Queen Elizabeth In East Sussex

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited East Sussex today where they toured a fish market, a brewery, a youth hostel, and a reading room. The Queen repeated her magenta and black split crown hat with black button trim. I still find this hat a little too Alice-In-Wonderland-Mad-Hatter for me to really like although I did enjoy these photos, which offer a more closeup view of this hat than we’ve seen before. What do you think?

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Designer: Angela Kelly

Previously Worn: April 5, 2013; December 30, 2012; May 1, 2012; March 8, 2012; March 4, 2011

Photos from Getty as indicated


Trick Or Treat

These two royal costume/Halloween hats were too wonderful not to share today on this day of spooks, tricks and all things ghoulish.

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The Countess of Frederiksborg and Queen Margrethe of Denmark

Photo from Hello Magazine and Ole Bjørk via Billed Bladet  

Querry: Royal Millinery Closet of Choice

The Royal Hats Blog Reader Del posed this delightful question, “If you could get into any royal hat closet and be allowed to wear the hats in that close for the rest of your life whenever you wanted, whose closet would you choose?”

Marvelous question! I’m turning this over to you, dear readers. Indeed- in whose hat closet would you like to have an open invitation? And why?

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Swedish Royals Welcome New Family Member

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Kolmårdens zoo this morning to see brand new elephant calf, Namsai (the calf’s mother, an elephant named Bua, was a gift to the Swedish royals from Thai King Bhumibol in 2004). Carl Gustaf was casually dressed in jeans and a fedora… although who really notices a hat when there’s a baby elephant in the house?!

King Carl Gustaf, Oct. 29, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

King Carl Gustaf, Oct. 29, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Kungahuset.se

The Queen and Duchess of Cornwall Visit Riding Centre

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the successful and inspirational inner-city Ebony Horse Club & Community Riding Centre in Brixton together this morning. The queen repeated her beautiful watermelon pink rose hat (last seen in Aberdeen earlier this month). I have always liked this hat and after seeing these photos today, which show how beautifully the rose on this hat is constructed, I like it even more. The only thing not to be liked about today’s visit? Camilla’s lack of a hat. I suppose not every day is a hat day but I was surprised to see her without one.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: October 1, 2013;  May 17, 2012

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Hat Types: The Calot

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After our recent looks at the brimless turban and pillbox hats, today we look at the calot.

History: The calot (which means ‘cap’ in French) design harks back to a popular hat in the 16th century known as the ‘Juliet cap’. 500 years ago, Juliet caps were usually an open-work woven cap, often decorated with pearls, beads or jewels. The calot style came back into fashion in the 1920s and again in the 1970s, when it then became de rigueur with bohemian brides. While calots have mostly been worn with evening gowns or wedding dresses, they are also occasionally worn by royals as a daytime hat.

Characteristics: A close-fitting cap that sits off the face with no visor or brim. A calot is distinguished by its rounded crown that follows the contour of the wearer’s head.

Royals Associated with this Hat Style: The iconic Princess Grace of Monaco on her wedding day. It is a go-to shape or Queen Silvia and Queen Máxima has embraced the shape in recent years as well.

Royal Calots:

Viscountess Linley, June 22, 1995 | The Royal Hats Blog Nov 2, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog Crown Princess Victoria, July 2, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog Duchess of Cambridge, Sept, 16, 2012 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Viscountess Linley, June 22, 1995; Princess Máxima in Fabienne Delvigne, Nov, 2, 2011;
  Crown Princess Victoria, July 2, 2011; Duchess of Cambridge in Jane Taylor, Sept, 16, 2012

Queen Máxima , Feb 9, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mary, October 6, 2015 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Sep 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima in Fabienne Delvigne, Feb 9, 2017; Crown Princess Mary in Susanne Juul, Oct 6, 2015
Queen Máxima on Sep 16, 2014

Lady Diana Spencer, June 13, 1981 | The Royal Hats Blog  Crown Princess Mary, September 5, 2014 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats Queen Silvia, October 31, 2016 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Dec. 10, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog

 Lady Diana Spencer in John Boyd, June 13, 1981; Crown Princess Mary, Sept. 13, 2014
Queen Silvia, October 31, 2016
Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Dec. 10, 2012 

While the calots are great for royal walkabouts or events when a royal face needs to be clearly visible, I sometimes find this style of hat falls a little flat. Like the pillbox, I think placement is key- it works when it is not too far back (from the hats above, I think Máxima and Mary got it just right). What do you think of the calot hat?

Photos from Tim Graham via Getty; Dutch Photo Press; Andreas Rentz via Zimbio; Samir Hussein via Getty;  Marco Prosch via Getty; Splash News/Splash News/CorbisMark Cuthbert via Getty; Rex Features; Hanne Juul via Billed Bladet; Jonathan Nikstrand via Getty; Scanpix

Birthday of Princess Tessy

Royal Hats Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (née Tessy Antony) celebrates her 28th birthday today. We don’t see much of her (she, her husband Prince Louis and their two young sons live in London where Tessy and Louis are students) except for the most major Luxembourg royal events. Despite her limited time in the spotlight, Tessy is memorable to us millinery fans for her fantastic hats. For National Day in 2011, she wore this turquoise party on her head. To celebrate her birthday, I couldn’t resist taking another peek.

Princess Tessy, June 23, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from Albert van der Werf via Corbis