Hat From The Past

Royal Hats to 130 years ago this year to this snap of Queen Victoria with her Indian born servant, Abdul Karim. The hat and turban are magnificent, as was, by remaining accounts, the relationship these two shared.

 Have any of you seen the recently released film “Victoria and Abdul”?
Photo from social media as indicated
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Icelandic State Visit To Sweden

Iceland’s President Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson and his wife Eliza Reid arrived in Stockholm yesterday for the start of a three day state visit. For an official welcome at the Royal Palace, Queen Silvia wore a simple brown felt cloche hat with wide velvet hatband in a slightly darker shade. This shape is so familiar on Silvia that I assumed it was a repeat – she has nearly a twin of this hat in black but I think this brown version is new.

Jan 17, 2018 | Royal Hats

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Previously Worn: I believe this is new
Princess Sofia wore a black cocktail hat with what looks like a button base and trim that includes feathers and some type of bow.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new
It’s worth giving compliment to Eliza Reid’s felt bumper hat with bow trim, a piece that looked great paired with her faux fur scarf. The colour is particularly lovely on her.
Jan 17, 2018 | Royal Hats
Thoughts about these hats?
Photos from Johan Jeppsson / IBL and social media as indicated

Dutch Queen Opens Bio Fair

Queen Máxima was in Zwolle this morning to officially open a bio fair. For this engagement, she wore a new hat in dark green felt with upswept ‘slice’ brim trimmed with a Petersham ribbon hatband and side bow.

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There should be lots to like about this hat- it’s a tried and true shape on Queen Máxima and adds a third design to the small shelf of green hats in her millinery closet. There are a few quibbles, however- the brim fold creating the upswept brim shape is less refined than other hats in this same shape and makes the hat, from some angles at least, look a little lumpy.

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Not all shades of green work together and I don’t like the dark teal undertones of this hat paired with the brighter, emerald hued dress. The vibrant bluey-purple coat saves the ensemble with unexpected contrast but when removed, the dress and coat don’t make the greatest of pairings.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Máxima has so few green hats that I want to like this one- perhaps with a different outfit? What do you think of this new green hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Princess Hisako At Football Championship

Back on January 1st, Princess Hisako was at Saitama Stadium to present the winning trophy after the 97th All Japan Football Championship final. For this event, she wore an interesting new black hat. The design features a close fitting rounded crown (similar to a bowler or cloche) with upfolded brim trimmed with a hatband that appears to buckle on the side through a series of grommets. The brim is vented on one side, giving it  relaxed points and a lovely sense of movement around the hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
We see so few royal hats with brims cut open the way this one is- a simple design feature that gives such a different look and energy to the hat. Thanks to reader Avery for bringing this hat to my attention!
Photos from Getty as indicated

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 Mako 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 Mako’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.

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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 ntv.co.jp; 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