Best Repeated Royal Hat: June 2016

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June is always the busiest month of the year for royal hats and this year was no exception. Between foreign visits, weddings, the Order of the Garter service and regular royal engagements, last month we saw a LOT of hats!   Fourteen repeated millinery designs stood out to you as particularly impressive, based on your comments, and it is these fourteen that we now face off to pick a single winner that will move on to our year-end contest for best repeated royal hat this year.

Click on any of the photos below to jump back to original posts with additional pictures and information on each design. Here are your favourite repeated royal hats worn in June (excluding those worn at Ascot and Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations which saw their own polls), in the order they were worn:

1.Princess Michael of Kent, June 1, 2016 in Philip Treacy| Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, June 1, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 3.Queen Máxima, June 2, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Michael’s black straw fascintor with veil by Philip Treacy worn on June 1
Queen Elizabeth’s blue Rachel Trevor Morgan hat with black & white feather flowers on June 2
Queen Maxima’s coffee coloured picture hat with slice brim by
Fabienne Delvigne worn June 2

4.Queen Elizabeth, June 7, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  5.Princess Anne, June 9, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth’s Rachel Trevor Morgan turquoise straw hat with grey flowers & feathers on June 6
Princess Anne’s ruched blue straw hat with rose trim worn June 9 at the Founder’s Day Parade

6.Queen Máxima, June 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  7.Duchess of Cambridge, June 13, 2016 in Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co. | Royal Hats  8. Crown Princess Mary, June 13, 2016 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats

Queen Maxima’s Fabienne Delvigne designed dusky pink straw hat worn in Friesland June 13
Duchess of Cambridge’s flowered red felt hat by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. on June 13
Crown Princess Mary’s cream straw picture hat with fluted brim  by Susanne Juul on June 13

9.Queen Máxima, June 18, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 10.Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 18, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  11.Queen Elizabeth, June 22, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Queen Maxima’s gold straw hat with raised ‘slice’ brim by Fabienne Delvigne worn on June 18
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s Philip Treacy black ‘slice’ brim hat with straw twists on June 18
Queen Elizabeth’s pink Rachel Trevor Morgan designed hat with silk peony worn on June 22

12.Princess Anne, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   13.Queen Elizabeth, June 27, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 14.Princess Beatrix, June 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Anne’s purple silk and straw hat with calla lilies worn on June 25
Queen Elizabeth’s mint green straw hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn on June 27
Princess Beatrix’s lilac straw picture hat with flat crown and brim worn in Slovakia on June 30

Voting will remain open until August 8th at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. With immense diversity in the colour, scale and style of the hats here, choosing your favourite(s) may be a challenge. Good luck!

Photos from David M Benett, AFP/Chris Jackson via Getty; Rex FeaturesMark Cuthbert, Max Mumby/Indigo, Michel Porro and Matt Dunham via Getty; Jens Astrup/Scanpix via The Danish Monarchy; EPP/News Pictures; Valentin Dupont, author of Royalement Blog; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Rachel Adams via the Southern Daily EchoCarrie Davenport and Samuel Kubani via Getty

This Week’s Extras

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Princess Tsuguko of Takamado in a chic summer hat to open an art exhibition (Imperial Family of Japan)

Sarah, Duchess of York, was spotted in a smart black calot last weekend at the Ascot racecourse with her daughter, Princess Eugenie (Daily Mail)

 

Great look at the hats Princess Beatrix wore in 1967 over at the Mode Koningin Maxima blog

Thanks to reader Laura who passed on this interview with Jane Taylor where she shares a bit about what it’s like to design hats for the Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex (Hello)

Fabienne Delvigne created five stunning hats for the House of Guerlain for the launch of their new perfume, La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dress)

Fabienne Delvigne Collaboration with Guerlain, Julne 2016

Fabienne Delvigne Collaboration with Guerlain, Julne 2016

While putting together the inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s green hats this week, I discovered two blue hats I had previously missed. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see them.

Another great video of the now famous exhibition on the Queen’s fashion on display now at Buckingham Palace. Have any of you been to see it yet?

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Interesting article on Princess Tatiana of Greece (Vogue)

Royal historian extraordinaire Dr. Lucy Worsley teams up with Helen Castor in a new documentary on Versaille

Best New Royal Hat: June 2016

Royal HatsAfter choosing your favourite hats worn to Ascot and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, our next pair of polls faces off the remaining royal hats we saw worn in June. Between national days, a Silver Jubilee, weddings and a handful of foreign visits, we saw a number of wonderful new designs. Eleven new hats stood out in particular to you, dearest readers, based on your comments. It’s now time to chose your single favourite.

The eleven finalists are shown below in the order they were worn. Click on each picture or its caption below to jump back to original posts with additional photos and information on each hat: 

1. Queen Silvia, June 6, 2016 | Royal Hats  2.Duchess of Cambridge, June 14, 2016 in Lock and Co., | Royal Hats  3.Princess Astrid, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Qieem Silvia in a royal blue straw hat trimmed with silk flowers worn June 6
Duchess of Cambridge’s cream swirled rose percher hat by Lock & Co.
worn June 14
Princess Astrid’s turquoise straw calot with ribbon flowers on June 23

4.Queen Sonja, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats 5.Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats  6.Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Sonja’s white straw picture hat worn for her Silver Jubilee, June 23
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s moulded grey hat with ‘slice’ brim for National Day, June 23
Princesss Tessy’s pale green statement hat with burgundy silk rose and petal trim on June 23

7.Lady Brabourne, June 25, 2016 in Dillon Wallwork | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  

Lady Brabourne’s sweeping silver picture hat with silk trim by Dillon Wallwork on June 25
Queen Elizabeth’s coral straw hat  trimmed with silk flowers and organza bows on June 25

9. Princess Alexandra, June 25, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan| Royal Hats 10.Queen Elizabeth, June 28, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  11.2016-06-30 Slovakia 4  

Princess Alexandra’s Rachel Trevor Morgan white veiled straw hat with green flowers on June 25
Queen Eliabeth’s citrus green straw hat with silk flowers by Angela Kelly on June 28
Princess Beatrix’s puple bumper hat with net overlay worn in Slovakia on June 30

Voting will remain open until August 9th at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. For added suspense, results will not be visible until the poll closes. Good luck!

Photos from Stella Pictures; UK Press Pool, Ragnar Singsaas and Ragnar Singsaas via Getty; The Catholic Church of LuxembourgThe Catholic Church of Luxembourg; Rachel Adams via the Southern Daily Echo; Rachel Adams via the Southern Daily Echo; Rachel Adams via the Southern Daily Echo; WPA Pool and Samuel Kabani via Getty

Hat Mystery

I need help, dearest readers, sorting out a handful of pink straw hats by Fabienne Delvigne in Queen Máxima’s closet.

Hat A: Pale pink straw hat with raised ‘slice’ brim trimmed with grosgrain hatband worn on September 21, 2010 for the opening of Dutch parliament. Unfortunately, these photos are a little washed out (see more photos here. Photo #8 shows a grosgrain half bow at the side of the hat.)

Hat B: Another (the same?) pink straw hat with raised ‘slice’ brim, grosgrain hatband and half bow worn November 22, 2013 on a visit to Colombia

 

Queen Máxima, November 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, November 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

I think A and B were the same- the colour looks the same, ribbon hatbands and bows are the same, the size of the brim and the subtle diagonal pattern on its underside are both the same. There appears to be a slightly sharper angle of the raised ‘slice’ brim in hat A but I think could be explained by placement a tiny bit further back Queen Máxima’s head.

Hat C: Here’s where I get confused- another pink straw hat with slice brim worn on a visit to The Hague on October 5, 2011. This hat follows the same shape as Hats AB and has the same woven pattern in the straw of the brim, same width of the brim edging, and same half grosgrain bow trim. What’s different is the colour. Is this a matter of photography or is this a different hat?

  Princess Máxima, October 5, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, October 5, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, October 5, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, October 5, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Enter Hat D worn just last month. It’s another dull pink picture hat with sweeping, raised brim. You’ll notice that the grosgrain ribbon hatband and half bow are the same, as is the width of the brim edging. Even the placement of Fabienne Delvigne’s logo beside the half bow is the same. What’s different, however is the angle of the raised brim. In fact, the entire curve where the brim meets the crown looks lower on this hat than the ones above. If you look very closely at placement again, you’ll see that Queen Máxima’s eyebrows are nearly invisible here – she has pulled down very low over her forehead. I suppose this could account for the more relaxed look of the brim…. but I’m not sure. Colour here is also an issue but could be explained by the very dull day and the orange cast thrown by Máxima’s dress. See what I mean about confusing?!

So… which hats here are the same?  After staring hours at these photographs, I’m waving away encroaching insanity and will rely on your fresh eyes. Let’s chat.

Photos from Getty as indicated: Louis Acosta and Louis Acosta via Getty;  Albert Nieboer via PPE; Abaca; Corbis; Albert Nieboer via PPE; Michel Porro and Michel Porro via Getty

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to a quintet of hats worn 68 years ago today to the opening of the 1948 London Olympics. From left to right are Prince Olav of Norway, Princess Ragnhild, Princess Märtha, a smiling and very young Prince Harald,  and Princess Astrid. Princess Märtha’s hat follows a particularly aerodynamic shape.

Photo from Getty as indicated

Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Green Hats

It has been several long months since we completed our last royal hat inventory. When we left off, I promised a look at all of the green hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet, a promise that has been a longtime coming to fruition. Settle in, dear readers, because the length of this list may surprise you. Here are all of the green hats we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear so far this millennium, shown in the general order they were introduced:

1a.Queen Elizabeth, April 23, 2000 | Royal Hats 1b.Queen Elizabeth, April 23, 2000 | Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, June 22, 1999 | Royal Hats

Designer: all are unknown (likely Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville) 
Introduced: late 1990s

3.Queen Elizabeth, 2000 | Royal Hats  4.Queen Elizabeth, February 26, 2002 | Royal Hats  5.Queen Elizabeth, May 25, 2000 | Royal Hats

Designer: all are unknown (likely Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville) 
Introduced: late 1990s

6.Queen Elizabeth, May 5, 1999 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats  7a.Queen Elizabeth, November 14, 2000 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats 7b.Queen Elizabeth, October 17, 2000 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats

Designer: both are Frederick Fox
Introduced: May 5, 1999, October 17, 2000

8.Queen Elizabeth, October 19, 2000 | Royal Hats    9.Queen Elizabeth, April 15, 2001 | Royal Hats  10.Queen Elizabeth, July 25, 2002 | Royal Hats

Designer: all are unknown (likely Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville) 
Introduced: October 19, 2000, April 15,  2001; July 12, 2001

11.Queen Elizabeth, December 25, 2001 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats12.Queen Elizabeth, July 16, 2002 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats 13.Queen Elizabeth, February 20, 2002 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Somerville; Frederick Fox; Philip Somerville
Introduced: November 6, 2001February 19, 2002; February 20, 2002

14.Queen Elizabeth, February 24, 2002 | Royal Hats  15.Queen Elizabeth, April 11, 2004 | Royal Hats  16.Queen Elizabeth, April 21, 2012 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown, unknown; Philip Somerville
Introduced: February 24, 2002; February 25, 2002; May 2, 2002

17.Queen Elizabeth, October 14, 2004 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  18.Queen Elizabeth, June 3, 2002 | Royal Hats  19.Queen Elizabeth, June 21, 2003 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Somerville; unknown; unknown
Introduced: June 2, 2002; June 3, 2002; June 15, 2002

20.Queen Elizabeth, June 27, 2002 | Royal Hats  21.Queen Elizabeth, July 31, 2002 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats  22.Queen Elizabeth, May 24, 2006 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown (maybe early Angela Kelly); Frederick Fox; Frederick Fox
Introduced: June 27, 2002; July 31, 2002; October 14, 2002 

23.Queen Elizabeth, December 3, 2003 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats 24.Queen Elizabeth, October 12, 2005 | Royal Hats  25.Queen Elizabeth, March 13, 2006 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer; Philip Somerville; unknown; Angela Kelly
Introduced: December 3, 2003; October 12, 2005; March 13 2006

26.Queen Elizabeth, March 15, 2006 | Royal Hats  27.Queen Elizabeth, March 17, 2006 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats 

Designer: unknown; Philip Somerville
Introduced: March 15, 2006, March 17, 2006

28.Queen Elizabeth, September 1, 2007 in Philip Somerville| Royal Hats 29.Queen Elizabeth, November 22, 2007 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 30.Queen Elizabeth, May 2, 2008 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Somerville; Rachel Trevor Morgan; unknown (likely Angela Kelly)
Introduced: September 1, 2007November 22, 2007; May 2, 2008

31.Queen Elizabeth, January 10, 2010 | Royal Hats  32.Queen Elizabeth, November 26, 2009 | Royal Hats 33.Queen Elizabeth, November 28, 2009| Royal Hats  

Designer: all unknown
Introduced: 2009; November 26, 2009, November 28, 2009; 

34.Queen Elizabeth, May 17, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats   35.Queen Elizabeth, May 18, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly
Introduced: May 17, 2011; May 18, 2011

36. Queen Elizabeth, October 24, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 37a.Queen Elizabeth, May 31, 2013 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 37b.Queen Elizabeth, June 27, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  

Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 14, 2011; May 16, 2012 (revised version without feathers introduced June 27, 2016)

38.Queen Elizabeth, June 27, 2012 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 39.Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 40.Queen Elizabeth, June 18, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: June 27, 2012; June 6, 2014June 18, 2014

41.Queen Elizabeth, April 21, 2016 in Angela Kelly made by Stella MacLaren | Royal Hats 42.Queen Elizabeth, June 11, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats 43.Queen Elizabeth, June 28, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella MacLaren; Rachel Trevor Morgan; Angela Kelly
Introduced:  April 21 2016; June 11, 2016; June 28, 2016

That’s 43 green hats worn over the past 16 years. Putting this post together, I came across a few surprises. First were the 11 green hats that debuted in 2002 (the year of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee). Jubilee years are busy ones that see more new hats than usual but eleven is new green hats feels especially high. Second is the complete absence of anything in a dark, forest shade (a given, I thought, for a winter wardrobe).

I was also surprised to see that the soft, romantic picture hats we associate with the early 1990s (#2, #4, #6) were still in circulation after 2000…. and that for the past four years, all the new green designs have been in fresh, citrussy shades. Finally, there are several hats in this group that have been worn only once or twice and as a result, I honestly didn’t remember seeing them before (#10, #18, #21, #25, #26, #30, #31).

I know several of you have been patiently waiting for this review so I turn it over to you- what do you think of the green hats Queen Elizabeth has worn so far this millennium? Were any hats here new to you? What shades of green work best for Her Majesty?

Photos 1-14  from Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Tim Graham, Dean Purcell, Adrian DennisTim Graham, Hugo PhilpottTim Graham, Tim Graham, UK Press, Adrian DennisAnwar Hussein, Anwar Hussein, Tim Graham and Ian Jones via Getty
Photos 15-30 from 
Tim Graham, Tim GrahamTim Graham, Chris Ison, Steve Finn, Justin Goff, Tim GrahamAnwar HusseinAFP, Chris Jackson, AFPMark Cuthbert, Jonathan Drake, Jeff J. Mitchell and Chris Jackson via Getty; Rex Features
Photos 31-43 from  Rex FeaturesSTR via Getty; Rex FeaturesPool, Philip MasseyChris HydeMax Mumby/Indigo, Carrie DavenportChris JacksonChris JacksonMax Mumby/IndigoMark Cuthbert, James Devaney and WPA Pool via Getty

Closer Look: The Blue Mirman Rose

Royal HatsAnother hat from this summer’s three-part exhibition on Queen Elizabeth’s fashion is one worn during her silver jubilee tour to New Zealand in 1977. Another design by French milliner Simone Mirman, the focus of this piece are its small pleats which swirl into a rose shape at the top of the crown. Notice the impeccable French seams on the loops of the bow and the single hand stitch near the top of the swirl centre.

Another great video from The Royal Collection Trust shows that this swirled rose pleats extend into a turban-  a shape we widely associate with Queen Elizabeth in the late 1970s. While I’m not sure the cutouts are a successful design detail (does anyone else see alien eyes?), the fabric work on this piece- hand pleating and invisible stitches anchoring down these pleats- is remarkable.

Current fashion sensibilities might cause many of us to groan at these 1970s turbans but there is a lightness and delicacy to this one, thanks to Mirman’s beautiful touch with the silk organza, that makes it work a closer look.
Photos and video from The Royal Trust