This Week’s Extras

Princess Gabriella of Monaco adorable in a flower trimmed headband Tuesday for Fete de la Saint Jean
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The Earl of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor out for a ride last weekend
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Sweet photo of Princes Alexander and Gabriel of Sweden, enjoying summer
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Grass green straw brimmed newsboy cap by Italian brand Gallia e Peter
Striking, angular black and white straw hat with dramatic cartwheel brim by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Whimsical ruffled crin headpieces in rainbow and ruby red by UK milliner Alexandra Harper
Ivory straw picture hat with calla lilies and canteloupe raw edged straw trim by UK brand Hostie Hats
Show-stopper pink straw oversize Breton hat rimmed in giant pink silk roses by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen

Tangerine sinamay straw hat with mushroom brim dotted with black flowers from Italian brand Modista Stybel. The effect of the layered orange and black straw on the crown is lovely.

Angular red straw statement hat with black and white striped hatband by Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Coronet of emerald silk butterflies trimmed in black beaded lace and veil by British milliner Philip Rhodes
Printed velvet beret percher with orange feathers and black veil by Aussie brand Millinery By Mel
Aqua, chartreuse and ivory straw mushroom brimmed hat with lilies by French milliner Sylvia Martinez
Black straw button percher with quills, net and coral silk flowers from British milliner Piers Atkinson
Ivory straw wide brimmed boater with blue and green ombre pompm by British milliner Laura James

Also from Australian brand Millinery By Mel, this exquisite sweeping bucket hat in ivory, jade, yellow and pink straw striped trimmed with a single feather. Breathtaking!

Elegantly streamlined pewter parisisal straw button percher with ruffle by UK brand Mind Your Bonce
Fantastic headpiece of red silk abaca hibiscus flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Oversize fedora sunhat made of natural straw braid with rickrack hatband from UK milliner Sally Ann Provan
Black button percher with leather flowers, crin twists and face loops by Irish milliner Edel Black
Pink straw boater with vibrantly patterned hatband and feather pompoms by US brand Lifted Millinery
Spectacular headpiece made from recycled packing strips by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne

Flawless pattern matching by Canadian milliner Truly Carmichael on this ‘newsgirl’ cap with pink and purple diamond print fabric cut to form a star on the crown.

Blush pink silk covered hugger percher with large silk rose by UK brand Catherine Walker
Spectacular red and black straw freeform hat made under the tutelage of British milliner Tracy Chaplin
Royal blue straw boater with flower, quills and wonderful 3D woven hatbands by Australian milliner Leteisha Knecht
Black straw disc percher with floating fuchsia feather by Irish milliner Aoife Harrison
Chic panama straw fedora with silk scarf hatband by British brand John Boyd Hats

And from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly, this wonderfully vibrant fuchsia straw slice picture hat trimmed with red, orange and pink handmade poppies. This hat makes me smile!

More sweet photos of wee Prince Charles of Luxembourg


Interesting review, in English, of the first year of the Heiwa era. The pace is a little slow but the look into the Imperial ceremonies is detailed and fascinating.
The Belgian royal family enjoying a trip to Limburg today
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This Week’s Extras

Swedish royals in traditional costume for their nation’s holiday today. They also released a darling photo of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, and Princess Madeleine weighed in with her children from Florida.


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Black windowpane straw wide brimmed hat with silk abaca, quills and rose by London-based Joaquina Pereira
Incredible texture on this ivory and aqua braided boater hat from British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Denim blue and black felt fedora with hand stitched detail from Australian milliner Jill Humphries
The prettiest grey swirling brim design with roses by British milliner Lucy Bowler
Casual (but impeccable!) natural straw trilby with rope hatband from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
From London-based milliner Merve Bayindir, this wide brimmed blue straw picture hat with rectangular sequins

Periwinkle and dark raspberry felt fedora from Russian milliner Lana Anisimova
Classic navy and cream Dior brimmed beauty by British milliner Rose Collins
Wonderful headpiece of blue silk flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Blush pink parasisal pyramid with irredescent butterflies by British milliner Julian Garner
Charming blue bandeau with white bow, feathers and dotted blue veil by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Incredibly fine stitching detail on this silver silk pillox hat from British brand Fraser Annand Millinery

Lovely fedoras in neutral blush, grey and taupe with crisp eggshell hatbands by British brand SB Millinery
Black silk bandeau with silk and tulle pleated trim by Australian milliner Meg Rafter
Cream straw vertical saucer with pink hydrangeas by British brand Rebecca Couture
Grey felt trilby with wide, geometric printed hatband by London-based Sahar Millinery
Fuchsia lace headpiece with green quills by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Striking black straw pyramid hat with feather trimmed brim by British milliner Awon Golding for Lock and Co.

Lovely photos of the Bhutan royal family with their newest member
Compelling statement from Princess Martha Louise.
And eloquent words from the Duchess of Sussex to young women graduating from her high school in Los Angeles.

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice rang in Chinese New Year in a pearl trimmed Zara bandeau
Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia in streamlined black hats (and headpiece) on Tuesday for the funeral of Dagmar von Arbin


On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth wore a silk headscarf for an engagement- something we don’t often see her do. She officially opened the new Wolferton Pumping Station 72 years after father, King George VI, opened the original station on February 2, 1948.
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On Thursday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were in warm winter hats for the Jokkmokk Fair in northern Sweden
Queen Margrethe repeated her smart navy wool covered hat with tartan hatband by Mathilde Thoe Førster yesterday to open the new Copenhagen Museum
The following new millinery designs caught my (and my mum’s !) eyes this week:
Fantastical floral wire vine headpiece made of recycled plastic by Australian milliner Brea Moreland
Ochre straw retro mushroom brimmed hat with blue silk bowed hatband by UK brand Gillys MIllinery
Red straw beret percher with feather flowers and wired crin loops by British milliner Rosie Olivia

And two to highlight- the first, from British milliner Marissa Groom, is a cream straw button percher with pastel sinamay flames and rows of cream ruffles. The second, from Japanese brand Maxim, is a brown felt design with cut felt feather hatband and woven chain detail around the brim edge.


The Danish monarchy released new portraits of Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie to celebrate their respective birthdays this week


Sweet new family portrait of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and family (I think Princess Estelle’s hairbow is from Livly)
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We end this week with an interesting clip of Queen Elizabeth, shared this week on the anniversary of her accession.

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Imperial Enthronement: Foreign Royal Guests

Tuesday’s enthronement ceremony was attended by a number of royal events adorned in either national costume or traditional century court dress, giving the wonderfully formal gown-and-hat combination we don’t often see.

Queen Máxima donned a familiar slate blue gown in transparent silk brocade printed with large roses  but paired it with a different hat than we’ve seen with it before- her grey silk floral and dotted net tulle statement headpiece. The scale and bold design of the headpiece pairs wonderfully with the gown, elevating the sense of drama and gravitas of the overall ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Gown by Natan.
Previously Worn: Nov 4, 2014November 19, 2005

Queen Mathilde was wonderfully elegant in a an exquisite gown, cape and pillbox trio in pale pink silk crepe. The clean, sleek lines of each piece make them balance perfectly together and create a serene and quietly regal look. It’s a fashion philosophy we often see used with the Imperial royal ladies- perhaps the inspiration or influence for this ensemble?

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Designer: unknown. Gown by Armani Prive. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new. It is not the same as the felt calot worn February 6, 2014 as some blogs are reporting. 

Queen Letizia paired her bright, floral gown with a divided bandeau headpiece in pale, dusky pink silk. The scale is great on her and the solid colour is a great choice against her patterned dress, although I thought the bandeau’s construction, with many visible stitches, wasn’t quite up to snuff.

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Designer: Nana Golmar. It is a bespoke silk version of the velvet “Iria Headband“. Gown by Matilde Cano.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Crown Princess Mary’s muted lilac-grey caped dress was brightened with mulberry straw hat. The modified saucer  is worn at a steep incline and trimmed with two huge silk flowers on the underside of the raised brim, the one at the front in mixed shades of purple. Supremely elegant on its own, I think this gown is again, elevated with the statement hat – not to mention those rubies!

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Gown by Valentino
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria wore a straw saucer hat in the same deep inky purple shade as her gown. The piece, also designed to sit at a sharply tilted angle on the head, is lavishly trimmed with silk roses and straw twists beneath the raised brim, a touch that gives such textural contrast to the opposite, very smooth upper side of the saucer.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Gown by Escada.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Seated next to Crown Princess Victoria was a face new to Royal Hats, Swazi King Mswati III’s newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama. She topped her white suit with a vibrant blue straw hat with disc base trimmed with rolled straw rosettes and large bow loops, blue tulle, purple cut feathers and pearls, scattered over the base.

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I know some readers have been waiting days to discuss the hats in this post (my apologies for the delay) so I turn it over to you- what millinery looks here were your favourites?

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Swedish Royals Attend Opening Of Parliament

The Swedish Royal Family arrived at the Swedish Parliament House in Stockholm this morning to take part in the opening of the new parliamentary session

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The family, led by the king and queen, dressed in the black and white dress code traditionally associated with this event (well, most of them did but we’ll get to that, shortly!). Queen Silvia repeated her white straw calot hat with back bow and net tulle veil. The beehive shaped hat is wrapped in stripes of straw, giving the design texture and dimension in addition to a distinctive shape. It’s not my favourite hat in Silvia’s wardrobe but integrates very well with her hairstyle.

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Designer: Mode Rosa
Previously Worn: Sep 4, 2017; Apr 24, 2016Jun 6, 2014; Sep 8, 2013May 10, 2013; Apr 16, 2013

Crown Princess Victoria wore an interesting headpiece put together from two previously worn separate designs. The white triple ringed bandeau previously had a large white bloom that was removed today and in its place, Victoria’s headpiece of black and white layered butterfly bows.  I’m all for mixing millinery pieces whenever possible but there’s something incongruous about this combination, which, I’m afraid, looks like a bit of a mash-up. I wish the ringed bandeau had been repeated in its original, flower trimmed form.

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Designer of the ringed headpiece: unknown (Philip Treacy made its pink twin)
Previously Worn: April 16, 2015
Designer of the Butterfly bow headpiece: Malinda Damgaard 
Previously Worn: September 13, 2016; October 19, 2015September 15, 2015

Princess Sofia veered away from the black and white dress code with a two-piece headpiece – face framing bandeau and a separate bow worn at the base of her neck- in luxe wine velvet.  As far as bandeaus go, it’s a good one and frames Sofia’s face beautifully. The colour, however, has me scratching my own head here- yes, it’s a beautiful, painterly fall colour that looks fantastic in velvet but… I can’t believe I’m stating the obvious here… it’s not black or white. Is this the start of coloured accessories for this event? I hope so!

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Designer: Headpieces by M (Matthias Lavesson)
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

This is one of very few annual hatted events in Sweden and leaves me curious, dearest readers- what do you think of this trio of off-the-face millinery designs?

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