Members of the British Royal Family attended Easter Matins this morning at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Queen wore a new hat in pale pink wool hat designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan. It was trimmed with multiple bands around the crown, a side looped bow and an ostrich poof that like a white koosh ball on the side.I like this hat very much… but I don’t love it for Easter. It just seems a little wintry and cold. I like my Easter hats springy and flowery.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attended a Maundy Thursday service today at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England. As per tradition, the Queen distributed specially minted Maundy money to 87 women and 87 men- 87 pence (the Queen’s age) a piece. She wore a royal blue stovepipe hat with a large feather sweeping around the brim. The crown came to a point in front, making the hat uniquely teardrop-shaped. The designer is unconfirmed but it’s widely agreed to be Angela Kelly (it fits perfectly with Kelly’s penchant for fabric covered hats in unusual shapes). The color was great the Queen (who still looks a little pale) but I’m not sure about the teardrop shape. What do you think?
Dutch Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the Dutch Defence Academy in Breda this morning. During her visit, she decorated the flag of the Royal Air Force with a campaign streamer in honor of their deployment to Kosovo in 1999. For this visit, Beatrix wore one of her signature brimless hats- this one in striking cherry red straw with a wide red velvet band and side loops. In the past, I was not a fan of these brimless hats but now, I find them rather endearing. That might be my soft spot for Queen Beatrix talking; I can’t help but like any headgear that shows off her sparkling eyes and bright smile.
Putting my bias and affection aside- don’t you think this a great color for her? Please Queen Bea- scrap the black hats for this final month of your reign! You shine in bright colors!
What do you think of this hat?
Photos by Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer via Corbis
Twenty-eight years ago today on March 25, 1985, this six month old royal baby was spotted in public, bundled up an adorable cream knit hat and coat. Can anyone guess the identity of this young royal?!
Two readers guessed this little one’s identity very quickly- it’s Prince Harry!
Photo from David Levenson via Getty
Last Wednesday, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and his son, Prince Carl Philip, both made hat appearances at events in Sweden. King Carl Gustaf visited town of Landskrona, a city that celebrates its 600th anniversary this year. He wore a grey wool fedora for the visit- not a hat you’d expect on a King, but a hat that this King wears very well don’t you think?
Prince Carl Philip opened the Royal Palace Spring, a cross country ski word cup competition that takes place around the Royal Palace of Stockholm. This year, the tenth year the sprint was held, this race was part of the FIS World Cup Final for the 2012-13 season. For his opening speech, Carl Philip wore a nondescript navy ski hat. Paired with the down coat and scarf, I would ordinarily have no issue with this hat… but with his suit and tie showing under his coat, there’s something about this look that just doesn’t work for me! What do you think?
Photos from Stefan Lindblom / Stella Pictures via The Swedish Royal Court and The Swedish Royal Court
Queen Mary (in all her hat glory) on the 60th anniversary of her death today. She was the style setter of her era, and a fantastic wearer of hats throughout her life.
This portrait was taken in 1902, a year after her father-in-law became King Edward VII. Here, Princess Mary wears a hat in a common mid-late Victorian shape with feathered plume and veil.
In this undated portrait with King George V (sometime between 1911 and 1918), Queen Mary wears an enormous plumed hat that came into high fashion during the Edwardian period. Thankfully, this hat does not appear to include an entire stuffed bird like many other hats at this time did!
A portrait taken sometime in the 1940s. Hats returned to Victorian proportions in the 1930s and remained small until after WWII. In this portrait, Queen Mary added some dazzle to the side of her hat in this portrait with a diamond brooch. I adore her style approach- when in doubt, add more diamonds! This portrait also shows the incredible resemblance between Queen Mary and her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth. It’s quite an amazing legacy, in terms of both style and of family, that Queen Mary leaves us with today. Thank you, sweet Queen.
Photos from The Grand Ladies Blog (with special thanks!)
Princess Eugenie of York celebrates her 23rd birthday today. One of my favourite hats of Eugenie’s from the past is this black and white picture hat worn on June 4, 2011 at the Epsom Derby. Isn’t this the perfect hat to wear on a summer’s afternoon at the races? Eugenie tends to wear a lot of signature hats (see here and here, for example) but I would love to see her in more classic brimmed picture hats like this one. Perfection.
Photo from Samir Hussein via Getty