Birthday of Princess Beatrix

Royal Hats  One of the royal hat wearers with the most distinctive style is Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands who celebrates her 77th birthday today. Just as we have done with other royal birthdays so far this year, we will use this celebration today to consider which one of Princess Beatrix’s past hats you would like to see come back into service this year. My pick is this Suzanne Moulijn design in pale grey-beige straw with upturned double brim. I usually prefer Princess Beatrix in more vibrant tones but the diagonal layered brim on this hat frames her face so beautifully, making this one of my favourites in her millinery closet.

Is there a particular hat you would like to see Princess Beatrix repeat in 2015?

Princess Beatrix, November 18, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix attending the 85th birthday of the Rheuma Foundation in The Hague, November 18, 2011

Photo by Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis

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This Week’s Extras

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended a Holocaust memorial in Oslo (The Royal Correspondent)

An interview with Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein at the European Youth Olympic Games (Luxarazzi)

Prince Maximillian and Princess Angel of Liechtenstein enjoying the Hahnenkamm ski race in Kitzbuehel (Royalista)

King Carl Gustaf celebrated his name day this week in what looks like a well loved hat (Svenskdam)

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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene celebrated Fête de Sainte-Dévote (The Royal Correspondent)

Wonderful look back at Princess Astrid of Norway’s wedding to Johan Martin Ferner following the death of Mr. Ferner last weekend (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

Darling photos of Princess Athena of Denmark released for her third birthday (The Danish Monarchy)

Crown Princess Victoria having great fun with her family in California here and here (Svenskdam)

Hats From The Past

Royal Hats  74 years ago today, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor presented a polo trophy at a match held in Nassau, Bahamas, their home during the second world war. For this event, the Duke wore a straw boater hat while the stylish Duchess wore a calot hat with fluted brim framing her face. From this photo, it’s hard to imagine that Europe was in the throes of war (and that this couple had been at the center of one of the greatest royal scandals of the 20th century).

Duke and Duchess of Windsor, January 30, 1941 | Royal Hats

Photo from Getty as indicated

Tindall Ladies at Cocklebarrow Races

Zara Phillips Tindall attended the Heythrop Hunt Point-to-Point races at Cocklebarrow Racecourse on Sunday with her daughter Mia and a friend. Zara and Mia were both bundled up in grey wool knit hats topped with large pompoms. It looks like an enjoyable outing was had by all and that little Mia Tindall, whose hat sported a large pink heart, is an enthusiastic hat wearer. She is darling, isn’t she?!

Zara Phillips Tindall and Mia Tindall, January 25, 2015 | Royal HatsMia Tindall, January 25, 2015 | Royal Hats

Zara Phillips Tindall and Mia Tindall, January 25, 2015 | Royal Hats Photos from Getty as indicated

Swedish King and Queen Attend Jewish Memorial

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz today with attendance at a memorial at Stockholm’s Grand Synagogue. Queen Silvia wore a simple black felt beret hat, placed at the back of her head in the style of a calot. King Carl Gustaf honoured the Jewish practice of wearing a kippah.

Queen Silvia, January 27, 2015 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, January 27, 2015 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia, January 27, 2015 in Kerstin Carlefalk | Royal Hats

Designer: Kerstin Carlfealk
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photos from Scanpix via SMP.se and William Stokstad/TT via The Swedish Royal Court

European Royals Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

Members of six royal houses gathered at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its liberation. Gathered together to remember the horrific history of this place, where more than one and a half million people lost their lives, were the King and Queen of Belgium, the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

For the outdoor commemoration ceremony, Queen Mathilde wore a large black faux fur hat.

Queen Mathilde, January 27, 2015 | Royal HatsQueen Mathilde, January 27, 2015 | Royal HatsQueen Máxima repeated a black wool calot hat with wide, folded cuff around the perimeter of the hat. In a respectful and touching gesture, King Willem Alexander wore a traditional Jewish kippah.

Queen Máxima, January 27, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, January 27, 2015 | Royal Hats Queen Máxima and King Willem Alexander, January 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Victoria and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie did not wear hats for this event. This commemoration, however, was not about hats or who attended. It was about taking time to remember a period of purest evil so that through this memory, humanity can keep it from becoming part of our future.

“What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” – Anne Frank, 7th May 1944

Queen Máxima and Queen Mathilde, January 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

I encourage you to watch the full commemoration ceremony below.

Photos from Getty as indicated and Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press

Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple Unveil Auschwitz Memorial

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg are in Poland this week to attend the 70th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz. Yesterday, the couple officially unveiled a Luxembourgish plaque to remember Holocaust victims who died at this site.  The plaque reads: “This place shall forever be a cry of despair and warning to mankind. Here the Nazis murdered one and a half million men, women and children, most of them Jews, from different countries in Europe.

To dedicate this tribute, Princess Stèphanie wore a simple brown felt hat. The upfolded brim of the oval hat featured a subtle wave shape that spread out into gentle points on each side of the hat.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, January 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, January 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, January 26, 2015 | Royal Hats

Photos from Getty as indicated. Click on each photo to link with the original source.