This Week’s Extras

Last  Monday, Queen Silvia donned local Lovö dress, including a lace trimmed cap, to host the 20th annual “Pensioners Day” at Drottningholm Palace

The Danish monarchy shared several wonderful personal photos taken during the Crown Princely family’s recent trip to the Faroe Islands including this shot, taken by Crown Princess Mary, which shows the beautiful embroidery on Princess Isabella and Princess Josephine’s bonnets.

Princess Tessy looked fantastic in a faux jeweled headpiece yesterday while attending the second day of African fashion week in Toronto

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African Fashion week day 2 ❤️ #afwt2018

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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attended a memorial service for victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake yesterday in Tokyo. Princess Kiko repeated a black pillbox hat with small bow (Sankei)

Stephen Jones shared this amazing story yesterday about Aretha Franklin’s famous hat by Luke Song (the one she wore to President Obama’s inauguration)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Midnight blue silk bumper hat with stunning statement feathers from British brand Bundle McLaren
Love the shape and lines of this blush straw floral trimmed hat from Australian milliner Meg Rafter
Interesting shape on this blue and purple felt and straw design from Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Crimson silk bandeau with poppies and tulle veil by Australian milliner Louise MacDonald
Beautiful sheen on this green straw bow trimmed percher from Czech milliner Jolanta Kotabova
Black open weave, wide brimmed hat with red abaca flying bow from Aussie brand Millinery By Mel
Fascinating texture in this purple braided straw design by Dutch milliner Eugenie van Oirschot
Fuchsia straw teardrop percher with bow and veil from Madrid-based milliner Biliana Borissova
Headpiece of iridescent pansies with Swarovski crystal centers from Aussie brand Love Lotus Millinery
Dramatic black straw halo hat with hand stitched sequin & pearl trim from Australian Hats by Zarbella


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Countess Camilla of Rosenborg married Ivan Ottesen in Lyngby last Sunday. Countess Camilla, who has four children from her first marriage, is the daughter of the late Count Christian of Rosenborg (he was a first cousin of Queen Margrethe). The marriage took place at Lyngby Church, the burial place of Camilla’s parents.

In other wedding themed news… the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding attire will go on display at Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace this fall and it’s great to already see, via photos, greater detail of the tiara, dress and veil.

Sweet photo of Princess Elisabeth of Belgium and her siblings as she departs for two years of study in Wales

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Leaving for @UWCAtlantic college! #backtoschool2018 !

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New portraits of Prince Nicolai released by the Danish monarchy on the occasion of his 19th birthday and the most adorable snaps of Prince Gabriel shared by the Swedish monarchy for his first birthday

Also off the cuteness scale were Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella yesterday in Monagasque traditional dress yesterday at Monaco’s annual picnic

Queen Sonja’s childhood home has been relocated, restored and opened as a museum earlier this week. She and King Harald used the opening as an opportunity to recreate one of their engagement photos, just in time for their 50th wedding anniversary


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The Het Loo Palace exhibition featuring 111 hats worn by Princess Beatrix opened this week. If any of you are able to take it in, I would love to hear about it! (Vorsten)

Tessy de Nassau (former Princess of Luxembourg) having fun with a bowler hat

Queen Margrethe in her tweed trimmed red hat on Tuesday to present the “Queen’s Clock” military award. Is it me or is this piece looking a little worse for wear?

Some of you remember Belgian milliner Christophe Coppens, who made many a hat for the Belgian royals until he abruptly closed up shop in 2012. This article from the New York times details his departure from the millinery industry and what he’s up to now. 

Philip Treacy shared this lovely throwback photo of the late Duchess of Devonshire being fitted for a spectacular black cocktail hat. Magic.

Stephen Jones does it again, releasing this photo of another hat from his A/W 2017 collection. How much do I want to see this knit crown (with spotted lurex faux ermine) appear on a British royal head at Trooping the Colour this year?!

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Princess Aiko graduated from the Japanese equivalent of Junior High School (Imperial Family Of Japan)

Great slideshow of Princess Eugenie to celebrate her 27th birthday (Express)

Swedish royal ladies looking fantastic in jewel tones for an official dinner they hosted this week (Swedish Royal Court)

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Excellent coverage of the Prince Mikasa’s funeral over at The Imperial Family Of Japan blog along with detail and photos of related events (enshrinement of the spirit and grave rites after the funeral). 

Princess Mako in a smart grey flannel bumper hat on Friday to honour this year’s recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit.

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore an elaborate black feathered headpiece for her brother’s Halloween wedding this week

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg also shared a photo of their elaborate Halloween headwear. Yesterday, Princess Tessy snapped herself in a cozy winter hat.

Prince Henrik in a dapper fedora enjoying the Hubertus Hunt this weekend with his dachshund and grandchildren (Svenskdam)

The Swedish royal court shared a lovely new portrait of Prince Oscar in a knit cap (don’t miss this side by side comparison of a similar photo taken of his elder sister at about the same age).

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Such a lovely photo of King Philippe and Princess Elisabeth released on the occasion of her 15th birthday


News broke this week about a new relationship for Prince Harry. If you read one thing about American actress Meghan Markle, let it be this post on her blog, in her own words. Impressive.

And finally… the much anticipated Netflix series “The Crown” was released this weekend. If you’re able to overlooking some glaring historical inaccuracies (the addition of Wallis Simpson’s presence at the abdication of King Edward VIII, for example), the scale of production is impressive and the costumes are glorious. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Luxembourg Royal Wedding, Ten Years On

Royal Hats  Ten years ago today saw the wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony.

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In September, 2005, the Grand Ducal Court made the surprise announcement that Prince Louis and his girlfriend, Tessy Antony, were expecting their first child. This news was completely unexpected not only because the relationship was unknown to the press, but because the couple were so young (19 and 20). After Prince Gabriel’s arrival in March 2006, news of the couple’s engagement followed five months later. Following precedent in the Grand Ducal family, Louis renounced rights to the throne not only for himself, but for his descendants. As such, when Louis and Tessy married, she did not become a princess- this combined with an already unusual situation and set the event as a much lower key, family affair.

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After a civil ceremony held at the Grand Ducal Palace, Louis and Tessy’s religious ceremony took place on September 29, 2006 in the northern Luxembourg town of Gilsdorf’s local parish church. Like most ‘normal’ brides, Tessy chose an off-the-rack dress, the “Jazmin” design by Spanish bridal manufacturer Pronovias.

Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats


The dress featured a strapless bodice covered in beaded cutouts of lace. Tessy arrived at the church in opera length white gloves that were removed during the ceremony.

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In the front of the dropped waist skirt, an overlay of organza gathered in folded pleats to a cluster of silk roses and trailing rosettes on Tessy’s left hip. From the back, the ballgown shaped skirt attached to the bodice in large box pleats that fell beautifully into a folded train.

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Tessy’s embroidered tulle veil was anchored with a beaded headpiece, worn on the crown of her head.
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There was some grumbling in royal circles at the time about Tessy not receiving a tiara to wear for her wedding. I sincerely do not believe this was a snub- since she did not become a princess upon her marriage, a tiara was simply not in order (Tessy was granted the styling of Princess of Luxembourg in 2009).
It seems to me that the ‘not becoming a princess’ reality was a gift for Tessy who thus, was free to wear whatever she wanted on her wedding day. My esteemed blogging colleague The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor remarked about this dress, ” while I can’t say I’d give it a second glance on the rack myself, I’ve always liked it for one main reason: it seems like what she would have worn whether or not the man waiting at the end of the aisle was a prince.” I think that sums it up very well.
 Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats
Jump over to this post to see the hats and headpieces worn by the Grand Ducal family to this event. What do you think of this non royal headpiece for this non royal bride?
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Luxembourg National Day Part 2

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg celebrated their country’s National Day yesterday at an annual Te Deum service that saw a wonderful parade of hats. After looking at the designs worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Stèphanie, we now turn our focus to the remaining Luxembourgish princesses.

Princess Claire topped her pastel eyelet lace dress (ironically, the same one Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore in Norway yesterday) with a large floral headpiece in palest pink silk. As far as headpieces go, this one is fine enough but it’s pairing with this prairie dress feels juvenile and twee. Call me crazy but I think I prefer the dress with Mette-Marit’s floral wreath.

Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

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Previously Worn: this hat is new

The statement hat of the day was again worn by Princess Tessy, who topped a fabulous lace dress in a pale green avant garde hat. Consisting of a large circle of folded straw, the hat is trimmed with a mass of pink and burgundy flowers and feathers on the very top. I imagine the scattered petals placed within the hat’s fold are meant to tie in with the top trim but instead, I’m afraid they end up looking random bits escaping a giant straw taco.

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Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

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Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Alexandra topped her eyelet lace dress with a rose-beige straw hat. The design features a Pork Pie shaped crown, floppy brim and grosgrain ribbon hat band finished at the side with a flat bow. There are some issues with this piece- the colour is blandly nondescript, the brim is too floppy, the striped straw is not refined- but somehow, I’m left liking how it works on Alexandra. In the end, it’s an interesting millinery idea that falls short a little in execution.
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Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats    Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats
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Previously Worn: this hat is new
That wraps up all of the royal hats we saw at this event! There were very mixed opinions for those worn by the Grand Duchess and the Hereditary Grand Duchess- what is your take on the tree above worn by these Luxembourgish princesses? What hat stood out to you most of all the ones we saw for National day yesterday?
Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats
Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Belgian Noble Wedding: Grand Ducal Guests

Royal HatsWhen a noble bride’s extended family contains members of the Brazilian, Belgian and Luxembourgish aristocracy, one can expect many royal guests at the wedding! Such was the case for last weekend’s marriage of Princess Alix de Ligne and Count Guillaume de Dampierre last weekend. As the bride’s father, Prince Michel de Ligne, is a first cousin of Grand Duke Henri, most of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg were in Belgium for the wedding. My sincere thanks to Valentin Dupont, author of Royalement Blog, for generously sharing his photos of the event.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa repeated her black straw slice hat with ribbon twist trim, a hat that remains a great one for her. With her tan leaf trimmed suit, the hat made for a polished ensemble.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 24, 2015

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie went a more vibrant route, pairing her electric blue knit dress with a sunny yellow straw picture hat. While the hat looks to feature a double brim, it is actually a simple sedge shape with pyramid top (the brim of the base hat is just above ‘s eyebrows) with a curving, wide silk edged wrap of sorts that circles around the base hat’s brim (view this video at 1:33 for a full picture) and curling blue feather trim. While I want to commend Stéphanie’s bold use of colour, I’m not sure that the hat flatters her. There’s also something about the placement of those feathers I don’t like, perhaps because they are competing with the soaring wrap on the brim.

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

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Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Claire paired her peachy pink wrap dress with a coordinating straw hat trimmed in a slim cerise hatband and silk rose at the side. While the Hereditary Grand Duchess opted for too much colour, Claire’s ensemble read a little bland.

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Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Tessy got the colour mix in her ensemble just right, pairing her white dress and floral coat with a turquoise statement headpiece. I imagine the unique shape of this piece is meant to frame the wearer’s face… in this case, it looks more like it’s swallowing her up. With its mass of curling straw ribbon, it is fun design that I think would work better for Tessy if it was about half the size.

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Previously Worn: June 24, 2011

Princess Alexandra repeated her embellished lace headband, replacing the band’s original lime green flower with a larger one in black silk. I’m all for renovating pieces to give them new life but the mix of Alexandra’s delicate lace dress, heavy black jacket and the flapper style headpiece felt convoluted and I’m afraid, didn’t work for me.

Princess Alexandra, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Alexandra, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: in a previous reiteration, June 24, 2015

We seldom see the Grand Ducal family at the same event (except for National Day, which is coming up on Friday this week) and my quibbles about their hats aside, it’s wonderful to see the whole family together. What do you think of the hats they wore for this wedding?

Photos from Valentin Dupont, author of Royalement Blog and Rex/Shutterstock

Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Luxembourg and Norway

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After looking at the royal hats worn by Belgian and Danish royals in our quest to find the Best New Royal Hat of 2015, we turn our attention today to entries from Luxembourg and Norway. While even the monarchs in these two nations are not frequent hat wearers, there were a number of new pieces that the Grand Duchess, Queen and other princesses débuted this year. I have continued my editorial hand here, omitting a number of hats (the Grand Duchess’ two pillboxes here and here; Princess Claire’s spiky cocktail hat and Princess Alexandra’s headband; Princess Mette-Marit’s fascinator and these funeral hats) from the pollfor streamlining purposes. Click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.

A reminder that the hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to the final face off. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote (or take another look at the Belgian or Danish polls).  The next poll will be up tomorrow.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

  1.Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   2.Princess Stèphanie, June 17, 2015 | Royal Hats   3.Princess Stèphanie, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

4. Princess Claire, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats  5.Princess Tessy, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Sonja of Norway

 6.Queen Sonja, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats   7.Queen Sonja, April 10, 2015 | Royal Hats   8.Queen Sonja, May 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

9.Queen Sonja, May 27, 2015 | Royal Hats  10.Queen Sonja, September 23, 2015 | Royal Hats   11.Queen Sonja, December 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Are any of these hats deserving of the title of Best New Royal Hat of 2015? Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016- you can vote for multiple hats once per day.