Dutch Royals Welcome Guests From Mozambique & Qatar

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima rolled out the red carpet this morning at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague to welcome President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and his wife Isaura Nyusi on a visit to the Netherlands. For this official welcome, Queen Máxima repeated her beige straw moulded turban. While not my favourite of shapes, this hat’s styling- with Máxima’s hair down, a vibrant Roksanda dress and diamond jewels- is spot on. I think the bell sleeves of this dress required a brimless hat for this ensemble to balance and this one fits the bill.

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Designer: La Condesa design from Eudia. Dress by Roksanda
Previously Worn: May 1, 2015

This afternoon Queen Máxima was joined by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar for the Seminar On Protection & Education In Conflict Zones at the The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Sheikha Moza, who gave the keynote speech at the conference, wore a voluminous pale pink turban. This retro design is not for the faint of heart and Moza carries it well. It’s an interesting piece of millinery that meets both the dress requirements of her religion and Moza’s well known love of couture.

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 Thoughts on this pair of turbans today in The Hague?
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This Week’s Extras

Before we get into this week’s recap… I have had to moderate more comments than usual over the past week and sadly, was forced to ban two longtime participants. Please review The Comment Policy here at Royal Hats if you’re not familiar with it and my great thanks to the many of you who do a stellar job of keeping the conversation here a respectful one. Now- to the hats!

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Princess Kiko in a black mushroom hat last weekend to remember the East Japan earthquake in 2011 (Imperial Family Of Japan)

The Norwegian royal family enjoying the Holmenkollen ski festival in… you guessed it, ski hats (Royal House Of Norway)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser in Sudan this week in an Eric Javits designed straw hat.

Spectacular fresh floral crown on Tatiana Santo Domingo and her Muzungu Sisters fashion line partner, Dana Alikhani

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall was at RAF Leeming to celebrate 100 Squadron’s centenary. She repeated her slouchy black wool hat with faux fur trim.

Princess Charlene taking part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 opening ceremony yesterday in a winter white knit hat. She was also photographed with Prince Albert and a shy Princess Gabriella yesterday at the International Rugby Tournament of Monaco.

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Just when we think Stephen Jones has taken millinery as far as it can go, he makes a bejewelled peanut butter sandwich fascinator. Words escape me for this one.

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British royal photographer Chris Jackson caught this stellar image of the Cambridges in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris yesterday morning. Kate looked great in Chanel and played a strong fashion game all weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t the only one in Chanel yesterday- Princess Caroline and her family hosted the annual Rose Ball in Monaco. They opted for a Chanel parade while Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies predictably went for a showstopper in pink.

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Photos from social media and Getty as indicated; Asahi

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Numerous Imperial black hats yesterday at  the memorial service to commemorate the 100 days anniversary of the death of late Prince Takahito (Imperial Family of Japan)

King Carl Gustaf donned his trusty fedora during a visit to Lund last weekend (PPE)

King Carl Gustaf, Jan 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

More ethereal headdresses (see here, herehere, here and here) from Stephen Jones at the Dior show in Paris

Some excellent millinery options for upcoming winter races- this straw hat with silk blooms and feathers from Jess Collett and this leather percher with handmade leather flowers from Bundle MacLaren

Sheikha Moza shared this throwback photo from an education conference in Paris in 2012. Her teal velvet turban is fabulous… as is this small section of the speech she delivered then. (Moza bint Nasser)

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The Belgian King had some strong words to say about recent political developments in the UK and USA (Wort)

Another pair of beautiful new photos released by The Swedish Royal Court of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. So sweet.

H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria med familj. H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria / HRH Crown Princess Victoria / H.K.H. Prins Daniel / HRH Prince Daniel / H.K.H. Prinsessan Estelle / HRH Princess Estelle / H.K.H. Prins Oscar / HRH Prince Oscar

H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victorias barn: Prinsessan Estelle, och Prins Oscar H.K.H. Prinsessan Estelle / HRH Princess Estelle; H.K.H. Prins Oscar / HRH Prince Oscar

In honor of his son’s first birthday tomorrow, proud papa King Jigme shared this adorable snap

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Photo of the Danish royals on vacation in France shows Princess Athena in a sweet summer hat (Danish Monarchy)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared another snap of her June trip to Georgia where she wore a smart natural straw hat.

Crown Princess Masako in a pair of very simple black and white hats for a visit to Nara and Kyoto this week (Imperial Family of Japan). You can see a short video here.

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette Marit incorporated a peculiar knotted headpiece into her hairstyle at a memorial she and Crown Prince Haakon attended on the fifth anniversary of the Oslo and Utøya attacks (Norwegian Royal Court)

Part III of this summer’s exhibition, “Fashioning A Reign: 90 Years Of Style From The Queen’s Wardrobe” opens today at Buckingham Palace. It looks simply amazing and I can’t say how jealous I am of those of you able to attend.

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Interesting interview with Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (Principality of Liechtenstein)

Charming photos of Prince George were released on the occasion of his third birthday yesterday. It’s all smiles, swings and a boy with his dog  (Kensington Palace)

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The Swedish Royal Family posed for a lovely outdoor photo (hopefully, the start of a new tradition!). Their efforts prove that wrangling toddlers is a challenge no matter the royal pedigree.

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Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared a snapshot taken while on private visit to picturesque Lake Ritsa (a lake nestled in the Caucasus Mountains in north-western Georgia).

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty brown fedora at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen

Princess Michael of Kent was spotted at Wimbledon in her straw visor

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A big surprise from Japan this week when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate was revealed. There don’t appear to be any concrete plans for a handover to Crown Prince Naruhito but it’s big news nonetheless (BBC)

Lovely gallery of photos from the Danish Royal Family’s annual photocall at Gråsten Palace (Svenskdam)

Prince Oscar of Sweden made an appearance this week for his mum’s name day and his resemblance to his big sister is remarkable (Svenskdam)

Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Monaco, Greece, Dubai and Qatar

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While many of you are eagerly awaiting this year’s new millinery from the British royal family, we must first peek at hats from Monaco, Greece, Dubai and Qatar. Some of this year’s most luxurious hats were worn by princesses and sheikhas from these countries- click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.

The hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to a final poll. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote (or jump back to vote again for hats from Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands or Luxembourg and Norway). You can vote for multiple hats up to four times per day so please, get voting!

Princess Charlene of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco

1.Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats  2.Princess Charlene, November 19, 2015 in Akris | Royal Hats  3.Princess Caroline, May 10, 2015 in The Madagascar Hat Company | Royal Hats  4.Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece

5.Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats  6.Beatrice Borromeo, November 19, 2015 | Royal Hats  7.Princess Marie-Chantal, June 18, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai and Sheikha Mozah of Qatar

8.Princess Haya in Philip Treacy, June 16, 2015 | Royal Hats  9.Princess Haya, June 16, 2015 in Philip Treacy. Suit by Chanel | Royal Hats  10.Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

Do you think any of these hats deserve to be named best royal hat of the year? Cast your vote below. Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016.

Cathching Up With Sheikha Moza

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikha Mozah have been travelling in France and Croatia over the past two weeks during which time the Sheikha has worn some beautifully chic summer hats. On July 29, the royal couple visited the hospital in Arles, France where the Van Gogh famously stayed in 1888 and 1889. For this visit, Sheikha Mozah wore a natural straw hat trimmed with a cafe au lait hued band and bow around the crown. A coordinating stripe beneath the brim finished the classic picture hat and tied it perfectly to her brown and green floral dress.

Sheikha Mozah, July 29, 2015 | Royal Hats

In early August, the couple toured an organic farm in Southern France. Sheikha Mozah topped her blue floral dress and navy jacket with a natural straw hat trimmed with a navy bow. The hat’s brim, which was turned up on one side and fell in relaxed waves on the other, is just the kind of chic piece one imagines wearing in the French countryside, I think.

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Last Thursday, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikha Mozah arrived in Šibenik, Croatia where they were greeted by Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, president of the Republic. For their arrival, Sheikha Mozah topped her Ulyana Sergeenko couture ensemble with a black silk turban. 

Sheikha Mozah, August 6, 2015 | Royal Hats

Sheikha Mozah, August 6, 2015 | Royal Hats

On Saturday, the royal couple explored the historic centre of Šibenik, cruised around Visovac Island and toured Krka National Park. Sheikha Mozah wore a straw hat with square crown and cartwheel brim which was edged in an upfolded stripe of cream straw and trimmed with a cream silk band around the base of the crown. The darkened shade of the natural straw was a perfect compliment to the Sheikha and the pairing of the hat with her floral dress was perfect.

Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

Sheikha Mozah, August 8, 2015 | Royal Hats

The couple concluded their Croatian visit in Rijeka where the Sheikha wore another Ulyana Sergeenko couture dress topped by one of her de rigeur matching turbans. While no one wears a turban better than Sheikha Mozah, I think her straw hats are so wonderfully chic. It’s lovely to see her in hats for a change, isn’t it?

Photos from Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned