In some parts of the world today, St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated. Thinking about pink hearts and red flowers inevitably leads me to think of royal millinery inspired by this holiday.
The Classic Red Rose Bouquets
Princess Máxima of the Netherlands at a government function, January 26, 2012
The Countess of Wessex attending church with the British Royal Family in a headpiece designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan, December 25, 2009
The Love Knots
Queen Elizabeth visiting Staffordshire, March 31, 2006 and at Ascot, June 16, 2012
The Head-To-Toe Pinky Pinks
Princess Grace of Monaco visiting the Fifth Rose Show in Monza, Italy in May 1970
Princess Letizia of Asturias (Spain) in a Pablo & Mayaya design at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, April 19, 2011
Princess Mathilde of Belgium at National Day Celebrations, July 21, 2005
The Valentine’s Pink and Red Clash
Princess Diana on a state visit to Kuwait, March 14, 1989
Princess Máxima of the Netherlands at a family wedding, August 27, 2005
The Vintage Pink Garden Roses
The Duchess of Cornwall at Ascot, June 17, 2009
Princess Eugenie attending church with the British Royal Family, December 25, 2011
The Fuchsia Roses and Ruffles Explosion
Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, at Ascot, June 2012
And The Stylized Modern Hearts
Princess Victoria of Sweden (in a Fabienne Delvigne design) welcoming the Luxembourg Royal Family for a visit to Sweden, April 15, 2008
Princess Camilla, Duchess of Castro, at the wedding of Prince Georg of Prussia, August 2011
None of these hats, however, can top the heart-shaped spectacle that Princess Camilla, The Duchess of Castro (née Camilla Crocciani) wore to the wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock on July 2, 2011. This is a whole lotta pink-hearted hat love (ironically, at a wedding rife with rumors that the bride was trying to run away). It seldom happens but I think this hat puts me at a total loss for words.
Which one of these Valentine’s inspired hats is your favourite?