Before we get into this week’s recap… I have had to moderate more comments than usual over the past week and sadly, was forced to ban two longtime participants. Please review The Comment Policy here at Royal Hats if you’re not familiar with it and my great thanks to the many of you who do a stellar job of keeping the conversation here a respectful one. Now- to the hats!
Princess Kiko in a black mushroom hat last weekend to remember the East Japan earthquake in 2011 (Imperial Family Of Japan)
The Norwegian royal family enjoying the Holmenkollen ski festival in… you guessed it, ski hats (Royal House Of Norway)
Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in Sudan this week in an Eric Javits designed straw hat.
Spectacular fresh floral crown on Tatiana Santo Domingo and her Muzungu Sisters fashion line partner, Dana Alikhani
Yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall was at RAF Leeming to celebrate 100 Squadron’s centenary. Se repeated her slouchy black wool hat with faux fur trim.
The Cheltenham Festival kicked off yesterday with one royal hat enjoying the races, and what a royal hat it was. Zara Tindall sported a peacock blue velvet covered cocktail hat adorned with a silk abaca knot and trimmed peacock feathers. Juliette Botterill is a new milliner for Zara (her cousins Beatrice and Eugenie and sister-in-law Autumn have all stepped out wearing this British designer’s pieces) and this piece makes a smashing partnership debut. The textures of velvet, silk and feathers are absolutely exquisite on this hat and the vibrant colour is fantastic Zara.
I suspect some of you might not like the combination of this hat with navy coat and sky blue purse and while the styling here might not be completely on point, it doesn’t detract at all from the hat in my estimation. What do you think of this new design (and milliner) for Zara?
Photos from Getty as indicated
Princess Kiko in a simple black bowler variation yesterday to commemorate the Great Tokyo Air Raid (Imperial Family Of Japan)
Princess Hisako in a lace trimmed, tweed pillbox at the March 1 Bio Venture Awards (Imperial Family Of Japan). The lace applique used on her jacket lapels and on the side of the hat is a noteworthy addition.
The King of Malaysia, Muhammad V of Kelantan, opened Parliament on Monday wearing a Tengkolok Diraja (traditional Malaysian folded silk royal headdress with front brooch).
Jane Taylor shared this sneak peek of some beautiful designs from her upcoming Autumn/Winter 2017 collection (to be available next fall).
On Friday, Princess Anne officially opened the Minchinhampton Rugby Club’s new clubhouse. She and daughter Zara Tindall were in warm hats to watch a Zara’s husband Mike join in a friendly rugby match played at the event.
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in warm knit caps at the Vasaloppet ski competition in Dalarna on Thursday (Aftonbladet)
Princess Olympia of Greece, Lady Kitty Spencer and Lady Amelia Windsor all sported gold headpieces as they walked in Dolce & Gabbana’s runway show last weekend
Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne shared this peek at her new spring 2017 collection of hats- I can’t imagine it’s long before we see the Dutch or Belgian queen in this ruched straw design
Congratulations to Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo who welcomed a son, Stefano Ercole Carlo, on Tuesday.
Wonderful snap taken by the King of Bhutan of Queen Jetsun Pema and Princess Jigme Namgyel visiting Royal Manas National Park. The young prince appears to be sporting a wee baseball hat.
Dutch King and Queen held a photocall with their daughters in Lech, Austria, on their annual ski holiday.
This morning, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened refurbished areas of the Charterhouse, a historic complex of buildings in London dating back to the 14th century that operates today as an Almshouse to male pensioners. For this visit, the Queen repeated her silk embroidered wool hat with diagonal crown and wired sequin flower trim. Today’s outdoor photos pick up the pink and blue threads in the wool and show that not only is the ensemble not ecru (as it previously appeared to be), the hat and coat have considerable dimension, depth and texture. It’s a subtle palate with details best viewed at close range but one that, I think, improves greatly with today’s better view.
What do you think of this delicate hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated
Queen Mathilde sported an informal straw fedora during her Unicef mission to Laos this week. The shape and scale of a fedora is great on her, right?
Princess Kiko and Princess Mako visited the Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara on Monday. Both princesses wore sedate beige pillbox hats with bows at the back. (Sankei)
The Duchess of Cornwall took advantage of Storm Doris this week, keeping warm in her trusty faux fur trimmed tweed hat from Lock and Co. One reader mentioned on twitter that this hat is far better suited to a ski outing like this than a formal engagement and I’m inclined to agree.
Sweet photos released this week by the Swedish Court for Princess Leonore’s third birthday and Princess Estelle’s fifth birthday. Leonore’s bowed hair band is from Livly.
More crin winged creature headpieces by Stephen Jones for Dior here, here, here and here along with an opulent ostrich tiara here. These beautifully made (albeit avant garde) pieces are certainly worth a look.
A new exhibition, “Diana:Her Fashion Story” opened yesterday at Kensington Palace. I’m hoping that those of you in London who manage to take it in will share your experience and tell the rest of us what hats are included!
A peek at some lovely new designs in Jane Corbett’s SS 2017 collection.
I’d love to see this headpiece of exquisite leather flowers on a dark haired royal head and since the creator, Jill Humphries of Jill and Jack Millinery is Australian, how great would it be for Crown Princess Mary?
Fancy working for Queen Elizabeth? She’s got an opening for a social media specialist. (Standard)
New pictures of the Danish royal children taken on their family’s annual ski holiday in Switzerland
Such a wonderful series of new portraits released of the Norwegian Royal Family to mark the upcoming 80th birthdays of King Harald and Queen Sonja. The last one, with their grandchildren, is charming.
And finally… I leave you this week with a comment made by the Duke of Edinburgh at the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre on Tuesday.