100th Anniversary of the Order of the British Empire

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a service this morning to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Order of the British Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral.  The Queen repeated a wonderful green hat with tall crown, trimmed with navy centered green silk flowers and feathers.  While this particular hat shape is not my favourite, I adore the overall ensemble. Great colour, great balance and great contrast, thanks greatly in part to a more visible dress than usual.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: TBA
What do you think of this vibrant hat today?
Photos from Getty as indicated

British Royals Host Second Palace Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted the second garden party of the season yesterday in the grounds of  Buckingham Palace, their London home. The Queen repeated her pale yellow hat with upswept brim, straw bow loops and silk flowers in brown and blue. The floral trim on this piece has always felt a little random but today’s photos finally brought one with a peek at the accompanying dress- the trim now makes more sense.

    

 

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: March 27, 2016; June 14, 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her ice blue picture hat with inverted brim edging, straw and crin crown wraps and a mass of flying straw and crin curled bow loops on the side. The shape and scale of this piece is perfect for a garden party… I’m just hoping to see something new (and in a saturated colour!) on Camilla, soon.

 

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016; May 10, 2015September 21, 2014June 18, 2014

Speaking of new and saturated colours, Princess Eugenie topped her electric blue dress with an orange straw pyramid shaped saucer hat. It’s an unexpected choice for her but styled in the colour blocking way that it is here, the hat tops a great look for Eugenie. Such fun!

 

Designer: unconfirmed. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Summer garden parties, even when attended by a few royals as this one was, always bring interesting hats. What do you think of the trio we saw yesterday?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Swedish Royals Visit Indonesia

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia embarked on a two day state visit to Indonesia on Monday. For the first day of the tour, Queen Silvia wore a pale pink padded headpiece with open crown. This piece looks like a pillbox hat from front view and I wish it was- I think a pillbox would have been a better match for Silvia’s long skirted suit.

 

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I can’t find a previous outing of this hat, although Queen Silvia wore a similar twin in bright yellow back in March, 2010. 

Yesterday, the Swedish queen topped her classic white and black coat with a matching white hat- perhaps one of her go-to calot designs? I’m afraid without a better view, we can’t be certain (links to a better view of this hat shared in the comments would be greatly appreciated!)

Photos from Getty and social media as indicated

Luxembourg Royals at Closing Octave Procession

Members of the Luxembourg royal family took part in the closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg on Sunday.

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new black straw hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim, trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband, folded into an abstract bow at the side. While it’s a versatile new design for her, it’s close enough to this diagonally brimmed straw black hat that I’m left more than a little curious about its addition.

 Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Back in late January, our friends at Luxarazzi interviewed milliner Sylvia Martinez about her participation in a recent exhibition which included designing pieces for the Grand Duchess and Hereditary Grand Duchess. She sent these two hats to the Luxembourg royal ladies and in a surprise move, Princess Stéphanie wore this design to this event. In golden beige sinmay, the percher design features a lace covered disk base trimmed in pearls with a multi looped straw bow at the back. The hat fits Stéphanie’s style well (and she’s done very well pairing it to her bouclé dress) although I would have loved the placement to be further forward, jauntily angled over her right eye.

Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats  Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats  Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats

Designer: Sylvia Martinez of Les Folie’s Bibis,
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Claire topped her pale blue chiffon hat with a pillbox hat in the same hue. The straw hat, in palest blue nubbly straw, features a slightly domed crown and is trimmed with a swath of widely woven net veil. After our recent marathon look at pillbox placement, I think this one is placed back slightly too far and I’d prefer it scooted up an inch or two.

 Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Amalia and Prince Liam of Nassau joined their parents on the balcony. Princess Amalia sported a sweet pale blue hair bow.

Princess Amalia, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

It’s lovely to see the Luxembourg royals and this is one of the few annual events outside National Day celebrations when we do. What do you think about the three new hats we saw in Luxembourg this weekend?

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Photos  Jean-Paul Frisch and Monique Kater / RTL Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu

This Week’s Extras

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It’s a long weekend here in Canada- I’ll be back tomorrow with hats from closing of the Octave Luxembourg and the Swedish state visit to Indonesia.

Great article and photos of the civil wedding of Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau (who wore some sort of fresh floral headpiece) over at Luxarazzi.

On Saturday, Princess Anne attended the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Her cream straw hat with upswept brim and curling feathers is one of her best in recent memory (and I think it’s new).

The Duke of Edinburgh in a dapper bowler hat yesterday for  the Grenadier Guards Regimental Remembrance Day

 How fun and fresh is British milliner Karen Henriksen’s take on a pillbox? So creative.

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Surprise announcement this week of Princess Mako’s engagement.  Here is an introduction to her fiance, Kei Komuro, who sounds like an impressive young man. (Japan Times)

Also from Japan, government approval of an abdication bill for Emperor Akihito (Imperial Royals Of Japan)

Great article in the Guardian about King Willem-Alexander’s secret career as a KLM pilot

Fun snaps from Monaco and Sweden as Prince Jacques came to congratulate the Monaco men’s soccer team on their French league win and Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar commended the Swedish hockey team following their World Championship victory. (Svenskdam).