This Week’s Extras

Princess Claire of Luxembourg in a blush felt fedora last weekend at the Grand Duchy’s annual Red Cross Bazaar. So chic!
Queen Margrethe in her blue beanie with black patent leather brim to present “The Queen’s Clock” military award.
Princess Marie Chantal shared these photos of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and their five children enjoying a country weekend, all in tweed caps.
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!)
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful purple blocked beret with stacked crown from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Stunning yellow and pink spiky halo headpiece from Australian brand Love Lotus Millinery
For our gents- a very dapper black felt fedora with sharply stunning hatband from Irish milliner Philip Treacy

British milliner Stephen Jones has been sharing some of the 80 hats he’s made for Dior that are currently on exhibition in Paris, including his remake of the 1950s combination of millinery and suit silhouettes that deserve the label of ‘iconic‘. His remake of the Imperial State Crown, however, tops it all.

Day 2: French State Visit To Belgium

The Belgian king and queen hosted a busy day of engagements for French President and Mrs. Macron yesterday that included stops at an care center for adults with developmental disabilities and a cultural center in  Molenbeek. Queen Mathilde used the occasion to debut a new hat, described by the designer as, “the Marlon headdress which features a set of curves and counter-curves made of violine velvet felt”.

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The design looks to be a velvet felt covered bandeau with leaf-like curved shapes that run from side to side, across the back of the head. While this shade of magenta is beautiful on Queen Mathilde and pairs well with her grey ensemble, I’m afraid the design of the hat is a bit clunky- something we’ll have to wait for a better view to assess.

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Visite à « La Maisonnée » à Ittre, un service résidentiel pour handicapés mentaux adultes. Indépendamment du handicap, « La Maisonnée » met l’accent sur les compétences et les aptitudes de chacun des résidents. Ces qualités individuelles sont développées et renforcées lors des nombreux ateliers.⁣ —————⁣ Bezoek aan La Maisonnée in Itter, een residentieel centrum voor volwassenen met een mentale beperking. Ongeacht hun beperking duidt La Maisonnée op het feit dat hun residenten, net als eenieder, beschikken over hun eigen bijzondere vaardigheden. Ondermeer aan de hand van workshops worden deze vaardigheden verder ontwikkeld en versterkt.⁣ —————⁣ Visit to “La Maisonnée” in Ittre, a residential center for adults with a mental disability. Regardless of the disability, “La Maisonnée” expresses the fact that their residents, like everyone else, have their own skills. Through workshops skills are further being developed to examine and improve these.⁣ ⁣ #LaMaisonnée #autism #VisitedÉtat #Staatsbezoek #StateVisit #Belgium #Belgique #België #France #Frankrijk #BELFR2018 #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the Marlon design.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
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Belgium Royals Welcome French State Visit

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the Royal Palace in Brussels this morning.

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For the start of this French-Belgian state visit, Queen Mathilde wore a new, domed calot hat in the colour common between the two nation’s flags (coincidence? I think not!).

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The small, streamlined hat is a go-to look for the Belgian queen and in this instance, balances well against her sheer collared dress and pleated coat, both finely tailored and detailed pieces that could be easily overwhelmed by a large brim. Yes, the colour is one-note and on it’s own, the hat isn’t very exciting but the overall look here is streamlined and very elegant.

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Designer: I believe it’s Dior. Dress and coat by Dior. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Thoughts about this new addition to Queen Mathilde’s collection of red hats?
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This Week’s Extras

In all of last weekend’s Armistice centenary commemorations, I missed Queen Mathilde who wore a very smart new black felt hat by Fabienne Delvigne.
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Prince Carl Philip out for a fall walk with sons Alexander and Gabriel last weekend, all in casual hats
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Grattis på Fars dag💜

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Wee Princess Elisabeth of Hanover in a sweet pink hair bow, photographed with her mother, Princess Ekatarina and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece at the London opening of Marie-Chantal’s new children’s boutique
On Wednesday, Empress Michiko wore a lovely new pale pink saucer hat with lattice crin underbrim and floral trim to an event at the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo
Yesterday, Princess Akiko attended the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Professional Ski Instructors Association in a navy hat with wide plaid hatband.
Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid visited an Arctic research facility today in cosy hats 
King Mohammed opened a new high-speed rail line in Rabat this morning. He was joined by French President Macron on Thursday to inaugurate the railway that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa and the Arab world.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Adore the colour on this burgundy felt fedora with wonderful feather trim from French milliner Anthony Peto
Black straw saucer with gold windowpane crin extended brim & bow from Latvian brand Rubina Millinery
Retro pillbox in vintage printed Pucci-esque fabric by Melbourne milliner Chris Mullane
Liquid silver calot with layered hanging chain trim from British milliner Victoria Grant
Dark green veiled headpiece in velvet, straw and crin from Irish brand Marc Millinery
Black straw teardrop percher with straw calla lily trim from London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir
For you dear gents- this very smart navy felt trilby with natty hatband and feather trim from Stetson Europe
Elegant red felt sideswept brim hat with black flower & feathers from British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Sparkling black bandeau headpiece with sequin floral trim from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Stunning swirling gold feather headpiece from Australian brand Jack and Jill Millinery

And the loveliest red felt rose trimmed capulet hat (a cloche with upfolded brim around the front) from Czech milliner Jolana Kotabova

Don’t miss reading the marvelous toast given by the Queen to the Prince of Wales at his big birthday party on Wednesday night complete with puns and poignancy. British royal photographer extraordinaire Chris Jackson also shared this wonderful photo gallery of shots he has captured of Prince Charles over the years along with the fantastic pair of portraits took of the Wales family in the garden of Clarence House in summer. Lovely new portrait

Congratulations to Princess Theodora of Greece who announced her engagement to Los Angeles lawyer Matthew Kumar
We end the week with these sweet snaps, shared by Princess Charlene, of Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella’s first trip to Paris where they had tea with Madame Macron.


Day 3: Belgian State Visit To Portugal

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde spent the third day of their state visit to Portugal yesterday in Porto where they took in the Serralves Museum and Park as well as sights along the Douro River. For these events, Queen Mathilde repeated her black calot hat wrapped in overlaid wide stripes of textured black woven fabric and trimmed with a large looped rosette on the side.

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The hat pairs well with Mathilde’s black and white dress with the textural elements on both pieces relating well. With pearl drops and an elegant up-do, the hat completes a great working royal look. Is it a major statement? No… but it’s lovely and on many days, that’s what a royal ensemble needs to be.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 14, 2018; February 20, 2018
The Belgian state visit to Portugal has been slightly overshadowed this week by the Dutch state visit to the UK but I think Queen Mathilde’s hats this week have been great. What do you think of this black calot?
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Day 2: Belgian State Visit To Portugal

Yesterday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their state visit to Portugal with visits to Lisbon’s Oceanarium, a hospital and a youth cultural center, as well as participation in an economic development seminar and meeting with social entrepreneurs. For this programme, Queen Mathilde repeated a hat described by the designer as “a small bell hat made of red Panama and trimmed with ribbon and a matching bow.

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It remains a good hat for Mathilde- the scale suits her well and the colour is great on her. The combination of red hat with patterned lace dress is an interesting and well-balanced one that doesn’t overwhelm. Striking the balance with such strong colour and pattern combinations isn’t easy but this one works.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the ‘Audrey’ design.
Previously Worn: April 25, 2018
What do you think about Queen Mathilde’s red hat yesterday in Lisbon?
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Belgian Monarchs Arrive For Portuguese State Visit

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrived in Lisbon yesterday for the start of a three-day state visit to Portugal.

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For the arrival, Queen Mathilde repeated her grey straw oval saucer with shallow, domed crown and straw twist trim. It remains a lovely hat on her, although I wish she placed it further forward on her head (as I suspect it is designed to be worn). Placement issues aside, the sleek lines of the hat are a great counterpoint for Queen Mathilde’s intricate lace coat and the pieces balance well together.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: July 30, 2017

State visits usually bring out higher octane fashion and this hat did the trick well in Lisbon. What do you think of it here on its second outing?
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