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Photo of the Danish royals on vacation in France shows Princess Athena in a sweet summer hat (Danish Monarchy)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared another snap of her June trip to Georgia where she wore a smart natural straw hat.

Crown Princess Masako in a pair of very simple black and white hats for a visit to Nara and Kyoto this week (Imperial Family of Japan). You can see a short video here.

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette Marit incorporated a peculiar knotted headpiece into her hairstyle at a memorial she and Crown Prince Haakon attended on the fifth anniversary of the Oslo and Utøya attacks (Norwegian Royal Court)

Part III of this summer’s exhibition, “Fashioning A Reign: 90 Years Of Style From The Queen’s Wardrobe” opens today at Buckingham Palace. It looks simply amazing and I can’t say how jealous I am of those of you able to attend.


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Interesting interview with Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (Principality of Liechtenstein)

Charming photos of Prince George were released on the occasion of his third birthday yesterday. It’s all smiles, swings and a boy with his dog  (Kensington Palace)

The Swedish Royal Family posed for a lovely outdoor photo (hopefully, the start of a new tradition!). Their efforts prove that wrangling toddlers is a challenge no matter the royal pedigree.

Photos from Sankei

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Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared a snapshot taken while on private visit to picturesque Lake Ritsa (a lake nestled in the Caucasus Mountains in north-western Georgia).

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty brown fedora at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen

Princess Michael of Kent was spotted at Wimbledon in her straw visor

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A big surprise from Japan this week when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate was revealed. There don’t appear to be any concrete plans for a handover to Crown Prince Naruhito but it’s big news nonetheless (BBC)

Lovely gallery of photos from the Danish Royal Family’s annual photocall at Gråsten Palace (Svenskdam)

Prince Oscar of Sweden made an appearance this week for his mum’s name day and his resemblance to his big sister is remarkable (Svenskdam)

Princess Alexandra Sees Off This Year’s Scottish Royal Guard

On Wednesday, Princess Alexandra visited the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, a Light Mechanised Infantry battalion based in Edinburgh who were tasked this year with mounting the Royal Guard at Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle during Holyrood Week. For this visit, she repeated her pale natural straw hat with high, pork pie shaped crown and cartwheel brim, trimmed with a silk rose, widely woven white net tulle and a wide white hatband which finishes in a flat bow at the front. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this design at closeup range and the photo below shows a subtle diagonal pattern woven in the straw of this piece, visible on the straight sides of the tall crown. This is a lovely detail I’ve not noticed before.

Princess Alexandra, July 13, 2016| Royal Hats

 Princess Alexandra, July 13, 2016| Royal Hats  Princess Alexandra, July 13, 2016| Royal Hats

We usually see Alexandra pair this blue suit with a matching blue hat but I thought this straw design made an alternately great pairing. What do you think of this hat?

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Lady Frederick Windsor chose a white fascinator last weekend for her daughter Isabella’s christening (Daily Mail)

I absolutely adore eagle eyed readers and offer three cheers for the one who noticed that the distinctive yellow and white pleated brim hat that Princess Hisako of Takamado wore to King Carl Gustaf’s birthday in late April wasn’t a new piece as we thought. It first appeared at Infanta Christina’s wedding in 1997! Great catch.

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the 52nd National Convention for the promotion of blood donation took place in Tokyo. Princess Masako wore a simple white hat with wide hatband in palest blue.

Crown Princess Masako, July 7, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 7, 2016 | Royal Hats

Legendary royal milliner John Boyd shared this photo of a trio of recent designs- wonderfully retro and glamorous. Which one of the British royal heads would best wear one of these hats?


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Prince George went on his first official royal engagement, joining his parents at The Royal International Air Tattoo yesterday. There is an extensive gallery of the event here and at this article (Getty Images and The Daily Mail).

The Dutch royal family posed for some great snaps during their annual summer photo call at their residence, Villa Eikenhorst. See a gallery here. (Getty Images)

And finally, the Danish Monarchy released this adorable, candid photo of Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik released taken at their summer home, Marselisborg Castle.

Queen And Duke of Edinburgh Visit Dundee

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh continued Holyrood week today in Dundee, Scotland where they opened Slessor Gardens at the heart of the city, Leverhulme Research Centre and visited City Chambers and a tire factory. For this day of engagements, the Queen repeated the sky blue hat with wool silk covered crown, straw brim and floral trim that she first wore in Malta last fall. 

Huge crowds in Dundee as The Queen arrives in Dundee to open Slessor Gardens #QueeninScotland

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I really like the mix of wool silk and straw on this piece, particularly on the sweeping brim (my favourite part of this design). What works less successfully, I think, is the fluted shape of the crown and the fussy trim, which I so want to twist back slightly around the side of the hat.
Queen Elizabeth, July 6, 2016 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: November 28. 2015
It looks like a lovely day was enjoyed by the royal couple- what do you think of the Queen’s hat?
Photos from Rex Features and The British Monarchy as indicated

British Royals Host Scottish Garden Party

Queen Elizabeth marked the fifth day of her ‘Holyrood Week’ of engagements in Scotland yesterday with numerous investitures and a garden party hosted at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. For these events, she repeated a butter yellow straw hat trimmed with silk roses surrounded by green silk and yellow organza leaves. The silk flowers on this piece are exquisitely made (don’t they look picked fresh from the royal garden?!) and the subtle pattern woven into the parasissal straw gives a little bit of interest to the design’s simple shape. We have seen the Queen in several new yellow hats of recent and I think this one of the top.

HM The Queen at the Palace of Holyrood House Garden Party on Tuesday #Holyrood #gardenparty #scotland #racheltrevormorgan #millinery

A photo posted by Rachel Trevor Morgan (@racheltrevormorgan) on

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 19, 2015

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl of Wessex both looked dapper in their go-to grey felt and black silk top hats (Prince Philip’s teal tie with grey vest and hat make such a handsome combination). Princess Anne repeated the blue straw hat with diagonal crown, mushroom brim and maribou feather hat band that she unveiled at Ascot a few weeks ago. While all the trimming frou-frou on this hat makes it perfectly suitable for a garden party, I’m afraid I’m still not warming to this hat. Between the overtrimming and the odd dent on the front left side of the brim, this hat doesn’t cut it for me.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 16, 2016
All in all a good day of hats for the British royals in Scotland, wouldn’t you agree?
Photos from The British Royal Family as indicated

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