Hat From the Past

Royal Hats twenty years to this day in 2001 when Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Ohi-Kurata day-care center, the Empress in an aqua silk covered saucer with the most delicate of floral trim.

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Utterly charming.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats25 years back to this day in 1995 that saw Empress Michiko commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the World War II in a gorgeous deep deal silk hat.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 59 years to November 1961 and a duck netting trip outside Tokyo that saw Princess Alexandra in a fur pillbox, Empress Nagako in a blue cuffed hat and then Crown Prince Akihito in a brown fedora, all out for  Empress Michiko, who was crown princess at the time, seems to have sported a brown capulet style hat with side bow.

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Thanks, Jake, for this photo suggestion!

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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, Empress Emeritus Michiko and Crown Princess Kiko, along with their husbands, visited Meiji Shrine ahead of its 100th anniversary today. The former empress wore a small cream rimmed saucer with white lattice crin underbrim and folded bow. Princess Kiko wore a white bumper hat.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Statement waved saucer percher in orchid purple and magenta by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Adore the butterfly trim on this tan felt trilby by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Large black straw saucer studded with copper velvet leaves by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio
Chic marled grey felt tall brimless hat with patent leather studded bow by Irish milliner Grainne Maher
Wonderful origami ribbon embellishment on this pink halo bandeau by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Elegant navy felt boat boater with subtle bugle bead hatband by British milliner Jane Taylor

 

Black teardrop with spectacular double helix inspired spiral trim by Australian brand Ana Bella Millinery
Pink and blue plaid trilby with perfect pattern matching
by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Interesting draped crown on this wide brimmed red felt design by Russian milliner Irina Popilova
Navy satin covered trilby with angular crown by British milliner Stephen Jones
Classic ivory textured straw hat with huge Dior brim by Australian milliner Brenda Lui
Charming lilac straw cloche with hand beaded ivory straw flying bow by American milliner Tiffany Arey

 

Chic wool embellished hats in a rainbow of colours by British milliner Beverley Edmonson
Purple straw button percher with tall fan of pleated crin by British milliner Kerry Kernan
Spectacular wide brimmed hat in layered slate blue paraisal and sinamay (love the finged edge on the smaller brim!) with wired gold tiger lily flowers by Australian milliner Stephanie Spencer. See a top view here.

 

Last weekend, King Albert and Queen Paola hosted his daughter, Princess Delphine, at their home Castle Belvédère in Laeken
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The Queen’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth Shakerley (nee Anson) died this morning. She was 79.

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Lovely new photos of the Bhutan royal family released for today’s 12th anniversary of the king’s coronation
And congratulations to Prince Leka and Princess Elia of Albania who welcomed a daughter, Princess Geraldine

 

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Silvia celebrated Swedish National Day, along with the king, in Ludvika last Thursday in a repeated ivory felt calot hat with silk flower and brown feather trim. Festivities later in the day saw the Queen and adult princesses in folk costume with traditional white cotton folded hats.

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Also on Thursday, Prince Harry was in uniform to preside over the annual Founder’s Day Parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea (a retirement and nursing home for former members of the British Army). Royal Hospital residents, known as Chelsea Pensioners, wore their distinctive tri-corn hats.
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On Thursday, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko conducted rites related to the abdication at the Musashi Imperial Graveyard in Tokyo. The empress emerita repeated a slate grey veiled saucer with knotted bow.
On Saturday, members of the Imperial royal family attended the 5th anniversary memorial ceremony for Prince Katsura. The Imperial royal women, who included the Empress, the late Prince’s mother, Princess Yoriko and sister,  Yasuko Konoe (formerly Princess Yasuko of Mikasa) all wore black hats.


Infanta Elena and her father, King Juan Carlos, attended the men’s singles final match yesterday at the French Open Tennis tournament in Paris in summery straw fedora hats
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderful dusky pink embellished bandeau (see the detail!) by Scottish label Angels and Insects Edinburgh
Exquisite veil on this black button percher with white silk flowers from British brand Lock & Co.
Elegant coral sinamay teardrop with crin layered bow by Irish milliner Edel Black
Fantastic pink straw boater with animated bow & hand-dyed pheasant feathers from British milliner Ian Bennett
Adore the shape and movement on this royal blue straw veiled headpiece by Irish brand Marc Millinery
Wonderful black percher with white oversize pinwheel flower by London-based Spanish milliner Rafa Peinador
Prettiest textured straw button percher with ombre straw ruffle by British milliner Ellie Vallerini
Trios of lovely lilac and pale grey designs by Italian milliner Guiliana Mio
Love the unique swirling curves this denim blue straw design from British label John Boyd
Cream straw button percher with amazing ombre fuchsia & aubergine crin trim by British milliner Tracy Miller
White and yellow marabou feather fluff hat by London-based milliner Awon Golding

Great family photo released by the Danish court on the occasion of Prince Joachim’s 50th birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh celebrates an incredible 98th birthday today and I’m sure you join me in wishing him the happiest of birthdays.
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