This Week’s Extras

Lady Gabriella Kingston in a coral straw summery hat last weekend to debut singles from her first album
Leah Behn was confirmed yesterday at Jar church, in a traditional Norwegian folk ‘bunad’, with her extended family in attendance
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My wonderful and talented Leah Isadora had her confirmation yesterday. You looked so beautiful in your new “bunad”. I am so proud of you, my darling. You dare to follow your dreams and follow your intuition, you have inherited your artistic touch coming to light through @leahhhbeauty from your dad, grandparents and great grandparents on both sides. I love how loving and true you are with your emotions, I love your humor and your cheekiness, I love everything about you. Your dad would have been so proud of you and said that you are the most talented young woman in the world embarking on a journey of great fame and success. You are made for sharing your esthetic talent with the world. And with you in it, the world is just that bit more beautiful. Congratulations on your Confirmation, darling. I love you with all my heart. 😍❤️❤️ 📸 @stronginterior @carinascheele #confirmation #konfirmasjon #bunad #talented #makeup

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We missed a smart black hat on Princess Nobuko back in January (love that jaunty brim curve!)
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderful pink straw top hat with silk bound brim, ruched hatband and veil trim by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
White leather hugger percher studded with organza flowers by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Jade, royal blue and turquoise silk abaca and crin bandeau headpiece by Australian milliner Melanie Atherinos
Raspberry straw bergère hat with silk ranunculus and ribbon ties by French brand Rose Cherie
Halo headpiece with fantastic ombre straw orchid by French milliner Sylvia Martinez

Chic variation on a newsboy cap in textured straw by Canadian milliner Jay Cheng
Red acrylic brimmed boater with metallic blooms by Australian brand Jettah & Till Design Millinery
Lovely lines on this royal blue felt brimless design by Belarussian milliner Olga Lumiere
Charming colour scheme on this charcoal and blush felt cloche by Austrian milliner Nadia Grubelnik
A classic black and white picture hat with great proportions by Dutch milliner Berry Rutjes
Fantastically vibrant feather trim on this jaunty number in purple velour felt by German brand Malinè

Wee Prince Gabriel of Sweden celebrated his third birthday with a visit to the Säterdalen nature reserve with his parents to inaugurate parts of if which were, as part of his Dalarna Duchy, gifted to him for his christening in December 2017gift he received in connection with his christening in December 2017
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I går besökte Prins Gabriel, hertig av Dalarna, Säterdalens naturreservat för att inviga delar av den gåva han mottog från dalfolket i samband med sitt dop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dopgåvan bestod av ”Prins Gabriels rastplats” i Säterdalens naturreservat samt ”Prins Gabriels skidspår” för barn i Koppångens naturreservat i Orsa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I sällskap av @Prinsparet, Dalarnas landshövding Ylva Thörn, Säters kommunalråd Mats Nilsson och kommundirektör Marita Skog invigde Hertigen av Dalarna i går rastplatsen, som nu är öppen för allmänheten. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Läs mer om dagen på kungahuset.se ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Kajsa Kilström/Länsstyrelsen i Dalarnas län och @prinsparet (sista bilden)

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats this photo was shared last week and immediately caught my eye. On February 8, 1992, a quartet of Imperial princesses attended the Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition.

From left to right we see: Princess Kiko in a black boater with floppy brim; Princess Hisako in a black velvet bumper with pheasant feather trim; Princess Nobuko in a white hat with rolled fur brim; and perhaps most notably, Princess Hanako in a design with black button crown and cream cartwheel brim, trimmed with white pompoms. Your eyes are not deceiving you- those are indeed pompoms!

Click on the photo below to jump to its source on Twitter, and click on it again there to see an enlarged version. There are some great details to check out.

 

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrix in a black straw hat with embellished bumper brim last Wednesday at the funeral of Infanta Pillar
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On January 31st, Princess Nobuko and Princess Hisako visited the 69th Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition at Sunshine City Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. Princess Nobuko wore a black brimmed hat while Princess Hisako donned a gey felt Pork pie-crowned design with rolled brim and burgundy hatband
Chic grey felt boater hat on Princess Hisako today to open the 2020 Tokyo Tableware Festival
Queen Elizabeth in a familiar blue felt hat with feather flowers by Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren, to attend St. Peter and St. Paul church this morning in West Newton near Sandringham
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Lilac lace covered button percher with silk flowers by Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Black straw saucer with lovely swirling blush floral trim from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Burgundy felt folded design with button trim by German millinery Angelika Löbering
Pink straw wide-brimmed hat with statement polka dot bow by Florida-based AmyJo Original Hats
Black featherpercher with quill twist and red feather hearts by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Beret percher wrapped in ombre orange organdie ribbon with bows by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
And this wonderfully elegant grey straw design with rolling wave cuffed brim, veil, feather quill twist and diamante bumble bees from British milliner Rachel Henry

Lovely new portrait released by the Dutch court to celebrate Princess Beatrix’s 82nd birthday
Sweet snap from the Monaco Royal Palace balcony during the Sainte Devote Ceremony last Monday
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Imperial New Years Poetry Reading 2020

Members of the Imperial Royal Family attended the annual New Years poetry reading yesterday at the Royal Palace in some colourful and interesting hats.


Crown Princess Kiko repeated a mint green silk covered bumper hat, trimmed with a diamond of the same woven lattice silk as the bodice of her gown.  Princess Mako repeated a pale, ice blue silk floral jacquard covered calot hat with narrow, upturned, cuffed brim. Princess Kako repeated a royal blue silk bumper hat with beaded edge on the top of the upturned brim.

Princess Nobuko wore a new apricot silk covered bumper hat studded with tiny sparkle beads. The silk on the bumper brim is covered in bias stripes, giving a subtle diagonal movement to the design. Princess Akiko topped her cornflower blue gown with a matching hat. The hat’s button crown is covered in what looks like appliqued silk in the same hue, and a slim bumper brim circles the design.

Princess Hisako repeated hat with saddle shaped brim covered in cream silk and an avocado green narrow crown embellished with the same applique cutouts as on her coordinating gown. Green silk flowers and leaves cascade from below the brim’s raised back – a design feature I don’t recall seeing before on a royal hat. Princess Tsuguko also had a new headpiece in teal, gold and taupe with peach silk roses.

This event usually shows us some of the most colourful and memorable Imperial royal hats of the year and yesterday did not disappoint! Which ensembles stand out to you most here?

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Imperial New Years Lectures 2020

Members of the Imperial Royal Family attended the annual New Years lectures on Tuesday at the Royal Palace.

The Akishino princesses all repeated silk covered hats, Princess Kiko in an ivory bumper hat with gold threaded brocade fabric covering the crown; Princess Mako in her peacock blue wide bandeau with large diamond pattern and multi side bow; and Princess Kaiko in a buttercup yellow bandeau with silk blossoms on the side.

Princess Nobuko repeated an aubergine silk bumper hat with beaded split brim. The colour is divine and I adore the subtle bit of sparkle dressing up the split brim. Princess Akiko repeated a pale blue Breton wrapped in an ostrich feather hatband and frothy veil. Princess Yoko wore an ice blue silk covered bumper hat studded with pears that I don’t think we’ve seen before.

Princess Hisako repeated the peach hat that wowed us at the Imperial inauguration. This improved view of the piece shows it to be a boater base covered in apricot silk. The beaded applique around the neckline of Hisako’s gown is repeated on the top of the crown and the brim is overlaid in ombre dyed layers of silk (maybe layered with crin?). Silk calla lilies in the same ombre shades adorn the side of the hat, studded with pearls. Princess Tsuguko repeated a headpiece of overlapping silk leaves in various shades of purple, trimmed in gold, anchored around the back of her head.

We see few royal events attended in traditional court dress which is a shame, because the combination of gown and hat can be spectacular. Which ensembles stand out to you most here?

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