This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Máxima wore one of her open topped headpieces to the Family Business Awards in The Hague on Wednesday. This piece is lovely with her sorbet hued dress. (PPE)

Crown Prince Frederik looked very handsome in his full naval dress uniform at a ceremony heralding the start of Danish army and navy special units under joint command (Nordjyske)

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco looked boho-chic in a natural straw fedora while watching her daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco (Getty)

Queen Sonja in a handsome navy rain hat to open the first section of the Bo Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Artscape Nordland (Royal House of Norway). She opened another section of the gallery in Træna in a turquoise rain hat  (Bannett Norway)

Queen Anne-Marie in a relaxed Panama hat during the Spetses Classic Yacht Race Regatta (Svenskdam)

Queen Mathilde repeated her silk floral circlet headpiece today on the last day of her and King Philippe’s visit to China

Queen Mathilde, June 27, 2015

Royal Hats

A wonderful new formal portrait of the Luxembourg royal family was released this week (Luxarazzi)

Ever wonder what a Garden Party in Luxembourg looks like? This gallery will show you! (Wort via Luxarazzi)

Third Day of British Royal Visit to Germany

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled to Frankfurt for a number of events yesterday on Day Three of their German visit. The Queen’s parade of new hats continued with two more designs today, again in blue and white (the official millinery colours of this visit, I suppose?!) The first hat, in the same contrasting periwinkle blue and aqua green as is used on the Queen’s coat, features a silk covered crown and straw brim (blue on the underside and aqua on top. The upturned brim of the piece is trimmed with a stripe of aqua silk around the brim and a spray of peacock feathers on the side.

Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

While the base shape of this hat follows the same flat crown shape of several other Angela Kelly designs, it is completely transformed by a two-colour sash placed diagonally over the right side of the crown. This simple detail radically changes the shape of the hat, adding softness, dimension and height to a style which lacks these things. The end result is an interesting piece with wonderful contrast that looks marvellous on the Queen (even more marvellous without her coat)

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The second hat followed the form of a cloche. The crown of the hat was made of a textured, woven straw while the brim was plain, making the crown appear as it it was covered in ruffles. A silk carnation adorned the side of the hat along with red-tipped feathers which coordinated with the red treads in Her Majesty’s coat. Worn for an outdoor reception, the white ensemble made Queen Elizabeth stand out in the garden. The unusual texture of this piece intrigues me and the wonderful red feathers tip me toward liking it. You can see a full length photo of the Queen here.
Queen Elizabeth, June 25, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats
Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This hat is new
It is not often that we get two new hats from Queen Elizabeth in a single day. What do you think of this blue and white pair?
Photos from Boris Roessler/dpa and Jens Kalaene/dpa via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

Belgian Royal Visit to China

On Tuesday, King Phillipe and Queen Mathilde were received by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Queen Mathilde unveiled her second new grey hat on this tour, a round felt saucer percher style trimmed with two black feather quills. This is a new hat shape for Mathilde and the proportion was just right for her. The simplicity of the hat was  a perfect contrast to Mathilde’s printed dress and made for an ensemble which was stylishly modern but very pretty.

Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2015  in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 23, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Yù&me” design. Dress by NATAN
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Yesterday, the fifth day of the royal tour, Queen Mathilde joined Peng Liyuan for visits to an academy of art and experimental school for deaf students followed by a dinner with leading Chinese women hosted by fellow countryman Juan Van Wassenhove, founder of the Temple Hotel Founder. For these events, Queen Mathilde repeated her pale grey silk covered calot hat trimmed with a wide grey straw twisted ribbon tail. The pairing of this printed hat with Mathilde’s silk suit made for a demure but very elegant outfit.

Queen Mathilde, June 24, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 24, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 24, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy. Suit from Ann Demeulemeester
Previously Worn: February 19, 2014

After three grey hats in a row on this tour, Queen Mathilde surprised today with the most beautiful red ensemble.

 Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

A nod to the host nation’s flag, this large red saucer hat, made of in Abaka and linen, was simply trimmed with large stylised straw leaves that curved around one side of the brim. While lovely on its own, this magic of this hat was in its pairing with Mathilde’s red dress. Together, the pieces are exquisite.

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, June 25, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. It is the “Chinatown” design. Dress by Bernard Depoorter.
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

With the exception of her first ensemble, I think Queen Mathilde has looked fabulous on this tour. What do you think of the three hats she has worn this week?

Day 2 of British State Visit to Germany

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh continued their state visit to Germany today with welcomes at Bellevue Palace and German Chancellery, a visit to the Technical University of Berlin and a jaunt down the Spree River. For these events, Queen Elizabeth repeated  the same white ruffled coat that she wore for her Diamond Jubilee River Pageant but paired it with a new white straw hat.

This multi-layered hat is based on a cloche-shaped crown around which is wrapped a secondary crown of doubled-over straw. The hat is completed by flat brim with a squarely upturned edge and a bow at the front center of the piece in the same fabric as the queen’s silver and gold dotted coat.

Queen Elizabeth, June 24, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth has several other hats in a similar shape (see here, here and here) that I think work better than this one does. While I can overlook the bulbous crown and clunky brim on this design, I can’t get past the awkwardly twee bow. The all white ensemble does allow Her Majesty’s brooch to take centre stage but the hat, with its wide surfaces of plain white straw, falls completely flat for me. I think the ruched fabric hat she wore for the Diamond Jubilee was a better match for this coat.  What do you think of this new hat?

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Photo from Getty as indicated and Reynaldo Paganelli/NurPhoto via Corbis

Luxembourg National Day

The Luxembourg royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday yesterday with attendance at a civil ceremony, a military parade and an inter-religious Te Deum at the Luxembourg Cathedral. While hats did not appear at the first two events (except for uniform caps), a quintet of lovely pieces were donned for the Te Deum.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa used the occasion to début a new ‘slice’ brim picture hat with upfolded brim raised high over one side of the hat’s crown. The dramatically shaped hat was trimmed in bold, wide curling straw ribbons (the same ones we saw adorn numerous hats at Ascot last week) which adorned the underside of the raised brim. Maria Teresa has worn this style of hat in the past- while some argue it gives her some height, I think the shape overwhelms. It’s a beautiful hat and it pairs well with her tan and black embroidered suit but I think a different shape would have been better suited the Grand Duchess.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

The Hereditary Grand Duchess topped her beautiful yellow dress with a light picture hat. The hat, made of slim strips of crin sewn together to give a striped effect, featured a gently ruffled brim on one side into which a large yellow feather was tucked. I am firmly on the fence with this piece- the stripes give it a dime-store vibe that I just can not shake and the feather is simply awful. It does, however, have a lovely sense of light airiness that works well with Princess Stèphanie’s yellow dress and her beautiful hair and makeup provides the polish and elegance which the hat lacks. I adore that Princess Stèphanie is slowly starting to experiment with her hats and hope this trend continues.

Princess Stèphanie, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Princess Claire wore a large white picture hat with rolling brim, trimmed simply with a black band around the base of the crown. The hat is a simple but very chic piece that worked very well with her dotted red dress and amazing earrings.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Alexandra topped her pale green lace dress with a 1920s flapper-style headband. While I’m not sure the headband was a great match for her dress, there is something so lighthearted and unexpected about this piece that makes me smile.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Tessy fast-forwarded two decades from her sister-in-law, bringing a 1940s fashion vibe into her look today. Her headpiece, a high curling base of gossamer grey straw trimmed with feathers, worked beautifully with her navy dress and waved hairstyle and perfect red lip (has ever a red lip set off a hat so well?). The modern headpiece is an unexpected choice to round out a vintage look but Tessy looked stunning in it.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

It is always lovely to see the entire family together at this event- which one of these hats stood out most to you?

Photo from Getty as indicated and Jean-Claude Ernst via Tageblatt

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Queen Silvia wore a lovely swirled aqua calot hat for this week’s Te Deum in celebration of Prince Nicolas while Crown Princess Victoria wore a small pink fascinator (Swedish Royal Court)

Queen Sonja kept warm in her ivory beret with grommets during a visit to Kjøllefjord (Royal House of Norway)

Wee Princess Leonore wore a lovely floral headpiece to celebrate mid summer (Princess Madeleine Facebook)

Queen Elizabeth repeated a much worn lilac, leaf trimmed hat by Philip Sommerville at polo last weekend

Queen Elizabeth,  June 14, 2015 in Philip Sommerville

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The Duke of Wellington hosted a black tie banquet to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. His wife and the Duchess of Cornwall brought out their diamonds to celebrate! (Getty)

Lovely new portraits of Prince Louise, Princess Tessy and their young princes released this week (Wort via Luxarazzi)

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako looked happy and relaxed on their visit to a family support centre on Tuesday (Getty)

Such fun to see the next generation of British royals enjoying each other’s company at polo last Sunday (Daily Mail)

Queen Máxima Opens Exhibit on Dutch Design

Queen Máxima visited the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam yesterday to open an an exhibition on Dutch design over the past 200 years.  For this opening, she repeated her large burgundy picture hat with a low, square crown and large mushroom-shaped brim. Despite its very simple grosgrain ribbon trim around the edge of the brim and base of the crown, the colour and scale of this hat give it loads of dramatic impact. With her striped gold and claret dress and orange accessories (an unusual choice that work surprisingly well), Máxima certainly stands out in a crowd.

Queen Máxima, June 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, June 19, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: June 24, 2014May 24, 2014

Photos from Patrick van Katwijk and Patrick van Katwijk via Corbis; and Getty as indicated