This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her black velvet J.Crew hair bow on a visit to Leicester on Tuesday

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Princess Beatrice was at the turning out parade at Sandhurst Military Academy a week and a half ago in a smart brimless navy felt hat with pheasant feather trim
Her Majesty, Margaretha, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, in Alba Iulia today in a winter white felt pillbox hat.
Princess Mabel commemorating World Aids day today in a natty cap.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Boysenberry purple feather chrysanthemum headpiece from New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Square-brimmed designs in felt and straw from Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
Blush-beige straw wide brimmed hat with beautiful beaded applique trim from Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Royal blue felt stylised trilby with handmade ranunculus flower trim from Czech milliner Jolanta Katabova
Leaf green straw bandeau with fuchsia floral trim from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Beautifully sweeping lines on this black velvet headpiece with dotted veil from Irish brand Marc Millinery
Also from Marc Millinery, this stunning burgundy velvet percher with straw bow and beaded trim
Ruffled hat brimless hat in lilac and cream raw-edged silk from American milliner Karen Morris
Vintage inspired green silk pleated button pillbox with beaded tassel from London milliner Tina Giuntini
If I was buying a winter hat it would be this one- navy felt trilby with slightly extended brim, trimmed with
a luxurious velvet hatband and peacock feather side spray
made by British milliner Bundle McLaren.

And how lovely is this vibrant pink straw button percher embroidered with flowers and trimmed with a pleated black crin ruffle from Australian milliner Amanda Smith who works under the brand, “Amanda Lyn.”

Princess Yasmine Pahlavi announced this week that she has started treatment for breast cancer. I’m sure you all join me in wishing her courage and strength on this journey of healing.
A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth, commissioned by the RAF Regiment to celebrate its 75th anniversary, was unveiled yesterday at Windsor Castle and it looks great.
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The Christmas trees went up this week at Windsor Castle and, as always, they look beautiful.
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Queen Margrethe placed four handmade Christmas characters in the attic of Fredensborg Castle to explore the treasures stored there and the past stories they tell of the Danish royal family. Each day of advent, the Danish Monarchy’s instagram page will feature part of this ongoing story– the first clip yesterday (below) shows the Queen setting the characters up for this adventure (with a bowl of Danish rice pudding to sustain them).
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Hendes Majestæt Dronningen står igen i år bag en julekalender på Kongehusets Instagramprofil. Frem til juleaften har Dronningen sluppet en hjemmelavet nissefamilie løs på lofterne på Fredensborg Slot. I deres søgen efter risengrød vil nisserne finde frem til ting og sager, der gennem tiden har været brugt af den kongelige familie. Nisserne vil således i 24 dage fortælle gemte og glemte historier om konger, dronninger, prinser og prinsesser, og om alle de spor, de efterlader sig på Kongehusets lofte. Her er blandt andet tidligere majestæters personlige ejendele pakket ned og gemt væk for eftertiden i kasser, på hylder og i hengemte rum og sale. Om nisserne finder risengrøden inden juleaften, kan man følge med i på Kongehusets Instagramprofil fra i morgen. 🎥 Kongehuset ©

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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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Guests at The Christening of Princess Amalia

Royal Hats As we have already looked at the hats worn by her mother and grandmothers, let’s now turn our view to the hats worn by guests at Princess Amalia’s baptism ten years ago.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who was named one of Princess Amalia’s godmothers, wore a hat I absolutely adore on her. This chocolate brown straw picture hat designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacey featured Treacy’s signature figure-8 looped bow as a minimalist trim. The bow, in pink, coordinated beautifully with Victoria’s tailored pink suit, and created such a chic ensemble.

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wore a juicy lime green.straw hat with oval, upturned brim edged in bubblegum pink. The high contrast colour combination was echoed in her suit to create a fantastic overall ensemble. My only quibble was the brim of her hat, which seemed a too large for Maria Teresa.

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Princess Mathilde of Belgium (as she was known then) wore a pale gold mushroom-shaped straw hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne. This hat shows Mathilde’s streamlined millinery style a decade ago and makes such an interesting comparison with the bright and more daring hats she wears today.

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Princess Laurentien wore one of the most interesting hats at this event. Made of three layers of red straw, this hat flowed over Laurentien’s head like a wave (notice there is no specifically formed crown) and raised vertically on one side. Trimmed with a large bow and feathers on the raised side, the hat made quite a statement. I think I would have liked it much better had it not been paired with Laurentien’s busy, patterned jacket and necklace.

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Princess Mabel, in comparison, looked serene and very streamlined in a white picture hat with a square crown. The unusual proportion of the large brim and short crown on this hat creates much visual interest on this hat (something that is created on most other hats by embellishment). At the time, Mabel was a newcomer to the Dutch Royal Family and had worn many outfits with bows (something I was never a fan of) and  I thought this clean-lined and bow-free coat and hat were such an elegant look for her.

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Other members of the Dutch royal family were also in attendance for Princess Amalia’s christening. Princess Margriet wore a white picture hat with floppy brim and red flower on the side. Princess Irene wore a beautiful black hat with flat crown and brim, trimmed with a Chanel-esque pink rose on the side. And Princess Christina wore a sunny yellow pillbox trimmed with a flower and trailing looped ribbon. This pillbox remains one of my favourite ever hats on Princess Christina.

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Princess Marilène wore a royal blue ensemble topped with an elegant straw hat. The brim of the hat gently rolled up around her face and created the most flattering and beautiful hat shapes on her. When the proportions of a hat are just right for the wearer, the hat ‘sings’ and I think such was the case with this hat on Marilène.

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Princess Annette wore a white hat in an oversize cloche shape with a tall, rounded crown and low brim. While these photos do not share the detail of this hat (I believe there was a white ribbon around the crown and the edge of the brim), it still seemed a little too big for petite Annette.

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Princess Anita wore a sea foam green straw picture hat draped in a vine of straw leaves. I love this hat much more now than I did at the time, and appreciate such interesting trim that does not involve flowers or feathers! The trailing vine framed Anita’s face so beautifully and the large scale of the hat was wonderful on her. Princess Aimée wore a small bucket hat in pale pink with a soft, ruched scarf around the crown. I particularly like how the soft pink of her hat coordinated with the darker pink of her suit.

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All in all, Princess Amalia’s christening was a colourful day of royal hats, wasn’t it? I am curious- do you find that time has been kind to these hats or do they seem dated and best left as a memory?

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Dutch Royal Family Remembers Prince Friso

On Saturday, a public memorial service for Prince Friso of the Netherlands was held in Delft.

Dutch Royal Family, November 2, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Mabel wore an open-crowned design of black rings we have seen on Queen Máxima numerous times previously. Princess Beatrix wore a large straw hat with flat crown and brim. The band around the crown was repeated in a wide band around the brim.

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Queen Máxima wore a rounded black velvet felt pillbox with bow at the back. Princess Laurentien wore a black wool unembellished turban.

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Princess Martha Louise of Norway (her father, King Harald, was Prince Friso’s godfather) wore a tilted black wool bowler. Countess Annabel of Oyenhausen-Sierstorpff (a relative of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands) wore an avant garde giant black wool feather with a sheer brim. While I am usually gleeful to see an over the top hat, I don’t think a memorial service is the time to sport one.

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You can see a majority of the memorial service at NOS here.

Photos from ANP via and Patrick van Katwijk, Hollandse Hoogte and Albert Nieboer via Corbis

Guests at the Bourbon Parma Wedding

A wedding When the groom is the grandson, nephew and cousin to three monarchs, there’s bound to be a few hats at his wedding! Such was the case for Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma and Viktória Cservenyák’s intimate family wedding today (you can see the bride, groom and their immediate families here).

Queen Maxima wore another one of her wool velvet picture hats with a sharply upturned front brim. I believe this particular hat, in dark charcoal grey, is a new one for her. This Fabienne Delvigne design is not a new hat look for her but I loved how it coordinated with her dress, covered in purple paillet sequins. Princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane were also sweetly coordinated with silver sequinned bow bands in their hair.

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Princess Beatrix looked quite smashing in a salmon pink hat with diagonal upturned brim and modern looped bow on the side.

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Princess Mabel also attended (her daughter Zaria was one of the bridesmaids) and wore, quite understandably, a black dress, jacket and hat. The hat featured a wave style brim in multiple layers of fine straw and a white rose on the side. While I was not a big fan of this hat, I was so pleased to see Mabel at this wedding. (Update- several of you recognized this hat as the same one Mabel wore to Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien’s wedding back in May 2001).

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Princess Laurentien repeated the grey hat she wore to Prinsjesdag in 2011. This ‘flat hat’ (my nickname for a hat where the crown and the brim flow together without the crown raising out of the brim) designed by Fabienne Delvigne features a mass of wispy grey feathers on the crown. It’s a great hat for the fashion-forward Laurentien. Countess Eloise, eldest daughter of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, made her hat debut with this stylish mini-fascinator of black feathers. Well done, Eloise!

Princess Laurentien, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Countess Eloise, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Margriet and Princess Aimée did not wear hats and Princess Annette and Prince Bernhard did not attend the wedding. Princess Anita, however, wore a light sea foam green fascinator of feathered flowers. Little Emma Von Vollenhoven wore a magenta pink carnation-style ribbon bow.

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Princess Marilène wore a vibrant purple fascinator of large leaves and small trailing feathers. In a day filled with fascinators, this is one of two that I thought stood out best. Brilliant!

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My other favourite fascinator of the day was worn by Juliana Guillermo, daughter of Princess Christina. Her mass of scarlet blooms contrasted so beautifully with her black and white dress and looked fantastic on her. Princess Christina also looked very happy and relaxed in a spiky feathered fascinator in shades of green and aqua.

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All in all, it was a wedding filled with fascinators! Some were more successful than others but in the end, it was just lovely to see the Dutch extended royal family all together for a much happier occasion than when we saw them last. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photos from Michel Porro via Zimbio; EPA via The Daily Mail and Dutch Photo Press