Romanian Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of the Romanian Royal Family took part in events to celebrate their country’s National Holiday today, including an annual Garden Party hosted at Elisabeta Palace.

May 10, 2018 | Royal Hats

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, topped her pale pink dress and jacket with a matching boater hat. The straw of the hat appears to be woven in a lace-like design, giving interesting texture to the piece and the hat is trimmed with a feather spray on the side. The different textures between the hat, dress and jacket are a great example of balanced monochrome dressing although I wish Margareta hadn’t worn the hat so far back on her head.

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May 10, 2018 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Margareta was joined by her sisters, Princess Elena and Princess Maria. Elena wore a cream straw saucer hat trimmed with cream, black and fuchsia feathers and long quills that linked with the bright print of her dress. Princess Marie wore a teal design with upturned brim overlaid with lace applique in the same colour. 
May 10, 2018 | Royal Hats
May 10, 2018 | Royal Hats
This is one of the few events we see the Romanian Princesses – what do you think of their hats this year?

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The Royal House of Norway released a new photo of Princess Ingrid last weekend, taken by her father Crown Prince Haakon, to mark her 14th birthday.

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora and Queen Silvia in a fur hat on Tuesday for their visit to Kiruna (Swedish Monarchy)

Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar in cosy knit wool hats to open a multisports facility in Daniel’s hometown on Thursday.  The prince also donned hockey gear for a charity match.

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, celebrated her nation’s Union Day on January 24 in a black wool hat with a brown fur cuff bumper brim (Royal Family of Romania)

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Princess Kiko wore a new black felt cloche with diagonal crown wrap on Wednesday to the Japanese Olympic team’s send off to the Pyeong Chang Olympics. While so similar to Queen Elizabeth’s diagonal wrapped crown cloche hats, this one somehow feels much more modern and sleek.

Jan 24, 2018 | Royal Hats

Also on Wednesday, Princess Alexandra wore a black hat with grey faux fur cuff brim for a visit to The Old Moat Garden Centre in Epsom.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Feathered Philip Treacy masterpieces here and here on the Valentino show runway in Paris
Interesting shape on this teardrop saucer with silk rose trim by Jane Taylor
Black leather button with net veil brim and cream leather flowers from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Two brimless designs from Bundle McLaren with a wonderful feather flourish and green feather overlay 
Lavishly trimmed cocktail hat by Australian brand Millinery by Mel proves brown hats aren’t always boring
Classic black straw upsweep with white feather flowers from Marilyn Vanden Berg
Bumper with the most charming bow in the loveliest shade of blue from UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Sharp red straw boater with striped navy and white ribbon trim from Australian milliner Julia Watson
Simple, wearable but beautiful grey felt hat with upturned brim from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
A  trio of whimsically embellished helmets from New York milliner Carol Markel

And an exquisite lace, silk flower and net veil headpiece from Vivienne Sheriff’s upcoming summer collection.

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Congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the announcement of their engagement. While we’ve yet to hear details, this means potentially two major hatted events (in addition to Trooping the Colour and Ascot etc.) for the British Royal Family in 2018. BRING ON THE HATS.

Peek at the lovely photo King Albert and Queen Paola used for their Christmas card this season

Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco accompanied their parents last night for the annual ceremony of Sainte-Devote

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We end this week with a The Prince of Wales reading “My Heart’s In The Highlands”, shared in honor of poet Robert Burns’ birthday yesterday.

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Daniel Angelescu via the Royal Family of Romania

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Princess Christina received an honorary degree and the granting ceremony included a whimsical top hat.

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Members of the Romanian royal family donned black hats for a ceremony last weekend at Curtea de Arges monastery to mark 40 days since death of King Michael.

  

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

The prettiest floral trimmed white straw boater from Aussie brand Millinery By Mel
Fantastic feather work on this navy straw upsweep saucer from Rosie Olivia SS 2018
Dramatic black lace covered button percher with feathers by Brisbane based Marilyn Van den Berg
Amazing royal blue dotted pyramid hat by Irish brand Martha Lynnn Millinery
Flames of pink straw embellish this marvelous cocktail hat from British milliner Lisa Tan
And a grey wool bear hat eating a salmon from the astoundingly creative mind of Stephen Jones

I have long thought of handmade millinery as wearable art- just look at the hand sewn detail on this embellished button percher from German brand Coquette Hats.

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New portrait from Prince Carlos and Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies and their daughters

Lovely photo taken by Prince Nikolaos of his parents enjoying what looks like a delicious new year tradition.

New portraits of Princess Margriet who celebrated her 75th birthday yesterday.

And finally, a series of lovely snaps shared by Princess Charlene of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella enjoying the Monégasque Market.

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Princess Hisako in a chic fedora on December 24 at the 39th Empress Cup All Japan Women’s Football Championship Final in Osaka (Sponichi)

Dec 24, 2017 | Royal Hats

Four of the Romanian princess attended a Christmas Day service at Savarsin church. Princess Margareta wore a  textured fur pillbox while Princess Elena wore a black fabric hat with cuffed fur brim.

Dec 25, 2017 | Royal Hats

Dec 25, 2017 | Royal Hats

On December 25,  members of the Imperial royal attended a memorial ceremony at the Imperial Palace on the anniversary of Emperor Taisho’s death. Princess Kiko and Princess Mako are pictured below- Princess Nobuko and Princess Yoko were also present.


On Dec 27, the Imperial Royal family attended an annual end of year family luncheon at the Imperial Palace. You can see Prince and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako arriving here.

Several new millinery designs jumped out at me this week:

 Astoundingly glamorous jewel toned turban from Philip Treacy
Red felt percher pork pie with black feathers from Irish milliner Aoife Harris Design
Two stunning hats with hand beaded trim here and here from German milliner Nicki Marquardt
Royal blue silk covered pillbox percher with irises and lace from London milliner Cara Meehan
Felt trilby with intricately beaded hatband from London based millinery Bundle MacLaren

And a hat perfect for New Year’s Eve, this grey silk shantung beret percher with insert panel of sparkling paillettes from UK milliner Dillon Wallwork

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Excellent translation of Princess Stephanie’s recent interview by our friends over at Luxarazzi

More Christmas photo greetings:






We end the week with a wonderful video clip, taken during King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday gala dinner back in May when their grandchildren interviewed some of their guests. It’s utterly charming.

Photos from Sponichi, Royal Family of Romania

Romanian Royals Host Garden Party

As part of Romanian National Day celebrations on Wednesday, members of the Romanian royal family hosted an annual Garden Party  at the Elisabeta Palace. Crown Princess Margareta wore a pale grey straw hat with square, peaked crown and raised brim around the back. The hat’s crown is embellished in lace appliqué cutouts in the same hues of blue and green as are on her printed dress. It’s an interesting use of a trim we don’t see often on royal hats that worked well with the ensemble once Princess Margarita added her blue coat.

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Maria updated a hat she wore to this event two years ago, replacing a bright pink hatband, bow and flower with a hatband in the same floral print as her dress. The white straw hat with pink edged kettle brim is further embellished with green silk leaves and a large curling bow. While the new trim feels a bit of a jumble, I’m inclined to give it a pass simply because it’s an attempt at millinery recycling, something we don’t often see.

Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: May 10, 2015

What do you think about this pair of Romanian royal hats?

Crown Princess Margareta & Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta & Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Romanian Royals Celebrate Crown

On Tuesday, members of the Romanian royal family celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Romanian crown with events held in Bucharest and Sinaia. The day’s events included a military ceremony, garden party and outdoor concert, and the first raising of the royal standard at Peleș Royal Castle since 1947. While King Michael’s health prevented his attendance, the Romanian princesses all joined in the celebration.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta wore a turquoise straw hat with wide brim designed by Romanian designer Kristina Dragomir. Its placement, far back on her head, allowed the appliqué lace flowers flowers and leaves on the underside of the brim to frame her face. A wide twist of pleated purple straw placed on the other side of the brim further trimmed the hat and tied into Margareta’s other purple accessories. The hat is a fantastic colour on her and the appliqué detail is a lovely touch we don’t often see. I’m just not sure about the jarring purple twist.

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Princess Elena topped her red dress and coat in a small straw percher hat trimmed with flowers and curling straw ribbons. I thought the design was a wonderful compliment to her hairstyle and the natural straw a good counterpoint to her vibrant ensemble.

Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Sophia paired her apricot dress and jacket with a small cream straw hat trimmed with white and brown feathers and a cream bow. The scale of the piece feels a little small for Sophia although the jaunty angle she wore the piece is great fun.

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Princess Maria wore a large, white straw picture hat. The short crown of this piece is wrapped in a royal blue ribbon thied in a huge side bow and the hat is further embellished with multiple loops and bows of white organdie. It’s a nice enough piece that I think could have been elevated greatly if she had tilted it forward on her head.

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Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria (King Michael’s niece) joined in the festivities in a large black straw hat. Trimmed in a sash of diagonal black and white stripes around the crown, the focus of the piece is a wreath of large black straw leaves placed on top of the mushroom brim. Such sculpture with straw is not something we see often and the design was certainly unique.

 Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

We seldom see the Romanian royals and it was lovely to see the Princesses and their cousin together to celebrate this event.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

 Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

What did you think of this parade of Romanian royal hats?

Photos from Cristian Coposesc and Daniel Angelescu. via The Royal Family of Romania

British Royal Wedding Four Years On: Non Reigning Royal Guests

Royal Hats We have come to the last post in our review of the fantastic hats worn at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge four years ago this week. We conclude coverage with a look at the hats worn by royal guests from non-reigning royal families.

The Greek Royal family have close ties to the British Royals (Prince Philip is a Greek Prince by birth) so it was not surprising to see five members in attendance. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore a cream pillbox hat designed by Philip Treacy. The straw was woven with gold threads which gave a shimmering quality to the hat which was trimmed by another signature Treacy bows.

Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie-Chantal topped her pale blue and grey embroidered Chanel dress with a statement hat, also by Philip Treacy. The moulded saucer hat was edged in a wide band of silk piping around the brim and was trimmed with large dove grey silk roses that balanced the underside of the vertical brim. This is not a hat for the faint of heart and together with the dress, made for an edgy and extremely haute couture ensemble.  While there is every reason for me to dislike the oddly shaped hat, I adore it as part of this ensemble.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal HatsQueen Anne-Marie and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians, pictured behind Princess Victoria in the orange hat below, wore a simple black hat with flat crown and mushroom brim. The hat was trimmed with a wide ruched band around the crown and a large bow at the side.

Royal Wedding Guests, April 29, 2011 | Royal hats

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania wore a most perplexing open-crowned hat by Romanian milliner Kristina Dragomir. Built on a gold ring base, the headpiece consists of swirling loops of pleated crin in three shades of pink. While the photo above shows the headpiece as a soaring swan of sorts, the close-up view here looks like a giant pink slinky on steroids circling her head. Neither look is optimal.Crown Princess Margarita, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a simple cream hat made in the same oyster lace as her dress. The fold-back halo brim of the hat was edged in the same ecru satin as her shawled coat and the hat was trimmed with a bow at the back. While it’s not the most modern of royal hats, the shape and scale suited Katherine beautifully and it added the right touch to her ensemble.

That draws our week-long royal hat tour at this wedding to a close! If you haven’t already watched the nuptials on video, I suggest you pour a tall glass of your favourite tipple and settle into your comfiest chair. The camera work inside Westminster Abbey is breathtaking and the hats are thrilling. You can watch the entire day’s events here.

Photos from Bauer Griffin, Pacific Coast News and Pacific Coast News via Zimbio;  The Royal Forums; and Getty as indicated