Who Wore It Best: August 2015 Poll Results

A WWI Best Judging from your comments, this month’s poll was a much closer race than many others. However, in our face-off between two Rachel Trevor Morgan bowed and feathered percher saucer hats in grey starburst patterned straw, one winner emerged:

The Duchess of Cambridge at The Order of the Garter Service, June 13, 2011

The winning factor in this poll seemed to be the combination of the hat with the outfit it was paired with, further proving that while we all remain great fans of royal hats, they do not entirely stand alone. Stay tuned later this week for our next poll!
Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Lady Gabriella Windsor in a dramatic red fascinator at the Prague wedding of Countess Giada Dobrzensky and Marcantonio del Drago (L’Express)

King Carl Gustav at the Swedish National Water Conference in his trusty fedora (Swedish Royal Court)

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The Duke of Cambridge’s eloquent words about his grandmother, penned as the preface for Lord Hurd’s upcoming book“Elizabeth II: The Steadfast” (The Crown Chronicles)

Article about Launer, maker of Queen Elizabeth’s famous purses (Royal Central)

Snipets from the upcoming book “What A Thing To Say To The Queen: A Collection Of Royal Anecdotes From The House Of Windsor” by Thomas Blaikie” (Daily Mail). While I can’t vouch for truth, some are most amusing.

One Hat, Three Dresses and Trousers

Royal Hats One of my favourite summer hats in natural straw is the large picture hat worn by Queen Máxima. This classic piece, with wide stripes of texture woven into the straw and a gently curved brim (worn once, folded all the way down), carries a relaxed and beachy vibe we don’t often see in royal hats worn for formal engagements. Máxima has paired this Fabienne Delvigne design with four very different outfits on four different foreign tours and I am curious, dear readers, about which pairing you think works best.

Princess Máxima, November 4, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, November 4, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

With a vibrant striped dress on November 4, 2011 in the Dutch Antilles

Princess Máxima, January 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, January 22, 2013 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

With a white cowl necked dress on January 22, 2013 in Brunei

Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Máxima, May 28, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

With a green lace tunic and skirt, May 28, 2015 in Canada

Princess Máxima, March 31, 2006  in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Princess Máxima, March 31, 2006  in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

With a rust  jacket and cream linen trousers on March 31, 2006 in Argentina

Who Wore It Best: August 2015 Poll

A WWI Best Two young and stylish members of the British royal family. Two bowed and feathered percher saucer hats in chic grey starburst patterned straw, both designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan. Who do you think wore it best?

The Countess of Wessex at Ascot, June 15, 2010

The Duchess of Cambridge at The Order of the Garter Service, June 13, 2011

This poll will remain open until next Sunday, August 23 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the results shortly thereafter. Happy voting!
Photos from Getty as indicated

British Royals Celebrate VJ Day Anniversary

Yesterday, members of the British Royal Family celebrated the 70th anniversary of VJ Day  (the date of surrender by Japanese Forces which formally ended World War II). Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended a service of commemoration held at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London. The Queen repeated her white straw hat with tall crown, wrapped in the same bouclé fabric as her suit and trimmed with a pink silk rose. While the hat coordinates well with Her Majesty’s lovely suit, the use of the  thick fabric trim on the hat doesn’t work for me, still.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 8, 2014

The Countess of Wessex wore a hat I have been hoping to see again- the navy straw percher hat trimmed in gold feathers that she first wore for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving in June 2012. This hat has a wonderful sense of movement and I thought its pairing with her Emilia Wickstead frock with navy pinstripes was so very smart.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 5, 2012

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her slate grey straw beret and matching coat dress. The coat has a slight military feel and the ensemble felt most appropriate for this commemoration.

Designer: unconfirmed. My guess is Lock & Co.
Previously Worn: June 18, 2015; June 15, 2015November 6, 2013June 19, 2013; June 5, 2012

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended an outdoor service at the Horse Guard Parade and a Royal British Legion reception held in the College Gardens of Westminster Abbey. The Duchess repeated her mint straw hat with ‘slice’ diagonal brim trimmed with wide jinsin ribbon curls. The placement of the trim is most interesting although I think the piece might benefit from placement a little further back on Camilla’s head.

It looks like a lovely day was had by all (see a larger photo gallery over at the Daily Mail). Did any of these hats stand out to in particular?
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This Week’s Extras

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Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Balmoral last weekend to begin their annual Scottish summer vacation (Daily Mail). The Queen wore a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat for her arrival and  her cream straw hat with lattice brim for Sunday Service at Crathie Kirk (The Press & Journal).

Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies was her usually colourful self this week in Saint-Tropez (Svenskdam)

Infanta Elena at a bullfight in  – you guessed it – her light straw Panama hat (Hola)

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Shock waves from Romania as King Michael strips Prince Nicholas of his title and place in succession (Telegraph). Sentiments toward the young man seem to have changed dramatically since Crown Princess Margarita wrote kindly about him in this chapter of his book, The Road Home.

Two interesting articles Princess Anne here and here released for her 65th birthday today (Macleans & The Telegraph)

 

Seeing Double: Queen Máxima

Royal HatsDuring the Dutch monarch’s visit to Canada in May this year, Queen Máxima repeated an unstructured navy picture hat in loosely woven straw. The distinctively striped piece has a twin in lime green.

Queen Máxima, May 27, 2015 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima, October 29, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal HatsVisiting Aruba, October 29, 2011

The brim of the navy hat is slightly larger and less smoothly shaped than the green one but the two are undoubtedly related. The green hat first appeared during a 2005 visit to Japan while the navy hat had its début on the 2011 Dutch tour of the Caribbean (below right) –  just two days after Máxima repeated the green one (below left). I find it most curious that despite a number of light straw summery hats to choose from in her millinery closet, Máxima chose two versions of essentially the same design to wear within a week, on the same foreign tour.

Princess Máxima, October 29, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Máxima, October 31, 2011 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Princess Máxima in Aruba, October 29, 2011 and in Bonaire, October 31, 2011

What do you think of these relaxed straw hats?