This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Great coverage over at Luxarazzi of the wedding of Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau and Antonius Willms with this this post identifying most of the fashion  and official portraits from the event

Queen Margrethe in a familiar red hat to celebrate Copenhagen’s 850th anniversary last weekend (Danish Monarchy)

Queen Margrethe, Sep 2, 2017 | Royal Hats

King Carl Gustav in a fishing hat on Tuesday during a visit to Mörrumsån to discuss salmon and trout stock (Swedish Royal Court)

Princess Anne and Zara Tindall in casual hats for the Whatley Manor International Horse Trials this week

Princess Theodora of Greece shared this snap from her work on the film “Little Boy”. She wears 1950s milliney so well!

Princess Marie of Denmark visited the Danish Emergency Management Agency’s chemical lab. She and Princesss Benedikte  joined other members of the family yesterday for the funeral of one of Prince Henrik’s close friends.


Autumn/Winter 2017 collections are showing up online and while I’m still enjoying sunny, summery days (and food!) in my part of the world, these wintry designs were too beautiful not to catch my eye:

Sharp wool boater with black leather flower trim from Mind Your Bonce Millinery
Teal button cocktail hat with tall ruffle made by Sally Ashlin at Georgiana Millinery
Wool fedoras in the most luxuriously wonderful jewel tones from British milliner Philip Ian Wright
Wonderful beaded crown on this oversized fedora by Jane Taylor
Beautiful sculpted cloche hats- white from Bay Willow Designs and pink from Tracy Chaplin Millinery
Vibrantly hued silk and velvet turbans from Nerida Fraiman
Lovely leaf trimmed powder pink beret base cocktail hat from Rosie Olivia
Unexpected and interesting mix of grey felt and white windowpane crin from Cara Meehan London

And just when we thought Philip Treacy had done everything that could possibly be done to a hat, a peak at his upcoming Autumn/Winter 2017 collection looks like it will feature zippers. Unexpected, and amazing!

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Sad news about Prince Henrik’s health released by the Danish Royal Court this week.

Archduke Christophe and Archduchess Adélaïde  of Austria welcomed their second daughter, Archduchess Sophia

The Swedish royals shared this photo of their newest member, Prince Gabriel, taken by his father

Flora Ogilvy shared this snap of her parents and brother taken at their Nantucket summer home

A certain young prince enjoyed his first day of school this week, documented with a wonderful photograph taken by Chris Jackson below. The Prince of Wales had some fun remarks about the start of his grandson’s academic career. 

 Photo from Thorbjørn Fessel via The Danish Monarchy

Greek Royals Celebrate Double Milestone Birthdays

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece threw a lavish party at their Gloucestershire home over the weekend to celebrate Pavlos’ 50th birthday and Princess Olympia’s 21st birthday. Guests have shared that the party theme was “Prince And The Revolution” with a dress code that called for revolutionised black tie. The costumes that resulted are quite spectacular. While this was officially, a private event, so many photos were shared by both hosts and guests on social media that it does not seem intrusive to share.

Host of the party, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, wore a Philip Treacy headpiece of silver stars unlike anything else we’ve seen on a royal head.

While not in a hat, Crown Prince Pavlos made an equally loud style statement in floral silk brocade trousers and vest with purple velvet jacket. Princess Olympia topped her Steven Khalil designed dress with an avant garde circular headpiece with pink roses and upright feathers. I suspect it was also made by Philip Treacy.

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Princess Theodora of Greece’s black and silver headpiece was trimmed in black lace butterflies.

Queen Máxima wore a lavish floral crown of silk orchids, peonies and garden roses. 

King Felipe is visible in the far left of this picture. Spanish media have reported that Queen Letizia, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin also attended but no photos have surfaced so far (same for members of the Danish royal family along with Prince Pavlos’ parents and other siblings). The woman in the centre with butterflies and a feather headpiece is Pia Getty, Princess Marie-Chantal’s older sister.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore what looks to be an embellished metallic headband (again!).

Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen wore a purple feathered headpiece and was accompanied by her daughters, Archduchess Eleanore and Archduchess Gloria.

Other royal guests not in hats or headpieces included Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Gustaf and Carina Axelssen, and Rosario Nadal, former wife of Prince Kyril of Bulgaria. India Hicks, who attended with her partner and three of her four sons, took a more risque approach to the dress code in a tuxedo with shirt and tie of bodypaint.

By all accounts, the party was a particularly memorable one. Here are a few more of the fantastical headpieces worn by guests.

Photos from social media as indicated

Christening of Prince Christian: Royal Guests

Royal Hats When Prince Christian of Denmark was christened ten years ago, the event was attended by numerous royal relatives and close friends. After looking at the hats worn by his mother, grandparents and godparents, we now turn our attention to those worn by royal guests.

Queen Margrethe’s sisters, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte, both wore vibrant hats. In bright red felt, Queen Anne-Marie’s hat featured an unusually tall crown, a short, upturned brim; the piece was boldly embellished with a large knotted bow and curling black feather spines. Princess Benedikte topped her grey fur coat with a large beret-style design in raspberry felt. We have seen Princess Benedikte in numerous hats in this hue and the colour is fantastic on her.

Princess Marie-Chantal wore a Philip Treacy designed fascinator of straw twists and several different varieties of gold feathers. While some might argue that the spiky design gave some textural contrast to her tweed coat and dress, I have always found the combination of classic clothing and modern headpiece to be jarring and disharmonious.

Princess Alexia of Greece topped her grey fur jacket with a burgundy felt hat. With an indented crown and fluted, upturned brim, this hat is all about shape. I adore the grey and burgundy colour scheme of her ensemble but I’m afraid the stylised brim and crown shapes on her hat look rather dated today. Tatiana Blatnik (who would become Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark in 2010) wore a simple fascinator of navy feathers. The lightness of the piece, which feels better suited to a summer wedding or garden party, feels off balance against her winter coat

Princess Theodora wore an interesting loden green beret variation with high peaked side trimmed with a felt rose in the same colour. Dutch Princess Laurentien also wore an exaggerated hat- made of the same brown plaid as her tailored jacket, the piece featured a tall, indented crown and oval shaped brim. Unfortunately, the oversize fedora was too big for Laurentien and looked to be swallowing her up. In this pairing of exaggerated hats, I think Princess Theodora’s was substantially more successful.

Princess Theodora, January 21, 2006 | Royal Hats  Princess Laurentien, January 21, 2006 | Royal Hats

Princess Mathilde (as was her title in 2006) topped her beautiful red coat dress and cape with a large matching hat. With a squared crown and upfolded brim, the hat was simply trimmed with a wide ribbon around the base of the crown. It’s a strong look for Mathilde but she carried it well. It’s a classic piece that I would love to see trotted out again.

Princess Mathilde, January 21, 2006 | Royal Hats  Princess Mathilde, January 21, 2006 | Royal Hats

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway wore a 1940s inspired hat by Anja Irgens. With a close fitting crown and diamond brooch detail, the star of this hat was its upfolded brim that swept around the hat in fluted waves. Märtha Louise has long been known for her quirky style and while this hat fits that style brief, the colour and shape are exquisite. Ten years later, it is still one of my favourite hats in her wardrobe.

Princess Märtha Louise, January 21, 2006  in Anja Irgens| Royal Hats  Princess Märtha Louise, January 21, 2006  in Anja Irgens| Royal Hats

Princess Benedikte’s daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg topped her gold bouclé coat with a purple fascinator. The headpiece, consisting of a purple silk rose and feathers that swept around the top of her head, provided a spot of colour and textural contrast to her ensemble. The Countess of Frederiksborg, who arrived with her young sons Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix, wore in an ivory felt hat with asymmetrical upfolded brim. The hat was trimmed in a pleated sash of the same fabric as her coat, drawing the two pieces together in a unified winter white ensemble. Some of you might recognize the hat as the same one worn for Prince Felix’s christening (the last christening to have taken place in the Danish royal family at the time) in 2002- an interesting choice but a hat that Alexandra wore very well.

Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, January 21, 2006 | Royal Hats   Countess of Frederiksborg, January 21, 2006 | Royal Hats

It is only once in a generation that a royal house christens a future king or queen and the scale of this event reflects its importance. Looking back, I’m surprised at how many hats withstand the test of time and could successfully (and stylishly) be repeated today. Which hats stand out most here to you?

Swedish Royal Wedding: Greek Royals

The Royal Hats Blog Like the Danish Royal Family, the current Greek Royal family are cousins to the Swedish Royal Family (yes, it’s all a big web of connected families in the older generation of European royals). Therefore, there was a large group of Greek Royals who attended this wedding. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal wore her teenage daughter Maria-Olympia’s Fringe Tiara (see here for further explanation). It’s a tiara Marie-Chantal has worn many times and it looks just great on her (I think that’s because it compliments her oval-shaped face so well). Matched with her very chic dove grey gown today, the look was modern and exceedingly elegant.

Princess Mare-Chantal , June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Mare-Chantal , June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Tatiana wore the Antique Corsage Tiara, the same tiara she wore for her own wedding three years ago.  It is a delicate piece that looked good with her up-swept hair and flowing pale blue organza gown.

Princess Tatiana, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Tatiana, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Theodora wore the tiara her older sister Alexia usually wears, a mystery tiara known only as Queen Annemarie’s Diamond Tiara. With an intricate floral motif and interesting, pointed top (almost like a fringe tiara), I think this is a beautiful tiara. Too bad it was outsparkled by Theodora’s disco ball dress and stringy hair.

Princess Theodora, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats BlogPrincess Theodora, June 8, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Scanpix and Stella Pictures via Svenskdam; and Pascal Le Segretain and Vittorio Zunino Celotto via Zimbio