Have a lovely Sunday- I’ll be back first thing tomorrow for focused coverage and discussion on hats worn for the Romanian national holiday and look at two (one new!) designs worn by Queen Elizabeth over the weekend at the Windsor Horse Show.
Later on May 7th, Empress Masako joined her husband at the Imperial Palace where they rehearsed for their first court ritual scheduled for the next day. The emperor and empress left together around 7pm. 📸 FNN, Jiji, Sankei pic.twitter.com/kKx1M9zzlo
Infanta Elena donned a neutral straw fedora to watch her daughter, Victoria de Marichalar, open the Seville Fair in a traditional Spanish mantilla with tall peineta comb (see more photos and video here). And 20 years after meeting at this event, the Dutch King and Queen returned this week along with their three daughters… and a quartet of wonderfully vibrant floral headpieces.
Queen Margrethe unveiled a new statue of Denmark’s longest reigning monarch King Christian IV (1577 – 1648) in Copenhagen yesterday. She repeated a hat with ecru straw crown and grey straw double brim for the event.
The funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was attended by representatives from nearly every European royal house, many who wore hats. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post contains photos only (no commentary) and is not open for comments.
Monarchs from Denmark, Sweden, Liechtenstein and Norway:
Reader Jimbo reminded in one of the comments this week that Queen Elizabeth repeated her purple hourglass shaped hat with pin tuck trim by Angela Kelly/Stella McLaren last Sunday to attend church at Windsor
Thanks to a reader who shared fantastic views of two royal hats on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath- the Countess of Wessex’s Jane Taylor hat is familiar but click over to see Queen Mary’s feather trimmed toque hat. It’s as close as we’re ever going to get to one of her signature toques.
Queen Inkhosikati LaDube, 12th wife of the King of Eswantini (Swaziland) and mother of three of his children, died on Friday at age 31 in South Africa following treatment for skin cancer. She is likely best remembered here for the bright mint green ensemble and percher hat she wore to the Diamond Jubilee Muster in Home Park, May 19, 2012.
Back on February 22, Princess Hisako wore a smart camel hat with kettle brim (love that sharp white stripe around the outside of the upturned brim) Takamadonomiya Hockey Japan award ceremony
On February 22nd, Princess Hisako attended the Takamadonomiya 2018 Hockey Japan League award ceremony at the Tokyo Dome Hotel in Bunkyo, Tokyo. Princess Hisako is Honorary President of the Japan Hockey Association.
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Princess Kiko attended national meetings on Tuberculosis Prevention in Tokyo on Thursday. Empress Michiko repeated one of her grey discs and Princess Kiko wore a beige bumper hat.
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Princess Kiko participated in a joint event of the 70th National Meeting on Tuberculosis Prevention and the 80th anniversary of the Japanese Association to Combat Tuberculosis at the Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel in Bunkyo, Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/sb2mrP2hnh
The stunning oyster silk Bruce Oldfield suit and Jane Taylor straw percher hat with roses and feathers the Countess of Wessex wore to the Cambridge’s wedding in April 2011 has gone on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath (a truly fantastic place to visit!). If you have a chance to see it in person, please share your thoughts!
It was a great honour to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to the Fashion Museum yesterday. Her Royal Highness toured the museum galleries and viewed one of her own outfits on display - the ensemble she wore to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011 pic.twitter.com/ByPMFyaWkE
The exhibition with outfits from Princess Eugenie’s wedding opened yesterday at Windsor Castle. It includes the Greville emerald tiara (which has not been on public display before) and the Sarah Cant headpiece Princess Beatrice wore. There’s a great article about the exhibition here on the British monarchy’s website; if you visit Windsor Castle in the next weeks, keep your eyes open!
Princess Eugenie's bridal gown, complete with a low back at her request to keep a long scar on her back visible, has gone on display in Windsor Castle pic.twitter.com/IPRMK4MIIj
The loveliest casual portrait of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, taken and released for the 10th anniversary of their engagement and a sweet shot of Prince Oscar, shared for his third birthday
While a certain wedding took much royal focus over the past week, there were a few other events (and hats!) we need to catch up on! First up is Queen Elizabeth headed to church yesterday in her sage cloche hat with tall yellow crown wrap and feather trim.
While we usually see a hats on the Norwegian queen and crown princess for their country’s National Day celebrations, Thursday’s festivities only saw hats on the men. King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both stepped out for the annual balcony appearance in top hats.
An informal garden party was held last Thursday afternoon at Buckingham Palace for recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. While The Duke of York, Countess of Wessex and Princess Royal did not wear hats, the Earl of Wessex donned a natty straw summer Panama design.
The Earl, a trustee of @DofE, this afternoon joined young people celebrating their @DofE Gold Award in the garden of Buckingham Palace. Each recipient spent 12 months working towards their award in a range of different activities. pic.twitter.com/rVTUJGVt4b
NEW: Uneasy Heads – Royalty and their Hats | In this talk, author Clair Hughes studies two hundred years of British royal hats and how they fulfill many purposes – conveying status, authority, style and military rank. BOOK: https://t.co/Q8PfDhT49kpic.twitter.com/uNrbnhJrkX
Queen Sonja wore a striking hat in cream straw with a square crown and and wide brim raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with a navy hatband and brim piping, a classic combination that gives high contrast punch to the design. I think it’s a fantastic piece for Sonja. As in years past, King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both wore morning suits with black silk top hats. I’ll wait for our top hat experts to weigh in but it seems to me that King Harald could do with a slightly larger size.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit stuck to national colours, topping her navy coat with a red beret hat worn on the back of her head. While not my favourite piece, it’s a great colour choice for today’s national holiday.
Designer: unknown. Possibly Mona Strand. Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Märtha Louise dressed in traditional folk costume for her own, private celebrations and shared this snap.
King Harald visited the Norwegian royal yacht on Wednesday in preparation for next week’s 80th birthday celebrations for he and Queen Sonja which will bring a number of royal guests. He always looks natty in his nautical hat.
His Majesty "King Harald V of Norway approved the Norwegian royal yacht today – DS Norge is now ready to receive 40 #royal guests next week. pic.twitter.com/DtFYcn0FMs