Hat From the Past

Royal Hats Two royal hats, worn to a grand event. Any guesses as to the royal wearers?

Mystery royal hat

Photo source is unknown.


This Week’s Extras

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So excited to learn that an exhibition of Princess Beatrix’s hats will open at Het Loo Palace in February 2017. I’m thinking a Royal Hats field trip may be in order… (Het Loo Palace)

Last weekend, Empress Michiko wore a white saucer hat for a meeting with King Carl Gustaf (Imperial Family of Japan)

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Princess Madeleine held the ultimate tea party for 12 seriously ill children this week (Min Stora Dag Charity). Check out photos of the event over here (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)

Adorable photos of Princess Estelle released for her fourth birthday this week (Swedish Royal Court). Princess Lenore also chimed in to offer her cousin her best wishes (Princess Madeleine Facebook)

The Dutch royal family were photographed on their annual skiing trip to Austria. Those princesses certainly are growing up!

Dutch Royal Family, February 22, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Amalia, February 22, 2016 | Royal Hats Dutch Royal Family, February 22, 2016 | Royal Hats

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis, Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis and Albert Nieboer/dpa/Corbis


Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1965 and a blooming turban worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on a trip back from Jamaica. We’ve seen many millinery styles come back in (and out of!) fashion over the ensuing 51 years- all, perhaps, except this one.

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, February 26, 1965 | Royal Hats

Arriving back in London from a trip to Jamaica, February 26, 1965

Photo from New York Daily News Archive via Getty

Inventory: Queen Máxima’s Red Hats

Since beginning her royal life fourteen years ago, Queen Máxima’s vibrant and confident sense of style has certainly extended to her millinery. Surpassing even Queen Elizabeth, Máxima is currently our royal with the most red hats. Since beginning her royal life in 2002, we have seen her in seventeen different designs:

1. Princess Máxima, June 8, 2002 | Royal Hats  2.Sep 17, 2002 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  

Introduced: June 8, 2002; September 17, 2002
Designers: unknown; Philip Treacy

3A. Princess Máxima, March 19, 2003 | Royal Hats  3B.Princess Máxima, October 26, 2007 | Royal Hats  4.Princess Máxima, April 30, 2004 | Royal Hats

Introduced:  March 19, 2003 (flower removed and reintroduced October 26, 2007); April 30, 2004
Designers: I suspect Fabienne Delvigne; unknown

5.Princess Máxima | Royal Hats   6.Princess Máxima, August 27, 2005 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  7.Princess Máxima, June 19, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Introduced:July 1, 2004;  August 27, 2005;  June 19, 2006
Designers: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne

8.Princess Máxima, January 25, 2012 | Royal Hats  9.Princess Máxima, January 10, 2012 | Royal Hats 10.Princess Máxima, October 28, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 

Introduced; March 1, 2007; September 8, 2009; October 9, 2010
Designers: unknown; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne

11.Princess Máxima, November 3, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 12.Princess Máxima, May 22, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 13. Queen Máxima, June 21, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Introduced: November 3, 2011; May 22, 2012; June 21, 2013 
Designers: all are Fabienne Delvigne

14.Queen Máxima, Nov. 9, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 15.Sep 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  16.Queen Máxima, October 1, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Introduced: November 9, 2013; September 16, 2014; October 1, 2014
Designers: all are Fabienne Delvigne

17.Queen Máxima, March 20, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Introduced; March 20, 2015
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Even with five turban-esque designs, there is still much diversity of millinery shapes and styles within this group. #2 remains one of my favourite royal fascinators of all time while #14 shows how effortlessly chic a Garbo hat can be. While #6, #7, #8 and #10 are living proof of Máxima’s immense millinery bravery, I’m drawn to the classic lines of #5, a hat that has curiously only been worn once (and one I’d love to see repeated). I continue to be amazed at how Queen Máxima’s style encompasses designs that are traditional as well as pieces that can only be described as avant garde and I can’t wait to see what red design she adds to this collection next. Which of these hats do you like on her best?

Photos from Getty Images; Jasper Juinen and Julian Parker via Getty; RoyalPress Nieboer/dpa/Corbis; Julian Parker and Michel Porro via Getty; Robert Vos/epa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisAlbert Nieboer/dpa/CorbisPatrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/CorbisAlbert Nieboer-Rpe/dpa/CorbisRTL Nieuws; Mark Cuthbert and Michel Porro via Getty; Christian Charisius/dpa/Corbis

Princess Anne At Banner Handover

Princess Anne was in Ypres, Belgium yesterday to take part in the handover of the banners of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals at Saint George’s Memorial Church (a church built in memory of the more than 500,000 British and Commonwealth troops who perished in the three battles fought for the Ypres Salient during World War I). For this event, she topped her very chic teal and navy military styled coat with her brown fur pillbox hat. I think the pairing is successful, particularly for this event, and gives this hat, a piece that Anne has worn for years (long before wearing fur was controversial), an updated new lease on life. What do you think?

Photos from Getty as indicated

One Hat, Six Coats

this or thatDuring her visit to Anglesey last week, the Duchess of Cambridge repeated a chocolate felt bumper hat that has been a staple in her millinery wardrobe for several years. Designed by Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co., the “Betty Boop” style features a slightly elevated bumper brim embellished by a large, flat bow on one side. Kate has paired five different coats so far with this hat, begging the question of which pairing is best:

1. At the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Aldershot, March 17, 2012 in a green Emilia Wickstead coat dress

2. With a pink Joseph coat to the Cheltenham Races on March 15, 2013

Duchess of Cambridge, March 2, 2013 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats   Duchess of Cambridge, March 2, 2013 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats
Some of you commented last week that Kate wore this hat further forward on her forehead than she has in the past- looking at these photos, I think the placement on this hat’s last outing was more straight (I prefer the jauntier angle she placed it the first four times). While I adore the impeccably cut Catherine Walker maternity coat, its muddy colour puts it at odds with this hat. I’m not fond of coats #2 and #3 which leaves #1, #5 and #6 as my favourites. The coordination in ensemble #6 is beautiful but if pressed to make a single choice, my vote would be for #1- the beautiful movement of this green Emilia Wickstead coat dress works so well with the hat and the colours work well together.
Which ensemble do you think pairs best with this hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Splash News/Corbis; James Whatling/Splash News/Corbis

Queen Elizabeth Opens Namesake Rail Line

Queen Elizabeth visited the Bond Street station this morning where she she formally unveiled the new roundel for the Crossrail line, to be named after her when it opens in December 2018. For her tour around the construction site, she repeated a hat we’ve not seen in some time. Made of the same lavender crepe as her coat, the hat features a tall, hourglass crown and a short mushroom brim. Trimmed simply with parallel pintucks that are echoed on her coat, the hat’s impact comes entirely from its unusual shape. It’s not my favourite of the Queen’s hats although I admire the restrained trim and she looks lovely in this shade of purple. What do you think?