Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Blue Hats Part 2

After looking at the first wave of Queen Elizabeth’s many blue hats worn over the past six years, we’re continuing our inventory with a look at what I’m calling the “Medium Blue” hats. Here are they are, in the order they were introduced into the Queen’s wardrobe:

1.Queen Elizabeth, September 8, 2013 | Royal Hats   2.Queen Elizabeth Apr 28, 2010 | Royal Hats  3.Queen Elizabeth, March 13, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; unknown (likely Philip Somerville); Angela Kelly
Introduced: May 16, 2004; November 3, 2004; November 28, 2008  

4.Queen Elizabeth, June 7, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan  5.Queen Elizabeth, July 18, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats   6.Queen Elizabeth, July 17, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 3, 2010; July 4, 2010; July 4, 2010   

7. Queen Elizabeth, July 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, June 23, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  9.Queen Elizabeth, June 2, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: May 20, 2011; October 22, 2011; June 2, 2012

10.Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2012 in Rachel Trevor Morgan 11.Queen Elizabeth, October 15, 2015 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 12.Queen Elizabeth, June 21, 2013 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly
Introduced: June 6, 2012; December 25, 2012June 21, 2013

13. Queen Elizabeth, October 24, 2014 in Angela Kelly design made by Stella McLaren | Royal Hats 14. Queen Elizabeth, July 16, 2015 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 15.Queen Elizabeth, February 19, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  

Designer: Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly 
Introduced: October 23, 2013June 19, 2014; July 4, 2014

While I suspect #2 has been retired, it appears that the remaining fourteen are still in service (#1’s last outing was in September 2013). I’m struck by the varied brim shapes (they really are going off in all directions!) and diverse trims- everything from navy lace to feathered flowers to metallic straw twists. I’m also fascinated by the consistent imprint of these hats- they are all a very similar size. After 70 years of full-time hat wearing, it’s no surprise that the Queen has a good sense of what works for her and sticks to it. She clearly loves blue and looks beautiful in it.

Which pieces in this group stand out most to you? Which ones would you like to steal for your own millinery wardrobe? Stay tuned first thing tomorrow, we’ll look at the turquoise hats before concluding this mini-series with the Queen’s light blue hats.

Photos from Press Association via Yahoo; Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Matt Cardy, Pool, Mark Cuthbert, Robert Cianflone, Pool, Peter Macdiarmid, AFP, WPA Pool; Eamon M. McCormack; Chris Jackson, Mark Cuthbert, and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty

 

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Princess Eugenie joined her grandparents for church last Sunday in a bright pink Juliette Botterill hat. The Queen repeated a Rachel Trevor Morgan design (Daily Mail)

Prince Haakon in knit caps and hairnets during a visit to Stranda this week (Royal House of Norway)

Take a second look at this post of the Imperial royals for some additional photos, including the most chic winter white fedora I think I’ve ever seen (Royal Hats)

Back on January 12, Princess Margriet wore a grey faux fur hat to the annual new year reception at the Royal Palace. You can see a back view of the white-domed piece here.

Princess Margriet, January 12, 2016 | Royal Hats     Princess Margriet, January 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

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Monaco’s prince and princess paid annual tribute to their patron Saint Devote (Daily Mail)

Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Blue Hats Part 1

It’s the post a number of you have been waiting for- an inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s blue hats! Because of the immense volume within this category (60+), we’re going to limit our look to hats in worn within the past six years and spread things over four posts. Let’s begin with the dark blue hats in the order they were introduced into the Queen’s wardrobe:

1A. Queen Elizabeth, June 30, 2010 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 1B.Queen Elizabeth, June 5, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, June 24, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 29, 2010 (reworked and reintroduced June 5, 2014); June 2008

3.Queen Elizabeth, April 18, 2015 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  4.Queen Elizabeth, June 14, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  5.Queen Elizabeth, June 15, 2013 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan;#4 and #5 are both Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Introduced: April 27, 2011;  October 28, 2011; August 7, 2012

6.Queen Elizabeth, March 28, 2013 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  7.Queen Elizabeth, April 30, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, October 18, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: all Angela Kelly
Introduced: March 28, 2013July 4, 2013November 14, 2013

9A.Queen Elizabeth, October 21, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 9B.Queen Elizabeth, May 10, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 10.Queen Elizabeth, June 17, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: all Angela Kelly. #10 was made by Stella McLaren
Introduced: October 21, 2014 (reworked and reintroduced May 10, 2015); June 17, 2015

11.Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 12. Queen Elizabeth, May 3, 2011

Designer: Angela Kelly; unknown
Introduced: June 25, 2015; May 3, 2011

UPDATE: My apologies, everyone, but another sweep through the archives uncovered another dark blue hat (see #12 above). I know little about this modified Homburg except that it was last worn in 2011.

I find the diversity within this narrow category surprising- within these dark blue hats we find numerous shapes and a wide variety of trims (pleats, feathers, flowers, metallic braid, curls, lace, fringe, and several bows). I suspect that as we move through the other shades of blue within Queen Elizabeth’s closet, we will be less awed by different shapes than by an incredible spectrum of trimmings. I love the appliqué work on hats #4 and #5 while the incredible festive nature of #3 always makes me smile. Which hats here stand out most to you?

Photos from Chris Jackson, Danny E. Martindale via Getty; Pacific Coast News via Zimbio;  Max Mumby/IndigoMax Mumby/Indigo, Max Mumby/Indigo, Mark Cuthbert, PoolBen Hoskins/Stringer, WPA Pool, Max Mumby/Indigo, and Alan Crowhurst via Getty;  Boris Roessler/dpa via Corbis

Imperial Royals Continue Philippine Visit

The Imperial Emperor and Empress continued their visit to the Philippines today, taking in Japanese language classes and visiting a WWII war memorial. Empress Michiko sported two hats over the course of the day, the first a repeated denim blue saucer with gold origami bow. The high contrast punch of this piece puts in among my favourite of Michiko’s hats.

Empress Michiko, January 29, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: October 30, 2015; May 21, 2015April 9, 2015

Second, Empress Michiko wore a new white disc hat. The petite piece is trimmed with a large bow in the same blue-grey fabric as her suit and topped with a sprig of white silk flowers. While this hat is more subdued (and less to my liking), these photos give us a great view of how Michiko anchors her small hats to her head. You’ll notice a hidden system of elastic that extends around her chignon which is anchored with a hairpin near the hat over her left temple. The bottom photo also reveals a white hat pin  tucked just under the hat.

Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
I think that makes for two solid hat appearances from the Empress today. What do you think of this pair of hats?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Inventory: Duchess of Cornwall’s Blue Hats

We might not immediately think of the Duchess of Cornwall as a hat wearer of diverse styles but looking through the numerous hats she has worn in all shades of blue, you may be surprised. Here they are, in the order in which they were introduced:

1.2005-07-10  2.2005-10-23  3.2005-12-25

Designer: all Philip Treacy
Introduced: July 10, 2005; October 23, 2005; December 25, 2005; 

4.2006-04-12 Sandhurst  5.2007-06-17 Falkland War commemoration  6.2007-10-12

Designer: all Philip Treacy
Introduced:  March 13, 2006, June 17, 2007; October 12, 2007

7.2007-12-10  8.2012-05-12 Freedom of Thame  9.2008-05-17 Peter Phillips wedding

Designer: all Philip Treacy
Introduced:  December 10, 2007; April 28, 2008; May 17, 2008

10.2008-09-10 11.2009-11-04 Canada 12.2009-12-01 Aldershot

Designer: all Philip Treacy
Introduced:  June 18, 2008; December 25, 2008; December 1, 2009

13.2011-05-10 14.2012-03-20 Norway 15.2012-05-21 Canada

Designer: Lock & Co; Philip Treacy; Philip Treacy
Introduced: May 10, 2011; March 20, 2012; May 21, 2012

16.2013-06-04 Coronation diamond jubilee 17.2014-05-19 Canada 18.2014-06-18 Ascot

Designer: all Philip Treacy
Introduced: June 4, 2013; May 19, 2014; June 18, 2014

19.2015-05-12 BP Garden Party 20.2015-07-05Charlotte's christening

Designer: all Philip Treacy
Introduced: May 12, 2015; July 5, 2015

That is an astounding twenty blue hats worn in nearly eleven years of royal life! I suppose with her blonde hair and blue eyes, it’s no surprise that Camilla has turned to blue as a go-to colour. I suspect the first six hats have all been retired (possibly along with #7, #9 and #12) but that leaves eleven hats still in use. I adore the colour of #14 (with updated non-sausage trim it would be a knockout) and the exquisite trim on #18; while I would like to see #3 again, I’m happy to that #2, with its Star Trek vibe, is no longer in service.

There are numerous hats for us to talk about here, dearest readers, and I can’t wait for you to weigh in.

Photos from Daniel Berehulak, Antony Jones,  Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, Tim Graham, Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA and Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Bauer Griffin via Zimbio; Anwar Hussein, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Samir Hussein, Mark Cuthbert, Chris Jackson, Anwar Hussein, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, John Stillwell and Chris Jackson via Getty

Day Two of Japanese Imperial Visit to Philippines

The Imperial royal couple continued their visit to Philippines today, visiting the Tomb of the Fallen Soldiers, laying a wreath at the monument to Philippine national hero Jose Rizal and receiving a ymbolic key of Manila from Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. For these events, Empress Michiko looked characteristically serene in a large white saucer hat with domed crown and wide rim, decorated with exquisite gray-green silk flowers and leaves. It’s a beautifully delicate piece (even while being one of the Empress’ larger hats) that Michiko wears so very well.

Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Photos from Getty as indicated