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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Funeral of King Michael of Romania

Representatives from several royal houses gathered in Bucharest on Saturday for the funeral of Romania’s last king.

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King Michael’s daughters, led by Crown Princess Margareta who is now styled as ‘Custodian of the Crown of Romania’, all wore conservatively styled black hats or veils. Princess Margareta’s bumper hat features a large, double bow at the back while Princess Elena’s hat has a cuffed brim in the same fur as her coat.  Royal Musings reported yesterday that Nicholas Medforth-Mills and his fiance Alina-Maria Binder were quietly married in a civil service (their religious wedding remains set for next summer) recently, presumably so that the couple could attend the funeral together.

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Romanian royal family, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Alina Binder, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Romanian royal family, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia wore a black felt pillbox, wrapped in a silk pseudo bumper brim and trimmed with a flat bow at the back.

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Queen Sofia of Spain wore a loosely woven net veil anchored to her hair with a small back bow.

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Queen Anne-Marie wore a black felt bumper hat wrapped in a wide swath of dotted net veil. The hat features a double upturned brim, the inner of which is made of silk which lends lovely sheen and contrast to the monochrome piece. It is finished with a ruffled flourish at the back.

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Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia wore a black velvet pleated headpiece in her go-to traditional Kokoshnik shape to which was attached a black veil.

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Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a simple black hat with rounded crown and relaxed mushroom brim.

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Princess Astrid of Belgium wore a black faux fur pillbox trimmed with a silk rosette and leaves.

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Princess Muna of Jordan wore a white lace veil. Behind her, Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein wore a large black straw hat with wide, exaggerated mushroom brim. The crown appears to be wrapped in a wide straw hatband (almost in the style of a bumper brim) overlaid in a dotted sheer organza or crin.

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Photos from Getty as indicated;  Simion Mechno, Simion Mechno, and Simion Mechno via Agerpres Foto; NurPhoto via Getty; REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Funeral of Thai King

Royal representatives from around the world gathered in Bangkok yesterday to pay respects to Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the first day of his official, three day funeral ceremony. The king, who is now known as King Rama IX, died October 13, 2016 and was, at the time, the world’s longest serving monarch.


Among the many royal mourners at yesterday’s cremation ceremony, three wore headpieces. Queen Máxima repeated her black open crowned headpiece (see a better view of this piece from its last outing over at this post) while Queen Mathilde wore a black calot hat with textured side trim. This piece doesn’t match with other black calots in Mathilde’s wardrobe so I can only assume it is new.  


Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein wore a black fascinator, presumably of flowers or feathers, tucked into the right side of her hair.

Photos of this event are scarce so instead, I quote our friends over at Luxarazzi: “There are hours and hours of coverage of the elaborate and fascinating funeral rituals over on Youtube, the royals can be spotted in these ones here and here, for example.
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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to 52 years ago yesterday and the most charming hat, covered in lily-of-the-valley. It’s not the first trim that comes to mind when one thinks of autumn but it’s very sweet on Princess Margaretha nonetheless.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1964 which saw a recently betrothed Princess Margaretha in a charming veiled toque hat, met by her fiancé, John Ambler, at London Airport.

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Hat From The Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1956 which saw Princess Margaretha of Sweden open a Swedish Christmas Fair in London in ruched velvet peach bucket hat.

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Luxembourg Royal Wedding Guests, Ten Years On

Anniversary While the wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony ten years ago was a small one by royal standards, it included a number of hats worn by members of the couple’s family. From our current vantage point a decade later, here is a look back at these millinery designs.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived with the groom in a silver silk suit topped with a matching jewelled headpiece of overlapping silk bow loops and pale grey flying feathers.

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The headpiece makes a strong statement (nearly as loud as a statement as Maria Teresa made when she left the church cradling her grandson, firmly putting rumours of Grand Ducal disapproval of the marriage to rest) and while it’s a little haphazard, I always thought it was great fun.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Tessy’s mother Régine Antony wore a wide brimmed black straw hat with flat crown, raised brim and large bow at the side. Her grandmother, pictured far left in the group photo below, wore a black felt hat with wavy brim.

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Archduchess Marie Astrid wore a small hat made of widely woven natural straw with tightly upfolded cuff brim and swath of net veil. The weave of the straw lends great texture to the piece which feels a little nondescript. Her sister, Princess Margaretha of Leichtenstein, wore what appears to be a cream calot with black overlay. The overlay gives interesting dimension to the piece although I have a hard time making a connection betwen the hat and her ensemble.

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Archduchess Marie Astrid and Princess Margaretha, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats

Finally, Princess Sibilla wore a forest green Garbo style hat with laser cut brim. The pattern cut into the brim is an eye-catching embellishment alternative to usual flowers and feathers and, I suspect, a rather fashion-forward statement ten years ago. I’m not sure the hat was showed off to best effect with Sibilla’s gray-green suit but it’s an interesting piece of millinery that stands on its own.

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The stand-out millinery designs here are the ones worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Sibilla, both of which I think could easily be worn today. What do you think of the royal hats at this royal wedding, ten years on?

Photos from Getty as indicated: Alain Benainous, Alain Benainous and Alain Benainous via Getty