This Week’s Extras

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Quick note before we get into the news- I’m setting off on vacation today until October 20. I have prepared a post to keep you entertained each day while I am away and have kept comments open for you to chat among yourselves and share any hats worn that day. Between the Danish opening of parliament next Tuesday and the Dutch state visit to Portugal the week after, there will certainly be hats for you to share and discuss. See you in three weeks!

King Carl Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in military berets on Tuesday in Sörmland

The Duke of Cambridge accompanied Queen Elizabeth to church last Sunday in Scotland

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma in a large, rounded beige pillbox in Italy

Queen Rania and King Abudllah attending their nation’s annual Flag Parade yesterday held at the Royal Hashemite Court’s Al Rayah parade ground.

Princess Kiko in a simple, cream, short brimmed hat with pleated ecru hatband this week in Chile.

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A number of new designs stood out to me this week:

Stylised black and white fedoras with saucy brims from Melbourne based Jill and Jack Millinery
Striking red looped ‘half turban’ with black and cream poppies from Louise MacDonald
Major statement halo hat in orange and turquoise straw from Felicity Northeast millinery
Retro fuschia felt hat with black patent leather hatband and bow from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Citrus hued leather percher with oversized magnolias from Melbourne based Murley & Co. Millinery
Stunning vertical saucers in black felt and gold straw from Irish brand Montgomery Millinery
Black boater with lace applique trim from Melbourne based Ezara/J Millinery
Red felt fedora with detachable flower trim from Bundle MacLaren

And this beautiful black teardrop cocktail hat with crin trim from Tracy Miller Designs.

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Charming retelling of a young photographer’s sitting with the Queen at Balmoral (Guardian)

Saudi King Salman made a landmark decree this week that will allow women some long awaited freedom (Reuters)

Queen Rania shared this sweet snap this week in celebration of Princess Iman and Princess Salma’s birthdays

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the inaugural ‘Monte-Carlo Gala For The Global Ocean’ gala on Thursday night in what might by my favourite evening look for the princess to date.

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The Dutch monarchy released stunning new portraits of Queen Máxima, Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Arianne, taken by Erwin Olaf

We end the week with a clip of Prince Harry watching volleyball at the Invictus games, seated next to Hayley and Emily Henson, wife and daughter of Harry’s friend, former Invictus athlete David Henson. So sweet.

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

The Duke of Parma and Princess Annemarie presented their son, Prince Carlos Enrique of Bourbon-Parma at a Te Deum at the Monastery of Santa Ana in Barcelona last weekend. Princess Annemarie wore cream tam o’shanter style hat (Getty)

Lalla Salma of Morocco in a chic royal blue fedora on a recent trip to Paris (Noblesse & Royautés Blog)

Princess Beatrice donned a fun feline costume complete with jewelled headpiece for the annual UNICEF ball

On the last day of their state visit to Germany, King Carl Gustaf donned a dapper navy fedora hat (Swedish Royal Court)

Queen Sonja was joined by members of the Norwegian royal family for the private funeral of her brother (Svenskdam)

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended an event at the Grand Hôtel Stockholm. The large costume jewelled brooch in her hair makes for a fun and informal tiara alternative.

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Candid interview with Princess Beatrice and how she sees her dyslexia as a gift (Express)

Troubling news from Sweden that Princess Christina has withdrawn from duties to undergo treatment for chronic leukemia (Swedish Royal Court)

Lovely portrait of Prince Christian released for the occasion of his 11th birthday. It was a great counterpoint to news also from the Danish Court that Crown Prince Frederick fractured his neck in an incident involving a trampoline (something his mother had a quick response for). It appears he will make a full recovery.

Christening of Prince of Bourbon Parma

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma hosted numerous events in Piacenza and Parma, Italy this weekend in celebration of their son’s christening. At a mass on Saturday held at Santa Maria della Steccata Basilica, Prince Carlos officially ‘showed’ little Prince Carlos Enrique to the people of Piacenza. For this event, Princess Annemarie topped a draped blue chiffon dress with a twisted white silk headpiece.

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Designer: Eudia
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

For the christening yesterday, Princess Annemarie chose a dress and cocktail hat in a deeper shade of blue. The hat features a beret base trimmed with a large flat bow and swath of crin that encircles most of the design like a sort of flying brim. It’s a lovely colour on Annemarie but the near vertical placement was awkward- I would have much preferred to see this piece placed up and forward, perched down over her hairline on the right side of her forehead.

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Designer: Eudia
Previously Worn:This hat is new

Queen Máxima used this occasion to debut a new hat with interesting history. During her June 10 visit to Urk, local milliner Hoedenhuis Kaptein gave it to her as a gift.

 While we don’t often see gifted items wore publicly, Queen Máxima surprised yesterday by wearing this hat. In pale grey straw, this design features an intended crown and slightly curved brim; it is trimmed with a white hat band and small grey bow at the side with trailing tails. I really like the strong shape of this piece on Máxima – we see so many repeated shapes on her and it’s wonderful to see something completely different- and think it could be a great design for her but I’m not sure its pairing with her delicate teal lace Dolce & Gabbana dress showed the hat to its best. I think this is an occasion where the individual pieces of this ensemble work better separately than they do together.

 

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Queen Máxima, Sep 25, 2016 in Hoedenhuis Kaptein | Royal Hats

Designer: Hoedenhuis Kaptein Urk
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Viktoria was the only other member of the Bourbon Parma family in millinery of any description, a small pink fascinator floral pouf made from heat shaped petals. The scale feels too small for her and it’s far too twee for my liking, particularly in combination with her clunky heart shaped necklace.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new
It is always lovely to see hats at this type of royal family event, even though I would have liked small tweaks on each of the ensembles we saw yesterday. Did any hats here stand out to you? And what do you think about Queen Máxima wearing a gifted piece?
Photos from Albert Nieboer as indicated;  Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer,  Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Jeroen van der Meyde via PPE; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press;  Albert Nieboer, Albert NieboerAlbert Nieboer via PPE; Marco Vasini; Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer via PPE

Royal Hats this Year: The Netherlands Part I

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We saw so many hats worn by members in the House of Orange this year that we need to break this review into two parts! First, we’ll look at all of the hats and headpieces worn by the Dutch princesses. Please click on each photo to link to larger views and detailed information on each hat.

Princess Margriet

1. Princess Margriet, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Margriet, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Margriet, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Princess Laurentien

5. Princess Laurentien, April 26, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats 6. Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats 

Princess Annemarie and Princess Margarita

7. Princess Annemarie, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Margarita, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix

9. Princess Beatrix, January 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 10. Princess Beatrix,March 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Beatrix, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Princess Beatrix, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 

13. Princess Beatrix, May 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Beatrix, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 15. Princess Beatrix, May 22, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Princess Beatrix, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats 

17. Princess Beatrix, June 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Princess Beatrix, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 19.  Princess Beatrix, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Princess Beatrix, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 

21. Princess Beatrix, June 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Princess Beatrix, September 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 23. Princess Beatrix, September 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Princess Beatrix, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 

25. Princess Beatrix, September 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princess Beatrix, October 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 27. Princess Beatrix, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Beatrix, October 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 

29. Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 30. Princess Beatrix, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Beatrix, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 

33. Princess Beatrix, November 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 34. Princess Beatrix, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 35. Princess Beatrix, November 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for best of 2014? Are any of them on your list of least favourites?

Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats Queen Máxima wore this year.

Bourbon-Parma Family Celebrates Christening

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma christened their younger daughter Princess Cecilia at the Cathedral of Piacenza in Northern Italy yesterday.  For this special day, Princess Annemarie wore the most delicate cream silk rose fascinator trimmed with lace and fine net tulle. I thought she looked absolutely exquisite.

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Little Princess Cecelia wore a bonnet of what looks like antique Battenburg lace. I thought she looked very sweet and suspect that her older sister Luisa’s sour face below was because she was forced to attend the event without a hat.

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Carlos’ sister, Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parama, arrived with their aunt, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Princess Margarita wore a pale pink pouf fascinator that coordinated with her coat and lace sheath. It was not the most exciting of headpieces but somehow, it worked with her ensemble. Princess Beatrix wore a very pretty melon-hued picture hat with upturned brim, ruched band around the crown and large side bow. The hat alone, I quite like. The hat with the sorbet-striped tunic and skirt however, was a little too…. orange. I suppose for a member of the House of Orange, this may not be an unwelcome criticism! Prince Carlos’ aunt, Princess Marie of Bourbon-Parama (pictured below right with Carlos’ brother Prince Jaime and sister-in-law Princess Victoria) was also in pink. Her hat defied gravity with a sharply angled brim and large side pouf bow. I loved how it coordinated with her chic bobbed haircut although I think the fur cuffs on her suit are horrid. Fur and pink jacquard together is never a good idea.

  Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Carlos’ other aunt, Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (I suppose she must be who they named the baby after) wore a vibrant blue pleated straw and flowered headpiece. This headpiece left me scratching my own head as it did not seem to relate to her ornately patterned suit. I think the mix of swirls, scrolls, pleats and flowers was a little too much for one outfit- especially an outfit that looked like it was attending a Christmas soiree from the neck down and a garden party from the neck up.

Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Despite these quirks, it was lovely to see members of the Bourbon-Parma family who we don’t see that often. It was also lovely to see this family so happy to christen their little daughter (a daughter who arrived early and spent many weeks in hospital). As we offer our best wishes to this family, I ask you, dear readers, which of the royal christening hats did you like best on this day?

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

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Luxembourg Wedding: Non Reigning Royal Guests

Royal Hats While a number of European royal houses no longer reign (or even exist) in their home countries, there are still very close ties between the European Royal Families. And most importantly, they still wear hats!

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece leads this group with a beautiful cream pillbox hat designed by Philip Treacy. I loved how this hat fit with her short hair, how it made her stunning emeralds shine, and how the bow added a touch of whimsy and lightness. This is such a great example of how to remain totally elegant while still having fun.

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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece is internationally recognized for her style- this woman has closets and closets and closets full of couture. It really puzzles me, in light of her fashionista status, as to why she wore an origami bird on her head. Her hat was also designed by Philip Treacy

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Queen Margarita of Bulgaria wore a dark mauve net fascinator to match her beautifully detailed suit.. While I want to give props to any woman over 40 with enough chutzpah to even attempt a net poof in her hair, this one seems a little awkward. What’s not awkward, however, is her incredible diamond pendant. If this suit looks familiar to you, it’s because it is the same suit she wore to the wedding of Infanta Cristina of Spain back in 1997. The fascinator, however seems to be new.

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I was so pleased to see the Princess of Turnovo at this event. She and her husband Prince Kardam (son of Princess Margarita and King Simeon of Bulgaria, pictured directly above) were in a horrible car crash in 2008. Kardam suffered a major brain injury and while the details of his condition have not been released, he was in a coma for most of 2008-9 and 2010. With that amazing amount of stress, it’s nice to see Princess Miriam at an event (pictured here with her brother-in-law Prince Kyril). Besides- her hat is fabulous.

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Princess Margareta, heir to the defunct Romanian throne, attended this wedding with husband Radu Duda (say that fast five times!) While I’m not a fan of her jacket at all, I love her navy bell-shaped hat with white and navy ribbon trim designed by Kristina Dragomir. The great shape and colour are oh-so flattering on her.

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Crown Princess Katherina of Serbia (wife of Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia) looked fantastic in a white Philip Treacy hat with upturned lattice brim. It’s the perfect compliment to her ice blue suit and I think it looks so becoming on her.

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The Duchess of Braganza is the top lady in the defunct Portuguese Royal Family. Isabel’s ensemble at this wedding looked very wintry to me (fur collar and a heavy felt winter hat) – a little too wintry for an October wedding. I suppose the hat was alright… although so forgettable that I can only classify it as boring.

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Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the Princess of Venice & Piedmont, was a famous French Actress before marrying her handsome Italian Prince and wore a great deal of amazing french couture. As such, I was a little disappointed by the black fascinator she wore to the wedding. I’m not sure if it reminded me of a pirate eye patch or a hockey puck stuck to her forehead, but I did not like it one bit. It didn’t compliment her grey Elie Sab couture dress, either.

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Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma looked lovely in a large black hat with electric blue ribbon trim. I just couldn’t figure out how that electric blue ribbon trim (and her weird electric blue belt) went with her cerise dress.

And finally, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (whose title indicates she is a German princess but her mother is Queen Margrethe’s younger sister Princess Bendikte of Denmark) wore a pale pink fasinator with the big 3: pointy fathers, large bow and net veil. I wasn’t a fan of this fascinator when paired with her coral dress (and it made even less sense when she threw a caramel fur stole into the mix) nor the shape on her tall frame. This girl is TALL people- she doesn’t need arrows further pointing that out.

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Photos from Getty as indicated and Dutch Photo Press

Christening in Parma

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma christened their first child, Princess Luisa, today in the Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata Parma in Northern Italy. Prince Carlos is a nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (his mother is her younger sister Princess Irene) and while this was a royal christening, it was decidedly a family affair. Princess Annemarie wore a floral fascinator in royal purple to celebrate the event.

  

Photo from PPE-agency