Tribute to Windsor Greys Unveiled

Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh were joined in Windsor by The Duke of Cambridge this morning to unveil the Windsor Greys Statue. This statue marks the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation last year and pays homage to the important role played by Windsor Greys in the ceremonial life of the Royal Family and Great Britain. For this occasion, Queen Elizabeth wore a creamy white coat and coordinating hat with mushroom brim (vented on one side), side feather spray and braided sash around the crown. It is a larger hat than we usually see on Her Majesty and I think the high crown set the proportions of this hat askew. With her snow-white hair, I also think the Queen looks better in a little colour. My verdict of this hat? Fine… but not memorable (and certainly not as memorable as those beautiful horses). I am interested to hear what you, dear readers, thought of this new hat.

Update- several of you pointed out this hat was originally worn back in 2004 so it is not new after all.

 Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, March 31, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer:  Marie O’Reagan 
Previously Worn: October 14, 2005October 15, 2004; April 5, 2004

Photos from Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, WPA Pool, Chris Jackson and Chris Jackson via Getty; and Chris Jackson/Getty and Bauer Griffin via Zimbio

Royal Warrant Holder: Rachel Trevor Morgan Millinery

Some of you may be aware that British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan was recently granted The Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen. This great honor is most deserved and I am certain many readers here will join me in wishing Rachel our sincere congratulations.

RTMorgan warrant

If you are a fan of royal hats, you are a fan of Rachel Trevor Morgan’s work. Over the past decade, we have seen some her designs on The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Viscountess Linley, Zara Phillips and Autumn Phillips:

Countess of Wessex, April 17, 2007 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Duchess of Cambridge, June 13, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Alexandra, June 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog  Viscountess Linley, June 5, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Alexandra, June 5, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog  Zara Phillips, December 25, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog  Autumn Phillips, July 30, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog  Zara Phillips, October 23, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog  Countess of Wessex, February 24, 2009 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog

And of course, one can not speak of Rachel Trevor Morgan without referencing the beautiful hats she has made for Queen Elizabeth. Here are some of my favourites:

Queen Elizabeth, October 29, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats BlogQueen Elizabeth, November 21, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats BlogQueen Elizabeth, March 29, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats BlogQueen Elizabeth, July 30, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth, Dec 25, 2012 in RTM | Royal Hats 2011-02-01 Norwich Queen Elizabeth, June 14, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth, June 3, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, February 23, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, November 19, 2009 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, June 15, 2010 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Elizabeth, May 31, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, June 14, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, May 21, 2010 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Elizabeth, June 2, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | The Royal Hats Blog

As we send our congratulations to Rachel today, I wonder, dear readers, which one of her royal hats is your favourite?

Photos from:
Row 1: Max Mumby/IndigoKirsty Wigglesworth/Stringerand Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty; and Heart
Row 2: Press Association via MSN; Chris Jackson, Max Mumby/Indigo, John Stillwell  via Getty
Row 3: Chris JacksonWPA Pool, Arthur Edwards and Chris Jackson via Getty
Row 4: Leon NealChris Jackson and Chris Jackson via Getty; Splash News via Corbis
Row 5: Matthew Lloyd via Zimbio; Oli Scarff, Oli Scarff and Julian Herbert via Getty
Row 6:  Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris JacksonWPA Pool and Peter Macdiarmid via Getty

Chinese President Arrives in Belgium

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde greeted Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan, who arrived in Belgium this morning to begin a state visit.  At first glance, I thought Queen Mathilde, who looked striking in royal blue,  was wearing the same calot hat she wore for her recent visit to Luxembourg. Alas, the hat she wore today is different. Looking closely at this ensemble, I fell in love with Mathilde’s dress but thought her hat fell flat. The calot shape was a perfect pair for the structured dress but the seam down the middle of the hat and the single feather made the hat lack both polish and punch in my estimation. And when a royal hat lacks both of these things, what’s the point of it being there? Royal blue is a marvelous colour for Mathilde while she looked great overall (those shoes are killer!), I think she would have looked just as great without this hat. Maybe even better. But enough about my ranting- what do you think about Mathilde’s outfit and hat today?

 Queen Mathilde, March 30, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, March 30, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Mathilde, March 30, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Mathilde, March 30, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Photos from Belga, Belga, Belga and Belga via LaVenir

Imperial Couple Travel Home

On Friday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned to Tokyo from Ujiyamada Station in Ise City after several days spent in Mie Prefecture. For this train journey, the Empress wore a hat we have not seen before, and in pink, no less! This hat, a medium sized saucer, featured a pink hound’s tooth bow in the same fabric as Michiko’s jacket and a spray of pink flowers. It is one of the more vibrant hats we have seen on The Empress and I thought it was marvelous to see her in some colour. I also thought the interesting diagonal pink collar on her jacket coordinated well with her hat and made the whole outfit come alive. Empress Michiko looked great, don’t you think?

Empress Michiko, March 28, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from The Imperial Family of Japan

 

Cambridge Couple at Country Wedding

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Price Harry attended the wedding of their close friends, Lucy Mead and Charlie Budgett, today in Gloucestershire. For these nuptials, Kate repeated her embellished black beret, trimmed with wool felt blooms. It is a fine hat but I think her Missoni coat would have been better accessorized by one of her navy hats (this one or this one). There’s something about the light coat and sombre wool hat that doesn’t jive for me. What do you think?

Duchess of Cambridge, March 29, 2014 in Lock & Co. | The Royal Hats Blog

Kate’s hat Designer: Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co. It is the “Fairy Tale” style.
Previously Worn: November 11, 2013; Sept. 23, 2013March 17, 2013March 8, 2012

Photo from Splash News via Rumourfix

Queen Máxima Celebrates Education Center Anniversary

Yesterday afternoon, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands attended the 10th anniversary of the ROC education center in Utrecht. To open a new department of the RVD,  take part in a guest lecture on entrepreneurship and speak with former student, Queen Máxima repeated a brown camel vagabond style hat trimmed with a grosgrain ribbon band and multi-looped bow. When Máxima wore this hat for Prinsjesday in September 2011, I did not like it- I thought it was too informal for such an important event. Yesterday, however, I liked it a lot. This hat seems so much better suited to yesterday’s engagement; while I thought Máxima’s brown boots, coat and dress were a sea of too much bland brown, I thought she looked very chic. What do you think of this hat?

 Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, March 27, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 6, 2011; September 20, 2011

Photos from and via Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis and Semana

Imperial Couple Visit Historical Museum

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Saikū Historical Museum this morning in Meiwa-cho in the Mie Prefecture. The Empress repeated the lovely white and lime green ensemble and hat we first saw her wear during their Imperial Majesties’ recent trip to India. The video taken today gives us a better view of this hat than we have seen before- the striking bow on this white saucer hat features a gold metallic sheen and an ombre colour gradient from white to green. I think it is wonderful to see the Empress in some colour and like the larger size of this hat on her. What do you think of this hat?

Empress Michiko, March 27, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Empress Michiko, March 27, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Empress Michiko, March 27, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Empress Michiko, March 27, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: December 3, 2013

Photos from Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images and ANN News