This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice in a lovely green knotted velvet bandeau headpiece (it’s the “Rachel Knotted Velvet Headband by Jennifer Behr) for a charity event

King Willem-Alexander opened the National Holocast Names monument in Amsterdam today
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Elegant ivory abaca straw cloth and folded vintage ribbon pillbox by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald
Sky blue bubble pillbox-turban covered in rosettes by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen
Love the texture and pattern on this ivory crocheted bucket hat from British handmade accessory shop 2308store
Pearl trimmed stunner by Australian milliner Rebecca Share
Vibrant red and magenta felt hat with flexible shape by Dutch milliner Miriam Nuver
Adore all the texture on the braided flower trim on this bandeau by Australian brand Belle Folie Lifestyle
The prettiest pale aqua sinamay saucer with trailing bow by British milliner Sarah Cant

Vibrant green, blue and magenta boater with “splash” cutouts by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Natural straw Breton with leather flowers by Australian milliner Michelle Robinson
Fabulous red bonnet with shirred brim by Finish millinery brand Brevatar Hats
Black straw bandeau with feather studded veil and green bow by Australian brand Sassy Hats
Adore the gum flowers on this grey felt fedora with braided hatband by Australian milliner Lisette MarginIi
Black beaded vintage net halo headpiece
by Dutch milliner Joke Velema
Whimsical scarlet buntal button with rolled brim and veil by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Ice blue sinamay brimmed hat with sienna twists by British milliner Vesna Pesic
Fantastical take on a top hat in green sinamay with trimmed feathers by British milliner Nara Taylor


Handsome portrait of Prince Daniel released for his 48th birthday and a lovely shot of the Norwegian and Swedish heirs and their families on vacation together.

Princess Delphine designed the Pink Ribbon for this year’s Belgian campaign

Lovely new portrait of the Countess of Wessex

Images from social media as indicated 

Inventory: Princess Beatrice’s Black & White Hats

Princess Beatrice celebrated her 33rd birthday on Sunday, an event we mark here with a hat inventory! For the first time, we’re looking at black and white hats and while it’s not a colour combination that immediately comes to mind for this York princess, it should be- we’ve seen her in ten such designs so far! Here they are in the order of debut:

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Designer: all are Philip Treacy
Introduced: June 17, 2008; June 16, 2009; June 18, 2009; 

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Designer: Philip Treacy; Nerida Fraiman; Sarah Cant
Introduced: December 25, 2010; May 24, 2016; June 10, 2016

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Designer: Juliette Botterill; Nerida Fraiman
Introduced: December 25, 2016; June 22, 2017

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Designer: Sally Ann Provan; Judy Bentinck
Introduced: June 21, 2018; June 9, 2019

Its an impressive and graphic millinery group that Beatrice wears really well. While the early, dramatic Philip Treacy perchers look a bit dated now, they were the height of fashion at the time- all of these hats reflect trends at the times they were worn. I’ve always adored the playful movement of #6 and think the most recent three hats, with their more sophisticated lines, suit this York princess so well. It was for very good reason that #9 was our favourite new hat of the year in 2018.

What does this collection of black and white hats say to you?

Images from Getty as indicated; Max Mumby/Indigo, John Stillwell – WPA Pool, Chris Jackson, Mark Cuthbert/UK Press, Steve Parsons/PA Images, and Chris Jackson via Getty

Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

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Members of the British royal family gathered today at St. George’s chapel to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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I’m sure you all join me extending our deepest sympathy to Queen Elizabeth and her family as they grieve his loss.

Commentary and discussion about hats feels unnecessary today. Comments are left open for messages of condolence.

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice wore a burgundy velvet knotted bandeau for dinner out with her husband Edoardo in London on December 3
Princess Hisako in a purple hat December 5 for the 100th anniversary ceremony of Japan Society of School Health and a chocolate felt fedora on December 11 for the East Asia Youth Airgun Competition 2020

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her slouchy black wool hat with faux fur brim from Lock & Co. on December 7 for a service in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the foundation of Salisbury Cathedral
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Sleek black felt wide-brimmed hat with white stitched binding & hatband by Polish brand Oktopus
Luminescent gold straw fedora with splendid striped hatband by Australian milliner Catherine Kelly
Magenta silk veiled cocktail hat with bow by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Classic navy square-crown cloche with ribbon hatband by French milliner Clothilde Toussaint
Blush felt cloche with pleated brim and silk hatband by Swiss milliner Michaela Temperli
Leopard melusine felt trilby with leather binding and hatband by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Cerise felt button percher with sparkling beads and double back bows from the studio of Rachel Trevor Morgan
Textured straw boater rimmed in black lace by Australian brand Jettah & Till Design Millinery
Burgundy felt capulet with draped and layered hatbands and side bow by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Statement soaring headpiece of silk butterflies by Australian Milliner Cynthia Jones-Bryson
Cream straw sideweep saucer with silk roses and blue lace applique by Irish milliner Jennifer Wrynne
Chocolate and russet woven felt percher with feathers by French brand Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Purple straw calot with vintage veiling and the prettiest straw roses by British milliner Lucy Bowler
Stunning black and white statement hat with fuchsia feather trim by Australian brand Amelda Millinery

New portraits released for Empress Masako’s 57th birthday

Lovely photos of the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg with wee Prince Charles

We end the week with the Duchess of Cornwall, who was aided at a Battersea kennel charity by her Jack Russel terrier Beth, who is an alumna of the organization. I believe a sausage was also involved.

Photos from social media as indicated

Princess Beatrice’s Christmas Hats

With news yesterday that the British royal family will celebrate Christmas Day privately, in small groups, and not make any public appearances (as to not draw a crowd), we won’t be seeing any December 25 hats this year. So instead, let’s look back at hats worn for Christmas past, beginning today with Princess Beatrice:

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Velvet hats in jewel tones for Christmases 1994 through 2001

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Electric blue Philip Treacy percher with feather flower in 2002; Black trilby in 2003 and 2004

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Purple felt Philip Treacy cloche in 2005; Ecru percher with bow and feathers in 2006: Repeated blue percher in 2007

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Grey beret percher with bow in 2008; Taupe felt Whitely beret with blue sequins in 2009;
Black percher with bow and white rose in 2010

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Black felt button percher with flying bow by Rachel Black in 2011; Black Rosie Olivia beret with folded bow in 2012;
Black Nerida Fraiman button percher with blue flower in 2013

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Repeat of the 2011 Rachel Black percher in 2014; Black velvet beaded pillbox by Juliette Botterill in 2015;
Black and white houndstooth headpiece with red silk rose by Juliette Botterill in 2016

Juliette Botterill ryal blue percher with roses and bow in 2017; Navy felt fedora in 2018;
Emerald knotted bandeau headpiece by Juliette Botterill in 2019

It’s an eclectic mix that, unsurprisingly, closely follows millinery style trends. While have soft spots for the taupe beret in 2009 and the black button with fantastic blue flower in 2013, I think she’s really hit her stride with recent designs by Juliette Botterill- especially the stunning royal blue rose trimmed design in 2017. I can’t think of a shade of blue that suits her better.

What do you notice about this evolution of Christmas hats on Princess Beatrice? Which designs stand out most to you?

Photos by Chris Jackson, Paul Ellis / AFP and UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty