to 1963 and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, inspecting hats at the Christy’s London factory in Stockport. Christy’s has been making hats since 1773 and we still see them on royal heads today.
Members of the British royal family attended the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, today at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge. The Countess, who was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin and the Prince of Wales’ last surviving godparent, died June 13 at the age of 93. Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Countess of Wessex all attended the funeral today in black hats.
The funeral was attended by members of the Knatchbull family, many who wore black hats. Photos below are only of Penelope Knatchbull (until today, titled Lady Brabourne), who is familiar to readers here. You can see hats worn by the late Countess’ sister Pamela Hicks here and niece India Hicks here.
to Trooping the Colour 33 years ago. There’s a mix of hats here that seem pretty standard for their wearers and the fashion of the times…. except for the Duchess of Gloucester’s wide plaited headband at the far left. That one nearly defies description.
Photo from Getty as indicated
Queen Máxima attended the opening of the European Academy of Neurology Congress in Amsterdam this morning in a new, vibrant green headpiece.
The headpiece is in dyed green banana fibre, draped and folded into a modified calot shape and anchored onto a wire frame (you can see bits of this base peeking through). Máxima has several similar designs in this shape and like the others, wears this headpiece on the crown of her head. From the front, the shape frames her face beautifully and I love the vibrant green accessories against her graphic black and white dress. It’s the back view that leaves me less enamoured with the piece- something not helped with Máxima’s messier-than-usual hairstyle.
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh watched the Bentley Motors Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park yesterday afternoon. All eyes were on the Duke, who made his first official outing following his hospitalisation this week. The Queen repeated her mint green hat in lattice woven straw with tall, flat crown and short cartwheel brim trimmed in a braid of pink, cream and mint green straw with frayed ends.I’m still not a fan of the frayed braid ends, which give the hat a less polished feel, but the informal feeling hat was a great fit for this event.
The Earl of Wessex took part in Armed Forces Day commemoration yesterday in Liverpool (British Royal Family)
The first week of June, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore a larger scale hat to the Yokohama Port opening festival
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrived in Arhus aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog on Friday for their summer residency at Marselisborg Castle. Queen Margrethe repeated her tan hat.
The Duchess of Vendôme in another hat by French milliner Marie d’Argent (Noblesse Et Royautes Blog)
Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo attended the wedding of friends in Italy last weekend. Beatrice wore a casual straw hat.
Also in a casual hat- Carina Axelsson in a chocolate Tyrolean hat while visiting Norway
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a special exhibition on Balenciaga that includes a number of very interesting hats. Have any of you seen it?
Fabienne Delvigne shared a snap of herself in one of her own creations, a lovely white fedora with unique hatband detail
Sneak peek of one of the pictures that will be included in James Ogilvy’s upcoming Nantucket exhibition of landscape photography, shared by the photographer himself.
Princess Charlene made a balcony appearance for the Feast of St. John with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella in tow.
And finally, very sweet snaps of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar were released this week by the Swedish Monarchy.
Here is an index of all the 41 royal women’s hats we saw at Royal Ascot 2017
Day 1, Tuesday June 20
Queen Elizabeth, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne, Autumn Phillips, Zara Tindall, Countess Snowdon, Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Frederick Windsor, Lady Gabriella Windsor, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Sheikha Jalila