Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh traveled to Scotland today. Upon their arrival at the Palace Of Holyroodhouse, Queen Elizabeth presided over the Ceremony of The Keys, with the 2nd Battallion Royal Regiment of Scotland as Guard of Honour. For this event, she debuted a reworked turquoise hat with a double, pork-pie style crown, trimmed with a simple straw bow. While the colour is lovely, I think the bulky shape of the crown sets the hat off balance and the slim double bands of ribbon around the crown create a awkwardly bulbous shape (a shape reminiscent of Her Majesty’s white marshmallow hat, one of my very least favourite royal hats). While better photos may eventually swing my opinion on this hat, the shape does not seem successful.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: First time in this incarnation. In original form, the Queen wore it June 25, 2008; June 26, 2007; and May 4, 2007
For those of you who are interested, here is the hat in its original form. A wide fold of straw around the crown was removed and replaced with the smaller bow. I also think the crown shape has been modified.
Photos from Martin Fraser/Stringer via Getty; Martin Fraser/Getty via Zimbio; and Mark Cuthbert and Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty
Reader Fiona wrote: Another royal blog (written by someone who knows a ton about royal hats) says that Princess Beatrice wore this gold hat to Ascot before but you say it is a new hat? I’m confused. Is it new or is it a repeat?
While I certainly make my share of errors in reporting royal hats, I am 100% certain that the gold percher hat Princess Beatrice wore on Day 5 of Ascot this year was a new hat. It was designed by Japanese milliner Misa Harada and is the first Harada design Beatrice has worn (hopefully, the first of many because it is such a lovely hat!). I think the confusion lies here:
Princess Beatrice at Ascot, June 20, 2013 in a Philip Treacy design
Princess Beatrice at Ascot, June 19, 2010 in the same Philip Treacy design
At a quick glance, these gold straw percher hats look awfully similar. Keeping royal hats straight is a challenging task (believe you me!), especially when a royal has multiple hats in their millinery wardrobe with the same features. I am not sure why Princess Beatrice might need two gold straw percher hats, both trimmed with chrysanthemum-type floral detail, but it certainly makes it interesting for us royal hat fans, doesn’t it? Thanks for the question, Fiona!
Photos from Julian Parker, Julian Parker, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Max Mumby/Indigo and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty
On Friday last week, Queen Margrethe presented the “Queen’s Clock” award at a parade at The Royal Guards barracks in Copenhagen. For this event, Margrethe repeated her royal blue straw hat with white under brim and looped bow trim. The photos today show how beautifully this hat coordinates with her silk dress (one of my favourite pieces in her wardrobe these days). My only wish is a changed hairstyle for Queen Margrethe. Can you imagine her in a coiffe similar to her sister Princess Benedikte, or her cousin Princess Christina of Sweden? She would still rock a major tiara but would not look like she is bald every time she wears a hat. I don’t think a royal haircut is likely to happen but one can hope, right?
Previously Worn: September 17, 2013; June 18, 2013; May 18, 2013
Photos from Splash News, Splash News, and Splash News via Corbis
Yesterday, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands attended 200th anniversary celebrations of the of the Dutch Bible in Utrecht. For this event, she wore a vibrant blue straw hat with high crown and flat, upturned brim. The crown on this hat is higher than we usually see in Beatrix’s millinery; while I adore this vibrant shade of blue on her, I’m less certain about this particular hat shape. That being said, it is so nice to see her in a different shape than the giant pillboxes she often wears. I also love that her set of chalcedony stone jewelry includes a coordinating hat pin!
Previously Worn: I suspect this hat is new
Photos from Albert Ph. Van Der Werf/dpa, Albert Ph. Van Der Werf/dpa, Albert Ph. Van Der Werf/dpa, and Albert Ph. Van Der Werf/dpa, via Corbis
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a Solemn Drumhead service this morning at Royal Hospital Chelsea. The Queen repeated her beautiful lilac hat with asymmetrical raised brim and spray of silk flowers. This remains one of my favourite hats and as always when she wears it, she looked beautiful. Prince Philip wore a black bowler hat for this event and I thought he looked very smart indeed.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: April 3, 2014; July 3, 2013; June 14, 2012
**Note: Her Majesty must have heard our conversation about which coat to pair with this gorgeous hat because today, she chose our favourite pairing!
Photos from Stuart C. Wilson/Stringer, Stuart C. Wilson/Stringer, Stuart C. Wilson/Stringer, and Stuart C. Wilson/Stringer via Getty
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited Okinawa yesterday and today to take part in several World War II commemoration events. Yesterday, they visited the National Okinawa Cemetery for War Dear in Itoman City. Empress Michiko wore a large white saucer hat trimmed with a spray of greenery and yellow sea hibiscus, a flower native to the Okinawa area.
Designer: I suspect Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat
Today, the Imperial couple visited the Tsushima Maru memorial in Naha City to commemorate the 70th anniversary of this tragedy. Empress Michiko wore a small white saucer hat trimmed with a flat bow in the same mocha coloured fabric that trimmed her suit.
Designer: Again, my guess is Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this is also a new hat
Between the two hats, I prefer the larger size of the first saucer and find the choice of a local flower to trim it a very thoughtful touch. What do you think of these two white saucer hats?
Photos from The Imperial Family of Japan
On Wednesday, Dutch Princess Beatrix attended the European Congress on Polio Post-Polio Syndrome in Amsterdam. She topped her black and coral tunic and skirt with a black brimless hat. This hat featured a wide diagonal band of black straw with a metallic sheen as contrast. It feels a little heavy for a summer hat for me although there is no arguing, this is one of Princess Beatrix’s signature hat shapes.
Designer: I believe it is Suaznne Moulijn
Previously Worn: January 29, 2014; May 27, 2009
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