Remembering Prince Henrik

Prince Henrik passed away peacefully last evening following a short illness. A jovial character, he will be remembered as a  colorful and complicated prince, poet, pianist, diplomat, wine maker, linguist, husband, father and grandfather known for his frank and forthright approach to life and love for his family. We offer Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim and the rest of the Danish royal family wishes for peace and comfort as they mourn his loss.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Last Sunday’s outing to church saw repeated royal hats worn by Queen Elizabeth (in Angela Kelly), The Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex (in Philip Treacy).

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik wore eye-catching matching harlequin outfits to a costume party on New Year’s Day. Prince Henrik accessorised his suit with a black knit hat and mask.

New millinery designs that caught my eye this week:

Textured black calot/bandeau with feathers from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Ivory and ice blue percher with amazing ‘snowflake’ feathers from UK milliner Rachel Black
Forest green trilby with vintage ribbon flower from Vermont based Silverhill Creative Millinery
Ice blue felt percher with stunning quatrefoil patterned bow and feather from UK milliner Sally Ann Provan
Whimsical straw watermelon bumper hat by Milan milliners Gallia and Peter
Eye catching bright pink straw fedora with oversized metallic brim from Awon Golding
Statement cocktail hat from Jane Taylor with studded base, silk roses, straw twists and net veil

And this classic black straw hat with pork pie crown and gently sloped wide brim trimmed with overlapping ginea fowl feather hatband and pearls from Australian milliner Meg Rafter. There are several royal heads I can see looking fabulous in this hat.

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Several lovely photo reviews of 2017 shared by Clarence House, Kensington Palace, and UK royal photographer Chris Jackson

Interesting documentary next Sunday on the British crown jewels including thoughts from the monarch herself (BBC)

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg celebrated his 97th birthday and a new photo, with Grand Duke Henri, was released for the occasion (Luxarazzi)

Wonderful photo shared by the King of Bhutan

Spanish royals released a partial family photo taken at King Juan Carlos’ 80th birthday lunch this week

New years greetings from the King and Queen of Jordan

Stunning looks on the Danish royals for the annual New Years and Diplomatic Corps receptions. Princess Mary’s ruby tiara has recently been tweaked into a shape with a slight peak at center and it looks great on her.

And a beautiful final sunset of 2017 paired with the first sunrise of 2018 shared by Prince Nikaloas of Greece. Happy New Year everyone!

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

The Earl of Wessex took part in Armed Forces Day commemoration yesterday in Liverpool (British Royal Family)

The first week of June, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore a larger scale hat to the Yokohama Port opening festival

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrived in Arhus aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog on Friday for their summer residency at Marselisborg Castle. Queen Margrethe repeated her tan hat.

The Duchess of Vendôme in another hat by French milliner Marie d’Argent (Noblesse Et Royautes Blog)

Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo attended the wedding of friends in Italy last weekend. Beatrice wore a casual straw hat.

Also in a casual hat- Carina Axelsson in a chocolate Tyrolean hat while visiting Norway

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a special exhibition on Balenciaga that includes a number of very interesting hats. Have any of you seen it?


Fabienne Delvigne shared a snap of herself in one of her own creations, a lovely white fedora with unique hatband detail

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Sneak peek of one of the pictures that will be included in James Ogilvy’s upcoming Nantucket exhibition of landscape photography, shared by the photographer himself.

Clarence House shared this and this picture of the gardens at Highgrove, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s private home.

Princess Charlene made a balcony appearance for the Feast of St. John with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in tow.

And finally, very sweet snaps of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar were released this week by the Swedish Monarchy.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Excellent coverage of the Prince Mikasa’s funeral over at The Imperial Family Of Japan blog along with detail and photos of related events (enshrinement of the spirit and grave rites after the funeral). 

Princess Mako in a smart grey flannel bumper hat on Friday to honour this year’s recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit.

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore an elaborate black feathered headpiece for her brother’s Halloween wedding this week

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg also shared a photo of their elaborate Halloween headwear. Yesterday, Princess Tessy snapped herself in a cozy winter hat.

Prince Henrik in a dapper fedora enjoying the Hubertus Hunt this weekend with his dachshund and grandchildren (Svenskdam)

The Swedish royal court shared a lovely new portrait of Prince Oscar in a knit cap (don’t miss this side by side comparison of a similar photo taken of his elder sister at about the same age).

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Such a lovely photo of King Philippe and Princess Elisabeth released on the occasion of her 15th birthday


News broke this week about a new relationship for Prince Harry. If you read one thing about American actress Meghan Markle, let it be this post on her blog, in her own words. Impressive.

And finally… the much anticipated Netflix series “The Crown” was released this weekend. If you’re able to overlooking some glaring historical inaccuracies (the addition of Wallis Simpson’s presence at the abdication of King Edward VIII, for example), the scale of production is impressive and the costumes are glorious. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge snapped last weekend en route to church in Scotland. Kate’s burgundy hat is a design we’ve not seen on her before (Daily Mail)

Prince Henrik opened a new hunting chase house last weekend in an appropriately outdoorsy hat (The Danish Monarchy)

Carina Axelsson in a chic fedora while on holiday in Devon (Carina Axelsson blog)

Nice to see Princess Anne up and about again at the Whatley Manor Horse trials after her recent sickness (Daily Mail)

A preview of the final section of this year’s amazing exhibition on Queen Elizabeth’s fashion due to open at Windsor Castle today. It looks like the exhibit focuses on ensembles Her Majesty has worn at Windsor and the hat display are designs all worn to Ascot (including the orange one dubuted just this year)

There are several John Boyd sun hats here that I’d love to see on several British royal heads. And a few more for myself, please.

Countess Gunnila Bernadotte passed away on Monaday. While we did not see the Countess in many hats (just this one at Princess Leonore’s christening), The Royal Court Jeweller has a lovely memorial post looking at her jewels. 

Great article by the Countess of Wessex about her upcoming bike ride in support of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Daily Mail)

Our friends over at Luxarazzi have linked to an interesting look inside preparations for an official dinner at the Grand Ducal Family’s residence, Château de Berg. While the report is not in English, it still provides a great peek inside a working royal palace. 

Somehow, I missed the the release of this stunning image of Prince Daniel and Prince Oscar, taken at Crown Princess Victoria’s July 15th birthday celebration. See two others taken the same day here and here.

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Princess Eugenie in a quirky hat last weekend while out and about in New York with her sister (Daily Mail)

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik headed off for spring break at Marselisborg Castle (Billed Bladet)

Princess Hanako in a sweet ivory cloche for a student inventor exhibition (Imperial Royals of Japan)

There was lots of royal activity in Rome this week with King Albert and Queen Paola taking in Palm Sunday mass and the Luxembourg grand ducal family received an audience with Pope Francis (Luxarazzi)

Prince Harry tried out some Nepalese headwear to great success.

Royal Hats

The Grimaldis showed up in a whole lot of Chanel couture for last weekend’s Rose Ball (Daily Mail). Read a great review of the gowns here (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

The most adorable photo of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar released by their parents as thanks for all the good wishes they have received (Swedish Monarchy)

I’ll do my best to post a review of British Easter hats tomorrow. Following this, I’ll be signing off for three weeks. On Monday and Thursday mornings, there will be an open post for you all to share links to current royal hats and discuss them as usual. I’m relying on you to keep track of royal hat happenings while I am away and thank you all in advance for keeping the conversation going!

Danish Prince Hosts Royal Hunt

Prince Henrik of Denmark hosted a royal hunt at Gribskov in northern Zealand today. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t feature this kind of event in a post but I saw this photo and I just had to share, Not only is Prince Henrik’s white embellished papakah wonderful (especially with his cape and most regal of poses) but the entire hunting scene looks like it was lifted straight from the 19th century.

January 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

It’s fascinating how the royals manage to keep multiple layers of tradition (including hat wearing!) alive.

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