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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent took in the Salzburg Festival this week. It’s not technically a hat but Marie Christine’s getup has me scratching my head. WHY?

Princess Michael of Kent, August 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

 While it’s been a slow week of working royal hats, there have been numerous ones spotted at the Olympics. Third place goes to the synchro baseball hat wearing King and Queen of Sweden.

Silver medal for Olympic royal hat wearing goes to adorable Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, in a floppy straw design (she gets extra points for her impressive collection of Olympic pins displayed on her lanyard):

And the gold medal…. Queen Maxima’s straw fedora, which made multiple Olympic appearances. So chic.

Great overview of recent celebrations for Liechtenstein’s National Day here and here (Luxarazzi)

Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and a Princess Aiko celebrated Japan’s first ‘Mountain Day’ national holiday with a hike in Matsumoto, Nagano last weekend. Imperial royals in plaid = happy claps.

Crown Prince Naruhito, August 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

I leave you this week with the hands-down winners for for royal cheerleading at the Olympics (with an honorable mention to young Nicolas of Sweden as posted here by his mum)

Photo from Rex Features and Asahi Shimbun

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The Countess of Wessex attended an engagement with the Army Corps of Music way back in June that was not publicly reported until well after the event. Her hat was a repeated Jane Taylor design (Corps of Army Music)

Countess of Wessex, June 29, 2016 | Royal Hats

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Fascinating speech by Emperor Akihito on Monday included some not so subtle calls to the Imperial Household Agency for change (Imperial Family Of Japan)

Great glimpse into the everyday life of Princess Eugenie (Harper’s Bazaar)

The King and Queen of Bhutan visited Bumthang and Chumney this week and brought along adorable young Prince Jigme Namgyel (King Jigme Facebook). Check out King Jigme Khesar’s instagram here for more great photos.

The young Danish royals have been really enjoying their time at the Olympics

Such a lovely, summery snap of Queen Margrethe and her sisters, Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Benedikte taken to mark 80 years of Grasten Palace as the summer residence of the Danish Royal Family

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Infanta Elena in her much loved cream fedora first, to celebrate her aunt Infanta Pilar’s 80th birthday last weekend (Semana) and again later this week on vacation in Mallorca (Getty). We see Elena in a lot of fedoras but the one she wore yesterday in Mallorca is undoubtedly my favourite so far. That is some raspberry fedora goodness.

Infanta Elena, August 5, 2016 | Royal Hats

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 The Phillips family came out to cheer on Zara Tindall as she competed at the Gatcombe Horse Trials (hosted on her mum’s estate) (Daily Mail)

Lovely photos of the Spanish royal family taken at their summer home Marivent Palace in Mallorca (Getty)

Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and family trekking in Brazil last weekend. They were all joined by Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary in Rio where they officially opened the Danish Pavillion at the Olympics. Note the LEGO mosaiac. (Danish Monarchy)

 Photos from Carlos Alvarez via Getty

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Princess Tsuguko of Takamado in a chic summer hat to open an art exhibition (Imperial Family of Japan)

Sarah, Duchess of York, was spotted in a smart black calot last weekend at the Ascot racecourse with her daughter, Princess Eugenie (Daily Mail)


Great look at the hats Princess Beatrix wore in 1967 over at the Mode Koningin Maxima blog

Thanks to reader Laura who passed on this interview with Jane Taylor where she shares a bit about what it’s like to design hats for the Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex (Hello)

Fabienne Delvigne created five stunning hats for the House of Guerlain for the launch of their new perfume, La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dress)

Fabienne Delvigne Collaboration with Guerlain, Julne 2016

Fabienne Delvigne Collaboration with Guerlain, Julne 2016

While putting together the inventory of Queen Elizabeth’s green hats this week, I discovered two blue hats I had previously missed. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see them.

Another great video of the now famous exhibition on the Queen’s fashion on display now at Buckingham Palace. Have any of you been to see it yet?

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Interesting article on Princess Tatiana of Greece (Vogue)

Royal historian extraordinaire Dr. Lucy Worsley teams up with Helen Castor in a new documentary on Versaille

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Photo of the Danish royals on vacation in France shows Princess Athena in a sweet summer hat (Danish Monarchy)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared another snap of her June trip to Georgia where she wore a smart natural straw hat.

Crown Princess Masako in a pair of very simple black and white hats for a visit to Nara and Kyoto this week (Imperial Family of Japan). You can see a short video here.

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, July 20, 2016 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette Marit incorporated a peculiar knotted headpiece into her hairstyle at a memorial she and Crown Prince Haakon attended on the fifth anniversary of the Oslo and Utøya attacks (Norwegian Royal Court)

Part III of this summer’s exhibition, “Fashioning A Reign: 90 Years Of Style From The Queen’s Wardrobe” opens today at Buckingham Palace. It looks simply amazing and I can’t say how jealous I am of those of you able to attend.


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Interesting interview with Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein (Principality of Liechtenstein)

Charming photos of Prince George were released on the occasion of his third birthday yesterday. It’s all smiles, swings and a boy with his dog  (Kensington Palace)

The Swedish Royal Family posed for a lovely outdoor photo (hopefully, the start of a new tradition!). Their efforts prove that wrangling toddlers is a challenge no matter the royal pedigree.

Photos from Sankei

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Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser shared a snapshot taken while on private visit to picturesque Lake Ritsa (a lake nestled in the Caucasus Mountains in north-western Georgia).

King Carl Gustaf in his trusty brown fedora at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen

Princess Michael of Kent was spotted at Wimbledon in her straw visor

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A big surprise from Japan this week when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate was revealed. There don’t appear to be any concrete plans for a handover to Crown Prince Naruhito but it’s big news nonetheless (BBC)

Lovely gallery of photos from the Danish Royal Family’s annual photocall at Gråsten Palace (Svenskdam)

Prince Oscar of Sweden made an appearance this week for his mum’s name day and his resemblance to his big sister is remarkable (Svenskdam)

Princess Alexandra Sees Off This Year’s Scottish Royal Guard

On Wednesday, Princess Alexandra visited the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, a Light Mechanised Infantry battalion based in Edinburgh who were tasked this year with mounting the Royal Guard at Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle during Holyrood Week. For this visit, she repeated her pale natural straw hat with high, pork pie shaped crown and cartwheel brim, trimmed with a silk rose, widely woven white net tulle and a wide white hatband which finishes in a flat bow at the front. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this design at closeup range and the photo below shows a subtle diagonal pattern woven in the straw of this piece, visible on the straight sides of the tall crown. This is a lovely detail I’ve not noticed before.

Princess Alexandra, July 13, 2016| Royal Hats

 Princess Alexandra, July 13, 2016| Royal Hats  Princess Alexandra, July 13, 2016| Royal Hats

We usually see Alexandra pair this blue suit with a matching blue hat but I thought this straw design made an alternately great pairing. What do you think of this hat?