As we come to the end of 2013, the first full calendar year here on The Royal Hats Blog, I want to hear which royal hat this year was your favourite, as well as your least favourite. I also want to hear about what hat or trend relating to royal hats was most memorable and stood out most this year.
We’re going to start with your favourite. In the comments, tell us which hat was your favourite this year and why. If possible, please include a link to the post here on the Royal Hats Blog that featured that hat so others can link over to see it. I usually don’t edit comment but will add in these links if needed. We’ll keep this conversation going until next Thursday, when we look at our least favourites.
I don’t want to influence your choices but here are some of my favourite royal hats of 2013.Click on each photo to link back to the original post for designer and photo credit information.
Rachel Trevor Morgan has emerged in recent years as one of the premiere hat designers in Britain. One of Queen Elizabeth’s milliners since 2006, her hats have also graced the heads of The Duchess of Cambridge, The Countess of Wessex, Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones and Princess Alexandra of Kent (to name a few). Last year she was interviewed by the Telegraph last year and the interview gives a both a lovely introduction to this talented designer as well as great insight into her design process.
Last week, we looked at some modifications The Queen has made to her hats. Rachel Trevor Morgan states in this interview, ”The Queen does have her opinions about what the hat should be like and whether it’s working or not… she will say if something is not right.” I think that answers our wondering about who decides when one of the Queen’s hats needs to be modified!
I hope you enjoy “meeting” this talented designer today!
Queen Elizabeth in two Rachel Trevor Morgan hats at Ascot, June 14, 2011 and on her Jubilee Tour, June 13, 2012
Princess Benedikte of Denmark attended the 40th anniversary of the Aktivitetscenter Benediktehjemmets (Care and Recreation Benedict Home) in Asminderød, Fredensborg today. For this event, Benedikte repeated her jewel purple wool trilby hat. I think this hat is very chic on Benedikte but I am scratching my own head wondering why it was paired with this magenta suit. I suppose this is one way to combat the winter blahs but I am feeling a little accosted by the colour punch in this ensemble.
A lovely side note- one of the residents of this care home was a former guard at Fredensborg Palace. He remembered Princess Benedikte from her childhood days and the two exchanged memories about each other. Quite sweet, really.
Another one of my favourite royal winter hats is one we have seen on two young heads in the British Royal Family. This Whitely designed wool felt beret features a large diagonal feather and twirled side bow. The Duchess of Cambridge wore it in black while Princess Beatrice’s version is in grey with pale blue sequins.The question remains, however, Who Wore It Best?
Princess Beatrice on Christmas Day, 2009 The Duchess of Cambridge at the Baker Street tube station, March 20, 2013
As usual, the poll will remain open until midnight GMT December 16 on and we will celebrate the winner the next morning. You are again welcome to vote as many times as you wish.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony welcoming them to India yesterday. The Empress wore a new hat- a large (much larger than usual!) white saucer hat trimmed with a large green leaf and pink flower petals. I was very pleased to see him in something with such a large brim.
Later in the day, the Imperial couple visited Jawaharlal Nehru University. This hat also appears to be a new one, although exactly the same shape of saucer (with slightly upturned rim at the back) as these two grey saucer hats. This hat was trimmed with a fabric flower in the same charcoal grey fabric as Michiko’s tailored suit.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in India on Saturday for their first visit in over 50 years. Empress Michiko unveled a new hat and outfit for her arrival; the hat was one of her regular petite saucers, this time in cream, with a cream and beige hounds tooth check flat bow. Her hat coordinated perfectly with her outfit and she looked very smart.
Tomorrow we’ll look at the first two hats worn by Empress Michiko on this tour.