Danish Queen Presents Military Award

On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe awarded ‘The Queen’s Clock’ military award following a parade at The Royal Life Guard in Copenhagen. For this event, she wore a new bumper hat in spotted grey sealskin with a matching coat. As some of you have mentioned in the comments below, the pieces were gifted to Margrethe during her visit to Greenland in July 2015.

Nov 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Nov 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

 Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Points to Margrethe for wearing these gifts. The hat shape is not particularly successful in my mind- the crown is too pointed to be a true bumper and the black bow on the side seems completely at odds with the design.
Photos from Mads Claus Rasmussen, Scanpix 

Princess Mako Celebrates Birthday

On Monday, Princess Mako celebrated her 26th birthday and, as per tradition within the Imperial family, paid a visit to her grandparents at the Imperial Palace. For her meeting with the Emperor and Empress, she wore a bumper hat in sunny  yellow. The choice might not seem like a fashionable one to all but the colour is straight up happy and a lovely contrast against her dark hair.

 Oct 23, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Much has been said in the media this year about the practice of Imperial princesses nearly disappearing from public view after marriage… hopefully, one of the positive freedoms that comes with Mako’s nuptials next year will be the ability to wear whatever she wishes. I often wonder what the young Imperial princesses really think of the traditional, conservative dress expected within the Imperial court.
Photos from Asahi

Princess Alexandra Celebrates Hospice Anniversary

Princess Alexandra commemorated 30 years of care at St Oswald’s Hospice this morning with a visit to the facility. For this visit, 30 years after she opened the care center, she repeated her purple felt hat with tall, domed crown, double hatband and upturned kettle brim.

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Many of the royal hats we see rely on some sort of trimmings – feathers, flowers, twists, bows – to provide visual punch and I really like how the streamlined hantbands, one curved and one in a darker shade of purple, do the trick here. Like many of Alexandra’s other hats, I think the scale of this one is a twinge large for her but the colour is lovely and the overall ensemble is balanced.

Oct 25, 2017 | Royal Hats  Oct 25, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: April 24, 2015; October 25, 2013November 2010October 30, 2010
Today’s outing provided the best view of this hat we’ve seen in a very long time- what are your thoughts on it?

Dutch Monarchs Visit Eemnland

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the region of Eemnland where they made stops in Amersfoort, Soest, Eemnes and Bunschoten. For this visit, Queen Máxima brought out a hat worn just once before, back in 2012 for Prinsjesdag. In rich magenta felt, the hat follows the familiar upswept ‘slice’ brim shape favoured by the Dutch queen and that she wears so very, very well.

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The ensemble paired with this hat could not be more different than the streamlined gown we saw with it on its first outing and gives the hat a completely different feel. The silk coat and patterned dress are great in theory but the dress’ maribou trim at the neckline, sleeves and hem trim take it a little too far over the top for my taste, leaving the hat struggling for attention within the overall look. Remove the maribou from the dress and tailor in some of the bulk from the coat to balance the ensemble and I think it would sing much more harmoniously.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: While I thought this was a repeat of the hat worn for  worn for Prinsjesdag on September 18, 2012  it is a new design
My quibbles about the Natan coat and dress aside, it’s wonderful to see this hat again. What are your thoughts about its outing today?
UPDATE- despite looking identical to the 2012 Prinsjesdag hat, Josine over at Mode Koningin Maxima confirmed this hat is actually is a new design. Aside from colour variation (unreliable in different lighting conditions), the crown shapes are slightly different and the Prinsjesdag hat has a slimmer hatband and side bow.
Hat today; Hat worn for Prinesjesdag, Sep 18, 2012  
Photos from Getty as indicated; Michel Poro and Patrick van Katwijk via Getty 

Imperial Royals Celebrate Youth Charity

On Saturday, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the ceremony in Tokyo to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Big Brothers and Sisters Movement in Japan. For the event, Princess Masako wore an ivory bowler style hat with upturned kettle brim, simply trimmed with a wide hatband in the same pale gold as her suit.

Crown Princess Masako, Sep 23, 2017 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Masako, Sep 23, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
I’d describe this hat as simple but serviceable – what’s your take on it?
Photos from The Asahi Shimbun and The Asahi Shimbun via Getty

Princess Astrid Unveils Statue

Princess Astrid of Norway unveiled a statue of her grandfather yesterday in London at Sjømannskirken i London (The Norwegian Church and Seamen’s Mission), the church attended by the late king and his son, Crown Prince Olaf, during their WWII London residency. For this event, Princess Astrid wore a small navy textured straw hat with bubble brim, trimmed with two straw leaves in lighter blue sinamay straw. The colour is so lovely on Astrid and while the scale doesn’t seem quite right, the quirky shape suits her surprisingly well.

Princess Astrid, Sep 17, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid, Sep 17, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I think this hat is new
Photos from Sven Gjeruldsen/ The Royal Courtand social media as indicated

Queen Repeats Paris Hat for Balmoral Arrival

Queen Elizabeth took up summer residency at Balmoral Castle yesterday, where she was officially welcomed by The Royal Regiment of Scotland Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and their mascot Cruachan (the same pony who attempted to snack on Her Majesty’s bouquet several weeks back). It appears that our reader’s guest posts over recent weeks inspired a reach into the depths of the Queen’s closet as she wore an ensemble yesterday we’ve only seen once, three years ago for her arrival in Paris. The hat, another one of Angela Kelly’s “Square Crown and Rolled Brim” designs, is covered in the same embroidered pink fabric as the suit and while it makes for a very coordinated ensemble, it’s a bit too much of the same colour and texture for my liking. These qualms aside, it’s nice to see the hat make a second appearance.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 5, 2014
Thoughts on this hat’s second appearance?
Photos from social media as indicated