This Week’s Extras

Crown Princess Masako in a white hat with trilby style brim and wide green patterned hatband at the national youth farmers summit on October 24, 2017 in Kochi and a white silk hat with kettle brim and double hatband at the GEA (Global Environment Action) International Conference on October 26, 2017 in Tokyo

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The Duchess of York in a colourful headscarf to provide micro credit development support in Uganda

Grand Duke Henri in a military uniform beret while visiting Luxembourg forces deployed in Lithuanian this week

Sweet snap of Crown Princess Victoria with a cosy hatted Princess Estelle (Swedish Monarchy)

The wonderful hat Queen Máxima wore in Eemnland this week- while it really looked to be a repeat of the 2012 Prinsjesdag hat…

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…our good friend Josine over at Mode Koningin Maxima noticed a bow separating the two designs. Milliner Fabienne Delvigne confirmed the two hats are in fact, different (with slightly different crown shapes). The whole thing leaves me scratching my own head and asking, WHY?

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Prinesjesdag, Sep 18, 2012
 and  Visit to Eemnland, Oct 24, 2017

The new hat designs which caught my eye this week include:

Spectacular lace headdress from Canadian milliner David Dunkley
Pink teardrop percher with signature flower trim from Tasmania based Cessiah Alice Millinery
Interesting black pillbox from Australian brand Murley & Co. Millinery with oversized dahlias… all in leather
Wide brimmed sky blue straw fedora with exquisite flying crane trim from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery

And these stunning autumnal fedoras with  feathered hatbands from Jane Taylor. Adore this use of feather trim.

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Lovely new pictures of Princess Elisabeth released by the Belgian monarchy for her 16th birthday this week (swipe or scroll right to see second picture)

Princess Charlene looked absolutely stunning in a Ralph Lauren gown Wednesday night in Beverly Hills at the 2017 Princess Grace Awards Gala

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More lovely gowns in Norway for the annual Stortingsmiddag dinner. Queen Sonja’s frock is an unexpectedly beautiful complement to her emerald parure.


 Photos from The Asahi Shimbun, Kyodo News  via Getty; social media as indicated

Jordan & Luxembourg Royals Attend Sandhurst Parade

The passing out parade at Sandhurst yesterday was attended by members of the Jordan and Luxembourg royal families, on hand to offer their congratulations to Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg who were among the new graduates completing their officer training at the prestigious military academy in Surrey (Prince Wenzel of Liechtenstein and Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain were also graduates).



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King Abdallah, a 1981 graduate of the Royal Military Academy himself, stood in for Queen Elizabeth to oversee the Sovereign’s Parade.

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Grand Duke Henri, a 1975 Sandhurst graduate and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, a 2002 graduate, both attended in military uniform with caps. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a vibrant pink saucer hat in matching straw that looks to be a near identical twin to the cherry red hat she wore for Luxembourg’s National Day celebrations in June. The saucer follows a gentle curve that raises at the back and, like its twin, is simply trimmed with a looped ribbon of straw. The shape is a little too clunky (from the front, it does look like someone sat upon it), the binding a little too thick and the straw ribbon trim too random for this hat to be a winner for me.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Hereditary Grand Duchess, Princess Stéphanie, wore a pale aqua straw hat with wide, gently upswept brim on one side, trimmed with a slim layered straw hatband in the same hue that tied at the side. From the side view below, you’ll note that the hatband continued around the brim of the hat in several large loops. We haven’t seen Stéphanie in many wide brims and while I want to encourage such millinery experimentation for her, something about its combination with her dress and coat was slightly off balance. I may prefer this ensemble with the smaller, quirkier hat she originally paired with it.

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Princess Stéphanie, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats
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Designer: Amelie D’Hooghvorst
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Claire wore a pale pink straw hat piped a narrow stripe of burgundy piping. From far away, the hat looks like a raised ‘slice’ brim design but it is actually a large saucer with domed crown and curved front brim. I like the side view much better than the front, where the piece unfortunately resembles a wonky, sideways-worn cowboy hat.

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Princess Claire, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Alexandra repeated her rose-beige straw hat with pork pie crown, floppy brim and grosgrain ribbon hat band finished at the side with a flat bow. It’s not the most refined piece in her millinery closet but paired well with her navy silk dress.

Princess Alexandra, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 23, 2016
Thoughts about the hats in Surrey yesterday?
Grand Ducal Family, Aug 11, 2017 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated; Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco  


This Week’s Extras

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg in a simple navy pillbox for the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII last weekend (Cour Grand Ducal de Luxembourg)

On Tuesday, members of the British Royal Family attended a memorial for the late Duke of Wellington (Daily Mail)

Princess Anne held a reception to acknowledge some hard working teens (Bucks Press)

Princess Alexandra of Kent opened a retirement village in Hampshire (The British Monarchy)

Lovely coverage on Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg’s university graduation (Luxarazzi). You can also see a photo of Grand Duke Henri and Prince Sébastien here

Some young British royal cousins having great fun at the Windsor Horse Show (Daily Mail)

Infanta Elena in one of her chic fedoras for a book release in Lorca (Hola)

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Great interview with Prince Harry last weekend in New Zealand (Sky News). Early this week, he participated in a traditional Maori Haka at the Linton Military base (New Zealand Herald)

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This week, King Harald became the first Scandinavian monarch ever to visit Antarctica (Royal House of Norway)

Queen Elizabeth in grey felt and red feathers to attend church at Sandringham last weekend (PA Picture Desk)

This photo gallery of Queen Silvia’s style over the years includes some rather amusing hats (Svenskdam)

I can’t think of another royal who wears a fedora more effortlessly than Infanta Elena  (Blog Real)

The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple toured a steel factory and hats were required.  (Luxarazzi)

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Lovely photo taken by the Duke of York at a 50th Birthday reception for the Earl & Countess of Wessex (Duke of York Facebook page)

Prince Frederick and Prince Joachim on ski trips with their families in Switzerland (The Daily Mail)

A romantic look at repeatedly worn royal wedding tiaras (The Court Jeweller)

 If you haven`t already seen the unique royal portraits of Dutch artist Tiety Entjes-Weij, do take a peek (The Daily Mail)