to this day, 103 years ago, and a pair of royal hats worn on a visit to Sarajevo’s City Hall. This couple is remembered for what happened, mere seconds after these photographs were taken, and the resulting World War that unfolded. Tragic though they are, these pictures also tell another story. Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie’s marriage was morganatic – their descendants had no succession rights and Sophie did share her husband’s rank or titles, was not allowed to ride in the royal carriage or sit in the royal box at the theatre and would not normally appear in public beside him (conditions of their marriage as Sophie did not meet the pedigree requirements to marry the heir to the House of Habsburg-Lorraine). In these shots, they are side by side, a fitting place for the couple who waited five years for Emperor Franz Joseph to grant them permission to marry. This Saturday is the 117th anniversary of their wedding.
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to 1963 and Queen Elizabeth, the late Queen Mother, inspecting hats at the Christy’s London factory in Stockport. Christy’s has been making hats since 1773 and we still see them on royal heads today.
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Members of the British royal family attended the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, today at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge. The Countess, who was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin and the Prince of Wales’ last surviving godparent, died June 13 at the age of 93. Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Countess of Wessex all attended the funeral today in black hats.
The funeral was attended by members of the Knatchbull family, many who wore black hats. Photos below are only of Penelope Knatchbull (until today, titled Lady Brabourne), who is familiar to readers here. You can see hats worn by the late Countess’ sister Pamela Hicks here and niece India Hicks here.
to Trooping the Colour 33 years ago. There’s a mix of hats here that seem pretty standard for their wearers and the fashion of the times…. except for the Duchess of Gloucester’s wide plaited headband at the far left. That one nearly defies description.
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Queen Máxima attended the opening of the European Academy of Neurology Congress in Amsterdam this morning in a new, vibrant green headpiece.
The headpiece is in dyed green banana fibre, draped and folded into a modified calot shape and anchored onto a wire frame (you can see bits of this base peeking through). Máxima has several similar designs in this shape and like the others, wears this headpiece on the crown of her head. From the front, the shape frames her face beautifully and I love the vibrant green accessories against her graphic black and white dress. It’s the back view that leaves me less enamoured with the piece- something not helped with Máxima’s messier-than-usual hairstyle.
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new
I love the colour of this piece- what do you think of it?
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Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh watched the Bentley Motors Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park yesterday afternoon. All eyes were on the Duke, who made his first official outing following his hospitalisation this week. The Queen repeated her mint green hat in lattice woven straw with tall, flat crown and short cartwheel brim trimmed in a braid of pink, cream and mint green straw with frayed ends.I’m still not a fan of the frayed braid ends, which give the hat a less polished feel, but the informal feeling hat was a great fit for this event.
I thought this hat might have been retired but yesterday’s outing proved otherwise! What are your thoughts on this design?
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The Earl of Wessex took part in Armed Forces Day commemoration yesterday in Liverpool (British Royal Family)
The first week of June, Princess Nobuko of Mikasa wore a larger scale hat to the Yokohama Port opening festival
Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik arrived in Arhus aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog on Friday for their summer residency at Marselisborg Castle. Queen Margrethe repeated her tan hat.
The Duchess of Vendôme in another hat by French milliner Marie d’Argent (Noblesse Et Royautes Blog)
Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo attended the wedding of friends in Italy last weekend. Beatrice wore a casual straw hat.
Also in a casual hat- Carina Axelsson in a chocolate Tyrolean hat while visiting Norway
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has a special exhibition on Balenciaga that includes a number of very interesting hats. Have any of you seen it?
Fabienne Delvigne shared a snap of herself in one of her own creations, a lovely white fedora with unique hatband detail