Inventory: Princess Charlene’s Black Hats

Since we have not yet completed any hat inventories for the Princess of Monaco, I thought it would be a good idea to peek into her closet for our next review of black hats. Since becoming a princess in 2011, Charlene has worn three black hats.  Here they are, in the order they were introduced:

1.Princess Charlene, November 19, 2012 | Royal Hats   2.Princess Charlene, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats          

Designers: unknown
Introduced: Nov 19, 2012; Nov 19, 2014

3.Princess Charlene, Nov 13, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Charlene, Nov 13, 2016 | Royal Hats 

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Introduced: Nov 13, 2016

Charlene also wore a black knit hat back in 2013 for a Six Nations rugby match between England and France – a casual hat that’s worth noting but not formally including in this inventory.

2013-02-23 Twickenham

Charlene does not wear hats often (usually just once a year for Monaco’s National Day) so I was surprised to find three pieces in her rather meagre millinery closet. #1 and #3 are braver designs (something I’ll always applaud) while #2 is as quintessentially French as as it gets. Do any of these pieces strike your fancy?

Photos from Mark Cuthbert and Pascale Le Segretain via Getty; Timothy Horgan; Palais Princier de Monaco;  Newscom

Hat From The Past

Royal Hats to thirty-one years ago yesterday and a fabric-wrapped, maroon felt pillbox hat worn on a visit to Cumbria.

An announcement was made on Saturday from Kensington Palace that a statue of the late Princess of Wales will be commissioned this year by her sons. In honour of this year’s 20th anniversary of her death, I’m going to start including photos of Diana’s hats in these flashback posts. I understand that for some of you, she remains a polarising figure but I trust that comments about her, her former husband and his current wife will all remain respectful.
Photo from Getty as indicated

Sunday Church For Queen And Duke

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were photographed this morning en route to and from St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, where they attended Sunday service. The Queen repeated her red wool hat with moulded, semi Pork Pie indented crown trimmed with silk roses and a beaded, double figure eight bow. It’s days short of a year since we last saw Her majesty in a red ensemble, a colour she wears so very well.


Here is a much better view of this hat, taken at its last outing in 2015:

Today’s trip to church marks the thirteenth public outing for this hat, making it one of Her Majesty’s most worn pieces in current rotation. While she clearly likes it, what do you think?
Update: The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Laurence and Lady Brabourne also attended church. Princess Anne repeated her dark green hourglass hat worn numerous times before while Lady Brabourne wore a smart brown and cream striped pillbox with velvet bow at the back.
Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Our friends over at Luxarazzi have an interesting interview with milliner Sylvia Martinez about her participation in a recent exhibition which included designing pieces for Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie.  I’m curious to hear your thoughts on her designs.

King Gustaf in his trusty fedora at last Sunday’s world cup cross country skiing race in Ulricehamn

Some very interesting millinery at the Chanel runway show this week- see here for the closeup and here for the full ensemble. I’m not sure I’m feeling the slouchy crowns. Also interesting were Dolce and Gabbana’s lavish floral crowns  and Stephen Jones’ over-the-face angel wings at Dior. And I have no words whatsoever for Stephen Jones’ men’s tweed caps.

I’d love to see this crimson and gold feathered fedora by Jess Collett at the Cheltenham races this year on a royal head. What a fun style departure it would be for the Duchess of Cambridge.

You still have a few more days to cast votes for your favourite new, repeated and men’s royal hats of 2016

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Have you heard about the Georgian Papers Programme, in which more than 350,000 usually unseen royal documents from the Georgian period (most relating to King George III and Queen Charlotte) are being made available online? This article at the Guardian has a great explanation of the project as does this page from the Royal Collection Trust. The project went live this morning. 

New photos of young Princess Athena released for her fifth birthday (Danish Monarchy)

Lovely new photograph of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and their your family

Queen Elizabeth Views South Pacific Exhibition

Queen Elizabeth was in Norwich today to view the ‘Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific’ exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. For this engagement, she repeated her black and magenta split crown hat (a hat that many of you recently named among your favourites in our look at all of Her Majesty’s designs in black and another colour). Photographs today provide a better view of the side and back of this hat than I remember seeing before, giving us an all-angles glimpse at this unique shape.



From this view, it looks to me that the pink side of the crown is blocked over top the black side as a sort of addition wrapped on top of the ‘regular’ black hat. Today’s photos also show a small addition to this hat- a number of small black embroidered polka dots on the magenta side of the crown:


These small dots were not present on the hat the last time it featured here on Royal Hats on October 31, 2013 (although they can be seen on this hat’s last outing on January 25, 2015). To be honest, I’m curious about why they were added in such a small size because they are barely noticeable and really don’t change the overall look of the hat. Here is a side by side comparison of the hat from October 2013  and again today:

What do you think- was this small design change worth the effort on this piece?
Photos from Getty as indicated