Queen Margrethe Opens Exhibition

Queen Margrethe of Denmark opened an exhibition today at the Nationalhistoriske Museum in Hillerød on the separation of Denmark and Norway, 200 years ago. For this opening, Margrethe repeated her red straw textured hat. While there’s nothing new to say about this hat (we have seen it many times before), I do give Queen Margrethe bonus points for dressing in the colours of the Danish and Norwegian flags.

Queen Margrethe, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 19, 2014May 26, 2014; August 31, 2013; July 1, 2013 May 29, 2013May 14, 2013; September 11, 2009; June 30, 2008; February 20, 2008; September  12, 2007June 7, 2007;  May 10, 2007

Photos from David Lethbridge Williams/Scanpix via Sealand News

Remembering A Millinery Great

British milliner Philip Somerville passed away earlier this week at the age of 84. One of the most prolific hat designers during the 1980s and 1990s, Somerville designed hats for Queen Elizabeth, Queen Silvia, Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Diana and numerous other members of the British, Greek, Danish and Dutch royal families. His obituary in the The London Telegraph details his life and beautifully describes the near 30 years he spent making Queen Elizabeth’s hats. While I did not always like his designs, his creativity and millinery craftsmanship are something to be deeply admired.

I thought we would pay tribute to this brilliant man with a look at just a few of the many hats he designed for the Queen. The first, below, was worn in 1988 and the last, at a Buckingham Palace Garden party just a few months ago. This small snapshot into Somerville’s vast talent shows how truly remarkable it was.

Queen Elizabeth, October 17, 1988  Queen Elizabeth, October 1, 1989  Queen Elizabeth, October 14, 1989   Queen Elizabeth, October 15, 1989  Queen Elizabeth, May 17, 1990

Queen Elizabeth, late 1990s in Philip Somerville  Queen Elizabeth, April 8, 1993,   Queen Elizabeth, October 21, 1993  Queen Elizabeth, February 22, 1996  Queen Elizabeth, June 1995

Queen Elizabeth, November 19, 1997 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, February 20, 2002  Queen Elizabeth, February 19, 2002  Queen Elizabeth, October 30, 2003  Queen Elizabeth, October 14, 2004

Queen Elizabeth, March 17, 2006  Queen Elizabeth, January 8, 2004  Queen Elizabeth, October 24, 2006  Queen Elizabeth, June 30, 2007  Queen Elizabeth, November 29, 2007

Queen Elizabeth, June 7, 2008  Queen Elizabeth, June 11, 2009  Queen Elizabeth, June 27, 2011  Queen Elizabeth, June 10, 2014

Photos from Getty, Zimbio and The Daily Mail. Please click on each photo to link to the original photo source which includes a description and date of the event. 

Seeing Double: Duchess of Cornwall

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Royal HatsLast week, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a new black straw hat from Lock & Co. While this black hat was new, it was certainly familiar- Camilla has a twin, in natural straw. The upturned brim on the natural hat is far less pronounced and the crown has an ever-so-slight domed top but the two hats are most certainly related.

Duchess of Cornwall, September 11, 2014 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats Duchess of Cornwall, July 19, 2012 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

Unlike other royals with two versions of the same hat, this pair of hat twins makes sense to me. I suspect that one can never have too many black hats in one’s royal millinery closet – the shape of this one prevents it from being too boring while the simple embellishment keeps it away from being fussy. In natural straw, this hat is a neutral and versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down. What do you think of this pair of straw hats on the Duchess?

Photos from Danny E. Martindale via Getty and WPA Pool via Zimbio

Dutch Royals Celebrate Prinsjesdag

It’s Prinsjesdag! Every year on the third Tuesday of September, the Dutch monarch addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in The Hague. This speech from the throne lays out government’s goals, policies and budget for the following session of parliament. The event is mired in tradition and pomp- the family arrives in their gold coach, dressed in finery fitting with the 18th century court dress requirement (that’s when Prinsjesdag began and the dress code has not changed). This dress code makes the event one of the very few royal events where we see full length gowns topped with hats!

This is a wonderful dress code for Queen Máxima and she did not disappoint. She topped her cherry red tailored Valentino gown with a coordinating ruched calot hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne. The hat beautifully framed her face and slightly softened the strong lines of the dress. Máxima wears many Delvigne designed ruched toque and calot hats, to varying degrees of success (as yesterday’s post illustrated). At first glance, I thought this hat was well-balanced with just the right amount of movement in all the right places. A second look, however, makes me wonder if this hat is just too small. It seems precariously perched on the back of Máxima’s head, almost as an afterthought. She does look spectacularly regal but I think that’s thanks to the gown and jewels. The hat really doesn’t add much, does it?

   Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

 Queen Máxima, September 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The King and Queen were joined by Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, who topped her purple coat with a camel hat. The hat, large-scale straw pillbox designed by Eudia, was trimmed with autumn-hued pheasant feathers. In some photos, it looked like the hat had a pointed peak in the front but I believe that was an illusion created by the feather trim. The hat helped tie Laurentien’s sash with her outfit and I think overall, it worked well for her. Her corduroy coat, however, is an entirely different matter…

Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal HatsPrincess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

I must admit- I miss the days when the royal balcony also included Princess Margriet and Princess (then Queen) Beatrix. What did you think of this pair of royal hats for today’s important event in Holland?Dutch Royal Family, September 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see all the hats Queen Máxima has worn to previous Prinsjesdags at this post. 

Photos from Pool/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert and Pool via Getty; Pool/Getty via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Jasper Juinen/Getty via Zimbio; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert and Jasper Juinen via Getty

Dutch King and Queen Celebrate Protestant Church

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima attended Sunday Service at the Fontein Church in Nijkerk, The Netherlands, yesterday to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Protestant Church. For this event, Queen Máxima repeated her ruched pale pink calot hat. Every time I see this hat, I admire the lovely way it frames her face…

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

… until I see it from a side or back view, when I must lament how much it looks like a bandage wrapped around her head. I do love the pale pink hat and accessories with Máxima’s beautiful green suit but I’m afraid I’ll never truly warm to this hat. I do believe I would prefer this hat, this hat or even this hat with this ensemble. What do you think?

Queen Máxima, September 14, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: September 13, 2013May 24, 2013; January 21, 2013; April 29, 2011

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkPatrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Sunday Green for Queen

Members of the British Royal Family attended Sunday Service yesterday at Crathie Kirk, close to Balmoral Castle. The Queen, who stopped to chat with onlookers outside the church, wore a hat and suit we have not seen in seven years. The hat, in the same teal green fabric as her coat, featured a rolled brim and squared crown; the wide green silk sash and side bow coordinated with the brim on Her Majesty’s dress and jacket. We do not often see the Queen in this shade of green and it is wonderful on her. I love the pleated detail on the hat’s sash and the slightly squared shape of the crown sets it apart from other hats of similar scale in the Queen’s millinery closet.  What do you think of this seldom worn teal green hat?

Queen Elizabeth, September 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. The slightly indented shape of the crown (visible here) is similar to other Rachel Trevor Morgan designs. 
Previously Worn: September 1, 2007

Photo from Donald Stewart via the Telegraph

Queen Margrethe Opens Music Museum

Last Thursday, Queen Margrethe of Denmark opened the new Museum of Music in Copenhagen. For this event, she repeated her pale blue bumper hat with ribbon and braid trim around the crown. This is the first time she has paired this hat and matching jacket with this floral silk dress and I think the combination is light and oh-so lovely. What do you think of this pairing?

Queen Margrethe, September 11, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Margrethe, September 11, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 24, 2014May 19, 2014April 25, 2014

Photos from PPE and PPE