This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Silvia attended a memorial for victims of the April 7, 2017 Stockholm terrorist attack today in a repeated navy straw pillbox with bow at the back.

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Princess Anne, who is President of the Royal Yachting Association, attended the 4th day of the 2018 National Championships in a casual black cap (British Monarchy)

Countess of Wessex in a casual brimmed hat last weekend as Lady Louise drove a carriage around Windsor Great Park (Telegraph)

An interesting look for Princess Kalina of Bulgaria this week, who attended the 25th Anniversary commemoration of the death of the Count of Barcelona (King Juan Carlos’ father) in El Escorial in a veil and cornrow braids.

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has started serving a special afternoon tea to celebrate Lock & Co.’s 340th anniversary this year. The cakes are beyond adorable.

On a further lighthearted note, Rachel Trevor Morgan shared her Easter bonnet in this brilliant and hilarious April Fools post last Sunday.

Several new hats caught my eye this week:

Such handsome and wearable casual summer men’s fedora from Munich milliner Nicki Marquardt
Wide brimmed navy straw design with jaw dropping feather from UK based Hannah Lauren Millinery
Interesting asymmetrical brim and crown on this straw/felt design from LA based Elmira Exclusive Millinery
Lovely cream windowpane saucer with statement feathers from Irish brand Montgomery Millinery
Eye catching quill trim on this wide brimmed black straw hat with rose from UK milliner William Chambers
Navy straw beret percher with unique emerald and navy straw handmade flower from Mind Your Bonce
Wide cartwheel brim picture hat with seed pearl studded crown from Dutch milliner Myra Van de Korput
Classic black and white scheme on a most modern saucer shape from Brisbane based Marily Van den Berg
Smart grey wide brimmed boater with graphic teal striped flying hatband from London milliner Jess Collett
Beautiful curves on the molded brim of this bright fuchsia saucer from UK milliner Tracy Chaplin

And from American milliner Karen Morris, this navy straw percher with punchy orange crin loop, quill and feather flower trim. I adore the contrast and energy on this piece!

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Other drama in the Spanish royal family this week overshadowed Infanta Christina’s attendance at the the 25th Anniversary commemoration of the death of the Count of Barcelona. It has been a LONG time since she was included in a Spanish royal family event and while the memorial was for her late grandfather, her attendance still feels noteworthy.

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The Prince of Wales picked up a new royal title today in Vanuatu

We end the week with a “Caption This!” request for this photo of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Australia.

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Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Royal Guests

The wedding of a crown prince of any nation is usually cause for a major royal celebration. While Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark did not marry in either of the nations where he holds princely title, his wedding to Marie-Chantal Miller on July 1, 1995 was a grand event nonetheless.

Along with the queens on the groom’s side of the family (Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Margrethe and Queen Sofia), Queen Elizabeth, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Noor of Jordan and Grand Duchess Josephine of Luxembourg all attended this event. Queen Elizabeth wore a very pretty lavender hat with pleated straw crown while Queen Silvia wore a pink picture hat with white pleated crin brim. Grand Duchess Josephine topped her graphic black and white striped suit with a white straw hat with gently curved brim.

Queen Noor wore a white straw hat in the shape of an oversize cloche. The bell brim was further enlarged by a huge bow at the back of the hat. Of all the hats worn at this wedding, I think think this one is most ‘stuck’ in the millinery fashion of the time.Queen Noor, July 1, 1995 | Royal HatsPrincess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (as she was known then) wore a beige silk headband with bow at the side while Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who was still a teenager, wore a large white hat with squared crown and wide upturned stripe of black straw around the brim.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Victoria, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Princess Alexandra of Kent wore a  pale green hat with tall crown trimmed with a mass of green feathers around the base of the crown. It is a style of hat we see on Alexandra still today and one that is just so quintessentially her. tThe Duchess of Marlborough topped her sky blue suit and lacy blouse with a white hat wrapped in pleated swaths of organdie. I believe Princess Michael of Kent was also in attendance although I have been unable to locate a photo of her hat.
Princess Alexandra of Kent, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats  Duchess of Marlborough, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Empress Farah of Iran and her daughter-in-law Princess Yasmin, both wore hats trimmed with large bows. While Farah’s hat had a square crown and larger crown than Yasmine’s hat, which had a smaller cartwheel shaped brim, I think both hats are perfect examples of 1990s millinery fashion.
Empress Farah and Princess Yasmine, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Princess Marina of Savoy (now Princess of Naples) memorably wore a large navy picture hat trimmed with a wide swath of coordinating feathers. The hat on its own is a bold look but paired with her feather hemmed dress, is almost beyond description. In comparison, the Duchess of Bragança, who had married the Duke earlier in 1995, was more conservatively dressed in a pistachio green suit and matching floral trimmed hat.
Princess Marina of Savoy, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats Duchess of Bragança, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Queen Margarita of Bulgaria wore an interesting domed hat in natural straw trimmed by a slim burgundy ruffle near the top of the crown. Her daughter-in-law Carla, the Princess of Panagyurishte, wore a simple cream straw hat.
Queen Marie, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats 1995-01-07 Pavlos & MC wedding 54
The Princess of Vidin topped a pale blue and brown flowered suit with a chocolate straw hat. The brim on the front of the hat was curled back to the crown, leaving a halo around her face. Rosario, The Princess of Preslav, wore a large straw picture hat. With a beige square crown and white curved brim, edged in a wide beige stripe, the hat coordinated well with Rosario’s beige and white Valentino dress. Princess Kalina, who attended with Prince Laurent of Belgium, wore a characteristically unusual outfit, pairing a floppy natural straw picture hat with an embroidered, slinky bias cut dress.
That concludes our look back at the Greek Royal Wedding! I am most curious to hear your thoughts on the hats worn by these royal guests. And, I’m sure you join me in wishing Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal a very happy 20th anniversary.
Greek Royal wedding, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Photos from The Royal Forums and Getty as indicated

Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Bulgarian Royals

The Royal Hats Blog After the Spanish government granted asylum to the abolished Bulgarian monarchy in 1951, King Simeon made Madrid his home. He and each of his five children all married Spanish citizens and the family developed close friendships with the Spanish royal family. It was thus not surprising that the entire  Bulgarian royal family attended the marriage of the Princes of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocosolano on May 22, 2004.

The Princess of Turnovo, wife of Prince Kardam, topped her blue silk suit with a dramatic headpiece in beige and pale blue and feathers. I want to like this piece but I just can’t shake the image of a sandstorm swirling around Miriam’s head. Combined with her skirt, this outfit has too much ruffle and swirl going on. Sadly, Prince Kardam and the Princess were seriously injured in a car accident in 2008; Miriam recovered but the Prince remains in a coma today.

Princess of Turnovo, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats Princess of Turnovo, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

The Princess of Preslav, wife of Prince Kyril, wore a  picture hat with a wide, fluted organza brim. The pale pink hat was trimmed in lace and organza leaves, creating an almost ethereal effect around Rosario’s face. The hat was a striking contrast to her tailored coat and the ensemble gave further proof as to why legendary designer Valentino considered Rosario his muse.

     Princess of Preslav, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

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Prince Kubrat’s wife, the Princess of Panagyurishte, topped her lilac coat dress with a hat from Spanish milliner Candela Cort that defied description. The center of Carla’s hat, a brightly hued floral headpiece, was surrounded in a floating wired brim in lilac organza. This headpiece was reminiscent of Saturn’s ring; while its intended effect might have been celestial, it came off as rather odd.

Princess of Panagyurishte, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats Princess of Panagyurishte, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess of Panagyurishte, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Prince Konstantin-Assen’s wife, the Princess of Vidin, wore a latte coloured straw hat trimmed with long brown and beige feathers. This disk-shaped hat featured a slow rise in the centre but as it stayed clear of pyramid territory, it seemed to work. The jaunty angle that María placed it also showed the hat to beautiful effect. I love the warm colour on her although the feathers do seem a little haphazard.

Princess of Vidin, May 22, 2004 | Royal HatsPrincess of Vidin, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Kalina of Bulgaria is notoriously adventurous when it comes to fashion – her ecru straw hat with orange feather trim was a rather sedate choice (for her, that is).  A sedate hat, however, it is not. With a double upturned brim and mass of ecru leaves and orange feathers on the brim, this hat packs a fair bit of visual punch.  A decade ago, sharply diagonal ‘slice’ hats had yet to come into royal millinery fashion so this one was certainly ahead of its time. I like it on Kalina… not because it is a particularly beautiful hat but because it is so much more attractive than what she usually wears.

Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats  Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

I can only assume Princess Margarita and King Simeon were also in attendance but have not located a photograph (any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated). My favourite hat here was the pink confection worn by the Princess of Preslav – which hat stood out here to you?

Early tomorrow morning, we will wrap up coverage of this wedding with a look at the hats worn by representatives from the remaining non-reigning royal families. 

Photos from  El MundoA. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert via Getty; El Mundo, El Mundo, El Mundo, El Mundo and El Mundo