Princess Beatrix attended part of the 5th National Congress on Pallliative Care held in Lunteren on Thursday. For this event, she repeated her black felt hat with pyramid crown and upfolded, double brim. The outer brim is made of black straw (the inner one is felt) and this difference in materials gives a subtle bit of textural interest to this otherwise unadorned hat. As for the pointed crown… it is not my favourite part of this hat. What do you think?
Previously Worn: May 4, 2012
Photos from Patrick van Katwijk and Albert Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis
On Thursday, members of the Danish Royal Family were on hand for the Royal Hunt at Fredensborg Castle. Prince Henrik wore a natty tweed hunting cap that I thought suited him quite well…
…until I saw the rest of his outfit.
You saw it here first, folks- the latest in Scandinavian camo chic. Here’s a glimpse of Prince Joachim in a super-pinched fedora to calm your eyes.
Outfits and snazzy socks aside, these hats are both rather dapper, aren’t they?
Photos from Nils Meilvang via BT.dk
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Holyport College this morning. The Queen repeated her pink straw cloche with wide, diagonal wrap around the crown in the same pink tweed as her coat (one of Angela Kelly’s signature shapes). Today’s photos give us a great view of this hat; while I appreciate the deconstructed nature of its design, it still looks unfinished to me. What do you think?
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: August 7, 2014; December 6, 2013; May 22, 2013; July 11, 2012
Photos from Getty as indicated
We have already looked at the winter 2014 millinery collections from Lock & Co., Jane Taylor, Gina Foster and Rachel Trevor Morgan. Today, we’re peeking at two more collections (both which feature a LOT of feathers) and guessing which royal heads might sport some of these beautiful hats this winter.
Designer: Nerida Fraiman Autumn Winter 2014
Synopsis: Fraiman’s trademark feathers and pleated crin carry through this new collection. The look is light and airy with tulle veils and sparkling touches of diamante on hats in creamy winter white, charcoal grey and deep purple. A lineup of embellished cocktail berets are rounded out with a few discs, turbans, an ombre fedora and a sparkling black dome hat. The collection is shimmering, wispy, and light.
Royals likely to wear these designs: The York Princesses. I have long thought that Fraiman would be a great designer for Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg and Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne Couture Winter 2014 “Envolée des Plumes”
Synopsis: Delvigne describes this collection as a dream in feathers. Traditional hat forms are not to be found here- what you will find are headpieces with immense senses of movement in shapes that are organic and slightly avant garde, all covered in feathers. While the collection is characteristically daring and rather majestic, it is also very soft.
Royals likely to wear these designs: Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde. Queen Máxima has already worn the “Casigari” and I suspect we’ll see one of these young queens in the bold red “Tonquinois”. The burgundy and teal “Feather Tweed” above would also be very pretty on Queen Mathilde.
What royal hat wearers do you think would best suit these hats? Are there any other hats from these collections that stand out to you?
Photos from Nerida Fraiman and Fabienne Delvigne
With the sheer number of hats in her closet, Queen Elizabeth is bound to have a few that look similar. She has, however, on several occasions, ordered two versions of the same hat. Take these Philip Somerville hats, for example:
On a visit to Wells during her Golden Jubilee tour, May 2, 2002; opening a shelter in Whitechapel, February 12, 2002
These hats both came into circulation in early 2002, the year of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. I strongly suspect that she ordered a number of new hats and outfits for her Jubilee tour that year (just as she did for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012) and perhaps, she liked this hat enough to request it in two colours? It is a fairly simple hat shape that is made rather memorable by the unique cut-out in the front of the crown. While the bands trimming the crown are slightly different on each of these hats, they are both linear and very simple.
At the annual scouts review at Windsor Castle, April 29, 2012
Remembrance Day, November 10, 2013
These hats have both stayed ‘in service’ for more than a decade- the Queen wore the green version most recently in April 2012 and the black version last year for Remembrance Day (see above). I have a sneaking suspicion that neither have been retired. What do you think of this pair of twin hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated