This Week’s Extras

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!

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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.

#مروي #البجراوية #السودان #الاهرام #pyramids #sudan

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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.

Princess Charlene taking part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 opening ceremony yesterday in a winter white knit hat. She was also photographed with Prince Albert and a shy Princess Gabriella yesterday at the International Rugby Tournament of Monaco.

Just when we think Stephen Jones has taken millinery as far as it can go, he makes a bejewelled peanut butter sandwich fascinator. Words escape me for this one.

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British royal photographer Chris Jackson caught this stellar image of the Cambridges in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris yesterday morning. Kate looked great in Chanel and played a strong fashion game all weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t the only one in Chanel yesterday- Princess Caroline and her family hosted the annual Rose Ball in Monaco. They opted for a Chanel parade while Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies predictably went for a showstopper in pink.

Photos from social media and Getty as indicated; Asahi

Cheltenham Festival 2017 Day 1

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.



Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the Peacock Bow Velvet Percher from A/W 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
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

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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.

Princess Hisako, Mar 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Hisako, Mar 1, 2017 | Royal Hats

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).

Fascinating read about a global resurgence in the millinery industry (New York Times)
Jane Taylor shared this sneak peek of some beautiful designs from her upcoming Autumn/Winter 2017 collection (to be available next fall).

Stephen Jones has been sharing designs from his Autumn Winter 2017 collection… the material used for this one made me look twice and this one, in velvet and mink trim with detachable ruby and diamond mini coronet, seems destined to perch atop a royal head.

Haute Couture & Pret-a-Porter. AW17 'Norman Hartnell'. Padded velvet skull-cap edged in mink with detachable ruby and diamond tiara.

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Amidst mounting rumours about Prince Harry’s romance with Meghan Markle, here is an interesting article about eleven other American women who married into royalty (Town & Country)

Interesting article on the new Earl of Snowdon and his family with pictures of his French country estate (Vanity Fair)

New photos released this week of Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa Aga Khan with their sons Prince Irfan and Prince Sinan who was born January 2

And finally, royal photographer Patrick van Katwijk was a great sport this week, putting down his camera to help Princess Margriet on with her skates and assisting Queen Maxima on Dutch National Volunteer Day with some painting. He also captured this image of Princess Beatrix enjoying a spot of powerwashing.

 Photos from Kobe Shimbun and SankeiBiz

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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

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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.

And we end this week with adorable photos released by the Swedish court on the occasion of Prince Oscar’s first birthday. If  you’d like to send him a birthday message, you can do so on the family’s website here. 

Queen Elizabeth Opens Charterhouse

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.

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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)

Princess Kiko and Princess Mako, Feb 20, 2017 | Royal Hats

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.

Take care in the snow today. #StormDoris

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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.


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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!

Photo from Sankei

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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?


More out-of-the-box designs made by Stephen Jones for Dior. While I’m not keen on the crin insect or the vertical gold feathers, this headpiece of floating stars is ethereal and very pretty.

Great interview with Rachel Trevor Morgan in London Perfect. Her SS 2017 collection released this week and includes this streamlined purple straw design that is quite striking. Wouldn’t it be great on Princess Charlene?


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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.