Princess Beatrix Opens Health Care Facility

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands officially opened a new building at the Landrijt nursing home yesterday in Eindhoven. For this engagement, she repeated a navy straw hat with stacked double crown and upfolded brim (the brim has a distinctive ‘v’ cutout on the side you can see here, the first time Princess Beatrix wore this hat). I know this is a common hat shape for Beatrix but to me, it looks like the side profile of a tug boat. What do you see when you look at this hat?

Princess Beatrix, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: January 24, 2013; March 19, 2011

Photos from Albert Philip Van Der Werf and Albert Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis

Day 2 of Dutch Visit to Japan

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands continued the second day of the tour of Japan, meeeting with to the Dutch Ambassador and attending lunch at the Imperial Palace. Queen Máxima repeated her purple ‘slice’ picture hat. I still adore the shape of this hat and the colour blocking with her teal peplum dress works well. When it comes to bold colour, I’m not sure there is a royal out there today who does it better than Máxima. Next week, we’re take a peek at the other outfits Queen Máxima has paired with this hat and pick our favourite.

Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvinge
Previously Worn: October 15, 2014March 19, 2014; November 12, 2013

From saturated colour to near lack of it… Crown Princess Masako wore a creamy pink silk bumper hat that coordinated with her silk suit. While I wish the hat was more exciting and that there was a little more colour in Masako’s ensemble besides her dusty rose silk handbag (which is adorable), it is so good to see her looking so well that her clothing really doesn’t matter.

Crown Princess Masako, October 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, October 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 14, 2014; November 6, 2013

What do you think of this pair of royal hats today in Tokyo?

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in Wolverhampton

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Wolverhampton today where they openned the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre and paid a visit to International Security Printers to view their work on specialist postage stamps. For these engagements, the Queen repeated a her turquoise hat with velvet flower trim. I adore the colour of this piece and think the jauntily upturned brim frames Her Majesty’s face so well. The velvet flowers also add great texture to this piece.

Queen Elizabeth, October 30, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

The photo below awards us our first good view of the inside of this hat’s brim, which appears to be covered in the same fabric as the Queen’s dress. I don’t often like Queen Elizabeth’s fabric covered hats (I prefer the subtle texture and sheen of a straw or wool felt hat) but this hat is wonderful. My only qualm about the ensemble is the open neckline on the coat. The first time we saw this hat, on Christmas Day in 2012, the Queen added a fur stole around her neck which worked beautifully. The more open neck, in comparison, falls a little flat. What do you think?Queen Elizabeth, October 30, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

 Queen Elizabeth, October 30, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, October 30, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Nov. 8, 2013Dec. 25, 2012

Photos from Getty as indicated

Dutch Monarchs Arrive in Japan

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands arrived in Tokyo today for the start of a four day tour of Japan. They were officially welcomed by the Japanese royal family in a formal ceremony at the Imperial Palace. Queen Máxima wore a new hat for this arrival in the same golden orange silk as her tea dress.

Dutch State Visit to Japan, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

My initial impression of this piece was that it looked fine on Máxima (particularly combined with her  hairstyle) and that the pleating in the hat was a great match to the pleated bodice of the dress. My only qualm was that it was a little too much orange for a single ensemble…

Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… until I saw it from the back. Like Queen Mathilde’s ringed hat yesterday, I know this open crowned design is Fabienne Delvigne’s way of keeping this piece light and airy. Looking at this headpiece, however, the only words that come to mind are “pumpkin doughnut”.

Queen Máxima, October 29, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Empress Michiko also debuted a new hat. In a large saucer shape, this white hat was trimmed in a bow which coordinated with her black and caramel jacket. I might have preferred this hat in a different colour (it would have been beautiful in the same caramel as her lapel) as the white makes a very stark contrast with the Empress’ black ensemble but this white-hat-with-coordinating-bow is one of her millinery go-to formulas.

Queen Máxima and Empress Michiko, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and Empress Michiko, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and Empress Michiko, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: My guess is Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

The big surprise of the day was the appearance of Crown Princess Masako, who has not attended a state welcome for visiting guests since 2009. Masako paid homage to the House of Orange-Nassau in a suit and hat of the same hue. Her hat, an unembellished bumper, is not a particularly memorable hat but it was so wonderful to see her (and the obvious affection she shares with Queen Máxima) that she could have had a paper bag on her head today and it would have been all right with me.

Dutch State Visit to Japan, October 29, 2014 | Royal HatsCrown Princess Masako, October 29, 2014 | Royal HatsCrown Princess Masako, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

The first day of the Dutch King and Queen’s tour of Japan did not hit many millinery high notes but I suppose that means things can only improve from here. What did you think of this trio of royal hats today in Japan?

Photos from Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Asahi Shimbun via Getty: Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty

European Royals Remember Battle of Ypres

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Princess Lalla Meryam of Morocco and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands joined the King and Queen of Belgium today in Nieuwpoort to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WWI Battle of Ypres. Queen Mathilde debuted a new hat that looked, from the side, to be a stacked calot hat in charcoal grey silk. Upon closer inspection, this hat was not a hat at all but a pair of open rings that circled the crown of Mathilde’s head. I know that designer Fabienne Delvigne uses this shape to convey the light and airy aesthetic that is central to her designs but I can’t see a time when rings-around-a-Queen’s-head seems like a good idea.
Queen Mathilde, October 28, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Princess Beatrix also debuted a new hat in black and gold layered straw. The shape of this hat, with a square crown and upfolded brim, is one we have seen on Beatrix before; what sets this hat apart is the black-on-gold layered band around the crown and stripe around the brim. This trim gives the hat so much texture and interest while not compromising its clean lines. I just wish the crown wasn’t so high.

Queen Mathilde and Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2014 | Royal Hats
Designer: unconfirmed. I suspect Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: This is a new hat
100th Anniversary of the Battle of Ypres, October 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Lalla Meryam (above right) did not wear a hat. If I were forced to choose a favourite hat today, it would be the black and gold straw piece worn by Princess Beatrix. I just can’t feel much love for Mathilde’s open-crowned hats.

Photos from Getty as indicated

Fall 2014 in Royal Hats

Royal Hats  Earlier this fall, we looked at the Autumn Winter 2014 millinery collections from Jane Taylor, Gina Foster and Rachel Trevor Morgan. Today, we’re going to look at the couture and ready-to-wear lines from Lock & Co. Hatters in London.

Lock & Co AW 2014 Bella Lock & Co AW 2014 Girls Own Lock & Co AW 2014 Pin Up Lock & Co AW 2014 Swing Lock & Co AW 2014 Vespa

Designer: Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. Hatters Couture Collection
Synopsis: Fletcher’s couture collection for AW 2014 is a mix of contrasts- there is much black and white and the shapes move from modern sculptures to bold cocktail hats to traditionally prim pillboxes. With zebra print, faux fur and bright hits of purple and magenta, this is not a collection for the faint of heart. Modern, intrepid and confident.
Royals likely to wear these designs: This collection is perfect for Princess Martha Louise of Norway, who has worn Fletcher’s designs to great effect in the past.  We might see a pillbox or pared down cocktail hat on the Duchess of Cambridge but I suspect this collection as it stands is a little too bold for the royals we usually see in this brand.

Lock & Co AW 2014 West Side Lock & Co AW 2014 Upper East Side Lock & Co AW 2014 Radio City Lock & Co AW 2014 Tribeca Lock & Co AW 2014 Fifth Avenue

Designer: Lock & Co. Hat-A-Porter Collection
Synopsis:  Classic fedora, beret, cloche and cocktail shapes in autumnal hues of burgundy, brown, navy and black. The embellishments are restrained and the lines are very clean. Contemporary, understated and urbane.
Royals likely to wear these designs: Any of the young British princesses would look incredibly chic in this collection. Princess Beatrice has worn cloche hats successfully in the past and I would love to see her in the chocolate “Upper East Side” cloche above. I would also LOVE to see the Japanese royal women in some of these designs (one can dream, right?).

Are there any hats here you think would be perfect for a particular royal?

Photos from Lock & Co. Hatters

Seeing Quintuple: Princess Beatrix

Royal HatsSeeing Princess Beatrix at an engagement over the weekend in a dashing navy straw boater hat made me curious about her other dark blue straw hats. A little research this morning uncovered five brimless navy straw hats exist in her closet. Although there are slight differences between each hat, these brimless beauties follow the same general shape and scale that we all are used to seeing on Princess Beatrix. I assume they were all made to coordinate with specific outfits (the one in the top row, middle, is a slightly brighter shade while the one on the bottom left was custom made to match the gown she wore to King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration last year) and it is interesting to note the subtle design differences between them.

Queen Beatrix, August 20, 2009 | Royal Hats Queen Beatrix, November 22, 2011 | Royal Hats Queen Beatrix, November 9, 2012 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix on August 20, 2009;  November 22, 2011; and November 9, 2012 

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Princess Beatrix on April 30, 2013 and November 7, 2013 

Photos from AFP/Stringer via Getty; Pool and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Pool via Getty; and ANP via RD.nl