Belgian Royals Attend Religious Procession

King Philippe, Queen Mathilde and Princess Elisabeth were in Tongeren yesterday to take part in  Kroningsfeesten, a religious procession takes place every seven years to commemorate the crowning of the miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For this event, the Belgian queen repeated her beautifully draped calot hat in royal blue ruched straw. The calot style works so well for Mathilde’s fine features and this shade of blue is so striking on her, particularly in combination with her orange and blue frock.


Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: May 20, 2015
Click on the middle photo above to open a small gallery of photos taken at this event. What are your thoughts on this design?
Photos from Getty, Twitter and The Belgian Monarchy as indicated

Queen Elizabeth Kicks Off Holyrood week

Queen Elizabeth arrived in Edinburgh on Friday to begin an annual week of engagements in Scotland. For her arrival, she repeated her lilac-grey straw hat with gently sloped crown and raised brim, trimmed with straw roses and bow loops in the same hue. It’s a hat of beautiful proportion and detail and the Queen wears it very well.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: October 20, 2015

On Saturday, the Queen delivered a speech from the throne to officially open the fifth session of Scottish Parliament. For this event, which saw her joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, she repeated a boater hat with lacy patterned white straw crown and pale aqua brim, trimmed with aqua feathers and organza bows. While this hat is slowly growing on me and I have come to accept its pale, minty colour scheme, I’m still not on board with the fussy trim.


Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: June 18, 2015June 25, 2014

For Sunday service at Canongate Kirk, Queen Elizabeth repeated a design affectionately nicknamed “The Union Jack Hat”. In bright blue straw, the design features another tall crown (very similar in shape to the first hat above), a downward facing brim and a large, twisted blue bow edged in cherry red piping.This design leans more to the whimsical side of things (without falling into silliness) and I find myself smiling as widely as the wearer herself every time I see it.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: April 18, 2015; January 1, 2012; April 27, 2011

It is often easy to tell when Angela Kelly’s designs have come from the same hat block and it’s most interesting to see the same true for the first and last pieces above, both the work of Rachel Trevor Morgan. It has been a busy weekend for Her Majesty- what do you think of these three repeated hats worn over the past three days?

Photos from The British Monarchy as indicated

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Princess Nobuko of Mikasa was in Fukuoka Prefecture this week where she wore a modified white bowler with electric blue trim and a prim white bumper hat  (Imperial Family of Japan)

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako took part in a ceremony celebrating the formation of the Japanese delegation to the Rio summer Olympic Games. Masako repeated a smart navy and white hat. (Getty)

The Countess of Wessex was in Germany on Friday to attend the farewell parade of 5th Battalion The Rifles who will be returning home soon. She repeated a Jane Taylor hat with lace trim (see its last outing here) that you can see better in this gallery and in this video. (WDR and Westfallen-Blatt)

Countess of Wessex, July 1, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats Countess of Wessex, July 1, 2016 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

Danish milliner Susanne Juul shared a photo of this beautiful new design. I really hope Crown Princess Mary scoops it up (Susanne Juul)

Princess Marie of Denmark was named a special project assistant at DEMA (Danish Monarchy)

The Danish Monarchy shared this photo of family members Tillia and Helike happily settled into summer residence at Marselisborg Palace.

Regentparrets hunde Tillia og Helike nyder Slotsparken under Regentparrets residens på Marselisborg Slot. #kongehuset

A photo posted by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus) on

Photos from Instagram and Westfallen-Blatt

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Charming photos of Princess Anne watching her granddaughter, Mia Tindall, at a charity polo match last weekend. This came ahead of disappointing news for the Phillips family on Tuesday that Zara Tindall was not named to the British Equestrian Team for Rio 2016.


Queen Margrethe handed out a military award yesterday in what looked like a new, white straw hat (Billed Bladet)

Interesting article about rising British millinery star, Laura Apsit Livens (The Lifestyle Edit)

Infanta Elena in her go-to fedoras at last Sunday’s Longines Global Champions Tour in Madrid. She wore a chocolate one the day before at a bullfight she watched with her son.



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Sweet photos of the Duke and Duchess of Parma with their family and newest member, Prince Carlos Enrique (Paris Match)

The Norwegian Monarchy released a new line of succession photo this week, showing it in comparison with the last one taken ten years ago (Royal House of Norway)

Queen Elizabeth sent her second tweet, a message of thanks for all the good wishes received for her recent birthday (British Monarchy)

Acclaimed Canadian journalist Peter Mansbridge interviewed Peter and Autumn Philips in the days leading up to the Queen’s 90th birthday. I had meant to share this earlier (my apologies) and while some of the interview’s relevance has passed, Autumn gives a glimpse of what it’s like for a foreigner to marry in to the British Royal Family that’s most interesting.

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Royal Hats This weekly feature was interrupted last weekend for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Hang on to your hats- there’s much news to catch up! 

The Swedish monarchs arrived in Bhutan on June 8 for a short state visit. Queen Silvia wore a floral headpiece for a banquet the first evening that looked to be made of real flowers. Part of the visit was more casual and saw the King wearing his trusty old fedora (Swedish Monarchy), brought out again last week for an interview (Svenskdam)

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Princess Akiko of Mikasa was uncharacteristically casually dressed (complete with floppy hat) to plant rice with students of Kokugakuin University. Also, several members of the Imperial Family attended a memorial service for the late Prince Katsura (Imperial Family Of Japan)

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon partook their annual inspection of the King’s Guard (Royal House of Norway)

Flora Ogilvy celebrated Midsummer in a romantic and retro floral turban (Zenouska Mowatt Instagram)

Princess Mary was in head-to-toe camouflage two weekends ago for Home Guard Land Exercises and a parade in Jutland, reviewed by Queen Margrethe in her red straw hat (Danish Monarchy).

The Danish Monarchy also released this throw-back photo to the mid 1980s of Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim wearing the hats of their secondary school, Øregaard Gymnasium

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The Danish Royals released a handsome new family photo (Danish Monarchy)

The Swedish royals released beautiful photographs of Prince Nicolas on the occasion of his first birthday here and here (Princess Madeleine Facebook). They also shared this wonderful video of the King and Queen’s wedding which took place 40 years ago, yesterday.

In all of the Ascot madness this week, I’m sure I have forgotten other tidbits of royal news. Please feel free to share them in the comments. 

Photo from Stella Pictures

Day 1 Royal Ascot: Princess Beatrice

Royal Ascot  For the first day of the races, Princess Beatrice wore a navy percher hat with feather trim.


Christie: I love this look on Princess Beatrice.  A nice clean base is perfect to offset the texture in her emu and burnt ostrich hearl trim.  The trim also works well with the gold detailing in her skirt. The style of the headpiece elongates her face and works well with her hairstyle. A really well put together look.

Fiona: Ooh, this is a pretty mini shaped coolie percher – subdued, subtle. The feather trimming is wispy and flyaway and works well with her hair colour. What I love about this hat is the understated untrimmed edge. Very classy hat but not so sure about the satin lapels on her jacket with the double breasted buttons and cropped waist – perhaps a little old for Beatrice.

Jill: Pretty, youthful and safe all good things in the world of the royals! The beading on the base is a very nice touch, the lines are very clean and the feathers are lovely with her hair color. Somehow I think I am a bit disappointed but only because she looked so fabulous at the tea the other day and this suit seems a bit ill fitting (and too old for her).

Royal Hats: I thought this was a great hat for Princess Beatrice the first time around (for all the reasons already mentioned!)  and it’s nice to see it again. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another three years for a third outing.

Designer: Sarah Cant SS 2013
Previously Worn: June 4, 2013

Well that’s easy- we’re all fans of this design on Princess Beatrice! Do you join us in our affection for this hat?

Photos from Getty as indicated

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The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Rifles’ Sounding Retreat on Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2016 in a dashing bowler hat.

King Carl Gustaf and Prince Carl Philip looked handsome in military uniform at a national ceremony for Swedish veterans (The Swedish Royal Court)

Princess Alexandra in her turquoise Rachel Trevor Morgan hat to open a new hospital wing in Sutton Coldfield (Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer)

Queen Margrethe in her beige,flat-topped safari hat to open a new Viking Fortress near Køge (Billed Bladet).  She also braved a rainstorm in her navy hat with white trim to set sail on the first leg of her annual summer cruise (Billed Bladet)

Another complete fail at the Daily Mail describing the fedora worn by British designer Alice Temperly to pick up her MBE as a “squashed top hat“. Seriously? (thanks Barbara for forwarding this!)

The wee Duchess of Gotland visited Gotland for the first time yesterday with her parents. Her sweet blue hairbow is from Livly.


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Former Formula 1 champion David Coulthard went for a spin with Prince Albert where they chatted about the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and life in Monaco