Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 45 years ago today, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was photographed on the occasion of her 70th birthday with her grandchildren Prince Edward (later the Earl of Wessex), Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Viscount Linley. Her hat was a marvellous pompadour casque made from triangles of multi-coloured pastel silk organza trimmed with tiny silk blossoms of lily of the valley.

Photo from Getty as indicated

Monaco Royal Wedding in Italy: Family and Royal Guests

Royal HatsThis weekend’s lavish religious wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo saw a number of hats worn by family members and royal guests. For the religious ceremony on Saturday morning, the groom’s mother, Princess Caroline, wore a flat-crowned white picture hat. The brim of the dramatic hat was heavily wrapped in a swirling tempest of navy silk tulle and trimmed with navy and white feather poufs on one side. While the hat is a haute couture piece, I’m struggling to find it either flattering or attractive. It’s a signature piece that seems at odds with Caroline’s ornately beaded Chanel tunic (a piece I suspect it was designed specifically to compliment).

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You can get a better sense of this hat in the short video clip below. Jump over here for a view of Princess Caroline’s pre-wedding dinner outfit and here for a view of her gown (and optional Can-can sleeves) at the post-wedding reception.

Designer: Chanel
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Charlotte Casiraghi did not wear a hat at any of the wedding festivities (jump over to her outfits at the pre-wedding dinner here, the religious ceremony here and her wonderful Gucci gown for the reception here). Princess Alexandra of Hannover, who appears to have been a bridesmaid at the religious ceremony, topped her simple silk gown with a wreath of flowers in her hair.

Princess Alexandra, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Alexandra’s outfits at the other two events can be seen here and here. The outfits worn by Tatiana Santo Domingo can be seen here, here and here and those by Princess Stephanie and her daughters here, here, here and here.

While the bride’s mother Paola Marzotto did not wear any hats (see her frocks here and here), her sister-in-law Italian fashion designer Marta Ferri wore two vibrant floral headpieces made by Piers Atkinson- red for the pre-wedding dinner and yellow for the religious ceremony. Marta’s infant son (whose father is Beatrice’s brother Carlo, below left), was also spotted in a wee straw hat.

 Marta Ferri, July 31, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats  Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit or Norway continued her love of headbands with one worn to each of the three wedding events. While I appreciate her use of head adornment at this hat-scarce wedding, the pieces look rather twee when paired with her trio of floral and lace prairie dresses. The pink piece, worn with a Valentino gown, has the air of a Kokoshnik tiara that intrigues me but I’m afraid in reality, it might be a twin to the first piece, which looks like a string of mini pita pockets.

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Luxarazzi has photos of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein who attended, sadly all without hats. I’m afraid, dear readers, that this wedding won’t be remembered for its millinery and that the review here is rather paltry. Of the hats and headpieces we did see at these nuptials, did any stand out to you?

Photos from Robino Salvatore via Getty; Walter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash News, Gigi Iorio/Splash News, and Splash News via Corbis; JacopoR/PierreS/GC Images via Getty; Marta FerriAFP via Getty; and Stella Pictures

Monaco Royal Wedding in Italy

Royal Hats After celebrating their civil wedding in Monaco on July 25 with an outdoor picnic for 700 guests and a formal evening dinner (and two Valentino gowns worn by the bride), Pierre Caisraghi and Beatrice Borromeo continued their lavish nuptial festivities this weekend on the Borromeo Islands owned by the bride’s family on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. The party kicked off Friday night with a semi-casual pre-wedding dinner held at the Borromeo Palazzo (castle) on Isola Madre. Beatrice wore an Alberta Ferretti gown in sheer ivory silk chiffon, embroidered with flowers on the bodice and skirt. The bohemian style of the dress was continued with her simple, flat sandals and a flowing hairstyle studded with fresh flowers. The look was effortless, beautiful and very Italian Goddess.

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The religious wedding was held on Saturday morning on the private island of San Giovanni. Beatrice wore a classic gown in ivory Chantilly lace and layered silk chiffon with a high boat neck, three quarter length sleeves and flowing A-line skirt, custom made by Armani Privé.

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A silk tulle veil edged in Chantilly lace completed the ensemble. In an unusual twist, it was place flat against the back of her head, attached with what looks like a number of vintage diamond hair clips.

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The final event, a formal evening reception held at Castle Angera on Saturday evening, saw Beatrice in another Armani Privé design. Her final gown, in layers of gossamer silk tulle, featured low v-neck, belted waist and full skirt. Two trains flowed from on each shoulder, anchored by a pair of Borromeo family heirloom antique diamond brooches in the form of wings. The brooches brought a touch of sparkle to the back of the dress while the two trains gave an sweeping, elegant  sense of fluid movement. A braided ballerina bun, diamond necklace and earrings and strappy silver stilettos completed the final bridal ensemble. She looked stunning.

Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, August 1, 2015  Royal Hats

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In a wedding that saw the bride in no less than five couture gowns, I think Beatrice saved the best for last. What did you think of her final three bridal gowns?

Photos from Splash News, Splash News, and Gigi Iorio/Splash News via Corbis; Armani via Twitter; Splash News, Machete/Splash News, Walter Gatti/Splash NewsSplash News, Machete/Splash NewsSplash News, and Gigi Iorio/Splash News via Corbis

This Week’s Extras

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The Duke and Duchess of Anjou spotted enjoying a polo match in Sotogrande with their young family (Hola)

Great feature from British milliner Edwina Ibbotson on a hat from “Concept to Completion” (Edwina Ibbotson Millinery)

Interesting interview with Eudia designer Evelien Gentis-Smit (Lola Lola)

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Marvellously creative new portraits of Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall by British photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas were released today (Daily Mail)

Wonderful short interview with King Simeon of Bulgaria (CNN)

New photos released of Prince Nicolas of Sweden with his proud parents and older sister (Swedish Royal Court)

Princess Eugenie at Goodwood Races

Princess Eugenie, who recently moved back to London, attended Ladies’ Day at the Glorious Goodwood races today in Chichester. She used the occasion to début a large asymmetrical hat. Described by the designer as a silver grey straw “large disk hat with waffle veil and pearl brooch,” the hat cast a much larger footprint than any other Eugenie has worn this year. It’ a great shape and scale for her and I appreciate how the bold shape is softened by the light colour and romantic trim. I’m just not sure the hat was showed to greatest effect with her simple white dress and grey jacket.

Designer: Nerida Fraiman SS826 design from the Spring Summer 2015 collection
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think about this pale grey straw hat?
Nerida Fraiman SS826 2015
Photos from Getty as indicated and Nerida Fraiman

Imperial Couple Visit Toyota Factory

After returning to Tokyo earlier this week, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Toyota factory in Toyota City. The purpose of the visit was to see steps in the production of the “Mirai”, Toyota’s car powered by hydrogen fuel. Empress Michiko repeated the hat she débuted early last month, thankfully providing us a much better view.

Empress Michiko, July 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Made up of stacked white and grey flat disks, the bottom grey disk is covered in silver fishnet which lends a subtle sheen to the piece. The hat is trimmed with a flat white and grey bow behind which are tucked some silk leaves and flowers. From the closer view I have tried to provide below, the hat is much more adorned than many of the hats Michiko has worn in recent years.

Empress Michiko, July 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: June 3, 2015

While I love to see Michiko’s hat style expanding by even the tiniest of steps, I’m a little perplexed by the choice of this particular piece with her boldly patterned hound’s tooth check coat. The Empress has a number of hats with hound’s tooth check trims (see here, here, and here) and I would have expected her to pair this coat with one of those hats, which would have coordinated more directly.

Photo from Asahi Shimbun via Getty