Auschwitz Liberation Commemoration

Numerous heads of state gathered in Auschwitz, Poland yesterday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz

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Queen Mathilde repeated a black felt fedora variation with relaxed brim, trimmed with a felt hatband tied in a side bow.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: November 11, 2018

Queen Máxima wore an black felt formed beret trimmed with a scrolled frog braid. The elegantly restrained design felt particularly fitting for this event. King Willem-Alexander wore a traditional Jewish kippah in gold embroidered blue velvet.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC 665 from AW 2019
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Letizia wore a bandeau headpiece in black velvet.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her black wool hat with ruched crown and faux-fur cuffed brim.

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On Monday, The Duchess of Cornwall attended commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration and death camps in Krakow, Poland 🇵🇱. The Duchess led the UK delegation joining world leaders and more than 200 Holocaust survivors who returned to Auschwitz to mark 75 years since the Nazi death camp was liberated by the Soviet Army. Survivors and dignitaries laid candles to pay their respects to the victims and The Duchess also had the chance to meet Holocaust survivors and talk to them during her visit. 📷: PA #princecharles #princeofwales #camilladuchessofcornwall #duchessofcornwall #princeandprincessofwales #dukeandduchessofcornwall #holocaustmemorialday #auschwitzbirkenau

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Designer: Lock and Co. “Natalia” design in black
Previously Worn: Dec 14, 2017; Mar 18, 2017; Feb 27, 2017;  Dec 16, 2017;  Nov 28, 2016Mar 16, 2016Mar 18, 2015; Mar 13, 2015Dec 10, 2013Feb 7, 2012;  Feb 6, 2012Jan 27, 2012

At such sobering events, fashion feels trivial and irrelevant and I struggled over covering this event. The only thing I want to say is that these four, restrained hats each feels a fitting choice for a memorial like this where the story really should not be about a hat.

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Dutch Queen Attends Union Conference

This morning, Queen Máxima attended CNV Vakmensen’s (a very large Dutch union) anniversary conference, repeating her textured pink bandeau headpiece. The embroidered fabric used on the headpiece and coat are studded with small sequins.

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There are numerous things to like here- the scale is great, large enough to give the headpiece some presence but not overwhelm, the fabric texture gives great dimension and the sequins add subtle sparkle when in motion. These things all balance the pale shade, making a very polished yet interesting ensemble for the Dutch Queen, who wears it very well.


Designer: unconfirmed. Coat by Claes Iversen.
Previously Worn: Oct 23, 2018

Thoughts about this headpiece today on its second outing?

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Queen Máxima Opens Science & Humanity Exhibition

Queen Máxima opened an exhibition on humanity at the Nemo Science Museum in Amsterdam this morning. For this event, she repeated her deep, midnight navy felt fedora with relaxed brim and tall pinched crown, trimmed with a wide navy hatband with flat, folded bow at the side.

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On paper, a relaxed fedora, chiffon dress and ruffle necked coat don’t seem like a good combination but the intensity of colour, and the pattern of the dress drawing everything together, makes it work. I’m surprised how much I like the pairing of chic, less formal hat with the floaty dress (again, I think the pattern makes it work) and find the balance of the overall ensemble, from dark hat to scarlet shoe, to be surprisingly good. Styling sometimes elevates a hat and I think this was the case today.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 5, 2017; Oct 3, 2016

This is the third outing we’ve seen of this fedora- I’m warming to it more and more. What do you think?

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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, October 23, Swazi King Mswati III and his newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama arrived in Sochi to take part in the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit. Inkhosikati LaMashwama wore a magenta straw disc percher hat trimmed with straw twists, rosettes, feathers and sparkle crin bows
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On Thursday, October 24, Princess Yoko wore a sunny, tall-crowned cloche to open the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. The same day, Princess Kiko wore a beige silk covered bumper hat with smocked side panel to open the Meiji Jingu Museum
Also on October 26, Queen Margrethe repeated her tan, caramel, chocolate and burgundy checked hat with short  brim and stacked hatbands for military awards and parades at Fredericia. Crown Prince Frederick wore a Tyrolean hat to host a hunt on the Gludsted Plantation in central Jutland on Monday, October 28.
The Imperial Princesses in hats on Monday for the 3rd court enthronement banquet. Last Sunday, a memorial for the Prince of Mikasa (Takahito) was held on the third anniversary of his death. Crown Princes Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako, Princess Yuriko of Mikasa, Princess Akiko, Princess Yoko and Princes Tsuguko were all in attendance in demure black hats.


On Thursday, Queen Maxima repeated her warm brown straw picture hat with high upswept brim.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
And from British milliner, millinery instructor and millinery flower maker Ann Tomlin, this whimsically wonderful green button percher trimmed with a handmade wildflower garden. It’s just so charming.

Lovely new portraits of the Belgian royal family (see here, here and here) released last weekend for the celebration of Princess Elisabeth’s 18th birthday
The Norwegian and Greek royals shared inspiration for their Halloween costumes this year

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Knask eller knep ? ❤️

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The Greece’s as Royal Tenenbaums

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The Imperial royal ladies in beautiful kimonos on October 31 for the 4th court enthronement banquet

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Dutch Royals Welcome Polish President

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima welcomed President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda for a visit to Holland today. For an official welcome ceremony held at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Mrs. Duda wore a black felt beret percher with looping buff pink bow while Queen Máxima repeated burgundy velvet calot with black net veil.

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The colour is great on Queen Máxima and the dotted veil overlay gives a surprising amount of depth and texture to the design. I’m not even that bothered by the hat’s pairing with Máxima’s red coat, a combination I’m not usually fond of but that surprisingly works here. Somehow the coat brings out a cherry undertone in the hat, brightening it up.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 17, 2018; March 7, 2018;  Nov 29, 2016

What do you think of this hat today on its fourth outing?

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Imperial Enthronement: Foreign Royal Guests

Tuesday’s enthronement ceremony was attended by a number of royal events adorned in either national costume or traditional century court dress, giving the wonderfully formal gown-and-hat combination we don’t often see.

Queen Máxima donned a familiar slate blue gown in transparent silk brocade printed with large roses  but paired it with a different hat than we’ve seen with it before- her grey silk floral and dotted net tulle statement headpiece. The scale and bold design of the headpiece pairs wonderfully with the gown, elevating the sense of drama and gravitas of the overall ensemble.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Gown by Natan.
Previously Worn: Nov 4, 2014November 19, 2005

Queen Mathilde was wonderfully elegant in a an exquisite gown, cape and pillbox trio in pale pink silk crepe. The clean, sleek lines of each piece make them balance perfectly together and create a serene and quietly regal look. It’s a fashion philosophy we often see used with the Imperial royal ladies- perhaps the inspiration or influence for this ensemble?

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Designer: unknown. Gown by Armani Prive. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new. It is not the same as the felt calot worn February 6, 2014 as some blogs are reporting. 

Queen Letizia paired her bright, floral gown with a divided bandeau headpiece in pale, dusky pink silk. The scale is great on her and the solid colour is a great choice against her patterned dress, although I thought the bandeau’s construction, with many visible stitches, wasn’t quite up to snuff.

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Designer: Nana Golmar. It is a bespoke silk version of the velvet “Iria Headband“. Gown by Matilde Cano.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Crown Princess Mary’s muted lilac-grey caped dress was brightened with mulberry purple straw hat. The modified saucer  is worn at a steep incline and trimmed with two huge silk flowers on the underside of the raised brim, the one at the front in mixed shades of purple. Supremely elegant on its own, I think this gown is again, elevated with the statement hat – not to mention those rubies!

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Gown by Valentino
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Crown Princess Victoria wore a straw saucer hat in the same deep inky purple shade as her gown. The piece, also designed to sit at a sharply tilted angle on the head, is lavishly trimmed with silk roses and straw twists beneath the raised brim, a touch that gives such textural contrast to the opposite, very smooth upper side of the saucer.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Gown by Escada.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Seated next to Crown Princess Victoria was a face new to Royal Hats, Swazi King Mswati III’s newest wife, Inkhosikati LaMashwama. She topped her white suit with a vibrant blue straw hat with disc base trimmed with rolled straw rosettes and large bow loops, blue tulle, purple cut feathers and pearls, scattered over the base.

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I know some readers have been waiting days to discuss the hats in this post (my apologies for the delay) so I turn it over to you- what millinery looks here were your favourites?

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Dutch Monarchs Conclude State Visit to India

On Wednesday, King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima spent the third day of their state visit to India in Mumbai. Queen Máxima began the day in a repeated pale aqua straw picture hat with rounded crown and wide, sidesweeping brim with raw, unfinished edges.

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The design is completed with what appears to be a slim hatband in either burnt feathers or dyed raffia, tied at the back of the hat in a bow with tails left to swirl in a circle around the brim. This detail gives such lovely movement to the design and the colour is both lovely on Máxima and a great fit for a tropical climate.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: July 2, 2018

Later that day, Queen Máxima changed into another blue ensemble, this one topped with a fascinator of rolled blue sinamay ribbons and darker blue cut and burnt feathers.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Sandro Paris
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Thursday saw the royal couple visit Kochi, where Queen Máxima wore an orange straw hat with tall crown and wide, sidesweeping brim. The lower side of the brim has a stepped fold and a wide straw hatband completes the design.

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It’s a hat that hasn’t seen the light of day in over a decade and its outing struck me as unusual until I saw this:

It’s another fantastic take on diplomatic dressing. The scale of the hat and its colour link so well the dress.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Jan Taminiau 
Previously Worn: April 30, 2006; September 20, 2005

The final day of the visit saw the king and queen in Alleppey where Queen Máxima made another diplomatic statement, this time flying a sartorial flag for the House of Orange. She topped her orange lace dress with a wrapped straw calot trimmed with a pair of large, layered half bows and feather quill.

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I’ve long thought the dress lets this ensemble down but my lace quibbles aside, the hat makes a punchy statement despite its small size. The ensemble also made a lovely diplomatic counterpoint to Máxima’s nod to the Indian flag the day before

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan
Previously Worn: Nov 2, 2016; Nov 2, 2011

These four millinery designs join the two worn during the first two days of this state visit bringing Queen Máxima’s total to six for the week- an admirable total to be sure. I think the hats this week finished stronger than they started- what is your millinery evaluation of this Indian state visit?

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