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)

Royal Hats

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)

Birthday of Charlotte Casiraghi

Royal Hats Charlotte Casiraghi, eldest daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and her second husband Stefano Casiraghi, celebrates her twenty-seventh birthday today. Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the Monaco throne, is a journalist, show jumper and Gucci Ambassador who lives a rather glamorous life in in the press spotlight. To celebrate her birthday, I have not chosen my favourite of her past hats but instead, a hat that she completely transformed.  The hat she wore to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s civil wedding on July 1, 2011 might have looked like a ratty beach hat on many but on Charlotte, looked effortlessly chic. Anyone who can elevate such a simple hat has my style respect.

Charlotte Casiraghi, July 1, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog

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Monaco National Holiday

Today is Monaco’s National Holiday. As part of the official celebration, the Monegasque Royal Family attended a mass in the Cathedral of Monaco. As an official event, all the royal ladies (except for Stephanie, who seems allergic to headgear) wore a hat.

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Let’s start with the good, shall we? Princess Caroline of Hanover & Monaco was dressed in a new Chanel suit (as usual!) but repeated this bold fuchsia and black netted cocktail hat. The hat was last seen a decade ago (at the Monaco National Holiday celebrations in 2002) but does not look it’s age. I thought it was great.

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Charlotte Casiraghi was glamorously chic in an understated black hat. While some may have looked too informal in such a hat, she looked amazing.

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And now for the less than good- Princess Charlene topped a gorgeous navy coat dress with a black bumper hat trimmed in a swath of blue net veil.  The flat-as-a-pancake shape feels costumey to me, like a prop used long ago by a comedian after he sat on it.

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