This Week’s Extras

Princess Alexandra repeated a grey straw hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan on Wednesday for a visit to Leeds Castle in Kent to celebrate its 900th anniversary
On Thursday, Princess Benedikte attended the opening of the Jacob A. Riis Museum the Southwest Jutland city of Ribe in her repeated navy textured straw picture hat with curving, sideweeping brim.

Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth were in Africa this week, visiting several UNICEF projects. After meeting with the Maasai in Kenya, they came away gifted with names “Namayiana” (blessed one) and “Nasieku” (first born) and these traditional headdresses

On Friday, Queen Margrethe presented a military award, repeating her new terra cotta orange straw hat with navy hatband. Yesterday, she took part in events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the execution of a Danish resistance group in her refined pink straw hat with white trim.
Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko took part in American Independence Day celebrations today at the Tokyo American Club. Princess Hisako wore a biscuit straw hat with very short, rolled brim while Princess Tsuguko topped her floral dress with a lovely wider brimmed hat trimmed with flowers.

Make sure to cast your vote in the 2019 Millinery Association of Australia Design Award People’s Choice category– there are some truly astounding hats

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Orange parsisal button percher with peach blossom vine by American milliner Karen Morris
Kokoshnik bandeau headpiece covered in pink pearls by British milliner Jane Taylor
Black and white straw design with flying bow by Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova
Blue straw percher with crimson silk floral trim by Australian brand Felicity Northeast Millinery
Fanciful maribou-edged brim on this grey, pink & white ombre design by Danish milliner Mathilde Thoe Førster
Green leaf shaped disc hat with gold quills by Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Striking stripes! Trio of eye catching striped hats by American milliner Behida Dolić
Slate blue saucer embroidered with tropical birds by Australian brand Amanda Lynn Millinery
Chic pink and cream straw fedoras with slim silver hatbands from French milliner Laurence Bossion
Stunning transparent brim on this navy and marine blue picture hat by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Dusky pink straw percher with flying bow and chenille rosebud veil by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Lovely textured sage green Florentine stitched straw summer hat by British milliner Siana Yewdall
And two hats that made me catch my breath- first is this natural straw beret percher with exquisitely ethereal handmade silk iris flowers and leaves by Leicester-based milliner Guilia Mio
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and second is this stunning turquoise design with parasisal crown, two-toned double layer sinamay brim, hand rolled flying bow and turquoise guipure lace applique by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit. Truly- this hat caught my eye before I realized who made it!

A possible answer to widespread questions about Princess Haya’s absence at Royal Ascot. Whatever is going on in this situation, I’m sure you all join me in wishing her and her children safety and peace.

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Danish Queen Arrives At Summer Home

Queen Margrethe arrived in Aarhus Harbour yesterday aboard the Royal Yacht Dannebrog, en route to her annual summer residence at Marselisborg Castle. For this trip, she wore a new hat in dark peachy orange straw. The hat follows a simple shape with rounded crown that extends to a modest length brim and is trimmed with a navy hatband tied in a side bow.

There’s much to like here- the hat’s simple shape is enlivened with an interesting colour scheme and beautifully turned angles on the brim (they play so well against the jacket’s lapels). It’s impeccably finished and tops an ensemble that certainly coordinates, but uses colour blocking and different textures to its benefit. This shade of orange is a brave one to wear and I think it’s handled really well in this ensemble. ​


Designer: Mathilde Thoe Førster
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of Queen Margrethe’s new hat?

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This Week’s Extras

Here are some of the royal hats we missed during Ascot- we’ll look at the hats worn today for National Day in Luxembourg in a separate post, later tomorrow.

Last Sunday, Queen Margrethe attended a church service in Tallin, Estonia, in the jaunty boater hat with navy textured fabric crown and cream straw brim by Mathilde Thoe Førster she debuted last month. Love the jaunty angle!
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Efter Valdemar Sejrs erobring af det nuværende Tallinn i 1219 byggede kongens mænd en trækirke i byen på Toompeahøjen. Ti år senere erstattede danske munke fra Ribe kirken med en mere robust bygning i sten, som i dag er Tallinns Domkirke. Det var således 800-året for Domkirkens oprindelse, der i dag blev fejret med en festgudstjeneste, hvor H.M. Dronningen var til stede. Gudstjenesten var i dagens anledning både på dansk og estisk, ligesom Det Danske Drengekor og Københavns Kantatekor sang salmer undervejs. For nogle uger siden skænkede Danmarkssamfundet et dannebrogsflag til Domkirken, som får en permanent placering i kirkerummet. Inden dagens gudstjeneste afslørede Dronningen en mindeplade i kirken for Dronningens deltagelse i festgudstjenesten. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix ©️

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On Monday, June 17, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the 109th Japan Academy Prize ceremony in Taito. Empress Masako wore a white hat with short brim and wide hatband embellished with the same decorative braid as is on the lapels of her matching jacket. Interestingly, the hatband has been turned upside down since its last outing. The Akishino family joined the emperor and empress to host a tea party at the Imperial Palace for prize winners. Crown Princess Kiko and Princess Mako repeated aqua and white bumper hats while and Princess Kako repeated a blue silk covered bowler with bow on the side


On Wednesday (the day after her spectacular debut at Ascot), Queen Máxima officially opened the renovated Military Hospital in Utrecht. She repeated her raspberry straw picture hat with mushroom brim by Fabienne Delvigne.
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Queen Margrethe in a white floppy sun hat on Wednesday to watch the Danish army’s 2nd brigade in Oksbøl go through exercises before the departing to Iraq.
The Duchess of York in a colorful, feathered Jess Collett bandeau while in Italy this week
Princess Hisako attended the Japanese National Wheelchair Twin Basketball Championship yesterday in a repeated cafe au laid hued straw hat with triple layered, twisted hatband
Queen Elizabeth attended The Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club today in a repeated magenta hat by Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren.
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It’s already Monday in Japan- on this day, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend the Japan Art Academy award ceremony in Tokyo. The Empress is looking so polished these days- today she topped a beautifully tailored ice blue suit with a matching short brimmed hat with multi layered silk organza hatband.
We saw a number rather unattractive and unflattering felt top hats at Royal Ascot this week. Since the silk used to make the gleaming antique top hats we all admire (thanks ChicagoChuck!) is no longer produced, what do you think of Stephen Jones’ summery, sustainable and smartly stylish alternative in straw?! This is a hat that greatly intrigues me.

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Danish Royals Celebrate National Flag

According to legend, the Danish flag, Dannebrog, fell from the sky during the Battle of Volmerslaget in Estonia on June 15,  1219, providing Danish soldiers, led by King Valdemar II, strength to persevere to victory. Today, on the  800th anniversary of this event, members of the Danish royal family took part in celebrations for this popular, well-loved national symbol. Queen Margrethe arrived in Tallin, Estonia, aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog this morning in her repeated red bumper hat with side bow in the same navy and red painterly print as her dress.

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Tusindvis af estere og tilrejsende danskere var i formiddags mødt frem, da H.M. Dronningen ankom til Estlands hovedstad Tallinn med Kongeskibet Dannebrog. For 800 år siden var Tallinn en blodig slagmark, hvor den danske konge Valdemar Sejr stod i spidsen for et korstog udsendt af paven med omkring 25.000 danske soldater. Ifølge sagnet var det her, at en blodrød fane med et hvid kors dalede ned fra himlen sikrede danskerne sejr i den estiske region. For at markere sagnet har H.E. Estlands Præsident Kersti Kaljulaid inviteret Dronningen til Tallinn, og indtil videre har dagen budt på et besøg i Præsidentpaladset og en guldalderudstillingsåbning på Kadriorg Paladset, hvor C.A. Lorentzens berømte maleri af Dannebrogs fald fra himlen udstilles for første gang uden for Danmark. For kort tid siden deltog Dronningen i en familiedag på Frihedspladsen i hjertet af Tallinn, hvor borgere fejrer det danske og det estiske flag. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix

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I hjertet af Tallinn besøgte H.M. Dronningen i eftermiddags byens skulptur, der fortæller om Dannebrogssagnet. Skulpturen er tænkt som et vidnesbyrd over dengang Tallinn var en blodig slagmark, hvor den danske konge Valdemar Sejr stod i spidsen for et korstog udsendt af paven med omkring 25.000 danske soldater. Ifølge sagnet var det under dette slag, at en blodrød fane med et hvid kors dalede ned fra himlen sikrede danskerne sejr i den estiske region. Ved siden af skulpturen indviede Hendes Majestæt ”Den Danske Dronnings Have”, hvor røde og hvide roser formet som Dannebrog nu udgør et varigt minde om Dronningens officielle besøg i Estland. 📸 Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: May 5, 2018July 1, 2017June 29, 2017June 1, 2017Oct 4, 2016Sep 5, 2016May 24, 2016

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attended celebrations in Vordingborg, Denmark’s medieval capital and location of King Valdemar II’s castle (now just remains). The Crown Princess topped her red dress with a repeated vertical saucer hat in natural straw studded with diamanté, trimmed with large silk roses and flying coque feathers.

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This has always been a great hat on Mary- the scale is really good and the hat’s neural colour scheme comes to life paired with vibrant items such as this red dress. The mix of neutral and vibrant items from head to toe (make sure you also peek at her shoes!) makes for a polished ensemble that feels very suited to the celebratory nature of today’s events.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 15, 2016; May 22, 2012July 2, 2011

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended celebrations at City Hall in Copenhagen. Princess Marie wore a new hat in a pale pink textured straw with cartwheel brim and shallow, flat crown. The design is simply trimmed with a striped natural straw bow on the side. The hat is clearly designed to sit on an angle on the head (evidenced by a base beneath the crown that sits on the head) and this angle really makes this hat work. It’s a charming design on Princess Marie.


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

It’s always great to see the Danish royal family all in hats to celebrate an event (even if the celebrations are in different locations!). What do you think of these Danish hats today?

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Elizabeth in an oft worn royal blue hat with feather trim for Sunday service at Balmoral last weekend
Queen Margrethe attended the 100th Anniversary of the first Danish church abroad in Herning yesterday, repeating the vibrant blue brimless hat with twisted bow we saw her debut last fall to open parliament


The new Imperial emperor and empress undertook their first events outside Tokyo today, attending the National Tree Planting Festival in Owariasahi. For this event, Empress Masako wore a pistachio green suit and streamlined white hat with curved brim and a a layered green hatband. It’s a good look on her, isn’t it?


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Stunning fuchsia & orange teardrop percher with feathers & abaca bows from British milliner Georgina Blyth
Sumptuous draped leather bandeau in beautiful shades of blue by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Natural straw floating disc with black lace and net trim
from London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir
Lilac, blue & ivory straw boater with soaring ombre crin twists & feathers by Aussie brand Millinery by Mel
Black buntal straw saucer with vibrant silk abaca trim from British milliner Julian Garner
Pink teardrop beret with exquisitely beautiful layered silk abaca bows from Liverpool-based TMD Millinery
ADORE this teal felt veiled hugger with knot, feather and quill trim from Australian milliner Meg Rafter
Aptly named “Whirlpool” black and white wire trimmed button percher by British milliner Rachel Black
Sleek, minimalist cream straw saucer with soaring pheasant feathers by Canadian milliner Karyn Ruiz
Such fun! Taupe straw bandeau trimmed with hovering yellow & green butterflies from British milliner Katie Vale
Black textured button percher with amazing folded organdie trim from British milliner Olivia Johnson Hilton
Brilliant Harry Potter inspired headpiece for a young client by Marrison Millinery in Wiltshire
And from Jill Humphries, creator of Australian label Jill and Jack Millinery, a navy straw button percher with ecru curled quills and an exquisite blue scrollwork 3D printed horse (with feather tail!). As captivating as it is creative.

Very sweet photo of Prince Jigme Namgyel of Bhutan, who now is 3 years old, shared by his father
Charlotte Casiraghi and Dmitri Rassam were married yesterday at the Royal Palace in Monaco.


And… it’s two weeks until Royal Ascot…

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Danish Queen Sails Into Nyborg

The first first leg of this year’s summer cruise concluded yesterday in Nyborg. For this day of visits in the region, Queen Margrethe repeated her mint green bumper hat with cuffed brim that curls at the side with a pair of feathers. The hat is covered in the same wool silk crepe as the ensemble’s matching coat and dress.

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We’ve seen this hat a few times, I wasn’t going to devote an entire post to it until I saw the following photos showing a clear side view of that curled brim cuff in detail. The cuff wraps around the hat and at its overlap, is sliced horizontally into two ribbons that curl up on to the hat’s crown. It’s an ingenious design detail that adds so much to this small hat and is so beautifully executed it looks far more simple, in terms of construction, than it is.

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Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: June 13, 2017;  Mar 28, 2017;  Oct 3, 2016;  Apr 30, 2016Sep 8, 2015; Jun 5, 2015May 23, 2015Apr 16, 2015

This wraps up the first week of the annual Danish summer cruise- the second leg of the cruise will continue in early September.

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For H.M. Dronningen har årets sidste forårsdag i dag budt på arkæologiske udgravninger i midten af Nyborg, balletopvisning og besøg på et beskyttet værksted. Sommertogtet med Kongeskibet Dannebrog bragte i dag Dronningen til Nyborg Kommune. Da Hendes Majestæt i formiddags ankom til den fynske købstad klokken 10.00, var mange nyborggensere mødt frem for at byde Dronningen velkommen. Før Dronningen tog hul på dagens alsidige program kørte Hendes Majestæt sammen med borgmesterparret gennem byen i karet med eskorte fra Gardehusarregimentets hesteskadron. Dronningens årlige sommertogt er en tradition, der går tilbage til Christian 10. Som den første regent gjorde Kongen dengang årlige togter i danske farvande til en fast del af sit program. Traditionen er siden videreført af Frederik 9. og Dronningen, der begge har lagt vægt på at bruge Kongeskibet Dannebrog til at være i kontakt med alle dele af riget.Tidligere på ugen besøgte Dronningen Køge Kommune. Dagens besøg er sidste stop på sommertogtet.

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Danish Summer Cruise Day 2

For the day’s program, which included visits to a school, supported employment program and transport center, Queen Margrethe repeated  ​her ecru straw with triple brim- one ecru sandwiched between two grey which curved away from it in opposite directions. It’s a creative brim, this one, and I like the way it references the strip in this ensemble’s jacket.


Designer: Peter Falk Hansen ​
Previously Worn: May 10, 2019 Sep 3, 2018​; May 4, 2018;​ Oct 9, 2007 and likely others

The Danish monarchy also released this sweet gallery of floral posies the queen has received on these first two days, displayed around the yacht.

 

Thoughts about this grey hat on the Danish Queen?

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