This Week’s Extras

Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in sweet summer hats to cheer their mum’s participation in the Calvi to Monaco Water Bike Challenge in support of her charitable foundation. Prince Jacque’s monogrammed cap is very sweet!
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Queen Margrethe repeated a cream felt hat with peach wool covered curved brim today to open an outdoor museum at Trundholm Mose, Odsherred, site where the famous Bronze Age “Sun Chariot” figure was found in 1902.
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Et af verdens væsentligste bronzealderfund blev fundet i Trundholm Mose i 1902, da husmand Frederik Willumsen første gang pløjede sin jord og fandt det, der siden er blevet kendt som Solvognen. Bronzefiguren, der forestiller en sekshjulet vogn med hest og guldbelagt solskive, er i dag et nationalklenodie, der kan opleves på Nationalmuseet i København. Men selve fundstedet i Nordvestsjælland har indtil nu været et utilgængeligt område for besøgende.⁣ ⁣ Det blev der lavet om på i dag, da Hendes Majestæt Dronningen i regnvejr indviede den nye kultur- og naturattraktion Solvognens Fundsted, der formidler historien om figuren fra den ældre bronzealder. Attraktionen er en del af Geopark Odsherred, der er Danmarks første og eneste UNESCO-certificerede geopark. Parkens særlige opgave ligger i at bevare og formidle områdets særlige landskab, og Dronningen besøgte også Geopark Odsherred for fire år siden under sit sommertogt i kommunen. Her fik Majestæten præsenteret planerne for den attraktion, der i dag kunne indvies.

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Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel hiked the Jämtlandstriangeln trail last weekend to advocate best ways to access nature
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Amazing how a cream straw trilby can be utterly transformed with a dotted veil. By Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Green straw bandeau with stunning floral and feather trim by Australian milliner Cessiah Alice
Elegant charcoal button percher with dip-dyed black stripe bow by British milliner Karen Geraghty
Indigo shibori dyed straw hat with hand embroidery by Australian brand Somewhere Here

Dior brimmed showstopper with hand sewn black and white braid brim by Australian milliner Christine Waring

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#30dayshatseptember #hattember #millinerymaterials RACELLO BRAID #racellobraid 🖤"Curved Brim with a Petit Crown"🖤 Inspiration from the '50s NEW LOOK. Made by hand sewing black and white braid to form the brim, that sits on a little beret underneath. Topped with a white straw petit crown.🔱 DERBY DAY READY....for sale enquiries 0416623788 or message me. Fits all. @hattember @hatters_millinery_supplies @millineryaustralia @millineryinfo #handmadeincanberra #originaldesigns #ethicallymade #imadeyourhat #keepingitlocal #ilovecanberra #racellobraid #handsewn #blackandwhite #lovecreating #wearahateveryday #sustainable #slowfashion #wearahateveryday #womeninbusiness #stayingconnected #millineryfriends #derbyday #virtualmillinery #virtualparades #newworld #myfamily #thinkingdifferently #enduringdesigns #grateful #walkingalongsideeachother #supportmylocalcharities @karinyahouse 💗 @roundaboutcanberra 💗 THANK YOU all 💌 hat lovers for your support and continued hat wearing 💌 Christine xx

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Black felt teardrop percher with emerald and ivory silk abaca statement bow by British milliner Camilla Rose
Charming ecru and dusky pink straw boater with floral trim by American brand Victoria Regina
Navy and emerald felt fedoras that come to life with patterned hatbands by British milliner Jess Collett
Whimsical white and yellow straw brimmed hat with oversize feather daisies by Canadian milliner David Dunkley
Fantastic texture on this folded purple, gold and lime patterned-ribbon bandeau by UK brand Florey Millinery
Lovely jade straw and crin hat custom made to precise specifications by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit (see front view here)
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~L'oeil du caméra~ Back view of a special hat for a special person. The brief was as follows: the hat had to be elegant enough for racing events and such, sturdy enough to travel, not too big, and, most important, to leave the right side of the face free for the wearer to take photographs with a professional camera. The idea of a camera eye inspired me to extend the brim into a swirl, turning round the shallow half crown at the back of the hat. #laplusbelle_hoeden #wiesmauduit_bespokemillinery #handmadehats #dutchdesign #millinerytutor #theeyeofthecamera #racewear #couturehats #designerhats #standoutfromthecrowd #hoeden #chapeau #hautemode #slowfashion #millinerymaker #instasuccesclub

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Stunning black pleated crin headpiece with Lady Amherst feathers & vintage crystals by British brand John Boyd Hats
Streamlined felt hat with flat topped crown in the loveliest shades of blue by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Pale gold straw freeform hat with crin edge and dramatic black quills by British milliner Lucy Bowler
Navy parasisal beret percher with bronze levitating leaves by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie
Tall mustard felt cloche with black beading and a decidedly 1960s vibe by New York brand Genevieve Rose
Whimsical beret in vibrant crin stripes by American milliner Amy Fowler. It’s so happy!

On Thursday, Princess Hisako unveiled a statue of her late husband, Prince Takamado
Princess Kiko celebrated her 54th birthday yesterday. The Imperial Household Agency released some lovely new photos to celebrate her birthday.

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Hats From the Past: Christening of Princess Isabella

Thirteen years ago today, Princess Isabella of Denmark was christened in an intimate service held in the chapel of Fredensborg Palace, the Danish royal family’s summer home.

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Crown Princess Mary topped a dusky pink Birgit Hallstein dress with the same cream silk flower bandeau headpiece by Malene Birger she had worn for Prince Christian’s baptism in 2006 (and she would later repeat for the christening of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine in 2011).

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Larger than a bandeau, the headpiece’s scale gives it enough presence to stand on its own without obscuring a view of the baby and the floral motif gives is a delicacy and charm that feels very right for the occasion. The colour is so wonderful against Princess Mary’s hair and easily pairs with different ensembles, although this dress fell flat for me. In this ensemble, I think the headpiece was one of the most successful elements.

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Queen Margrethe wore her recognizable pink and green ensemble with patterned floral silk dress and wide brimmed vibrant green straw picture hat, trimmed with pink straw loops. Ever the romantic, Prince Henrik tied in his ensemble with a pink shirt.

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Princess Benedikte topped her pink coat with the loveliest ecru straw brimmed hat (how elegant are the lines on the brim’s  cartwheel shape) trimmed with a pink spray of silk flowers on the side. Her daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wore a bandeau headpiece of deep purple flowers.  Carina Axelsson topped her pink dress with a pale almond straw brimmed hat with gently sidesweeping brim, trimmed with an ecru wide hatband and side ruffled bow. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore a wheat coloured straw hat with upturned, rimmed kettle brim and a textural, woven hatband.

Princess Isabella’s godmothers included Queen Mathilde and Prince Frederik’s first cousin, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark. Mathilde topped her lace coat with a matching wide padded bandeau headpiece, covered in the same lace and trimmed with a multi-looped black silk side bow. Princess Alexia wore a cream bandeau headpiece with spray of goose biot feathers on the side.

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Royal guests included Crown Princess Victoria who wore a bandeau headpiece with textured fabric base, trimmed with applique flowers and a pair of feather quills. Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore her gold Prada headband with blush silk bow on one side.

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Princess Mary’s stepmother, Susan Donaldson, wore a deep eggplant silk floral fascinator with dotted tulle bow.

Looking back, this event is a noticeably more informal and intimate affair than Prince Christian’s baptism was, just 18 months earlier.  The palate is so light and summery, although today’s current popularity of bandeau style headpieces makes me surprised to see so many here, 13 years ago! Perhaps these royal ladies were just ahead of fashion?!

What do you think of these royal hat looks? Which ones stand out most to you?

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This Week’s Extras

Empress Masako, Princess Mako and Princess Kako in demure hats on June 16 to mark the 20th anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death


On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe wore her apricot straw hat with navy hatband to open the recreation of an early Viking era 61 meter long great hall/building for a king or chieftain
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Gennem de seneste år har fagfolk og eksperter i Sagnlandet Lejre arbejdet på at genskabe Lejrekongernes hovedsæde, der er Danmarks største hus fra oldtiden. ⁣ ⁣ I dag kunne Hendes Majestæt Dronningen indvie den 61 meter lange rekonstruerede vikingehal, som er bygget af mere end 1000 tons dansk egetømmer, og som er genskabt på baggrund af arkæologiske fund. Kongehallen er en del af Sagnlandet Lejres vikingeprojekt ”Sagnkongernes Verden”. Med projektet sætter forsøgscentret fokus på, at området omkring Lejre for over 1000 år siden var et vigtigt centrum for de danske vikinger. ⁣ ⁣ I forbindelse med indvielsen overrakte Majestæten Amalienborgmedaljen til Sagnlandet Lejre. Prisen påskønner genskabelsen og formidlingen af Kongehallen, og med prisen følger 300.000 kroner til fortsat formidling af Danmarks fortid fra jægerstenalderen til landbotiden.

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On Thursday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall received French President Emmanuel Macron for a visit to commemorating the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ speech which sparked the start of French Resistance. For this visit, Camilla repeated her ivory straw sidesweeping picture hat with navy straw crown cuff and ivory silk knotted bow.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Silver straw pyramid with cream and red Japanese silk flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Denim blue straw beret percher with rainbow trim by London-based milliner Vesna Pesic
Guipure lace stylised top hat with cerise silk flying bow by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Retro striped straw bucket hat with veil and bow by Australian brand That Millinery
Lilac straw bandeau with rolled edge flower by France-based brand Elegance Ahead
Navy extended brim straw cloche by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Pale pink sculptural headpiece based on a rose by British milliner Awon Golding
Striking royal blue lace halo bandeau by Australian brand Get Racy
Vintage lilac and cream straw hat with striking teal and purple hatband by Italian milliner Marianna Sanua
Navy extended brim straw cloche by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Pale purple hat with webbed brim and pink roses by Hong Kong brand Noeleen Millinery
For our dear gents, a charcoal felt fedora with taupe hatband and brim stitching from Hornskov København

Fantastic shape and dimensional, striped hatband on this impeccably finished design from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit

King Willem Alexander his usually good-natured self, adapting to social reality with an elbow greeting
New photos of the next generation of Luxembourg royals, taken from a Paris Match interview with the Grand Duchess
Wonderful photos of the Duke of Cambridge with his father and children, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and shared today on William’s birthday



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Danish Queen Marks 75th Anniversary of Liberation

Queen Margrethe cast a compelling, solitary figure at the Ryvangen Memorial Park in Copenhagen today for a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of German occupation.

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Det er 75 år siden, at de tyske tropper overgav sig, og i den anledning har dronningen og statsministeren lagt en krans i Mindelunden i Hellerup 💐Der var planlagt en stor højtidelighed i Mindelunden, men den blev aflyst på grund af coronakrisen. Flere mennesker er dog mødt op i løbet af dagen for at lægge blomster ved de mange navne på døde danskere. ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Før området i Hellerup blev til Mindelunden var det et militært øvelsesterræn, som den tyske besættelsesmagt fra 1943 til 1945 brugte som henrettelses- og begravelsesplads for danske modstandsfolk. Siden blev området omdannet til mindested, og Mindelunden blev officielt indviet 5. maj 1950 af statsminister Hans Hedtoft. Officielt trådte den tyske kapitulation først officielt i kraft 5. maj 1945, men befrielsesbudskabet blev meldt ud i radioen via BBC 4. maj klokken 20.36.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ Læs mere via link i bio. ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #tv2lorry #mindelunden #befrielsen #befrielse #dronningmargrethe #margrethe #dronningen #danmarksbefrielse #4maj #fjerdemaj #maj #minde #andenverdenskrig #verdenskrig #frihedskamp #frihedskæmpere #modstandsbevægelse #modstandsbevægelsen @detdanskekongehus @mette

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For today’s anniversary, the Danish Queen repeated her red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress. Commemorative events such as these can be tricky to dress for, especially in light of a global pandemic, and while some royals would have chosen sombre neutrals for this event, I love that Queen Margrethe chose something characteristically vibrant and cheery.


Designer: Likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 8, 2019; Sep 4, 2019; June 15, 2019May 5, 2018July 1, 2017June 29, 2017June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016

I understand that it is Danish tradition to light candles in the windows of one’s home to commemorate this anniversary and the Danish monarchy shared these poignant shots of candles lit in the windows of Fredensborg Castle, Amalienborg Castle and Chancery House, home of Crown Prince Frederick, Crown Princess Mary and their family. Such beacons of hope are so comforting these days. 


Hats at such events are not the focus but it is so lovely to finally see one, and a cheery red one at that!

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Hats From the Past: Christening of Danish Twins

Nine years ago this week, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary brought their young twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, to Holmens Church in Copenhagen to be baptised.

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Crown Princess Mary repeated the cream silk flower bandeau headpiece by Malene Birger she had worn for Prince Christian’s christening in 2006 and Princess Isabella’s in 2007.

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The delicate headpiece is a great option for an event like this, beautifully framing Princess Mary’s face while allowing for a full view of the baby. It’s a flattering and wearable piece that works so well against her dark hair and adds a lovely amount of softness to the overall ensemble, tying in so well with these exquisite antique christening gowns.  The styling here is also impeccable with great colour contrast between the headpiece and Mary’s saturated blue dress (it works so much better than the competing patterns it was paired with on its first outing) and a few statement jewelry pieces that add that bit of regal ‘wow’ to the elegantly streamlined ensemble.

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Princess Isabella looked charming in a pink hairbow to match her silk dress, tied to the braid on the side of her head.

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Queen Margrethe wore a brimless design covered in the same vibrant blue weave as her coat. The hat is trimmed with a wide stripe of plaited velvet ribbon and braid that wraps over the hat and a pair of feather spines circled with in curled goose biot feathers.

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Princess Marie topped her pale greige wool coat with a straw beret-based percher hat in the same colour from British brand Whiteley. The hat is trimmed with a triple looped straw curl.

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Princess Benedkite topped her mint coat with a warm toast brown hat of sewn braid with Breton style upturned brim. The hat is trimmed in a wide mint petersham ribbon hatband that ties in a bow at the back, topped with a slim coppery brown ribbon. Queen Anne-Marie wore a navy straw classically-shaped pillbox hat trimmed with a small navy velvet bow at the front.

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Princess Tatiana of Greece topped her navy ensemble with a blue feather headpiece, formed in the shape of a lotus flower. The hat is surrounded by burnt feathers and a striped quill with gentle curl in the center completes it. Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Princess Benedikte’s eldest son, who is one of Prince Vincent’s godparents) attended with his parnter, Carina Axelsson, who wore a pink floral headpiece tucked into her chignon.

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Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies attended the event (Prince Charles is one of Princess Josephine’s godparents). Camilla wore a characteristically flamboyant ensemble topped with a watermelon pink straw pyramid hat bound in a wide stripe of burgundy velvet and topped with a mass of deep pink feathers.

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Princess Mary’s stepmother Susan Donaldson wore a sculpted wire flower headpiece and her sister Patricia wore a calot headpiece of embellished grey feathers.

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How do these milliner designs hold up, nearly a decade later? What looks here stand out most to you?

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