Monaco Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today with a Thanksgiving Mass at Cathedral Notre-Dame, a parade in the royal palace courtyard and a greeting from the palace balcony.

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Charlene chose a new hat for these celebrations, a sleek cloche in claret wool trimmed with a grey birdcage net veil that encases the piece. The classic 1920s shape and style of the hat is made current and modern by the veil and a side slit in the cuffed brim. This is not an easy hat to wear but it works so well with Charlene’s face shape, new pixie haircut, flapper-esque dropped waist dress and demure jewellery. I think this is vintage-modern royal millinery at its best.

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco topped her Chanel coat with a fascinator made of black feathers formed into flowers. While I would have preferred her in a more traditionally shaped hat with this outfit for this occasion, this fascinator frames her face nicely and she wears it well.

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Chanel
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Beatrice Borromeo topped an elegant black and beige suit with a beige felt moulded beret worn on the side of her head. The hat has an air of austerity about it that was balanced well with Beatrice’s drop earrings- while I would have loved a feather or some sort of trim on the hat, it fit very well with her elegantly streamlined ensemble.

 Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats    Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

 Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats    Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer:  Likely Philip Treacy.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a long time friend of Prince Albert often spotted at Monaco royal events with her husband Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, was her characteristically bold self in a black and white ensemble. Camilla’s white pillbox-style hat featured an open crown, black stripes, and black feather trim. I’m not usually a fan of open-topped hats but this one seems to work well with Camilla’s upswept hairstyle and bold dress and coat.
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new
Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (Prince Albert’s first cousin, the daughter of his father’s sister Princess Antoinette) wore a grey felt Garbo style hat with floppy brim and side pouf trim. Her daughter, Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy wore a black felt hat of similar shape trimmed with a brooch pinned at the side. The two women are picture below on either side of Princess Charlene. As you can also see below, both Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Stephanie were in attendance but neither wore a hat.
Monaco Royal Family, Novemeber 19, 2015  | Royal Hats

Monaco Royal Family, Novemeber 19, 2015  | Royal Hats

It looks like a lovely day was had by all in Monaco although the hats might have been overshadowed by a certain pair of royal twins who appeared on the balcony! What do you think of the royal millinery spotted in Monaco today?
Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

This Week’s Extras

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Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Balmoral last weekend to begin their annual Scottish summer vacation (Daily Mail). The Queen wore a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat for her arrival and  her cream straw hat with lattice brim for Sunday Service at Crathie Kirk (The Press & Journal).

Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was her usually colourful self this week in Saint-Tropez (Svenskdam)

Infanta Elena at a bullfight in  – you guessed it – her light straw Panama hat (Hola)

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Shock waves from Romania as King Michael strips Prince Nicholas of his title and place in succession (Telegraph). Sentiments toward the young man seem to have changed dramatically since Crown Princess Margarita wrote kindly about him in this chapter of his book, The Road Home.

Two interesting articles Princess Anne here and here released for her 65th birthday today (Macleans & The Telegraph)

 

Royal Christening in Monaco

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco brought their twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, to the Cathédrale de Monaco yesterday to be christened.

Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

For this special event, Princess Charlene wore a silk crepe dress in palest seafoam green topped with a textured straw pillbox hat in the same shade.

I think a pillbox shape was a great idea for Charlene today as there was no brim to obscure the view of her animated face or be pulled askew by little hands. A pillbox is also a very natural choice to compliment the streamlined silhouette of her 1950’s inspired dress.
I’m afraid, however, this pillbox is less of a ‘box’ and more of a pancake. The odd proportion of this hat/pancake dictated its vertical placement on the back of Princess Charlene’s head- a placement I just can’t get behind. While her dress, pearl earrings, sleek hairstyle and megawatt smile were all flawless, I think the hat needed another inch or two of height to really work.

Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

Designer: Stephen Jones Millinery. Dress by Dior Couture. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The stars of the event arrived in custom Dior gowns with pin-tucking and Calais lace trim. Each gown was topped with a Calais lace-edged apron embroidered with tiny vegetables and the child’s monogram. Prince Jacques (pictured below) and Princess Gabriella also wore coordinating pin-tucked bonnets, which were removed during the service.

Prince jacques, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Baby Dior
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco wore a large purple raffia picture hat with square crown and relaxed brim which was folded up in the front. A  handmade and fair trade item, this easygoing hat looked effortlessly chic on the elegant princess.
Designer: The Madagascar Hat Company.
Previously Worn: This believe this hat is new
Beatrice Borromeo, who will join the Monaco royal family this summer when she weds Pierre Casiraghi, wore an exquisite cream picture hat with a short, domed crown and a wide cartwheel brim. The unembellished hat gained all of its ‘wow’ factor from the sweeping shape and different textures of straw on the crown and brim, proving again that a royal hat doesn’t always need huge blooms or plumes to make a grand statement. It was my favourite hat of the day.
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Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown. It is similar to several hats in Philip Treacy’s SS 2015 collection
Previously Worn: This believe this hat is new
Princess Charlene’s mother, Lynnette Wittstock, topped her demure oyster suit with a cream cocktail hat. The straw pillbox base of this piece supported a large waved circle of striped crin which was further trimmed by a large silk rose and cream feathers.

Lynette Wittstock, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

 Princess Charlene’s sister-in-law Chantell Witstock (below left) also wore a cream percher hat with large silk flower trim and feathers while her brother Gareth’s partner Roisin Galvin wore a pale grey feathered headpiece.

Chantell Wittstock and Roisin Galvin, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

The only other royal guests who attended the christening were Prince Albert’s close friends, the Duke and Duchess of Castro, Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies. Princess Camilla, who can never be considered a wallflower when it comes to fashion, topped her electric blue and white checker board jacket with a coordinating cocktail hat. The blue-based hat was trimmed with a large spray of white silk flowers and three vertical feather spines dyed in the same electric blue as her ensemble. All I can say is that in the sea of pale-hued royal hats at this event, this getup certainly stands out.

You can watch the entire event below- I especially recommend five minutes starting at 1:53 after the service for some adorable interaction between the babies and a good view of Princess Charlene’s hat.

Which hats stood out to you at this very happy event?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Eric Gaillard / Reuters; and Monaco Info

Royal Hats Last Year: The Rest

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We have nearly come to the end of our review of all the hats, headpieces and feathery puffs we saw grace royal heads in 2014. Please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are the final royal hats we saw in 2014:

Austria- Archduchess Marie-Astrid (1-2), Archduchess Adelaide (3), Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este (4) and Archduchess Anna-Gabriele (5)

 1. 2014-07-05 Amadeo and Elisabetta 31 2. Archduchess Marie Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Archduchess Adelaide, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este , July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Romania- Princess Maria (6) and Crown Princess Margareta (7-8)

6. Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Crown Princess Margarita, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Italy- Duchess of Castro (9-10), Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (11) and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma (12)

9. Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats  10. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 12. Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Iran- Empress Farah and Greece- Princess Marie-Chantal

13. Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Marie-Chantal, June 7, 2014 in Philip Treacy |Royal Hats

British Nobility- Lady Brabourne (15-16), the Duchess of Devonshire (17-18) and the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough (19)

15. Baroness Brabourne, January 12, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 16. Baroness Brabourne, June 18, 2014 in Dillon Wallwork | Royal Hats 17. Duchess of Devonshire, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Duchess of Devonshire, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 19. Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, October 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

The next post will FINALLY invite you all, dear readers, to formally nominate your favourite hat, least favourite hat and best overall hat style from the royal hats we saw in 2014. Will any of these hats make your list?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family was joined by monarchs and representatives from numerous other royal houses for Queen Fabiola’s funeral today. Empress Michiko of Japan wore a petite black saucer hat that featured a flat fan bow and net tulle veil.

Empress Michiko, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

Empress Michiko and Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden wore a black felt cloche hat with wide, folded black velvet band around the crown.

Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a black pillbox which was covered in net tulle and wrapped with a band of black velvet around the outside of the hat.

Queen Sofia and Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Sofia and Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands repeated her black fur felt hat with pointed crown and upfolded felt and straw double brim.

Princess Beatrix, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Empress Farah of Iran wore a black silk pleated turban that was interlaced with strands of metallic black straw and trimmed with a loosely woven black straw rosette.

Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid of Norway, who accompanied King Harald, wore a black bumper hat. At first glance, I thought this hat and coat combination were made from the same Karakul fur but after a closer look, I believe they are made of textured wool.

Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

And finally, the Duchess of Castro wore a black calot trimmed with a silk ruffle that spanned the side and back of the hat. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

I think that includes all the royals who attended this event (please let me know if I missed anyone). The hats were all rather simple, but simple elegance is exactly what was required. Did any of these royal hats stand out to you today?

Photos from Vincent Kalut, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Didier LebrunPatrick van Katwijk, and Albert Nieboer, all via Corbis

Monaco National Day

Members of Monaco’s Royal Family gathered to celebrate their national holiday today. And a national holiday, dear friends, means lots of royal hats! While Princess Charlene did not attend the celebration mass at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee de Monaco or watch the military parade, she did make an appearance on the balcony in the most quintessential of French hats. While the black hue feels too harsh for my taste, the simple lines of this beret seem a good fit with Charlene’s clean-lined fashion aesthetic. She looks quite chic in this beret, don’t you think?

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2014 | Royal HatsPrincess Charlene, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco’s hat was neither clean nor simple but it was great fun. She topped her navy tweed dress and jacket with a whimsical navy cocktail hat trimmed with straw ribbon twists, feathers flying off in all directions, and a large navy net tulle veil. On its on, I find the hat to be rather run of the mill but paired, to great contrast, with her austere suit, it made a fantastic combination.

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore a gently sloped black pyramid hat trimmed with a large black bow. Tatiana is known for her bohemian fashion style and I thought that her ensemble was an interesting style departure for her. In the end, I think her beautiful grey and blue lace suit was much more successful than the hat which, from a distance, looked like a squashed mortar board.

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Oddly shaped as it was, Tatiana’s hat was a vast improvement to the headpiece worn by Princess Stephanie. For the second year in a row, Stephanie trotted out a royal scrunchie to secure the chignon in her hair. I defer to the words of commenter edoep who wrote last year, ” ‘dear steph, please note: a scrunchie is NOT a teeny-weeny hat!” That sums up my sentiments as well.

Monaco Royal Family, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (Prince Albert’s first cousin, the daughter of his father’s sister Princess Antoinette) wore a stylised black bowler hat with black net veil (behind Princess Caroline, below), Her daughter, Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy (beside Princess Stephanie, below), wore a black cloche variation with a square crown, wrapped in a ruched black sash.

Baroness Elisabethe-Anne de Massy and Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Baroness Elisabethe-Anne de Massy and Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats And finally, the Duke and Duches of Castro, who are close friends of Prince Albert, were also in attendance. Camilla topped her purple coat dress in a coordinating slouchy Fez-style hat which was trimmed in a swath of net tulle veil. While the hat has a slight air hostess vibe about it, the colour is lovely on her and the concept is unique. It’s nice to see a hat we don’t see every day, isn’t it?

Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Because Monaco’s national holiday falls at this time of year, we usually see hats in dark, wintery hues and this year was no exception. Did any of these hats stand out to you?

Photos from Getty as indicated