Royal Hat Round Up

Numerous royal hats have been worn over the past month:
April 22: Princess Benedikte repeated her sky blue felt hat with pinched fedora crown and sharply upfolded brim on one side.

April 28: Empress Masako wore a short brimmed cream silk covered hat for the Midori Prize Ceremony.

April 30: King Carl Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip in uniform caps at the king’s birthday celebrations
Embed from Getty Images
April 30: Crown Princess Mary in a new plaited bandeau by Tasmaian milliner Haidee Neall for the 75th anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in Denmark.
May 4: Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko departed Japan to travel to London for the coronation, Princess Kiko wore a blue hat that’s recently undergone a design change.
Embed from Getty Images

May 9: Queen Máxima repeated a blush silk abaca calot headpiece studded with tiny beads on the first day of a visit to Wadden Islands.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne.  Claes Iversen suit and Burberry raincoat.
Previously Worn: Jan 31, 2023; Sep 15, 2017Nov 3, 2016;  Oct 25, 2015 Apr 2, 2014 

May 10: Princess Hanako in a lovely pale pink brimmed hat for the Asia-Pacific Festival & Charity Bazaar.

May 10: For the second day of a visit to Wadden Islands, Queen Máxima repeated a headpiece of black silk rosettes studded with gold feathers and a small black birdcage net tulle veil.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Laura Noetinger. Zara suit and Natan Coat.  
Previously Worn: Oct 8, 2015; April 13, 2011May 4, 2009

May 11: For the start of the Italian state visit to Norway, Queen Sonja repeated her taupe leather pillbox.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne.  
Previously Worn: May 25, 2022; Sep 6, 2016

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a new brimmed hat in pale pink straw braid.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Designer: unknown. Natan cape and Valentino dress.  
Previously Worn: This hat is new

May 11: Queen Máxima attended the B for Goods Leaders Summit conference in Amsterdam in a repeated pleated red turban.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan. 
Previously Worn: Sep 19, 2021; Oct 16, 2018; March 20, 2015.

May 12: Lady Louise Windsor took part in the Royal Windsor Horse Show in a repeated a dark blue felt fedora with leather hatband and feather trim.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer:  Hayfield England. Stella McCartney Coat. 
Previously Worn: May 14, 2022 
Previously Worn by the Duchess of Edinburgh: July 3, 2021

May 14 : Lady Louise Windsor enjoying the Royal Windsor Horse Show in her mum’s camel felt fedora with feather hatband.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer:  Suffolk Fedora in Camel from Hicks & Brown
Previously Worn by the Duchess of Edinburgh: Dec 22, 2019; Aug 25, 2019Dec 23, 2018May 14, 2018

May 15: Princess Akiko in a pale cloche with short brim for the Aoi Festival

May 16: Queen Máxima repeated a warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept slice brim to open the Van Gogh Village Museum in Nuenen.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Claes Iversen dress​
Previously Worn: Sep 15, 2021;  Jul 7, 2021;  Jul 2, 2019;  May 25, 2018;  Feb 18, 2017; Nov 28, 2016Nov 1, 2016; Sep 14, 2016; Jun 2, 2016; Apr 21, 2016Mar 10, 2016

May 16: King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia visited Kalmar County as part of King Carl-Gustaf’s Jubilee celebrations. The king wore his Borsalino tan fedora to plant an Öland oak tree in the City Park.

May 17: Princess Anne was in uniform for the Passing Out Parade of First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

May 18: The Duchess of York in a green jeweled headband from The Party Papillon.

May 18: King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia opened the “Jubilee exhibition in glass” exhibition at Solliden Castle, the king in his Borsalino tan fedora.

May 18: Empress Masako, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Hanako, Princess Nobuko and Princess Hisako all attended the annual Japanese Red Cross Society national convention.

May 18: National Day in Norway saw King Herald and Crown Prince Haakon in top hats, Queen Sonja in a white rounded pillbox and Crown Princess Mette-Marit in her gold Prada headband woven with a pink ribbon.

Embed from Getty Images

May 22: Princess Benedikte repeated her navy straw hat with upfolded brim and floral trim for her namesake race at Klampenborg Gallop Track.

May 24: Empress Masako in a sharp navy and white hat for the 50th anniversary memorial service for WWII sailors.

Which hats here stand out most to you?

Images from social media as indicated 

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Noble & Notable Guests

Numerous noble and notable guests attended Monday’s state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II:

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten and her daughter Lady Alexandra Hooper

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Dillon Wallwork made both

Lady Pamela Hicks and India Hicks

Embed from Getty Images

Ms Maddison May Brudenell (granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten) in a hat by Nicola de Selincourt. In the third photo, you can see milliner Stella McLaren seated in front of the guard.

Designer: Nicola de Selincourt

Lady Susan Hussey

Embed from Getty Images

Angela Kelly

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Earl and Countess of Spencer

Duchess of York

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty ImagesEmbed from Getty Images

Designer: Philip Treacy

Michael and Carole Middleton

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

All living British Prime Ministers and their spouses

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Designer of Carrie Johnson’s hat: Ajgretton Millinery

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen

Embed from Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford. Jacinda’s hat is by New Zealand milliner Monika Neuhauser.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron and followed by Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and his wife Sanja Musić Milanović in a hat by Kobali.

Jill Biden in Philip Treacy

Embed from Getty Images

What an extraordinary time and farewell this has been for an extraordinary woman. Thank you, Your Majesty, for your smiling steadfastness and your life of service. You and your beautiful hats will be deeply, deeply missed.

Embed from Getty Images


Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Family Members

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Extended British Royal Family 

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Royal Guests

British Royals Attend Service of Thanksgiving

Members of the British royal family attended a Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of The Lady Elizabeth Shakerley CVO (also known as Lady Elizabeth Anson). Born at Windsor Castle to Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson (1913–1958), and his wife, Anne Bowes-Lyon, Lady Elizabeth was a grand-niece of the late Queen Mother and cousin to the current queen. She passed away in November 1, 2020 at the age of 79.

The Countess of Wessex repeated her black fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2020 

The Duchess of Gloucester (shown in the second photo in the gallery below) repeated her new black sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim trimmed with a slim double hatband.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Jun 14, 2022; May 25, 2022

Princess Alexandra wore a new hat in crisp navy and ivory straw. The domed navy crown sits atop an ivory crown sideband and brim with a wide navy hatband to create a blocks of graphic contrast. The hat is wrapped in navy net veil.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: likely Rachel Trevor Morgan. 
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent wore a grey felt angular brimless hat – let’s call it a beret variation –  paired with a looped lilac bow in the back of her hair.

Embed from Getty Images

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

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a wide brimmed hat in pale blue sinamay. The sloped crown shape is mirrored in the design’s sidesweeping brim and the hat is beautifully trimmed with a wide hatband, pleated fan bow and silk flowers.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

The Duchess of York wore a padded black velvet headband

Embed from Getty Images

While Princess Beatrix did not wear a hat to this event, it’s worth noting her friendship with Lady Elizabeth, who was one of the bridesmaids at her wedding! Lady Sarah Chatto and Lady Helen Taylor also attended, although not in hats.

Images from Getty and social media as indicated  

Duchess of York’s New Portraits

This month’s issue of Town and Country Magazine includes an article on the Duchess of York, “Inside the Reinvention of Sarah Ferguson, the Ultimate Royal Rebel” accompanied by a beautiful photo spread styled by Hannah Teare and photographed by Misan Harriman. We don’t often see royals styled in this way and the hats were just too good not to share:

Veiled black felt top hat with large silk bow at the back (the “Marlene Top Hat” design) by Emily London

Eggplant velour felt “Luis” matador hat with wide, flat brim and crystal chain by Emily London


Top hat in wrapped black crin with a curved Visca brim and white silk organza camellias by Lock and Co. It is the “Marlene Top Hat” design.


Black boater hat with bow and veil by Emily London (possibly the “Alcina” or  “Rochester” design)

What do you think of this quartet of hats on Sarah?
Images from social media as indicated  

This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of York repeated a bandeau covered in vibrant green, yellow and fuchsia feathers by Jess Collett to visit several charities last Wednesday
Tessy de Nassau, former wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg, was married Friday in Switzerland to Frank Floessel. She topped her ivory and black Max Azria dress with jeweled floral clips in her hair
Lady Kitty Spencer was married to Michael Lewis Saturday in Rome. Dolce and Gabbana, who she models for, created five couture ensembles for her, several with stunning headpieces. Her lace gown was designed as a nod to the gown her mother wore when her parents married (see more photos in the comments)
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Charming beret percher covered in paper flowers by Australian milliner Wendy Scully
Silver woven straw beret with fantastic fuchsia pleated silk abaca ruffle by British brand Camilla Robertson
Black sinamay picture hat wrapped in a swath of feathers ’round the brim by British milliner Piers Atkinson
Angular cloche in wonderful textured turquoise straw by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Striking purple applique flowers on this cream parasisal boater by German milliner Anne Schneider
Pink silk floral bandeau studded with… 35mm film! By Hawaiian milliner Anna Pasquale
From British milliner Bundle MacLaren, this design of fantastical stars and spheres
Darling navy and cream boucle covered boater with fringed edge and silk hatband by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Teal velvet bandeau studded with pearls and crystals by British brand Victoria Jane Millinery
Pink sinamay button with pleated butterfly fan by Irish milliner Stephanie Gallen
Colourful sinamay saucers with lovely trimmings by Nigerian brand Ovy Hats
Sky blue textured button percher with the loveliest silk avbaca fan and quill by London-based Merve Bayindir
Love the black and pink scheme on this dramatic percher with twists, veil and flower by Russian brand Anna Millinery
Incredible use of vintage silver zipper braid in this peach basket percher by Australian milliner Jill Humphries


This little nugget celebrated his eighth birthday last week

Images from social media as indicated