After the whirlwind of royal hats we saw this month, there are a few we missed that we need to catch up on!
Photos and discussion of hats worn by Lady Helen Windsor, Viscountess Linley, Lady Sarah Chatto and the Duchess of Gloucester at the Order of the Garter Service have been added to this post (thanks to one of our readers, E. who graciously shared her personal photos!)
A new queen to our blog, Queen Mesenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, attended the opening day of Royal Ascot. Photos of her along with a discussion of her hat was added to this post.
And last but certainly not least, I finally tracked down photos of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai at Day 4 of Royal Ascot and added them to this post. I regret I was not able to find photos sooner because I suspect this hat may be considered one of the best of the week. I would have loved to include it in our Ascot 2013 poll.
Photos from Reader Gabeyslave via Twitter; Max Mumby via Getty; and Rex Features via AP
Queen Sonja of Norway opened the “Queen’s Path”, a hiking trail named in her honor in Ullensvang. To inaugurate the trail, which is 766 meters above sea level and provides panoramic views of the fjord far below, Sonja wore a smart red outdoor hat.
Photo from Ernst Olsen via Hardanger Folkeblad
Princess Beatrix attended the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Limburg Historians and Antiquarian Society in Maastricht on Friday where she was presented with the newly published, Limburg: Een Geschiedenis (Limburg: A History). For this event, Beatrix wore a caramel straw hat in her signature “one-tiered hat cake” shape with a stacked crown and straw loops on the side. I’m thinking that she truly does own this hat in every single colour of the rainbow…
Photo from L1.nl
Queen Máxima of the Netherlandso attended the kick-off of a mentoring program for entrepreneurs in Amsterdam. She wore the same taupe ruched straw hat she wore back in May to visit a children’s hospital in Rotterdam. It is a great hat on her although I liked it better paired with the red suit she wore it with last time. I think her tailored and clean-lined Natan suit today would have worked better with a brimmed, classic picture hat.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
There has been much debate in the comments of this blog about this shape of hat- is it a turban? Is it a pillbox? I think it’s both, which leads me to propose a solution to this debate.Why don’t we call this new genre of hat, which is two parts pillbox and one part turban, a Pillban? What do you think (of both the hat and the proposed name)?
Update- no need to invent a new hat genre! This hat is actually a toque.
Photos from Dutch Photo Press
Queen Elizabeth visited Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent today to bid farewell to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who, due to defense cuts, leaving the city they called home for the last then years. The Queen wore a lovely lilac picture hat with stacked crown and side pink roses. This is a classic hat designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan and I think the style, proportion and detailing looks wonderful on the Queen. We have seen this hat a few times (in March 2012 and at Ascot in 2010) and I hope we see it a few more!
Photo from Rex Features via AP Images and WPA Pool via Zimbio
Yesterday, Queen Elizabeth praised the efforts of Britain’s most prestigious infantry regiment, the Grenadier Guards, as she presented their colleagues with new colours. The Queen, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, looked bright and lovely in the same turquoise Rachel Trevor Morgan designed hat she wore for last month for her visit to the BBC. My thoughts on this hat are not changed- it’s a great hat on Her Majesty and made her stand out well in a sea of red tunics.
Photos from Press Association via The Daily Mail
Last Thursday, June 20, the Duchess of Gloucester attended The East End Community Coronation Gala and opened the Francis Lee Community Centre at Clare House, Old Ford, London. For these engagements, she wore a soft pink straw hat with rolled brim. The classic shape of this hat looks great on the Duchess… but not with a lime green and turquoise blue flowered dress (the addition of a lime green scarf around the crown of this hat does not help at all Brigitte!). I can’t for the life of me understand how Brigitte thought pairing this hat with this dress was a good idea, especially since she has both a lime green hat and a blue hat that would have matched so much, much, MUCH better. Am I alone in thinking this is just awful?
Photos from Johnathan Adam Davies; Johnathan Adam Davies and Johnathan Adam Davies via Tips Images