Princess Cristina wore a heather purple felt brimmed hat trimmed with feathers in purple and dark grey. I’m still at odds about the feather placement- on one hand, it’s terribly messy but on the other, I like its exuberance and admire how the two shades link with her dark blue velvet and purple silk coat… a rather bulky item (it looked like a blanket) that hasn’t aged well. When a hat makes a coat look better, that can only be a good thing.
Queen Anne-Marie of Greece topped her textured red coat with a matching hat. In a modified top hat shape, the felt design features a tall, flared crown with domed top, upturned rolled brim with downsweep on one side, a layered red felt hatband and brown mink pompoms. The mink trim links well with the mink trim on Anne-Marie’s coat without being overly matchy and those pompoms are whimsical and fun. This hat’s unique shape is very much of its time but I always thought it was a bold and brave choice for her.
Princess Marie-Chantal followed the same formula as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, topping her richly patterned brocade coat with a tall brown fur Cossack style hat. Unfortunately, the hat’s large scale completely overwhelmed her and I’m still trying to see how it relates to the red, magenta and gold printed coat (which it’s own, is gorgeous!).
Queen Noor of Jordan wore an embroidered headscarf in white, an interesting colour choice for a winter event with her baby blue silk tailored suit. She is photographed below by the Prince of Wales who wore his naval uniform and cap. Princess Sarvath, Princess Badiya and Princess Sumaya are also listed on the guest list but I’ve not been able to locate any photographs of them.
The Countess of Wessex wore primarily Philip Treacy millinery hats at the time and chose one in camel felt for this event. The design made its style statement primarily by shape, pairing a deeply pinched, tall stovepipe crown with an offset brim. The hat was minimally embellished with a slim hatband tied in a front bow. It’s another design very much of the time and looking at it now, seemed a little heavy for Sophie’s cream coat and delicately embellished dress.
Prince Albert of Monaco wore military uniform with cap while his elder sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, wore a grey felt cloche with extended brim and wide grey hatband. The hat’s classic shape suited Caroline well although I’m not sure about its pairing with her Chanel dress and coat, pieces that feel like they ought to be paired with something more luxurious and bespoke.
Princess Míriam of Bulgaria topped her pink feathered skirt and fur collared jacket in a what looks like a headpiece of horizontally placed pheasant and pink feathers, placed on the back of her head.
Princess Inaara, wife of the Aga Khan at the time, wore a calot hat in large flowers with petals made of mocha and copper organza, velvet and crin (see closeup here). The mixed textures on the piece gave it some life and while it related well to Inaara’s fur trimmed camel cape, these combined less well with her mushroom grey tweed suit and earthy green blouse. Too many neutrals, I’d say.
Other noteable guests included Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, who wore a traditional African printed capulana headwrap and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane, who wore a brimmed hat in pale pink straw.
Members of Monaco’s royal family gathered yesterday to celebrate their country’s National Holiday. Princess Charlene used the occasion to debut a new hat in black felt with small, domed button crown and wide cartwheel brim.The pyramid shaped design is a style departure for Charlene that pairs well with her graphic coat.
Princess Caroline topped her Chanel bouclé suit in a dark teal fedora hat trimmed with a cream lace hatband. The colour is lovely on her but there’s something about the mix of coat, hat and hatband combination that is at odds for me and the ensemble doesn’t draw harmoniously together (and I usually love a fedora!).
Designer: Philip Treacy Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Beatrice Casiraghi also wore a headpiece, hers with a looped chocolate velvet bow and long, curved quills that arched over her head. There’s a lovely sense of scale and movement on this design and I adore how the velvet bow links with the chocolate velvet trim on Beatrice’s camel coat.
Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Armani. Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Princess Alexandra of Hanover also went with a velvet headpiece, hers a layered black bow on a headband base. The bow placement is a bit twee, even for 19-year old Alexandra, but the scale, colour and luxurious sheen of the velvet coordinates well with her bouclé coat. We’ve not seen this young princess in many (or any?) pieces of millinery and I’m looking forward to seeing how she follows the sophisticated style of her mother and older sister.
Designer: Miu Miu Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Princess Stephanie wore a black leather headband while her eldest daughter, Pauline Ducruet, wore a formed black felt tricorn calot hat with bumper style indented crown. The small hat has a 1940s vibe to it emphasized by the saucy angle Pauline placed it on her head.
Designer of Pauline’s hat: Nina Ricci Previously Worn:
Melanie de Massy, daughter of Prince Albert’s first cousin, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy, repeated her black felt Garbo hat. I suspect Baroness Elisabeth-Anne was also in attendance- as soon as I locate a photograph, I’ll update the post. Feel free to post a link if you’ve spotted her anywhere!
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco topped her grey finely woven tween suit in a matching bowler hat variation with rounded crown and short upturned brim. I adore it for what it is, an overthought but oh-so classic Caroline-Chanel combination.
Tatiana Casiraghi, who is expecting her third child, wore a black velvet bandeau headpiece with veil. As far as bandeaus go, this is a good one on its own. I’m just not sure about it in combination with her voluminous red coat.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn:this headpiece is new
Charlotte Casiraghi wore a close fitting burgundy cloche hat with twisted rose detail on the side. The hat seemed a better match for her dress than the brown tweed overcoat she wore to the Cathedral- these two pieces were completely out of proportion against the other.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: this hat is new
Beatrice Casiraghi topped her camel and black belted coat with a matching percher hat. With a camel felt beret shaped base, the hat is simply trimmed with a widely woven black veil overlay. Its a well coordinated and balanced ensemble that works but leaves me a bit “meh”. In a brighter hue it would have been great.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: this hat is new
Prince Albert’s first cousin, Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (below, right in a navy and black coat), daughter of the late Princess Antoinette, wore a black calot hat with short, cuffed brim and trimmed with a black bow and net veil at the front. Her daughter Melanie (bottom photo, left) wore a black felt wide brimmed Garbo hat. It’s a classic shape Melanie wears well but that would have been much better balanced with a few more inches added to the hem of her frock and coat.
Monaco’s royal family celebrated their country’s National Day today with a series of events, as per tradition, held at the Monaco Cathedral and at the Royal Palace. It is one of the few events during the year when we see these royals in hats and today did not disappoint.
Princess Charlene wowed in a cream straw pyramid hat trimmed with black straw piping around the crown and brim, a multi looped bow, black leaves and hand made red silk roses. The high contrast scheme is a bold one for Charlene and the shape is unlike anything we have seen her wear before. Charlene’s millinery until this point has had a distinctly modern edge and this very classic design is a surprise that some might find overly sweet for her. I happen to like it- I love the quintessentially French vibe (kudos to British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan) and adore how Charlene matched her lipstick to the rose trim.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Caroline repeated her tan percher cocktail hat with flat, pillbox shaped base trimmed with a voluminous mass of net veil. Many of you will remember this from the Luxembourg royal wedding four years ago. It’s a fun neutral piece but not one I’m entirely convinced worked with her Chanel suit (I prefer it with the dress she paired it with originally)
Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi topped her red and white (Monaco’s national colours) coat with a domed black straw cocktail. The milliner describes the design saying, “That cocktail hat has a bow with vintage French satin ribbon and a veil, which I think she tucked under for the sake of the conversation!” The simple design is a versatile piece that I think might have worked better placed at a different angle on her head (up and down, over her right eyebrow).
Designer: Abigail Aldridge Millinery Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Charlotte Casiraghi also dressed in national colours, topping her ensemble with a red veiled bumper hat. This couture hat is an editorial, high fashion piece and while I’m not a fan of the hat shape, veil around Charlotte’s face and complicated cascadedown the back, it’s certainly a fashion statement with big impact.
Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi topped her cream dress and coat with a pale grey padded bandeau headpiece. Exciting? Not really. But I think it’s more flattering than the red hat above and that’s worth merit.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: This hat is new
Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (below, center), daughter of the late Princess Antoinette, wore a simple grey felt cloche hat while her daughter Melanie (second photo below, to the right of Charlotte Casiraghi) wore a floppy black variation of a cloche.
While many of you are eagerly awaiting this year’s new millinery from the British royal family, we must first peek at hats from Monaco, Greece, Dubai and Qatar. Some of this year’s most luxurious hats were worn by princesses and sheikhas from these countries- click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.
The hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to a final poll. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote (or jump back to vote again for hats from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands or Luxembourg and Norway). You can vote for multiple hats up to four times per day so please, get voting!
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco
1. 2. 3. 4.
Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece
5. 6. 7.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar
8. 9. 10.
Do you think any of these hats deserve to be named best royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016.
Members of Monaco’s royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today with a Thanksgiving Mass at Cathedral Notre-Dame, a parade in the royal palace courtyard and a greeting from the palace balcony.
Princess Charlene chose a new hat for these celebrations, a sleek cloche in claret wool trimmed with a grey birdcage net veil that encases the piece. The classic 1920s shape and style of the hat is made current and modern by the veil and a side slit in the cuffed brim. This is not an easy hat to wear but it works so well with Charlene’s face shape, new pixie haircut, flapper-esque dropped waist dress and demure jewellery. I think this is vintage-modern royal millinery at its best.
Designer: unconfirmed Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco topped her Chanel coat with a fascinator made of black feathers formed into flowers. While I would have preferred her in a more traditionally shaped hat with this outfit for this occasion, this fascinator frames her face nicely and she wears it well.
Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Chanel Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Beatrice Borromeo topped an elegant black and beige suit with a beige felt moulded beret worn on the side of her head. The hat has an air of austerity about it that was balanced well with Beatrice’s drop earrings- while I would have loved a feather or some sort of trim on the hat, it fit very well with her elegantly streamlined ensemble.
Designer: Likely Philip Treacy. Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, a long time friend of Prince Albert often spotted at Monaco royal events with her husband Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro, was her characteristically bold self in a black and white ensemble. Camilla’s white pillbox-style hat featured an open crown, black stripes, and black feather trim. I’m not usually a fan of open-topped hats but this one seems to work well with Camilla’s upswept hairstyle and bold dress and coat.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new
Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (Prince Albert’s first cousin, the daughter of his father’s sister Princess Antoinette) wore a grey felt Garbo style hat with floppy brim and side pouf trim. Her daughter, Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy wore a black felt hat of similar shape trimmed with a brooch pinned at the side. The two women are picture below on either side of Princess Charlene. As you can also see below, both Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Stephanie were in attendance but neither wore a hat.
It looks like a lovely day was had by all in Monaco although the hats might have been overshadowed by a certain pair of royal twins who appeared on the balcony! What do you think of the royal millinery spotted in Monaco today?