Hat Cousins: Queen Elizabeth and the Split Crown Hats of Angela Kelly

So far in our series on the signature shapes hat designer Angela Kelly uses for Queen Elizabeth’s hats, we have looked at the “Diagonal Crowns“,  “Flat Brims”, the “Teardrop Crowns“, and the “Wrapped Crowns”. Today we’re going to look at another distinct shape, one I call the “Split Crown”.

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Touring East Sussex on Oct 31, 2013 and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the underground, March 2013

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Visiting Ground Zero in New York, July 2010 and welcoming the Emir of Qatar to England, October 2010

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At the Epsom Races, June 7, 2014 and at Royal Ascot, June 16, 2016

These hats all feature a divided crown; one side is straight while the other follows the diagonal shape of a tulip petal. Of the four hats seen here, two have upturned brims while the other three have classic short cartwheel brims. I think the hat works well in the white and red forms we see here- something about the textured tweed fabric used on these two versions makes this uniquely shaped crown work much better (same as the purple hat above, which looks beautiful in straw which has its own natural texture). The white and red hats also feature large feathers which makes the  seam of the split crown less prominent. It’s not my favourite hat shape but of the interesting Angela Kelly-esque shapes we have looked at so far, I think it is the most successful. What do you think of this unique hat shape?

UPDATE: A seventh hat in this shape appeared in Her Majesty’s wardrobe on January 10, 2016 and an eighth, on March 3, 2017. Notice that the crown in the purple hat is split toward Queen Elizabeth’s right side as opposed to all the hats above, which have a split toward her left.

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Remembering the WWI Gallipoli campaign on its 100th anniversary, January 10, 2016
Marking St David’s Day, Mar 3, 2017 with a visit to The Royal Welsh Regimental Family at Lucknow Barracks

A ninth hat in this design in royal purple felt joined the Queen’s wardrobe in February 2018.

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Visiting a Windsor elder care center on April 12, 2018

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Duchess of Windsor

The Royal Hats Blog  A year after this photograph was taken, Edward VIII would abdicate and six months later, Wallis Warfield Spencer Simpson would become the Duchess of Windsor. There is something quite bewitching about her even in this photograph, don’t you think? And the hat? Splendid.

Duchess of Windsor

 Photo taken in 1935 by legendary photographer Man Ray

Belgian King and Queen in Antwerp

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium continued their domestic inaugural tour today with a visit to Antwerp. Mathilde debuted another new hat designed by Fabienne Delvigne, described by the designer as “a turquoise and green bibi in felt velvet” (for those who do not speak French, a bibi is a small pillbox or cocktail hat). The base of this hat appears to be a head-hugging cap around which dramatic bands of blue and green felt are wrapped. I think it is marvelous- it’s interesting without obstructing Mathilde’s face and it beautifully compliments her abstract floral dress. I also think the peacock blue looks just wonderful on Mathilde. I am very curious about what all the rest of you dear royal hat fans think of this creative headpiece?!

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Queen Mathilde, September 27, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Photos from Le Soir; Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

Designer Updates

Royal Hats Blog Happy Friday, everyone! I have a number of designer updates for you, dear readers, today. First, the restrained white pillbox worn by Gabriele Lademacher at her daughter Claire’s wedding to Prince Felix last weekend was made by Berlin-based millinery designer Fiona Bennett. There is a lovely short video interview with Fiona here where she shares her design philosophy and some of her hats.

Gabriele Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Next up, seven hats all made by British milliner, Stephen Jones from way back in June. Stephen Jones is not a designer we have talked about much here on the Royal Hats Blog and this is going to change!  I believe these are all bespoke hats although a white version of the first hat worn by Lady Helen Taylor was in the Spring Summer 2013 collection this year. The two hats worn by Viscountess Linley are two that I absolutely adore.

Lady Helen Windsor, June 18, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, June 18, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, June 18, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Lady Helen Taylor and Viscountess Linley at Ascot 2013

Lady Helen Windsor, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, June 19, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, June 19, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Lady Helen Taylor at Trooping the Colour, June 15, 2013; 
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai at Ascot, June 19 and 20, 2013

And finally, the glorious gold straw hat Queen Máxima wore for Prinsjesdag earlier this month was made by Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne. I originally reported this was not a Delvigne design and want to clear up any confusion my error may have created.

2013-09-17 Prinsjesdag 6Photos from Mark Cuthbert via the Huffington Post; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; The Daily MailChris Jackson via Zimbio;  Max Mumby and Mark Cuthbert via Getty; and Dutch Photo Press

September Poll Reminder

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A reminder to vote in this months poll before it closes on Monday!

Princess Laurentien, June 12, 2004 |  The Royal Hats Blog            Countess of Wessex, April 11, 2004 |  The Royal Hats Blog
Princess Laurentien at Princess Amalia’s christening, June 12, 2004;
The Countess of Wessex on Easter Sunday April 11, 2004 

Designers: unknown

Photos from Julian Parker and James Whatlig via Getty

Hat Types: The Turban

Turban | Royal Hats

When Queen Máxima began her reign this year with a series of voluminous hats worn back on the crown of her head (see here, here, here, and here), confusion ensued. Was it a pillbox? Was it a turban? Was it a hybrid of the two? The answer starts with understanding the turban. In coming weeks we will look at a a few more hat types (including the pillbox and calot) and determine what type of hat Máxima’s new hats really are.

History: Turbans have been around for thousands of years as a religious head covering for men in several faith traditions (primarily in the Islamic and Seikh religions). Because the history of this head wear is so old, it’s true origin is unknown. Turbans first showed up in recorded history in the fourteenth century at the end of the Moorish occupation in Spain; they became a popular fashion item for women during the 1920s and  hit the height of their popularity during the 1960s and 1970s.

Characteristics: Turbans are based on cloth winding- they look like they are made of many layers wrapped around the wearer’s head. In most of the hats we see here, the layers are sewn onto a foundation cloth for easier wearing but they still look “wound up”. A full turban is wrapped in an oval shape around the head, covering the top half of the wearer’s ears and leaving little or no hair showing at the forehead.

Royals Associated with this Hat Style: Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace of Monaco

Classic Fashion Turbans:

Queen Elizabeth, February 1975 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Michael of Kent, February 16, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog  Empress Farah Pahlavi, July 2, 1011 | The Royal Hats Blog  Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, 1947 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth,1975; Princess Michael of Kent, 2011; Empress Farah Pahlavi, 2011;
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, 1947

 Princess Grace of Monaco, 1962 | The Royal Hats Blog Infanta Pilar | The Royal Hats Blog Tatiana Santo Domingo | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Grace of Monaco, 1962;  Infanta Pilar of Spain, 1990; Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi, 2011

Variations on the Turban:

Queen Silvia of Sweden, 1975 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Marilene, November 19, 2005 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, 1964 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Maxima, May 4, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Silvia of Sweden, 1975;  Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, 2005;  
Queen Elizabeth, 1964;  Princess Máxima  of the Netherlands, 2011

Princess Alexandra, 1962 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Grace of Monaco, July 17 1967 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, July 1970 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Alexandra of Kent, 1962; Princess Grace of Monaco, 1967; Queen Elizabeth, 1970

Princess Maxima December 7, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Diana, March 1989 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Grace, May 24, 1961 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Sonja, 1973 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Máxima, 2012; Princess Diana, 1989; Princess Grace, 1961; Princess Sonja of Norway, 1973

I will admit- the turban is not my favourite type of hat. I am, however, blown away by the two black turbans worn by Princess Grace. Don’t they look fabulous on her? I’m curious- what do you think about the royal turban? And, having seen this hat type defined, do you think Queen Máxima’s new hat style could be classified as a turban?

Photos from Reginald Davis/Rex USA via Vanity Fair; Ferdaus Shamim and Philippe Desmazes via Getty; British PatheG. Lukomski via The Daily Mail; unknown; Arde Magazine; Hulton-Deutsch Collection via Corbis; Michel Porro via Getty Images; British PathePatrick van Katwijk via Corbis; unknown; Bettman via Corbis; unknown; Dutch Royal PressTim Graham/AP via People Magazine; Bettmann via Corbis; Reuters via VG.no

Danish Crown Princely Couple Christen Ship

Crown Prince Frerderik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark christened the world’s largest container ship “Maersk Majestic” today in Copenhagen (a short video clip of the christening can be viewed here). Princess Mary repeated a striking cream wool hat with a diagonal raised brim, contrasting black band around the crown and side looped bow. The graphic lines of the hat complimented her cream coat dress so beautifully, I was happy to see this hat again as I have always thought this hat looked wonderful against Mary’s dark hair. What do you think of this hat ?

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Designer: Philip Treacey
Previously Worn: March 26, 2012;  September 12, 2007

Photos from Keld Navntoft via BT.dk