Imperial New Years Poetry Reading

Last Friday, the Emperor and Empress hosted Utakai Hajime, which translates as ‘First Poetry Reading’, a gathering at the Imperial Royal Palace at the beginning of each new year where participants read traditional Japanese poetry on a common theme before a wider audience. Like the New Years Lectures, the dress code for this event is Court Dress, giving us another opportunity to see the Imperial royal ladies (except the hostess, Empress Michiko) in gowns with hats.

Jan 12, 2018 | Royal Hats

Princess Kiko repeated a pale yellow hat with double bumper brim in the same pale yellow silk as her gown. Princess Kiko topped her turquoise gown with a matching bumper hat trimmed with a bow at the back.

Jan 12, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designers: unknown
Princess Kiko’s hat was previously worn:Dec 23, 2012
Princess Kiko’s hat was previously worn: Jan 11, 2017 and Dec 23, 2013

Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore the most interesting design of the event, a open crowned headpiece of large pink silk flowers. Her daughter, Princess Akiko, wore a smart cream hat with short brim. I believe both of these hats are new additions.

Jan 12, 2018 | Royal Hats

Princess Hisako of Takamado topped her high necked bright blue skirt and jacket with a matching hat trimmed in blue and white flowers, a wide hatband and white piping around the brim. Princess Tsuguko and Princess Ayako wore brimless designs in peach and pale seafoam green silk to match their respective gowns. I believe these three hats are new as well.

Jan 12, 2018 | Royal Hats

Photos of this event are scarce which is such a pity as there are numerous hats that would greatly benefit with closer views. Princess Hanako, who usually brings the most daring millinery designs to these New Years events, did not attend and was certainly missed. From what we can see here, what hats stand out to you most?
Photos from; The Asahi Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun and The Asahi Shimbun via Getty as indicated

Sunday Church At Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth continues her stay at Sandringham, as in past years (a stay that continues through the anniversary of her accession on February 6) and attended Sunday service again this morning with the Duke of Edinburgh at the nearby Church of St. Mary Magdalene. She repeated the first new hat she debuted in 2017, an orchid purple felt split crown design with side bow and pompoms in the same purple, cerise and grey hues as in the weave of her tweed coat.

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The lighting conditions in the top photo highlight the cerise brim piping and slim hatband on the design more than on its first outing- a small touch that adds wonderful visual punch. Also interesting to note is a renovation on the coat, reducing its collar to a smaller and crisper stand up version (see the larger original collar below).

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Coat and dress by Karl Ludwig
Previously Worn: Mar 3, 2017
I’m always intrigued when new outfits undergo renovation- how does this collar tweak impact your thoughts about this hat?
UPDATE: As reader Maja mentioned in the comments, the Earl and Countess of Snowdon also attended church this morning. Serena wore a unique vertical beret style hat on the back of her head that I believe is new.
Jan 14, 2018 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock

This Week’s Extras

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Zara and Mike Tindall attended a polo match on Australia’s Gold Coast last weekend in casual fedora hats

Princess Philomena d’Orleans and Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein in black wide brimmed hats at Tuesday’s funeral of Prince François de France, Count of Clermont

Princess Philomena, Jan 6, 2018 | Royal Hats   Princess Isabelle, Jan 6, 2018 | Royal Hats

Vicky Andren in national costume complete with embroidered cap. 

This year’s London Hat Week schedule will include the premiere of a documentary made by royal milliner Marie O’Reagan.

A sweet red hair bow from Spanish brand Amaia Kids for Princess Charlotte’s first day of nursery school (Kensington Palace)

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Dusty pink felt button percher with stunning oversize silk flower from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Beautifully detailed hatband on this navy oversize fedora from British milliner Jess Collett
Charming pink, black and white straw boater from American brand Lifted Millinery
Dark, moody red picture hat with flying bow and open weave brim from British milliner Juliette Botterill
Lovely movement on the soaring slim quills trimming this Fabienne Delvigne saucer hat
Classic navy wool hat with beautifully crisp knotted silk hatband from California based Jill Courtemanche
From Stephen Jones, whose creativity knows no bounds – hammer head shark and lamb chop headpieces

And this wonderfully chic is this two-toned felt fedora from German milliner Nicki Marquardt.

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Christmas photos from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik; also from Princess Benedikte and her grandchildren

Two sneak peeks at the BBC documentary airing today on the coronation jewels

Sweet photos released by the Danish monarchy of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent for their seventh birthday. Their mum also shared more relaxed candids of the twins she took on their family’s recent trip to Australia.

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette Marit explain why Norwegians are so happy.

We wrap up this week with another stunning landscape image from Prince Nikolaos

 Photos from Alain Guizard/Bestimage via Paris Match 

Queen Máxima Reopens Music Facility

Queen Máxima was in Arnhem to officially open the newly renovated Musis ’huis voor muziek’ 19th century concert hall and music facility. For this event, the Dutch queen repeated her cranberry felt Garbo hat with hatband and side bow.

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Queen Máxima in Musis Arnhem #portrait #hat #red #queenmaxima

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 4, 2017
Paired with her checked suit, the hat tops a strong look. What do you think of it’s outing yesterday?
Photos from social media as indicated; Albert Nieboer/PPE; Albert Nieboer/PPE;  Albert Nieboer/PPE

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to an event, 45 years ago this year, held at the Garden Club de Monaco. Princess Grace attended in a memorably oversized white tam ‘o shanter style hat.

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Top New Royal Hat Of 2017

And then there were eleven.

Eleven hats debuted in 2017 from eight different milliners worn on heads representing six different royal houses. Eleven new hats made of silk, straw, crin, felt and velvet adorned with ruffles, roses, twists, feathers, jewelled picks,silk abacca and lace.

One dome, three perchers, one pillbox, two upsweeps,a cartwheel, two saucers, and a boater – eleven stunning designs that we admired, discussed and chose as our favourites throughout the year. Eleven new designs that now, we narrow to a single winner. It’s time to crown the Top New Royal Hat of 2017.

Click on each photo to jump to original posts with additional photos, information and discussion. Your eleven finalists for Top New Royal Hat of 2017 are:

1.Jan 28, 2017 | Royal Hats    2.Zara Tindall, Mar 14, 2017 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats  
3.   4.April 7, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  
5.May 20, 2017 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats   6.May 20, 2017 | Royal Hats  
The poll will remain open until Tuesday, January 25 at midnight GMT and as always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish each time. The winner will be unveiled January 26. Happy voting!
Photos from Stig Lindberg; Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty; Benoit Doppagne via Belga;  Patrick van Katwijk and UK Press Pool via Getty; Church of Scotland;  Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/IndigoMichael CampanellaSC Pool/Corbis and  via Getty; Ward/ ORG XMIT: wenn33520371

Top Repeated Royal Hat of 2017

Throughout a series of polls over the past year, we have narrowed down our favourite repeated royal hats to a finalist group of eleven stunning designs. Your finalists include numerous brimmed designs, a pillbox, an upsweep, a swirled percher and a lattice saucer and trimmings that run the spectrum from florals and bows to twists, bands and quills.

While each of these eleven finalists is a winning design, it is now time to cast your votes, dearest readers, for a single winner. Please click on each hat to link back to its original feature post with additional views and information. Without further ado, here are your eleven finalists for Top Repeated Royal Hat of 2017:

3.Apr 11, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats   4.May 7, 2017 | Royal Hats   
5.May 24, 2017 in RTM | Royal Hats   6.June 17, 2017 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats
The poll will remain open until Tursday, January 25 at midnight GMT and as always, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish each time. We will celebrate the winner on January 26. Happy voting!
Photos from Scanpix; Patrick van Katwijk and WPA Pool via Getty;  Ole Hartmann Schmidt via Konghuset; Mark Cuthbert,  Max Mumby/Indigo,  Mark Cuthbert,  Mark Cuthbert and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty; The British Monarchy; Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun via Getty