Swedish Royals Celebrate 1000 years of Skara Diocese

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden took part in festitivites marking the 1,000th Anniversary of Skara Diocese today. For this celebration, Victoria wore a navy straw fascinator headband of abstract leaves and ruffled flowers, trimmed with a few navy feathers.

Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats  Crown Princess Victoria, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

There are a few things that don’t feel right to me about this ensemble. The coat is adorable but the royal blue printed gingham dress just isn’t the right match for it. While the navy fascinator matches the coat very well, I think it would have been shown to greater effect with a more free and flowing hairstyle (something like this).  Victoria’s sleek hairstyle is great but I think it would have worked much better with a simple cream straw picture hat.

I am finding it more and more difficult to love royal fascinators. Does this one deserve my dislike or am I being too fickle about the fascinator?

Photos from Ragnar Singsaas/Stringer, Ragnar Singsaas/Stringer, Ragnar Singsaas/Stringer, and Ragnar Singsaas/Stringer via Getty

Danish Royals Attend Wedding in Northern Ireland

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attended the wedding of Irish actress Flora Montgomery and Danish restaurateur Soren Jessen today in Northern Ireland. The Crown Princess topped her exquisite pink lace dress with a headband fascinator of feathers in the same colour.  I think the fascinator looked a little too vaudeville for this finely detailed dress and am not a fan of them together. What do you think?

Crown Princess Mary, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

Photos from Press Association via The Daily Mail

200th Anniversary of the Netherlands

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Maastricht today, playing hosts to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt. Queen Máxima repeated a hat we have seen on her numerous times (and recently discussed at his post), a tan straw picture hat with dramatically upturned ‘slice’ brim. I love the pairing of this hat with her aqua printed dress and thought the styling of this ensemble was perfect on Máxima.

Queen Máxima, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 24, 2014May 30, 2013; January 24, 2013January 21, 2013; July 2, 2011

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her lovely green suit with a cocktail hat in leaf green straw. This hat, which featured a beret-style base, was wrapped in swirls of wired organdy ribbon. The effect was light and fresh and this hat looked wonderful on the Grand Duchess. I can not recall the last time we saw her in green and this colour was beautiful on her.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014  | Royal Hats

Designer: my guess is Philip Treacy. The ribbon trim is identical to trim used in his AW 2014 collection
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Queen Mathilde repeated the orb of dusty rose shredded straw she debuted last month. Its pairing with Mathilde’s dusty rose peplum dress was much more successful and I found myself less opposed to this headpiece than I was when we first saw it. It is still not my favourite piece of millinery but with her outfit today, it worked.

Queen Mathilde, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, August 30, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: July 10, 2014

Daniela Schadt (below, right) wore a simple natural straw hat with rolled brim which coordinated well with her blue and tan ensemble. It was not as spectacular as the royal hats but somehow, it was just right for her.

200 Years Of The Kingdom Of The Netherlands In Maastricht, August 30, 2014 | Royal HatsMy favourite royal hat at this event was worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa although I thought the other two queens looked fantastic. Which hat today was your favourite?

* Join in the conversation at this post about which outfit you like best with Queen Máxima’s straw slice hat. 

Photos from Andreas Rentz, Andreas Rentz, PoolPool, Freek van den Bergh, Pool, Pool, Andreas Rentz, Sander Koning, Pool and Michel Porro via Getty

Fun with Royal Hats

Italian contemporary artist aleXsandro Palombo used the Duchess of Cambridge as inspiration recently, combining some of her most memorable outfits with the world of ‘The Simpsons’ cartoon. The result is great fun and the detail depicted on the hats is rather remarkable. Enjoy!

    Duchess of Cambridge, June 3, 2012 in Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

 Arriving for the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla Parade June 3, 2012 in Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.

    Duchess of Cambridge, June 16, 2012 in Jane Corbett | Royal Hats

A Jane Corbett percher hat for Trooping the Colour, June 16, 2012

    Duchess of Cambridge, March 17, 2014 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats

Gina Foster Beret for St. Patrick’s Parade in Aldershot, March 17, 2014

     Duchess of Cambridge, May 29, 2012 in Jane Corbett | Royal Hats

Buckingham Palace Garden Party, June 29, 2012 in Jane Corbett

    Duchess of Cambridge, April 13, 2014 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

In a Jane Taylor embellished beret  for a visit to Dunedin, New Zealand, April 13, 2014

    Duchess of Cambridge, April 6, 2014 in Gina Foster | Royal Hats

Arriving in New Zealand, April 6, 2014 in a red Gina Foster pillbox

          Duchess of Cambridge, July 5, 2012 in Whitely | Royal Hats

July 5, 2012 Order of the Thistle in Scotland in a tan straw Whitely beret

    The Duchess of Cambridge, March 17, 2012 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

At the March 17, 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade at Aldershot in a Lock & Co. design

    Duchess of Cambridge, July 1, 2011 in Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

A maple leaf trimmed hat by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co in Canada, July 1, 2011

    Duchess of Cambridge, June 25, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Attending the Irish Guards Medal Parade in a Rachel Trevor Morgan navy cocktail hat, June 25, 2011

    Duchess of Cambridge, August 4, 2014 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Jane Taylor ruffled beret for WWI commemoration in Belgium, August 4, 2014

   Queen Elizabeth in Angela Kelly and The Duchess of Cambridge in Lock & Co., March 8, 2012 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth in Angela Kelly and the Duchess of Cambridge in Lock & Co. for a March 8, 2012 visit to Leicester

Photos from aleXander Palombo; AFP/Stringer, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Carl Court/Stringer, Pool, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, WPA Pool, Chris Jackson, Mark Cuthbert and WPA Pool via Getty

Seeing Double: Princess Beatrice

Royal HatsWhen Princess Beatrice arrived for the Thames River Pageant celebrating her grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee on June 3, 2012, she wore an interesting grey calot hat that flowed in a wave over her head, ending in a swirled rosette over her ear. It was a hat that did not get much attention amid all the other royal hats that day but the shape certainly was memorable. After the rainy water pageant, I thought this wave-shaped hat would disappear into the back of her closet, ne’er to be seen again.

Princess Beatrice, June 3, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 3, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

Two weeks later, however, Princess Beatrice arrived at  Trooping the Colour in this hat’s magenta twin.

Princess Beatrice, June 16, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 16, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

While there are slight variations between these two Stephen Jones hats, the distinct shapes are undoubtedly related. These hats are such a unique shape, I wonder what made Princess Beatrice decide to buy two?

Photos from AFP/Stringer, Leon Neal, Max Mumby/Indigo and Dan Kitwood via Getty

This Winter in Royal Hats

A Designer 2 A number of milliners whose work we regularly see on royal heads have recently released their 2014 Autumn/Winter collections. Over the next few weeks, we will take a peek at some of these collections and guess which designs might appear on royal heads this season.

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Designer: Gina Foster AW 2014: Mineral Collection
Synopsis: Foster’s signature small-scale berets and cocktail hats in bright velour felts and gun-metal silks. The collection is also permeated with a few hits of faux leopard print and peacock feathers. Clean and modern with soft lines.
Royals likely to wear these designs: Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips Tindall, Autumn Phillips (I really hope Autumn picks up the red embellished trilbey). Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a Gina Foster hat this summer – there is a melusine felt calot in this collection that would be great fun on her. There is also a beautiful peacock feather fascinator that I hope to see on a royal head.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan Autumn Winter 2014
Synopsis: Cocktail hats, dramatic headpieces, pillboxes, embellished berets and larger scale hats in eye-catching jewel tones. It’s collection of mixed materials- velour felt, silk taffeta and straw- and bold spike feather, tartan and wide-weave net tulle trims. Vibrant, dramatic and strong.
Royals likely to wear these designs:  Zara Phillips Tindall wore several Rachel Trevor Morgan cocktail hats last year and I hope she will pick up some of the more dramatic pieces in this collection. I also hope that some of the spike feathers and tartan silk taffeta roses in this collection are translated onto a few new hats for Queen Elizabeth. There is a stunning olive felt beret with pheasant feathers that I would love to see on Princess Beatrice of York and I think the red embellished beret above would be fantastic on the Duchess of Cambridge.

I am curious to hear your thoughts about these collections. Are there any designs that particularly jump out to you? Are there any hats that you can see as a particularly perfect fit with a certain royal?

Photos from Gina Foster Millinery and Rachel Trevor Morgan Millinery

One Picture Hat, Two Looks

Royal Hats I go weak in the knees at the sight of a perfect royal picture hat and some of my favourites have been worn by Princess Claire of Belgium. Earlier this summer, we saw Claire looking fantastic in this classic picture hat in pinky beige straw designed by Fabienne Delvigne, paired with a sequinned fuchsia suit.

Princess Claire, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

At Prince Amedeo’s wedding, July 7, 2014

This hat, with a square crown and cartwheel brim, is nearly unrecognizable from the the last time we saw it. Amazing what the addition of an orange ribbon around the crown can do, isn’t it?

Princess Claire, July21, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Claire, July21, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Belgian National Day, July 21, 2012

In light of these completely different looks, I can’t resist asking, dear readers, which outfit do you like best with this hat?

Photos from Elizabetta Villa/Stringer via Zimbio and Getty; Patrick van Katwijk and Albert Nieboer via Corbis