On Wednesday, a concert by music university graduates held at the Imperial Palace was enjoyed by several members of the Japanese royal family. Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko repeated bumper hats in oyster beige and pale blue; Princess Mako wore a navy cuffed calot with pointed sides and Princess Kako, a pale blue silk bowler hat. Princess Akiko repeated a pistachio green brimmed hat and Princess Yoko, a black design with square crown and short kettle brim edged in trim.
Yesterday, Queen Mathilde attended the funeral of Cardinal Godfried Danneels in her black calot wrapped in overlaid wide stripes of textured black woven fabric and trimmed with a large looped rosette on the side.
During this week’s Danish state visit to Argentina, Crown Prince Frederik gained a bird’s eye view of a wind farm development (wind turbines from designed and built by a Danish company) near the city of Bahia Blanca. The Danish monarchy also shared photographs taken in northern Argentina after the official visit that show Queen Margrethe in what looks like a new, flat crowned, red brimmed hat
Gold Cup Day at the final day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival was a wet one today but rain (and a LOT of mud) did not seem to dampen racegoer’s spirits. The final day of the races this year saw four royal hats, all worn by members of the Phillips Family. Princess Anne repeated her turquoise felt fedora with two-toned, layered silk hatbands and side spray of feathers. It’s one of my favourite hats in her wardrobe and was a chic choice for the races, standing out against grey skies. I adore the mix of hat and coat with the grey printed scarf.
Autumn Phillips wore a new hat, described by the milliner as “A rich Burgundy fur felt fedora, trimmed with two rows of navy braid. The fedora has a wide brim which gently slopes down flattering the face.” I love a good fedora and this one is GREAT on Autumn. Peter repeated his well-worn brown fedora.
Designer: Camilla Rose Millinery. It is the Dusk Fedora from AW 2018. Guinea London velvet coat.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Zara Tindall has had stellar looks all week but, I think, saved the sharpest for last. Topping her marvellous black and white checked coat was a black felt saucer hat trimmed with a single white quill and a folded red leather bow. The hat is a style and scale we’ve seen many times on Zara but the overall look is so beautifully styled, it looks fresh and fabulous.
Peter and Autumn Phillips attended the final day of racing today as well. Autumn stood out in the crowd in a bright pink dress and hat. With a teardrop shaped straw base, the design features a circular straw ruffle centered with a silk flower. A curling ostrich quill completes the design.
The first time we saw Autumn in this hat, it was worn with a green dress- a combination met with widespread approval. Today’s pairing with this pink frock ups the graphic impact of the ensemble- perhaps not something to do at the all-family royal events Autumn usually attends but that works really well for Ascot. Combining a bright hat and dress can be tricky but this ensemble is beautifully balanced with a neutral purse and shoes and minimal jewelry, which allows the hat’s statement to stand. I think it’s a great look for her.
Princess Anne took in the second day of racing at Ascot today, joined by her son and daughter-in-law. She repeated her cream straw teardrop percher hat with upturn on the rounded back of the design. Lavishly trimmed with looped straw bows, silk flowers and large bows in white net, the light hat is well suited to a day at the races. I’m not a great fan of its pairing today with Anne’s brown silk dress and beaded ivory jacket (its “a whole lot of biscuit” to quote a favourite comment here) and would have preferred the piece paired with something more colourful. This is one of the more modern millinery pieces in Anne’s wardrobe and I’m afraid this outfit brings it down.
While I was a bit disappointed in Anne’s chocolate biscuit look, Autumn Philips did not disappoint, topping her blue and white printed dress with a matching sidesweeping percher saucer hat embellished with a mass of trimmed white feathers curving out from beneath the hat’s raised brim. The colour is so lovely on Autumn, as is the scale, and the upward soaring hat works so beautifully with this dress. If one must wear a high ruffled neck, this is the kind of hat to pair with it!
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