Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 17, 1992, the final year that Diana, Princess of Wales, would attend Royal Ascot. Her fuchsia straw hat with black silk hatband, brim piping and stripe around the raised kettle brim is a bolder and larger scale design than many of her other designs, making this one stand out. The Queen Mother’s yellow straw capulet hat with silk flowers and veil is her quintessential millinery look for the last decades of her life.

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Do you remember seeing this hat before? Please also share any additional royal hats worn around the world today, in the comments below.

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Millinery Exhibition In Brighton Includes Royal Hats

A millinery exhibition of hats made by leading British milliner Stephen Jones over the past 40 years opened yesterday at The Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

 

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Among the hats included in “Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion” are at least four that we’ve seen step out on royal heads:

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Princess Diana’s stitched camel tam with chocolate band and bow worn in Wales, November 1982
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Princess Eugenie’s green straw percher with floral trim and flying leaves worn at Ascot, June 14, 2011
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Lady Sarah Chatto’s navy textured straw picture hat with mushroom brim worn for the Sussex’s wedding, May 2018
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The Duchess of Sussex’s ivory felt formed beret with stem worn to the Commonwealth Day Service, March 12, 2018
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Stephen Jones’ millinery aesthetic defies a single style and pushes limits of creativity and art. His designs aren’t ones I would always describe as beautiful but they are always interesting. The exhibition will be open until June 9 and if you are able to attend, let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the exhibit and, if you’re game, feature your visit here on Royal Hats. 
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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to June 16, 1981 and a wide-brimmed lilac straw hat with double hatband and wonderful ostrich trim that caught all eyes at Ascot. This was one of Lady Diana Spencer’s earliest hats worn in public – she would marry the Prince of Wales a month later.

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I’ll check in when I can to hear your reactions and reminiscing about this hat. If there are any royal hats worn today, please share and discuss in the comments as well.

Designer: John Boyd

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1989, twenty-nine years ago, and a wide brimmed hat I don’t recall seeing before. The late Princess of Wales donned this shallow crowned design in deep purple, with a coordinating Catherine Walker coat, for a visit to St.Bride’s Church in London.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats thirty-one years to this day in 1987 and a royal visit to Hamburg that saw this faux fur tam o’ shanter by Arabella Pollen (who also designed the coat). We can thank the 1980s for such slouchy-chic shapes as these!

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day, 30 years ago, when Princess Diana donned a vibrant blue silk Catherine Walker suit and matching wide-brimmed hat with shallow crown for the wedding of friends Camilla Dunne to the Honourable Rupert Soames at Hereford Cathedral. The sharp finishing around the crown sets this hat apart and shows the sleeker millinery style she adopted during the later 1980s (I suspect this one is from Philip Somerville)

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice and Princess Mabel attended the funeral of Kofi Annan this week in Ghana. Princess Beatrice wore one of her wrapped straw bumper hats while Princess Mabel wore a black feathered headband.

Queen Margrethe is a well known costume and set designer. The Amalienborg Musem will open a six-month special exhibition on some of this work, curated by the Queen herself, next week. A short promotion video shared by the Danish monarchy this week is well worth a watch- not only is it wonderfully charming, it gives us a rare and unique window into a queen creating her own hats (a first here at Royal Hats, I think!)

Harper’s Bazaar shared this fun look at some of Princess Diana’s many hats

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Handpainted straw percher in autumnal tones from London based Sahar millinery
Philip Treacy’s magenta velvet percher with crystal studded veil and stunning silk flowers by Anfisa Korelova
Amazing feather work on this plum hued headpiece by British milliner (based in Queensland) Ian Bennett
Vibrant turquoise, fuchsia and orange straw boater hat by Australian milliner Louise MacDonald
Fascinating ombre texture on this unique saucer design from Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Such a pretty watercolour silk covered boater by Hong Kong based Noeleen Millinery
From Australian label Jill and Jack Millinery, pale green and red straw perchers with the most
wonderful flying bows with an effortlessly jaunty sense of movement and lightness.

The Hague Central Train Station will be exceptionally busy during Prinsjesdag this week. To celebrate this event, they are hosting a Hat Design Contest with a catch- the hats must be made from material from old trains, found objects and/or NS (Dutch Rail) uniforms. Dutch milliner Weis Mauduit, who regularly shares her excellent millinery knowledge and experience in comments here at Royal Hats, is one of thirteen milliners who have taken part. Scroll through the two galleries below to see multiple views of Weis’ design and its fascinating creation process- including the train station’s glass roof that inspired it. You can see other hats in this competition at this link as well as vote for your favourite until September 18 (click on the photo then on the blue box on the left, beneath the photos). Weis has not requested any coverage or support here- I’m so impressed with this design that I offer it on my own along with my wishes for the best of luck in the contest!

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~Den Haag Centraal~ This was my entry for the The Hague Central Station Hat Design Contest You can vote for the best design until the 18th of September, see link in bio ☝️(my design is listed under Wies Mauduit-Jansen) or on location in The Hague Central Station itself. Swipe for making of - part one, starting with a picture of the glass roof of the station that inspired the design. #laplusbelle_hoeden #wiesmauduit_bespokemillinery #handmadehats #dutchdesign #thisisthehague #denhaagcentraalstation #stationdenhaagcentraal #thehaguecentralstation #hoedenwedstrijd #hatcontest #prinsjesdag #prinsjesdaghoeden #prinsjesfestival2018 #prinsjesfestival #Nederlandsespoorwegen

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Princess Akiko sported an uncharacteristically bright manicure during her visit to Turkey this week (notice both the Japanese and Turkish flags!). She also happened upon a couple taking wedding photos on Monday while visiting the Japanese Garden in Kirsehirand and happily posed with them!

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Lovely new picture of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal family taken this summer at Château de Berg (the Grand Duke and Duchess’ primary residence in Luxembourg).

Such sweet snaps shared by Princess Charlene of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella’s first day of school

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First day of school

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