Romanian Royals Host Garden Party

As part of Romanian National Day celebrations on Wednesday, members of the Romanian royal family hosted an annual Garden Party  at the Elisabeta Palace. Crown Princess Margareta wore a pale grey straw hat with square, peaked crown and raised brim around the back. The hat’s crown is embellished in lace appliqué cutouts in the same hues of blue and green as are on her printed dress. It’s an interesting use of a trim we don’t see often on royal hats that worked well with the ensemble once Princess Margarita added her blue coat.

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Maria updated a hat she wore to this event two years ago, replacing a bright pink hatband, bow and flower with a hatband in the same floral print as her dress. The white straw hat with pink edged kettle brim is further embellished with green silk leaves and a large curling bow. While the new trim feels a bit of a jumble, I’m inclined to give it a pass simply because it’s an attempt at millinery recycling, something we don’t often see.

Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: May 10, 2015

What do you think about this pair of Romanian royal hats?

Crown Princess Margareta & Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta & Princess Maria, May 10, 2017 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

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Romanian Royals Celebrate Crown

On Tuesday, members of the Romanian royal family celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Romanian crown with events held in Bucharest and Sinaia. The day’s events included a military ceremony, garden party and outdoor concert, and the first raising of the royal standard at Peleș Royal Castle since 1947. While King Michael’s health prevented his attendance, the Romanian princesses all joined in the celebration.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta wore a turquoise straw hat with wide brim designed by Romanian designer Kristina Dragomir. Its placement, far back on her head, allowed the appliqué lace flowers flowers and leaves on the underside of the brim to frame her face. A wide twist of pleated purple straw placed on the other side of the brim further trimmed the hat and tied into Margareta’s other purple accessories. The hat is a fantastic colour on her and the appliqué detail is a lovely touch we don’t often see. I’m just not sure about the jarring purple twist.

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Margareta, May 10, 2016 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Princess Elena topped her red dress and coat in a small straw percher hat trimmed with flowers and curling straw ribbons. I thought the design was a wonderful compliment to her hairstyle and the natural straw a good counterpoint to her vibrant ensemble.

Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Elena, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Sophia paired her apricot dress and jacket with a small cream straw hat trimmed with white and brown feathers and a cream bow. The scale of the piece feels a little small for Sophia although the jaunty angle she wore the piece is great fun.

Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Sophia, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria wore a large, white straw picture hat. The short crown of this piece is wrapped in a royal blue ribbon thied in a huge side bow and the hat is further embellished with multiple loops and bows of white organdie. It’s a nice enough piece that I think could have been elevated greatly if she had tilted it forward on her head.

Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria (King Michael’s niece) joined in the festivities in a large black straw hat. Trimmed in a sash of diagonal black and white stripes around the crown, the focus of the piece is a wreath of large black straw leaves placed on top of the mushroom brim. Such sculpture with straw is not something we see often and the design was certainly unique.

 Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats  Archduchess Maria-Magdalena of Austria, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

We seldom see the Romanian royals and it was lovely to see the Princesses and their cousin together to celebrate this event.

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

 Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Romanian Royal Family, May 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

What did you think of this parade of Romanian royal hats?

Photos from Cristian Coposesc and Daniel Angelescu. via The Royal Family of Romania

British Royal Wedding Four Years On: Non Reigning Royal Guests

Royal Hats We have come to the last post in our review of the fantastic hats worn at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge four years ago this week. We conclude coverage with a look at the hats worn by royal guests from non-reigning royal families.

The Greek Royal family have close ties to the British Royals (Prince Philip is a Greek Prince by birth) so it was not surprising to see five members in attendance. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore a cream pillbox hat designed by Philip Treacy. The straw was woven with gold threads which gave a shimmering quality to the hat which was trimmed by another signature Treacy bows.

Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie-Chantal topped her pale blue and grey embroidered Chanel dress with a statement hat, also by Philip Treacy. The moulded saucer hat was edged in a wide band of silk piping around the brim and was trimmed with large dove grey silk roses that balanced the underside of the vertical brim. This is not a hat for the faint of heart and together with the dress, made for an edgy and extremely haute couture ensemble.  While there is every reason for me to dislike the oddly shaped hat, I adore it as part of this ensemble.

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal HatsQueen Anne-Marie and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians, pictured behind Princess Victoria in the orange hat below, wore a simple black hat with flat crown and mushroom brim. The hat was trimmed with a wide ruched band around the crown and a large bow at the side.

Royal Wedding Guests, April 29, 2011 | Royal hats

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania wore a most perplexing open-crowned hat by Romanian milliner Kristina Dragomir. Built on a gold ring base, the headpiece consists of swirling loops of pleated crin in three shades of pink. While the photo above shows the headpiece as a soaring swan of sorts, the close-up view here looks like a giant pink slinky on steroids circling her head. Neither look is optimal.Crown Princess Margarita, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a simple cream hat made in the same oyster lace as her dress. The fold-back halo brim of the hat was edged in the same ecru satin as her shawled coat and the hat was trimmed with a bow at the back. While it’s not the most modern of royal hats, the shape and scale suited Katherine beautifully and it added the right touch to her ensemble.

That draws our week-long royal hat tour at this wedding to a close! If you haven’t already watched the nuptials on video, I suggest you pour a tall glass of your favourite tipple and settle into your comfiest chair. The camera work inside Westminster Abbey is breathtaking and the hats are thrilling. You can watch the entire day’s events here.

Photos from Bauer Griffin, Pacific Coast News and Pacific Coast News via Zimbio;  The Royal Forums; and Getty as indicated 

Royal Hats Last Year: The Rest

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We have nearly come to the end of our review of all the hats, headpieces and feathery puffs we saw grace royal heads in 2014. Please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are the final royal hats we saw in 2014:

Austria- Archduchess Marie-Astrid (1-2), Archduchess Adelaide (3), Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este (4) and Archduchess Anna-Gabriele (5)

 1. 2014-07-05 Amadeo and Elisabetta 31 2. Archduchess Marie Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Archduchess Adelaide, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este , July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Romania- Princess Maria (6) and Crown Princess Margareta (7-8)

6. Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Crown Princess Margarita, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Italy- Duchess of Castro (9-10), Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (11) and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma (12)

9. Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats  10. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 12. Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Iran- Empress Farah and Greece- Princess Marie-Chantal

13. Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Marie-Chantal, June 7, 2014 in Philip Treacy |Royal Hats

British Nobility- Lady Brabourne (15-16), the Duchess of Devonshire (17-18) and the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough (19)

15. Baroness Brabourne, January 12, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 16. Baroness Brabourne, June 18, 2014 in Dillon Wallwork | Royal Hats 17. Duchess of Devonshire, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Duchess of Devonshire, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 19. Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, October 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

The next post will FINALLY invite you all, dear readers, to formally nominate your favourite hat, least favourite hat and best overall hat style from the royal hats we saw in 2014. Will any of these hats make your list?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

Romanian Royals Celebrate National News Agency

Last Monday, Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and her husband Prince Radu marked the 125th anniversary of the establishment of their country’s first news agency with a celebration at Elisabeta Palace. Princess Margareta topped her purple dress with a cream cocktail hat trimmed with flowers, purple and cream feathers and a cream veil. While I like this hat’s purple and cream scheme with Margareta’s dress (she looks marvellous in purple), the embellishment is a classic case of “milliner goes overboard with glue gun”. The angle it is worn here also seems a little off. However, I applaud any royal over the age of 50 who experiments with a fun cocktail hat. What do you think of this perky headpiece?

Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 in Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 in Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 in Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: I believe it is new

Photos from Daniel Angelescu via the Royal Family of Romania

Romanian Princesses Host Garden Party

We do not hear much from the Romanian royals (they keep a rather low profile in the royal world) but this week, Crown Princess Margareta hosted a Garden Party at Elisabetha Palace in Bucharest. She wore an interesting mint green picture hat with wide, diagonal brim trimmed in lace appliqué by Kristina Dragomir. The hat was further trimmed with a spray of yellow and white flowers and feathers on the side. I am intrigued by the off centre crown and oval, instead of circular, brim because we don’t often see royal hats with oval brims. The colour also looks great on Margaretaa.

Crown Princess Margareta, May 16, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 16, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta, May 16, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Margareta’s youngest sister, Princess Maria, also was in attendance. She wore a pale blue picture hat with a curved, upturned brim edged in grey straw with a spray of blue and white feathers on the side. Paired with a blue suit and pearls, the outfit was just right for a garden party. That is, if I can overlook the slightly mismatched shades of blue (I’m not sure that I can). What do you think of these sorbet hued hats in Romania?

Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 in Kristina Dragomir | Royal Hats

Photos by All Over Press via Svenksdam; Kristina Dragomir and Kristina Dragomir

Luxembourg Wedding: Non Reigning Royal Guests

Royal Hats While a number of European royal houses no longer reign (or even exist) in their home countries, there are still very close ties between the European Royal Families. And most importantly, they still wear hats!

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece leads this group with a beautiful cream pillbox hat designed by Philip Treacy. I loved how this hat fit with her short hair, how it made her stunning emeralds shine, and how the bow added a touch of whimsy and lightness. This is such a great example of how to remain totally elegant while still having fun.

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece is internationally recognized for her style- this woman has closets and closets and closets full of couture. It really puzzles me, in light of her fashionista status, as to why she wore an origami bird on her head. Her hat was also designed by Philip Treacy

Queen Margarita of Bulgaria wore a dark mauve net fascinator to match her beautifully detailed suit.. While I want to give props to any woman over 40 with enough chutzpah to even attempt a net poof in her hair, this one seems a little awkward. What’s not awkward, however, is her incredible diamond pendant. If this suit looks familiar to you, it’s because it is the same suit she wore to the wedding of Infanta Cristina of Spain back in 1997. The fascinator, however seems to be new.

I was so pleased to see the Princess of Turnovo at this event. She and her husband Prince Kardam (son of Princess Margarita and King Simeon of Bulgaria, pictured directly above) were in a horrible car crash in 2008. Kardam suffered a major brain injury and while the details of his condition have not been released, he was in a coma for most of 2008-9 and 2010. With that amazing amount of stress, it’s nice to see Princess Miriam at an event (pictured here with her brother-in-law Prince Kyril). Besides- her hat is fabulous.

Princess Margareta, heir to the defunct Romanian throne, attended this wedding with husband Radu Duda (say that fast five times!) While I’m not a fan of her jacket at all, I love her navy bell-shaped hat with white and navy ribbon trim designed by Kristina Dragomir. The great shape and colour are oh-so flattering on her.

Crown Princess Katherina of Serbia (wife of Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia) looked fantastic in a white Philip Treacy hat with upturned lattice brim. It’s the perfect compliment to her ice blue suit and I think it looks so becoming on her.

The Duchess of Braganza is the top lady in the defunct Portugese Royal Family. Isabel’s ensemble at this wedding looked very wintry to me (fur collar and a heavy felt winter hat) – a little too wintry for an October wedding. I suppose the hat was alright… although so forgettable that I can only classify it as boring.

Princess Clotilde of Savoy, the Princess of Venice & Piedmont, was a famous French Actress before marrying her handsome Italian Prince and wore a great deal of amazing french couture. As such, I was a little disappointed by the black fascinator she wore to the wedding. I’m not sure if it reminded me of a pirate eye patch or a hockey puck stuck to her forehead, but I did not like it one bit. It didn’t compliment her grey Elie Sab couture dress, either.

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma looked lovely in a large black hat with electric blue ribbon trim. I just couldn’t figure out how that electric blue ribbon trim (and her weird electric blue belt) went with her cerise dress.

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma, October 20, 2012 | The Royal Hats Blog

And finally, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (whose title indicates she is a German princess but her mother is Queen Margrethe’s younger sister Princess Bendikte of Denmark) wore a pale pink fasinator with the big 3: pointy fathers, large bow and net veil. I wasn’t a fan of this fascinator when paired with her coral dress (and it made even less sense when she threw a caramel fur stole into the mix) nor the shape on her tall frame. This girl is TALL people- she doesn’t need arrows further pointing that out.

Photos from Getty as indicated and Dutch Photo Press