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

Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s Black Hats

After our look yesterday at her fourteen hats that feature black and another colour, you might be very surprised to find that since 2000, Queen Elizabeth has worn just ten solid black hats:

1.Queen Elizabeth, Sep 14, 2001 | Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 10, 2005 | Royal Hats  3.Queen Elizabeth, April 4, 2002 | Royal Hats

Designer: likely Philip Somerville;  unknown; unknown
Introduced: all prior to 2000 (these photos taken Sep 14, 2001; Nov 10, 2005; Apr 4, 2002)

4.Queen Elizabeth, Oct 17, 2000 in Frederick Fox | Royal Hats  5.Queen Elizabeth, Feb 12, 2002 | Royal Hats  6.Queen Elizabeth, April 5, 2002 | Royal Hats  

Designer: Frederick Fox; Philip Somerville; unknown
Introduced: Oct 17, 2000; Feb 12, 2002; April 5, 2002; 

7.Queen Elizabeth, November 9, 2008 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, November 11, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  9.Queen Elizabeth, November 8, 2015 in Angela Kelly design made by Stella McLaren | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly; Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Introduced: Nov 9, 2008; Nov 11, 2011; Nov 9, 2015

10.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 13, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly
Introduced: Nov 13, 2016

When you think about how many memorial and Remembrance events the Queen has attended over the past 17 years, one might think she would have more than 10 hats to accommodate all of these events. Interestingly, hats #1 through #4 have all been retired for about the past decade, leaving the remaining six designs to do the job whenever a black hat is required. While other royals repeat their black designs for regular daytime engagements, Queen Elizabeth does not. The hat shapes here are also fairly similar (most are an Angela Kelly design), making me think that this group is all about practical functionality rather than fashion. After seeing Queen Maxima’s 25 black hats, this collection seems rather streamlined!

What hats here stand out to you most? If you were to add a new black hat into this collection, what style would you choose?

Photos from Tim GrahamAntony JonesTim Graham, AFPTim GrahamTim Graham, Pool/Tim Graham, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Carl Court and Karwai Tang via Getty


Inventory: Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Black And’ Hats

Some of you have been eagerly awaiting a review of the black hats in Queen Elizabeth’s millinery closet. In preparing this inventory, I came a across an interesting subgroup of hats that I’m calling the “Black Ands”- hats that are partially black and partially another colour. Since 2000, Queen Elizabeth has worn fourteen designs that fit this classification and I thought a peek at them today would be a great prelude to our look at her black hats tomorrow. Here are all the “Black Ands” we have seen Queen Elizabeth wear this millennium, in general order of introduction:

1.Queen Elizabeth, Oct 24, 2000 | Royal Hats  2.Queen Elizabeth, Nov 29, 2001  3.2002-02-24-new-zealand

Designer: unconfirmed. Likely either Frederick Fox or Philip Somerville 
Introduced: all prior to 2000 (these outings were photographed  Oct 24, 2000; Nov 29, 2001 and Feb 24, 2002)

4.Queen Elizabeth, Oct 10, 2003 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  5.Queen Elizabeth, April 20, 2012 | Royal Hats  6.Queen Elizabeth, Dec 25, 2002 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Somerville; unknown; unknown
Introduced: Dec 31, 1999; Oct 6, 2002; Oct 13, 2002 

7.Queen Elizabeth, March 27, 2007 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats  8.Queen Elizabeth, May 7, 2007 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  9.2008-05-02 Scouts centennary

Designer: Philip Somerville; Rachel Trevor Morgan; unknown 
Introduced: Nov 24, 2005; May 7, 2007; May 2, 2008

10.Queen Elizabeth, May 13, 2008 | Royal Hats  11.Queen Elizabeth, April 25, 2015 in Philip Somerville | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; Philip Somerville
Introduced: Oct 23, 2008; May 7, 2009

12.Queen Elizabeth Oct 9, 2009 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 13.Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, June 1, 2013 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats 14.Queen Elizabeth, March 3, 2011 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  

Designer: all are Angela Kelly
Introduced:  May 7, 2009; Oct 27; 2009; Mar 3, 2011

Some of these pieces will no doubt be familiar as they have seen high profile events or frequent wear (#5, #11, #14) while others might seem new. I have long admired the punchy high contrast of #8 and delicacy of #10 and haven’t lost hope that we’ll see them trotted out again.

Now over to you, dearest readers- what pieces stand out most to you? What makes one partially black hat work while another does not?

Photos from  Pool/Tim Graham, Adrian Dennis, Ian Jones, Kirsty WigglesworthMax Mumby/Indigo, Tim Graham via Getty; Corbis; Saul Loeb via Getty; Press Association; Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert, Max Mumby/Indigo, Nick HarveyWPA Pool, via Getty

Seeing Double: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Royal Hats Back in 2008, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in a state visit to Sweden in April and the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I in France in November. To combat chilly weather at both events, the Grand Duchess donned tall velvet felt pillbox hats in grey and black, paired with grey fur stoles. The close fitting hats have a decidedly distinct look, making it all the more surprising that the Grand Duchess should opt for two in the same style.


Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in Sweden, April 15, 2008 and in France, Nov 11, 2008


Photo from Getty as indicated

Inventory: Queen Máxima’s Black Hats

Black hats are a staple in any royal millinery closet, drawn upon regularly for memorials, Remembrance services and regular daytime engagements. Since beginning her royal life in 2002, we have seen 25 different black hats and headpieces on Queen Máxima covering all shapes and styles. Here are these 25 designs, in the order they were introduced:

1.Princess Máxima, Oct 15, 2002 | Royal Hats   2.Princess Máxima, March 20, 2003 | Royal Hats  3.Princess Máxima, March 30, 2004 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: Oct 10, 2002; March 20, 2003; March 30, 2004 

4.Princess Máxima, May 4, 2012 | Royal hats  5..Queen Máxima, November 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  6.Princess Máxima, May 4, 2006 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: May 4, 2004;  March 15, 2006; May 4, 2006

7.Princess Máxima, Oct 31, 2006 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  8.Princess Máxima, May 4, 2008 | Royal Hats

Designer:  Fabienne Devigne; unknown
Introduced: October 31, 2006; May 4, 2008

9.Princess Máxima, April 30, 2009 | Royal Hats 10.Princess Máxima, May 4, 2009 | Royal Hats  11.Princess Máxima, April 20, 2010 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Introduced: April 30, 2009; May 4, 2009; April 29, 2010

12. Queen Máxima, May 29, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  13.Princess Máxima, May 4, 2010 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 14.Princess Máxima, March 10, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: April 30, 2010; May , 2010; March 10, 2011

15.Princess Máxima, May 4, 2011 | Royal Hats  16.Princess Máxima, April 18, 2012 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 17.Princess Máxima, January 9, 2012 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne; unknown
Introduced: May 4, 2011; October 28, 2011; January 9, 2012

18.Queen Máxima, May 4, 2013 | Royal Hats   19.Queen Máxima, November 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 20.Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: May 4, 2013; November 2, 2013; June 25, 2014

21.Queen Máxima, March 22, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne |Royal Hats   22.Queen Máxima, January 6, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  23.Queen Máxima, May 4, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne; Fabienne Delvigne; vintage piece from/inspired by Queen Juliana
Introduced: March 22, 2014; Nov 8, 2015; May 4, 2016

24.Queen Máxima, Oct 3, 2016 | Royal Hats  25.Queen Máxima, Nov 7, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown; Fabienne Delvigne
Introduced: Oct 3, 2016Nov 7, 2016

This group covers the full spectrum of millinery shapes with pillboxes, fedoras, stovepipes, calots, fascinators, picture hats, turbans, perchers and even that infamous pair of antlers. I’m struck not only by the diversity, but by the consistent introduction of new pieces each year. Some of the oldest pieces are still in rotation (#4 and #5) while some more recent designs have only been seen publicly once (#14. #15, #17, #18).

While not every piece is successful (I’d be happy to see #7, #15, #17 and #20 retired), the collection shows immense diversity or style, material, scale and embellishment. The word ‘brave’ often comes up when discussing Queen Máxima’s approach to wearing hats and this group confirms how brave her style really is, corkers and all.

Which hats here stand out most to you?

Photos from Julian Parker, Julian ParkerMichel Le Segretain via Getty; Albert Nieboer via PPE; AFP via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Edwin Veloo via PPE; Marty Melville via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Julian Parker via Getty; Edwin Veloo via PPE; Robin Utrecht via Getty; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press; Edwin Veloo via PPE; Corbis; Corbis; Albert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer  via PPE: Michel Porro via Getty; Albert Nieboer and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis;  Pool via Getty;  Patrick van Katwijk/dpa/Corbis; Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; Albert Nieboer via PPE; Pool via Getty

Inventory: Princess Mary’s Black Hats

As we continue building royal hat wardrobe inventories, today we’re going to peek in the closet of Princess Mary of Denmark for a look at all of the black hats she has worn. Here they are, in the order they were introduced:

1.Crown Princess Mary, July 26, 2004 | Royal Hats   2.2004-06-26-greenlandr 

Designers: all unknown 
Introduced: November 5, 2002; June 26, 2004

3.Crown Princess Mary, January 2, 2005 | Royal Hats   4.Crown Princess Mary, September 23, 2006 | Royal Hats   

Designers: unknown; Susanne Juul
Introduced:January 1, 2005; September 23, 2006

5.Crown Princess Mary, May 9, 2014 in Susanne Juul | Royal 2015-10-06-opening-of-danish-parliament-7r

Designer: Susanne Juul
Introduced: November 7, 2011 (modified version with added trim reappeared October 6, 2015)

6.2015-03-16-peter-heering-funeral-3r   7.Crown Princess May, May 27, 2016 in Susanne Juul | Royal Hats 

Designers: unknown; Susanne Juul
Introduced: March 17, 2015; May 27, 2016

I suspect the first three hats in this list are long retired, leaving four in current circulation. Numbers 4 and 5 are the workhorses as their streamlined designs fit in beautifully at the most sombre of events (and the recent addition of some new trim on calot #5 seems to have given it a new lease on life). Number 7 stormed onto the scene this year, easily claiming our pick for favourite new royal hat in May. The scale and exuberant shape of this piece sets it apart from Mary’s other black hats and it will be interesting to see how it is repeated in the future.

What designs stand out to you here, most?

Photos from Julian Parker via Getty; unknown; Keld Navntoft and Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Albert Nieboer / DPA / Abacapress; Splash News/Splash News/Corbis; Getty; Andreas Rentz via Getty