Cheltenham Festival 2019: Day 1

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Damp skies did not seem to dampen spirits at opening day of the Cheltenham Festival today. Princess Anne attended in her repeated brown faux fur ruched hat with rolled brim, no doubt a warm choice on a blustery, rainy day.

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Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2015, Apr 5, 2010; Sep 5, 2009; Mar 14, 2009; Feb 8, 2009; Mar 24, 2008; Feb 3, 2008;

Zara Tindall wore a yale blue felt formed teardrop percher, trimmed with a stitched bow and arrow trimmed feathers. Blue is such a fantastic colour for her and this deeper shade is no exception. I’m less keen on the pairing of this hat with Zara’s navy coat- from close view, the hat does pick up similar threads in the coat’s weave but from far away, the look is less cohesive.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill
Previously Worn:This hat is new

Mike Tindall repeated the navy coogan cap we saw him wear to this event last year. We see so few men in hats, it’s great to see one like this that not only combats dismal weather, but makes its wearer look rather dapper in the process.

What do you think of the hats today at the Cheltenham Races?

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Zara and Mike Tindall attended a polo match and racing event on Australia’s Gold Coast last weekend in casual fedora hats

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Princess Philomena d’Orleans and Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein in black wide brimmed hats at Tuesday’s funeral of Prince François de France, Count of Clermont

Princess Philomena, Jan 6, 2018 | Royal Hats   Princess Isabelle, Jan 6, 2018 | Royal Hats

Vicky Andren in national costume complete with embroidered cap. 

This year’s London Hat Week schedule will include the premiere of a documentary made by royal milliner Marie O’Reagan.

A sweet red hair bow from Spanish brand Amaia Kids for Princess Charlotte’s first day of nursery school (Kensington Palace)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Dusty pink felt button percher with stunning oversize silk flower from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Beautifully detailed hatband on this navy oversize fedora from British milliner Jess Collett
Charming pink, black and white straw boater from American brand Lifted Millinery
Dark, moody red picture hat with flying bow and open weave brim from British milliner Juliette Botterill
Lovely movement on the soaring slim quills trimming this Fabienne Delvigne saucer hat
Classic navy wool hat with beautifully crisp knotted silk hatband from California based Jill Courtemanche
From Stephen Jones, whose creativity knows no bounds – hammer head shark and lamb chop headpieces

And this wonderfully chic is this two-toned felt fedora from German milliner Nicki Marquardt.

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Christmas photos from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik; also from Princess Benedikte and her grandchildren

Two sneak peeks at the BBC documentary airing today on the coronation jewels

Sweet photos released by the Danish monarchy of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent for their seventh birthday. Their mum also shared more relaxed candids of the twins she took on their family’s recent trip to Australia.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit explain why Norwegians are so happy.

We wrap up this week with another stunning landscape image from Prince Nikolaos

 Photos from Alain Guizard/Bestimage via Paris Match 

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Queen Elizabeth wore a new teal blue hat to church last Sunday. Frustratingly, there are no pictures I can share but you can see it here. Today, she made a surprise appearance at the Aboyne Highland Games in her lilac straw hat with flowers by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

Princess Elena’s predictable ‘wear fedora to bullfight’ routine was stirred up this week with a chocolate version paired with jazzy hot pink tassel earrings. The charming photo of her children (with Froilan in a baseball cap) was taken today at the 36th Copa Del Rey Mafre Sailing Cup in Palma de Mallorca

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Princess Anne and her family in sporting hats this weekend to cheer on Zara Philips who is competing at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park

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The following hats caught my eye this week:

Wide brimmed natural straw boater from The Hat Shop in New York
Amazing sense of movement on this raspberry pink leather and crin headpiece from Aussie brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Unexpected and interesting feather trim on this Susanne Juul design
Show stopping white straw and lace cocktail hat from Irish brand Montgomery Millinery
Classic and crisp black and white trilby from Jill Courtemanche Millinery
And for a fall trilby, this striking electric blue felt one with gold maple leaf from Rachel Trevor Morgan


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I’m reluctant to provide another platform for complaints but as Prince Henrik’s rather unsavory announcement made international headlines this week, it deserves acknowledgement, however petty and ungracious it is (New York Times)

New photo of Prince Louis of Luxembourg with his sons, Prince Noah and Prince Gabriel, released this week for Louis’ 31st birthday (Luxarazzi)

And finally, lovely snaps of the Spanish king and queen with their daughters taken this week during their annual summer vacation in Palma de Mallorca

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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 3: The Tindalls

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Mike and Zara Tindall made their second appearance at Ascot this week today for Ladies’ Day races. Zara wore a pink straw percher cocktail hat with angular teardrop shaped base, trimmed with straw ruffles, a pink silk rose and a curling feather quill.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is a bespoke piece
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Mike Tindall wore a black top hat in what looks to me as rabbit fur felt. I wonder what happened to the silk hat he wore on Tuesday?

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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 1: Phillipses & Tindalls

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Peter and Autumn Philips and Mike and Zara Tindall were all in attendance for the first day of Royal Ascot today. Autumn wore a cream button percher with lace overlay, trimmed with cream silk roses flowers and curled ostrich quills. The designer notes that “the style is wired on the underside to sit elegantly high on the right hand side of the head.”

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Autumn Philips, June 20, 2017 in Emily London | Royal Hats

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Designer: Emily London Goodwick design from SS 2017. Dress from Rumour London
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Zara Tindall wore what is desribed by the designer as a “white sloped beret in visca straw trimmed with an upturned bow in three tones of blue.”

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Designer: Sarah Cant Arroyo style from SS 2017
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I’m also curious- the shine on these photos makes me wonder if Mike Tindall has purchased an antique silk hat? I’ll trust those of you who are experts on such things make a determination on this!


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King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora for a forest walk in Vindeln (Swedish Monarchy). Queen Silvia wore traditional dress for  Pensioners’ Day at Ekebyhov’s Castle Park (Dana Press) and the couple donned baseball hats to stave off rain at the city of Borgholm’s 200th anniversary celebrations (Swedish Monarchy).

Mike Tindall in a natty woven trilbey last weekend enjoying Big Feastival in the Cotswolds with Zara and Mia

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Princess Kiko repeated a black pillbox for a memorial of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake (Imperial Family of Japan)

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were in Russia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first WWII Arctic Convoy


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The Princess Royal honours the 3000 British troops and their comrades that perished during the first Arctic Convoys during the Second World War, 75 years ago. The first of the Arctic Convoys, codenamed ‘Dervish’, arrived in Arkhangelsk, Russia on 31 August 1941. Running the blockade by the German Navy and avoiding perils such as mines and U-boats the convoys were essential to the supply of the Soviet Union and played a part in supplying Leningrad (present day St Petersburg) during the siege. To this day the UK and Russia continue to honour the sacrifice of Royal Navy sailors and merchant seamen, including through the UK’s Arctic Star medal. Arctic Convoy veterans and The Band of HM Royal Marines will also participate in the commemorations.

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Wonderful photo released of three generations of Danish sailing princes on board the Danish royal yacht at the Dragon Gold Cup (Danish Monarchy)

Princes Henrik, Frederik and Christian, August 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Albert of Monaco participated in a round table discussion at Ohio State University- you can watch the entire event here.

Proud papa King Jigme Khesar of Bhutan shared this trio of snaps of his adorable son, Prince Jigme Namgyel

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in an anti-terrorist march in Luxembourg (Luxarazzi)

Queen Elizabeth in her vibrant royal blue and turquoise fringed hat for church at Sandringham last weekend (Rex Features)

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway enjoyed a fishing excursion (Royal House of Norway) and, joined by Crown Princess Mette-Marit, opened the “Year for Outdoor Life” campaign in Oslo (Getty)

Charlotte Casiraghi sporting a lovely plum fedora on a trip to Rome (Plejada)

It was a first year of numerous hats for little Mia Tindall. Wishing her a Happy Birthday! (The Daily Mail)

John Boyd Hats has launched a ready-to-wear line (John Boyd)

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Continuing Prince Michael of Kent’s birthday celebration with a look at her jewels Part 1 Part 2 (The Court Jeweller)

Series of Queen Fabiola memorial stamps released in Belgium (Noblesse et Royautes)

Interesting account of a job interview at Buckingham Palace (Royal Central)

Overview of the Battle of Waterloo in preparation to celebrate its 200th anniversary (Royal Central)