁠

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Trio of sweet photos: Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie cuddling Prince Charles; Prince Felix’s family surrounding him to celebrate his 18th birthday; and Eloise van Oranje with her mum, Princess Laurentien



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Lovely to see the Duke of Edinburgh this week
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Today, The Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded as Colonel-in-Chief of @rifles_regiment by The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony which took place at both Windsor Castle and Highgrove House. . The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953, and today, they are the largest infantry Regiment in the British Army. . The Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival was marked by four Buglers, who are members of The Rifles’ military band. . The Duke was thanked for his 67 years of service and support to the Regiment, before the Buglers sounded the ‘No More Parades’ call, marking HRH’s final ceremony as The Rifles’ Colonel-in-Chief. . At Highgrove House, The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted by a Bugle call, and was welcomed by the Regiment’s Colonel Commandant as The Rifles’ new Colonel-in-Chief. . The Duchess has close links with the Regiment, and has served as Royal Colonel of its fourth Battalion since 2007.

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