Fête Nationale Monégasque 2019

Members of Monaco’s royal family gathered today to celebrate their country’s national holiday.

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Princess Charlene was in winter white from head to toe, topping her trouser and coat ensemble with a tall-crowned felt fedora. An ivory silk hatband gives a slight bit of contrast to the beautifully executed design.The hat tops a very sleek, modern-minimal look for Charlene- a look that stood out amidst the darker, winter-hued ensembles worn by other family members.

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I like the hat simply because it’s unexpected- its classic shape and pared-down aesthetic is consistent with Charlene’s millinery style while it’s excellent placement, angled slightly on her head, give it an air of mystery and effortlessness that makes it impossible to classify as boring. I’m less certain about the this hat with this ensemble- the trouser and fedora combination feels a bit business-y (although who’s to say that’s not perfectly appropriate here?) and the absence of colour makes the overall look bit cold and stark. While today’s all white (with Princess Gabriella’s all-red ensemble) seems to have been a nod to the two colours of Monaco’s flag, I’d love to see this look again with the coat swapped for one in pale blue or millennial pink, just to see if a bit of colour contrast elevates it.

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Designer: Akris, made by Milan millinery house Gallia e Peter. Clothing by Akris
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Princess Gabriella made her millinery debut today, looking very sweet in a cherry red unstructured felt beret. While placement of the beret wasn’t optimal (and she eventually dropped it off the balcony!), Gabriella has many years ahead to perfect such things. The reflection of Monaco’s national flag through Charlene and Gabriella’s white and red outfits was a thoughtfully patriotic touch.

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Designer: Akris, made by Milan millinery house Gallia e Peter. Coat by Akris, dress by Dior.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Jacques was dressed in a miniature uniform of the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (Prince’s Company of Riflemen), the infantry branch tasked with protecting the Royal Palace. The winter dress uniform includes a blue cloth helmet with red and white dress plumes.

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What do you think of this first trio of hats today in Monaco?

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This Week’s Extras

Before we get to this week’s links, I want to give you all a heads up that starting next weekend, I’ll be offline for 3 weeks for a much needed vacation. There will be new posts here at Royal Hats several times a week while I am gone, including open posts for you to share current comings and goings on in the royal hat world. I hope you’ll keep the royal hat conversation going while I am away!

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Last Sunday, Queen Margrethe celebrated the 400th anniversary of St. Peter’s Church in Copenhagen in her chic winter white fur trimmed hat (PPE Agency). Unfortunately, she also stepped out in the blue beanie (Danish Monarchy)

Princess Charlene photographed with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on vacation in Switzerland (Paris Match)

The Duchess of Cambridge tried on a navy fedora during her visit to a charity shop yesterday. I wish she’d picked it up! (Daily Mail)

Queen Silvia repeated her open topped black straw headpiece last weekend at the funeral of Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern

Queen Silvia, March 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince William distributed shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Lovely new portraits of Grand Duchess Maria Theresa (Luxarazzi)

Gorgeous photo of nine-month old Prince Nicolas shared by his parents (Princess Madeleine Facebook)

Great teaser for the documentary on Queen Elizabeth set to air next Sunday (Daily Mail)

Prince Harry and Prince William both gave interviews this week on causes important to each of them. You can see both below- also check out this great review of Prince William’s interview by the interviewer himself (Telegraph)

Photos from Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa/Corbis and Getty as indicated