Last Week’s Extras

This post is later than usual thanks to a long weekend here in Canada. Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats seen yesterday at Remembrance Day commemorations in London. 

Princess Hisako in a black hat with red puff feather trim the first weekend of November in Nagoya
Last Monday, members of the Imperial royal family attended a tea party for the recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit at the Imperial Palace. While the Empress and Princess Kiko wore kimonos, Crown Princess Masako topped her pastel silk suit with a matching silk covered hat with high, kettle brim. It looks like the outside of the brim is covered in embroidery.

The Duke of Sussex attended the field of remembrance service at Westminster Abbey last Thursday in the black frockcoat uniform and cap of the Blues and Royals, his former regiment.

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Crown Princess Mary wore a black lace veil last Thursday for a visit to the Vatican
The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:
Chic mustard felt stylised trilby with amazing crin hatbands from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Such fun ostrich pompom trimmed berets from British milliner William Chambers
Stunning green houndstooth saucer with flying cream under-brim bow from Melbourne milliner Louise MacDonald
Simply beautiful blush straw sidesweep with silk orchids & curling quills from British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Love the lines on this seamed flat cap from London-based milliner Karen Henriksen
Prettiest pink chevron button percher with pearl centered straw bow by Irish milliner Alison Roe
Unique headpiece of interlocking circles (with amazing texture!) from Australian brand Peacock Millinery

And from Melbourne milliner Lauren Ritchie, this  magenta pillbox with brilliantly graphic 3-D trim.

The Imperial royals hosted the final garden party of the Heisei era (Emperor Akihito’s reign) last Friday and braved rain in beautiful kimonos (including Crown Princess Masako, who hasn’t been seen in one in a while).

Wrapping things up with this sweet photo of the Prince of Wales and his youngest grandson, shared in the recent BBC documentary on the prince’s 70th birthday


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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to November 11, 1932 and an Armistice Day ceremony in Whitehall, London, just as we will see this weekend. A young Duchess of York wore a black cloche (one of her go-to hat shapes at the time) while Queen Mary wore an elegant but interesting black hat with curved kettle brim.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1965 when Princess Hanako, who was on a ten day official visit to London with Prince Hitachi, donned a fur hat for a visit to Buckingham Palace.

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Queen Opens City Investment Firm

Queen Elizabeth was in the City of London this morning to officially open the new headquarters of Schroders, a global investment manager founded in 1804. For this event, she repeated her teal blue wool hourglass shaped cloche hat trimmed with black velvet flowers and leaves.

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I still love the saturated colour and contrast provided by the black velvet trim (which links so beautifully with the coat’s collar) but the cartoonish shape of the crown makes the hat a non-favourite for me.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Oct 23, 2017
It’s lovely to see the Queen out and about today- any new thoughts about this hat?
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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats thirty-one years to this day in 1987 and a royal visit to Hamburg that saw this faux fur tam o’ shanter by Arabella Pollen (who also designed the coat). We can thank the 1980s for such slouchy-chic shapes as these!

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This Week’s Extras

On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko began a 3-day visit to Kochi. The first two days saw her in small saucer hats in shades of slate grey-blue and mushroom grey.
On Thursday, Empress Michiko repeated a black and white houndstooth saucer with black bow
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako celebrated 150th anniversary of Japan’s first Lighthouse. For this event,  held at the Palace Hotel Tokyo in Chiyoda, Princess Masako repeated a white bowler hat with brilliant blue hatband.
Two interesting hats for Princess HIsako in Fukuoka- a pink brimmed design with ruffled hatband in the same patterned fabric as her skirt and a repeated olive green kettle brimmed bowler with raspberry and green stacked hatbands.
Little Princess Elisabeth of Hanover sported a sweet cream knit bonnet at her christening.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing feather butterfly on this black percher by Scottish label Angels & Insects Edinburgh
Lovely lines on this pale blue straw cloche by New Zealand milliner Anél Heyman Millinery
Red felt button percher with maple leaves by London-based milliner Yuan Li
Stunning simplicity on this blue felt design with square crown & sideswept brim by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Wonderful shape on this black headpiece with straw flower by Australian milliner Faye Thornley
Lovely, delicate beadwork on the top of this lilac felt pillbox by Latvian brand Rubina Milliner
Crisp navy boater with sharply executed ribbon trim and tulle puff flowers from Melbourne milliner Lauren Ritchie
Beautiful deep burgundy looped abaca bandeau with roses from British milliner Juliette Botterill
And from Melbourne milliner Louise MacDonald, a ruched white straw turban with pale aqua straw ruffle (whicht sounds simple enough but looks unlike any hat I’ve ever seen) and a stunning wide-brimmed saucer with feathers

A peek inside Kei and Ayako Moriya’s wedding banquet at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on Tuesday reveals a surprise tiara on Ayako (seen previously as a necklace on her mother) topped her flower-trimmed pink gown (the pink silk was a gift from the Moriya family to Princess Hisako in 2014)

While on the topic of Imperial royal fashion-longtime Japanese designer Jun Ashida passed away last week. This New York Times article about his royal fashion connection is most interesting.
The Princess of Asturias made her first public speech and showed considerable poise and confidence amidst many flashbulbs.
We close this week with a very sweet snap shared by Princess Madeleine. Have a great end of weekend!
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Queen Elizabeth’s Iconic Hats

 Over the late summer and early fall, we undertook a quest to identify Queen Elizabeth’s most iconic hats. Through much searching and discussion, we narrowed down hats worn over eight decades to a few that are “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.” It’s interesting- some hats were nominated as iconic for the events they attended, while others for the merit (or memorability) of their design. Despite some difficulties with subjectivity and definition, there were 34 hats that received consensus as deserving of this ‘iconic’ label:


Red velvet bow trimmed bonnet with black veil at Prince Charles’ Christening on December 15, 1948
Blue folded-brim calot with tulle ruffle for Princess Anne’s christening on October 21, 1950


Feather trimmed brimmless black hat worn for her return to London from Kenya as Queen, February 7, 1952
Black-crinoline brimmed hat trimmed with red and green ostrich feathers worn with a Hardie Ames white lace dress at a Sydney, Australia garden party on February 1, 1954 during the Coronation tour


Blue veiled headpiece with silk flowers designed by Norman Hartnell for Princess Margaret’s wedding, May 7, 1960
The memorable “yellow spaghetti” hat by Simone Mirman worn May 27, 1965 on a visit to Germany


The yellow silk Tudor snood with pearls by Simone Mirman worn for the July 1, 1969 investiture of the Prince of Wales
Aqua blue silk and feather brimless hat by Simone Mirman on November 20, 1972 for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s 25th wedding anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey


Royal blue silk turban with purple lace and ribbon flowers by Simone Mirman worn for Princess Anne’s first wedding on November 14, 1973
Bright pink Simone Mirman designed turban with swinging bell flowers around the back worn for the opening of the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the June 7, 1977 Silver Jubilee 


Stitched green tam ‘o shanter hat with feather trim worn to the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1980
Ian Thomas designed sky blue silk crepe turban with chiffon flowers worn July 29, 1981 for the Wales’ wedding


Ruched turban in dotted blue silk organdie by Frederick Fox worn for Prince William’s christening August 4, 1982 and a tour of the Solomon Islands in October 1982
Blue silk crepe hat with chiffon flowers by Ian Thomas worn for the York’s wedding in July 1986


Double brimmed purple felt hat worn for a memorable visit to the Great Wall of China on October 14, 1986
Royal blue Philip Somerville hat (made by Dillon Wallwork) with chevron silk striped bows worn October 17, 1988 during a visit to Spain


The purple straw boater with white stripes ‘talking hat’ worn on May 14, 1991 for an address (on a too-short podium) at the White House in Washington, DC
The dark teal velvet “Annus Horribilis” hat worn for a November 24, 1992 speech at Guildhall in London


Wide brimmed black Bretton hat worn to return to London from Scotland on September 5, 1997
Triangular shaped bumper hat with silk bow worn to the Princess of Wales’ funeral on September 6, 2018


The brimless, stacked accordion hat by Marie O’Reagan worn December 11, 1997 to decommission Britannia
Purple feather bandeau fascinator by Frederick Fox for the July 19, 1999 wedding of the Wessexes


Purple asymmetrical hat by Philip Somerville with green feathers worn to the opening of Scottish Parliament, July 1, 1999
Black square crowned cloche with silk folded hatband and feathers worn to the funerals of her mother and sister in 2002


Vibrant blue straw hat with basket-weave brim by Frederick Fox worn for the Golden Jubilee, June 4, 2002 (and on an earlier visit to Botswana in 1998
White ruched crown Philip Somerville hat with black silk bow and straw brim worn on a 2008 trip to Slovakia and on April 25, 2015 for a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark the ANZAC Landings 


Philip Somerville’s ‘pink swirl’ silk picture hat worn to Oman in 2010 and Ascot in June 2011
Blue straw ‘Union Jack hat’ with red piped bow by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn in 2011 in Cambridge and on April 2015 day at Newbury Races


Yellow silk crepe covered boater hat with flowers and velvet leaves by Angela Kelly worn April 29, 2011 for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding
White hat with upswept, ruched silk brim by Angela Kelly worn for the June 3, 2012 Diamond Jubilee Thames Flotilla


Textured silk hat with kettle straw brim and crystal-studded green chiffon hatband by Angela Kelly worn for the June 5, 2012 Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Blue silk crepe covered ‘Wedgwood’ hat with lace trim by Angela Kelly first worn June 25, 2012 in Norther Ireland

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Peach feathered ‘Bond Girl’ fascinator by Angela Kelly worn for the July 27, 2012 opening of the London Olympics
The ‘EU flag’ hat in covered in blue paisley silk wool cloqué fabric with yellow-centered blue flowers first worn June 21, 2017 for the state opening of parliament (one of a few in a hat, not a tiara)

It’s incredibly difficult to narrow down several hundreds (thousands?) of hats worn over eight decades but I think you have done and excellent job with this group. Numerous hats here are known by a nickname (surely a sight of distinctive excellence!) or by naming the event they were worn to. I’m curious, dearest readers- what do you think of your list? Are there hats here you don’t think should be included? Is there are particular hat you think has been unfairly omitted?

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