Seeing Sextuplets: The Duchess of Cornwall

Over the past three years, the Duchess of Cornwall has appeared numerous times in several versions of the same hat style. This particular straw hat follows the general shape of a cloche with a long brim that is extended down even further around the front of the hat- this extended brim is folded up in a gently rounded curve over the crown of the hat. Camilla has six iterations of this hat style- two in cream with lattice patterned brims; one in pink-tinged tan; one in straw printed with a snakeskin and trimmed with Lady Amhurst feathers; and a pair in blue and cream, each trimmed with a large ruched straw halos around the brim.

Enjoying the Melbourne Cup, November 6, 2012 and at Trooping the Colour, June 13, 2014
Queen Elizabeth in Angela Kelly and the Duchess of Cornwall in Philip Treacy, June 5, 2012 | Royal Hats

At the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving, June 5, 2012

In Wellington, New Zealand on November 14, 2012

At the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant, June 3, 2012; a Palace Garden Party on May 12, 2005 

Camilla is able to carry large-footprint hats very well and this style provides a large hat with a brim that does not obstruct her face (it’s no coincidence each of the above hats was worn at a high profile event). It also seems to be a hat style designed to work well with Camilla’s feathered hairstyle, which provides balance to the strong upward movement of the hat. I just wonder if six versions of the same distinctive hat shape is too much of a good thing?

Photo from POOL/Reuters/Corbis and Getty as indicated

Queen Máxima Opens Nursing Center

This morning, Queen Máxima was in Nieuwolda to officially open a new nursing centre. For the event, she repeated her ringed headpiece in ruched caramel brown straw. The last time we saw this hat, I did not have any love for it; the improved placement on Máxima’s head and the pairing with her more casual green dress make it work so much better. I’m not ready to declare love for these doughnut shaped headpieces but I’ll concede that today, this one worked.

Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats     Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, July 7, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: April 26, 2014

What do you think of this ruched headpiece today?

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The Difference of A Few Feathers

Royal Hats  Over at the poll for Readers’ Favourite 2015 Royal Ascot Hat, one of the Countess of Wessex’s hats has taken a commanding lead. When we saw Sophie in this hat last week, several of you realized that it had undergone a slight remodel from the way it looked during its first appearance, also at Ascot, in 2012. A number of readers have requested side-by-side shots to compare the two hats. Here they are:

The Countess of Wessex in a hat by Jane Taylor, June 20, 2012 and June 18, 2015

In the end, it’s simply the difference of a few feathers. Interestingly, the difference makes a significant change to the overall look of the hat. I like the original hat with the lovely, curling feathers. Which version of this hat do you prefer?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Christening of Princess Charlotte

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge brought their new daughter, Princess Charlotte, to be christened this afternoon. The event, held at the the Church of Mary Magdalene which is on the royal estate at Sandringham, was an intimate family affair with numerous special touches. Princess Charlotte arrived in the same pram as was used more than fifty years by the Queen for her younger sons Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and family, July 5, 2015 | Royal Hats    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and family, July 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream straw beret-base percher hat trimmed with a spray of silk blooms and straw ribbon twists. This hat, paired with a streamlined cream Alexander McQueen dress, followed the same monochrome approach that Kate established for Prince George’s christening, two years ago. There’s much to like about this hat- the proportion is great, the silk flowers are beautiful and Kate’s chignon works beautifully with it.  While the hat on its own is beautiful, I thought the combination of colourless hat, dress and shoes was very elegant but disappointingly bland. Imagine this hat with a floral dress? It would have been perfect.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Queen Elizabeth hit just the right note in her pink picture hat with flat crown and brim, trimmed simply with a wide band around the base of the crown. This is a more austere millinery look for Her Majesty than we usually see on her but it works so beautifully with her collarless coat, buttoned high to reveal her printed pink silk dress. I thought it was the perfect choice for her great-granddaughter’s christening and absolutely adored the time she took after the ceremony to chat with Prince George.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 21, 2014

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a new hat and dress in a beautiful soft blue. Her straw hat was trimmed with a huge silk bloom on the side and a wide inverted stripe of edging around the brim. The brim, made slightly smaller than Camilla’s other hats, was upfolded high on one side to create a ‘slice’ diagonal brim across the front. With her silk pleated and dotted dress, the ensemble was soft, feminine and so very pretty on her.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Carole Milddleton, Kate’s mother, topped her dove grey coat with a saucer-shaped percher hat in the same shade. The hat, which featured a saucer-within-a-saucer in two types of grey straw, was trimmed in the same appliqué lace as on the lapel of Carole’s coat.

Designer: Jane Corbett. Dress and coat by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Philippa Milddleton followed here sister’s lead in a hat and dress in monochrome cream. The hat, a straw indented circular dish, was trimmed with feathers and organdie curled ribbon.

Designer: Jane Taylor. It is a bespoke piece, similar to the Nitra design. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

While he did not wear a hat, Prince George wore a replica of the outfit his father wore in September 1984 to visit his brand new baby brother, Prince Harry, at St. Mary’s Hospital. This royal wardrobe recycling is such a charming, personal touch, isn’t it?

Prince George, July 5, 2015

While today’s event was not on a grand scale, there were a number of lovely hats. Which one stood out most to you?

Photos from Splash News, Splash NewsSplash News, and Splash News via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

British Royals Visit Scottish Air Force Squadron

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the headquarters of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force’s (RAuxAF) 603 Squadron in Edinburgh yesterday. For the final hat worn during her week in Scotland, the Queen repeated the fuchsia hat she first wore last year at Ascot. With a square, silk covered crown and light straw brim, edged in a wide stripe of silk, the hat is trimmed with a spray of light pink flowers studded within fuchsia and black striped feathers. I really like the shape of this hat on the Queen and adore the mixed use of silk and straw, which is so well balanced in this piece. The tiny pink flowers have always seemed out of place to me on this piece but is a minor quibble on a hat where the colour is glorious on Queen Elizabeth and the proportion is perfect. It was great to see this piece again.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 20, 2015
It has been over a year since we saw this hat. What did you think of it on this, its second outing?
Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Queen Elizabeth spent her annual week in Scotland this week in residence at Holyrood Palace. While photos of her engagements have been scarce, the four hats she wore were as follows:

Tuesday:  Arrival in her pink and green hat by Angela Kelly (British Monarchy)

Wednesday: A lavender Angela Kelly hat to host a garden party at her official Scottish residence. The Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex were also in attendance (British Monarchy)

ThursdayOne of my favourite pink Rachel Trevor Morgan hats on a visit to the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association’s new housing development for disabled veterans (British Monarchy)

Queen Elizabeth, July 2, 2015 in Rachel Trevor Morgan

Friday:  Angela Kelly’s white textured straw hat with periwinkle blue trim for a visit to the University of Strathclyde and the South Glasgow University Hospital & Royal Hospital for Sick Children (British Monarchy)

Princess Kiko wore a demure white bowler hat at the Rice Planting Festival in Kagawa (Imperial Family of Japan Blog)

Queen Silvia in a black feathered calot hat for the funeral of her and the King’s friend Magnus Härenstam (Aftonbladet)

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Great video from the King of Tonga’s coronation this week. The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan attended and Masko looked fantastic (The Royal Correspondent)

Snippets from an interview with Prince Albert of Monaco this week, reflecting on his 10 year reign (Monaco Reporter). On a less serious note, he was witness at a scuba wedding this week (La Repubblica)

Stay tuned later today for a look at the lovely hats worn at Princess Charlotte’s christening!