Monaco National Day 2018

Members of Monaco’s royal family gathered yesterday to celebrate their country’s National Holiday. Princess Charlene used the occasion to debut a new hat in black felt with small, domed button crown and wide cartwheel brim.The pyramid shaped design is a style departure for Charlene that pairs well with her graphic coat.

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Designer: Gallia and Peter for Akris
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Princess Gabriella sported a sweet cream hair bow on the right side of her head.

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Princess Caroline topped her Chanel bouclé suit in a dark teal fedora hat trimmed with a cream lace hatband. The colour is lovely on her but there’s something about the mix of coat, hat and hatband combination that is at odds for me and the ensemble doesn’t draw harmoniously together (and I usually love a fedora!).

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Designer: Maison Michel
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Tatiana Casiraghi wore patent leather bow headpiece with a swath of tulle veil. Her daughter India wore a sweet navy silk hair bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
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Beatrice Casiraghi also wore a headpiece, hers with a looped chocolate velvet bow and long, curved quills that arched over her head. There’s a lovely sense of scale and movement on this design and I adore how the velvet bow links with the chocolate velvet trim on Beatrice’s camel coat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Armani.
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Princess Alexandra of Hanover also went with a velvet headpiece, hers a layered black bow on a headband base. The bow placement is a bit twee, even for 19-year old Alexandra, but the scale, colour and luxurious sheen of the velvet coordinates well with her bouclé coat. We’ve not seen this young princess in many (or any?) pieces of millinery and I’m looking forward to seeing how she follows the sophisticated style of her mother and older sister.

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Designer: Miu Miu
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Princess Stephanie wore a black leather headband while her eldest daughter, Pauline Ducruet, wore a formed black felt  tricorn calot hat with bumper style indented crown. The small hat has a 1940s vibe to it emphasized by the saucy angle Pauline placed it on her head.

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Designer of Pauline’s hat: Nina Ricci
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Melanie de Massy, daughter of Prince Albert’s first cousin, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, repeated her black felt Garbo hat. I suspect Baroness Elisabeth-Anne was also in attendance- as soon as I locate a photograph, I’ll update the post. Feel free to post a link if you’ve spotted her anywhere!

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We don’t see the Grimaldi royal family wear hats much except for this event, which is a highlight each year. What hats stood out to you here most?
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Monaco National Day 2017 Part II

Members of the Grimaldi family joined in celebrations of their country’s national holiday yesterday, attending mass at the Cathedral of Monaco and events at the royal palace.

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Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco topped her grey finely woven tween suit in a matching bowler hat variation with rounded crown and short upturned brim.  I adore it for what it is,  an overthought but oh-so classic Caroline-Chanel combination.

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Designer: Chanel
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Tatiana Casiraghi, who is expecting her third child, wore a black velvet bandeau headpiece with veil. As far as bandeaus go, this is a good one on its own. I’m just not sure about it in combination with her voluminous red coat.

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Charlotte Casiraghi wore a close fitting burgundy cloche hat with twisted rose detail on the side. The hat seemed a better match for her dress than the brown tweed overcoat she wore to the Cathedral- these two pieces were completely out of proportion against the other.

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Beatrice Casiraghi topped her camel and black belted coat with a matching percher hat. With a camel felt beret shaped base, the hat is simply trimmed with a widely woven black veil overlay. Its a well coordinated and balanced ensemble that works but leaves me a bit “meh”. In a brighter hue it would have been great.

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Designer: unknown
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Prince Albert’s first cousin, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (below, right in a navy and black coat), daughter of the late Princess Antoinette, wore a black calot hat with short, cuffed brim and trimmed with a black bow and net veil at the front.  Her daughter Melanie (bottom photo, left) wore a black felt wide brimmed Garbo hat. It’s a classic shape Melanie wears well but that would have been much better balanced with a few more inches added to the hem of her frock and coat.

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After Princess Charlene’s stellar ensemble and hat, I’m afraid these hats fall a bit flat in comparison. What do you think of the hats in Monaco yesterday?
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Hanover Royal Wedding

The religious wedding service of Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lueneburg, and Ekaterina Malysheva was celebrated today at Hanover Market Church in Hanover, Germany.

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The bride wore an intricately beaded gown and veil from young Lebanese designer, Sandra Mansour. According to the designer, the gown is “inspired by Russia, her (the bride’s) native land, entirely embroidered with the wire and the hand. Chantilly lace and sublimated by beaded details, this required the work of the embroiderers of the Mansour workshops for more than three and a half months.” The gown follows a traditional silhouette with squared sweetheart neckline, long, leg o’mutton sleeves, fitted bodice, and full, ballgown skirt that swept into a substantial train.

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Ekaterina anchored her embroidered silk and lace veil with the Hanovarian Floral Tiara, a substantial piece in a floral motif that has presumably been in the groom’s family for generations.

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The wedding was, not surprisingly, attended by members of the Casiraghi family. Tatiana Santo Domingo wore a large cream straw picture hat with gently upswept brim, trimmed with a blush pink ruched silk hatband. The off-centre peak on the crown of this piece is a shape Philip Treacy has widely used in his collections the past two years, making me suspect the design is from him. It’s a wonderfully romantic hat that Tatiana wears well.

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As shown in the photo above, Princess Alexandra (who is half sister to the groom), did not wear a hat. Charlotte Casiraghi wore a Garbo variation with floppy brim. A Garbo hat would be such a great shape for her fantastic coat but the proportions of this one, with a too short brim that is attached awkwardly low on the crown, emphasising its round shape, is simply off.

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Beatrice Borromeo topped her pale green floral dress in a rosy-beige headpiece of braided straw by Marta Ferri . The design is an interesting concept but the colour isn’t particularly flattering on Beatrice and I’m at a loss to see how it relates to the rest of her ensemble. The design also has an open crown, which makes it a tough sell for me.

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The wedding was also attended by numerous members of German royal houses. Princess Sophie of Prussia wore a grey cocktail hat with moulded straw base, embellished with a large, silk cabbage rose in the same hue. The neutral hat and other grey accessories are a beautiful counterpoint to her vibrant magenta dress.

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Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis wore a calot hat covered in layered burgundy feathers. The Margravine of Baden (née Archduchess Valerie of Austria, who is married to Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, head of the Grand-Ducal House of Baden and nephew of the Duke of Edinburgh), topped her navy silk dress with a wide brimmed hat in orchid purple straw with a ruched hatband and large front bow.

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And finally, Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe attended with his partner, Mahkameh Navabi, who wore a large navy straw hat with crin edged brim, trimmed with a side bow.

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Even smaller royal weddings are great hat occasions and this one brought us numerous hats on royals we don’t often see. Jump over to the great blog Confessions Of A Castleholic (written by Svenja, who also co-writes the great Luxarazzi blog) for fantastic photos she took of guests and the couple today. For now, which designs stood out to you most?
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This Week’s Extras

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The Earl of Wessex took part in Armed Forces Day commemoration yesterday in Liverpool (British Royal Family)

The first week of June, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore a larger scale hat to the Yokohama Port opening festival

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrived in Arhus aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog on Friday for their summer residency at Marselisborg Castle. Queen Margrethe repeated her tan hat.

The Duchess of Vendôme in another hat by French milliner Marie d’Argent (Noblesse Et Royautes Blog)

Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo attended the wedding of friends in Italy last weekend. Beatrice wore a casual straw hat.

Also in a casual hat- Carina Axelsson in a chocolate Tyrolean hat while visiting Norway

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a special exhibition on Balenciaga that includes a number of very interesting hats. Have any of you seen it?

 

Fabienne Delvigne shared a snap of herself in one of her own creations, a lovely white fedora with unique hatband detail

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Sneak peek of one of the pictures that will be included in James Ogilvy’s upcoming Nantucket exhibition of landscape photography, shared by the photographer himself.

Clarence House shared this and this picture of the gardens at Highgrove, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s private home.

Princess Charlene made a balcony appearance for the Feast of St. John with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in tow.

And finally, very sweet snaps of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar were released this week by the Swedish Monarchy.

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Monaco National Day 2016

Monaco’s royal family celebrated their country’s National Day today with a series of events, as per tradition, held at the Monaco Cathedral and at the Royal Palace. It is one of the few events during the year when we see these royals in hats and today did not disappoint.

Princess Charlene wowed in a cream straw pyramid hat trimmed with black straw piping around the crown and brim, a multi looped bow, black leaves and hand made red silk roses. The high contrast scheme is a bold one for Charlene and the shape is unlike anything we have seen her wear before. Charlene’s millinery until this point has had a distinctly modern edge and this very classic design is a surprise that some might find overly sweet for her. I happen to like it- I love the quintessentially French vibe (kudos to British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan) and adore how Charlene matched her lipstick to the rose trim.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
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Princess Caroline repeated her tan percher cocktail hat with flat, pillbox shaped base trimmed with a voluminous mass of net veil. Many of you will remember this from the Luxembourg royal wedding four years ago. It’s a fun neutral piece but not one I’m entirely convinced worked with her Chanel suit (I prefer it with the dress she paired it with originally)

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Designer: Maison Michel for Chanel
Previously Worn: October 20, 2012

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi topped her red and white (Monaco’s national colours) coat with a domed black straw cocktail. The milliner describes the design saying, “That cocktail hat has a bow with vintage French satin ribbon and a veil, which I think she tucked under for the sake of the conversation!” The simple design is a versatile piece that I think might have worked better placed at a different angle on her head (up and down, over her right eyebrow).

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Designer: Abigail Aldridge Millinery
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Charlotte Casiraghi also dressed in national colours, topping her ensemble with a red veiled bumper hat. This couture hat is an editorial, high fashion piece and while I’m not a fan of the hat shape, veil around Charlotte’s face and complicated cascadedown the back, it’s certainly a fashion statement with big impact.

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Designer: Gucci
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Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi topped her cream dress and coat with a pale grey padded bandeau headpiece. Exciting? Not really. But I think it’s more flattering than the red hat above and that’s worth merit.

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Designer: unknown
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Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (below, center), daughter of the late Princess Antoinette, wore a simple grey felt cloche hat while her daughter Melanie (second photo below, to the right of Charlotte Casiraghi) wore a floppy black variation of a cloche.

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National Day in Monaco is always a family affair. It’s lovely to see the little ones passed among their relatives. Note the sweet pink and red hair bows on Princess Gabriella and India Casiraghi.

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That wraps up coverage of the festivities in Monaco today. I suspect there will be some strong responses to many of these hats and can’t wait to hear what you all think. 
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Your Winners! Best New Royal Hats of 2015

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After nine polls, ten finalists and more than twenty thousand votes, your favourite new royal hats of 2015 have been named. With no further fanfare, here are the top five winners (jump back to this post for a peek at all the finalists):

#5 Queen Mathilde’s red straw saucer by Fabienne Delvigne worn on June 25 in China

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

#4     Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s magenta silk flower and ribbon twist headpiece by Philip Treacy worn for the christening of Prince Nicolas on October 11

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

#3 The Countess of Wessex’s soaring cream straw slice hat with lattice woven ribbon detail by Jane Taylor, worn for Ascot on June 16 

And by an incredibly slim winning margin of just twelve votes, your#1  favourite new royal hat of 2015 was Beatrice Borromeo’s natural straw hat with textured mushroom brim of unknown design worn at the christening of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques on May 10

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It appears, dearest readers, that we have not completely joined in the current trend for cocktail hats but usually favour larger scale, dramatic hats with substantial brims. Thanks to everyone who cast a vote- you can review the detailed results of the poll below. And finally, if anyone can provide any design information about our winning hat, it would be greatly appreciated!

For those of you wondering about the best repeated hat of 2015, I think it’s safe to say that this Jane Taylor design on the Countess of Wessex (which won our Ascot 2015 poll) would likely win. It received far greater positive response than any other hat we saw last year.

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Best New Royal Hats of 2015

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I am so excited to share your choices for the top ten best new royal hats we saw in 2015. You have chosen very well, dearest readers, and now is time to pick a winner. In random order, here are your ten finalists (please click on any of the captions below each photo to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats):

#1 and #2

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Crown Princess Victoria, May 31, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde in a red straw Fabienne Delvigne saucer on June 25 in China
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in a pale pink angled Philip Treacy picture hat for the Indian State Visit, May 31

#3

3.Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Beatrice Borromeo in a natural straw hat with textured mushroom brim at the Monaco twins’ christening on May 10

#4 and #5
#7 and #8

#9 

Princess Madeleine, October 11, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Madeleine of Sweden in a magenta silk flower and ribbon twist headpiece by Philip Treacy
for the christening of Prince Nicolas on October 11

#10

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde in a pale blue Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with fluted brim on July 21 for Belgian National Day

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You have seen the finalists- now it is time to cast your vote. Voting will remain open until January 15 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the winner shortly thereafter. You can vote once every twelve hours for as many hats as you wish. To make things interesting, I have hidden results until the poll is finished. Happy voting!

Photos from Getty as indicated; Philip Reynaers/Photo News S.A./Corbis; Sören Andersson / TT via The Swedish Royal Court; Eric Gaillard / Reuters; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, and  Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis