On Sunday, Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the World Equestrian Games which are currently under way in Kakegawa City. For this event, the princess, who is Honorary President of the Japanese Equestrian Federation, repeated the pale periwinkle blue hat we saw her wear just a few weeks ago. During its last outing, we caught a glimpse of the raised brim on the other side of the hat – a brim that made the hat look like a bowler. From this side, however, the hat follows a traditional cloche shape. I think we need to see a more complete view of this half-bowler-half-cloche to award a final verdict. Shape aside, the colour is lovely, isn’t it?
Previously Worn: February 26, 2015
Photo from S. Shimbun
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who passed away on this day in 2002. I can’t think of any other royal who has worn a halo brim as well (or as often!) as she.
Queen Elizabeth on a March 17, 1984 visit to Munster, Germany
Photo from Getty as indicated
During King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s recent trip to Denmark and Germany, Máxima repeated her large grey felt hat with ‘slice’ diagonally folded brim designed by Fabienne Delvigne. We have seen this hat five times, each time worn with a different ensemble. Which outfit do you think works best with this hat?
1. A lilac beaded tunic and grey pencil skirt for the October 5, 2013 wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma
2. A NATAN grey draped sheath dress and gold accessories to open the FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre in Wageningen on October 16, 2013
3. A grey pinstriped NATAN coat and checked dress for the January 30, 2014 opening of Lely Group’s new campus in Maasslius
4. A gray, brown and khaki green colour blocked NATAN dress during the Swedish State Visit, April 5, 2014
5. A vibrant grey and orange cowl necked dress from NATAN on a February 17, 2015 visit to the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe
6. Visiting Hamburg on March 19, 2015 in a tri-toned NATAN dress and coordinating oatmeal hued jacket
Photos from Getty as indicated; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press Europe; Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, Patrick van Katwijk, and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis
And on a lighter note…
Photo from Getty as indicated
Twenty years ago today, two European queens were on foreign tours. The hats they wore on March 27, 1995 give a window into royal millinery fashion two decades ago.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands greeting well wishers in Jerusalem during her tour of Israel. Her blue felt hat featured a much larger brim and substantially flatter crown than we are used to seeing her wear these days. This was likely the work of her longtime hat designer Harry Scheltens.
Queen Elizabeth in Prague, Czech Republic, in a royal blue hat with tall crown and upturned brim with stitching detail. Most of the hats we see the Queen wear have embellishment (feathers, flowers, bows, etc.) of some type and I adore the strong, clean lines of this unembellished piece. I suspect this was a Frederick Fox design.
Photos from Getty as indicated
One of my favourite outfits worn by the Countess of Wessex in recent years is a palest blush pink beaded dress and jacket designed by Bruce Oldfield. Sophie has stepped out in this outfit three times, each time pairing it with a different Jane Taylor hat.
Hat #1: Large waved percher hat in pink straw worn at Zara Phillips’ wedding, July 30, 2011
Hat #2: Rosy brown straw saucer hat with silk rose at the Order of the Garter service in June 2012
Hat #3: Ivory lace beret cocktail hat with pink rose and feather trim worn at the Church of Scotland Assembly, May 2014
These three different hat styles lend a very different feel to this dress and jacket. Which pairing do you like best?
Photos from Bauer Griffin via Zimbio; WPA Pool via Getty; and The Church of Scotland