British Royals In Malta

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh continued their visit to Malta on Saturday with a sail across Valetta harbour. The Queen has used this tour to début several hats and stepped out in another new piece. Covered in the same sky blue wool silk as her coat, the hat’s crown follows a fluted almost hourglass shape with squared angles.The brim works especially well on this piece- the lightness of the straw lifts the entire piece, as does the higher upturn of the brim on one side. A wide stripe of wool edging around the brim ties the hat back with Her Majesty’s coat.

The focus of this hat is the floral trim. Made of blue and white silk flowers, blue seed pearls, slim white feathers and blue wool bows, the bouquet includes considerable detail that I’m afraid, is lost without a close-up view. While very pretty, I would prefer the bouquet placed a few degrees further around on the side of the hat. This issue aside, there’s no arguing that the colour and style are really lovely on the Queen.

Designer: I believe it is Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new

We’ve saw Queen Elizabeth in three new blue hats on her trip to Malta (see the others here and here). Which one is your favourite?
Photos from Getty as indicated
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This Week’s Extras

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The Takamado Princesses remembered their late husband and father, Prince Norihito, who passed away in 2002 (The Imperial Family of Japan)

Queen Margrethe brought back her dreaded blue beanie last weekend at the University of Copenhagen (PPE)

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene joined in a “March for Climate” today and brought young Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella along for a ride (Getty)

The Swedish Royals released wonderful new photos of Princess Estelle (Swedish Royal Court). Prince Daniel, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle also enjoyed a Christmas market in Stockholm (Expressen)

Princess Estelle, November 2015 | Royal Hats

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Ongoing tales of loss and tragedy for descendants of the Romanov dynasty (Telegraph)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released new photos of Princess Charlotte today. At six months old, she is absolutely darling (Daily Mail)

Interesting interview with the Prince of Wales in preparation for the upcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference

Photos from Getty as indicated and Kate Gabor / Kungahuset.se

Princess Beatrix Opens Exhibition

Princess Beatrix as at the Hermitage Amsterdam yesterday to officially open an exhibition on Spanish Masters. For this engagement, she wore a silver threaded lavender straw hat with flat crown and double upturned brim.

Princess Beatrix, November 27, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, November 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

The photo below shows the hat’s simple trim- a wide band of metallic woven straw wrapped around the brim and knotted on the side. The knot is such a great alternative to a bow or spray of feathers, providing that little bit of extra ‘something’ to the piece. The colour of this piece is so pretty on Princess Beatrix and looks wonderfully luxurious paired with her wrap.

Princess Beatrix, November 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix, November 27, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrix, November 27, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Suzanne Moulijn
Previously Worn: uncertain

I can’t find any previous outings of this hat- do any of you remember seeing it before?

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis and Rpe/Albert Ph.Van Der Werf/dpa/Corbis

Queen Opens Commonwealth Summit

the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit officially began today in Malta. Queen Elizabeth, who holds the organization near and dear to her heart, gave an address during the opening ceremony. As many expected, she wore a new outfit and hat for the occasion.

Queen Elizabeth, November 27, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

With a squared crown covered in the same jacquard fabric as the Queen’s coat and an upfolded brim in coordinating pale blue straw, the hat is simply trimmed with a cerise band around the base of the crown and two cerise silk carnations. These mixes of texture and contrast of colour make for an interesting hat- I adore the lightness provided by the straw brim. I’m not so sure about the blue fabric although the beautiful collar on this coat brings it perfectly together with Queen Elizabeth’s pink dress and the hat.

Interestingly, the hat is the same shape as the piece débuted yesterday. Perhaps even more interesting is the unexpected pale blue and cerise colour scheme – a scheme that enabled Her Majesty to stand out in a group portrait amidst many dark suits all while not showing favouritism to any one nation (did anyone else notice that these two colours do not relate to flags of Commonwealth countries?!).

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I think this piece works better than the hat, in the very same shape, the Queen wore yesterday for her arrival. What do you think?

British Royals Arrive For Commonwealth Meeting

Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall travelled to Malta today for the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit. The Queen touched down wearing her second new hat this week, this one made in the same pale blue bouclé as her coat.

Queen Elizabeth, November 26, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

The hat featured a squared crown with domed top and upfolded brim. Two navy silk roses at the side were its only trimming, providing contrast against the textured fabric.

Queen Elizabeth, November 26, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Queen Elizabeth has numerous other hats in this shape, a shape that is a good proportion for her. There is something, however, about this piece that does not work for me. Perhaps it’s those navy flowers, which seem much better suited to a summer hat in natural straw? Maybe it is the fabric choice which seems too much of a good thing? I’m curious, dearest readers- do you share similar reservations about this hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated and Ian Pace/Demotix/Corbis and Ian Pace/Demotix/Corbis

Akishino Princess Supports Hyogo Red Cross

Princess Kiko was in Hyogo yesterday to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the city’s Red Cross Society. For the occasion, the princess, who is the Honorary Vice President of Japanese Red Cross Society, wore a navy blue silk covered hat. The hat featured a bowler shaped crown, a short brim and a wide band of braided silk trim that also trimmed Princess Kiko’s jacket. I thought this hat was worthy of a post because of the trim- an element that gives much textural interest and adds life to an otherwise pretty boring hat. It’s an an interesting touch, don’t you agree?

Princess Kiko, November 24, 2015 |Royal Hats

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

Photo from Kobe Shimbun