Romanian National Day 2019

On Friday, members of the Romanian royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday as they have in the past, hosting a garden party for 3000 guests at Elisabeta Palace.


A palace garden party usually includes hats and such was the case in Bucharest. Custodian of the Crown, Her Majesty Margareta wore an ecru straw teardrop shaped sauce with high upsweep, the underside of which is trimmed with an oversize red silk flower. The flower feels slightly out of proportion (trimmed back just slightly, I think, would do the trick) although it makes a dramatic and festive statement that fits this occasion well.

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Maria wore a similarly shaped disk hat in blush beige-pink straw, trimmed with coque and goose feathers in the same pink and varied shades of blue. The colour scheme is a bit unexpected but works, particularly in combination with Maria’s beige-pink silk dress and navy coat.

Designer: likely Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Sophie topped her peacock blue silk dress with a beige straw sidesweep saucer hat trimmed in vibrant blue goose and arrow trimmed coque feathers. I suspect the hat was placed to coincide with Sophie’s hairstyle but I wish it was pivoted slightly forward with the top of the hat angled slightly lower to sweep across her face instead of hover behind it.  Princess Elena paired her emerald silk suit with a deep eggplant hued straw saucer, also trimmed in goose and pointed coque feathers. The purple and green scheme is a brave one- I just wish the green feathers were a better match for the jacket, the purple straw base was larger and, like her sister, the hat was worn at a less severely upright angle.

It’s always lovely to see the Romanian royal sisters at this annual event and I wonder- do you think their quartet of saucer sidesweeps was a coincidence this year?!

Photos from Daniel Angelescu via the Royal Family Of Romania

Funeral of Grand Duke Jean: Royal Guests

The funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was attended by representatives from nearly every European royal house, many who wore hats. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post contains photos only (no commentary) and is not open for comments.

Monarchs from Denmark, Sweden, Liechtenstein and Norway:

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Spanish, Romanian and Greek Queens:

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Dutch, British and Norwegian Royals:

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Spanish, Italian, Bulgarian and Portuguese Princesses

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Jordanian and Moroccan Royals:

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Marlene Koenig, author of Royal Musings, published a full guest list here. Representatives from numerous abolished, lesser known European monarchies (mostly French, German and Prussian) were in attendance but have not been included here- you can see them at this comprehensive post over at Luxarazzi.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

On March 28, an exhibition on Queen Margrethe’s clothes, gowns and hats will open at The Old Town Museum in Aarhus. I believe this is the first time her hats will be on exhibition- something some of you might want to catch if you are in Denmark between now and September 9.

Crown Princess Mary in a new black hat with wide, mushroom brim on Tuesday for the private funeral of a family friend.

Wonderful to see that Lady Frederick Windsor appears to have recovered from the horrible car accident she suffered last November. She was photographed looking very well at the Cheltenham races last week in a tall crowned, rose trimmed navy hat from Siggi Hats.

Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein in a cosy knit winter hat to welcome the Austrian President and first lady for a visit (Luxarazzi)

On Tuesday, members of the Imperial royal family attended a concert at the Imperial Palace performed by graduating students from several Tokyo university music programs (Imperial Family Of Japan)

Princess Ayako, Princess Akiko, Crown Princess Masako, Princess Kiko and Princess Hisako in hats 

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Lovely draped cocktail hat with floral trim in the freshest pale spring green from Italian brand Birdcage Hats
Such an interesting mix of feathered crown, straw brim and silk brim binding
from Texas milliner Milli Starr
Large elevated side saucer hats with signature bright lycra loop trim from Irish milliner Aoife Harrison
The most perfect bow on this gold metallic straw cocktail hat from London milliner Fi Graham
Black peach bloom felt oversize fedora with beautifully shaped brim & rhinestone hatband from Stephen Jones
Such a pretty pale pink saucer bound in silk with roses & cut feathers from Yorkshire based Justine Bradley-Hill
Dark green button percher with amazing ultraviolet blue iridescent feathers from UK brand Mind Your Bonce

And from Irish milliner Maggie Mowbray, this stacked black and pink straw with veil and feathers in the most interesting shape that defies description. So creative without sacrificing wearability.

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Sad to hear news that the King of Morocco and Princess Lalla Salma have divorced (Hola)

The Luxembourgish state visit to France included a surprising number of members of the Grand Ducal royal family (Luxarazzi)

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also celebrated her birthday this week- these great new formal portraits were released in celebration of her birthday.

The Duchess of Wessex heard that a terminally ill young photographer wanted to take her portrait, so she invited him to do just that. The sitting and the resulting portrait are shown below. (Hello)


Photos from NTV and Jiji

Hanover Royal Wedding

The religious wedding service of Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lueneburg, and Ekaterina Malysheva was celebrated today at Hanover Market Church in Hanover, Germany.

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The bride wore an intricately beaded gown and veil from young Lebanese designer, Sandra Mansour. According to the designer, the gown is “inspired by Russia, her (the bride’s) native land, entirely embroidered with the wire and the hand. Chantilly lace and sublimated by beaded details, this required the work of the embroiderers of the Mansour workshops for more than three and a half months.” The gown follows a traditional silhouette with squared sweetheart neckline, long, leg o’mutton sleeves, fitted bodice, and full, ballgown skirt that swept into a substantial train.

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Ekaterina anchored her embroidered silk and lace veil with the Hanovarian Floral Tiara, a substantial piece in a floral motif that has presumably been in the groom’s family for generations.

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The wedding was, not surprisingly, attended by members of the Casiraghi family. Tatiana Santo Domingo wore a large cream straw picture hat with gently upswept brim, trimmed with a blush pink ruched silk hatband. The off-centre peak on the crown of this piece is a shape Philip Treacy has widely used in his collections the past two years, making me suspect the design is from him. It’s a wonderfully romantic hat that Tatiana wears well.

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As shown in the photo above, Princess Alexandra (who is half sister to the groom), did not wear a hat. Charlotte Casiraghi wore a Garbo variation with floppy brim. A Garbo hat would be such a great shape for her fantastic coat but the proportions of this one, with a too short brim that is attached awkwardly low on the crown, emphasising its round shape, is simply off.

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Beatrice Borromeo topped her pale green floral dress in a rosy-beige headpiece of braided straw by Marta Ferri . The design is an interesting concept but the colour isn’t particularly flattering on Beatrice and I’m at a loss to see how it relates to the rest of her ensemble. The design also has an open crown, which makes it a tough sell for me.

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The wedding was also attended by numerous members of German royal houses. Princess Sophie of Prussia wore a grey cocktail hat with moulded straw base, embellished with a large, silk cabbage rose in the same hue. The neutral hat and other grey accessories are a beautiful counterpoint to her vibrant magenta dress.

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Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis wore a calot hat covered in layered burgundy feathers. The Margravine of Baden (née Archduchess Valerie of Austria, who is married to Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, head of the Grand-Ducal House of Baden and nephew of the Duke of Edinburgh), topped her navy silk dress with a wide brimmed hat in orchid purple straw with a ruched hatband and large front bow.

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And finally, Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe attended with his partner, Mahkameh Navabi, who wore a large navy straw hat with crin edged brim, trimmed with a side bow.

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Even smaller royal weddings are great hat occasions and this one brought us numerous hats on royals we don’t often see. Jump over to the great blog Confessions Of A Castleholic (written by Svenja, who also co-writes the great Luxarazzi blog) for fantastic photos she took of guests and the couple today. For now, which designs stood out to you most?
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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended a Holocaust memorial in Oslo (The Royal Correspondent)

An interview with Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein at the European Youth Olympic Games (Luxarazzi)

Prince Maximillian and Princess Angela of Liechtenstein enjoying the Hahnenkamm ski race in Kitzbuehel (Royalista)

King Carl Gustaf celebrated his name day this week in what looks like a well loved hat (Svenskdam)

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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene celebrated Fête de Sainte-Dévote (The Royal Correspondent)

Wonderful look back at Princess Astrid of Norway’s wedding to Johan Martin Ferner following the death of Mr. Ferner last weekend (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

Darling photos of Princess Athena of Denmark released for her third birthday (The Danish Monarchy)

Crown Princess Victoria having great fun with her family in California here and here (Svenskdam)

European Royals Attend Papal Inauguration

The Inauguration Mass for Pope Francis was held in St Peter’s Square in Rome today. A number of European royals attended this event, which marks the beginning of the papacy. The standard royal dress code for visits to the Vatican is black with a head veil, however, five Catholic sovereigns currently hold Privilège du Blanc. Queen Paola of Belgium and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg chose to wear white today; Queen Paola’s Belgian lace veil was just exquisite.

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Princess Charlene   | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Máxima of the Netherlands and Princess Letizia of Austurias wore traditional black veils.

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Princess Máxima  | The Royal Hats BlogPrincesses Sophie and Margaretha of Liechtenstein were in black lace veils as well.

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The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended as representatives of Queen Elizabeth and the British Government. Brigitte wore what looks to be a black pillbox with veil over. We don’t often see full veils over hats (especially worn by British Royals) but I thought she looked quite smart.

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An array of beautiful veils here, don’t you think? To those of you more knowledgeable about fashion- can somone explain why some of the royals wore full length dresses (Maria Theresa and Máxima) while most wore knee-length?

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