Hat From the Past

Royal HatsPrincess Alexandra of Luxembourg celebrates her 30th birthday today, something which calls for a peek into her millinery closet. Back on December 29, 2012, she attended her cousin Archduke Christophe’s wedding in this grey felt cloche. I adore she chose a quintessentially French hat shape for this wedding, which took place in France. It was a chic look for her.

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1954 Australian Tour: Wagga Wagga and Canberra

Royal Hatson February 13, 1954, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh flew from Sydney to Canberra, touching down en route in Wagga Wagga for a two and a half hour visit. The Queen wore a champagne printed silk dress with short sleeves and knife pleated skirt, topped with a matching casque hat of ovelapping petals made from the same fabric.

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On Sunday, February 14, the couple attended Divine Service at St. John’s Church (no other engagements were scheduled this day). She repeated pale suit with peplum jacket topped with a silk calot hat with draped stripes with side layered bow. The bottom photo shows a wonderful side view of the hat taken January 25, 1954 when she wore it in Timaru, New Zealand.

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This Week’s Extras

King Willem-Alexander re-enacted his marriage proposal to Queen Máxima on the pond at Huis ten Bosch Palace, the couple in matching knit winter hats.
 The Swedish royal family in knit hats to cross country ski together
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful Valentine’s themed designs by Australian milliner Jill Humphries and Dutch milliner Berry Rutjes
Adore the plum and teal scheme on this button percher with silk abaca bow by British brand Camilla Rose Millinery
Watermelon pink beret percher with perfect bow by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
 Amazing quilled black straw braid halo bandeau studded with pearls by Australian brand Zia Pazza Headwear
 Grey-blue felt bucket hat with whimsical faux fur brim by British milliner Laura James
Charming blush straw Tiffany hat with bow by German brand Atelier Hutgeflüster
Elegant camel felt beret percher with veil and two cafe au lait feathers by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Stunning headpiece of orange and red cascading silk leaves by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Pyramid hat in black and red checked buntal straw with black lace and tassel by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio​
Chic cream straw trilby with black hatband and brim binding by American milliner Jill Courtemanche
Lovely bandeau headpiece of oxblood feather flowers by German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Incredible feather work on this teardrop percher with wave in ombre blue by Australian milliner Jill Humphries


Fascinating story of a lost, found and restored couture gown worn by an American socialite who was briefly married to a Polish prince (Town and Country)
Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

The British royal family is growing! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son arrived safely this week and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that a sibling is expected for Archie.


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1954 Australian Tour: Blue Mountain Train Tour

Royal Hats On February 12, 1954, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh began the day in Bathurst before boarding a noon train back to Sydney through the Blue Mountains with stops at Bowenfels, Lithgow, Katoomba and Leura, Echo Point. Her sky blue tailored coat was topped by a two-tone blue calot hat.

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1954 Australian Tour: Wollongong and Bulli

Royal Hatson February 11, 1954, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Wollongong, south of Sydney. Mid afternoon, they travelled north to Bulli, where they boarded a train to return to Sydney. For this “day away” the queen wore a blue silk shantung tailored coat with a matching calot in braided blue straw. The hat had a cuffed brim (that looked to be scattered with tiny blue flowers?) around the front overlaid in a delicate veil and was trimmed with a black bow at the back.

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