This Week’s Extras

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Photo of the Danish royals on vacation in France shows Princess Athena in a sweet summer hat (Danish Monarchy)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared another snap of her June trip to Georgia where she wore a smart natural straw hat.

Crown Princess Masako in a pair of very simple black and white hats for a visit to Nara and Kyoto this week (Imperial Family of Japan). You can see a short video here.

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette Marit incorporated a peculiar knotted headpiece into her hairstyle at a memorial she and Crown Prince Haakon attended on the fifth anniversary of the Oslo and Utøya attacks (Norwegian Royal Court)

Part III of this summer’s exhibition, “Fashioning A Reign: 90 Years Of Style From The Queen’s Wardrobe” opens today at Buckingham Palace. It looks simply amazing and I can’t say how jealous I am of those of you able to attend.

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Interesting interview with Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (Principality of Liechtenstein)

Charming photos of Prince George were released on the occasion of his third birthday yesterday. It’s all smiles, swings and a boy with his dog  (Kensington Palace)

The Swedish Royal Family posed for a lovely outdoor photo (hopefully, the start of a new tradition!). Their efforts prove that wrangling toddlers is a challenge no matter the royal pedigree.

Photos from Sankei

Belgian National Day

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and their children celebrated their country’s national holiday today with a Te Deum mass this morning at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels followed by a military parade.

Queen Mathilde wore a new hat, as she usually does for this event each year. This year’s ensemble was less dramatic than in years past and she topped an exquisite NATAN lace dress with a hat described by the designer as “a beige pink head dress accompanied by a matching clutch, both made out of banana fibres.” The headpiece looks to be made of individual crescents (stylised petals perhaps?) stacked to follow the general shape of a calot hat.

 

 

Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The stacked, overlapping petals pieces give some visual interest and movement to the design, counteracting it’s nondescript colour without overwhelming the delicate lace of Mathilde’s dress. It’s an ensemble that’s all about subtlety and while we might prefer outfits with more punch, there’s something undeniably beautiful and elegant about this one.
What do you think of Queen Mathilde’s new hat today?
Photos from Getty as indicated and EPA

Closer Look: Ivory and Red Pearl Pillbox

Royal HatsBack in 1979, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh toured the middle east. During a stop in Kuwait, the Queen topped her red floral dress with a matching red and ivory pillbox hat:

 

We have been enjoying closer looks at several of the Queen’s past hats, thanks to the Royal Collection Trust released photos of the exhibition  ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’. This hat is part of the exhibition at Holyrood House in Scotland:
This closer look shows considerable intricate detail on this small hat- the individual swirls of red straw centred with a seed pearl bead are clearly hand sewn and the band of red piping around the crown is finished, perfectly. I’m not sure the photos of the time did this hat justice and while it’s not my favourite of the Queen’s past hats, it is a well balanced and beautifully made piece. As we see more and more of Simone Mirman’s millinery work closeup, her mastery of this craft impresses me more and more.
What do you think of this design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated

One Coat, Four Hats

Royal HatsWhen the Duchess of Cambridge appeared in Ireland last month in a new hat paired with her gold brocade coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen, I promised a look back at the three other hats she has worn with it. Today, I’m making good on this promise- here are the four hats Kate has paired with this go-to coat:

Look 1: At the May 6, 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles and Harry Lopez in a ream cocktail hat with feather explosion trim by Yvette Jelfs

 

Look 2: With a Jane Corbette designed black pillbox percher hat trimmed with bow tails and a net veil, worn to the May 1, 2010 wedding of Oliver Baker and Melissa Nicholson

Kate Middleton, May 1, 2010 in Jane Corbett | Royal Hats  Kate Middleton, May 1, 2010 in Jane Corbett | Royal Hats  Kate Middleton, May 1, 2010 in Jane Corbett | Royal Hats

Look 3: With Gina Foster’s famous ‘potato chip’ vertical wave design in natural pinok pok straw, trimmed with a large silk rose and pleated straw bow on the underside of the hat, worn to Zara and Mike Tindall’s wedding on July 30, 2011

 

Look 4: In a teardrop shaped percher hat with swirled sinamay rose centre by Lock and Co., worn in Northern Ireland on June 14, 2016

 

We have talked before that pairing a cream coloured hat with this coat runs the high risk of a resulting ensemble that looks “all rather biscuit”. I have a hunch that one of these hats will be your overwhelming favourite but I’m curious about what makes your favourite pairing here tops for you. Is it shape? Scale? Colour? Do tell!

Photo from Getty as indicated; Rex Features

Closer Look: The Royal Blue Mother of the Bride Hat

Royal HatsBuckingham Palace opened its segment of the exhibition, “Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe” recently, adding to exhibitions already open at Holyrood House and Windsor Castle. There are some truly spectacular pieces, including the Norman Hartnell coat and coordinating Simone Mirman hat Queen Elizabeth wore for Princess Anne’s first wedding in 1973.

The 1970s saw the Queen in a lot of turban shaped millinery and while many of us prefer to forget this era, I think this piece was one of the more successful designs in this shape. The strong lines of the turban shape in this case are softened with a veil-like addition of purple lace and royal blue silk taffeta ribbon ruched into the shape of flowers. In the close-up video below, you’ll notice the complexity of this embellishment, complete with hundreds of minuscule and very neat stitches where it is attached to the main helmet shape of the hat.

While our focus here at Royal Hats is always on the hats, our peek at this particular design, however, is incomplete without looking closely at the coat worn with it. The softness of the veil on the hat contrasts with the angular lines of the coat’s diamond cutouts- two feature that in theory, would compete but in reality, are a beautiful compliment. The perfect construction of the inset diamond panels on the coat is also something to marvel.

 

These photos and videos provide the clearest and closest views of this hat and coat than we have seen before and leave me in awe of the masterful construction evident in both pieces. This is an incredibly beautiful ensemble, worn for an important moment in British royal history, and I’m so thankful the Royal Trust has provided this better view.
What do you think of this ensemble, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty and the Royal Collection Trust as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared a snapshot taken while on private visit to picturesque Lake Ritsa (a lake nestled in the Caucasus Mountains in north-western Georgia).

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty brown fedora at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen

Princess Michael of Kent was spotted at Wimbledon in her straw visor

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A big surprise from Japan this week when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate was revealed. There don’t appear to be any concrete plans for a handover to Crown Prince Naruhito but it’s big news nonetheless (BBC)

Lovely gallery of photos from the Danish Royal Family’s annual photocall at Gråsten Palace (Svenskdam)

Prince Oscar of Sweden made an appearance this week for his mum’s name day and his resemblance to his big sister is remarkable (Svenskdam)