This Week’s Extras

Back on January 12, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore a black hat with velvet crown and fur trimmed kettle brim to the 55th All Japan University Rugby Championship
Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad was crowned king of Malaysia on Thursday. His ‘crown’ might seem a little unusual to western fashion eyes (at the risk of sounding disrespectful, it seems more like a folded napkin fronted with a tiara) and was not what you might expect for a coronation.
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The funeral of Prince Henri of Orleans, Count of Paris, was held at the Chapelle Royale yesterday in Paris. Guests included:
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The Duchess of Vendôme (the late Count’s daughter-in-law) in a black felt hat with tightly upfolded brim;
Farah Pahlavi, Empress of Iran in a black lace veil
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Duchess of Montpensier (first wife of the late count) in a beautiful black lace veil
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Prince Moulay El Hassan of Morocco in a ceremonial red Fez;
Princess Helene of France and Princess Chantal of France in black brimless fur hats
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Princess Lea of Belgium in a wide brimmed fedora;
Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein in a black mushroom brimmed hat with shallow crown and bow
Crown Princess Mary wore a black bandeau headpiece today to the funeral of Count Frederik Moltke.
Queen Elizabeth attended Sunday Service this morning at St. Peter and St. Paul Church in West Newton in her repeated peach straw hat with bouclé fabric covered crown and brim binding, trimmed with feathers. She was joined by Countess Mountbatten who wore a refined striped tan and chocolate pillbox with bow at the back.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Leaf green felt trilby with blue hatband & feather trim from Belgian milliner Amélie D’Hooghvorst
Two neutral brimmed straw beauties in blush and dove grey from British milliner Dillon Wallwork
For those of you in the throngs of winter, this blue mink hat from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Red straw textured saucer with crin edge that extends to a neck wrap from Aussie brand Jill & Jack Millinery
Winter white square cloche with exuberant feather trim from British brand Annabel Allen Millinery
Textured statement percher with swirled base and ombre feathers by Aussie Milliner Sandy Aslett
Purple straw percher with crin, net veil and silk flowers from British milliner Edwina Ibbotson
Mustard yellow felt saucer with flower from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Red felt percher with wonderfully curled gold sprayed quills by British milliner Bundle MacLaren
Wide-brimmed, flower trimmed picture hat in the prettiest spring green from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly

And to usher in the Year of the Pig this week, this whimsical embroidered percher with curling bow by Australian brand Amanda Lynn Millinery.

The Prince of Wales visited Tricker’s shoemakers in Northampton this week where he came across a familiar pair of lasts…
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Prince Albert, Princess Charlene and Prince Jacques greeted well wishers from the Monaco Palace balcony during the Celebration Of The Sainte-Devote last Sunday
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And finally, this sweet photo of Prince Carl Philip taking his two young songs, Prince Alexander and Prince Gabriel, for a winter walk

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto June 16, 1954, sixty-five years ago, when a young Queen Elizabeth appeared at Ascot in a saucer hat with fluted-edge crin brim and velvet crown. The star shape on the crown is a unique feature that sets it apart from all others- can you think of any other star shaped royal millinery?!

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This hat ends this look back at past Ascot hats- I’ll be back tomorrow. If there are any other royal hats worn today, please share them in the comments below.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hatsto the first Ascot races in 1946 following a hiatus during WWII and a young Princess Elizabeth with her aunt, both in flower trimmed hats. Princess Elizabeth’s angular hat feels fashionably jaunty and interestingly similar in shape to a design her granddaughter would wear to the same event, 56 years later.

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If there are any royal hats worn today, please share and discuss in the comments as well.

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to Ascot in June 1982. Although pale ice blue was the colour chosen on this day by both  the Queen and her mum, the Queen Mother’s look is far from restrained in this marvelous helmet of blue and palest pink organza flowers overlaid in a delicate chevron printed veil.

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If there are any royal hats worn today, please share and discuss in the comments as well.

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Sunday Church Outing at Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth attended Sunday morning service this morning at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate. For this outing, she repeated her royal purple felt hat with square crown, upfolded kettle brim and dark purple velvet hatband with updated dark purple silk flower trim.

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The connection between hat and coat has always been a good one, thanks to the dark velvet trim on both pieces, but many of us had qualms about the previous white silk iris trim. Swapping out the white irises for these dark blooms pulls the hat back into harmony with the ensemble and lends a lovely note of luxury to the design through the layered textures of felt, velvet and silk.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Oct 23, 2018Mar 6, 2018Dec 7, 2017Nov 24, 2016
The Queen was joined by the Earl of Snowdon and Countess of Snowdon and Lady Helen Taylor. Serena sported a deep purple felt, formed beret while Helen wore a large, brimless hat in caramel felt with domed top. I don’t believe either hat has been seen publicly before.
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I give the Queen’s hat renovation a thumbs up- what do you think?
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Sunday Church at Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth attended Sunday service yesterday at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate, joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Queen repeated her camel felt cloche with square crown, trimmed with a bound brim and knotted hatband in a slightly deeper shade of caramel than the hat and coat.

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Brown is not my favourite colour on Her Majesty but there’s a lovely warmth of hue and sheen to this ensemble, along with some seriously great proportions and restrained trim on the hat, that just makes it work. For a chapeau that has been in rotation for 14 years, I think this one is looking pretty good.

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Designer: Philip Somerville
Previously Worn: Jan 22, 2017Feb 4, 2015Apr 12, 2006Mar 7, 2006Dec 25, 2005

The Duchess of Cambridge topped her blue coat with a matching pleated bandeau headpiece in diamond printed crepe with ruffled bow at the back. The detail on this piece is really good and not only sets this design apart from the other similarly bandeaus Kate has worn over the past year, but contrasts textually against the coat. It’s a coordinated look, for certain, but I don’t think it’s in ‘matchy-matchy’ territory.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Coat by Catherine Walker.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new
Thoughts about these two hats in Norfolk yesterday?
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Sunday Service At Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth attended St. Mary Magdalene Church near her Sandringham estate Sunday morning, joined by a handful of family members. For this outing, the Queen repeated her magenta silk wool covered boater hat with lavender-grey straw brim base, trimmed with grey straw twisting leaves, white silk tulips and silver-stemmed faux winter berries.

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The colour remains wonderful on Her Majesty (and is so cheery on a bleary winter day) and that unexpected contrast of colour and texture on the underside of the brim adds such dimension and lightness. I wish the trim was a little more streamlined but even that has grown on me. The Queen wears so many hats with upturned or sidesweeping brims, it’s nice to see her in straight boater every once in a while.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2017Mar 13, 2017Apr 17, 2015Apr 17, 2014
The Countess of Wessex repeated her jaunty navy felt trilby with fanned feather trim on the right side. Unfortunately, photos of the Countess are impossible to find- jump over to previous outings for better views of this classic hat. Princess Anne repeated her wide brimmed felt fedora with layered hatband, side twisted bow and feather trim. The scale and colour are SO GOOD on Anne – I’m so glad she embraced this hat shape with a few new additions last year. 
Designer of the Countess of Wessex’s hat: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Jan 1, 2017Jan 3, 2016Aug 16, 2015Dec 29, 2013

Designer of Princess Anne’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: Aug 26, 2018March 16, 2018  

What do you think about this sharp trio of hats on Sunday?
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