Timeless or Trendy?

Royal Hats  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

Seeing Triple: Lady Sarah Chatto

Royal HatsI’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?

Lady Sarah Chatto, April 29, 2011 in Stephen Jones

Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen Elizabeth At Newbury Races

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 Elizabeth, April 18, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: January 1, 2012; April 27, 2011

Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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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)

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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)

One Headband, Four Looks

Royal Hats 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

Version #2: Woven navy ribbon with side bow, worn at the Luxembourg royal wedding on October 20, 2012

Version #3: Woven red ribbon with side bow, worn yesterday at Queen Margrethe’s 75th birthday lunch

UPDATE: There is also Version #4: Side bow iin oyster silk , worn at Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday celebration, April 17, 2010. Thanks for finding this, Sarah!

Princess Mette-Marit, April 17, 2010 | Royal Hats

Photos from Bauer Griffin via Zimbio and Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Infanta Elena at the procession of Cristo de los Alabardos last weekend (Royalista)

Members of Monaco’s Royal Family remembered Prince Rainier, who passed away 10 years ago this week (Paris Match)

Queen Sonja wore  wore a beret hat with grommets earlier this week  to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ‘Scandinavian Star’ tragedy (Paris Match)

Princess Eugenie out and about in New York (The Daily Mail)

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Wonderful photos from the exhibition of Queen Margrethe’s dresses (Glittering Royal Events Message Board) and a gallery of the Danish Royals’ formal finery at Wednesday’s gala concert in Aarhus (Getty)

The Spanish King and Queen with their daughters on Easter Sunday last weekend (Blog Real)

Two drawings done by King George V and his younger sister Princess Victoria when they were children recently went up for sale (Paul Fraser Collectibles)