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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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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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 31 years on this day and a royal visit to Sandhurst Military College. The late Princess of Wales wore a military inspired Catherine Walker suit and tall, white Cossack shaped bumper hat, a look that seems firmly rooted in the fashion styles of the time.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to May 21, 1985 when, on a visit to Newcastle, the Princess of Wales wore this wide brimmed red and white hat trimmed with folded cone flowers. This is not a piece I remember seeing before and two things jump out at me. First, how the scale seems a marked departure from the small hats Diana favoured during the early years of her royal life and second, how generously padded shoulders on a coat can set a hat completely off balance!

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Royal Hats 34 years ago this month to a radiant Princess of Wales (expecting Prince Harry) in a smart cream and navy felt hat with upsweep and veil trim. I’m not sure about the sharply upswept mini brim- adorable, yes, but does it work in this scale?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 35 years ago today to a young princess in a bright pink silk covered brimless hat made by John Boyd. Worn on Diana’s first trip to Australia, I’ve always loved the ruffle flower trim.

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