Reader Jimbo reminded in one of the comments this week that Queen Elizabeth repeated her purple hourglass shaped hat with pin tuck trim by Angela Kelly/Stella McLaren last Sunday to attend church at Windsor
Thanks to a reader who shared fantastic views of two royal hats on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath- the Countess of Wessex’s Jane Taylor hat is familiar but click over to see Queen Mary’s feather trimmed toque hat. It’s as close as we’re ever going to get to one of her signature toques.
Queen Inkhosikati LaDube, 12th wife of the King of Eswantini (Swaziland) and mother of three of his children, died on Friday at age 31 in South Africa following treatment for skin cancer. She is likely best remembered here for the bright mint green ensemble and percher hat she wore to the Diamond Jubilee Muster in Home Park, May 19, 2012.
When Crown Prince Willem-Alexander married Máxima Zorreguieta seventeen years ago, his status as heir to the Dutch throne made the wedding a state occasion and as such, a large number of royal guests attended. We now look at some of these royal hats.
Queen Margrethe’s hat linked with her fur trimmed coat, the domed crown covered in the same textured blue wool fabric. The denim blue inverse brim made this design unique, hugging the bottom of the crown tightly before opening horizontally, the shape punctuated by a slim lighter blue hatband on the under side. the brim’s front brim vent was further highlighted with a pearl brooch. Despite its small footprint, this hat packs a lot of punch- perhaps too much in combination with the fur collar and cuffs on the coat?
Princess Benedikte wore a silver tweed coat and hat with fur trim on the bumper brim (and collar and dress hem). The scale of fur trim is just right here and the dark colour contrasts AND coordinates beautifully with the fabric. The fur hem of the dress is a little odd but the hat works really well.
Benedikte’s eldest daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, topped her lilac dress and coat with a magenta felt brimless hat trimmed with a tall spray of feathers. The pieces are all individually attractive but I’m just not sure they combine well together. Photos of Alexandra’s younger sister, Princess Nathalie, who also attended, elude me.
Queen Silvia’s midnight blue hat combined straw and velvet- not a combination we often see. The hat’s wide, upturned kettle brim was edged in a wide stripe of velvet which was repeated on the crown. A ruched hatband of light straw added softness, volume and textural contrast between the crown and brim.
Crown Princess Victoria topped her tailored chocolate suit with a matching straw hat. It’s a hat I’m happy to leave in the past for Victoria, its unrefined finishing and awkward looking hatband making a less than flattering look for her.
Princess Madeleine’s hat packed a little more style punch and finesse with its angular crown and upswept brim around the back. The sequinned hatband reads a little ‘glitzy cowgirl’ and the roughly woven straw feels slightly unmatched against Madeleine’s beautifully tailored dress and jacket but somehow, the look works for what it was.
Queen Sonja topped her cantaloupe orange lace suit with a matching silk cloche hat. The upturned brim updated the traditional shape with some angular edge (a touch somewhat nullified by the wide, rather dowdy lace hatband) and a small spray of orange feathers and a canteloupe silk twist on the side attempted to liven the design. A matching canteloupe lace purse and fur stole completed the look- and a lot of canteloupe it was. Melon overkill, I’d say.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit was barely six months into royal life at this point and her ensemble reflects some of this inexperience. Her navy silk cloche hat was embellished by a wide, ruched hatband and the same matchstick cream stitching around the outside of the brim edge as on the neckline of her dress and, in reverse, on her cream coat. All in all, it was rather bland.
From bland and boring we move to brilliantly bizarre with Princess Märtha Louise’s hat. A fantastical design that combines a tall, olive green felt square-edged hourglass crown, a wide purple felt brim, purple roses and cobalt, orange and red feathers, the hat is unexpected, whimsical and… well, it’s just bonkers. Pairing this embellished purple suit with this hat was a gutsy move I’ve always admired and makes me smile, still.
On Friday,Queen Margrethe travelled to Oksbøl Army Base to attend a parade marking the reinstatement of the Danish Artillery Regiment and visited Schleswig’s Foot Regiment at Haderslev Barracks. For this event, she wore a new bumper hat in grey fur (or faux fur?) and matching coat. As far as fur hats go, this is a really good one. The star of the ensemble is the coat, which beautifully showcases the striped fur on the diagonal, and I really like how this stripe is repeated on the hat’s crown but contrasted, subtly, with solid grey fur on the cuffed brim. Issues with fur aside, the hat tops a great, streamlined winter look for the Danish queen.
Queen Margrethe was in Sønderborg yesterday to open the new Danish Rheumatism Hospital. For this event, she repeated her burgundy hat with upfolded, Breton style brim, trimmed with a pair of trimmed, striped feathers on the side. The brim shape on this design has always been unique, thanks to that single row of stitching that creates an almost hourglass shape around the crown.
It’s great to be back- thanks, all of you, for carrying on the royal hat conversation while I was indisposed!
Queen Margrethe attended the Royal Danish Agricultural Society’s 250th anniversary at Axelborg in Copenhagen yesterday. For this event, she repeated her scarlet wool felt hat with brim binding and layered hatbands in the same tweed as the ensemble’s matching skirt and jacket trim. It’s good to see this hat is in better nick than it appeared on its last outing and while it’s still on the side of tweed overkill for me, the layered hatbands, set off by that crisp black middle layer, work so well.
On January 29, 2019, Queen Margrethe attended The Royal Danish Society of Agriculture's 250th anniversary at Axelborg building in Copenhagen. She presented a silver cup to professor and former supervisor Niels Kærgaard and Carl Åge Pedersen, who is chief consultant at Seges. pic.twitter.com/H9CenTWJSb
to June 2002, the year that saw numerous foreign monarchs join their British royal cousins for Ascot. Queen Silvia’s magenta straw square crowned hat with sideswept brim suited her so well in terms of colour and shape while Queen Margrethe’s watermelon pink straw picture hat with double brim trimmed with orange and paler pink straw twists remains one of my all-time favourites for her.
Queen Mathilde in a new, wide brimmed cranberry felt fedora with double folded ribbon hatband yesterday in Berlin. The design is the Felicia from Fabienne Delvigne (ironically, the first hat in the ‘caught my eye’ list below!)