Open Post

For this week’s second open post, here is another look back in time at a fantastic hat from the past worn by Queen Máxima on a visit to her home country, ten years ago yesterday. I adore how the subtle colour lets the dramatic shape shine and would love to see her bring it out again.

Princess Máxima, March 30, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

What royal and royal hat news do you have to share?

Photo from ENRIQUE MARCARIAN/Reuters/Corbis

Open Post

As promised, here is the first of two weekly open posts (Mondays and Thursdays) for you to chat and share current royal hat happenings. Please post news, links and your thoughts about royal comings and goings (especially all those which involve hats!) in the comments below. Here is a wonderful yellow hat from the past to kick things off, worn on this day in 1985 by Queen Elizabeth to the School of Equestrian Art.

Photo from Getty as indicated

British Royals Celebrate Easter

Happy Easter!  Members of the British royal family joined Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh for Easter Sunday service this morning  at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. For this long standing tradition, the Queen led her family in a new hat in yellow straw with a gently upturned brim on one side. The piece is finished with a small yellow bow and blue flowers which tie in with the vibrant print of Her Majesty’s silk dress. It’s a beautiful young shaped piece and the colour is perfect for a bright spring day such as this.

Princess Beatrice chose this occasion to debut a  new saucer hat in copper straw trimmed with slim straw bows and curling pheasant feathers. The scale is wonderful on her and the colour suits her beautifully.

Designer: Juliette Botterill
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Eugenie topped her navy coat in a pink percher hat. With a felt beret base in a teardrop shape, the piece is lavishly trimmed in interlaced felt ribbons and velvet blooms. It’s a lovely piece that looks wonderful against Eugenie’s dark hair.

Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the Velvet Rose Side Percher.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Countess of Wessex paired her eye catching red coat with a black beret based percher hat.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor looked chic and rather grown up in a Jane Taylor designed black wool beret worn with her cream coat.

Princess Anne joined those in the ‘bright coat neutral hat’ uniform with a vibrant orange coat topped by a fanciful cream picture hat. Something about this hat’s lavish trim (note the different types of feathers, roses and a light, lattice straw net on the brim) surprises me as a choice for Anne, although we have seen her in other fussy pieces before.  The greatest surprise about this hat, however, is that despite going back in my archives to the 1960s, I can’t find any trace of this piece. Shockingly, I think it might be new!

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

Autumn Phillips topped her bright pink coat in a gun metal grey silk percher hat with curling ribbon trim. It’s a a fun piece that balances her bright coat very well.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Easter Sunday, a day filled with hope and spring flowers, is made all the more wonderful with this parade of lovely hats! I can’t wait to hear, dearest readers, which Easter bonnets here were your favourites.
With that note I am signing off for a few weeks- see you all when I get back.
Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Princess Eugenie in a quirky hat last weekend while out and about in New York with her sister (Daily Mail)

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik headed off for spring break at Marselisborg Castle (Billed Bladet)

Princess Hanako in a sweet ivory cloche for a student inventor exhibition (Imperial Royals of Japan)

There was lots of royal activity in Rome this week with King Albert and Queen Paola taking in Palm Sunday mass and the Luxembourg grand ducal family received an audience with Pope Francis (Luxarazzi)

Prince Harry tried out some Nepalese headwear to great success.

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The Grimaldis showed up in a whole lot of Chanel couture for last weekend’s Rose Ball (Daily Mail). Read a great review of the gowns here (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

The most adorable photo of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar released by their parents as thanks for all the good wishes they have received (Swedish Monarchy)

I’ll do my best to post a review of British Easter hats tomorrow. Following this, I’ll be signing off for three weeks. On Monday and Thursday mornings, there will be an open post for you all to share links to current royal hats and discuss them as usual. I’m relying on you to keep track of royal hat happenings while I am away and thank you all in advance for keeping the conversation going!

Who Wore It Best: March 2016 Results

Royal Hats It’s results time, dear readers, in our face-off of two Gina Foster ‘Meribel’ percher hatsYour votes were most telling- when it comes to all things green, there is clear preference for royal shades to match!  The winner of this pairing by large margin is:

2016-03 reg result

Zara Phillips Tindall at Cheltenham, March 18, 2016

We’ll catch up on polls for the best new and repeated royal hats worn in March when I’m back from vacation. I suspect this piece will be a strong contender!

Photos from Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty

Inventory: Queen Margrethe’s Green Hats

Queen Margrethe is one of the most colourful monarchs in terms of fashion and millinery. When it comes to green hats, however, she’s nearly as shy as the other monarchs we have looked at with just two green hats worn since 2000:

1.Queen Margrethe, July 9, 1999 | Royal Hats  2. Queen Margrethe, April 16, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designers: unknown
Introduced: July 8, 1999; April 16, 2016

The two styles couldn’t possibly be more different! Created nearly 20 years apart, the pieces both reflect the millinery trends of the time, tweaked with interesting embellishments. They are both interesting pieces that I think require a certain presence to carry off well- perhaps that’s what makes them fit for a queen. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another decade or two before Margrethe adds another green piece to her inventory!

I have run out of time to complete an inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s green hats and beg your forgiveness. I’ll put this together later in April when I’m back. 

Photos from Tim Graham and UK Press via Getty