This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

More on Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s visit to Turkey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli (BBC). A photo gallery of this event can be seen at Getty here.

Wonderful look back at many of Princess Nobuko’s hats on the occasion of her 60th birthday (Imperial Family of Japan)

The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway braved very cold visits to the Svalbard archipelago and to the research vessel ‘Lance’ this week (Royal House of Norway)

Prince Harry on military patrol and exercise in the outback last weekend (The Daily Mail)

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A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s 89 years (The Telegraph)

Queen Sonja’s celebrated the success of her international art prize with an exhibition in New York (Royal House of Norway)

British Royals Commemorate ANZAC Day and Gallipoli Centennary

Members of the British Royal Family commemorated ANZAC Day and the  today with three ceremomies in London. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne attended the first, an ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Wellington Arch. Princess Anne wore a dark teal green pillbox hat trimmed with a slim black stripe around the hat and a flat teal bow at the back. I think this hat is a new addition to Anne’s millinery wardrobe and it complements her teal green coat very well.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

The second event, a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, was attended by Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Cambridge. The Queen repeated a stylized cloche hat with a diagonal stacked crown and short, downward sloping brim. The hat, in black silk crepe, was trimmed simply with a curl on the side.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: April 17, 2013; November 9, 2008

Following the Cenotaph ceremony, a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark the ANZAC Landings was held at Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth changed her hat to a larger piece with a swirled white silk crown and black straw brim, trimmed with a large black silk bow. A larger hat that we usually see on Her Majesty, this piece coordinated very well with the pleated white lapels and trim on her coat. This hat was suggested by several readers earlier this week as one they would like to see the Queen repeat this year and it was lovely surprise to finally see her wear it again.

Designer: Philip Somerville
Previously Worn: October 23, 2008

Prince Charles and Prince Harry commemorated the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign with attendance at numerous ceremonies yesterday and today in Turkey. Yesterday, they visited Helles Memorial, a memorial to the British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian troops who lost their lives during this campaign. Both Princess wore the caps of their respective military uniforms.

Photos by Getty as indicated

Princess Beatrix Celebrates King William Fund Milestone

Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands joined celebrations for the 140th anniversary of the King William Fund yesterday at the Dutch Church in London. For this event, she repeated her tall crowned hat in black and gold layered straw. The closeup photo below shows a greater view of this hat than we have previously seen – the textural effect created from laying the two colours of straw is subtle but gives such visual interest to this piece. The proportion of this hat (which I questioned on its last outing) works well with the wide lapels and sleeves on Beatrix`s coat and the entire ensemble is balanced. It’s not my favourite colour palace on the princess but she does wear it well.

Designer: I suspect Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: October 28, 2014

Photos from Getty as indicated

Hat From The Past

Royal Hats Not to a hat per se, but a lace veil. 52 years ago today, Princess Alexandra of Kent chose head to toe (plus a 21 foot train) lace for her wedding ensemble.  It`s a LOT of lace but this statuesque royal bride carried it well.

Timeless or Trendy?

Royal Hats  During our recent look back at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall which took place 10 years ago, a number of hats seemed very ‘stuck’ in the millinery fashion trends of the day. While our comments now reflected widespread disfavour for these styles, I remember them being greatly admired for their stylishness back in 2005.

This makes me wonder, dear readers- do you prefer royal hats to be stylish in the moment or able to remain relevant over time? Are you drawn to royal hats that are trendy or timeless? And why? Let’s discuss.

The Countess of Wessex on the cutting edge of millinery fashion in April 2005; 
Princess Alexandra and Lady Sarah Chatto in more classic styles

Photos from Getty as indicated

Birthday of Queen Elizabeth

Royal HatsOne of our favourite royal hat wearers, Queen Elizabeth, celebrates her 89th birthday today. As we do on royal birthdays, we are going to surround our best wishes for Her Majesty with suggestions of hats we would most like to see her repeat in the coming year. After intense deliberation, my pick is her famous Wedgewood inspired hat in porcelain blue with white lace trim. I love the delicate feel of this hat,  its classic simplicity and its perfect shade of blue. Since it hasn’t been seen in public for nearly a year, I think it’s high time for another outing. What hat would you like to see the Queen repeat this year?

Photos from Getty as indicated

Belgian Monarchs in Strasbourg

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium travelled to Strasbourg today to visit the Council of Europe, the Eurocorps and the European Court of Human Rights. Queen Mathilde wore a new calot hat that was clearly bespoke to match her dress- both pieces are made of the same red silk crepe. The three wide pleats that embellish the hat echo the pleats on the left hip of her dress as well. The hat is not a show piece (vibrant colour aside) but I thought it combined with the dress to make an exceptionally elegant and streamlined ensemble. I prefer it to Mathilde’s other pleated red calot hat– what do you think?

Queen Mathilde, April 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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Queen Mathilde, April 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, April 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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

You can see video of this visit here on RTL.

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