Princess Mary Opens Emergency Hospital Wing

Crown Princess Mary opened the new emergency building at the Regional Hospital of Randers today. For this event, she repeated her grey felt casque hat with leaf trim. Her hairstylist always shows this hat off to great effect and its pairing today with her grey bouclé coat, black dress and burgundy gloves, clutch and shoes topped a beautifully styled ensemble.

Crown Princess Mary, Oct 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

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Crown Princess Mary, Oct 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary, Oct 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: Likely Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: September 17, 2014March 18, 2013January 14, 2012

We have seen Princess Mary in this piece a few times now- any new thoughts about it after seeing it today?

Photos from Lars Rasborg via Scanpix

Catching Up With The Imperial Royals

Back on October 12th, , Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the 14th Commendation Ceremony of People’s Self Defence Officers in Tokyo. For this event, she wore an interesting navy wool top hat with rolled brim and bright turquoise hat band. The shape is a surprise on an Imperial head and while I applaud ANY millinery experimentation in this family, I’m not sure it’s the best shape for Akiko. The bright hat band, however, is a win.

Princess Akiko, Oct 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

On October 14, Princess Hisako of Takamado visited an elementary school while on a trip to Kobe City where she witnessed a disaster preparation drill. She wore a simple black bumper style hat that coordinated well with her black and white suit.

Princess Hisako, Oct 14, 2016 | Royal Hats

And finally, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa was in Kagawa Prefecture over the weekend. On Saturday, she visited the National Leprosy Sanatorium in Takamatsu City in this pale staw pork pie crowned hat with rolled brim, wide grey hat band and pheasant feather trim. It’s a great informal hat that feels stylish on the princess. And how great is it to see some pheasant feathers on an Imperial royal hat? Next time, double the size, please.

Princess Nobuko, Oct 22, 2016 | Royal Hats

What do you think of this trio of Imperial hats?

Photos from SankeiKobe Shimbun; and Yomiuri

This Week’s Extras

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British royal milliner Gina Foster is, sadly, closing up shop. If you hope to scoop up one of her designs, they are on sale and you might want to act quickly.

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The “Royal Wedding Gowns” exhibition opened this week at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. This closeup view of these gowns includes a few surprises, such as the inclusion of the one-shouldered dress worn by Princess Sofia for her wedding reception (below). You can see a great gallery of this exhibition here (Svenskdam)

After living 54 years in exile, the last king of Rwanda died this week. His obituary is an interesting read (Telegraph)

Raine, Countess Spencer also passed away this week. There is a great photo spread of her glamorous life at this article in the Daily Mail.

Prince Albert of Monaco recently purchased his mother’s childhood home (People)

The Danish Royal Court released a charming new stamp

Birthday of Empress Michiko

While Empress Michiko’s 82nd birthday yesterday was a private celebration, photographers caught a glimpse of her son and daughter-in-law arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for the event. Crown Princess Masako repeated a bumper hat with pleated brim in the same pale gold moire taffeta as her ruffled neck suit- an ensemble she first wore for the Empress’ birthday last year. It’s not an exciting hat but it works well with the neck ruffle on Masako’s jacket and contrasts well with her dark hair.

Crown Princess Masako, Oct 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: October 20, 2015

A short video of the Emperor and Empress was released for the Empress’ birthday, showing them in the garden of the Imperial Palace. Empress Michiko is not shown in a hat but the video is quite charming, I had to share.

Photo from Jiji

One Hat, Two Frocks

When Queen Mathilde stepped out at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday, she was wearing a simple pyramid shaped percher hat in grey straw. This is the second time we have seen her step out in this hat- a hat that looked surprisingly different from its first outing. While lighting accounts for much of this difference, the pairing of this hat with dresses of a completely different style and feel is also at play. I’m curious about which ensemble you prefer:

Look 1: Paired with a pale blue silk wrap dress at the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI on August 4, 2014

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Look 2: With a printed grey and pink printed Natan dress to open the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 18, 2016

Queen Mathilde, Oct 18, 2016 | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, Oct 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

   Which dress do you think works best with this hat?

Photos from  Fred Dufour, Chris JacksonPhotonews and Photonews via Getty

Closer Look: The Teal Feathered Fox Turban

Royal HatsAnother one of the hats included in the Holyrood House section of this year’s three-part exhibition on Queen Elizabeth’s fashion is a green silk chiffon turban with ostrich feather trim, designed by Frederick Fox.

 While I have not been able to find photos of this hat in action, it follows a similar formula of millinery design that Fox and the Queen’s other milliners followed in the late 1960s and 1970s using a turban shape and  trailing embellishment down the back. It’s a time-rooted style that doesn’t translate well to present day but became a signature millinery look for Her Majesty during this era. If forced to choose a favourite here, my vote is with the Fox design displayed above. I think the combination of gossamer light feathers and smooth silk chiffon makes a more elegant and much less clunky design than the fussier ones below.


What do you think of this hat design, now that we’ve had a closer look?
Photos from Getty as indicated