The Duke and Duchess of Anjou spotted enjoying a polo match in Sotogrande with their young family (Hola)
Great feature from British milliner Edwina Ibbotson on a hat from “Concept to Completion” (Edwina Ibbotson Millinery)
Interesting interview with Eudia designer Evelien Gentis-Smit (Lola Lola)
Marvellously creative new portraits of Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall were released today (Daily Mail)
Wonderful short interview with King Simeon of Bulgaria (CNN)
New photos released of Prince Nicolas of Sweden with his proud parents and older sister (Swedish Royal Court)
A look back to the now almost lost art of entirely handmade straw hats. Enjoy!
Princess Eugenie, who recently moved back to London, attended Ladies’ Day at the Glorious Goodwood races today in Chichester. She used the occasion to début a large asymmetrical hat. Described by the designer as a silver grey straw “large disk hat with waffle veil and pearl brooch,” the hat cast a much larger footprint than any other Eugenie has worn this year. It’ a great shape and scale for her and I appreciate how the bold shape is softened by the light colour and romantic trim. I’m just not sure the hat was showed to greatest effect with her simple white dress and grey jacket.
What do you think about this pale grey straw hat?
Queen Elizabeth, in a pink Angela Kelly design, was spotted driving herself to church last Sunday (Daily Mail)
Infanta Elena was spotted at the train station last weekend with her daughter and her go-to straw fedora (Hola)
Princess Alexandra of Kent wore a lovely cream tulle trimmed hat on her visit to Lindon Tweeds last week (British Monarchy)
The Swedish royal family are vacationing together on the island of Oland. The younger members were spotted enjoying a bike ride together in Borgholm (Lehtikuva)
The Daily Mail’s Rebecca shared a peek at one of the exhibits in this summer’s Buckingham Palace tour. This scene shows the brim and crown of this hat on their blocks. This scene shows the hat’s different flower trims placed at the side and the Queen’s famous white hat from the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla up on the shelf.
Interesting interview with Prince Albert’s eldest child, American Jazmin Grimaldi (Harper’s Bazaar)
The Danish royal family at their annual summer photo call (JV.dk). Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and their family were also photographed at Gråsten Castle last weekend (Monarchy Press).
Queen Noor and Princess Anne attended ceremonies commemorating the 20th anniversary of the horrific Srbrenica massacre (The Guardian)
Queen Margrethe in a red knit cap in Greenland this week (Svenskdam)
This year’s annual summer photos of the Belgian royal family show the King, Queen and their four children on a trip to the zoo. There are multiple shots of lemurs on royal heads… something I hope the Queen’s milliner won’t be inspired to recreate (7Sur7)
The Akishino family were also shown on vacation. Prince Hisahito, who showed promising skills on the drum, has certainly grown! (FNN News)
All eyes were on adorable Princess Estelle during her mum’s birthday celebration this week (Expressen TV)
When Princess Alexandra appeared at the Epsom races this year in a turquoise blue hat and matching jacket, I had a strong sense that I had seen the asymmetrically brimmed piece before. The elegant princess has two hats, both in blue, both with a similar shape and both trimmed with a swath of net tulle.
Hosting the June 12, 2014 British Red Cross Society Garden Party; at the Epsom races on June 6, 2015
At a closer look, the brim on the darker blue hat is slightly smaller, the net tulle trim is more tightly woven, and most obviously, the piece is trimmed with curling feathers instead of a bow. Despite these differences, the hats are very similar (as are the coats designed to accompany them).
I am intrigued about the rationale behind such similar pieces, particularly when they are in such a similar colour! Perhaps the princess was presented with two swatches of beautiful blue fabric and, unable to choose between them, opted for both?
Photos from Getty as indicated; WPA Pool and Chris Jackson via Getty
Princess Michael of Kent brought her straw visor out for Andy Murray’s quarter-final match at Wimbledon (Daily Mail)
The formal portraits from Princess Charlotte’s christening were released late this week. The group shot is marvellous (Daily Mail)
A wonderful surprise to see the Duchess of Kent at an engagement this week (Go West London)
The Dutch Royal Family’s annual summer photocall showed the King, Queen and their girls at the beach (Getty)
Queen Letizia looked incredible at a state banquet during the Peruvian state visit to Spain (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor)
Lovely photos of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with their twins here, here, here and here (Hello Magazine)
The Duchess of Cornwall received one of Andy Murray’s signed sweatbands this week and put it up for sale, for charity, on Ebay. Can’t wait to read the feedback on this sale! (Ebay)