to 49 years ago where a very chic Princess Grace (and a cute young Prince Albert) arrived home to Monaco from Montreal, Canada. She is the only royal I can think of who can make a chin strap on a hat look glamorous.
Photo from Getty as indicated
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent took in the Salzburg Festival this week. It’s not technically a hat but Marie Christine’s getup has me scratching my head. WHY?
While it’s been a slow week of working royal hats, there have been numerous ones spotted at the Olympics. Third place goes to the synchro baseball hat wearing King and Queen of Sweden.
Silver medal for Olympic royal hat wearing goes to adorable Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, in a floppy straw design (she gets extra points for her impressive collection of Olympic pins displayed on her lanyard):
And the gold medal…. Queen Maxima’s straw fedora, which made multiple Olympic appearances. So chic.
Great overview of recent celebrations for Liechtenstein’s National Day here and here (Luxarazzi)
Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and a Princess Aiko celebrated Japan’s first ‘Mountain Day’ national holiday with a hike in Matsumoto, Nagano last weekend. Imperial royals in plaid = happy claps.
I leave you this week with the hands-down winners for for royal cheerleading at the Olympics (with an honorable mention to young Nicolas of Sweden as posted here by his mum)
Photo from Rex Features and Asahi Shimbun
My apologies for a quiet week here at Royal Hats. I’m under the weather and have been tucked in bed. I always feel better when discussing hats so let’s get some conversation started!
Another one of the hats on display at Holyrood House for this summer’s exhibition ‘Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe’ is this straw design by Angela Kelly that Queen Elizabeth wore for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK in September 2010.
The Royal Collection Trust shared this better view of the ensemble from the exhibition: .
Photographs taken during the visit seem to have washed out the colour of this hat and coat and I was surprised to see it is not grey but a pale, slate blue. I like the wide straw hat band but find the crown on this design to be a little too exaggerated for my taste- it’s just a little too tall and too pointy for this be a pretty hat. This closeup view shows the attention paid to the feather trim, my favourite feature on this hat. As for the button… it’s an interesting touch but the placement floating in the middle of brim is off for me. I think I prefer hat trims that hug the base of the crown. In the end, it’s an interesting hat but the shape and washed out colour make it a miss for me.
What do you think of this hat design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated