Christening in Parma

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma christened their first child, Princess Luisa, today in the Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata Parma in Northern Italy. Prince Carlos is a nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (his mother is her younger sister Princess Irene) and while this was a royal christening, it was decidedly a family affair. Princess Annemarie wore a floral fascinator in royal purple to celebrate the event.

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Photos from PPE-agency

Duchess of Cambridge Attends Hometown Wedding

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the wedding of her friends Thierry Kelaart and Patrick Heathcote-Amory in Oxfordshire today. Kate wore the same Erdem dress she wore at the Trooping of the Colour earlier this year but paired it with a new Jane Corbett hat. Corbett desribed the hat on her blog as “A soft grey straw trimmed with organdie that I embroidered to match the embroidery on the dress”. Beautiful.

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Photos from MarieClaire.co.uk

Prinsjesdag 2012

It’s Prinsjesday (Prince’s Day) today, and that means we’re in for some wild hats! Prinsjesday is the day on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands (currently Queen Beatrix) addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives  in The Hague. It’s been a tradition in Holland since the 18th century and the dress code harkens back to that time period- full length gowns with hats. It’s glorious.

Queen Beatrix wore one of her signature chicken feather nest hats. It’s a dramatic hat for certain but I’m just not sure these feathers were the most flattering colour against her pale complexion and hair.

 

Princess Margriet, wore a grey net and feather fascinator on the top of her head. To me, it looks like grubby bath sponge.

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Princess Máxima was a vision in magenta. Not many can carry off such a strong colour from head to toe, but Máxima is in a category unto herself. I thought the shape of the hat, designed by Fabienne Delvigne, was not quite compatible with the more delicate cut of her dress but now I’m nitpicking- anyone who can pull off a huge magenta hat is someone I’ll cheer loudly for. Go Máxima!

Princess Máxima, September 18, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats    Princess Máxima, September 18, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Máxima’s sister-in-law Princess Laurentien sported a large purple cabbage rose fascinator. It veered dangerously close to eye patch territory, but we’ll let it go this time. The piece works well with her hairstyle.

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Great day of hats in the Netherlands today, don’t you agree?

Photos from Zimbio and Dutch Photo Press

Cambridges Visit the Solomon Islands

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the Solomon Islands today, and attended a Sunday church service there. Kate wore a hat for the first time on this royal tour – a new hat by Jane Taylor (aptly named the “Soloman” design) to compliment her Jonathan Saunders dress. I don’t usually like hats perched on the back of a princess’ head, but this one works very well.

        

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Frederik and Mary Visit Favrskov

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited the  Danish municipality of Favrskov to celebrate the 150th anniversary of towns Hadsten and Hinnerup. Mary wore a beautiful Susanne Juul designed blue straw beret that we saw last during her visit to Vietnam in 2009. I love this hat- the colour and shape are beautiful on her and the bow, which I would normally be annoyed by, seems just right.

Crown Princess Mary, September 8, 2012 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mary, September 8, 2012 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, September 8, 2012 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats

Photos by and B.dk and PPE

Flag Day

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary participated in Danish Flag Day Ceremonies today in Copenhagen. Mary was characteristically elegant in a beautiful light purple hat with wool crown and lighter straw brim designed by Susanne Juul.

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Photos from BT.dk