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.

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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?

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Inventory: Princess Beatrice’s Blue Hats

Princess Beatrice celebrated her 32nd birthday on Saturday. To celebrate this, I thought it was high time we dove into her millinery closet for an inventory. Surprisingly, she has publicly worn 20 different blue designs:

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Designer: All are Philip Treacy
Introduced: December 25, 2002; June 12, 2010; June 17, 2010

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Designer: unknown; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Stephen Jones
Introduced: June 16, 2011; July 30, 2011; June 5, 2012

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Designer: Sarah Cant; unknown; Sarah Cant
Introduced: June 4, 2013; August 11, 2013; June 17, 2014

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Designer: unknown; Laura Apsit Livens
Introduced: November 19, 2014; June 18, 2015

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Designer: Juliette Botterill; unknown; Laura Apsit Livens
Introduced: June 19, 2015; May 26, 2016; June 16, 2016

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Designer: Gina Foster; Emily London; Juliette Botterill
Introduced:  June 18, 2016; June 17, 2017; December 25, 2017;

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Designer: Stephen Jones;Juliette Botterill; Bundle MacLaren
Introduced: May 19, 2018; June 19, 2018, June 18, 2019

There’s considerable diversity of shade and shape here- saucers, boaters, fedora, bandeau, pillbox, teardrop and button perchers and brims of all sizes. Seeing this collection reminds me how well Beatrice wears hats, how much we underestimate her millinery sophistication and how wearing the work of numerous milliners (at least nine here) pushes her style and saves her from falling into a single signature look. The wide brimmed Sarah Cant and Gina Foster designs (#9 and #15) remain long held favourites for me because they are just so beautiful, along with the wonderful blue embroidered Bundle MacLaren Matador (#20). I also have a soft spot for the pair of blue and orange Laura Apsit Livens designs (#11 and #14) that were punchy, bold, and very unexpected choices that certainly stood out in the crowd. And you know, I love a hat that stands out!

Which blue hats in Princess Beatrice’s hat closet are your favourites?

Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo; RMA Sandhurst; Max Mumby/IndigoPaul Ellis / AFP, Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse, Samir Hussein/WireImage, Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool, Chris Jackson and Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty and Getty as indicated

Monday Multiples: Princess Beatrice

One of my favourite hats in Princess Beatrice’s closet is an architectural, wide brimmed green straw design with navy starburst stitching on the brim and a navy hatband and bow. She has paired this eye-catching hat with two ensembles:

Look #1: With a teal A-line lace dress with three quarter length sleeves worn at Royal Ascot on June 17, 2014

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Look #2: With a pale green beaded collar silk dress and navy tuxedo jacket worn two years later on June 17, 2016 also to Royal Ascot

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Which outfit pairs best with this hat?

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