Hat From The Past

Royal Hats to this day, twenty years ago, and a veiled hat winter hat in the loveliest shade of cornflower blue.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1974 when, on a visit to the South Pacific, Princess Anne wore a light picture hat. Likely a design of John Boyd, the hat looks to be made of textured straw (or roughly pleated voile?) casually wrapped in a folded silk scarf as a hatband that trails down the back. Effortless and chic.

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Tribute To One Of The Greats

The following notice was posted this morning from John Boyd Hats:

There is nothing more to add, except to admire the creative brilliance of his work over the past seven decades.
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His work and his sparkling personality will be missed. 
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Belgian Royals Attend Annual Memorial Mass

Members of Belgium’s royal family attended an annual mass to commemorate deceased relatives and ancestors yesterday at the Church of Our Lady in Brussels. Queen Mathilde used the occasion to debut a new black calot hat trimmed in overlaid stripes and a large twisted circle of textured black roughly woven fabric.

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It’s difficult to weigh in on this hat without a better look. At close range, the overlay on the hat looked a bit messy to me but from further away, it gives great textural contrast to Mathilde’s smoothly tailored flared coat.

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Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Marie-Esméralda, King Albert’s half sister, wore an oversize chocolate felt fedora with relaxed brim piped in lighter cafe-au-lait hued ribbon. A patterned hatband in the same two shades finished the piece with a sharp bit of contrast that made the relaxed design look a bit more formal.

Feb 20, 2018 | Royal Hats

Feb 20, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I suspect this hat is new
Princess Léa, widow of King Albert’s late half brother Prince Alexandre, repeated a chic navy fedora with Petersham ribbon hatband and side bow (not visible here). Worn at a slight angle, the hat is wonderfully chic
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Previously Worn: Feb 19, 2013

Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, who is cousin-in-law to King Philippe and his siblings, wore a simple black pillbox hat on the back of her head. It’s a classic millinery choice very fitting for such an event as this.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Dec 12, 2014 and likely others
This annual event always brings us a number of sedately styled hats- any thoughts about the ones worn yesterday?

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Queen Visits Royal College Of Physicians

Queen Elizabeth visited the Royal College of Physicians in London this morning to mark its 500th anniversary. For this event, she repeated her pale grey-blue straw hat with domed crown, asymmetrical upturned brim, and silk flower and ribbon trim.

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The last time we saw this hat and coordinating ensemble, it looked decidedly blue but today it looked much more grey. This colour variation makes the hat more interesting and while I prefer it shown in natural light (where it looks more blue), the hat’s scale and shape combined with its beautiful trimmings and finishing make it a truly exquisite design. I particularly love how the silk hatband and bow loops link with the buttons on the coat- such a lovely touch.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 4, 2015;  June 17, 2014; April 20, 2014
I love Queen Elizabeth in saturated colours but when it comes to her more muted ensembles, this is one of my favourites. What do you think about this hat after seeing it again today?
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Funeral of Prince Henrik

The funeral of Prince Henrik of Denmark took place today in the chapel of Christiansborg Palace, attended only by family, close friends and the late prince’s staff. Queen Margrethe led her family in her fur black bumper hat. A long black silk veil was anchored in between the upfolded front brim and crown of the hat that framed her face and trailed down her back.

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Crown Princess Mary repeated her black felt calot hat designed by Susanne Juul. The feather and felt leaf spray that was added to the piece in 2015 was joined today by the further addition of a black net veil.

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Princess Marie wore her black felt Garbo hat with wide brim, trimmed with a pale grey hatband and cluster of black felt flowers on the side.

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Princess Josephine and Princess Athena wore matching headbands from Norwegian brand Princessefin (the Josephine design) with a subtle diamond pattern in pink and black from

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Princess Benedikte wore her black bumper hat with diagonal stripe detail on the cuffed brim.

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Queen Anne-Marie repeated her black felt bumper hat wrapped in a wide swath of dotted net veil. The hat features a double upturned brim, the inner of which is made of silk.

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Princess Elisabeth wore a wider brimmed design in light black straw, trimmed with a large ruffled bow at the back.

Countess Sussie of Rosenborg wore a prim bumper hat embellished with a gold button on the side.

Countess Alexandra of Frederiksborg wore a black felt cloche variation with square, domed crown and short downturned brim. A slim leather hatband and black feather flower at the side trimmed the piece.
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The service was broadcast on Danish television available for international viewers to see here (the royal family’s arrival starts at 1:49:00). Additional photo galleries can also be seen here and here. A final note- well known for his love of flowers and gardening, Prince Henrik requested that the memorial wreaths today be arranged as a flower garden as a last surprise and gift for his wife. It was beautiful.

I know you will join me in wishing peace and comfort to the entire Danish royal family as they continue to grieve this immense loss.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1985 and the arrival of Diana, Princess of Wales at East Midlands airport for a visit to Derby in a camel felt hat with upfolded brim edged in silk velvet with a bow at the back. The hat comes from a period in her millinery which saw her experiment more with larger scale pieces of various shapes.

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