This Week’s Extras

Princess Anne in military uniform on Friday to visit the 30th Signal Regiment to mark the 71st anniversary of The Queen’s Gurkha Signals.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Delicately beautiful pillbox entirely covered in small blooms by London-based milliner Merve Bayindir
Large tan straw teardrop saucer with black veil and multicoloured butterflies by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Green velvet halo bandeau with beaded trim by American brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Natural and blue straw layered percher with beautiful silk abaca flowers by Australian milliner Sandy Aslett
Textural bandeau headpieces of overlapping jewel-tone straw feathers by British milliner Bee Smith
Wonderfully simple yet striking white straw cloche with navy applique trim by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman

Lovely silver button percher with dimensional lace trim by London brand John Boyd millinery
Straw crowned boater with perspex brim and blue butterfly trim by British brand Bundle MacLaren
Camel mariner cap with removable brass floral trim by Italian brand Borsalino
Pale green straw wide brimmed hat painted with bird and vines by Spanish artist Lidya Diaz
Amethyst velvet wrapped turban by London-based Irish milliner Philip Treacy
Charming Bee hat – honey parasisal straw, wired honeycomb and buzzing straw bees – by British milliner Karen Geraghty


The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg were joined by family yesterday for the christening of their son, Prince Charles, at the Abbey of St. Maurice in Clervaux
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Le baptême de S.A.R. le Prince Charles, premier enfant de Leurs Altesses Royales le Grand-Duc héritier et la Grande-Duchesse héritière, a été célébré cet après-midi à l’Abbaye Saint-Maurice de Clervaux en présence de la Famille grand-ducale et de la Famille de Lannoy. La messe a été présidée par Son Éminence le Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archevêque de Luxembourg et concélébrée par Son Excellence Monseigneur Leo Wagener, Évêque auxiliaire; Son Excellence Monseigneur Fernand Franck, Archevêque émérite et le Révérend Père Dom Michel Jorrot, Père Abbé de l’Abbaye de Clervaux. A l’issue de la cérémonie, Son Altesse Royale le Prince Louis, frère de Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc héritier et la Comtesse Gaëlle de Lannoy, sœur de S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse héritière, sont devenus respectivement parrain et marraine de Son Altesse Royale le Prince Charles. © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue #PrinceCharles

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex and family took part Great British Beach Clean on Southsea beach in Portsmouth, today
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Life Of A Hat: Princess Anne

Most of the royal hats we see stay the same during their working lives. Some might be paired with different ensembles but a vast majority stay in their original form.  However, while wading around in my archive of Princess Anne’s royal hats last week, I found a hat that has undergone subtle transformation. Designed by the late British milliner John Boyd, I believe the hat first appeared in 1983 while on a visit to Japan.

The pale wheat-hued straw brimmed hat with ivory crin overlay was repeated for a May 1985 Buckingham Palace garden party and with a printed dress for the agricultural “East of England” show (in June 1985, 1986 or 1987), both seen below.

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Princess Anne paired this hat with a nautical navy jacket with brass buttons and white trim on June 4, 1986 for the Epsom Races. This outing is probably the most famous for this hat and photos captured at this event provide great views of its shape, trim and detail.

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On June 23, 1990, the hat appeared at Royal Ascot with the addition of a twisted, polka dot hatband.

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For a May 6, 2008 WWII memorial in France, the crown’s crin overlay was removed and an insignia brooch looked to be affixed to the front of the hat.

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The hat’s most recent outing on October 16, 2011  was without the insignia brooch and showed all the original trim – the twisted hatband, back bow and crin swirled rosette on the side – to be intact.

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The removal of the ivory crin over the crown is a minor touch that significantly altered the look of this hat- I can’t help wondering if it was removed for necessity or deemed an easy ‘fix’ to make more fashionable, 30 years after it’s creation? We’ll never know the answer to these questions… but I’m very interested to hear your theories!

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Alan Feeberry;  Getty Images as indicated

Monday Multiples: Princess Anne

While Princess Anne famously has worn some hats over several decades, she also mixes pieces. Her ecru suit with tangerine silk binding and crossover blouse has been paired with three different hats:

Look #1: With a cream close-fitting percher hat edged with tangerine-backed bumper brim raised to flying bow tails at the back worn June 13, 1987 for Trooping the Colour and March 30, 1988 to open the Royal Easter Show

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Look #2: With an ecru straw pillbox with visor brim around the front and layered tangerine and ecru folded bow in the back worn for the Founders Day Parade at Chelsea Royal Hospital on June 5, 2008

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Look #3: A pumpkin straw modified cloche with angled brim, wide silk ruched hatband and posy of straw lilies studded with amber feathers by Walter Wright worn April 17, 2012 in South Africa

Which hat do you prefer most with this suit?

Photos from Foto24/Gallo Images and Foto24/Gallo Images; and Getty as indicated 

Inventory: Princess Anne’s Green Hats

To celebrate Princess Anne’s 70th birthday on Sunday, we’re diving into her millinery closet for an inaugural inventory of her hats. At the turn of the millenium, the Princess Royal had just two green hats in rotation, both introduced during the previous decade (and both repeated within the past nine years years):

As we’re all aware, the Princess Royal has a knack of reintroducing hats from decades past- in July 2013, she brought back a straw picture hat painted with peacock feathers by John Boyd that goes back to at least 1982 and on December 31, 2017 she attended church in a deep forest green velvet cloche that dates to at least December 1984:

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Since 2000, Princess Anne has added eight additional new green designs to her wardrobe. Here they are, in order of introduction:

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Designer: unknown
Introduced: June 21, 2000; March 12, 2002; June 18, 2009

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Designer: unknown; Amy Morris-Adams; unknown
Introduced: December 25, 2011; June 22, 2017; March 9, 2018

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Designer: unknown; Amy Morris-Adams
Introduced: April 4, 2019; June 20, 2019

I’ve held off tackling Princess Anne’s inventories because they require going back 40+ years to catch all the hats we still see her wear today (the longevity of her wardrobe is clearly one of her superpowers). This first group of green hats surprised me. There are less here than I imagined there’d be- perhaps green is not Anne’s favourite colour but when you think about how many  events/engagements she attends (509 in 2019), this is a proportionately small collection. This group also covers a wide breadth of different shapes- there are not two designs close to being alike. Sure, some shapes look more dated than others but it also indicates a more sophisticated ability to carry off very different hat styles that I suspect I’ve underestimated.

As for favourites- I like the new additions from Amy Morris-Adams and hope their collaboration continues. I also love the early 1980s green straw John Boyd picture hat painted with peacock feathers and would love to see it worn again (although, not with it’s original matching outfit!).

So… what do you notice about this group of hats? Which designs do you think suit Anne best?

Photos from  Allstar Picture Library Ltd via Alamy; Fiona Hanson/PA Images, Joe Giddens/PA Images, Tim Graham Photo Library, Max Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty; Steve Davies via Shutterstock; Max Mumby/Indigo, Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty

Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to the summer of 1976 and this stylish pair of bucket hats on Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, spotted at Heathrow Airport. We simply don’t see many matching ‘his and her’ royal looks (uniforms excepted!) and when I came across this photo this week… well, it was just too fantastic to share.

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