This Week’s Extras

Princess Carla of Bulgaria in a peach sinamay draped rose hat
Queen Máxima repeated a tan linen halo bandeau headpiece on Thursday
King Carl Gustaf and Princess Christina attended the opening of an exhibition on their grandmother, Crown Princess Margareta, along with Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria. There are some fantastic historical photos in the exhibition that include hats.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Incredible transformation in this remade straw bowler hat by Norwegian milliner Sigrid Modes
Such fun texture from the round petals covering this magenta bandeau by Australian milliner Wendy Diggles
Charming woven tutti fruitti straw boater by Scottish brand Scotch Bonnet Millinery
Moss green Panama straw fedora with black hatband by British brand Arts On Hats
Adore the silk applique on this slate blue cuffed design by Canadian milliner Jay Cheng
White straw cloche decorated with fascinating replica Dorset buttons by Australian milliner Jo Peterson
Gorgeous sheen on this lilac straw teardrop percher with ombre pleated fan by British milliner Sarah Blackmore
Vibrant yellow hysteresis loop shaped disc with feather starburst by British milliner Viv Jenner
Layered statement bandeau in black and natural straw with abstract rose by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald
Wonderful blush surprise beneath the extended brim on this cloche by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson
 Incredible statement brim, beautifully shown off with silk binding by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
Lovely ivory laurel leaf headdress with pearls by Australian milliner Sylvy Earl
Interesting use of flat navy flowers to add texture to this black straw hat by British milliner Naomi Uhlig
Charming ivory cloche with extended crin brim and blush twists by American milliner Maria Etkind
Fantastic short-brimmed boater covered in jeweled lace with flying bow by British milliner Ian Bennett


Lovely photos shared by Luxembourg’s royal house shared for Prince Felix’s 37th birthday this week
And finally, Swedish National Day greetings from Haga Palace and from Florida!

Images from social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie visited to the army school Haerens Sergentskole in Varde on Tuesday. Joachim graduated from the school 30 years ago and his eldestson, Prince Nicolai (second from the right, below), enrolled in the school earlier this month.

Also on Tuesday, Infanta Elena donned one of her trusty fedoras to attend a bullfight with her father (Getty Images)

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia participated yesterday in an annual car rally on the island of Öland, the king driving is 1946 navy blue Volvo PV60 as he has in years past. For the event, Queen Silvia wore a cream brimmed hat with red trim while the king wore a brown felt trilby. There are some great additional photos at this Belga gallery.

Very interesting radio interview with couture milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan and couture turban designer Donia Allegue Walbaum about their craft, brands, creative perspectives and experiences as milliners of famous clients (BBC)

Philip Treacy shared this archive photo of the Queen of Soul in one of his amazing designs. My sincere thanks to reader Shannon for passing on this great interview with Detroit milliner Luke Song, who shares memories of working with Aretha Franklin and the hats he made for her. I found the story behind the iconic one she wore for President Obama’s inauguration to be particularly fascinating.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Very dapper orange, blue and grey plaid newsboy cap from Stetson Europe
Luxurious merlot peachbloom felt fedora with pewter rose hatband detail from Jane Taylor
Natural straw hat with a swooping twist from Munich-based Nicki Marquardt
Love the icy bit of silver trim on this lilac button base percher from Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Leopard print percher with pheasant feathers from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Headpiece of pastel foam circles from the creative mind of British milliner Stephen Jones

And from Australian milliner Meg Rafter, a beautiful wide brimmed, cream straw fedora and wide, monochrome Petersham ribbon hatband. Clean, simple, effortless, wearable and so, so chic.


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Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko travelled to the Imperial family’s seaside home in Shimoda this week for a holiday. Several great photos of the family were taken on the beach (see here, here and here) including this great shot that proves even royal teenagers cringe at their dad’s jokes.

Great photo montage shared by the British royal family this week on the occasion of Princess Anne’s birthday

Queen Margrethe was all smiles on Thursday at her French home, Chateau de Caix, where she welcomed journalists for an annual interview and photocall. This home was well known to be Prince Henrik’s escape and a personal favourite of the couple- as such, these photos on the first summer following his passing feel particularly poignant.

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We sign off this week with another breathtaking photograph of nature from the lens of James Ogilvy. Summer weekends are coming to a close- enjoy this one!

This Week’s Extras

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Queen Margrethe wore a floppy brimmed straw hat last Sunday on her state visit to Ghana, changing out folded scarves tied as hatbands to match her dresses (Danish Monarchy)

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The Earl of Wessex in naval uniform in Portsmouth on Monday to welcome a new ship to the RFA (Royal Navy)

Princess Alexandra of Hanover attended the civil marriage of her stepbrother, Prince Christian, and Alessandra de Osma on Monday in a blue veiled headpiece.

Prince Joachim at the King Hunt in Lovrup Forest on Wednesday in a fittingly green fedora (Danish Monarchy)

The Luxembourg royals hosted a concert on Wednesday night in Tokyo for their Imperial royal hosts. Princess Alexandra added diamond brooch to her hair for some lovely additional sparkle.

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The new millinery designs that stood out to me this week included:

Small but saucy vanilla felt hat with beautifully beaded hatband from Belgian milliner Amelie D’Hooghvorst
Sparkling crystal-studded black silk headpiece designed and worn by British milliner Laura Cathcart
Beautiful navy boater with veil and petite leather blossoms by Australian Jo Mareen Millinery
Such a pretty Breton in gradient shades of purple from Lisa Tan Millinery
Wonderfully vibrant “Lava” large saucer hat from Hong Kong based Irish milliner Noeleen Kish
Effortless striped blue beach hat with upturned brim from Australian brand Felicity Northeast Millinery
Bone leather button percher with exquisite roses and wired net brim by Jill and Jack Millinery
Leopard print trilby with eye-catching pleated ribbon hatband from American milliner Milli Starr
Black cocktail hat with dramatic straw rings and looped feathers from British master Vivien Sheriff

And the remedy for winter doldrums? Colour of course! Loving this raspberry, tangerine and turquoise straw design with rolled brim detail from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput.

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Lovely to see Meghan Markle accompany Prince Harry to Nottingham yesterday. From what we’ve seen this week, they are going to be a formidable team.

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Of all the responses to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement this week, this one from the Duchess of Cornwall was among my favourites

With so much other news about Prince Harry this week, his response to a gift from a class of primary children slipped under the radar. It’s just wonderful.

Princess Theodora of Greece shared this lovely snap with her mother, taken this week in Copenhagen

There’s no two ways about it- these two are just great sports. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima playing steel drums today in Sint Maarten.

We end the week with a sweet peek at Prince George’s Christmas list, in his own hand, delivered in person by his father to Santa Claus during the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Finland this week.

Photos from Hanne Juul/Billed-Bladet

Danish Royal Hunt

On Thursday, members of the Danish Royal Family were on hand for the Royal Hunt at Fredensborg Castle. Prince Henrik wore a natty tweed hunting cap that I thought suited him quite well…

Prince Henrik, November 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

…until I saw the rest of his outfit.

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You saw it here first, folks- the latest in Scandinavian camo chic. Here’s a glimpse of Prince Joachim in a super-pinched fedora to calm your eyes.

Prince Joachim, November 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

Outfits and snazzy socks aside, these hats are both rather dapper, aren’t they?

Photos from Nils Meilvang via

This Week’s Extras

Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 | Royal Hats

I need to begin with a correction- the sand coloured calot hat worn by Queen Máxima in South Korea earlier this week seen at the right was not made by Fabienne Delvigne, as I originally reported. My apologies for this miscommunication.

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King Harald took part in Norway’s Armed Forces Memorial Day (Royal House of Norway)

Prince Harry was in uniform yesterday at the Field of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey (Daily Mail)

King Felipe was  also in uniform this week to visit the General Staff of Defense (Getty)

Prince Joachim watched the hunt with his family (Svenskdam)

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Imperial Family hosted an autumn garden party, with the royal ladies all in kimonos (Imperial Family of Japan)

Charlotte Casiraghi looked amazing in a floral Gucci gown (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

Luxumbourg Royals hosted a sparkling state dinner for the German President (Luxarazzi)