This Week’s Extras

Prince Joachim and Princess Marie visited to the army school Haerens Sergentskole in Varde on Tuesday. Joachim graduated from the school 30 years ago and his eldestson, Prince Nicolai (second from the right, below), enrolled in the school earlier this month.

Also on Tuesday, Infanta Elena donned one of her trusty fedoras to attend a bullfight with her father (Getty Images)

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia participated yesterday in an annual car rally on the island of Öland, the king driving is 1946 navy blue Volvo PV60 as he has in years past. For the event, Queen Silvia wore a cream brimmed hat with red trim while the king wore a brown felt trilby. There are some great additional photos at this Belga gallery.

Very interesting radio interview with couture milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan and couture turban designer Donia Allegue Walbaum about their craft, brands, creative perspectives and experiences as milliners of famous clients (BBC)

Philip Treacy shared this archive photo of the Queen of Soul in one of his amazing designs. My sincere thanks to reader Shannon for passing on this great interview with Detroit milliner Luke Song, who shares memories of working with Aretha Franklin and the hats he made for her. I found the story behind the iconic one she wore for President Obama’s inauguration to be particularly fascinating.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Very dapper orange, blue and grey plaid newsboy cap from Stetson Europe
Luxurious merlot peachbloom felt fedora with pewter rose hatband detail from Jane Taylor
Natural straw hat with a swooping twist from Munich-based Nicki Marquardt
Love the icy bit of silver trim on this lilac button base percher from Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Leopard print percher with pheasant feathers from Australian brand Millinery Jill
Headpiece of pastel foam circles from the creative mind of British milliner Stephen Jones

And from Australian milliner Meg Rafter, a beautiful wide brimmed, cream straw fedora and wide, monochrome Petersham ribbon hatband. Clean, simple, effortless, wearable and so, so chic.


 Royal Hats

Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko travelled to the Imperial family’s seaside home in Shimoda this week for a holiday. Several great photos of the family were taken on the beach (see here, here and here) including this great shot that proves even royal teenagers cringe at their dad’s jokes.

Great photo montage shared by the British royal family this week on the occasion of Princess Anne’s birthday

Happy Birthday to HRH The Princess Royal! #HappyBirthdayHRH

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Queen Margrethe was all smiles on Thursday at her French home, Chateau de Caix, where she welcomed journalists for an annual interview and photocall. This home was well known to be Prince Henrik’s escape and a personal favourite of the couple- as such, these photos on the first summer following his passing feel particularly poignant.

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We sign off this week with another breathtaking photograph of nature from the lens of James Ogilvy. Summer weekends are coming to a close- enjoy this one!


Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 2002 when Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako took a wee Princess Aiko, in an adorable white bonnet, on a hike. Scroll through the gallery below for additional photos.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Iconic Hats: 2000s

 We continue our quest to identify Queen Elizabeth’s most iconic hats with a decade I think you will enjoy- the 2000s. When you think about hats the Queen wore during this decade that are “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence”, which ones come to mind? As always, add your voice of support to suggestions made by other readers and feel free to link to articles, youtube videos or photo galleries featuring a particular hat; please avoid pinterest links (original sources please!) and any hotlinked photos.

What hats from 2000 to 2009 do you consider to be iconic looks for the Queen?

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Anne looking great in a casual straw hat to present prizes at an eventing circuit competition held on her estate, Gatcomb Park, last Monday. She and Vice Admiral Laurence were spotted in casual sun hats, enjoying the event on Sunday.

The “nosai no gi” ceremony for Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya took place today at Princess Hisako’s home in Tokyo. This ceremony, the highlight of engagement rituals followed by the Imperial royal family, includes the exchange of special betrothal gifts (including sea breams, sake and silk) by both families and officially seals the engagement. The young couple and their surviving parents were later spotted arriving at the Imperial Palace for a visit with the Emperor and Empress, Princess Ayako in a white jacquard silk bumper hat with rosettes, braided trim and a tufts of tulle veil. Princess Hisako wore an interesting hat covered in melon-hued silk with rolled brim wrapped in white organza.


We can usually count on Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two-Sicilies to sport some interesting fashion during her family’s annual vacation in Saint-Tropez- while she didn’t disappoint this year, I really do like her sun hat.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan speaking at a fundraiser for the American Alzheimer’s Association earlier this month in New York in an animal printed straw hat

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Queen Elizabeth was spotted en route to church in Scotland today in a new pale blue hat with black trim. She was joined by Princess Beatrice who looked very fashionable in a wide brimmed, dark Garbo hat. She also debuted a new cream and blue hat for church last Sunday that you won’t want to miss.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Very happy yellow straw beret/calot from Danish milliner Susanne Juul with beautiful handmade irises
Lilac and lime statement oversize saucer with flowers from Irish milliner Carol Kennelly
Stunning black ringed headpiece with feathers from Australian brand Millinery Jill
Pink percher with impressive silk abaca trim from Liverpool milliner Tracy Miller
Lovely lace applique and flower embellishment on this red hat from Dutch milliner Maria Marcus
Beigey-pink straw boater with interesting cobweb brim from Irish milliner Edel Black
White wide brimmed straw saddle with black arrow trimmed feathers from British brand Bundle MacLaren
Textural magenta straw beret with twist from British-Australian milliner Louise Georgette
Gold lily-of-the-valley trim on a large button percher from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Watery blue and green ombre straw saucer from London-based Turkish milliner Merve Bayindir

And from Jane Fryers Millinery, this striking green and black beret base percher made of fish leather- leather made from fish skin, something that is usually discarded in the fishing industry.


 Royal Hats

Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya used the occasion of their “nosai no gi” engagement sealing ceremony today to release a series of sweet engagement photos (Imperial Family Of Japan)

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary shared numerous snaps of their family’s visit to the Knuthenborg Safaripark.

Fra fredag aften til i dag har Kronprinsfamilien været på uofficiel sejlads med Kongeskibet Dannebrog rundt i Danmark. I går så Kronprinsfamilien både på giraffer og kattaer i Knuthenborg Safaripark, som var turens sidste besøg. ▶️ Knuthenborg Safaripark er Nordeuropas største safaripark med mere end 1.000 fritgående vilde dyr. Her er H.K.H. Kronprinsessen på besøg i Parkens Afrika-del. ▶️ H.K.H. Kronprinsen i safariparkens Dinosaurskov. ▶️ D.K.H. Prins Christian og Prins Vincent leder efter fossiler i Dinusauerskoven. ▶️ H.K.H. Prinsesse Isabella på besøg i Parkens lemurskov, hvor kattaen holder til. ▶️ H.K.H. Prins Vincent med en model af en tyrannosaurus rex. ▶️ H.K.H. Prinsesse Josephine med en katta. 📸 H.K.H. Kronprinsessen ©️

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Lovely vacation snaps from the Luxembourg royal family that include eldest and youngest family members

 I’ve been on vacation this week and not tuned closely into royal news- I trust you will all fill in the gaps I’ve missed!

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats 31 years on this day and a royal visit to Sandhurst Military College. The late Princess of Wales wore a military inspired Catherine Walker suit and tall, white Cossack shaped bumper hat, a look that seems firmly rooted in the fashion styles of the time.

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Favourite New Royal Hat: June 2018

After looking at the impressive group of repeated non-Ascot royal hats worn during the month of June,  we turn our focus now  to the month’s new designs. Between Epsom, Trooping the Colour, Luxembourg National Day, weddings, a christening and normal engagements, there were fifteen new hats that stood out.  It is now time to take a closer look at this group of boater, saucer, percher, bandeau, sidesweep, stovepipe, saddle and folded headpiece designs and choose two (or three?!) to put forward as finalists as Readers’ Favourite New Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these seven finalists for January and February, shown in the order they were worn:
1.   2.  
Princess Alexandra’s pink straw Rachel Trevor Morgan boater with striped hatband worn June 2
Princess Haya’s red straw sidesweep Philip Treacy saucer with silk roses worn June 2
3.   4.    5.
Queen  Máxima’s green straw sidewept Fabienne Delvigne picture hat  worn June 5
Princess Christina’s ecru metallic straw folded headpiece with quills worn June 8
Duchess of Cambridge’s aqua Juliette Botterill sideswept saucer with lavish trim worn June 9
    6.   7.   8.
Princess Eugnie’s silver Bee Smith leaf & flower imprinted picture hat worn June 9
Autumn Phillips’ fuchsia percher with roses & net tulle from Emily London worn June 9
Duchess of Kent’s lavender straw Jane Taylor bandeau headpiece with feathers worn June 9
  9.  10.  11. 
Lady Frederick Windsor’s cream Siggi Hats pyramid saucer with feathers& twists worn June 9
Julia Ogilvy’s grey stovepipe hat with straw flowers & leaves worn June 9
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s cream straw Philip Treacy hat with flowers & twists worn June 9
  12.  13.  14. 
Lady Kitty Spencer’s burgundy felt Philip Treacy percher with roses & veil worn June 16
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s lavender straw Philip Treacy percher with twists worn June 24
Princess Stéphanie’s pink straw Les Folie’s Bibis saddle hat with flowers worn June 24 
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, August 19, at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert, Patrick van Katwijk via Getty; Stella Pictures; Mark Cuthbert, Max Mumby/Indigo, Yui Mok/ PA Images via Getty;  Paul Ratcliffe and  Mark Stewart and via Twitter; Max Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, via Getty; Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock; Catholic Church of Luxembourg

Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: June 2018

While we royal hat fans focus on Ascot each June, the rest of this month has no shortage of royal hat wearing opportunities. This year was no different and between the Epsom Races, Trooping the Colour, garden parties, state visits and a busy schedule of regular engagements, we saw lots of wonderful hats.

Looking at the repeated hats, there were twelve designs that, based on your comments, stood out as particularly admired designs. We’re now going to closer look at these beauties and choose one (or maybe two?) hats to move forward in our year-long quest to find Readers’ Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are your twelve most admired repeated royal hats worn in June, shown in the order they appeared:
1.  2.  3.
Queen Elizabeth’s lavender straw Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with silk peonies worn June 2
Princess Anne’s almond straw sidesweep with cream feathers & curling quills worn June 7
Queen Elizabeth’s mulberry straw Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers worn June 8
4.  5.
Queen Elizabeth’s sky blue Angela Kelly hat with beaded flower & feather posy worn June 9
 Duchess of Cornwall’s blue straw Philip Treacy picture hat with flying bow tails worn June 9
6.  7.  8.  
Countess of Wessex’s Jane Taylor lace beret percher with feathers & roses worn June 9
Princess Alexandra’s grey straw hat with bows and veil brim overlay worn June 9
Duchess of Cornwall’s white straw asymmetrical Philip Treacy hat with navy hatband worn June 18
9.   10.  
Countess of Wessex’s oyster straw Jane Taylor picture hat with feathers worn June 18
Queen Elizabeth’s peach straw Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & bows worn June 24

11. 12.
Queen Mathilde’s red silk abaca Fabienne Delvigne percher with feather worn June 27
Queen Máxima’s grey straw Fabienne Delvigne picture hat with giant leaves worn June 28
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, August 19, at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!