Hats From The Past

Yesterday, Princess Anne attended the annual Not Forgotten Association Christmas Party, a national tri-service charity which provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. While she did not wear a hat, Buckingham Palace released two nostalgic photos of a royals at this same event- below is a young Duke and Duchess of York in 1921 and the late the late Princess Mary (daughter of King George V and Queen Mary) in what looks like the 1940s. The resemblance between Princess Mary and Queen Elizabeth is remarkable- as are the hats!

Inventory: Princess Mary’s Black Hats

As we continue building royal hat wardrobe inventories, today we’re going to peek in the closet of Princess Mary of Denmark for a look at all of the black hats she has worn. Here they are, in the order they were introduced:

1.Crown Princess Mary, July 26, 2004 | Royal Hats   2.2004-06-26-greenlandr 

Designers: all unknown 
Introduced: November 5, 2002; June 26, 2004

3.Crown Princess Mary, January 2, 2005 | Royal Hats   4.Crown Princess Mary, September 23, 2006 | Royal Hats   

Designers: unknown; Susanne Juul
Introduced:January 1, 2005; September 23, 2006

5.Crown Princess Mary, May 9, 2014 in Susanne Juul | Royal 2015-10-06-opening-of-danish-parliament-7r

Designer: Susanne Juul
Introduced: November 7, 2011 (modified version with added trim reappeared October 6, 2015)

6.2015-03-16-peter-heering-funeral-3r   7.Crown Princess May, May 27, 2016 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats 

Designers: unknown; Susanne Juul
Introduced: March 17, 2015; May 27, 2016

I suspect the first three hats in this list are long retired, leaving four in current circulation. Numbers 4 and 5 are the workhorses as their streamlined designs fit in beautifully at the most sombre of events (and the recent addition of some new trim on calot #5 seems to have given it a new lease on life). Number 7 stormed onto the scene this year, easily claiming our pick for favourite new royal hat in May. The scale and exuberant shape of this piece sets it apart from Mary’s other black hats and it will be interesting to see how it is repeated in the future.

What designs stand out to you here, most?

Photos from Julian Parker via Getty; unknown; Keld Navntoft and Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Albert Nieboer / DPA / Abacapress; Splash News/Splash News/Corbis; Getty; Andreas Rentz via Getty

Hat Cousins: Queen Elizabeth and the Square Crown & Cuffed Brim of Angela Kelly

Royal HatsDuring recent discussion about Queen Elizabeth’s newest purple chapeau,  several of you referenced other hats with this same shape. Indeed- there are several other iterations of this Angela Kelly design, one I am calling the “Square Crown Cuffed Brim”:

 Queen Elizabeth, June 5, 2012 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats    Queen Elizabeth, June 26, 2015 in Angela Kelly   Queen Elizabeth, Nov 27, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving, June 5, 2012; In Germany, June 26, 2015;
Attending the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit in Malta, Nov 27, 2015;

Queen Elizabeth, June 10, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats   Queen Elizabeth, June 12, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats   Queen Elizabeth, Nov 24, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving on June 10  and Patron’s Lunch on June 12, 2016;
Celebrating 60 years of the Duke off Edinburgh Awards, Nov 24, 2016

The folded cuff brim is a great design feature for the Queen as it allows her a slightly larger scale brim without obscuring her face from view. This handsome shape lends itself well to embellishment…  which is where its downfall is also found. I think just one hat in this bunch has the right balance of froufrou – the pale yellow and grey design in the top- a balance that we saw last week is a little precarious. The others, I’m afraid, are a warning against fussy, overmixed textures and trimmings. I think the strong lines of this design work best with a “less is more” hand at embellishment.

I am curious, dear readers, what do you think of this signature Kelly design?

Jump over here for an index of other signature shapes Angela Kelly has designed for Queen Elizabeth

Photos from WPA Pool, Chris JacksonAberto PizzoliMax Mumby/Indigo, WPA Pool and Mark Cuthbert via Getty 

This Week’s Extras

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Prince Harry acquired some new headwear today while on tour in Surama, Guyana

 Infanta Elena at an equestrian exhibition in Madrid with… you guessed it, another fedora (Semana)

This week saw the addition of another red hat into Queen Mathilde’s wardrobe putting the total now at eleven. Jump over to this post to see the full inventory.

John Boyd shared a photo this week of a new millinery creation with wonderful polka-dotted crin brim. On which royal head would you like to see this design at Ascot next year?


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The Netflix series The Crown received as close to a royal endorsement as it’s ever going to get (Town and Country)

Royal writer Netty Liestra published an interesting list of royal recipes this week (NettyRoyal)

Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi shared some never before seen photos of her wedding dress this week, giving us the best view of this Armani creation to date. So beautiful.

 Some seriously glamorous gowns and jewels at the state dinner in Amsterdam on Monday night

Queen Elizabeth Visits University Residence

It’s the repeat many of us have been waiting for! For yesterday’s visit to Goodenough College, residential accommodation for postgraduates from the UK and all over the world who are studying in London, Queen Elizabeth repeated the pale yellow and grey hat she first wore in Germany last year.


These photos show that the brim on this hat is made of straw- a detail not clearly visible during its last outing. This sublte design feature that lends some textural contrast against the fabric covered crown.


Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 26, 2015
Sometimes absence grows fondness to a greater degree than it is warranted- what do you think of this hat now that we’ve finally seen it again?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Máxima Opens Tech School

Queen Máxima was in Den Bosch yesterday to officially open the Hieronymus Academy of Data Science in the former convent of Marienburg. For this event, she repeated her red felt Garbo hat trimmed with slim leather hatband.

Queen Máxima, Dec 1, 2016 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, Dec 1, 2016 in Fabienne Delvgine | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 14, 2014November 8, 2013
This is the the second head-to-hem red ensemble we’ve see this week, giving an interesting opportunity to compare (see the other one here). Which red ensemble do you prefer? And, how much does the hat influence your choice?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Albert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer via PPE