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Royal Hats

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia in cosy winter hats on their annual Swiss ski vacation

Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and her daughters, Princess Maria  Carolina and Princess Maria Chiara, in chic winter hats during their recent holiday in Switzerland


Princess Clothilde of Savoy in an interesting, intricately beaded mask at the Dior spring show in Paris at the end of January.

Princess Märtha Louise in a patriotically-hued knit hat at the Paralympic Games in South Korea

Pauline Ducruet in a black felt hat at Christian Dior’s 2018/2019 fall/winter collection fashion show February 27 at the Rodin museum in Paris

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Did you catch the release of the 2018 Ascot style guide this week?!

The Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in construction hats to open the London Power Tunnels Project on March 7 and visit the Northern Spire bridge project February 21

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Striking brimless red felt hat with beautifully stitched leaf trim from Aussie brand Rachael Henderson Millinery
Purple straw oblique saucer with silver silk trim from UK milliner Dillon Wallwork
The prettiest cream straw ruffled percher with floral and net trim from Rosie Olivia
Stunning shape on this unembellished blue felt stylized fedora from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Black straw folded headpiece from Scottish milliner Maggie Mobray
Bold green and navy straw colour blocked fedora from American brand Lifted Millinery
Charming percher from Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice with pink leather base and oversize pompom dahlia
Italian milliner Guilia Mio, who is now based in the UK, recently won the Parkins Fabric competition hat making competition with this red felt design with stunning handmade felt and feather flowers which wowed judge Rachel Trevor Morgan. The cream straw boater with rainbow feather trim from her upcoming spring collection has also caught my eye.

And this incredible literary themed headpiece from British milliner Bee Smith.

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A new Swedish princess arrived early yesterday morning. The photo shared here was taken by her father- we’ll learn her name on Monday morning. Congratulations and best wishes to Princess Madeleine, Chris, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas on this new addition to their family.

 

Prince Philip and Princess Danica of Serbia presented their newborn son, Prince Stefan, at the Royal Palace in Belgrade on March 2

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Beautiful photos last week of the Dutch royal family on their annual ski vacation in Austria

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We end the week with a cheekily well timed photo snapped of  Princess Märtha Louise at Kurland School in Sarpsborg on Wednesday

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Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Remaining Non-Reigning Royals

The Royal Hats Blog We have finally come to the final post on our look back at the hats worn by family and guests at the May 22, 2004 wedding of the Princes of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocosolano! Our peek is at the hats worn by representatives from non-reigning royal houses.

One of my favorite hats in this group was worn by Empress Farah of Iran. In palest blue straw, this hat featured a flat crown and large, mushroom shaped brim. The brim is not a shape we see often, perhaps because it can easily swallow up the face of the person wearing it. Brim proportions aside, the hat was a lovely compliment for the Empress’ perfectly tailored coat and, as usual, she looked elegant and very refined.

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Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, wore a kokoshnik-inspired hat in the same white, pink and red silk print as her dress. Trimmed in pink silk with a bow at the back, this halo shaped hat framed Maria Vladimirovna’s face and made her look all the more Russian.

Maria Vladimirovna, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Bragança topped her pale peach silk suit with a cream straw hat trimmed in a peach sash around the crown and bloom on the side. The brim on this hat was slightly upturned on one side- a feature I would have loved to see exaggerated more to give the hat more panache and personality. It was a little too sedate, as it was.

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Princess Béatrice of Orléans, Comtesse d’Evreux showed her fashion fearlessness by pairing a bold magenta headpiece with an even bolder magenta frock. A mass of magenta straw curling leaves and flowers, the headpiece was wrapped in net tulle veil and worn directly on the top of Béatrice’s head. While I do not want to question the Princess’ fashion sense (she was a fashion consultant for many years for Women’s Wear Daily and Dior), the placement of this headpiece doesn’t seem right. Nor do the lilac satin gloves, reminiscent of identical ones worn by a certain diva Muppet.

Princess Béatrice of Orléans, Comtesse d'Evreux, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Marina Doria, the Princess of Naples, wore a white lace veil anchored at the back of her head. While this was presumably done for religious reasons, the combination of the lace veil with Princess Marina tanned décolletage and white disco ball skirt was unexpected, to say the least. Her daughter-in-law, Princess Clotilde of Savoy, wore a headpiece of swirling white feathers that wrapped around her head.  I suspect the intent of this piece was to add to the ethereal effect of her organza trimmed suit but in reality, it looked like she was sporting a pair of white ear muffs.

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While we have seen numerous brightly hued and whimsical hats worn at this wedding, I do not believe any topped the chapeau worn by Princess Inaara Aga Khan for sheer fun and frivolity This hat, in white straw wrapped in an overlay of red fishnet with polka dots, was trimmed in a red, purple, lime and white straw bow at the front. Princess Inaara paired it with a white suit – a good thing, to be sure, but a choice which made the hat stand out all the more.

Princess Inaara Aga Khan. May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

That draws our look back at King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s wedding to a close. And what fun this has been! I am curious to hear what you thought of these and the other MANY royal hats that made an appearance at this event. Which one was your absolute favourite?

An index of all hats worn at this wedding can be seen at this post. We’ll be back to regular royal hat news and features first thing Monday morning.

Photos from  Lalo Yaky,Tim Graham and Pascal Le Segretain via Getty; El Mundo, El Mundo and El Mundo; Getty/Stringer via Getty; and El Mundo

Princess Clothilde at Cannes

Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the Princess of Venice & Piedmont, attended the premiere of “The Great Gatsby” today at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival. She accessorized her amazing Elie Saab gown with a bejeweled fasincator headband. While most starlets choose sparkly earrings, I love that Clothilde eschewed jewellery in favour of a fascinator. That’s a girl after my own heart!

What do you think of this fascinator? Should she have chosen diamond earrings instead?

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Princess Clothilde Returns to the Theatre

Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the Princess of Venice & Piedmont, was photographed by her husband Prince Emanuel Filiberto yesterday in this black Garbo hat. Clothilde, a French actress, is performing a theatrical reading of some private letters of Edith Piaf at the Hotel Inter Continental in Paris for a number of weeks (see a video clip of this performance from last year here). From his caption on the photo, it seems this was taken at rehearsal. Isn’t this a fantastic hat for Clothilde?

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Photo from Prince Emanuel Filiberto of Savoy via Twitter

Luxembourg Wedding: Non Reigning Royal Guests

Royal Hats While a number of European royal houses no longer reign (or even exist) in their home countries, there are still very close ties between the European Royal Families. And most importantly, they still wear hats!

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece leads this group with a beautiful ecru straw pillbox hat designed by Philip Treacy. The weave of the straw is studded with gold fibres that give a sparkling golden hue to the hat.I loved how this hat fit with her short hair, how it made her stunning emeralds shine, and how the bow added a touch of whimsy and lightness. This is such a great example of how to remain totally elegant while still having fun.

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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece is internationally recognized for her style- this woman has closets and closets and closets full of couture. It really puzzles me, in light of her fashionista status, as to why she wore an origami bird on her head. Her hat was also designed by Philip Treacy

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Queen Margarita of Bulgaria wore a dark mauve net fascinator to match her beautifully detailed suit.. While I want to give props to any woman over 40 with enough chutzpah to even attempt a net poof in her hair, this one seems a little awkward. What’s not awkward, however, is her incredible diamond pendant. If this suit looks familiar to you, it’s because it is the same suit she wore to the wedding of Infanta Cristina of Spain back in 1997. The fascinator, however seems to be new.

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I was so pleased to see the Princess of Turnovo at this event. She and her husband Prince Kardam (son of Princess Margarita and King Simeon of Bulgaria, pictured directly above) were in a horrible car crash in 2008. Kardam suffered a major brain injury and while the details of his condition have not been released, he was in a coma for most of 2008-9 and 2010. With that amazing amount of stress, it’s nice to see Princess Miriam at an event (pictured here with her brother-in-law Prince Kyril). Besides- her hat is fabulous.

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Princess Margareta, heir to the defunct Romanian throne, attended this wedding with husband Radu Duda (say that fast five times!) While I’m not a fan of her jacket at all, I love her navy bell-shaped hat with white and navy ribbon trim designed by Kristina Dragomir. The great shape and colour are oh-so flattering on her.

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Crown Princess Katherina of Serbia (wife of Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia) looked fantastic in a white Philip Treacy hat with upturned lattice brim. It’s the perfect compliment to her ice blue suit and I think it looks so becoming on her.

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The Duchess of Braganza is the top lady in the defunct Portuguese Royal Family. Isabel’s ensemble at this wedding looked very wintry to me (fur collar and a heavy felt winter hat) – a little too wintry for an October wedding. I suppose the hat was alright… although so forgettable that I can only classify it as boring.

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Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the Princess of Venice & Piedmont, was a famous French Actress before marrying her handsome Italian Prince and wore a great deal of amazing french couture. As such, I was a little disappointed by the black fascinator she wore to the wedding. I’m not sure if it reminded me of a pirate eye patch or a hockey puck stuck to her forehead, but I did not like it one bit. It didn’t compliment her grey Elie Sab couture dress, either.

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Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma looked lovely in a large black hat with electric blue ribbon trim. I just couldn’t figure out how that electric blue ribbon trim (and her weird electric blue belt) went with her cerise dress.

And finally, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (whose title indicates she is a German princess but her mother is Queen Margrethe’s younger sister Princess Bendikte of Denmark) wore a pale pink fasinator with the big 3: pointy fathers, large bow and net veil. I wasn’t a fan of this fascinator when paired with her coral dress (and it made even less sense when she threw a caramel fur stole into the mix) nor the shape on her tall frame. This girl is TALL people- she doesn’t need arrows further pointing that out.

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Photos from Getty as indicated and Dutch Photo Press