This Week’s Extras

Cozy knit winter hats on Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, Marie Ducruet and Prince Achileas of Greece
Informal summer hats on Mike and Mia Tindall in Australia last week
Lovely to see Queen Elizabeth’s caramel felt hat with brightly coloured feathers step out for church yesterday.
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The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her birthday last week and among the wishes was this fun animation that gives us a moment to enjoy some of her hats.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
For our dear gents, this classic black rabbit felt fur trilby by Danish brand Hornskov København
Love the draped front on this violet felt bumper hat with felt floral trim by Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
Black felt formed beret with iridescent bow by British milliner Julian Garner
Wide brimmed peach straw pyramid saucer with trailing bow by Australian milliner Marilyn Van den Berg
Deep plum felt trilby with dramatic veil by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Emerald green straw brimmed picture hat with black crown and flying bow by Australian brand Millinery By Mel

And the most beautiful bandeau headpiece in ombre sinamay and silk roses by British milliner Dillon Wallwork

Much has been written and said about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s surprise announcement last week that they are stepping down as senior members of the British royal family to carve out an independent path. I appreciated this article by mental health advocate (and, it seems, friend of the couple) Bryony Gordon, published in the Telegraph (not one of the newspapers involved in the Sussex’s lawsuit). What articles have you found insightful and useful?
Lovely new family portrait released by the Luxembourg royal family to celebrate the new year.

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This Week’s Extras

Last  Monday, Queen Silvia donned local Lovö dress, including a lace trimmed cap, to host the 20th annual “Pensioners Day” at Drottningholm Palace

The Danish monarchy shared several wonderful personal photos taken during the Crown Princely family’s recent trip to the Faroe Islands including this shot, taken by Crown Princess Mary, which shows the beautiful embroidery on Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine’s bonnets.

Princess Tessy looked fantastic in a faux jeweled headpiece yesterday while attending the second day of African fashion week in Toronto

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African Fashion week day 2 ❤️ #afwt2018

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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attended a memorial service for victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake yesterday in Tokyo. Princess Kiko repeated a black pillbox hat with small bow (Sankei)

Stephen Jones shared this amazing story yesterday about Aretha Franklin’s famous hat by Luke Song (the one she wore to President Obama’s inauguration)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Midnight blue silk bumper hat with stunning statement feathers from British brand Bundle McLaren
Love the shape and lines of this blush straw floral trimmed hat from Australian milliner Meg Rafter
Interesting shape on this blue and purple felt and straw design from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Crimson silk bandeau with poppies and tulle veil by Australian milliner Louise MacDonald
Beautiful sheen on this green straw bow trimmed percher from Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
Black open weave, wide brimmed hat with red abaca flying bow from Aussie brand Millinery By Mel
Fascinating texture in this purple braided straw design by Dutch milliner Eugenie van Oirschot
Fuchsia straw teardrop percher with bow and veil from Madrid-based milliner Biliana Borissova
Headpiece of iridescent pansies with Swarovski crystal centers from Aussie brand Love Lotus Millinery
Dramatic black straw halo hat with hand stitched sequin & pearl trim from Australian Hats by Zarbella


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Countess Camilla of Rosenborg married Ivan Ottesen in Lyngby last Sunday. Countess Camilla, who has four children from her first marriage, is the daughter of the late Count Christian of Rosenborg (he was a first cousin of Queen Margrethe). The marriage took place at Lyngby Church, the burial place of Camilla’s parents.

In other wedding themed news… the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding attire will go on display at Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace this fall and it’s great to already see, via photos, greater detail of the tiara, dress and veil.

Sweet photo of Princess Elisabeth of Belgium and her siblings as she departs for two years of study in Wales

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Leaving for @UWCAtlantic college! #backtoschool2018 !

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New portraits of Prince Nicolai released by the Danish monarchy on the occasion of his 19th birthday and the most adorable snaps of Prince Gabriel shared by the Swedish monarchy for his first birthday

Also off the cuteness scale were Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella yesterday in Monagasque traditional dress yesterday at Monaco’s annual picnic

Queen Sonja’s childhood home has been relocated, restored and opened as a museum earlier this week. She and King Harald used the opening as an opportunity to recreate one of their engagement photos, just in time for their 50th wedding anniversary


This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako donned a grey pork pie hat back on November 1 in Myagi at a ceremony to commemorate victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. On Monday, she attended a tea party at the Imperial Palace in a white hat with silk jacquard printed hatband.

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On Tuesday, Princess Kiko attended an event celebrating the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Akita Branch of Japanese Red Cross Society. The lattice embroidery on her navy silk brimless hat matched the collar of her suit.

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Prince Harry in military dress on Thursday to open the 89th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey and meet with some of the 2,000 veterans in attendance.

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Dramatic red rose headpiece on Flora Ogilvy for a Dolce and Gabbana show

Crown Princess Mary and Princess Isabella in cosy hats for the Hubertus Hunt last Sunday

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New designs that stood out to me this week:

Striking camel fedora with appliqué flower covered crown from UK based Layla Leigh Millinery
Statement boater with feather and crin trim
from Australian brand Peacock Millinery
Wide brimmed, flat crowned maroon felt hat with fuchsia hatband from Texan milliner Milli Starr
Wonderful purple leather floral headpiece from Hayley Bonomi of Polly and Peaches in Queensland
Lovely use of printed felt on this smart cloche variation from California based Jill Courtemanche Millinery
Very pretty pink picture hat with exquisite grey straw lily trim from Australian brand Emma Michelle Millinery

And these structural wonders in graphic black and white from Australia milliner Catherine Ellen of The Essential Hat

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Head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria, made a statement on the centennial of the Russian Revolution

Lovely shot of Queen Mathilde at the Taj Mahal on Monday, taken by King Philippe

Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques attended their first formal dinner this week. Princess Charlene also shared a fun snap of the young prince piloting his first Maritime Police Boat.

Wonderful photographs shared by Prince Nikolaos here and here and another beautiful landscape shot shared by James Ogilvy here

How elegant Queen Elizabeth looked this evening, arriving at Royal Albert Hall for the annual Festival of Remembrance.

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And finally, some wonderful images of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall taken on various stops of their southeast Asian tour earlier this week

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 Photos from Getty and social media as indicated; The Asahi Shimbun and The Ashi Shimbun via Getty; Sankei

More Danish Royals Skiing in Switzerland

Just as their relatives did two days ago, Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary posed for photos with their four children today in Verbier, Switzerland. For this annual ski holiday, everyone was again in ski helmets and hats.

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Royal Births and (a lack of) Hats

The Royal Hat Blog  Reader Barbara wrote in wondering why in all the activity surrounding Prince George’s arrival (and his presentation to the public when he left the hospital), there was not a hat in sight! As usual, I’ll do my best to answer.

The European royal ladies have given birth in hospital only since the late 1970s. Before that, royal births occurred at home, far away from public view. The first look at a royal baby and the new mum happened through photos taken in a formal photo session or, in some cases, at the christening. When royal mothers started choosing hospital births, that all changed. I suspect that this glimpse of mother and baby while leaving the hospital became an understood public moment in an otherwise strictly private time. And as we know, hats are optional in royal private life.

For the past 35 years, the British royal mums all left the hospital without hats:  Princess Anne with Zara;  Princess Diana with Willam and with Harry; The Duchess of York with Beatrice and with Eugenie; The Countess of Wessex with Louise and with James. Same with the European Princesses: Princess Caroline with Charlotte; Princess Marie with Henrik; Princess Mary and Prince Frederick with twins Vincent and Josephine; the Belgian King and Queen with Elisabeth and with Eleonore; the Spanish Royals (here, here and here); and Princess Victoria with Estelle, just to name a few. Even the most formal and traditional of the royal houses, the Imperial house of Japan, go without hats to introduce their babies:  Princess Masako with Aiko and Princess Kiko with Hisahito.

In my search through past royal baby introductions, I could find only three instances of hats and I have to admit, these are a real stretch:

Princess Anne, November, 1977 | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Anne leaving St. Mary’s hospital with son Peter in November 1977

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Knit caps on Prince Christian and Princess Isabella of Denmark, October 18, 2005 and April 23, 2007

I hope that answers your question, Barabara! Not good news for us hat lovers, I’m afraid, but it I do think new mums of both the royal and non-royal variety deserve as many breaks as they can get.

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Birthday of Princess Isabella

Royal HatsQueen Elizabeth wasn’t the only royal birthday girl today – it was also the birthday of Princess Isabella of Denmark who turned six years old. The Danish Monarchy released a series of photos taken by Crown Princess Mary to commemorate this milestone. For this photo shoot, Isabella wore her first fascinator- a sweet cornflower blue dahlia headband. This spirited girl has the makings of a wonderful future hat wearer, don’t you think?!

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Danish Royal Family Attend Easter Sunday Service in Aarhus

The Danish Royal Family spend the Easter holidays together at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus. For Easter Sunday, the family attended a service at Aarhus Cathedral. I thought the women would be in hats but only spunky Princess Isabella turned up in one. It’s cute, for a ski trip. Not so much for Easter Sunday.

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