This Week’s Extras

Before we get into this week’s recap… I have had to moderate more comments than usual over the past week and sadly, was forced to ban two longtime participants. Please review The Comment Policy here at Royal Hats if you’re not familiar with it and my great thanks to the many of you who do a stellar job of keeping the conversation here a respectful one. Now- to the hats!

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Princess Kiko in a black mushroom hat last weekend to remember the East Japan earthquake in 2011 (Imperial Family Of Japan)

The Norwegian royal family enjoying the Holmenkollen ski festival in… you guessed it, ski hats (Royal House Of Norway)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser in Sudan this week in an Eric Javits designed straw hat.

Spectacular fresh floral crown on Tatiana Santo Domingo and her Muzungu Sisters fashion line partner, Dana Alikhani

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall was at RAF Leeming to celebrate 100 Squadron’s centenary. She repeated her slouchy black wool hat with faux fur trim.

Princess Charlene taking part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 opening ceremony yesterday in a winter white knit hat. She was also photographed with Prince Albert and a shy Princess Gabriella yesterday at the International Rugby Tournament of Monaco.

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Just when we think Stephen Jones has taken millinery as far as it can go, he makes a bejewelled peanut butter sandwich fascinator. Words escape me for this one.

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British royal photographer Chris Jackson caught this stellar image of the Cambridges in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris yesterday morning. Kate looked great in Chanel and played a strong fashion game all weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t the only one in Chanel yesterday- Princess Caroline and her family hosted the annual Rose Ball in Monaco. They opted for a Chanel parade while Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies predictably went for a showstopper in pink.

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Photos from social media and Getty as indicated; Asahi

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Norwegian royals in warm winter hats for a rescue dog demonstration (Royal House of Norway)

Lots of cosy hatted photos of Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas and the other Swedish royals shared from their recent ski holiday in Verbier (Swedish Royal Court)


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Lovely photos of the entire von Vollenhoven family released for Princess Margriet and Peter von Vollenhoven’s 50th anniversary (Mode Koningin Maxima blog)

Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Luxembourg announced her engagement (Luxarazzi)

Sounds like a Japanese royal abdication is turning into more than just a suggestion (Japan Times)

News from Britain that The Earl of Snowdon, former husband of the late Princess Margaret, passed away yesterday (BBC)

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Empress Michiko wore a quintet of saucer hats during a visit to Kyoto last Sunday through Wednesday (Imperial Family of Japan blog). The first, second and fourth hats all appear to be new designs. I love the lattice under brim on #1, the sharpness of the black and gold contrast of #2 and the softly romantic cream flower trim on #4.

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Prince Takahito of Mikasa, the uncle of Emperor Akihito, passed away on Thursday at the age of 100. Members of the Imperial royal family visited his home later that day as well as for the first of several burial rituals on Friday (Imperial Family of Japan blog). You can read more about the late Prince and his interesting life at these articles from the Japan Times, Asahi Shimbun, Japan News, and The New York Times. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday next week.

Carina Axelsson shared this snap of an afternoon out choosing this year’s Christmas tree. She wears her chocolate wool fedora very well.

The Earl of Wessex looked very distinguished at the University of Bath’s 50th Anniversary (British Monarchy)

The Norwegian Crown Princely family was out in cozy hats last weekend, collecting support for the Norwegian Red Cross’ annual telethon fundraiser.


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Such a lovely photo shared by Queen Rania this week

And finally… British royal photographer extraordinaire Chris Jackson shared this snap of several vintage editions of Paris Match magazine. The resemblance between the subject and his very popular ginger grandson is remarkable.

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Royal Hats This weekly feature was interrupted last weekend for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Hang on to your hats- there’s much news to catch up! 

The Swedish monarchs arrived in Bhutan on June 8 for a short state visit. Queen Silvia wore a floral headpiece for a banquet the first evening that looked to be made of real flowers. Part of the visit was more casual and saw the King wearing his trusty old fedora (Swedish Monarchy), brought out again last week for an interview (Svenskdam)

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Princess Akiko of Mikasa was uncharacteristically casually dressed (complete with floppy hat) to plant rice with students of Kokugakuin University. Also, several members of the Imperial Family attended a memorial service for the late Prince Katsura (Imperial Family Of Japan)

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon partook their annual inspection of the King’s Guard (Royal House of Norway)

Flora Ogilvy celebrated Midsummer in a romantic and retro floral turban (Zenouska Mowatt Instagram)

Princess Mary was in head-to-toe camouflage two weekends ago for Home Guard Land Exercises and a parade in Jutland, reviewed by Queen Margrethe in her red straw hat (Danish Monarchy).

The Danish Monarchy also released this throw-back photo to the mid 1980s of Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim wearing the hats of their secondary school, Øregaard Gymnasium

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The Danish Royals released a handsome new family photo (Danish Monarchy)

The Swedish royals released beautiful photographs of Prince Nicolas on the occasion of his first birthday here and here (Princess Madeleine Facebook). They also shared this wonderful video of the King and Queen’s wedding which took place 40 years ago, yesterday.

In all of the Ascot madness this week, I’m sure I have forgotten other tidbits of royal news. Please feel free to share them in the comments. 

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Norwegian National Day

The Norwegian Royal Family celebrated their National Day today with attendance at a children’s parade and a balcony appearance at the royal palace. This year, the women remained in traditional folk dress for all events which meant that the hats were left to the men. King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both donned silk top hats as part of their morning dress and looked quite handsome, indeed.

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Princess Anne repeated a green velvet cloche to visit one of her patron charities yesterday (The Mulburry Bush Organization)

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit in patriotic headwear for the XGames in Oslo (TV2)

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More photos released of the new Prince of Bhutan (King Jigme Khesar Facebook)

Sad news from Romania as King Michael withdraws from public life due to serious health issues (Royal Musings) Here is an update released yesterday (Crown Chronicles)

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Princess Eugenie joined her grandparents for church last Sunday in a bright pink Juliette Botterill hat. The Queen repeated a Rachel Trevor Morgan design (Daily Mail)

Prince Haakon in knit caps and hairnets during a visit to Stranda this week (Royal House of Norway)

Take a second look at this post of the Imperial royals for some additional photos, including the most chic winter white fedora I think I’ve ever seen (Royal Hats)

Back on January 12, Princess Margriet wore a grey faux fur hat to the annual new year reception at the Royal Palace. You can see a back view of the white-domed piece here.

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Monaco’s prince and princess paid annual tribute to their patron Saint Devote (Daily Mail)