Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1989, twenty-nine years ago, and a wide brimmed hat I don’t recall seeing before. The late Princess of Wales donned this shallow crowned design in deep purple, with a coordinating Catherine Walker coat, for a visit to St.Bride’s Church in London.

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Dutch Queen Names Vessel

On Friday, Queen Máxima was in Rotterdam to attend the naming ceremony of the dredger VOX Amalia. For this event, she repeated her avocado felt hat with flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim trimmed with Petersham ribbon brim binding, hatband, and back bow.

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We saw this hat less than a month ago, paired with the same hounds tooth check coat. Friday’s outing also included the chartreuse silk dress worn with this hat at its debut…. while I want the combination of green-ish items to work, I’m afraid the mix of shades and sheens is a bit to unconnected for the ensemble to read harmonious for me. Styling aside, the shape and scale this a great hat for Máxima

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Nov 22, 2018May 23, 2018
What do you think of Queen Máxima’s avocado hat on Friday in Rotterdam?
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This Week’s Extras

Last Sunday, Her Majesty Margaretha, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, attended a Thanksgiving service dedicated to Romania at the Queen’s Chapel of Savoy in London. Margaretha wore an ecru straw button based percher trimmed with purple and cream feathers and a cream veil. Back on December 5, Margaretha and her sisters marked a year anniversary of their late father’s passing. 
From Haga Palace, these charming snaps of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar in traditional dress (and headdresses) to celebrate St. Lucia day on Thursday
Princess Josephine in a bowed headband with her grandmother on Thursday at a Christiansborg Castle for all Danish royal staff. The advent elves in the attic of Dronningen Palace also found some of the late Prince Henrik’s hats this week.
Princess Hisako and Princess Akiko in more casual hats Friday at the Saitama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve
The Duke of Cambridge stood in for his grandmother on Friday for the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Natural straw cloche with red hatband and strawberry trim from Tel-Aviv based Maor Zabar Hats
Delicate butterfly trim on this straw sidesweep from British milliner Bundle McLaren
Deep purple velvet felt triangular percher with bow from East Village Hats in New York
Black straw wide brimmed sidesweep trimmed in burgundy flowers from UK brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
For our gents, a Philip Treacy exaggerated black Homberg with very handsome pleated hatband
Creamy-gold percher with veil and gold flowers from Australian brand Felicity Northeast Millinery
Black wide brimmed hat with red under-brim roses by London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir
And the loveliest, summery new designs from London milliner Vivien Sheriff –  a pink lattice brimmed picture hat trimmed in pink lace and a fuchsia straw button percher trimmed with soaring rainbow feathers!

Lovely holiday portrait of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, shared by their mum.
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12 days until Christmas 🎄

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Kensington Palace and Clarence House shared this year’s Christmas greetings from the Sussexes (taken at their wedding), the Cambridge family and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall (taken in their garden at Clarence House).

And finally, more Christmas greetings in the form of lovely portraits from the Belgian and Norwegian royal families.

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Queen And Duke of York Visit Lincoln’s Inn

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of York visited the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn yesterday in London. For this visit, she repeated her vibrant orchid purple hat with domed crown trimmed with a pair of large red feathers.

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We’ve seen this hat enough to quickly admire its punchy colour scheme and subtle brim shape (it’s shorter ’round the back). The photos today, however, give a closer look at the workmanship- there is not a pucker or stitch to be seen. Sometimes, beauty is in what is not seen and the perfectly sewn brim edging on this piece is testament to this.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Dec 6, 2017Mar 3, 2016Nov 5, 2015Mar 20, 2015Dec 25, 2014
We don’t always see such detailed shots of hats- have your thoughts about this one changed at all thanks to these better views?
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Favourite New Royal Hat: September & October 2018

Numerous foreign visits and a major royal wedding brought us an unusual number of new hats this fall, many of which were greatly admired. We’re going to look back at these beauties and choose one to be put forward in our countdown to your Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

There were 13 new royal hats worn in September and October which, based on your comments stood out as particularly successful. It is now time to take a closer look at the varied designs in this lineup and choose your top pick.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the thirteen hats you most admired in September and October, shown in the order they were worn:
1.     2.
Queen Elizabeth’s lime and navy cloche with feathers and straw leaves worn in Scotland Sep 2
Queen Elizabeth’s cornflower blue hat with black trim and spiky dahlia bloom worn in Scotland Sep 9
3.       4.
Queen Elizabeth’s magenta sidesweep with cut felt leaf trim by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Sep 23
Queen Mathilde’s green folded felt calot by Fabienne Delvigne worn in Austria on Oct 1
5.     6.
Duchess of Cambridge’s raspberry velvet percher with silk flower spray and veil by Philip Treacy worn Oct 12
Countess of Wessex’s navy felt fluted hat with pleated crin trim by Jane Taylor worn Oct 12
7.     8.
Lady Sarah Chatto in a pale pink felt hat with cartwheel brim by Stephen Jones worn Oct 12
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s peacock blue felt sideswept hat with asymmetrical crown by Philip Treacy worn Oct 12
9.    10.
Duchess of York’s emerald straw boater with striped hatband & flying tails by Jess Collett worn Oct 12
Queen Máxima in a pink patterned bandeau headpiece worn Oct 23 in London
11.    12.    13.
Duchess of Cornwall’s navy straw picture hat with asymmetrical crown & twists by Philip Treacy worn Oct 23
Queen Máxima’s black felt Philip Treacy molded teardrop percher with quill worn Oct 24 in London
Countess of Wessex in a navy textured straw pillbox hat by Jane Taylor worn Oct 24
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, December 23  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. Good luck!

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: September & October 2018

With a major royal wedding and numerous state visits this fall, I have been remiss in keeping up with our hat polls. Without further ado, we’re going to jump back a few months and take a second look at the most successful repeated hats we saw in October and November and choose our favourite.

There were seven repeated designs which, based on your comments, received particularly positive feedback; from this group, we now choose a single design to be put forward as a finalist for Readers’ Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each caption link to jump to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these seven finalists for October and November, shown in the order they were worn:
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Queen Elizabeth’s teal felt hat with kettle brim and velvet leaves by Angela Kelly worn Sep 1 in Scotland
Queen Máxima’s dark green Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with upswept brim worn Oct 5 in Utrecht

3.     4.     5.
Princess Anne’s emerald straw percher with patterned bow worn Oct 12 in Windsor
Queen Máxima’s pleated red silk turban by Fabienne Delvigne worn Oct 16 in Zeeland
Queen Elizabeth’s turquoise hat with black stripe and pink floral trim by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Oct 19
     6.     7.
Duchess of Sussex’s black straw teardrop percher with twists by Philip Treacy worn in Australia Oct 20
Queen Elizabeth’s blue felt Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with stacked crown, sideswept brim & feather trim worn Oct 20
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, December 23  at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device may vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!

Dutch Royals Welcome African Leader

On Monday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed the President of Cape Verde, Jorge Carlos Fonseca and his wife Lígia Dia, on a visit to Amsterdam. For their official welcome, Queen Máxima wore a new cuffed calot hat in the same sapphire blue wool as her coat.

The vibrant colour is great on Máxima and the punchy combination with her emerald dress and jewels is a good one. The close fitting calot seems to be a complimentary silhouette to the boxy coat- and its the boxy coat that lets the ensemble down, preventing the look from appearing truly polished. Recut the coat and maybe we’ll have something here.

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10-12-18 Máxima ha ejercido de perfecta anfitriona junto a su marido en una ceremonia de bienvenida organizada en el Palacio Real con motivo de la visida del presidente de Cabo Verde y su mujer a los Países Bajos, acto en el que ha recuperado uno de sus abrigos preferidos para combatir las bajas temperaturas. Se trata de un modelo de líneas rectas con cuello caja y bajo a la altura de las rodillas confeccionado en un vistoso tejido azul eléctrico con relieve y decorado por dos grandes botones forrados a juego de Natan, una de sus firmas de cabecera. 📷@holacom #Queenmaxima #kingwillemalexander #koningwillemalexander #koninginmaxima #netherlands #holanda #maxima #queen #Natan

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Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this new blue hat on Queen Máxima
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