Imperial Royals Visit Ise Shrine

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan took their daughter Princess Aiko for her first visit to the Ise Shrine today. The Crown Princess wore a white bumper hat with embroidered detail on the brim while the Crown Prince, who was in morning dress, carried a black wool top hat.

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One Hat, Two Vibrant Dresses

Royal Hats Earlier this summer, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands debuted a spectacular burgundy picture hat with square crown and large mushroom shaped brim. So far, she has paired this hat with two ensembles to create two distinctly different summer looks. Which outfit do you think worked better with this dramatic hat?

 Queen Maxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Maxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Visiting Poland, June 24, 2014

Queen Maxima, May 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Maxima, May 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

At the Dutch Freedom Awards, May 24, 2014  

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Imperial Royals Remember Prince Katsura

On Sunday, Members of the Imperial Family gathered at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery to commemorate 50 days since the death of Prince Yoshihito of Katsura. Princess Akiko of Mikasa, who acted as chief mourner at her uncle’s funeral, wore a black veiled pillbox hat.

Princess Akiko of Mikasa, July 27, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Akiko of Mikasa, July 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

The ceremony was also attended by Princess Hisako and Princess Tsuguko of Mikasa (seated behind the crown prince) who also wore demure black hats.

Imperial Royal Family, July 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

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Autumn Phillips At Ascot Racecourse

Princess Anne’s daughter-in-law, Autumn Phillips, attended the King George Day Meet at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday. She wore a lovely percher disk hat in pale blue straw which was trimmed with curling feathers and a large silk bloom. There is a lot going on with this little hat but I think it works beautifully in this muted colour and paired with Autumn’s structured sheath dress. It’s a fun piece of millinery she wears quite well, don’t you think?

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Autumn Phillips, July 26, 2014 | Royal Hats Autumn Phillips, July 26, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Enjoy Day 1 of Commonwealth Games

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attended the first day of competition today at the 20th Commonwealth Games. The royal couple watched the England vs Wales women’s hockey match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre and toured the Athlete’s village. Queen Elizabeth repeated one of her Diagonal Wrapped Crown hats, a cloche style hat with domed crown that is wrapped in a tall diagonal band which towers above the crown on one side. This hat, in vibrant sky blue straw, features a spray of green and white feathers and edging around the brim in the same fabric as the Queen’s spring green coat.

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Looking at this hat today has made me change my mind about this particular hat shape. It’s interesting, it’s a wonderful mix of curves and straight edges, and it’s a good scale for Her Majesty. I like the balance of the overall outfit, where the primarily blue hat gives a lovely contrast to the primarily green coat. My only issue is with the odd white flat bow on the side of the hat which just does not seem to fit.

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Hats aside, the following photos of the Queen and Prince Philip watching the hockey match were too wonderful not to post. They looked to be sincerely enjoying themselves.

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

What do you think of this unusually shaped hat?

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 23, 2012; May 20, 2011

Photos from Chris Jackson and Robert Cianflone via Getty; Press Association via The Daily Mail; Robert Cianflone, Robert Cianflone, Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson and Robert Cianflone via Getty

Hat Types: The Stovepipe

Stovepipe

History: During their peak of popularity in the 1849s and 1850s, Top Hats also grew in height. This new variation, with a straight-sided crown approximately eight inches in height, was named the Stovepipe. At the start of his second term as US president in 1864, Abraham Lincoln had adopted this style of hat and it remains synonymous with him even today. Like the closely-related Top Hat, Stovepipe Hats fell out of mainstream fashion during the World Wars.

During the late 1950s and 1960s, one of the hat shapes that became fashionable in women’s millinery was a hat with a tall, squared crown and short, downward facing brim. This silhouette, a cross between a stovepipe and a cloche hat, became what we now consider to be a Stovepipe hat. This hat underwent a slight surge of popularity just after the turn of the last century.

Characteristics: a tall hat with a small brim. The crown might be square, diagonal or rounded but is visibly tall. Most Stovepipe hats have a slightly downward facing brim but occasionally, the brim is flat.

Royals Associated with this Hat Style: We have seen a tall crowned hat on many younger royals, especially during the early 2000s. These days, however, this hat shape is a common one for Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth, March 24, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 5, 2004 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Zara Phillips, April 15, 2001  | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, March 16, 2006 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, March 24, 2011; Mary Donaldson (a week before her wedding), May 5, 2004;
Zara Phillips, April 15, 2001; Queen Elizabeth, March 16, 2006

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Princess Marie of Denmark, June 30, 2008; Princess Anne at Ascot, June 19, 2014;
Queen Elizabeth at Ascot, June 18, 2009; the Countess of Wessex, April 23, 2006

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Queen Elizabeth, July 20, 2011; Autumn Phillips, November 19, 2007;
Princess Marie, October 7, 2008; Viscountess Linley, June 10, 2001

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Queen Elizabeth, June 24, 2014; Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, May 27, 2009;
Queen Elizabeth, April 20, 2011; Crown Princess Mary, January 10, 2012

I find it very interesting that this variation of the Top Hat has morphed into a relatively common silhouette for female millinery while the traditional Top Hat remains a men’s hat. The Stovepipe’s characteristic shape lends itself to a dramatic look that can easily stand out in a crowd (one of the purposes of a royal hat). Sometimes, however, the tall crown and narrow brim can look off balance and overpowering. Are you a fan of the royal Stovepipe?

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Queen Elizabeth Opens Commonwealth Games

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Opening Ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games today. The Queen, who is Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and officially opened the games, debuted a new hat for this occasion. This Angela Kelly design features another Oblique Brim, a sharply edged crown and a spray of flowers, silk leaves and feathers on the side. The crown and underside brim of hat is covered entirely in appliqued lace. The lace makes this hat for me as it provides such a lovely textural detail and beautifully frames the Queen’s face. My problem is with the embellishment on the side of the hat- I think it’s too much, too small and too fussy.

Queen Elizabeth, July 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth, July 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal HatsQueen Elizabeth, July 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Photo from Francois Nel, Chris Jackson, Jeff J. Mitchell, Quinn Rooney, Chris Jackson and Chris Jackson via Getty