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
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

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
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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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Royal Wedding in Monaco

Royal Hats The civil wedding ceremony of Pierre Caisraghi and longtime girlfriend Beatrice Borromeo took place on Saturday in Monaco. For the event, which was followed by an informal picnic for 700 guests hosted by Prince Albert and Princess Charlene in the Palace gardens, Beatrice wore a dusty pink v-necked, empire waisted gown by Valentino. The bodice of the dress was covered in gold lace which was also used to make mid length, floaty sleeves and trim the bottom of the skirt. Beatrice completed the look with a small headband of fresh flowers.

Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, July 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, July 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

While an outdoor wedding with picnic is the perfect wedding to wear a hat, the only member of Pierre’s family to do so was his sister Charlotte. She topped her orange printed dress with a simple white straw picture hat trimmed with a wide sash around the base of the brim which trailed off the back of the hat.

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For the formal dinner hosted by Princess Caroline Saturday evening at the Hotel de Paris, Beatrice wore a second Valentino design in luminescent grey and white silk organza (see her arrival on video here). The sparkling clouds hand embroidered and beaded on the skirt made for a rather dreamy ensemble that on any other day, would have likely been a twinge just too literal.

Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, July 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

The happy couple will celebrate their religious wedding on August 1 on one of the Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore in the bride’s native Italy (when one’s family owns some islands, it is a logical place to have a wedding). After these two Valentino couture pieces for her civil nuptials, I can only imagine Beatrice’s next dress will be spectacular.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Infanta Elena at the procession of Cristo de los Alabardos last weekend (Royalista)

Members of Monaco’s Royal Family remembered Prince Rainier, who passed away 10 years ago this week (Paris Match)

Queen Sonja wore  wore a beret hat with grommets earlier this week  to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ‘Scandinavian Star’ tragedy (Paris Match)

Princess Eugenie out and about in New York (The Daily Mail)

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Wonderful photos from the exhibition of Queen Margrethe’s dresses (Glittering Royal Events Message Board) and a gallery of the Danish Royals’ formal finery at Wednesday’s gala concert in Aarhus (Getty)

The Spanish King and Queen with their daughters on Easter Sunday last weekend (Blog Real)

Two drawings done by King George V and his younger sister Princess Victoria when they were children recently went up for sale (Paul Fraser Collectibles)

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Rare glimpse into the close relationship between a Queen and her milliner (The Daily Mail)

Prince Philip looked so very distinguished in uniform at RAF Norfolk this week (The Daily Mail)

King Carl Gustaf wore a dashing fedora hat on the final day of the state visit to Finland (Svenskdam)

Charlotte Casiraghi left LAX in a floppy black Garbo hat (Svenskdam)

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Great lecture by Canadian royal historian Carolyn Harris on King John and the making of the Magna Carta

The Countess of Wessex and the Mexican First Lady visited the set of Downton Abbey (British Monarchy Twitter)

Amazing royal discovery uncovered during a cottage renovation (The Telegraph)

Prince William met Shaun the Sheep in China (New China TV). Unfortunately, his successful Asian visit hit a blip on the last day (Independent)

I love it when royals are friends. The Swedish and Norwegian young royals enjoying dinner together (DT.se)

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in an anti-terrorist march in Luxembourg (Luxarazzi)

Queen Elizabeth in her vibrant royal blue and turquoise fringed hat for church at Sandringham last weekend (Rex Features)

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway enjoyed a fishing excursion (Royal House of Norway) and, joined by Crown Princess Mette-Marit, opened the “Year for Outdoor Life” campaign in Oslo (Getty)

Charlotte Casiraghi sporting a lovely plum fedora on a trip to Rome (Plejada)

It was a first year of numerous hats for little Mia Tindall. Wishing her a Happy Birthday! (The Daily Mail)

John Boyd Hats has launched a ready-to-wear line (John Boyd)

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Continuing Prince Michael of Kent’s birthday celebration with a look at her jewels Part 1 Part 2 (The Court Jeweller)

Series of Queen Fabiola memorial stamps released in Belgium (Noblesse et Royautes)

Interesting account of a job interview at Buckingham Palace (Royal Central)

Overview of the Battle of Waterloo in preparation to celebrate its 200th anniversary (Royal Central)