Royal Hat Catch Up

Thanks, everyone, for holding down the fort over the past two weeks! I appreciate being able to step away from Royal Hats from time to time and leave it in your very capable hands. Thank you! Here are all the hats that were worn while I was away:

Friday, February 23: Princess Hisako attended the opening of the “Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo Del Prado” exhibition at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo. She wore a new large navy felt saucer hat trimmed with what looks like white silk flowers on the side.

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Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Monday: February 26: Princess Kiko  in a white bowler hat with ruched blue hatband to send off the Japanese national Paralympic team for Winter Olympic Games

Feb 26, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I suspect the hatband is a new addition to a previously worn hat

Monday, February 26:  Queen Máxima and Princess Amalia in cozy ski hats for a photocall during their annual ski holiday in Lech, Austria

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Tuesday, March 6: Queen Elizabeth visited the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for its 70th anniversary in her repeated royal purple felt hat with square crown, upfolded kettle brim and dark purple velvet hatband, trimmed with silk irises and velvet leaves.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Dec 7, 2017;  Nov 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 7: Empress Michiko repeated her small rimmed pale blue-grey saucer trimmed with a multi-looped silk bow for the 70th anniversary ceremony of the municipal fire-fighting system at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Sumida, Tokyo.

Mar 7, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 29, 2017
Wednesday, March 7: Queen Máxima repeated her burgundy velvet calot swathed in black net veil  to open the World Horti center, an international knowledge and innovation center for greenhouse horticulture in Naaldwijk

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Nov 29, 2016

Thursday, March 8: The Duke of Edinburgh in his well worn Panama hat for a carriage drive at Windsor Castle

It has been a very quiet two weeks of royal hats- something that will change next week with a Te Deum mass for the new Swedish princess born this morning and the Cheltenham Festival. In the meantime- any thoughts about these hats?

Photos from Asahi; Sankei; social media and Getty as indicated

Remembrance Sunday 2017- Part 2

Members of the British royal family attended the annual Remembrance Day commemoration service at  The Cenotaph at Whitehall in London yesterday. For the first time, the task of laying Her Majesty’s wreath was passed to the Prince of Wales while Queen Elizabeth watched above from a balcony in the Foreign Office.

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The Queen wore a new hat in black felt. The tall asymmetrical crown features a moulded crescent shape on the top and the brim, a short cartwheel. The hat is simply but beautifully trimmed in a black velvet hatband, black velvet brim edging and a multi-looped black felt bow at the side.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duke of Edinburgh, as his sons and grandsons, wore military uniform complete with cap.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her back straw picture hat with upswept brim and oversized black ostrich feather wrapped around the crown.

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The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her wide brimmed black hat with assymetrical indented crown and upswept brim, trimmed with Philip Treacy’s signature flying loop knotted bow and slim hatband in black velvet.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2012; Dec 15, 2006

The Countess of Wessex wore a new design, a black felt saucer shape with upfolded back, trimmed with a large felt bow and two black feathers. A second bow wraps around the raised back of the piece.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It appears to be a bespoke version of “Persimmon” from AW 2017
Previously Worn: This hat is new. 
Princess Alexandra repeated her black felt hat with cartwheel brim wrapped of dotted net veil and trimmed with large black velvet flower (a poppy perhaps?) with leaves.

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Designer: unconfirmed. I suspect Rachel Trevor Morgan 
Previously Worn: Jun 27, 2017
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Duke of Edinburgh Supports Marines In Final Official Engagement

The Duke of Edinburgh conducted his final official public engagement this morning in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace. As Captain General of the Royal Marines, he attended a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, a widespread fundraising campaign taking place this year. Prince Philip stepped out in the rain for the parade in a classic bowler hat, bringing an end to a career of military and public service that extends 75 years.

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Hats off to you, sir. Your retirement is well deserved.

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Queen And Duke Host Holyrood Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a garden party today at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. To oversee the 27,000 cups of tea and 20,000 sandwiches served at the event, the Queen donned a new hat.

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In soft pink straw, the design features an upturned straw brim and square crown covered in the same bouclé as her accompanying coat. Pale pink silk magnolia blooms and pink feathers nestled inside the brim complete the piece. It’s a pretty hat that I think would have been much improved if the whole thing had been fashioned in straw.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: this hat is new
The Duke looked to be in far better shape than his top hat, which is showing wear at the centre front, beneath the hatband. The Duke of York also attended, in his black silk top hat.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was also in attendance, sporting a sharp navy button base cocktail hat with flower, feather and large looped bow trim.
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I await your thoughts on these hats!
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Trooping the Colour 2017

Under clear, sunny skies in London today, 1400 troops from the Queen’s personal division, 400 musicians and 200 horses took part in Trooping the Colour today, a military parade and ceremony to officially celebrate the birthday of the monarch.  After a moment of silence in honour of those lost in the recent Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, members of the royal family followed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the parade by carriage on its route from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to the Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall for the pageant, then back to Buckingham Palace for their annual balcony appearance.

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Queen Elizabeth contrasted against the sea of red in her pale plue straw hat with linear woven crown and lattice woven brim. The square crowned design is simply trimmed with a slim hatband that wraps around the base of the crown three times, ending in a knotted bow at the front. I’ll admit- the Queen’s choice of this hat surprised me today as we saw it just two weeks ago at a Buckingham Palace garden party. I suspect this familiar and slightly understated choice ties in with the poignant statement the Queen released this morning but whatever the case, it’s a beautiful hat and it was lovely to see it at such a high profile event.

Queen Elizabeth, June 17, 2017 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

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Designer: Philip Somerville
Previously Worn: June 1, 2017June 10, 2014June 19, 2008November 26, 2005

For the first time in memory, the Duke of Edinburgh wore morning dress instead of military uniform, with his black silk top hat. Whether this choice was due to the heat (the Duke of Kent also went with morning dress instead of red tunic and undoubtedly hot bearskin hat) or related to his upcoming retirement from official duties, it’s a smart look, especially with that impressive breastplate of medals.

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What do you think of this first pair of royal hats at Trooping the Colour today?

To see hats worn by other members of the British royal Family, follow these links:

Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl of Wessex
Princess Anne and Autumn Philips
The Gloucester and Kent families

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