This Week’s Extras

The Akishinos completed their visit to Poland and moved on to Finland. For their first day of events there, Crown Princess Kiko wore two hats- a navy (or black?) brimmed design with white crown, black ruched hatband and back bow; and a cuffed calot with side bow in palest grey textured fabric
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Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex made an unexpected appearance at Wimbledon to watch her good friend Serena Williams. She repeated a ready-to wear- informal fedora with black hatband, the ‘x Biltmore Panama Hat’ by Madewell
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Princess Anne celebrated 50 years of the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent in Clyde, Scotland on Thursday
Prince Albert was in Brussels yesterday to see the start of the 106th Tour de France
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Carina Axelsson, partner of Princess Benedikte’s eldest son, Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg shared this photo of herself in a black feathered fascinator taken back at Trooping the Colour in early June
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful crown shape on this chic summer straw hat from French brand, Maison Michel
Adore the pattern in this floral disc hat with flying bow by Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Ecru straw boater with amazing, detachable father sailboat trim by Russian-born UK milliner Maria Zherebtsova
Breathtaking aqua saucer with hand-painted lace and impeccable silk binding by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Fun (and airy!) twist on a classic bowler by London-based Spanish milliner Rafael Peinador
Winter white felt trilby with blue stripped pheasant feathers by UK milliner Siana Yewdall
Chic straw baseball caps from Italian brand Borsalino
Kokoshnik bandeau of silk flowers studded with branches and birds by UK brand Bombini Studio
An oversize ivory brimmed picture hat with orange bloom at the Henley Regatta on a familiar face!

And from Melbourne-based brand Taboo Millinery, this hand carved and painted black and white boater. Amazing!

Charming summer family photo shared by Prince Carl Phillip and Princess Sofia. Those young princes are growing like weeds!
Great peek inside the new Dutch government jet that will transport King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima around the world. I wonder if the king will also pilot it?!
And finally, this sweet new summer portrait of the Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, released recently for the 50th anniversary of the Prince’s investiture as Prince of Wales

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Carina Axelssohn shared this snap taken with her dogs on a mountain walk last Sunday in a fuzzy faux fur hat

Sweet red double hair bow for Princess Estelle on Thursday to receive the Swedish royal family’s Christmas trees along with her mum and brother (Swedish Royal Court). She also wore a glittery hairbow and feather boa to a pantomime theatre performance yesterday.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in Australia on Tuesday in sporty hats for a sailing race

Princess Yoko in a black bumper hat at a Dec 5 memorial for the late Prince Mikasa (Imperial Family of Japan)

June is such a busy month here at Royal Hats, it’s no wonder we missed Princess Nobuko paying a visit to the JS Takanami. Her hat, a wide brimmed white straw design, has an unusually shaped brim and looks to be embellished with some sort of net tulle wrap and a bow at the back. It’s a unique shape for an Imperial royal hat. 

Kensington Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend church with the Queen and royal family on Christmas morning. For those of you waiting for Meghan’s first royal hat, I suspect that will be it. Also- mark your calendars for May 19 and hope for a daytime wedding. Daytime = HATS!!

New millinery designs shared this week that stand out to me include:

British millinery Stephen Jones pushes creativity again with this hat made of 35mm film
Lovely loden green felt fedora with a delicious hit of fuschia from Goldust Millinery
Red straw statement hat with floral appliques and pleated pink crin halo brim from With Grace Millinery
Beautiful white straw wide brimmed hat covered in beaded black applique from Nerida Fraiman
Yellow and green crystal tipped feather fascinator from California based
Stunning royal blue fedora/pork pie hybrid (that looks far better than it sounds!) from Susanne Juul
The navy straw-base cocktail hat with twists, veil and jewelled button by British milliner Edwina Ibbotson
worn by J.K. Rowling on Tuesday
to receive the Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace

And this stunning dark plum fedora with floral embroidered applique by British Layla Leigh Millinery

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Sneek peek at the Spanish royal family’s Christmas photo card

Princess Charlene shared the sweetest holiday snap of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, taken by Vanessa Von Zitzewitz

New pictures released this week of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, including a sweet snap of the Grand Duchess with her pups

Princess Martha Louise of Norway posted this Christmas wish, showing her great sense of humour (and a touching reminder that royals deal with many of the same life challenges as the rest of us)

A stunning new portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh painted by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans for an exhibition at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Demark

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Carina Axelsson shared a snap while out for a walk in her brown felt Tyrolean hat

Princess Marie in a cosy knit hat on Monday at Tivoli Park for an afternoon of fun with several families dealing with childhood autism (Danish Court)

Lady Amelia Windsor in a courduroy cap with braided trim in a snap shared on her social media this week

Princess Anne in a casual canvas hat during her trip earlier this week to Madagascar

Today in Portsmouth, she donned military uniform to celebrate 100 years of women in the navy

Hats that stood out to me this week that I’d love to see on a few royal heads:

Sleek grey felt embellished cloche from Fabienne Delvigne
Wonderful take on a classic straw boater from Mind Your Bonce Millinery
Magenta percher with black rings, feathers and sequins by Rosie Olivia
Unusual and fascinating brim on this black & white design
from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Navy fedora studded with tiny swarovski crystals by Jane Taylor
Pink straw button percher with white feather poinsettia bloom from Tasmania based Cessiah Alice Millinery
Striking red, fuchsia and purple layered straw halo hat by Australian brand Peacock Millinery
Chic blue boater with brim trimmed in smart navy braid by French milliner Veronica Marucci Chapeaux
Luxe trilby in pinky beige fur felt with crystal studded hatband from Jess Collett

And this picture hat with stacked, textured double brim with flying black straw bows from Australian milliner Louise MacDonald

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Interesting interview with Grand Duke George of Russia (Vanity Fair via The Russian Legitimist)

New portrait of Princess Leonor, released by the Spanish court for her 12th birthday


Prince Jigme Namgyel joined his parents on a visit to India this week- his first overseas tour.

And finally, this very sweet exchange between the Duke of Cambridge and a young recipient of the Pride of Britain award.

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Luxarazzi writer Svenja provided excellent coverage (here, here, here, here and here) of last weekend’s marriage of Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia – both descendants of Queen Victoria. There were some very memorable hats along with an impressive bridal tiara. (Confessions of A Castelholic)

Carina Axelsson shared this self-portrait taken while walking her dogs in her chocolate Tyrolean hat

Princess Michael of Kent in a safari hat in PR photos for her new book about raising an orphaned cheetah as a teenager in Mozambique

Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand in a tall crowned white cloche hat

Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette Marit in cozy autumn hats for outdoor engagements this week.

Princess Beatrix opened the new Simavi office in Amsterdam yesterday in a repeated rusty brown hat with pyramid shaped crown

Hats that caught my eye recently:

Striking royal blue beaded cocktail hat with peacock feathers by UK based Butterfly Millinery
Three pink beauties from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery – a boater, a leather headpiece and a bowed percher
Luxurious jewel-tone felt trilbies from Goldust Millinery
This button percher with the most exquisite straw leaves from the Danish studio of Susanne Juul
Unusual headpiece of layered squares of crin in different shades of blue by William Chambers Millinery
Black and white laser cut stunner from New Zealand milliner Claire Hahn
 Royal blue teardrop beret percher with effortlessly flying feathers by Rosie Olivia

And from the studio of legendary milliner Stephen Jones- a thread spool top hat variation and a trio of tandem boater hats in the most luminous lamé organza, modelled by longtime members of his staff. Bonkers but brilliant.

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Prince Harry arrived in Toronto ahead of today’s opening of the Invictus games to fit in visits to mental health facilities and rub elbows with athletes (even acting as an alarm for one Aussie athlete catching a nap). For Canadian readers, the Invictus Opening Ceremony will be broadcast this evening on CTV.

Sweet self-portrait shared by the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway

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Royal Hats

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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Royal Hats

Carina Axelsson shared a photo enjoying a walk with her dogs in her favourite hiking hat. The Court Jeweller also posted an interesting article this week about the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg inheritance and what it means for Carina and her partner Prince Gustav. 

Love the use of Petersham ribbon trim on this straw cocktail hat by Dutch milliner Eudia

Earlier this year, we saw Zara Tindall in a hat by Australian milliner Meg Rafter. I’d love to see her in more Rafter designs- these pieces from her new winter collection look fantastic. I adore the innovative uses of feather trim.

More is more? What do you think of this lavishly embellished butterfly themed design from Jane Corbett?

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Princess Anne was in west Africa this week a looked to be enjoying her visit

Lovely snap of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to Italy this week (which followed with a stop in Austria). Disappointingly, the trip did not include any hats.

Farewell to Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg

Family of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg were joined by close royal friends at the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Bad Berleburg, Germany this morning to pay tribute to the prince who died unexpectedly on March 13 at the age of 83. His wife, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, led her family in a black bumper hat with diagonal stripes on the cuff brim.

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The couple’s eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra, wore Princess Benedikte’s black Breton hat with short, curled brim bound in silk ping and trimmed with a net tulle veil. Alexandra’s daughter, Countess Ingrid, wore a floral trimmed black headband.

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Princess Nathalie also wore one of her mother’s hats, a brimless design with domed crown trimmed with a swath of feathers at the back. 

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Carina Axelsson, the longtime partner of Prince Richard and Princess Benedikte’s son Prince Gustav, wore moulded black felt cloche hat with extended brim.

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Queen Margrethe repeated her black Karakul fur toque with feather pouf trim.

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Crown Princess Mary repeated her Susanne Juul designed hat with tall, squared felt crown and straw brim, trimmed with a pair of black feathers while Princess Marie repeated her looped black silk ribbon headpiece.

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Queen Anne-Marie wore a short brimmed hat with moulded crown in the shape of a partial Pork Pie, simply trimmed in a Petersham ribbon hatband.

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Queen Máxima repeated her Fabienne Delvigne designed rounded pillbox hat with bow at the back. Princess Beatrix wore a large black straw bumper hat with double upfolded brim.

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Queen Silvia wore a larger scale black felt hat with short, upturned Kettle brim trimmed with a wide, folded silk hatband and knotted sash. Princess Madeleine, who is Princess Benedikte’s goddaughter, wore a simple black headband.

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Princess Märtha Louise, who represented the Norwegian royal family, repeated her swirled black cocktail hat wrapped in black net veil.

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I’m sure you all join me in expressing the deepest of sympathy to Princess Benedikte and the Berleburg family as they grieve the loss of Prince Richard.

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