Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day, seventeen years ago tomorrow when members of the Danish royal family gathered at city hall for a reception prior to Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary’s wedding. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and her daughter-in-law, Princess Marie-Chantal attended in statement fascinators. While Marie-Chantal’s pink headpiece with straw leaves is a lovely one with uplifting shape, Queen Anne-Marie’s illustrates how horizontally placed feathers just fall flat.

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This Week’s Extras

Infanta Elena took in Madrid Horse Week events last weekend in a chocolate fedora with smart striped hatband
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King Carl Gustaf was sported in his trusty brown fedora with Queen Silvia’s boarding a flight to India on Monday and, below, on Wednesday during the visit.


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Princess Marie Chantal of Greece and her eldest son Constantine (Tino) in wool caps in Gloucestershire.
Australian milliner Wendy Louise Diggles shared this great index on different styles of top hats.
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The ornaments on the Christmas Tree in the workroom of John Boyd’s millinery studio in London make me smile!
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Grey straw boater with hand-dyed blue guipure lace hatband by Scottish milliner Stephanie Gallen
Teal velvet bandeau with beautifully draped silk abaca and sparkling buckle by British milliner Dorothy Morant
From Australian brand The Essential Hat, gorgeous Panama straw fedoras in two colour ways (see here and here)
Pink satin covered pillbox with braided edge detail by British milliner Laura Cathcart
Scottish milliner Sally-Anne Provan’s felt fedora with metallic, angular hatband in my favourite colour- peacock blue
Copper silk turban with faux fur pouf from Parisienne milliner Clothilde Toussaint
Plum felt percher with flying bow and beautiful silk poppies by British milliner William Chambers
Stunning movement on British milliner Sarah Cant’s blue halo bandeau with black leather stylized lilies
Adore the geometric printed hatband on this angular trilby by London-based brand Sahar Millinery

And from Australian milliner Lisa Alexander, this black straw saucer with incredible exploding fireworks trim.


Lovely new pictures of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde released for their 20th wedding anniversary.
New official portrait from the Monaco royal family
Lovely portrait of Princess Amalia released this week for her 16th birthday.
And from a beaming Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, the happy news that they are expecting their first child in May.

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Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of a major royal wedding in London attended by three Kings and eight Queens. On July 9,1999 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark married Carlos Javier Morales Quintana, a Spanish architect and a champion yachtsman, at St. Sophia Cathedral. Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look back at this event.

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The bride went to one of her mother’s favourite designers, Austrian Inge Sprawson, for her sleek gown in ivory satin. With long, fitted sleeves and a wide v-neck, the focal point of the dress was a pair of diagonal crossed seams at the waist that created a fitted bodice silhouette and attached the gown’s skirt.

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The straight skirt flowed into a modest sweep train with a longer, detachable train fixed at the waist. The back of the dress was decorated in a row of beaded buttons which were repeated on the underside of each sleeve.

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Following the tradition set by her grandmother and followed by her mother, aunts and cousins, Alexia wore her great-grandmother Crown Princess Margaret’s Irish lace veil anchored with the Danish royal family’s Khedive of Egypt Tiara.

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A simple gown is usually the best way to show off such an amazing vintage lace veil but I’m just not sure that the cut and fabric of this dress entirely flattered it’s wearer. For me, it always paled in comparison to the amazing gold beaded Armani dress with portrait neckline she wore two days earlier to a pre-wedding party- a look I’ve long thought was her very best. It was breathtakingly stunning

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Princess Alexia was attended by her sister Princess Theodora, who wore a long sleeved gown in floral embroidered lilac silk organza with sheer sleeves and a draped neckline.

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Bridesmaides included Princess Alexia’s 3-year old niece, Princess Olympia, and Princess Mafalda, daughter of Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Bulgaria (the Prince and Princess of Preslav). Their dotted white silk organza full-skirted frocks with lilac silk sashes were topped with delicate white floral hair wreaths. Pageboys wore high waisted lilac silk trousers with white silk Peter Pan collared shirts.

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Fascinators were very popular in 1999 (Queen Elizabeth famously wore one two weeks earlier for the wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex) making Queen Anne-Marie’s headpiece of lilac feathers a fashionable choice at the time. From today’s viewpoint, it seems a fussy choice for her lace trimmed coat and dress.

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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal topped a textured suit with a wide brimmed hat in light ecru straw. The design featured a raised brim around the front behind which was a large grin unstructured bow.

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I’m curious, dearest readers- what do you think of this bridal look and hats, 20 years on?

Jump over to the following posts to review hats worn by the many royal guests:

Danish and Spanish Extended Royal Families
British Royal Guests
Norwegian and Swedish Royal Guests
Luxembourg, Jordanian, and Eastern European Royal Guests

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Dutch Royal Wedding 17 Years On: Royal Guests Part 3

We wrap up our nostalgic look back at King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s wedding on February 2, 2002 with a look at the royal hats worn by guests from Spain, Greece, Jordan, Great Britain, Monaco with a few extras thrown in.

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a cascading headpiece of golden beige organza leaves and roses. While the design looked transported from the 1960s, it linked well with her lace suit.

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Princess Cristina wore a heather purple felt brimmed hat trimmed with feathers in purple and dark grey. I’m still at odds about the feather placement- on one hand, it’s terribly messy but on the other, I like its exuberance and admire how the two shades link with her dark blue velvet and purple silk coat… a rather bulky item (it looked like a blanket) that hasn’t aged well. When a hat makes a coat look better, that can only be a good thing.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece topped her textured red coat with a matching hat. In a modified top hat shape, the felt design features a tall, flared crown with domed top, upturned rolled brim with downsweep on one side, a layered red felt hatband and brown mink pompoms. The mink trim links well with the mink trim on Anne-Marie’s coat without being overly matchy and those pompoms are whimsical and fun. This hat’s unique shape is very much of its time but I always thought it was a bold and brave choice for her.

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Princess Marie-Chantal followed the same formula as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, topping her richly patterned brocade coat with a tall brown fur Cossack style hat. Unfortunately, the hat’s large scale completely overwhelmed her and I’m still trying to see how it relates to the red, magenta and gold printed coat (which it’s own, is gorgeous!).

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Queen Noor of Jordan wore an embroidered headscarf in white, an interesting colour choice for a winter event with her baby blue silk tailored suit. She is photographed below by the Prince of Wales who wore his naval uniform and cap. Princess Sarvath, Princess Badiya and Princess Sumaya are also listed on the guest list but I’ve not been able to locate any photographs of them.
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The Countess of Wessex wore primarily Philip Treacy millinery hats at the time and chose one in camel felt for this event. The design made its style statement primarily by shape, pairing a deeply pinched, tall stovepipe crown with an offset brim. The hat was minimally embellished with a slim hatband tied in a front bow. It’s another design very much of the time and looking at it now, seemed a little heavy for Sophie’s cream coat and delicately embellished dress.

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Prince Albert of Monaco wore military uniform with cap while his elder sister, Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, wore a grey felt cloche with extended brim and wide grey hatband. The hat’s classic shape suited Caroline well although I’m not sure about its pairing with her Chanel dress and coat, pieces that feel like they ought to be paired with something more luxurious and bespoke.
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Princess Míriam of Bulgaria topped her pink feathered skirt and fur collared jacket in a what looks like a headpiece of horizontally placed pheasant and pink feathers, placed on the back of her head.
Princess Inaara, wife of the Aga Khan at the time, wore a calot hat in large flowers with petals made of mocha and copper organza, velvet and crin (see closeup here). The mixed textures on the piece gave it some life and while it related well to Inaara’s fur trimmed camel cape, these combined less well with her mushroom grey tweed suit and earthy green blouse. Too many neutrals, I’d say.
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Other noteable guests included Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, who wore a traditional African printed capulana headwrap and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane, who wore a brimmed hat in pale pink straw. 
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This wraps up our look back at this wedding! What do you think of this final group of hats?
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York Royal Wedding: Royal Guests

The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank included a handful of other royal guests, beginning with the Greek royal family. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal topped her delicate pink lace dress in a pale pink button percher with a spray of intricate pink silk handmade flowers. Her daughter, Princess Maria-Olympia, paired her vibrant pink patterned Dolce and Gabbana dress with a sculptural headpiece in silver lace. Both millinery designs are deceptively complex but make fantastic compliments to their respective frocks.

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Designer: Both are Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Both are new
Princess Ekaterina of Hanover had the most interesting hat of the day, a wide brimmed saucer in greige animal printed straw, trimmed with rows of pheasant feathers that look like rows of lion fish. The hat is so out there photos of it look photoshopped (I’ve done several doubletakes!) and I can only imagine the GIFs it will inspire.
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Designer: Suzanne Couture Millinery
Previously Worn: Princess Ekaterina’s mother-in-law, Chantal Hochuli, originally wore this hat years ago 
Chantal Hochuli (former Princess Chantal of Hanover) wore a large round black percher hat trimmed with white flowers and black feathers while Princess Alessandra of Hanover topped her green and purple Andrew GN dress with a magenta teardrop percher of pleated straw, wrapped in a matching swath of net veil.



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Designers: Chantal’s is unknown. Alessandra’s hat is from Spanish brand Mimoki
This group includes millinery that fits classification as both beautiful and bizarre- what do you think of these hats today in Windsor?
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