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Our not-so favourite blue beanie popped up for the 150th anniversary of the Danish Health Society (Danish Monarchy)

Queen Silvia repeated one of her white calots for a concert in the Royal Palace (Swedish Monarchy)

The Prince of Wales wore the distinctive red hackle trimmed tam o’shanter of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (known as the 3 Scots) for a visit in Inverness on Wednesday. He holds the rank of Royal Colonel of the Battalion.

British Vogue released their much anticipated June 2016 100th anniversary cover this morning. I didn’t see this coming.

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Queen Rania met with refugees on the island of Lesbos to hear their stories (Paris Match)
And just when you thought Queen Elizabeth could not get more awesome, she joined Prince Harry to promote the Invictus Games set for next month in Florida. It’s brilliant.



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Wee Prince Alexander of Sweden left the hospital with his parents in a white cap (Kungahuset Facebook)

Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (Facebook)

Great article on royal warrant holder, Lock and Co. Hatters (New York Times) and millinery style tips from Jane Taylor (Marie Claire)

Princess Anne took the salute at Britannia Royal Naval College for the graduation of 154 Officer Cadets (Royal Navy Facebook) and the HCM Reigment’s Freedom of the City of London parade

Prince Harry joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a joint effort between the Royal Foundation and numerous mental health charities.

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Danish Princess Isabella turned 10 this week and lovely portraits were released for her birthday as well (Daily Mail)

The American Presidential couple dined at Kensington Palace this week while on a visit to London. One of their hosts was allowed to stay up 15 minutes past his bedtime to meet them.

This week was all about Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Don’t miss galleries of the Queen’s style here and here,
longtime royal photographer’s account of photographing the Queen, or this excellent review of all of Her Majesty’s Jewels (The Royal Jewel Vault).  If you haven’t already seen them, here are the three official portraits of the Queen taken by Annie Leibovitz for this milestone (note little Mia Phillip’s death grip on her great-Granny’s handbag) and the wonderful four-generation stamp-sheet photograph of the Queen and her three heirs commissioned by the Royal Mail.

You won’t want to miss these two family tributes.

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Princess Eugenie in a quirky hat last weekend while out and about in New York with her sister (Daily Mail)

Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik headed off for spring break at Marselisborg Castle (Billed Bladet)

Princess Hanako in a sweet ivory cloche for a student inventor exhibition (Imperial Royals of Japan)

There was lots of royal activity in Rome this week with King Albert and Queen Paola taking in Palm Sunday mass and the Luxembourg grand ducal family received an audience with Pope Francis (Luxarazzi)

Prince Harry tried out some Nepalese headwear to great success.

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The Grimaldis showed up in a whole lot of Chanel couture for last weekend’s Rose Ball (Daily Mail). Read a great review of the gowns here (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)

The most adorable photo of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar released by their parents as thanks for all the good wishes they have received (Swedish Monarchy)

I’ll do my best to post a review of British Easter hats tomorrow. Following this, I’ll be signing off for three weeks. On Monday and Thursday mornings, there will be an open post for you all to share links to current royal hats and discuss them as usual. I’m relying on you to keep track of royal hat happenings while I am away and thank you all in advance for keeping the conversation going!

Queen And Duke Distribute Maundy Money

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Maundy Thursday service today at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. For this service, the Queen, who distributed traditional Royal Maundy money, repeated her turquoise straw hat with navy lace trim. The boater hat shape of this piece is a nice change from the Queen’s usual millinery shapes and the colour is perfect on her (and perfect for Easter!). While I still have some reservations about the coat, I have completely warmed to the hat and think it looks great on Her Majesty.

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Before we get to this week’s links, I want to give you all a heads up that starting next weekend, I’ll be offline for 3 weeks for a much needed vacation. There will be new posts here at Royal Hats several times a week while I am gone, including open posts for you to share current comings and goings on in the royal hat world. I hope you’ll keep the royal hat conversation going while I am away!

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Last Sunday, Queen Margrethe celebrated the 400th anniversary of St. Peter’s Church in Copenhagen in her chic winter white fur trimmed hat (PPE Agency). Unfortunately, she also stepped out in the blue beanie (Danish Monarchy)

Princess Charlene photographed with Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella on vacation in Switzerland (Paris Match)

The Duchess of Cambridge tried on a navy fedora during her visit to a charity shop yesterday. I wish she’d picked it up! (Daily Mail)

Queen Silvia repeated her open topped black straw headpiece last weekend at the funeral of Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern

Queen Silvia, March 12, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince William distributed shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day


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Lovely new portraits of Grand Duchess Maria Theresa (Luxarazzi)

Gorgeous photo of nine-month old Prince Nicolas shared by his parents (Princess Madeleine Facebook)

Great teaser for the documentary on Queen Elizabeth set to air next Sunday (Daily Mail)

Prince Harry and Prince William both gave interviews this week on causes important to each of them. You can see both below- also check out this great review of Prince William’s interview by the interviewer himself (Telegraph)

Photos from Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa/Corbis and Getty as indicated

Day 4 of Cheltenham Festival

The final day of the Cheltenham Festival was again attended by members of the British Royal Family. Princess Anne repeated her cream straw hat with feather encrusted upturned brim, feather trim at the side and wide silk sash around the base of the crown. There’s so much going on on this piece that the amazing feather work on the brim is lost and the hat descends into cartoon land. Remove that awful sash and the button holding the side feathers and I think we might have a winner here.

Previously Worn: December 25, 2015June 16, 2015

Zara Phillips Tindall wrapped up this week of racing with a fourth new hat. Described by the designer as a “classic velour felt beret hat with stylised felt bow trim”, the steely teal blue of this cocktail hat is a fantastic colour on blonde Zara. The scale is also perfect and the hat gave a great pop of colour to her black and white ensemble. Many of you have already recognized this as the same design as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge but don’t worry- we’ll take a closer look at these two versions of the same design side by side next week!

Designer: Gina Foster. It is the Meribel design
Previously Worn: This hat is new
You can see better photos of both these hats and accompanying outfits over at The Daily Mail.
That wraps up the Cheltenham Festival for another year. With the Duchess of Cornwall touring the Balkans, there was less royal attendance at the event this year than in years past but we can still thank Zara Phillips Tindall for bringing us some exciting new millinery. She was certainly the star for me at this year’s races- which hat stood out for you most at Cheltenham this week?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Day 3 of Cheltenham Festival

The third day of the Cheltenham Festival saw bright skies and attendance by two of the Queen’s grandchildren and their spouses. Zara Phillips Tindall wore her third new hat in as many days, this time a grey velour felt percher with round base and soaring feather trim. While I would have preferred a flatter base on this design and the omission of the awkward felt leaf on the side, the pairing of this grey hat with Zara’s orange coat is brilliant.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new (and different than this very similar Jane Taylor design)

Zara and her husband Mike Tindall were joined by her brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Autumn Phillips. Peter wore a khaki brown fedora while Autumn wore what was described by the designer as a “velour felt beret with pheasant feather trim.” The feather detail on this hat is beautifully done and the piece works well with Autumn’s camel coat.

Designer: Gina Foster. It is the Les Arcs design
Previously Worn:This hat is new
Tomorrow will see the Cheltenham Festival draw to a close for this year. In the meantime, what do you think of this pair of new percher hats?
UPDATE: Princess Anne joined her children at the races today in a brimless black faux fur cap. While not my favourite style, it works very well with her punchy red coat and graphic scarf.

Designer: I belief it is Yvette Jelfs
Previously Worn: December 25, 2014
Photos from Getty as indicated