This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, royals from the houses Bonaparte, Orleans, Bourbon and Murat gathered in Paris to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death. Princess Philomena, Countess of Paris, wore a black feather and crin fascinator.

On Tuesday, Crown Prince Frederik marked the anniversary of the liberation of Denmark in Haderslev
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Salmon pink straw percher with lighter-than-air silk oversize poppies by UK brand John Boyd Millinery
Adore the crown contours on this sunny yellow fedora by Bulgarian brand Hatter’s Daughter
Sky blue crin halo bandeau with statement goose feather pinwheel by UK brand SB Millinery
 Mulberry straw disc rimmed in silk blooms by French milliner Clothilde Toussaint
Ivory button with lavender and apricot ombre flying bow birds by British milliner Awon Golding
Fantastic texture and shape on these woven straw caps by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Adore the swoosh stripes on this black and white felt cloche by British milliner Anne MacDonald


Black mini button percher with the most beautiful calligraphic wired twists by UK milliner Piers Atkinson
Blush lace covered pyramid with crin brim extension by London-based milliner Merve Bayindir
Striking quilled straw disc in hues of blue by Australian milliner Michelle Robinson
Natural straw hat with camellias and green abaca draped hatband by American milliner Maria Etkind
Seafoam straw hat with hexagon shape halo brim and gold wire trim by British milliner Sarah VandenBon
Collapsible summer cloche in vibrant orange and pink by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Lovely floral patterned hatband and brim binding on this straw hat by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
Gorgeous lace placement on this blue straw beret percher by British milliner Lucy Davies


Sweet photos of Prince Henrik shared for his 12th birthday

Prince Albert attended the Monaco E-Prix with his children and their maternal cousin Kaia.
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The Hereditary Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg planted a cherry tree in Oetrange to celebrate Prince Charles’ first birthday. They also released a sweet video you can watch below.

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This Week’s Extras

Back on January 12, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore a black hat with velvet crown and fur trimmed kettle brim to the 55th All Japan University Rugby Championship
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad was crowned king of Malaysia on Thursday. His ‘crown’ might seem a little unusual to western fashion eyes (at the risk of sounding disrespectful, it seems more like a folded napkin fronted with a tiara) and was not what you might expect for a coronation.
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The funeral of Prince Henri of Orleans, Count of Paris, was held at the Chapelle Royale yesterday in Paris. Guests included:
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The Duchess of Vendôme (the late Count’s daughter-in-law) in a black felt hat with tightly upfolded brim;
Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran in a black lace veil
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Duchess of Montpensier (first wife of the late count) in a beautiful black lace veil
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Prince Moulay El Hassan of Morocco in a ceremonial red Fez;
Princess Helene of France and Princess Chantal of France in black brimless fur hats
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Princess Lea of Belgium in a wide brimmed fedora;
Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein in a black mushroom brimmed hat with shallow crown and bow
Crown Princess Mary wore a black bandeau headpiece today to the funeral of Count Frederik Moltke.
Queen Elizabeth attended Sunday Service this morning at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in West Newton in her repeated peach straw hat with bouclé fabric covered crown and brim binding, trimmed with feathers. She was joined by Countess Mountbatten who wore a refined striped tan and chocolate pillbox with bow at the back.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Leaf green felt trilby with blue hatband & feather trim from Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Two neutral brimmed straw beauties in blush and dove grey from British milliner Dillon Wallwork
For those of you in the throngs of winter, this blue mink hat from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Red straw textured saucer with crin edge that extends to a neck wrap from Aussie brand Jill & Jack Millinery
Winter white square cloche with exuberant feather trim from British brand Annabel Allen Millinery
Textured statement percher with swirled base and ombre feathers by Aussie Milliner Sandy Aslett
Purple straw percher with crin, net veil and silk flowers from British milliner Edwina Ibbotson
Mustard yellow felt saucer with flower from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Red felt percher with wonderfully curled gold sprayed quills by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Wide-brimmed, flower trimmed picture hat in the prettiest spring green from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly

And to usher in the Year of the Pig this week, this whimsical embroidered percher with curling bow by Australian brand Amanda Lynn Millinery.

The Prince of Wales visited Tricker’s shoemakers in Northampton this week where he came across a familiar pair of lasts…
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Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and Prince Jacques greeted well wishers from the Monaco Palace balcony during the Celebration Of The Sainte-Devote last Sunday
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And finally, this sweet photo of Prince Carl Philip taking his two young songs, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel, for a winter walk

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Zara and Mike Tindall attended a polo match and racing event on Australia’s Gold Coast last weekend in casual fedora hats

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Princess Philomena d’Orleans and Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein in black wide brimmed hats at Tuesday’s funeral of Prince François de France, Count of Clermont

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Vicky Andren in national costume complete with embroidered cap. 

This year’s London Hat Week schedule will include the premiere of a documentary made by royal milliner Marie O’Reagan.

A sweet red hair bow from Spanish brand Amaia Kids for Princess Charlotte’s first day of nursery school (Kensington Palace)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Dusty pink felt button percher with stunning oversize silk flower from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Beautifully detailed hatband on this navy oversize fedora from British milliner Jess Collett
Charming pink, black and white straw boater from American brand Lifted Millinery
Dark, moody red picture hat with flying bow and open weave brim from British milliner Juliette Botterill
Lovely movement on the soaring slim quills trimming this Fabienne Delvigne saucer hat
Classic navy wool hat with beautifully crisp knotted silk hatband from California based Jill Courtemanche
From Stephen Jones, whose creativity knows no bounds – hammer head shark and lamb chop headpieces

And this wonderfully chic is this two-toned felt fedora from German milliner Nicki Marquardt.

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Christmas photos from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik; also from Princess Benedikte and her grandchildren

Two sneak peeks at the BBC documentary airing today on the coronation jewels

Sweet photos released by the Danish monarchy of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent for their seventh birthday. Their mum also shared more relaxed candids of the twins she took on their family’s recent trip to Australia.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit explain why Norwegians are so happy.

We wrap up this week with another stunning landscape image from Prince Nikolaos

 Photos from Alain Guizard/Bestimage via Paris Match 

This Week’s Extras

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.

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Disappointed to hear that the Order of The Garter service has been cancelled this year. The state opening of parliament is scheduled that day (postponed to accommodate the UK election) and for the first time since 1974, we’ll see Queen Elizabeth in a day dress and hat for this event instead of the Robes of State and the Imperial State Crown, which will be carried in on a pillow. (Windsor Observer & Telegraph)

Royal Ascot and legendary department store Fenwick teamed up with eight London-based milliners to create an eight piece collection of hats. Click on the photo to jump to their Facebook page then click again to open a slideshow of the eight designs.

Rachel Trevor Morgan shared this look at two of her beautiful saucer designs in one of the Fenwick display windows.

Following up the beautiful hat worn in last week’s roundup by the Duchess of Vendome- Princess Philomena has formally become an ambassador for French milliner Marie d’Argent. You can see her wearing several designs from this brand here (La Couronne blog)

I’d love to see this floral trimmed fedora from London milliner Bundle MacLaren on a royal head at Epsom or Ascot – slightly unexpected but SO pretty and right on trend.

Note- several of you have written to say how much you enjoy the “Hats From The Past” posts. As a treat, we’re going to start every day in May with an early morning hat post featuring a royal hat from the past. Stay tuned!

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All smiles last Saturday for the baptism of prince Liam of Nassau at the Vatican. If you enlarge the photo collage below, you’ll see Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume accompanying a song on the guitar.

Lovely new portraits of King Willem Alexander taken for his 50th birthday this week- click the arrow at right to scroll through.