This Week’s Extras

Some of you have written asking for coverage of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. I don’t believe a royal hat will appear at this year’s races so I’ll leave the coverage to you- feel free to post any Derby hats and engage in related discussion in the comments of this post. I’ll hold coverage of Grand Duke Jean’s funeral and Dutch Remembrance Day until later on Monday.

For the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth this week, the British monarchy released these throw-back photos that include some wonderful past hats on Her Majesty
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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. In London, 70 years ago during the reign of George VI, Heads of Government from Australia, Britain, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Canada’s Secretary of State for External Affairs came together to discuss the future of ‘the Commonwealth.’ Together on 26 April, they signed ‘The London Declaration’ - the beginning of a network of member countries sharing a set of principles and values. The Queen was 26 years old when she became Head of the Commonwealth and has made more than 200 visits to Commonwealth countries. Her Majesty is also Sovereign of 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the UK. Swipe to see a few images of The Queen’s earliest visits around the Commonwealth: Her Majesty meets Samoan Scouts in Timaru, New Zealand (1954) The Duke of Edinburgh arrive in Jamaica (1953), visiting Fiji (1953), and receiving flowers in Tonga (1953), in Toronto, Canada (1959), inspecting a Naval Guard of Honour in Tasmania (1954) and receiving flowers from Beata Kabasaindi in Uganda (1954).

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On his birthday on Tuesday, King Carl Gustaf was joined by Queen Silvia and their dog, Brandie, to open a ‘rain and rest’ pavilion for visitors of both the 2 and 4-legged varieties at Ormholmen in Drottningholm Castle Off-Leash Park. For this event, the King repeated his trusty brown fedora. 
Queen Margrethe officially commenced the 2019 sailing season with a small trip yesterday on board the royal yacht Dannebrog from Copenhagen to Elsinore. For this, she repeated her nautical navy hat with white brim binding and layered navy and white stacked ribbon hatbands.
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Interesting ceremonial hat on King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailant this morning as he was is carried on a golden palanquin out of the Grand Palace for the coronation procession
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Queen Elizabeth was spotted en route to church at Windsor this morning in the pink straw hat with ostrich feather trim by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) she debuted last year 
The British Hat Guild officially launched this week. A collective of 30 top British milliners (many whose work we regularly admire here), this new association is a collaborative initiative “dedicated to sharing ideas and promoting our unique heritage”.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful dusky pink straw saucer trimmed with silk flowers and crin ruffle by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Amazing shape on this black wired crin headpiece by Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Adore the purple and deep blue colour palate on this iris and hydrangea headpiece by British milliner Vivien Sheriff
Wonderful free folded hat green felt (that can be worn in 2 positions) by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Punchy graphic silver and gold motif on the brim of this black hat by British brand House of Flora
Cobalt blue leather bandeau trimmed with fantastic leather flowers by British brand Mind Your Bonce
Statement extra-wide brimmed orange, cream and black picture hat by Australian brand Murley and Co.
Fabulous feather work on this ivory disc hat with flowers and black & cream feathers by British milliner Sara Gadd
Graphic blue and black straw picture hat with amazing crown wrap by Dutch millinery Eugenie van Oirschot
Pink straw wide mushroom brim with gold veil hand-dyed ombre silk ruffles from Aussie milliner Rachel Henry
Charmingly rustic woven straw percher with flowers & leaf feathers by British milliner Beverley Edmondson

Interesting article on Empress Masako– her personality, work as crown princess and the causes she’s likely to support (The Asahi Shimbun)
Days before his coronation, the never-boring new Thai king announced his fourth marriage this week and has declared his new wife as queen. His bride, Suthida Tidjai, previously worked as a flight attendant for Thai Airways before being appointed as one of the king’s bodyguards. Most recently, she was promoted to his head of security and a general in the army. (CNN)
Three sweet portraits of Princess Charlotte, taken by her mum, released on Wednesday for her 4th birthday.
We end this week with a sweet photo shared by Princess Eugnie in celebration of her husband, Jack’s birthday.

Photos from social media and Getty as indicated

Danish Royals Celebrate Home Guard

Queen Margrethe and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark celebrated the Danish Home Guard’s 70th anniversary yesterday with a visit to the Nymindegabcamp. Queen Margrethe repeated her checked fabric hat with domed crown and short sideswept brim trimmed with stacked hatbands in the same burgundy, chocolate and caramel tones in the plaid while Crown Princess Mary donned the green wool beret of the Danish Home Guard uniform.

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Designer of Queen Margrethe’s hat: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2018 

These photos offer side views of Queen Margrethe’s hat and show a trim cuff on the back of the hatband- a tailored touch I really like on this hat. What do you think of this hat on its second outing, yesterday?

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This Week’s Extras

On Monday, the Akishinos visited the Imperial Musashino Cemetery in Hachioji. Princess Kiko wore a black silk bumper hat.
Prince Charles in a white kippah on Tuesday for a visit to the Nidhe Israel synagogue in Bridgetown, Barbados
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On Wednesday, a concert by music university graduates held at the Imperial Palace was enjoyed by several members of the Japanese royal family. Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko repeated bumper hats in oyster beige and pale blue; Princess Mako wore a navy cuffed calot with pointed sides and Princess Kako, a pale blue silk bowler hat. Princess Akiko repeated a pistachio green brimmed hat and Princess Yoko, a black design with square crown and short kettle brim edged in trim.

Yesterday, Queen Mathilde attended the funeral of Cardinal Godfried Danneels in her black calot wrapped in overlaid wide stripes of textured black woven fabric and trimmed with a large looped rosette on the side.
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During this week’s Danish state visit to Argentina, Crown Prince Frederik gained a bird’s eye view of a wind farm development (wind turbines from designed and built by a Danish company) near the city of Bahia Blanca. The Danish monarchy also shared photographs taken in northern Argentina after the official visit that show Queen Margrethe in what looks like a new, flat crowned, red brimmed hat 

Congratulations to Princess Kako who is graduating from the International Christian University in Tokyo. She took part in the graduation ceremony yesterday  in a gown and mortarboard hat.
Casual hats for Peter Phillips and Princess Anne today, cheering on Zara Tindall who is competing at the Gatcombe Horse Trials held on the grounds of Princess Anne’s estate.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Statement gold freeform percher with butterflies by New York brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Purple feather covered pillbox percher from Melbourne brand Jill & Jack Millinery
Sharp stylized cream felt trilby with black floral trim from Russian milliner Denis Gulyaev
Adore the colour contrast on this large copper straw disk with blue feathers from Irish milliner Aiofe Harrison
Vibrant purple straw button percher with pink flower and feather spray from US brand Fascinate Designs
Wonderful vintage print on this navy and cream pillbox by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Blush straw saucer with light-as-air tulle pompom trim from British milliner Sarah Cant
Sculptural and beautifully draped red felt headpiece from American brand ChuChu NY
For our dear gents, this very elegant black beaver felt fedora from Danish brand Hornskov København
In a time when the need for recycling only increases in importance, Kenya-based milliner Chloe Mitchell
trimmed this charming ecru and grey floral embellished percher entirely out of felt scraps

And from British milliner Marisa Groom, this cream straw beret percher with ivory, ecru and pink organza ruffles.

Danish State Visit To Argentina: Day 3

Queen Margrethe and Crown Prince Frederik undertook a busy programme of events the Agentinian city of Tandil yesterday, including stops at city hall, a park with state of an early Danish immigrant (who became mayor) and the Danish Church. For these events, Queen Margrethe repeated her bright pink straw hat, trimmed with double navy floral fabric hatband bound in navy piping and double row of the same small flowers in white, pink and navy organza with unfinished edges.

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This is another one of Margrethe’s go-to summer ensembles and offered some vibrant contrast after the softer hued ensembles worn on the first two days of this visit. I’m still not a fan of the hatband or fussy flowers (a wide navy petersham ribbon and a single large silk bloom, please) but quietly admire anyone who can pull off a bright pink suit and hat.

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Designer: likely Peter Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: June 6, 2018; June 2, 2018; May 29, 2018Aug 28, 2017;  June 16, 2017September 12, 2016June 27, 2016June 3, 2016August 31, 2015June 26, 2015

I’ll admit- I’m a little disappointed we didn’t see a new hat on Queen Margrethe in Argentina this week (I was REALLY hoping we would). The hat’s that did make the journey for this visit are familiar repeats but still solid choices. What are your thoughts about Margrethe’s hats this week?

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Danish State Visit To Argentina: Day 2

The second day of the Danish state visit to Argentina included visits to the Parque de la Memoria, Teatro Colón opera house and participation in a Business Seminar at Kirchner Cultural Centre. For these events, Quen Margrethe repeated her pale pink straw hat with slightly upswept brim on one side. The hat is trimmed with a side spray of white silk flowers and a pink silk ribbon hatband and brim binding that are both piped with a slim stripe of white.

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The piping on he hat, dress and jacket unify the three pieces and add a crisply tailored sense to the ensemble. Yes, it’s very matched and the shape isn’t overly exciting but… does it have to be? I admit that I prefer watching the royals who style different outfits, mixing hats with different pieces but understand that, for some royals (mostly those with, err, um, advanced maturity), perfectly coordinated outfits and hats that can’t really be worn with other pieces, is the way to go. It’s a polished way to create a royal wardrobe, as evidenced by this ensemble on Margrethe yesterday.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen. White silk flowers by Danish fleuriste Effi Pingel
Previously Worn: June 29, 2018; June 3, 2018; Nov 23, 2017July 15, 2017

Any new thoughts on this hat?

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Danish State Visit To Argentina

Queen Margrethe arrived in Buenos Aires on Sunday, a day ahead of the start of a state visit to Argentina. For her arrival at the Danish embassy (presumably her home base during the visit?), she repeated her navy felt hat with rounded crown, gently raised kettle brim and wide silk hatband with tied bow at the side.

Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 7, 2018;  May 9, 2017May 3, 2017

For the official welcome yesterday at Casa Rosada Presidential Palace and visits to the supreme court and Argentine National Congress, the Danish queen repeated her pale blue straw picture hat with openly woven sideswept brim. The hat’s trim, a posy of pink and white silk cockscomb flowers and green feather leaves, links with the floral print on the accompanying silk dress and coat.

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We’ve seen the hat before but so there’s no much to add except to say that it’s still a great one for Margrethe. The open weave on the brim gives such textural contrast and lightness to the overall look. I will repeat my compliments about the overall the balance of this ensemble from its last outing– neckline and brim, texture and pattern, solid and print are all great. It’s a pretty and elegant look for Queen Margrethe.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: July 4, 2018; October 22, 2015June 25, 2013

The visit continues through Wednesday, and I think we can expect another hat or two!

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This Week’s Extras

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
On Wednesday, Princess Hisako attended the Tokyo send off ceremony for Team Japan to the Special Olympics Summer World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. She wore a black short brimmed hat with wide blue hatband.
Members of the Norwegian royal family were joined by Queen Margrethe  for a World Cup skiing race today at Holmenkollen. Predictably, cozy winter hats were the order of the day.
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attended a memorial service yesterday for the victims of the Great Tokyo Air Raid, the princess in one of her signature bowler hats with wide hatband.
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.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Purple velvet perchers with pleated crin ruffle trim by British milliner Jane Taylor
Stunning pillbox trimmed in black & white guinnea fowl feathers by Nicola de Selincourt
Pale grey straw boater with exquisite beaded snowflakes by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Amazing colour blocking on this emerald, eggplant & claret felt fedora by British milliner Jess Collett
From British brand Hostie Hats, this royal blue straw domed disk with fantastic feather trim
Exquisite lace trimmed white crin disc with purple roses by British brand Guibert Millinery
Sunny yellow straw calot with feather and white hydrangeas by Irish milliner Laura Hanlon
Whimsical “Dandelion” headpiece made of white feathers by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Lovely shape on this bright turquoise brimless beaded design by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Smooth, clean and wonderfully graphic black straw hat by Irish brand Martha Lynn Millinery
A giant white organza ruffled picture hat by British milliner Edwina Ibbotson that I suspect we’ll see at Ascot!

And for those of you still trudging through winter, this fabulous black felt fedora trimmed with red lace appliqué, sequins and pearls made by British brand Laylaleigh Millinery.

Princess Madeleine shared this sweet snap of Princess Adrienne, who celebrated her first birthday this week
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.
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