One Hat, Four Coats

Royal HatsOne of the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to winter hats is the black felt “Fairy Tale” embellished beret designed by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co. We have seen Kate step in this hat paired with four outfits: a teal LK Bennet dress and jacket;  a dark green Emilia Wickstead coat; a black Temperly  coat; and a blue Missoni coat (over a patterned blue Whistles dress). Which outfit do you think has worked best with this hat?

Duchess of Cambridge, March 8, 2012 in Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats    Duchess of Cambridge, March 17, 2013 in Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

On a March 8, 2012 Jubilee visit with the Queen; Visiting the Irish Guards at Aldershot, March 17, 2013

Duchess of Cambridge, November 10, 2013 in Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, March 29, 2014 in Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

Remembrance Day Service, November 10, 2013; at a country wedding, March 29, 2014

Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo, Samir Hussein and Mark Cuthbert via Getty and Splash News via Rumourfix

Royal Hats this Year: The Netherlands Part II

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is one of the most frequent royal hat wearers and this year, she kept us on our toes with her bold millinery. Please click on each photo to link to its original post which will contain larger views and detailed information on each hat. Note that while Queen Maxima did repeat a number of hats this year, each of these hats will appear below just once (usually, the most recent outing).

1.Queen Máxima, January 20, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 2.Queen Máxima, January 23, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 3.Queen Máxima, February 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 4.Queen Máxima, March 12, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 5.Queen Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 6. Queen Máxima, March 26, 2014  | Royal Hats 7.Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 8. Queen Máxima, April 2, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 9.Queen Máxima, April 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 10.Queen Máxima, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 11.Queen Máxima, April 8, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 13.Queen Máxima, April 26, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 14.Queen Máxima, May 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 15.Queen Máxima, May 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 16.Queen Máxima, May 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 17.Queen Máxima, May 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 18.Queen Máxima, May 26, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 19.Queen Máxima, May 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 20.Queen Máxima, May 28, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 21.Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 22.Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 23.Queen Máxima, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 24.Queen Máxima, September 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 25.Queen Máxima, September 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 26.Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 27.Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 28.Queen Máxima, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 29.Queen Máxima, October 1, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 30.Queen Máxima, October 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 31.Queen Máxima, October 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 32.Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 33.Queen Máxima, October 31, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 34.Queen Máxima, November 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 35.Queen Máxima, November 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 36.Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 37.Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 38.Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 39.Queen Máxima, December 4, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Are there any hats here you nominate for Favourite Royal Hat of 2014? Adversely, are there any you feel compelled to name among your least favourite?

Royal Hats this Year: The Netherlands Part I

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We saw so many hats worn by members in the House of Orange this year that we need to break this review into two parts! First, we’ll look at all of the hats and headpieces worn by the Dutch princesses. Please click on each photo to link to larger views and detailed information on each hat.

Princess Margriet, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margriet, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margriet, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Laurentien, April 26, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats Princess Annemarie, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margarita, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix, January 11, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix,March 21, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, May 20, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, May 22, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, June 5, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, June 28, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, September 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, September 4, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, September 20, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, October 10, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, October 25, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, November 14, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, November 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for best of 2014? Are any of them on your list of least favourites?

Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats Queen Máxima wore this year.

Seeing Double: Princess Michael of Kent

Royal HatsPrincess Michael of Kent has many of her hats made by legendary milliner John Boyd. Mr. Boyd has made a two domed pillbox hats for Marie-Christine- one in black felt and one white silk- each trimmed with a pair of sweeping Lady Amherst feathers. I find this pair of millinery twins particularly interesting because of the near identical use of feather trim and because of the yin-yang relationship between the two hats. Not only opposite in colour, they are opposite in material (felt for winter, silk for summer). These subtle differences between the two hats give them each a distinct look- I didn’t initially notice they were twins. Perhaps the Princess liked one so much, she ordered a twin to wear in the off season? I think most of us have done that in our own wardrobes from time to time!

 Princess Michael of Kent, October 3, 2012 in John Boyd | Royal Hats  Princess Michael of Kent, May 17, 2012 in John Boyd | Royal Hats

Princess Michael of Kent on October 3, 2012 and May 17, 2012

Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty and Press Association via The Telegraph

Royal Hats this Year: Sweden

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We still have a number of royal houses to review in our look back at royal millinery in 2014. Here are all of the Swedish royal hats we saw this year (click on each photo to link its original post with larger views of each hat):

Queen Silvia, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess MarianneBernadotte of Wisborg, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, April 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  March 26, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  April 4, 2014 in Whitely | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, June 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne  | Royal Hats Princess Madeleine,  June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Victoria,  June 8, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Christina, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess Gunilla Bernadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess MarianneBernadotte of Wisborg, June 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, June 15, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, August 16,2014  | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, September 8, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, September 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, September 30, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Victoria, November 22, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia,  December 2, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for favourite royal hat of 2014? Are any among your least favourite?

Countess of Wessex in Germany

The Countess of Wessex traveled to Alanbrooke Barracks in Paderborn, Germany, back on December 5, 2014 to meet the 5th Battalion, The Rifles, one of the last groups of British troops to return from Afghanistan. For this event, Sophie repeated a hat she has not worn in a long while- a burgundy felt stovepipe hat with sharply indented crown. This hat, which is trimmed with a knotted sash on the side, is distinctive for its colour and its shape. The color is beautiful, especially with coordinating gloves and Sophie’s wonderful navy military coat. The shape? I’m not a fan. Sophie wore a number of similarly shaped hats a decade ago and while they seemed marvelously bold and dramatic at the time, I think their time has passed. What do you think of this burgundy hat?

Countess of Wessex, December 5, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess of Wessex, December 5, 2014 | Royal HatsCountess of Wessex, December 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: December 25, 2006; March 15, 2006; December 2009; January 2012

*Special thanks to Alyssa and Bristol for bringing this hat to my attention. It missed my royal hat radar!

Photos from Press Association via The Daily Mail