Hat Cousins: Queen Elizabeth and the Domed Crown & Upfolded Brims of Angela Kelly

Royal HatsLast week, Queen Elizabeth wore one of my favourite royal hats to present new standards to the Household Cavalry. A number of you commented about the success of this particular hat shape, one we have seen a number of different times in the Queen’s millinery. Before we begin what will be a very busy month of royal hats in June, I thought I would take this opportunity to look at one of Angela Kelly’s most successful (and frequently used) hat shapes, one with a domed top crown and gently upfolded brim.

Queen Elizabeth, June 26, 2012 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 19, 2013 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  2014-09-06

The Queen in Northern Ireland, June 26, 2012; at Ascot on June 19, 2013;
opening a memorial garden with the Belgian King on Nov 6, 2014

2015-06-17 Day 2 Ascot 1  Queen Elizabeth, June 5, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, November 26, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

At Ascot on June 17, 2015; Beginning a State Visit to France, June 5, 2014;
Attending the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit in Malta, November 26, 2015

    Queen Elizabeth, September 5, 2009 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  2014-06-14-trooping-1

Variations with a more tightly rolled brim worn at the Braemar Games, Sep 5, 2009 and a wider, diagonally upfolded brim for Trooping The Colour, June 15, 2014

This hat shape works well for several reasons: it is usually a great size and proportion for petite Queen Elizabeth (excepting the yellow hat where the brim is too small). The upturned brim is a great brim for royal life because it keeps the Queen’s face and bright smile unobstructed from public view. The upturned brim makes it difficult to adorn this hat shape with too much of the feathery/flowery/bowed bric-a-brac that adorns many Kelly designs – this hat shape seems to yield hats with more subtle details on the brim or around the crown, avoiding the Kelly tendency to become overdone. Well, perhaps except for the second pink and green hat at centre top.

While Angela Kelly has made numerous designs in this shape for Her Majesty, they follow earlier hats of a similar shape made by Rachel Trevor Morgan:

Queen Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2012 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats   Queen Elizabeth, Oct 15, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

     and even earlier designs by Philip Somerville and Frederick Fox, all master milliners in their own right.

Queen Elizabeth, March 27, 2007 | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, July 11, 2002 | Royal Hats

Celebrating the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act on March 27, 2007
and visiting the television set of ‘Emmerdale’ on July 11, 2002

I really like the idea of one milliner building on the work of others to create new, beautiful designs and I think that’s what we see here.

I am curious, dear readers, what do you think of this signature Kelly design? Which one is your favourite?

**The other posts in this series include: the “Diagonal Crown Hats”,  the “Flat Brim Hats”, the “Teardrop Crown Hats“, the “Split Crown Hats”, the  “Oblique Brim Hats”, the “Wrapped Crown Hats“and the “Hourglass Hats”, all designed by Angela Kelly.

Photos from Chris Jackson, Samir Hussein, WPA Pool, Alan CrowhurstPascal Le Segretain via Getty;  Ian Pace/Demotix/CorbisMartin McNeil, Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo and Chris Jackson via Getty;  Richard Lewis via Corbis; and Tim Graham via Getty




Dutch Royals Celebrate 16th Anniversary

Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

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As we have already looked at the hats worn at the civil wedding of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, we now turn our attention to the hats worn at their religious wedding in Apeldoorn on May 30, 1998.

The young bride’s ivory silk duchesse gown was made by Belgian designer Pierre Yves. You will note in the photo below that the bodice of the dress was actually a Bolero-length jacket with wide collar, pleated cuffs and front buttons. The main dress, with a box pleated full skirt and pleated cummerbund at the waist, featured a halter-style sleeveless bodice that was covered in Brussels lace. It’s an interesting design for a royal bride but certainly one that lends itself to both the formality of a royal wedding and the ‘lets-get-this-party-started’ vibe a private reception.

Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Marilène topped her dress off with a full length silk veil edged in ivory silk ribbon. The veil was anchored by a reduced version of the “Ears of Wheat” tiara from the Dutch Royal collection. Unfortunately, the tiara was worn so far back on Marilène’s head that it is nearly invisible.

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Princess Margriet wore a pink Breton-style hat trimmed with white and dark pink contrasting bands on the brim and around the crown. It is such a flattering hat shape on her and the colour, shades darker than her pale pink suit, created the perfect amount of contrast for her ensemble. Marilène’s mother, José van den Broek-van Schendel, wore an unusual but very pretty pale grey-blue hat with upturned, fluted brim.

Princess Margriet, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats José van den Broek-van Schendel, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix wore a giant tangerine straw pillbox hat swathed in open-weave gold net. The unique hat however, coordinated very well with Beatrix’s Indian sari-inspired dress and created a rather bold and striking ensemble

Queen Beatrix, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Juliana, in what was to be her final public appearance, wore a black dotted hairnet with black large black bow.

Queen Beatrix and Princess Juliana, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix and Princess Juliana, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria wore a taupey-pink straw picture hat with slightly upturned brim and pink flower and ribbon trim (below, top left). Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma wore a rusty straw hat with monochrome bloom on the side (below, center right).

Wedding of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein wore a cream hat with squared crown and wide, upturned brim (top left, just above the bride). Princess Christina of the Netherlands wore a navy straw hat in a similar shape with a wide, upturned brim. This hat was trimmed with a lime green sash around the crown to match her suit – this colour combination was the most lovely of contrasts (front right, beside her sister Princess Margriet).

Wedding of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

While the past sixteen years has brought many changes to millinery fashion, there are a number of hats at this wedding with classic shapes that have stood the test of time. Which one of these royal hats is your favourite?

Photos from Getty as indicated and: Mark Cuthbert,Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, and Mark Cuthbert, via Getty; Reuters and Capital Photos via Refdag; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; and the Royal Forums

Dutch Royals Celebrate 16th Anniversary

Marilène van den Broek, May 29, 1989 | Royal Hats

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Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary today. Their wedding celebrations were rather low key as Prince Maurits is the nephew of a monarch and, at the time of his marriage, was fifth in line to the throne. He is, however, the son of a much loved Dutch princess and was the first of his generation to marry so the event was certainly not to be missed. In honor of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène’s anniversary, today, let’s look back at the hats from their civil and religious weddings.

Prince Maurits met Marie-Hélène van den Broek (she is known as Marilène), daughter of the former Dutch foreign minister Hans van den Broek, when they were both students at the University of Groningen. For their civil wedding on May 29, 1998 in Apeldoorn, Marilène wore a scarlet and orange silk suit topped with a classic, pale beige straw hat. The hat featured a sash around the crown in the same hues as her vibrant suit and the brim was covered in an overlay of translucent chocolate brown net. The cartwheel brim of the hat was an excellent proportion for this tall bride and allowed Marilène’s radiant smile to take center stage.  I thought it was particularly adorable that Marilène choose orange as the accent colour for her ensemble to marry her Prince of Orange (also, in a coordinating orange tie).

Marilène van den Broek, May 29, 1989 | Royal Hats

Marilène van den Broek, May 29, 1989 | Royal HatsPrincess Margriet wore a royal blue bumper style hat with wide, rolled brim which featured a woven ‘v’ pattern.

Princess Margriet , May 29, 1989 | Royal Hats

Marilène’s mother, José van den Broek-van Schendel, wore a dark blue hat with rounded crown and upturned brim. The hat was without embellishment and she wore it tilted fairly far back, off her face.

José van den Broek-van Schendel, May 29, 1989 | Royal Hats

Marilène van den Broek, May 29, 1989 | Royal Hats

Stay tuned later today, when we will look at the hats from Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène’s religious wedding.

Photos from Getty as indicated and the Royal Forums

Who Wore It Best: May 2014 Poll

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A WWI Best

This month has been such a busy month of royal hats that we have nearly forgotten our monthly hat poll! As the northern hemisphere sails from spring toward summer, I thought it would be fun to face off two very summery headpieces made by Irish milliner Philip Treacy. Both feature a mass of monochrome blooms nestled into nests of curled feathers, one in mint green and one in vibrant fuchsia. The question remains- Who wore it best?

Duchess of Cornwall, May 6, 2006 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   Duchess of Cornwall, May 6, 2006 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall at the wedding of her daughter Laura, May 6, 2006

Queen Silvia, May 21, 2007 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Queen Silvia, May 21, 2007 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia of Sweden at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 21, 2007

This poll will remain open until June 13 at midnight GMT and results will be celebrated soon thereafter. As usual, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish. Happy voting!

British Royals Host Garden Party for Household Cavalry

After presenting new standards to The Household Cavalry this morning, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a special Garden Party for the Regiment at Buckingham Palace. They were joined by the Princess Royal and Prince Harry of Wales.

British Royal Family, May 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth repeated a vibrant pink hat with squared crown, upturned brim on one side and a spray of pink peonies. This hat has beautiful proportions and looks wonderful on Her Majesty.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: July 4, 2012; October 25, 2011

The Duke of Edinburgh again looked very handsome in a traditional morning suit and grey wool top hat. I thought the red carnation in his lapel was a natty touch.

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Princess Anne looked elegant in a navy and cream ensemble. I particularly liked the contrast of her hat, which featured a cream brim and navy crown (along with navy bow and feather trimmings). The size and proportion of this hat is really lovely on Princess Anne.

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

Princess Anne, May 28, 2014 | Royal Hats Prince Harry, May 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

And our favourite royal imp, Prince Harry, looked rather dapper in his morning suit and black top hat. He wears a top hat rather well, doesn’t he?!

Photos from Getty as indicated and Press Association via The Daily Mail

New Standards for Household Cavalry

Queen Elizabeth II presented the Household Cavalry with new standards this morning at Horse Guards Parade. She looked lovely in her “Wedgewood” hat, a neatly tailored hat with squared crown and delicate lace trim in signature Wedgewood blue. I adore this hat on the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth, May 28, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 22, 2013; June 25, 2012

Prince Philip looked dashing in the officer’s frock coat and cap of his Irish Guards uniform.

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The Princess Royal, who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals, was also in military uniform including the Home Service Helmet with its distinct red plume.

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Today’s event was a wonderful warm-up for Trooping the Colour which is set to take place on June 14. 


Queen Máxima Celebrates World MS Day

Queen Máxima celebrated World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Day in Voorschoten today where she received the 1st copy of the Dutch edition of the International MS Atlas. For this event, Máxima  paired her red ruched straw toque hat with vibrant raspberry trousers and a cheery red and white gingham blouse. I love how the ruched shape of the hat complimented the ruched collar of this blouse

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Queen Máxima, May 28, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

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After Máxima’s less than successful pairing of ‘pants with picture hat’ last week, I must concede that this pairing of hat and trousers, in theory, is much better (a toque hat is a fantastic shape for a trouser outfit). However, the colour clash between the red hat and the raspberry pink trousers and Máxima’s unruly hair makes this ensemble an unsuccessful one in my book. 

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 21, 2013

Is seems that when it comes to her wardrobe and hats, Queen Máxima’s legendary risk taking results in the most dramatic of successes but also carries great potential for flops. That’s why I love her so much and why we all can’t wait to see what she wears next. What do you think of her red toque today?