Princess Benedikte Opens International Travel Fair

On Wednesday, Princess Benedikte was in Hamburg, Germany to officially open the “Reisen Hamburg” international travel and leisure exhibition. For this event, she wore a new bumper hat with navy felt brim and plaid crown in the same dark blue, taupe and grey pattern as her jacket.

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Designer: unknown. Maybe Susanne Juul?
Previously Worn: this hat is new
The hat is a great scale on Benedikte (the scale of the hat goes particularly well with the high collar on the jacket) and the colour palate makes for a very polished and professional looking ensemble. I wonder about the versatility of such matched hats- it’s clearly not the kind of thing that can be worn with another outfit. Is that good? Not good? As I’ve never managed a royal wardrobe, I don’t know! This matching approach to royal dressing is a more traditional one and I’m sure, has its benefits. I’m curious to hear what you all think about this new hat!

Queen Máxima Opens Cancer Research Institute

Queen Máxima opened the virtual Oncode Institute for cancer research during a ceremony at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam yesterday. For this event, she repeated her purple felt picture hat with upswept brim.

Feb 5, 2018 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Feb 5, 2018 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima in Amsterdam #queenmaxima #portrait #hat #red #dutch

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There is much to admire about this hat- the scale and colour are great on Máxima and the upswept brim is beautifully balanced by a gentle wave pleat on the opposite side – that it was named your top pick of the year in 2014. It’s pairing yesterday with this cherry red dress is a little unexpected but the purple stitching around the dress collar (repeated at the waist and hem) brings the two pieces together. Máxima and her stylist are no strangers to colour blocked ensembles and while this one is certainly bold, it shows how well they can pull and outfit together.

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 13, 2015October 30, 2014October 15, 2014March 19, 2014November 12, 2013
Photos of this event are scarce- pop over to this gallery by photographer Bernard Rübsamen for more views. This outing also shows the fifth ensemble paired with this hat (see the others at this post) – was it a success in your mind?
Photos from Patrick van Katwijk/ANP via Belga and social media as indicated

Wessexes Commemorate Sri Lankan Independence

The Earl and Countess of Wessex completed a five day visit to Sri Lanka yesterday. On Saturday, they officially represented Queen Elizabeth II at celebrations marking the Asian nation’s 70th Independence Day. For this event, Sophie repeated a statement saucer hat with cream straw button base and striped crin brim (with raised pleats at the top of the design) trimmed with  grey and cream crin curls and black feathers.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: May 10, 2016; June 17, 2015
This hat has always been one I’ve described as sophisticated and while I wouldn’t use the same description for Sophie’s daisy printed dress, the two pair fairly well together. I prefer this hat paired with the sleek cream and navy striped silk coat Sophie paired with it in the past but understand the tropical climate required a lighter weight frock. What do you think of this hat’s third outing on Saturday?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Visits RAF Marham

Queen Elizabeth visited RAF Marham today in her capacity as Honorary Air Commodore of the Station. To receive a Royal Salute and flypast, meet station personnel and community volunteers, open the Lightning Operations Centre, view a display commemorating the Centenary of the Royal Air Force and present the Firmin Sword of Peace to the Station Commander, she wore a new ‘split crown’ style hat in deep purple felt.

Feb 2, 2018 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

In a darker shade than the orchid version Her Majesty debuted last year , this hat features an upturned brim. Photos of the trim are scarce but it appears to consist of a looped bow and felt pompoms on the right side. Details aside, the colour is absolutely beautiful on the Queen, who wears these saturated shades so magnificently.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Even without good views of this hat (I believe most British royal photographers are en route back from Norway where they were following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), this one seems like a winner to me. What do you think of this new, royal purple design?
Photos from social media indicated

Princess Benedikte At International Plant Fair

Princess Benedikte was in Essen, Germany,  yesterday to attend the opening of the International Plant Fair (IPM) and to unveil a new variety of rose. For this event, she wore a new black felt hat with gently rounded crown and flat brim, simply trimmed with a black Petersham ribbon hatband.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Thoughts about this new hat for Princess Benedikte?
Photos from Christian Mannsbart; Marc Vollmannshauser; Rainer Schimm, MESSE ESSEN

Queen Máxima Reopens Music Facility

Queen Máxima was in Arnhem to officially open the newly renovated Musis ’huis voor muziek’ 19th century concert hall and music facility. For this event, the Dutch queen repeated her cranberry felt Garbo hat with hatband and side bow.

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Queen Máxima in Musis Arnhem #portrait #hat #red #queenmaxima

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: Oct 4, 2017
Paired with her checked suit, the hat tops a strong look. What do you think of it’s outing yesterday?
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Imperial New Years Lectures 2018

Yesterday, members of the Imperial Royal Family attended the Ceremony of Kosho Hajime (Imperial New Year’s Lectures)  at Imperial Palace in Tokyo. A tradition of royal enlightenment since 1869, these Imperial New Year’s Lectures saw experts in the field of human, social and natural sciences address the royal delegation in their respective fields. When the lectures began 149 years ago, the daytime dress code across royal courts for ladies reflected the prevailing Victorian fashions of the time- long gowns with hats. This event is one of a handful each year that maintains this dress code, giving us the rare opportunity to see hats with full length gowns.

Imperial Royal Family, Jan 10, 2018 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako made her first appearance at this event in 15 years in a repeated Breton hat. Made of the same hint-of-blue silk jacquard as her gown, the hat features a pork pie style crown and characteristic rolled Breton brim.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Dec 9, 2014Dec 23, 2013; Dec 9 2010; Dec 23, 2009; Dec 9, 2006Dec 23, 2005

Princess Kiko topped her celery green gown with a matching capulet style hat that I believe is a new addition to her wardrobe. Following a classic capulet shape (a calot with extended front combined with a bumper brim around the front and sides of the piece), the hat is trimmed with a small back bow and covered in the same lace that adorns the top of Kiko’s gown. Princess Mako made her last appearance at this event in a repeated navy velvet, rounded edge pillbox hat trimmed with a bow on the side in the same blue silk as her gown.

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Previously Worn: I believe Princess Kiko’s hat is new. Princess Mako wore this to this same event in 2016  

The Mikasa and Takamado princesses also attended this event. Princess Nobuko wore a wonderful pale green pillbox trimmed with a giant ivory silk flower that I believe is new. Princess Akiko repeated a pale pink silk calot trimmed with silk rosettes. Princess Yoko wore a majenta textured pillbox. Princess Hisako topped her elegant dove grey gown with a matching bumper hat with side feather trim that I believe is new. Pricess Tsuguko also went with a new design that looks to be a burgundy silk tam variation trimmed with flowers on the side. Princess Ayoko repeated her pale yellow silk jacquard gown and matching calot bandeau trimmed with silk flowers and leaves on each side.

Jan 10, 2018 | Royal Hats

These lectures always brings some millinery surprises and such is the case this year, even with a few repeated pieces. I missed seeing Princess Hanako, who always stands out at this event. What hats stand out to you here this year?