During our recent look back at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall which took place 10 years ago, a number of hats seemed very ‘stuck’ in the millinery fashion trends of the day. While our comments now reflected widespread disfavour for these styles, I remember them being greatly admired for their stylishness back in 2005.
This makes me wonder, dear readers- do you prefer royal hats to be stylish in the moment or able to remain relevant over time? Are you drawn to royal hats that are trendy or timeless? And why? Let’s discuss.
The Countess of Wessex on the cutting edge of millinery fashion in April 2005;
Princess Alexandra and Lady Sarah Chatto in more classic styles
Photos from Getty as indicated
I’m always happy to see Lady Sarah Chatto at British Royal Family events. Her sleek, streamlined style often carries a 1950s vibe and this kind of ‘vintage modern’ personal style is unique in royal circles. In recent years, Sarah has frequently stepped out in two versions of the same Stephen Jones saucer hat- one in cream and one in black. I suppose life as a ‘mini royal’ does not warrant many hats and ordering a favoured style in two classic colours is an easy way to manage a millinery wardrobe. In a world of marvellous hat design options, however, it seems curious to me to have two versions of such a distinctive shape.
Lady Sarah at Ascot, June 2014
Attending at Zara Phillips’ wedding, July 2011
UPDATE: While I originally included the cream and black hats in this post, several of you reminded me that Lady Sarah wore a grey version of this hat to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011. As usual, your memory of all things Royal Hats astounds me! Lady Sarah’s third version of this hat (pictured below) only deepens the question- why?
Photos from Getty as indicated
Queen Elizabeth enjoyed a second day out at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday. For this day at the races, she sported a blue and red hat we have not seen her wear in a long time. Made of straw, the hat features a tall, diagonal crown and short, downward facing brim; the focus of this piece is a large, twisted blue bow piped in cherry red. It`s a whimsical hat that gives some light hearted contrast to its more serious, coordinating coat. The stripe of piping always reminds me of a Union Jack and seeing Her Majesty in patriotic blue and red (with her white hair!) can`t help but make me smile.
Queen Margrethe brought out her blue beanie hat to receive her new portrait commissioned from artist Lars Physant by the National Museum for her 75th birthday this week (Svenskdam and The Royal Correspondent)
Princess Leonore ushers in spring in a sweet pink hat (Princess Madeleine of Sweden Facebook)
Some of Queen Elizabeth’s loveliest hats have been included in a new collection of Australian stamps released for her upcoming 89th birthday (Australia Post)
This week, the Luxembourg royal family celebrated the 70th anniversary of Grand Duchess Charlotte’s return from exile after WWII. It was wonderful to see Grand Duke Jean able to take part. (Luxarazzi) See a video here at RTL.
Wonderful reviews of the gowns and tiaras worn to the first and the second gala birthday dinner for Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday dinner (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor). The Court Jeweller also has this piece on all of Queen Margrethe’s tiaras.
Princess Charlene was busy with her foundation this week, supporting some young rugby players in the 5th Tournament Sainte Devote and teaching some South African children to swim (Paris Match)
Lovely new photos of the Luxembourg Grand Duke and Duchess for the Duke’s 60th birthday this week (Luxarazzi)
Another extravagant royal wedding in Brunei (The Daily Mail)
When Crown Princess Mette-Marit appeared at Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday celebration yesterday in chunky gold headband, I was reminded that this headband has been changed up several times with the use of different ribbon trims. Don’t get me wrong- a changed ribbon does NOT elevate this headband to the status of a hat but it gives us something a little out of the ordinary to debate. Which version of this headband works best, do you think?
Version #1: Side navy bow, worn at King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 75th birthday celebration, May 31, 2012
Queen Juliana taking part in a domestic arts class at Pimlico School during a trip to London, April 13, 1972. From this photo, it seems that Princess Beatrix’s penchant for large, voluminous, brimless hats might have been an inherited one.