This Week’s Extras

Last Friday, April 5, Princess Beatrice visited the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in a black leather bandeau headpiece. While it looks eerily similar to one recently worn by her sister, the two pieces are different (the central knot on this bandeau is visibly bigger).

On Wednesday, members of the Imperial Royal Family visited the Emperor and Empress to offer congratulations on their 60th wedding anniversary. All the princesses were in hats- Crown Princess Masako in a repeated cream pleated bumper; Princesses Kiko, Mako and Kako in cuffed calot hats; Princess Hanako in a pink brimmed hat with ruffled feather trim; and Princess Yuriko in a green silk covered bumper hat with side flower.
 
Princess Nobuko repeated a green silk bumper hat with lace covered crown and Princess Akiko wore a yellow silk bumper hat previously worn by Princess Hanako. Princess Yoko repeated her peach textured pillbox, Princess Tsuguko repeated her peach silk bumper with pleated leaf motif around the outside brim and Princess Hisako repeated a royal blue silk ensemble with bumper hat.
King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora on Thursday for a visit to a solar farm
Crown Princess Mette-Marit shared these snaps of her family enjoying a day out skiing
The Cambridges were spotted at Burnham Market international horse trials in Norfolk where they joined Mike and Mia Tindall to watch Zara compete. Prince William sported a natty flat cap.
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Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!! Oh my goodness!!! . On Friday, the two families joined up to watch Zara compete in the Burnham Market International Horse Trials in Norfolk. Look at Mia holding her godfather’s ears! An onlooker said: “They were just like any other family, enjoying a day out and having a lovely time. There were no tantrums thrown by the kids and they all seemed very down to earth. A few people noticed them, but generally everyone just carried on as normal” #littlecambridges #babycambridges #littlewindsors #zaraandmike #zaratindall #zaraphillips #miketindall #miatindall #dukeofcambridge #princewilliam #duchessofcambridge #katemiddleton #catherineduchessofcambridge #dukeandduchessofcambridge #williamandkate #princegeorge #princesscharlotte #princelouis #princeharry #duchessofsussex #meghanduchessofsussex #meghanmarkle #royalfamily #theroyalfamily #britishroyalfamily #britishmonarchy #britishroyals #britishroyalty #houseofwindsor

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Princess Charlene was at the Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday to attend her namesake race day annual event. She topped her royal blue dress and bolero jacket by Terrence Bray with a black floral and crin fascinator
Rachel Trevor Morgan, Noel Stewart and Edwina Ibbotson have curated a hat exhibition ‘Unveiled- The Craft of Millinery’ that will be open May 8-12 in London (May 8-10 at the Artworkers Guild and May 11-12 at Fenwick of Bond Street). Featuring the work of 14 milliners, the exhibition will also include workshops and a curators talk you can register to attend here. Also launched this week was this year’s Royal Ascot Millinery Collective. So lovely to see an Australian milliner (Jill Humphries of Jill and Jack Millinery in Melbourne) included in this year’s lineup!
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Autumnal orange felt sidesweep with fantastic feathers by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Luxuriously smooth lines on this pale pink leather percher with bow by British milliner Fi Graham
Whimsical wired floral black headpiece of dotted net by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Eye catching oversize purple straw saucer with orange straw twists by UK brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Love the classic 50s vibe on Jane Taylor’s white straw and black patent braided pyramid hat
Adore the movement on this royal blue feather headpiece from Melbourne-based Jill and Jack Millinery
Punchy black and citrus yellow scheme on this floral trimmed black straw percher by British milliner Jess Collett
Beautiful cream straw sidesweep with golden peach flying bow by British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Orange straw fez with orange & fuchsia sleek square flowers by Irish brand Martha Lynn Millinery
Bold navy felt halo headband with pinwheel bloom and curling quills by UK brand Hatonista Millinery

And from British milliner Natasha Mobey, this wonderfully creative handwoven basket of straw folded cranes, created for London Hat Week.

This summer’s special exhibit at Buckingham Palace focuses on Queen Victoria’s reign with a wonderful look at pieces from the 1851 Stuart Ball.
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Lovely portrait of Princess Ariane released Wednesday for her 12th birthday
Sweet snap of three generations of Swedish royals enjoying their visit to the Schönbruun Zoo in Vienna, Austria

Photos from FNN; The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun

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Reader Jimbo reminded in one of the comments this week that Queen Elizabeth repeated her purple hourglass shaped hat with pin tuck trim by Angela Kelly/Stella McLaren last Sunday to attend church at Windsor
On Wednesday, Princess Hisako attended the Tokyo send off ceremony for Team Japan to the Special Olympics Summer World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. She wore a black short brimmed hat with wide blue hatband.
Members of the Norwegian royal family were joined by Queen Margrethe  for a World Cup skiing race today at Holmenkollen. Predictably, cozy winter hats were the order of the day.
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attended a memorial service yesterday for the victims of the Great Tokyo Air Raid, the princess in one of her signature bowler hats with wide hatband.
Thanks to a reader who shared fantastic views of two royal hats on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath- the Countess of Wessex’s Jane Taylor hat is familiar but click over to see Queen Mary’s feather trimmed toque hat. It’s as close as we’re ever going to get to one of her signature toques.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Purple velvet perchers with pleated crin ruffle trim by British milliner Jane Taylor
Stunning pillbox trimmed in black & white guinnea fowl feathers by Nicola de Selincourt
Pale grey straw boater with exquisite beaded snowflakes by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Amazing colour blocking on this emerald, eggplant & claret felt fedora by British milliner Jess Collett
From British brand Hostie Hats, this royal blue straw domed disk with fantastic feather trim
Exquisite lace trimmed white crin disc with purple roses by British brand Guibert Millinery
Sunny yellow straw calot with feather and white hydrangeas by Irish milliner Laura Hanlon
Whimsical “Dandelion” headpiece made of white feathers by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Lovely shape on this bright turquoise brimless beaded design by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Smooth, clean and wonderfully graphic black straw hat by Irish brand Martha Lynn Millinery
A giant white organza ruffled picture hat by British milliner Edwina Ibbotson that I suspect we’ll see at Ascot!

And for those of you still trudging through winter, this fabulous black felt fedora trimmed with red lace appliqué, sequins and pearls made by British brand Laylaleigh Millinery.

Princess Madeleine shared this sweet snap of Princess Adrienne, who celebrated her first birthday this week
Queen Inkhosikati LaDube, 12th wife of the King of Eswantini (Swaziland) and mother of three of his children, died on Friday at age 31 in South Africa following treatment for skin cancer. She is likely best remembered here for the bright mint green ensemble and percher hat she wore to the Diamond Jubilee Muster in Home Park, May 19, 2012.
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Photos from social media and Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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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.

Norwegian Silver Jubilee Part 2

Celebrations for King Harald’s Silver Jubilee on Sunday continued after the worship service with an afternoon of winter activities for all ages held in the Palace Square. The event, which was at the King and Queen’s specific request, featured cross-country ski trails, hills for snowboarding and ski jumping, an ice slide, biathlon laser rifle targets and areas for ski play. The entire Norwegian royal family changed into sporting clothes and joined in the fun.

After a quick change, the family walked from the Palace Square to the Aula of the University of Oslo where they were met by Prime Minister Erna Solberg and enjoyed a gala concert featuring a wide array of Norwegian artists. Queen Sonja wore a beautiful royal blue cape edged in black fur with a matching fur hat. Controversy about fur aside, the simple shape of the hat was a perfect compliment to the glorious cape and the two pieces looked fantastic on the queen.

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Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new. 
Crown Princess Mette Marit and her three children all bundled up in warm knit winter hats.

17 Jan 2016, Oslo, Norway --- Oslo, 17-01-2016 Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Ingrid Alexandra, Prince Sverre Magnus, Marius Borg Høiby and Princess Märtha Louise 25th anniversary of the ascension to the Norwegian throne of Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja The Royal Family attends the events at The Palace Square (Slottsplassen) RPE/Albert Nieboer/Netherlands OUT - NO WIRE SERVICE - --- Image by © Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis

Princess Märtha Louise wore a simple navy headpiece with large multi-leafed flower at the side. As far as fascinators go, it’s an attractive piece that she wore well.

UPDATE: Eagle eyed reader Royalwatcher227 recognized this piece as one previously worn by Princess Mette-Marit. I’m not sure why but knowing that the piece is shared between these sister-in-laws makes me like it a little more.

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Previously Worn by Princess Mette-Marit: May 9, 2014May 30, 2011; March 4, 2006

Queen Margrethe and Queen Silvia wore the same hats they wore in the morning while King Carl Gustaf added a dapper black fedora.

Royal Jubilee in Noway 25th anniversary of the ascension to the Norwegian throne of Thei

The day’s festivities completed with a formal dinner held at the Royal Castle in Oslo that yielded these wonderful photos.
I admire the sense of fun and family that was included in this anniversary. The informality of the event did not lend itself to a parade of fantastic hats but it seems that the King and Queen celebrated and were celebrated in a way that was characteristically them. My favourite hat of the day was Queen Sonja’s fur hat and cape combination- which one did you like most?

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The Swedish and Norwegian royals hanging out together at the Nordic World Ski Championships (Getty). It seems, the Norwegian royals had cause to celebrate (Twitter feed of Kjell Arne Totland)

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Overviews of the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Japan and China by ITV News and The Telegraph. In coordination with this tour, Getty put together a gallery of past British Royal visits to the land of the rising sun (Getty)

Lovely photos of the Dutch Royal Family on their annual ski holiday (Getty). I adore the shots of Princess Beatrix with her granddaughters.

Part two of the BBC documentary, Reinventing The Royals

Check out the preview of “A Royal Night”, a new movie about one of our favourite royals at the end of WWII

Royals Attend Holmenkollen in Norway

Members of the Norwegian royal family and Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands attended ski and ski jumping races at Holmenkollen today. Nearly everyone was seen in a woolly knit ski hat or headband. I thought the hats worn by Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre (featuring the Norwegian flag) were particularly smart. Hats aside, it’s nice to see royals having great fun together.

Princess Mette Marit, Prince Sverre, Marius Borg Høiby and Prince Haakon, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats BlogKing Herald and Princess Beatrix, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess  Ingrid, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princ Sverre, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Sonja and Princess Ingrid, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Haakon and Princess Mette Marit, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Astrid, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Sonja and Princess Beatrix, March 9, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Scanpix NTB via The Royal House of Norway and Patrick van Katwijk via Dutch Photo Press

Norwegian Royals Kick Off Constitution Bicentennial

The Norwegian family attended the official opening of the bicentennial celebration of the Norwegian Constitution on Sunday night at Eidsvoll, where Norwegian independence was declared. For this celebratory evening outdoors, Prince Sverre Magnus, Princess Ingrid, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were suitably attired in cozy knit wool hats.

Princess Mette-Marit, February 16, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Ingrid and Prince Sverre, February 16, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Roald Berit/NTB Scanpix via NRK