Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Monaco, Greece, Dubai and Qatar

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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.Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats  2.Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 in Akris | Royal Hats  3.Princess Caroline, May 10, 2015 in The Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats  4.Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

5.Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats  6.Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats  7.Princess Marie-Chantal, June 18, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar

8.Princess Haya in Philip Treacy, June 16, 2015 | Royal Hats  9.Princess Haya, June 16, 2015 in Philip Treacy. Suit by Chanel | Royal Hats  10.Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

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.

Monaco Royals Celebrate National Day

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, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

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.

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

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.

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

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.

 Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats    Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

 Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats    Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

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.
Monaco Royal Family, Novemeber 19, 2015  | Royal Hats

Monaco Royal Family, Novemeber 19, 2015  | Royal Hats

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?
Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats

Who Wore It Best: September 2015 Poll

Royal Hats Identifying Princess Caroline’s hat yesterday left me with an eerie sense of deja vu. After some royal hat research, I confirmed that this free trade raffia picture hat from Madagascar has graced another royal head. The colous are different and the wearer’s choice of where to fold up the brim varies but the hats are the same. When such things happen, I can’t resist asking, dearest readers, who wore it best?

Princess Máxima, January 11, 2012 in Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, January 11, 2012 in Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, January 11, 2012 in Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima (as was her title then) of the Netherlands on a January 2012 visit to Oman

Princess Caroline, May 10, 2015 in Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats Princess Caroline, May 10, 2015 in Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, May 10, 2015 in Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline or Hanover and Monaco, May 10, 2015 at the christening of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella

This poll will remain open until next Wednesday, September 30 at midnight GMT the results will be celebrated shortly thereafter. Happy voting!

Monaco Royal Wedding in Italy: Family and Royal Guests

Royal HatsThis weekend’s lavish religious wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo saw a number of hats worn by family members and royal guests. For the religious ceremony on Saturday morning, the groom’s mother, Princess Caroline, wore a flat-crowned white picture hat. The brim of the dramatic hat was heavily wrapped in a swirling tempest of navy silk tulle and trimmed with navy and white feather poufs on one side. While the hat is a haute couture piece, I’m struggling to find it either flattering or attractive. It’s a signature piece that seems at odds with Caroline’s ornately beaded Chanel tunic (a piece I suspect it was designed specifically to compliment).

Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

You can get a better sense of this hat in the short video clip below. Jump over here for a view of Princess Caroline’s pre-wedding dinner outfit and here for a view of her gown (and optional Can-can sleeves) at the post-wedding reception.

Designer: Chanel
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Charlotte Casiraghi did not wear a hat at any of the wedding festivities (jump over to her outfits at the pre-wedding dinner here, the religious ceremony here and her wonderful Gucci gown for the reception here). Princess Alexandra of Hannover, who appears to have been a bridesmaid at the religious ceremony, topped her simple silk gown with a wreath of flowers in her hair.

Princess Alexandra, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Alexandra’s outfits at the other two events can be seen here and here. The outfits worn by Tatiana Santo Domingo can be seen here, here and here and those by Princess Stephanie and her daughters here, here, here and here.

While the bride’s mother Paola Marzotto did not wear any hats (see her frocks here and here), her sister-in-law Italian fashion designer Marta Ferri wore two vibrant floral headpieces made by Piers Atkinson- red for the pre-wedding dinner and yellow for the religious ceremony. Marta’s infant son (whose father is Beatrice’s brother Carlo, below left), was also spotted in a wee straw hat.

 Marta Ferri, July 31, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats  Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit or Norway continued her love of headbands with one worn to each of the three wedding events. While I appreciate her use of head adornment at this hat-scarce wedding, the pieces look rather twee when paired with her trio of floral and lace prairie dresses. The pink piece, worn with a Valentino gown, has the air of a Kokoshnik tiara that intrigues me but I’m afraid in reality, it might be a twin to the first piece, which looks like a string of mini pita pockets.

Princess Mette-Marit, July 31, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Mette-Marit, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Mette-Marit, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Luxarazzi has photos of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein who attended, sadly all without hats. I’m afraid, dear readers, that this wedding won’t be remembered for its millinery and that the review here is rather paltry. Of the hats and headpieces we did see at these nuptials, did any stand out to you?

Photos from Robino Salvatore via Getty; Walter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash News, Gigi Iorio/Splash News, and Splash News via Corbis; JacopoR/PierreS/GC Images via Getty; Marta FerriAFP via Getty; and Stella Pictures

Monaco Inauguration Mass, Ten Years On

Ten years ago today, the first part of Prince Albert’s inauguration as reining monarch of Monaco took place. While the pomp and circumstance would happen several months later during Monaco’s national holiday, July 12, 2005 saw the Monaco royal family attend a morning dedication mass at Saint Nicholas Cathedral. This inauguration mass formally marked the beginning of Prince Albert’s reign.

For this event, Princess Caroline topped her Chanel tweed coat dress with a large black picture hat, also by the couture fashion house. The flat crowned hat with wide brim was memorably covered in black feathers, leaving a swirling vortex of spiky texture on the top of the hat. It is not an overtly attractive hat but, as is most haute couture, it is most interesting to behold.
To my knowledge, Caroline has not repeated this hat in the ten years since she first wore it at this event (it clearly can not be paired with just anything and I suspect it was custom made for this dress). What do you think of this unusual piece? Has a decade done anything to diminish its fashion relevance?
HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco - Official Coronation Picture
Photos from Getty as indicated and Stephane Cardinale/People Avenue/Corbis

This Week’s Extras

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Queen Máxima wore one of her open topped headpieces to the Family Business Awards in The Hague on Wednesday. This piece is lovely with her sorbet hued dress. (PPE)

Crown Prince Frederik looked very handsome in his full naval dress uniform at a ceremony heralding the start of Danish army and navy special units under joint command (Nordjyske)

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco looked boho-chic in a natural straw fedora while watching her daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco (Getty)

Queen Sonja in a handsome navy rain hat to open the first section of the Bo Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Artscape Nordland (Royal House of Norway). She opened another section of the gallery in Træna in a turquoise rain hat  (Bannett Norway)

Queen Anne-Marie in a relaxed Panama hat during the Spetses Classic Yacht Race Regatta (Svenskdam)

Queen Mathilde repeated her silk floral circlet headpiece today on the last day of her and King Philippe’s visit to China

Queen Mathilde, June 27, 2015

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A wonderful new formal portrait of the Luxembourg royal family was released this week (Luxarazzi)

Ever wonder what a Garden Party in Luxembourg looks like? This gallery will show you! (Wort via Luxarazzi)

Royal Christening in Monaco

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco brought their twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, to the Cathédrale de Monaco yesterday to be christened.

Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

For this special event, Princess Charlene wore a silk crepe dress in palest seafoam green topped with a textured straw pillbox hat in the same shade.

I think a pillbox shape was a great idea for Charlene today as there was no brim to obscure the view of her animated face or be pulled askew by little hands. A pillbox is also a very natural choice to compliment the streamlined silhouette of her 1950’s inspired dress.
I’m afraid, however, this pillbox is less of a ‘box’ and more of a pancake. The odd proportion of this hat/pancake dictated its vertical placement on the back of Princess Charlene’s head- a placement I just can’t get behind. While her dress, pearl earrings, sleek hairstyle and megawatt smile were all flawless, I think the hat needed another inch or two of height to really work.

Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

Designer: Stephen Jones Millinery. Dress by Dior Couture. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The stars of the event arrived in custom Dior gowns with pin-tucking and Calais lace trim. Each gown was topped with a Calais lace-edged apron embroidered with tiny vegetables and the child’s monogram. Prince Jacques (pictured below) and Princess Gabriella also wore coordinating pin-tucked bonnets, which were removed during the service.

Prince jacques, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Baby Dior
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco wore a large purple raffia picture hat with square crown and relaxed brim which was folded up in the front. A  handmade and fair trade item, this easygoing hat looked effortlessly chic on the elegant princess.
Designer: The Madagascar Hat Company.
Previously Worn: This believe this hat is new
Beatrice Borromeo, who will join the Monaco royal family this summer when she weds Pierre Casiraghi, wore an exquisite cream picture hat with a short, domed crown and a wide cartwheel brim. The unembellished hat gained all of its ‘wow’ factor from the sweeping shape and different textures of straw on the crown and brim, proving again that a royal hat doesn’t always need huge blooms or plumes to make a grand statement. It was my favourite hat of the day.
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Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown. It is similar to several hats in Philip Treacy’s SS 2015 collection
Previously Worn: This believe this hat is new
Princess Charlene’s mother, Lynnette Wittstock, topped her demure oyster suit with a cream cocktail hat. The straw pillbox base of this piece supported a large waved circle of striped crin which was further trimmed by a large silk rose and cream feathers.

Lynette Wittstock, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

 Princess Charlene’s sister-in-law Chantell Witstock (below left) also wore a cream percher hat with large silk flower trim and feathers while her brother Gareth’s partner Roisin Galvin wore a pale grey feathered headpiece.

Chantell Wittstock and Roisin Galvin, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

The only other royal guests who attended the christening were Prince Albert’s close friends, the Duke and Duchess of Castro, Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies. Princess Camilla, who can never be considered a wallflower when it comes to fashion, topped her electric blue and white checker board jacket with a coordinating cocktail hat. The blue-based hat was trimmed with a large spray of white silk flowers and three vertical feather spines dyed in the same electric blue as her ensemble. All I can say is that in the sea of pale-hued royal hats at this event, this getup certainly stands out.

You can watch the entire event below- I especially recommend five minutes starting at 1:53 after the service for some adorable interaction between the babies and a good view of Princess Charlene’s hat.

Which hats stood out to you at this very happy event?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Eric Gaillard / Reuters; and Monaco Info