Danish Royals Embark on Canadian Tour

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary kicked off their tour of Canada today in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Mary repeated her grey wool felt casque hat with abstract leaf trim on one side. Once again, her hairstyle was the perfect compliment to her hat; I particularly love the way her side swept bangs balance the hat, preventing it from looking too much like a helmet. I sense this tour will be a fairly informal one and I think this modern grey casque provided just the right amount of formality to get it started. What do you think of this hat?

Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary, September 17, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: March 18, 2013January 14, 2012

Photos from Sonia RecchiaSonia RecchiaSonia RecchiaSonia Recchia, and Sonia Recchia via Getty

Fall 2014 in Royal Hats

Royal HatsBack in August, we took a peek at the recently released Autumn/Winter 2014 hat collections from Gina Foster and Rachel Trevor Morgan. Here is another beautiful new collection from popular royal hat designer, Jane Taylor.

Jane Taylor AW 2014 Shooting Star Jane Taylor AW 2014 Mica Jane Taylor AW 2014 Jasper Jane Taylor AW 2014 Shell

Jane Taylor AW 2014 Uvite Jane Taylor AW 2014 Quartz Jane Taylor AW 2014 Rosinca Jane Taylor AW 2014 Leuco  

Designer: Jane Taylor Autumn Winter 2014
Synopsis: While the collection includes sculpted discs, large saucers, and a mix of hat shapes (in addition to the pillbox and fedora above, there is a turban and a wide headband), it is anchored by Taylor’s signature beret-base cocktail hats. There is a mix of materials- straw, beaded silk, velvet and lace- although most of the collection is in velour felt. Black, navy and purple predominate with hits of olive, forest green and burgundy. In contrast to the dark hues is trim with lots of sparkle, making the collection reminiscent of a clear sky on a cold winter night. It is glamorous, sparkling and chic
Royals likely to wear these designs:  Certainly, the Countess of Wessex (she wore a bespoke, summery version of the Topaz hat at Ascot ). Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, the Duchess of Cambridge and Zara Phillips also regularly turn to Jane Taylor for hats. I think the Monel would be lovely on Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and I would love to see one of the young British royals wear the Shooting Star (top left) for Christmas.

Are there any hats here that tickle your fancy?

Photos from Jane Taylor Millinery

How to Wear A Hat

Royal Hats  A number of readers have been patiently waiting for answers to their millinery questions. Linda recently wrote:

I love following royal hats and seeing the ways royal women of all ages flawlessly wear hats with their daily working wardrobes. I would like to wear more hats myself but every time I try on a hat I look downright frumpy. How can I find and wear a hat that makes me look as great as the royals do?

Great question, Linda. British Milliner Ian Philip Wright offers some tips (and a wonderful definition of a ‘fascinator’) for you here:

American retailer Marilyn Hellman offers some more tips to help you choose a hat that works for you.

I hope this helps!

Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Enjoy Day 1 of Commonwealth Games

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attended the first day of competition today at the 20th Commonwealth Games. The royal couple watched the England vs Wales women’s hockey match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre and toured the Athlete’s village. Queen Elizabeth repeated one of her Diagonal Wrapped Crown hats, a cloche style hat with domed crown that is wrapped in a tall diagonal band which towers above the crown on one side. This hat, in vibrant sky blue straw, features a spray of green and white feathers and edging around the brim in the same fabric as the Queen’s spring green coat.

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Looking at this hat today has made me change my mind about this particular hat shape. It’s interesting, it’s a wonderful mix of curves and straight edges, and it’s a good scale for Her Majesty. I like the balance of the overall outfit, where the primarily blue hat gives a lovely contrast to the primarily green coat. My only issue is with the odd white flat bow on the side of the hat which just does not seem to fit.

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Hats aside, the following photos of the Queen and Prince Philip watching the hockey match were too wonderful not to post. They looked to be sincerely enjoying themselves.

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

What do you think of this unusually shaped hat?

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 23, 2012; May 20, 2011

Photos from Chris Jackson and Robert Cianflone via Getty; Press Association via The Daily Mail; Robert Cianflone, Robert Cianflone, Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson and Robert Cianflone via Getty

Chatto Wedding: Royal Guest Hats

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Anniversary

Yesterday marked 20 years since the wedding of Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Daniel Chatto. After looking at the gowns and headpieces worn by the bride and her bridesmaids, we now turn our attention to the hats worn by Lady Sarah’s royal relatives. Lady Sarah’s mother, the late Princess Margaret, wore a pale blue hat with large, flat crown, short brim and side spray of silk roses. The hat is very much in tune with early 1990s style and scale which I think was too large for petite Princess Margaret. The hat seemed to dwarf her although the colour was very pretty.

Princess Margaret, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Princess Margaret, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Lady Sarah’s sister-in-law, Viscountess Linley, wore a large black straw hat with front raised brim designed by Philip Treacy. The transparent straw hat brim was edged in a wide black band of fabric and the crown of the hat looks like it was an oversize bubble of cream straw. It is a fascinating hat but again, the oversize 1990s scale seems a little too big for Serena.

Princess Margaret and Viscountess Linley, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Viscountess Linley, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth wore a coral and white straw hat with a simple white band and bow around the crown. If you look closely, you will see that the front of the brim has a diagonal seam- the brim is coral on one side and white on the other (and vice versa on the underside of the brim). This two toned feature is a unique one for Her Majesty and was the design of Ian Thomas (who was once assistant to Norman Hartnell). The brim size is also unique- we seldom see the Queen in hats with such a large brim anymore and I think she wore brims very well. The scale and coral colour of this chapeau was lovely on her.

Queen Elizabeth,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Lady Sarah’s grandmother, the late Queen Mother, wore a cream hat with wide brim trimmed with a wrap of ostrich feathers around the crown (see bottom photo in this post for a better sense of the scale of this hat). The large brim of this hat now seems like it was quite a departure for the Queen Mum, who usually wore calot style hats with upturned front brims that did not obscure her face. This hat was a very stately departure in her millinery style and I think she looked marvelous.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats   Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Princess Anne wore a smart cream hat with raised slit brim in the back. It is another hat that now looks rather dated but twenty years ago, I think it was a fairly stylish piece. Lady Helen Taylor wore an embroidered white skull cap. While her ensemble might look a little odd, I have a feeling the Punjabi kurta-style outfit might have been a gentle nod to the country where Sarah and Daniel met (and returned for their honeymoon). That being said, the form fitting hat was an interesting choice for Lady Helen, who was eight months pregnant with her first child at the time.

Princess Anne,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Lady Helen Taylor,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Princess Diana wore a somber navy dress and picture hat with a large sash that wrapped around the crown and knotted on the side of the hat. The brim was gently raised in front and turned sharply downwards in the back. It is certainly not my favourite of Diana’s hats as it seemed a little severe on her.

Princess of Wales,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Princess of Wales,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

One of the surprise guests at this wedding was Sophie Rhys-Jones who accompanied Prince Edward. Sophie’s cream top hat with tulle around the brim and large trailing bow at the back seems to capture the essence of early 1990s millinery fashion. Thankfully, styles changed by the time she joined the British royal family in 1999.

Sophie Rhys-Jones,  July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

While Lady Sarah’s bridal ensemble seems timelessly elegant, the hats at this wedding seem to reflect the fashion of the day. I am curious, dear readers, which royal hats at this wedding do you remember liking at the time? Which ones did not strike your fancy?

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Photos from Tim Graham via Getty; Matthew Polak via Corbis; Chip Hires, Chip Hires, Stringer and Tim Graham via Getty; and APL and Topfoto via The Royal Forums

Chattos Celebrate 20th Anniversary

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Anniversary

Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Daniel Chatto were married in London on July 14, 1994 and celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary yesterday. In celebration of this milestone, let’s look back at their wedding.

Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, who is the only daughter of the late Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, met Daniel Chatto while working as a wardrobe assistant on the Merchant Ivory film Heat and Dust in India. Their wedding was a family affair that reflected the artistic tastes of the couple (both are professional artists). This was immediately evident in their choice of venue, St. Stephen’s Walbrook, a small 17th-century church in London built by Sir Christopher Wren. Lady Sarah’s dress, designed by British designer Jasper Conran, was inspired by a Holbein portrait. Made of white silk georgette, the dress featured a square neckline, ruched corset bodice, long sheer sleeves and the most beautifully draped skirt that flowed into a train. Even in photos, we get a sense of the effortless movement of the skirt. I remember being awed by the graceful simplicity of this dress and by how authentically it seemed to capture Sarah’s streamlined and unfussy personal style.

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Lady Sarah topped her dress with a full length silk tulle veil and the Snowdon Floral Tiara. The brooches that make up this tiara were a gift from Lord Snowdon to Princess Margaret when they married; Jasper Conran suggested they be put together to create a tiara for Sarah’s wedding and the Snowdon Floral Tiara was born. The floral tiara gave such a feminine touch to Lady Sarah’s bridal ensemble and I loved the addition of greenery in her hair. The greens seemed to make the diamond flowers almost come to life.

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Lady Sarah’s bridesmaids wore gowns also designed by Jasper Conran. The fitted corsets, long sleeves, open neckline and flowing skirts of their white silk dresses closely replicated Lady Sarah’s dress. Their hair was pulled back into low chignons and studded with the same pink garden roses that made up their bouquets. These floral headpieces, which looked so painterly and romantic, remain one of my favourite royal bridesmaid headpieces of all time.

Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and Daniel Chatto, July 14, 1994 | Royal Hats

Lady Sarah’s dress, veil and the Snowdon Floral Tiara are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum until March 2015. If any of you have seen it in person, I would love hearing your thoughts! To see the hats worn by Lady Sarah’s royal relatives at her wedding, check out this post.

Photos from Chip HiresAdrian Clack via Getty; The Royal Forums; and Tim Graham via Getty

Hiatchi Royal Couple Celebrate Japanese Aid Association

On Thursday, Prince Masahito and Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Rehabilitation Aid Association in Tokyo. For this centenary celebration, Princess Hanako wore a very smart hat with squared crown and upturned brim. The brim , which was edged in wide ribbon, was slightly higher on one side, which provided very attractive linear embellishment and movement to the hat. It is a very modern and chic millinery choice for Hanako and I adore it on her.

Princess Hanako, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

Photo from The Imperial Family of Japan