Birthday of Princess Isabella

A Birthday2Queen Elizabeth wasn’t the only royal birthday girl today – it was also the birthday of Princess Isabella of Denmark who turned six years old. The Danish Monarchy released a series of photos taken by Crown Princess Mary to commemorate this milestone. For this photo shoot, Isabella wore her first fascinator- a sweet cornflower blue dahlia headband. This spirited girl has the makings of a wonderful future hat wearer, don’t you think?!

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Duchess of Cambridge Reviews Scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped in for the Queen at the National Review of the Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle this morning (the Queen is celebrating her 87th birthday in private today). Kate looked lovely in a latte colored straw beret designed by Whiteley.

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Kate has worn this hat on 3 other occasions: on June 6, 2011 at the Epsom Derby; on June 9, 2012 for a family wedding, and on July 5, 2012 for the Order of the Thistle ceremonies in Edinburgh. Many royals repeat a hat with the same coat or dress but Kate has changed it up and worn this hat with a different outfit each time. I LOVE this kind of recycling – it keeps things interesting for us hat fans and shows what a creative dresser Kate is. I hope this is something she will continue.

What do you think of this beret? Of the four outfits Kate has worn with it, which one do you think looks best with this hat?

Photos from The Daily Mail

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We think we recognize her by her bright and sparkling blue eyes, the triple strand of pearls, that ever-present black purse, or her megawatt smile.  In reality, we recognize her her by her hat.

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Today, on the 87th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, I offer special thanks along with my celebratory congratulations. She is, after all, the first person  we all think of when we hear the words “royal hat”. Happy Birthday, Ma’am.

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Queen Elizabeth at  Westminster Abbey on May 21, 2010 to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the granting of their Royal Charter . She is wearing a hat designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan. 

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The Queen Returns to the Races

Still grinning ear to ear after her racing win yesterday, Queen Elizabeth returned today to the Newbury Racecourse. Her horse, ‘Border Legend’, ran in Race 3 but sadly, did not win. The Queen repeated this Angela Kelly designed ivory and mauve wool hat that she last wore back in December for her visit to the Bank of England.

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This hat continues to grow on me. I still prefer the Queen in hats that don’t blend in so well with her hair but I love the upturned mini-brim on this one. I also liked it much better with the Queen’s mauve dress than with her tweedy coat. What do you think?

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Photo from Mark Cuthbert and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

The Queen Wins at Newbury

Queen Elizabeth’s birthday weekend got off to a winning start today when her horse, Sign Manual, won the 4.15 race at The Dubai Duty Free Raceday held at Newbury Racecourse. Shown here with with her racing manager John Warren  and horse trainer Michael Bell, there were a few tense moments before victory was assured.

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The Queen celebrated her win with jockey Hayley Turner and wore a perma-smile for the rest of the afternoon. I wish I could be as happy about her hat as I am about her horse’s win. I love the brown straw crown with diagonal top and pleated band around it. I’m just not a fan of the tweed brim, the gigantic Medusa button and head-on collision of messy feathers. The Queen has worn this hat and matching coat many times since its debut on Christmas Day in 2007. I think she should go out on top and retire it with this win. What do you think – keep it or retire it?

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Photos from Mark Cuthbert via Getty 

Birthday of Princess Annette

A Birthday2Princess Annette of Orange-Nassau (née Annette Sekrève) is celebrating her 41st birthday today. This is the first time we’ve seen her here on the Royal Hats Blog; Annette is married to Prince Bernhard, the second son of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Peter van Vollenhoven. Bernhard and Annette have “real jobs” and keep a very low profile in Amsterdam where they and their three children live. We see them occasionally at the major Dutch royal family events- weddings, christenings, Queen’s Day etc and they will certainly be present on April 30 for the inauguration of the new  and queen.

One of my favourite hats worn by Princess Annette was this black Garbo hat with relaxed brim and side spray of flowers  she wore back in November 2005 for the christening of Princess Alexia. There is just something so effortlessly glamorous about this hat on her. Isn’t that how all hats should be?

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Photo from Michel Porro via Getty

The Queen Attends Thatcher Funeral

The funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher was held this morning at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended; the Queen wore an asymmetrical black crepe hat with a curly-cue side detail. The shape and fabric material of the hat lead me to strongly suspect it was designed by the Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly.

Queen Elizabeth | The Royal Hats BlogBritish First Lady Samantha Cameron wore a beautiful black straw beret with flat fabric bow.

Samantha Cameron | The Royal Hats BlogThe Duchess of York wore a similar hat to Mrs. Cameron; her juliet cap/beret was covered in black velvet and designed by Ilda di Vico.

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Update: Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece was also in attendance. Her statement hat with wide, open net brim was unique and I thought it looked striking on her. It’s a wonderful hat I suspect was designed by Philip Treacy.

Update: Marie-Chantal’s hat is is a modified version of Philip Treacy’s “Mini Beano Swirl” (with the large cream swirl  removed).

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Carol and Sarah Thatcher also wore beautiful hats by Philip Treacy that can be seen here. 

Photos from The Daily Mail and Max Mumby via Getty

Swedish Royals Start State Visit to Croatia

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden have embarked on a two-day state visit to Croatia. For their arrival today, Silvia chose a white calot style hat with back flower detail and net veil to match her suit. Perched on the back of her head, it had a decidedly retro vibe that I liked. I also liked the contrast with her dark hair and thought the whole look was very Queen-like. What did you think of Queen Silvia’s hat today?

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Photos from Tomislav Kristo via Jutarnji

Birthday of Queen Margrethe

A Birthday4 Queen Margrethe of Denmark turns 73 today. Margrethe (or Daisy, as she is nicknamed) is not a prolific hat wearer and I have to admit that I don’t like many hats on her; because she always wears her hair knotted at the back of her head, most hats make her look bald. On more than a few occasions, however, this costume-designing Queen has worn some crazy millinery.  One of my favourites is this polka dotted number worn on a tour of South Korea in 2007. I don’t like this hat but I do grin widely at it because it is such a great example of her quirky and creative style. It takes a very confident woman to pull this look off and that makes me admire Queen Margrethe all the more.

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Photo from Hee Chul Kim via Getty