This Week’s Extras

Princess Anne looking great in a casual straw hat to present prizes at an eventing circuit competition held on her estate, Gatcomb Park, last Monday. She and Vice Admiral Laurence were spotted in casual sun hats, enjoying the event on Sunday.

The “nosai no gi” ceremony for Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya took place today at Princess Hisako’s home in Tokyo. This ceremony, the highlight of engagement rituals followed by the Imperial royal family, includes the exchange of special betrothal gifts (including sea breams, sake and silk) by both families and officially seals the engagement. The young couple and their surviving parents were later spotted arriving at the Imperial Palace for a visit with the Emperor and Empress, Princess Ayako in a white jacquard silk bumper hat with rosettes, braided trim and a tufts of tulle veil. Princess Hisako wore an interesting hat covered in melon-hued silk with rolled brim wrapped in white organza.

   

We can usually count on Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two-Sicilies to sport some interesting fashion during her family’s annual vacation in Saint-Tropez- while she didn’t disappoint this year, I really do like her sun hat.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan speaking at a fundraiser for the American Alzheimer’s Association earlier this month in New York in an animal printed straw hat

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Queen Elizabeth was spotted en route to church in Scotland today in a new pale blue hat with black trim. She was joined by Princess Beatrice who looked very fashionable in a wide brimmed, dark Garbo hat. She also debuted a new cream and blue hat for church last Sunday that you won’t want to miss.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Very happy yellow straw beret/calot from Danish milliner Susanne Juul with beautiful handmade irises
Lilac and lime statement oversize saucer with flowers from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Stunning black ringed headpiece with feathers from Australian brand Jill and Jack Millinery
Pink percher with impressive silk abaca trim from Liverpool milliner Tracy Miller
Lovely lace applique and flower embellishment on this red hat from Dutch milliner Maria Marcus
Beigey-pink straw boater with interesting cobweb brim from Irish milliner Edel Black
White wide brimmed straw saddle with black arrow trimmed feathers from British brand Bundle MacLaren
Textural magenta straw beret with twist from British-Australian milliner Louise Georgette
Gold lily-of-the-valley trim on a large button percher from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Watery blue and green ombre straw saucer from London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir

And from Jane Fryers Millinery, this striking green and black beret base percher made of fish leather- leather made from fish skin, something that is usually discarded in the fishing industry.

 

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Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya used the occasion of their “nosai no gi” engagement sealing ceremony today to release a series of sweet engagement photos (Imperial Family Of Japan)

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary shared numerous snaps of their family’s visit to the Knuthenborg Safaripark.

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Fra fredag aften til i dag har Kronprinsfamilien været på uofficiel sejlads med Kongeskibet Dannebrog rundt i Danmark. I går så Kronprinsfamilien både på giraffer og kattaer i Knuthenborg Safaripark, som var turens sidste besøg. ▶️ Knuthenborg Safaripark er Nordeuropas største safaripark med mere end 1.000 fritgående vilde dyr. Her er H.K.H. Kronprinsessen på besøg i Parkens Afrika-del. ▶️ H.K.H. Kronprinsen i safariparkens Dinosaurskov. ▶️ D.K.H. Prins Christian og Prins Vincent leder efter fossiler i Dinusauerskoven. ▶️ H.K.H. Prinsesse Isabella på besøg i Parkens lemurskov, hvor kattaen holder til. ▶️ H.K.H. Prins Vincent med en model af en tyrannosaurus rex. ▶️ H.K.H. Prinsesse Josephine med en katta. 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️

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RAF Centenary Part II

While the entire British royal family attended yesterday’s service at Westminster Abbey and watched the Royal Air Force  flypast town The Mall, the group divided with half attending a Buckingham Palace reception and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attending an RAF reception on Horse Guards Parade.

The Countess of Wessex repeated her cream striped crin hat. Built on a straw button base, this variation on a saucer shape features a wide fold that flutes the left side of the design. The hat is trimmed with grey and cream twists and a pair of black feathers.

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The streamlined colour palate on this design gives it an air of sophistication, especially paired with Sophie’s textured cream dress. It’s a great look for her.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah
Previously Worn: Feb 4, 2018May 10, 2016;  June 17, 2015

Princess Anne repeated a hat that’s been around the block a few times. The design features an angular, diagonal crown in almond straw with contrasting chocolate straw underbrim and tall wrap around the crown along with chocolate raw silk stacked hatbands. The piece is completed with a mass of cream and pheasant feathers.

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While hat coordinates well with Anne’s ensemble, I’m not a great fan of any of the pieces, which all look pulled from different decades. While removing those horrid chocolate gloves (bottom photo) helped immensely, the mix of overly trimmed hat, fussy jacket and pleated skirt just aren’t a winning combination. Put the hat with a streamlined chocolate shift dress and I think, it would work much better.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016May 20, 2016; June 19, 2015November 19, 2007June 2006

After her recent streak of stunning new wider brimmed hats, the Duchess of Gloucester returned to her familiar taupe straw beret hat with stem. I have to admit, the hat is a great fit for this event, its shape referencing military berets, and coordinated well with her navy coat and dress.

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Designer: unknown. I still guess Lock and Co.
Previously Worn: March 9, 2017June 18, 2015June 15, 2015November 6, 2013June 19, 2013June 5, 2012

Princess Alexandra repeated her pale pink straw wide brimmed hat with square edged crown, trimmed with a hatband in the same striped silk as her dress and a mass of candy pink feathers. It’s a hat I think works better without Alexandra’s jacket, when the pink straw provides a bit of contrast and the hatband can link with the stripes, which are placed in multiple directions, on the dress.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 28, 2018; June 15, 2010

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her wide black picture hat with shallow crown and mushroom shaped brim, trimmed with a giant black feather. It has always been a great statement hat on Marie Christine and it’s great to see her trot it out again.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 13, 2015September 11, 2014; June 18, 2010

The Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent all wore caps linked with their individual military ranking in the RAF while Vice Admiral Laurence was in his naval uniform (I believe he does not hold rank in the RAF, honorary or otherwise).

The event saw such a wonderful array of British royal hats- which ones stood out to you most?
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Ascot Day 3: Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Laurence

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence rode in today’s royal carriage procession in the second carriage, joined by the York Princesses. Princess Anne repeated an embellished, vibrant turquoise trilby hat I don’t think we’ve seen since its debut six years ago.

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This straw design features a characteristic short trilby brim, upturned around the back and downward facing in the front, with a tall, pinched crown trimmed with a mass of different varieties of turquoise feathers at the front.

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The feather trim is a bit haphazard and madly off in all directions for my taste- I think it would benefit with a haircut and slight shift onto the side of the hat. Feather quibbles aside, the colour is glorious on Anne and I love the cheeky interplay between the hat’s short brim and the raised collar on her jacket.

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Designer: Walter Wright  
Previously Worn: June 5, 2012
Vice Admiral Laurence looked very distinguished in his gleaming black silk top hat. I particularly like the hat’s contrast with his pale aqua tie.
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I call this hat a win for Princess Anne, simply based on colour and scale. What do you think?
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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 3: The Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Sir Laurence

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Princess Anne pulled out the stops for Ladies’ Day today, pairing the wonderful green dress we saw her wear three week ago with a new, matching hat. The saddle shaped base, in emerald green straw, is embellished by a coordinating folded bow that spreads across the back of the hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new!!

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence wore a black top hat.

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Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British Royal Family attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall yesterday. Queen Elizabeth led her family in a new black ‘bucket’ style hat. Made of the same fabric as her coat, the hat features a short brim and wide hatband, wrapped diagonally around the design and anchored with buttons. The small brim of the piece works beautifully with the shawl collar on Her Majesty’s coat.

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Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Duchess of Cornwall repeated her beautiful black felt hat with flyaway raised brim edged in a wide band of grosgrain ribbon.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: December 25, 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a classic new hat in black felt with rounded crown and gently upswept brim on one side. The use of  velvet on the wide hat band and brim underside provides lovely textural contrast without compromising the beautifully smooth lines of the design. It’s a great addition to Kate’s inventory of black hats.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Countess of Wessex also wore a new hat. In black felt, the shaped saucer design is trimmed with curling organdie ribbon. Similar to the design she wore to this event in 2014, this new hat has an air of slightly greater refinement that works well for Sophie.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Alexandra repeated her black wool hat with tall, domed crown. The hat is trimmed in a ruched hatband of crushed black velvet that is repeated on piping on the brim’s edge and on the collar of Alexandra’s coat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2015Nov 10, 2014March 2, 2005; 1996

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of York, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Duke of Gloucester were also in attendance. As in years past, these royal men (except for the Duke of Gloucester), dressed in military uniform.

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This ceremony is a beautifully poignant event that draws together royals, politicians, veterans, service personnel and civilians in remembrance. Without loosing sight of this reverence, I’m curious to hear which hats stood out to you most at yesterday’s ceremony.
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This Week’s Extras

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King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora for a forest walk in Vindeln (Swedish Monarchy). Queen Silvia wore traditional dress for  Pensioners’ Day at Ekebyhov’s Castle Park (Dana Press) and the couple donned baseball hats to stave off rain at the city of Borgholm’s 200th anniversary celebrations (Swedish Monarchy).

Mike Tindall in a natty woven trilbey last weekend enjoying Big Feastival in the Cotswolds with Zara and Mia

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Princess Kiko repeated a black pillbox for a memorial of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake (Imperial Family of Japan)

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were in Russia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first WWII Arctic Convoy

 

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The Princess Royal honours the 3000 British troops and their comrades that perished during the first Arctic Convoys during the Second World War, 75 years ago. The first of the Arctic Convoys, codenamed ‘Dervish’, arrived in Arkhangelsk, Russia on 31 August 1941. Running the blockade by the German Navy and avoiding perils such as mines and U-boats the convoys were essential to the supply of the Soviet Union and played a part in supplying Leningrad (present day St Petersburg) during the siege. To this day the UK and Russia continue to honour the sacrifice of Royal Navy sailors and merchant seamen, including through the UK’s Arctic Star medal. Arctic Convoy veterans and The Band of HM Royal Marines will also participate in the commemorations.

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Wonderful photo released of three generations of Danish sailing princes on board the Danish royal yacht at the Dragon Gold Cup (Danish Monarchy)

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Prince Albert of Monaco participated in a round table discussion at Ohio State University- you can watch the entire event here.

Proud papa King Jigme Khesar of Bhutan shared this trio of snaps of his adorable son, Prince Jigme Namgyel

British Royals Kick Off Battle Of Jutland Commemorations

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attended a service at a war graves cemetery on Saturday to mark the Battle of Jutland. This event in Scotland began several days of commemoration that are leading up to the battle’s official anniversary tomorrow and Tuesday.  To remember this battle, the largest naval battle of World War I, the royal couple predictably attended in their naval uniforms.