Princess Beatrix at Care Congress

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?

 Princess Beatrix, November 28, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Beatrix, November 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 4, 2012

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk and Albert Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis


Danish Royal Hunt

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…

Prince Henrik, November 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

…until I saw the rest of his outfit.

Prince Henrik, November 27, 2014 | Royal Hats   Prince Henrik, November 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

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.

Prince Joachim, November 27, 2014 | Royal Hats

Outfits and snazzy socks aside, these hats are both rather dapper, aren’t they?

Photos from Nils Meilvang via

This Week’s Extras

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Napoleon’s hat sold for 1.9 million euros (BBC)

Queen Sonja wore a traditional folk dress headpiece to an evening of folk opera ( Royal House of Norway)

Prince Charles in a dapper plaid cap amid some hunting controversy (Express)

Knock-offs of the Duchess of Cambridge’s hats available on Etsy (Berkshire to Buckingham blog)

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Queen Noor of Jordan launched a blog on the Huffington Post this week (Huffington Post)

The Imperial Royal Family celebrated the 80th birthdays of the Emperor and Empress this week with a concert – especially lovely to see the former Princess Sayako join in (Imperial Family of Japan)

New photo of Princess Madeleine and Princess Leonore released by the Swedish Royal Family (Svenskdam)

Designer Confirmations

Royal Hats It has been a very quiet week in royal hats this week. Next week things will liven up with a state visit to France and the Nobel Prizes (which always include Scandinavian royal hats and tiaras) are right around the corner. Today, I’m taking advantage of the quiet to make a number of designer confirmations – the following hats worn by Queen Máxima over the past two years were all made by Fabienne Delvigne:

Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, November 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, June 24, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, May 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, June 19, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, June 3, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, June 12, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Máxima, January 25, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsQueen Máxima, June 4, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Máxima, September 18, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats Queen Máxima, April 15, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog Queen Máxima, June 3, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog

We are all often tough on Delvigne designs (especially the open topped ones) but this group of varied and very beautiful hats shows how immensely talented this Belgian milliner is. Please click on each photo to link to the original post which includes photo credits.

Queen Elizabeth in Pink at Holyport

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?

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: August 7, 2014; December 6, 2013May 22, 2013; July 11, 2012

Photos from Getty as indicated

Winter 2014 in Royal Hats

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.

 Nerida Fraiman AW 2014 760 Nerida Fraiman AW 2014 754 Nerida Fraiman AW 2014 767 Nerida Fraiman AW 2014 753 Nerida Fraiman AW 2014 759

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.


Fabienne Delvigne AW 2014 Jade Fabienne Delvigne AW 2014 The Great Blue Fabienne Delvigne AW 2014 Swan Fabienne Delvigne AW 2014 Feather Tweed Fabienne Delvigne AW 2014 Zebra Stone

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne Couture Winter 2014 “Envolée des Plumes”
ynopsis: 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

Seeing Double: Queen Elizabeth

A Hat TwinsWith 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:

 Queen Elizabeth, May 2, 2002 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats   Queen Elizabeth, February 12, 2002 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

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.

Queen Elizabeth, April 29, 2012 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats At the annual scouts review at Windsor Castle, April 29, 2012

Queen Elizabeth, November 10, 2013 in Philip Somerville | Royal HatsRemembrance 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