This Week’s Extras

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Queen Margrethe reopened the newly renovated Skagen Museum in her burgundy Breton hat (Billed Bladet)

Princess Anne opened the new atrium at the University of the West of Scotland in her brown fur pillbox (UWS)

Queen Sonja cheered on Norwegian skiers at a World Cup race last Sunday while her granddaughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, lit the cauldron of Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games during the Opening Ceremony.

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Lovely photos of the Belgian royal family on ski holiday in Switzerland

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Beautiful new portraits of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa released for their 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Luxarazzi)

The King and Queen of Bhutan released a photo of their new son, meeting his grandfather (Queen Jetsun Facebook)

The Imperial Crown Prince and Princess celebrated a milestone for social education development (Imperial Family of Japan)

A look at the new exhibit Fashion Rules Restyled, featuring clothing worn by Queen Elizabeth, the late princess Margaret and the late Princess Diana, which just opened at Kensington Palace (Vogue)

The Duchess of Cambridge is lending her support to Children’s Mental Health Week 2016 with this message:

Photos from Getty as indicated

Belgian Royals Inaugurate Vessel

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in Zeebrugge yesterday to attend the launching of the new navy ship P902 Pollux. The King and Queen were joined by their eldest daughter, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant, who has been named as the official godmother of the vessel. For this event, Queen Mathilde repeated her pale blue calot hat with straw cuff and coordinating suit. This is a great working look for her and the monochrome outfit somehow doesn’t read as flat or one-note as others we have seen recently.

Queen Mathilde, May 6, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats    Queen Mathilde, May 6, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsPrincess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer of Queen Mathilde’s hat: Christian Dior. Suit by Dior.
Previously Worn: June 6, 2014

Princess Elisabeth wore a braided headband in the same fabric as her dress, trimmed with a side rosette. I thought it was a perfect mini-fascinator for the 13 year old princess on one of her first major engagements and she wore it very well.

Princess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    Princess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Elisabeth, May 6, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Photos from Getty as indicated;  Albert NieboerAlbert NieboerAlbert Nieboer, Albert NieboerAlbert NieboerAlbert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer via Corbis

Royal Hats this Year: Denmark

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014Our look back through all the royal hats we saw in 2014 now turns attention to Denmark- here are all of the hats that graced Danish royal heads this year.  In cases where a hat was worn repeatedly 2014, it is shown here just once (usually, the most recent outing) and you can click on each hat to take you to the original post with larger views and detailed information.

Princess Benedikte

1. Princess Benedikte, Marh 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Benedikte, April 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Benedikte, July 13, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Princess Benedikte, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Princess Benedikte, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Elisabeth (#6) and Princess Marie (#7 and 8)

6. Princess Elisabeth, January 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 7. Princess Marie, March 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Marie, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary

9. Crown Princess Mary, May 9, 2014 in Susanne Juul| Royal Hats 10. Crown Princess Mary, May 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Crown Princess Mary, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats 

12. Crown Princess Mary, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Crown Princess Mary, October 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe

15. Queen Margrethe, January 9, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Queen Margrethe, March 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. Queen Margrethe, March 9, 2014 | Royal Hats  18. Queen Margrethe, April 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 

19. Queen Margrethe, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Queen Margrethe, April 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 21. Queen Margrethe, May 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Queen Margrethe, May 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 

23. Queen Margrethe, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Queen Margrethe, June 19, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Queen Margrethe, June 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Queen Margrethe, June 27, 2014 | Royal Hats 

27. Queen Margrethe, July 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Queen Margrethe, September 1, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Queen Margrethe, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 30. Queen Margrethe, September 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 

31. Queen Margrethe, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Queen Margrethe, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 33. Queen Margrethe, November 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 34. Queen Margrethe, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

I suspect that there are hats in this group that are on your lists of favourite and least favourite royal hats of 2014. Which ones are they?

Belgian Royal Wedding

Royal HatsPrince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este married Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein at Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere today in Rome. Elisabetta looked luminously beautiful in a Valentino designed dress and matching veil. The dress featured a high illusion bodice and three quarter length sleeves made of ivory point d’esprit tulle trimmed with rebrodè lace, which continued over the bodice of the gown. This lace detail and point d’esprit tulle were repeated on the full skirt, which  flowed into a sweeping but light-as-air train.

 Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

Elisabetta anchored her five meter long point d’esprit tulle veil (trimmed with beautiful Chantilly lace) with a surprise- Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau on loan from Prince Amedeo’s grandmother, Queen Paola. This is the same tiara Queen Mathilde borrowed for her wedding in 1999 and the small scale suited Elisabetta very well. I particularly liked the contrast of the graphic art deco lines of this tiara with the scalloped lace edging Elisabetta’s veil. Perhaps this tiara will be used for future Belgian royal brides, as well (I would love to see such a tradition continue).

Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

The young couple emerged from the Basilica with a pair of the widest royal grins we have seen in a long while- such a heartwarming and delightful sight.

Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats  Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, July 5, 2014 in Valentino | Royal Hats

The young bridesmaids wore white dresses with dark teal pleated collars, sashes, and silk slippers. Their high contrast ensembles were topped with lovely green and white floral wreaths.

Princess Laeticia Maria, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Prince Amedeo’s sister, Princess Laeticia (above, center) was joined by her cousins Princess Elisabeth (below, center) and Princess Louise (below, right).

Princess Elisabeth and Princess Louise, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see photos of hats worn by the Belgian Royal Family at this post and by other royal guests, at this post. There were some beautiful (and bizarre) pieces you won’t want to miss.

Photos from AFP and Belga via LaVenir; RTLElisabetta Villa/Stringer, Elisabetta Villa/Stringer, Elisabetta Villa/Stringer, and Elizabetta Villa/Stringer via Getty