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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

This Week’s Extras

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Infanta Elena at the procession of Cristo de los Alabardos last weekend (Royalista)

Members of Monaco’s Royal Family remembered Prince Rainier, who passed away 10 years ago this week (Paris Match)

Queen Sonja wore  wore a beret hat with grommets earlier this week  to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ‘Scandinavian Star’ tragedy (Paris Match)

Princess Eugenie out and about in New York (The Daily Mail)

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Wonderful photos from the exhibition of Queen Margrethe’s dresses (Glittering Royal Events Message Board) and a gallery of the Danish Royals’ formal finery at Wednesday’s gala concert in Aarhus (Getty)

The Spanish King and Queen with their daughters on Easter Sunday last weekend (Blog Real)

Two drawings done by King George V and his younger sister Princess Victoria when they were children recently went up for sale (Paul Fraser Collectibles)

Royal Hats this Year: Monaco & Spain

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014Over the next two weeks, we’re going to look back over all the royal millinery we saw this year and begin nominating our favourite and least favourite royal hats of 2014.

To kick this off today, we’re going to look at the two reigning royal houses that wear the fewest hats – Monaco and Spain. Here are all the royal hats we saw this year on Monegasque and Spanish royal heads (click on each photo to link its original post with larger views of each hat):

1. Princess Charlene, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 4 & 5. Baroness Elisabethe-Anne de Massy and Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 6. Princess Charlene, March 8, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

 7. Infanta Elena, May 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 8.Queen Sofia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list of favourite royal hats this year? Is there one you want to nominate for your least favourite hat of 2014? Are you saving your nomination for hats worn by other royals?

*Update: Queen Sofia’s hat, worn on December 12, 2014, has been added to this lineup.

Monaco National Day

Members of Monaco’s Royal Family gathered to celebrate their national holiday today. And a national holiday, dear friends, means lots of royal hats! While Princess Charlene did not attend the celebration mass at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee de Monaco or watch the military parade, she did make an appearance on the balcony in the most quintessential of French hats. While the black hue feels too harsh for my taste, the simple lines of this beret seem a good fit with Charlene’s clean-lined fashion aesthetic. She looks quite chic in this beret, don’t you think?

Princess Charlene, November 19, 2014 | Royal HatsPrincess Charlene, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco’s hat was neither clean nor simple but it was great fun. She topped her navy tweed dress and jacket with a whimsical navy cocktail hat trimmed with straw ribbon twists, feathers flying off in all directions, and a large navy net tulle veil. On its on, I find the hat to be rather run of the mill but paired, to great contrast, with her austere suit, it made a fantastic combination.

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats   Princess Caroline, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore a gently sloped black pyramid hat trimmed with a large black bow. Tatiana is known for her bohemian fashion style and I thought that her ensemble was an interesting style departure for her. In the end, I think her beautiful grey and blue lace suit was much more successful than the hat which, from a distance, looked like a squashed mortar board.

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Oddly shaped as it was, Tatiana’s hat was a vast improvement to the headpiece worn by Princess Stephanie. For the second year in a row, Stephanie trotted out a royal scrunchie to secure the chignon in her hair. I defer to the words of commenter edoep who wrote last year, ” ‘dear steph, please note: a scrunchie is NOT a teeny-weeny hat!” That sums up my sentiments as well.

Monaco Royal Family, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Baroness Elisabeth-Anne de Massy (Prince Albert’s first cousin, the daughter of his father’s sister Princess Antoinette) wore a stylised black bowler hat with black net veil (behind Princess Caroline, below), Her daughter, Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy (beside Princess Stephanie, below), wore a black cloche variation with a square crown, wrapped in a ruched black sash.

Baroness Elisabethe-Anne de Massy and Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Baroness Elisabethe-Anne de Massy and Mélanie-Antoinette Costello de Massy, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats And finally, the Duke and Duches of Castro, who are close friends of Prince Albert, were also in attendance. Camilla topped her purple coat dress in a coordinating slouchy Fez-style hat which was trimmed in a swath of net tulle veil. While the hat has a slight air hostess vibe about it, the colour is lovely on her and the concept is unique. It’s nice to see a hat we don’t see every day, isn’t it?

Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Because Monaco’s national holiday falls at this time of year, we usually see hats in dark, wintery hues and this year was no exception. Did any of these hats stand out to you?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Remaining Reigning Royal Houses

The Royal Hats Blog Several representatives from other reigning royal houses also attended the marriage of the Princes of Asutrias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano on May 22, 2004. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and his wife Hala bint D’aij Al Khalifa represented their country. Hala wore an interesting orange wool hat with flat crown wrapped in a slim, buckled belt. The crown of the hat sloped down into the brim without an adjoining seam and created a unique millinery shape. It is not the first hat I would have thought of to pair with Hala’s lemon yellow, flower trimmed suit and it made for an interesting and unexpected combination.

Hala bint D'aij Al Khalifa, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover was predictably dressed head-to-toe in Chanel. The unfinished strips of silk that made up her pale blue jacket were repeated in a coordinating silk band and rosette which trimmed her straw picture hat. I am not usually a fan of flat crowned hats but there was something about the proportion of this hat (and the way it perfectly coordinated with Caroline’s suit) that made it work so beautifully well. Very pretty, indeed.

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, May 22, 2004 in Chanel | Royal Hats Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, May 22, 2004 in Chanel | Royal Hats

I believe we have made our way through all of the guests from reigning royal houses who attended this wedding- next up are the guests from non reigning royal houses. We’ll start with some fantastical hats worn by the Bulgarian princesses. 

Photos from  AFP/Getty Images and A. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert via Getty; Leo Yasky via Wire Image

Birthday of Princess Caroline

Royal Hats Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco celebrates her 57th birthday today. This new grandmother continues to wow in Chanel couture; while she does not wear hats often, the millinery she chooses tends to be understated and elegant. I would love to see her in this hat by French milliner Céline Robert. The shape and embellishment are wonderfully dramatic while the charcoal colour fits well with the dark neturals Caroline usually wears. Trés chic, non?

What millinery suggestions do you have for Princess Caroline? Please link to original photos and credit designers whenever possible.

Photo from Céline Robert