Queen Máxima was in Joure today to open the new Community School, a collaborative project that includes primary schools, a childcare organization, social welfare supports and a center for the arts. For this opening, Queen Máxima unearthed a wonderful hat we haven’t seen since 2006! In black felt, this hat has all the classic elements of a trilby hat- lengthwise crease down the center of the crown, brim folded up at the back- although on a larger scale than the average trilby hat (and with a much wider brim). It is a fantastic hat on Máxima that paired exceptionally well with her graphic dress; I am so so glad she decided to bring it back into circulation. What do you think of this feather-trimmed trilby?
Is it me or has it been a week of exceptionally wintry, heavy and dark hued royal hats? To lighten things up, I thought we would step back to the wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak a year ago. This event saw two Dutch princesses appear in similar pouffy, feathered fascinators in the same shade of deep periwinkle blue. Worn with chignons and dresses with a very similar neckline, Princess Marilène and Princess Maria Carolina could not have dressed more like twins had they deliberately set out to do so. The question remains, dear readers, who wore their periwinkle pouf best?
Princess Marilène and Princess Maria Carolina, October 5, 2013
Voting will remain open until midnight GMT on November 30 and we will celebrate the winner shortly thereafter. Happy voting!
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Alexandra attended a memorial Service of Thanksgiving for Lady Mary Soames at Westminster Abbey yesterday. Lady Soames, who was the last surviving child of Winston Churchill and mother to Prince Charles’ close friend Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames, died at the age of 91 on May 31, 2014. For this event, Camilla repeated her black straw picture wrapped in ostrich feathers. We have seen this hat twice earlier this year and yesterday’s pairing with her very structured suit was my favourite ensemble so far. I think the voluminous hat balances well with a sharply tailored outfit and Camilla looked marvelous.
Princess Alexandra wore an elegant black felt hat with slightly raised brim. The hat was trimmed in a triple band of velvet around the crown, a velvet bow at the side, and black net tulle wrapped around the brim. The sloped brim is really lovely on Alexandra, and the delicate tulle lends a very light and pretty touch to this hat.
Designer: I suspect it is Rachel Trevor Morgan Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
I thought both the Duchess and Princess Alexandra looked wonderfully elegant yesterday. What did you think of their hats?
Princess Beatrix attended the Children’s Rights Summit in Leiden yesterday. For this event, which was jointly organized by UNICEF Netherlands and the Dutch Coalition on Children’s Rights, Princess Beatrix wore a two tone straw hat with domed crown and double rolled bumper brim. While I love the metallic sparkle threads woven into the gold straw outer brim, the contrasting colours of this hat aren’t working for me. What do you think of this colour blocked hat?
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, who celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary today, paid a visit to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. For this engagement, the Queen repeated her cream stylised bowler hat with lilac trim. While the tall crown of this hat seems a tad too tall, the soft textures of the tweed coat and wool hat really do look lovely on Her Majesty. Hats aside, these two still make a rather dashing pair, don’t they?
The Duchess of Alba passed away this morning at the age of 88, following a period of illness. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva,18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, was one of the few women in the royal world of male primogeniture to carry her title in her own right (she was the only child of the 17th Duke of Alba). She was well known for her glamorous lifestyle, her record number of noble titles (more than 40), her controversial marriages, her passions for art, culture and flamenco dance, and her very colourful fashion.
In Cordoban costume for the 1955 Seville fair
Leading a pre-bullfight parade during Spain’s 400th anniversary in 1962
At a bullfight with the Countess of Quintanilla and Jaqueline Kennedy in 1966
At the May 3, 2010 wedding of Pepito Marquez y Gonzalez de Gregorio and Edina Zichy
At the Seville Fair in April 2011; Enjoying Ibiza in August 2013