Hat Mystery for Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Sunday Service again this morning at Crathie Kirk in Aberdeenshire. En route to church, photographers caught a glimpse of the Queen in a turquoise straw hat trimmed with a cream band around the crown.

UPDATE: We have not seen this hat in a decade (which made me wonder if it might be new) and I was surprised to see it pop up out of the depths of the Queen’s millinery closet. That was until I remembered that shortly after Frederick Fox died, the Queen attended Sunday church at Sandringham in one of his designs (a hat that had not been worn in a very long time). I strongly suspect this hat was made by Philip Somerville and wonder if its choice today was a similar tribute from the Queen following his recent death?

Queen Elizabeth, September 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: I strongly suspect this is Philip Somerville
Previously Worn: July 2, 2004;  May 7, 2004

Photo from Newsline Media Ltd. via The Daily Mail


Queen Elizabeth in Scotland

Reader Lex was able to locate a photo of Queen Elizabeth en route to church at Crathie Kirk last Sunday. The Queen wore a grey straw hat we have not seen on her since its debut, also in Scotland, two years ago. The hat is clearly designed to coordinate with the Queen’s black and white bouclé suit, with this fabric used as a band around the crown and edging on the brim. The squared cloche shape is one we have seen many times on Her Majesty (it works well for her) and the feather trim adds a little whimsy.  I could do without the edging around the brim but aside from that, this looks to be a fine hat. What is your reaction to this hat?

Queen Elizabeth, September 21, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. The fabric edging around the brim is a touch Angela Kelly often uses
Previously Worn: September 7, 2012

Photo from Dylan Martinez/Reuters via Yahoo

One Hat, Four Coat Dresses

Royal HatsOne of the hats we have seen most on the Duchess of Cambridge is this Whitely designed natural straw beret. Kate has paired this hat with four light-hued dress and coat combinations so far and I am curious, dear readers, which pairing do you prefer?

Duchess of Cambridge, June 4, 2011 in Whitely | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, June 9, 2012 in Whitely | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, July 5, 2012 in Whitely | Royal Hats Duchess of Cambridge, April 21, 2013 in Whitely | Royal Hats

At Epsom, June 4, 2011; Attending a Spencer family wedding, June 9, 2012; At the Order of the Thistle Service in Edingburgh, July 5, 2012; and Attending the National Review of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle on April 21, 2013

Photos from Dave M. Bennet, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson and WPA Pool via Getty

Danish Queen Opens Research Institute

On Tuesday, Queen Margrethe officially opened the new headquarters of the Danish Meat Research Institute in Taastrup. For this engagement, she repeated a navy hat with Bowler-style crown and a short brim that gently curled up on one side; the hat brim and band around the crown were trimmed in the same fabric as her checked dress. While this hat and dress were clearly made to go together, I think it is overly matched. I suspect simple white trim (similar to this hat, also in Queen Margrethe’s millinery closet) might have been a better compliment. What do you think?

Queen Margrethe, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Margrethe, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats


Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 6, 2009August 23, 2009; July 6, 2009; 

Photos from Bjørn Armbjørn via SN.dk

Catching Up with Princess Beatrix

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands has had two hat-wearing engagements this month that we need to catch up on! Last Saturday, she attended the 125th anniversary of the ecclesiastical Union of Utrecht. For this celebration, Beatrix topped her pewter and black scrolled jacket with a black straw hat. This hat, with a tall, folded double brim, featured a scroll-like pleat on the side. While I’m not sure about that side pleat, this hat’s overall simplicity (and absence of flower or feather trim) paired well with Beatrix’s patterned jacket. I sometimes feel that black can be a harsh and overwhelming colour on Princess Beatrix but her jacket kept things light and the whole ensemble worked well.

Princess Beatrix, September 20, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, September 20, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. My guess is Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: January 11, 2012; September 30, 2011; June 30, 2010; June 1, 2010; May 4, 2010

On September 5, Princess Beatrix visited Hitzacker, Germany, the birthplace of her late husband Prince Claus, to open a street named in the Prince’s honor. For this special event, she chose a  navy straw hat with short brim and square crown. The hat was embellished with two things we usually see only on Princess Beatrix’s hats- a diagonal band around the top of the crown and a pair of straw loops on the side. I really like the way this hat pairs with the asymmetrically draped neckline of her navy printed dress and I thought she looked wonderful.

Princess Beatrix, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: November 16, 2013

What do you think of this pair of hats on Princess Beatrix?

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Albert Philip van der Werf and Albert Philip van der Werf via Corbis

Swedish Monarchs Attend Synod Opening

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia  of Sweden were in Uppsala yesterday to attend the annual opening of Synod at Uppsala Cathedral. For this event, the Queen wore a black straw hat with a gently upturned front brim and a twisted band of straw wrapped around the crown. This hat is feels rather somber to me- I can’t help thinking that the low brim seems better suited for mourning than a regular royal engagement. A black hat was the right choice to top Silvia’s black and white jacket but I think lighter shape- like that of her black straw beret, feathered pillbox or even this picture hat- would have been a prettier choice. What do you think?

Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats


Queen Silvia, September 23, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: March 16, 2013


Photos from Stella Pictures via Svenskdam