This Week’s Extras

Crown Princess Victoria looking fantastic in Maria Nilsdotter’s “Nocturnal Creatures” tiara in a photoshoot to coincide with her receipt of an inclusion award.

Crown Princess Kiko in a pale sage green printed silk calot hat with rolled brim on February 23 for the Emperor’s birthday

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
More incredible feather worn on this dramatic headpiece by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Adore the silk stitched flowers on this bandeau headpiece by Greek milliner Lia Ioannou
Ivory felt button percher with lovely black lace applique by Italian milliner Monica Gamberale
Teal felt oversize bowler hat printed with chocolate Labradors by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen
Ice blue felt bandeau headpiece with felt feather and dotted veil by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Black wool felt fedora with vibrant Peruvian woven hatband by UK brand Sahar Millinery
Deep amaranth pink straw bergère hat trimmed with spectacular ombre feathers by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne


Stunning beaded red kokoshnik headpiece by Russian milliner Lyubov Mikhaleva
Wonderful black parasisal beret percher with fern lush floral trim by Australian brand Ebbella Millinery
Love the unexpected acid green velvet hatband on this tan fedora by British milliner Jess Collett
Charming brim and crown shapes on this fuchsia felt hat with veil by Australian milliner Melanie Atherinos
Black and white checked straw wide Dior brim with quills and rose by Awon Golding for Lock & Co.
Simple but so-pretty crin-draped peach straw beret percher with pearls by UK milliner Nora De la Quintana
A pair of halo bandeau headpieces with beautiful statement pink flowers by Tasmanian brand Cessiah Alice Millinery
Uniqe shape on this black peachbloom waved felt design with grosgrain rosette by British milliner Stephen Jones


Sweet portraits of Princess Estelle, Prince Oscar and their pup Rio released for Estelle’s 9th birthday.

How lovely is it to hear this voice again!


And if you haven’t already seen this…

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This Week’s Extras

Last Sunday, Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi wore a burgundy velvet bandeau to Giorgio Armani’s Pre-Fall 2020-2021 Collection show.
The same day, Princess Tsuguko wore a hat in pleated pink printed silk with a mini rolled brim to take in the final match of the Japanese Squash Championship in Yokohama.

Also last Sunday, Queen Elizabeth repeated a turquoise straw Rachel Trevor Morgan designed hat to attend church.

On Monday, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako hosted the second Daikyo-no-Gi grand banquet. The Imperial Princesses were in attendance in a colourful array of hats.

On Wednesday, Princess Akiko attended the Japanese Chrysanthemum Flower Festival in Niigata in what looked like a burgundy fedora.
Lady Amelia Windsor shared photos of herself this week sporting casual winter hats- see here and here.
On Thursday, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako arrived in Mie Prefecture for a 3-day visit. For their arrival, Empress Masako wore a white hat with wide, beaded headband and kicky trilby-style brim. Yesterday, the couple visited Ise Grand Shrine to report recent enthronement and Daijosai ceremonies and worship. Arriving there, the empress repeated a cream jacquard silk bumper hat shown below. She and the emperor wore traditional dress for the ceremony (see photos here and here)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Spectacular navy & silver pearl covered button percher with sleek feather trim by Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Scarlet felt hat with pork pie crown, trilby brim and silk hatband
from British milliner Rose Collins
Pale lilac straw saucer with deep purple silk bias binding and bow explosion by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Interesting cutwork (with peek-a-boo sequins) on this grey felt cloche by German milliner Stefani Garbrecht
Great colour and shape on this deep raspberry felt fedora by British milliner Tracey Miller
Stunning “Climbing Rose” headpiece in pale, tawny pink from Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Russian milliner Denis Gulyaev’s chic take on a trilby in mustard yellow with twisting charcoal floral & net trim
Grey felt unstructured beret with wonderful cut scroll trim by British milliner William Chambers
The most wonderful textured fuchsia and purple buclé fabric covered pillbox by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Lovely tones in this rust felt fedora with copper hatband & golden feathers by Dutch milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Fantastic denim blue straw bandeau with swirling feather trim by British milliner Isabella Josie
Pair of elegantly trimmed red felt beret perchers from Zambian-Dutch milliner Alice Ng’andwe Vermeulen
Such a darling tan and black houndstooth check cloche by Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray

And from Surrey-based Karen Geraghty who works under the ‘Mind Your Bonce’ label, this midnight blue beauty with Dior brim and angular crown trimmed with sparkling winter night sky and shooting star.

Lovely group photo captured of the Grimaldi royal family members present at Monaco’s Fête Nationale celebration on Tuesday.

Royal photographer Chris Jackson took the most beautiful portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall this week during her and the Prince of Wales’ visit to New Zealand
We end this week with this gem from Queen Elizabeth.

Photos from social media as indicated

Kent Wedding at Windsor: Kent Family

Today’s wedding at Windsor Castle of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston was clearly a family affair, with numerous members of Ella’s Kent family in attendance. Her mother, Princess Michael of Kent, topped her lilac ensemble with her repeated bumper hat covered in pearlescent light grey silk.  The hat, which until this outing appeared to be a pillbox, is dramatically trimmed with a streaming ostrich feather plume around the back.

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It’s a signature look for Marie-Christine and while I was a little surprised not to see her in a new hat today, this pale grey design coordinates well with her grey and lilac patterned jacket. And organza scarves. And multiple strands of beads. And brooch. It’s not a minimalist look, this one.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: October 12, 2018June 13, 2015;  Oct 18, 2014Jun 16, 2014

Lady Frederick Windsor paired her pale blue feather trimmed coat with a cream wide brimmed saucer hat adorned in pale blue dotted tulle, silk crepe bow loops and more feathers.

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Catherine Walker, the brand that designed the hat and coat, has recently ventured into the millinery world and I think some inexperience is visible here. The execution of the bow loops is a bit lumpy and lacks crisply turned corners and there are visible ripples in the silk covering the underside of the hat. While I really like the scale of this hat on Sophie, I’d like to see feathers on either the coat or the hat- but not both.

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Designer: both hat and coat are the “Bliss” designs by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Gabriella’s aunt, Princess Alexandra wore a new hat in beautiful teal felt, trimmed with a wide hatband and purple and teal burnt feathers anchored at the front with a jeweled multi-loop bow. The Countess of St. Andrews (daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Kent) topped her pink suit with a wide brimmed straw hat in pale blue-grey with pleated crin in the same colour folded around the hat’s brim. The design is completed with pink sinamay ribbon loosely wound around the hat that finishes in a looping bow at the front, studded with two pink quills. I wish better views of Sylvanna’s hat were visible because it looks like a beaty.

Sylvanna’s elder daughter, Lady Marina Windsor, wore a wide folded disc hat in red straw. The hat is a brave one in terms of scale and simplicity but paired well with Marina’s floral dress. We’ve talked about finishing issues from this milliner several times recently and if you look at the lumpy brim edge, they’re present again. Disappointing.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Lady Amelia Windsor topped her puple daisy printed frock with a cream buntal straw teardrop percher, trimmed with a knotted buntal flying bow. The hat has beautiful balance and movement and it’s fantastic… but I think it could do much better paired with something other than this dress.

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Designer: Philip Treacy OC 470 from SS 2018. Dress by Gül Hürgel
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Helen Taylor wore a black straw beret percher trimmed with swathed navy veil and triangle tufts of puple and royal blue crin. A sparkling crescent hatpin completed the millinery look.

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Designer: Likely Stephen Jones. Dress by Amanda Wakely
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Helen’s younger daughter, Estella Taylor, was an attendant (or assistant), helping wrangle the young bridesmaids. She wore a black and white headpiece that looks to be made of silk flowers and straw leaves. As far as youthful headpieces go, this one is great.


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Julia Ogilvy topped her pink, blue and green lace dress with a pink straw button percher trimmed in a mass of circular pink ruffles. It’s a lighthearted hat that tops a very pastel ensemble but it’s great fun.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 13, 2015June 5, 2012

Flora Ogilvy wore an ecru straw disc percher trimmed with a multi-looped bow and silk rose on the side. A great hat on its own, this piece was elevated with its pairing today with Flora’s orchid purple dress. Such a great look for her.

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Zenouska Mowatt paired her red lace dress with a red straw vertical saucer hat, trimmed with wide ruffles of layered red and peach crin. The scale is fantastic on her and the playful crin ruffles add such life to the hat (as do her bright yellow accessories!).

Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Mary Katrantzou
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The royal Kent relations can usually be counted on for some memorable millinery looks and today was no different. Which hats stand out here most to you?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Pool, Victoria Jones and Chris Jackson via Getty; Tim Rooke/Shutterstock; Stephen Lock/i Images;Stephen Lock/i Images;

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Infanta Elena visited her father in hospital last weekend in one of her go-to fedoras (Hola)

On Wednesday, Princess Kiko presided over the 50th National Convention of Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-Kai (Association for Maternal, Child Health and Welfare) in Tokyo in a cream hat with stacked lime hatband.

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Lady Amelia Windsor in a beaded gown and headpiece to walk in the Dolce and Gabanna Alta Moda show at the MET in New York

Wonderful interview (in French) with Fabienne Delvigne about Queen Máxima’s signature hat shapes. There’s an adorable clip at the end of the Dutch queen offering one of her hat pins to Crown Princess Mary on a windy day.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

 Minimal, modern and striking black felt brimless hat with graphic rose from UK based William Chambers Millinery
Lovely slate blue felt percher with cut leaves and white leather orchids from Latvian brand Rubina Millinery
Sharp finishing  on this textural black cocktail hat with ruffle & glass beads from UK brand Butterfly Hats
Simple but memorable red straw hat with pleated brim from Dutch milliner Eugenie van Oirschot
Very smart black and white finely patterned straw saucer with floral and feather trim from Sally-Ann Provan
Blush pink straw button percher with roses, silk rings and flying beads from UK milliner Justine Bradley Hill
Interesting shape and ombre colour on this straw wide brimmed design from Madrid based Biliana Borissova

And an absolutely stunning Mondrian hat designed, made and modeled by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind

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A new documentary featuring Queen Elizabeth discussing the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy forest conservation project with Sir David Attenborough airs Monday on ITV. This sneak peak is utterly charming.

Photos from Asahi 

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth in a very familiar (and much worn) blue hat for church last weekend at Sandringham. Princess Anne repeated a brown fur brimless hat.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up their visit to Norway yesterday with some more winter recreation with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. William sported the Navy Snow Star Bobble Hat from Gandys London while Kate wore the cream chunky knit Jasmine Beanie from Barts.  Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore the black Caid deluxe cashmere knit hat from Zadig & Voltaire.

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Lady Amelia Windsor styled for editorial shots in a bead trimmed beret

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

 Unexpected addition of brim studs on trilby hats from UK milliner Jess Collett
Simply elegant winter white saucer with crystal detail from Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray
Royal blue oversize fedora with emerald hatband from Oxfordshire based Nicola de Selincourt
Fascinating 3D printed red halo hat (finished with real ribbon ties) from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Interesting shape on this blue straw hat with peaked crown and oval brim from German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Wonderfully luxe updated take on a newsboy cap in green felt by UK based Mind Your Bonce
Orange straw show stopping sculptural cocktail hat from British milliner Tracy Chaplin
Stunning denim blue saucer with dark feather trim from London based Bundle McLaren

And the loveliest red straw picture hat with dancing bow from Australian milliner Louise MacDonald

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Lovely new portraits released for Princess Beatrix’s 80th birthday, including a spectacular set with her grandchildren. Click on the photo sets below to enlarge.

King Felipe of Spain celebrated his 50th birthday by awarding the Princess of Asturias with the Order of the Golden Fleece in a ceremony at the Royal Palace

The Prince of Wales showed his excellent timing (and impressive ribbon cutting skills) opening the restored Cotswold Canals in Stroud

Princess Charlene shared this sweet first moment of Princess Gabriella learning to ski.