Queen Mathilde Presents Piano Competition Awards

Queen Mathilde was at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo today to present awards to laureates of this year’s prestigious Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition. She used this event to début a new calot headpiece made of what looks to be black textured silk. The design features numerous cut-outs across the back that give it a light and summery feel that works beautifully with Mathilde’s leaf printed silk dress.

Designer: likely Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Some other reports suggest today’s hat is the same as the one Mathilde wore during her and the King’s inaugural visit to England on March 13, 2014 (below left) or on her visit to Ypres last summer (below right). You’ll note that both of these designs are in fact, different.
Queen Mathilde, March 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats      Queen Mathilde, July 9, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
The design worn by the Belgian Queen today has a much lighter feel than her other black headpieces, making it a great one for summer. While we didn’t have the best view of it today, what are your initial impressions?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Lesoir; and HLN

Danish Princess Supports Peacekeepers Day

Princess Marie of Denmark was at Kastellet (The Citadel) yesterday to take part in UN International Peacekeepers Day. For this occasion, she repeated her navy felt calot hat with side bow. The side view of this hat shown in the third photo below shows the scale of the bow (something we have not directly seen before)  which is much larger than I thought. This hat doesn’t excite me but its classic design is a good one to have in a royal wardrobe for events such as this. I think we’ll see it become one of Marie’s workhorses.

British Royals Kick Off Battle Of Jutland Commemorations

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attended a service at a war graves cemetery on Saturday to mark the Battle of Jutland. This event in Scotland began several days of commemoration that are leading up to the battle’s official anniversary tomorrow and Tuesday.  To remember this battle, the largest naval battle of World War I, the royal couple predictably attended in their naval uniforms.

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Princess Anne had the honour of ringing the recovered bell of HMS Hood, 75 years after the vessel sank (Portsmouth News)

Infanta Elena in a chocolate fedora to present awards at last weekend’s Longines Global Champions Tour equestrian event in Madrid (Oxersport). She was also spotted at two bullfights, making it a week of fedoras for this Spanish princess.

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The King and Queen of Jordan attended Prince Hussein’s graduation from Georgetown University in Washington looking every bit the part of proud parents (Queen Rania Twitter)

The Royal Family of Luxembourg gathered for Prince Noah’s first communion today. Wee Archduchess Magdalena (daughter of Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen) made her début in a sweet bonnet (Luxarazzi)

Prince Hisahito took part in his school’s sports day last weekend in his school uniform complete with yellow cap

Prince Hisahito, May 21, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Duke of Edinburgh looked dashing in a bowler hat to take in the Beating Retreat of the Royal Marines yesterday at Horse Guard’s Parade. It’s amazing to think he’s just a  few weeks away from his 95th birthday.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor has joined Hello magazine to write a monthly interview column. I wonder if any of her royal relatives will feature? (Hello Magazine)

Photos from The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; and Getty as indicated


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Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand (below left) photographed at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend in an interesting gold spray headpiece while Infanta Elena (below right) was spotted in another fedora at another bullfight (Bekia)

Princess Ubol Ratana, May 14, 2016 | Royal Hats  Infanta Elena, May 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie repeated her very pretty black fascinator at the funeral of a friend (Billed Bladet)

The Swedish King in his trusty fedora for a meeting of the World Wildlife Foundation (Swedish Monarchy)

The little Phillips girls having great fun in their straw hats at the Windsor Horse Fair last weekend (Daily Mail)

Another great video from Fabienne Delvigne showing a behind-the-scenes look at Queen Mathilde’s two new hats

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Princess Haya released a lovely portrait with her children, Sheikha Al Jalila and Sheikh Zayed (Svenskdam)

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cornwall were in their glittering finery for Wednesday’s opening of Parliament

Photos from Guillaume Collet/SIPA via Newscom; Bekia; and Getty as indicated


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Casual hats for Princess Anne and her granddaughters last weekend at the Badminton Horse trials where Zara Phillips Tindall successfully qualified for the Rio Olympics (Daily Mail)

Infanta Elena donned a chocolate straw fedora to take in a bullfight with her father, King Juan Carlos  (Belga Images)

You’ve just got until Monday to cast your vote in polls for the best new and best repeated royal hats worn in April

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The Swedish Monarchy released beautiful new photos of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with wee Prince Alexander

The Imperial Household Agency announced plans to scale back official duties of the Emperor and Empress (Japan Times)

During the official launch of her foundation in California, Princess Charlene jumped in the pool with some kids to teach water safety- something that put her SO in her element (Daily Mail)

The Invictus Games were inspiring and Prince Harry was unapologetically their number one fan.

He sat down with Michelle Obama earlier in the week to talk about the games. The interview gives a peek behind the scenes to their recent mic drops and Harry’s approach to unclehood. It’s charming.

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Zara Phillips Tindall is looking great competing at the Badminton Horse Trials this week (Daily Mail)

Royal Ascot has collaborated with eight milliners on an collection of one off headpieces. Read more about it here.

Herta Graves, former hatmaker to British royals, passed away this week (Telegraph). Speaking of royal milliners- those of you lucky enough to be in London might want to catch milliner Stephen Jones speaking at the London School of Fashion on May 16. Tickets are free and you can register here.

Princess Alexandra, who is Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Yeomanry, presented the group with a Guidon at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Her repeated blue staw hat (you’ll see a better view of it at a previous outing here) is by Rachel Trevor Morgan

Infanta Elena donned a straw fedora hat to join King Juan Carlos and Princess Victoria for the Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Tournament on May 3

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The Court Jeweller has great coverage of the Met Gala this week, which was attended by Queen Rania of Jordan and Charlotte Casiraghi.

Prince Henrik showed his youthful spirit, enjoying amusement park rides at Tivoli Park in Copenhagen (Paris Match)

Sweet photo of the new Prince of Bhutan (Yellow Bhutan)