Belgian and Norwegian Queens in New Hats

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde wrapped up a week long official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo today, a week which saw the Belgian queen in two millinery designs. For their arrival at the N’djili International Airport in Kinshasa on June 7, Queen Mathilde repeated her pale woven pink calot with multi-loop side bow.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Giambattista Valli
Previously Worn: Jul 10, 2019; May 19, 2016

On June 8, she wore a new red straw circular headpiece with draped ruffle bow on the side.

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I know bandeau designs are not widely embraced by Royal Hats readers and I’m curious- how does this shape rate in comparison? I’ve warmed to ring-shaped headpieces over the years and see them as a good option for royal visits to tropical climates. The ruffled trim on this design isn’t particularly attractive on its own yet gives great movement and presence to the look of the overall piece.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne “Rueda” design. Dress by Natan.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

On Saturday, Queen Silvia attended the  opening of the National Museum in Oslo in a new hat, a cloche variation in vibrant blue with beautifully bound brim edge.

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Queen Silvia has favoured the cloche shape and the jaunty angle of this one, which sits the hat back almost like a halo brimmed design, is a good variation. The star here is the colour and the slight sheen from the brim binding, that adds just the right punctuation to the monochrome look.

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What do you think of this trio of hats?

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This Week’s Extras

Last weekend, the Duchess of Sussex wore a wide brimmed hat to a polo match. I believe the design, with crin brim, was a ready-to-wear mass produced piece.
Princess Beatrice wore a black hairbow Monday at the Chelsea Flower Show and Princess Michael of Kent wore a chic tan leather newsboy cap to the same event.
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Queen Sonja repeated her taupe leather pillbox Thursday at the opening of the Bergen Festival.
The Duke of Cambridge was spotted yesterday rehearsing for next Thursday’s Trooping the Colour. This year, it will be the Irish Guards Trooping their Colour and Prince William is the regiment’s Colonel.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):


Such a lovely snap shared by Princess Charlene to mark Princess Gabriella’s first official event. Mother and daughter both wore gowns by Terrence Bray.
The Swedish King and Queen at the launch of the ABBA Voyage concert in London. How fun is Queen Silvia’s suit?!

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Norwegian National Day 2022

The Norwegian royal family celebrated the country’s national holiday yesterday, first at a children’s parade at Skaugum

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followed by the annual balcony appearance at the Royal Palace in Oslo. Queen Sonja wore a new red hat with short, curved brim and rounded bowler crown. The hat is trimmed with an interesting wrapped hatband in ombre dyed orange and dark pink.

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King Herald and Crown Prince Haakon wore gleaming antique black silk top hats.

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a new double layered circular headpiece in what looks like a textured tan fabric. The design looks to tie in a sort of bow around the back, at the nape of her neck.

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Thoughts about the hats yesterday in Norway?

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2021 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony was held today at Oslo City Town Hall. Queen Sonja wore a new hat for the occasion, a black formed beret design overlaid with a dotted black veil.

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The classic shape suits Sonja well and the dot-studded veil lends contrast, texture and visual interest, pairing beautifully with her aubergine velvet jacket.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Thoughts about this new hat?

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This Week’s Extras

On Tuesday, Princess Mako donned a silk covered bumper hat to report her upcoming marriage to the Imperial Sanctuaries.
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On Friday, Princess Mako was photographed arriving in a sky blue silk jacquard bandeau trimmed with silk roses arriving for a farewell visit with Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

On October 12, Infanta Elena was photographed at a bullfight in an ecru straw brimmed hat with pork pie shaped crown and vibrant red striped hatband.
Princess Alessandra of Hanover wore an interesting plum percher from Spanish brand Mimoki on Thursday for the  wedding of Isabel Entrecanales and Edmund Eggins

On Friday, Queen Sonja wore a warm brown felt pillbox hat to open the MUNCH museum in Oslo
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Fantastic shape on this freeform gold buntal hat by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Wonderfully unique twisted vintage ribbon on this black boater by British milliner Rebecca Gray
Turquoise and white straw wide brimmed hat with flying bird trim by Australian milliner Chris Mullane
Love the curves on this blush design with crin brim by Spanish milliner Teresa Briz
Fantastic feather bergère made for Season 2 of “The Great” by British milliner Justin Smith
Natural straw braided bandeau with halo of scrollwork flowers by Australian milliner Lisette Margini
Wonderful and vibrant floral headpieces by Israeli milliner Maor Zabar
Interesting brim vents on these colour blocked sinamay designs by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Chartreuse buntal percher with cut feather leaves and red roses by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
British milliner Jenny Beattie having great fun with a Marie Antoinette inspired hat (love the ringlets!)
Gorgeous black cloche with pink velvet hatband and feather pouffe by British milliner Nicky Miller
Harvest gold felt brimmed hat with pork pie crown and cerulean hatband by French milliner Anthony Peto
Beautiful draped shape on this freeform ink blue felt brimmed design by British milliner Stephanie Donegan
Adore the textural folded ribbon adorning this halo bandeau by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald
Unexpected but effective trim on this hat by France-based milliner Sylvia Martinez
Cheeky navy cap with numerical trim (made for an anniversary!) by Japanese milliner Yumiko Kuroiwa
Gorgeous black cloche with pink velvet hatband and feather pouffe by British milliner Nicky Miller
The most charming perched boater with silk flowers by Kenyan milliner Lali Heath

 

Emma Behn and her horse Fetoucha won the Indoor Norwegian Championships today

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