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Queen Margrethe reopened the newly renovated Skagen Museum in her burgundy bumper hat (Billed Bladet)

Princess Anne opened the new atrium at the University of the West of Scotland in her brown fur pillbox (UWS)

Queen Sonja cheered on Norwegian skiers at a World Cup race last Sunday while her granddaughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, lit the cauldron of Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games during the Opening Ceremony.

Lovely photos of the Belgian royal family on ski holiday in Switzerland

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Beautiful new portraits of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Theresa released for their 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Luxarazzi)

The King and Queen of Bhutan released a photo of their new son, meeting his grandfather (Queen Jetsun Facebook)

The Imperial Crown Prince and Princess celebrated a milestone for social education development (Imperial Family of Japan)

A look at the new exhibit Fashion Rules Restyled, featuring clothing worn by Queen Elizabeth, the late princess Margaret and the late Princess Diana, which just opened at Kensington Palace (Vogue)

The Duchess of Cambridge is lending her support to Children’s Mental Health Week 2016 with this message:

Photos from Getty as indicated

Duchess of Cambridge Celebrates RAF Cadets

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets yesterday, held at St. Clement Danes Church in London. For this occasion, she topped her sky blue McQueen coat dress with a navy felt percher hat (the same one worn to a private memorial service last March). Trimmed with large leaves placed on the back, the hat follows a modified saucer shape from front view.

I like the leaf trim at the back but don’t find the hat particularly memorable from the front. This quibble aside, I think Kate wears this simple hat well and it worked wonderfully with her blue coat (fitting in beautifully amidst a sea of uniforms) for this event.

Designer: Lock and Co. 
Previously Worn: March 26, 2015 (private event)
While this hat is technically a repeat, this event was its first outing to a public event so we’re going to consider it a new hat this month (jump over here to see it included in our inventory of Kate’s blue hats).That leaves just one question- what do you, dearest readers, think about this piece?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Queen On Post Church Walkabout

After attending church yesterday at the Church of St Peter & St Paul n West Newton near their Sandingham Estate, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh took part in a ‘walkabout’, meeting members of the public gathered to greet them. The Queen wore a repeated vibrant red coat, paired with a new hat. The modified cloche, covered in the same red wool crepe as Her Majesty’s coat, featured a tall, squared crown, and short, downward facing brim. Finished off with black and red bands around the base of the crown, black side bow loops and two curling red feathers, the high contrast hat coordinates well with the black and red print of the Queen’s dress. While my verdict is out on the shape, the trim is tightly executed (no feather explosions here) and the hat is all the better for it.

Designer: I suspect Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Later this week, I’ll contrast this hat with the design previously worn with this coat. In the meantime, what do you think of the Queen’s new hat?
Photos from Getty as indicated

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Queen Máxima wore a new pillbox covered in brown feathers last weekend to a meeting in Delft about sustainable energy (Royal House of the Netherlands). I missed this in our January new hat finals so if you like this piece, leave a comment and I’ll include it in our February poll.

Queen Elizabeth wore a hat to church last Sunday that has not been seen out since 2007 (see its last outing here). Princess Anne joined her parents for Sunday service in a floppy velvet and tweed hat we’ve seen before as well. (Daily Mail)

One of milliner Stephen Jones’ sketches has been turned into a lovely limited-edition brooch for Brain Tumour Research and Wear A Hat Day (Stephen Jones)

Holyrood House is set to open a landmark exhibition this spring of more than 150 of Queen Elizabeth’s gowns, dresses, coats and hats (Daily Mail). I dearly hope that one of our Edingburgh readers will visit and share their experience with us!

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Happy news from Bhutan’s King and Queen who welcomed a prince yesterday (King Jigme’s Facebook)

Interesting Danish documentary on Queen Margrethe’s art and design (

Interview with Princess Marie on the occasion of her 40th birthday (Crown Chronicles)

The Imeperial couple looking even more adorable than usual on vacation (Imperial Family of Japan blog)

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Princess Eugenie joined her grandparents for church last Sunday in a bright pink Juliette Botterill hat. The Queen repeated a Rachel Trevor Morgan design (Daily Mail)

Prince Haakon in knit caps and hairnets during a visit to Stranda this week (Royal House of Norway)

Take a second look at this post of the Imperial royals for some additional photos, including the most chic winter white fedora I think I’ve ever seen (Royal Hats)

Back on January 12, Princess Margriet wore a grey faux fur hat to the annual new year reception at the Royal Palace. You can see a back view of the white-domed piece here.

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Monaco’s prince and princess paid annual tribute to their patron Saint Devote (Daily Mail)

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Back on January 15, the Imperial Crown Prince and Princess celebrated anniversaries of the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center and National Institution for Youth Education. Princess Masako looked smart in a repeated a pale beige hat with rolled crown and simple ribbon trim around the base of the crown (Sankei)

Crown Princess Masako, January 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Anne in a cozy fur cap on her visit to the Falkland Islands (British Monarchy)

Princess Madeleine shared some wonderful snaps of her family’s vacation in the Maldives (Princess Madeleine Facebook)

A textile curator from Het Loo Palace shared these wonderful photos of several vintage hats worn by Queen Juliana


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Lovely new photographs of Princess Ingrid released for her 12th birthday (Royal House of Norway)

And finally, an Interview with Peter Phillips about festivities around his granny’s upcoming 90th birthday party (ITV)

Photo from Sankei

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Sweet photo of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie in hairnets while visiting a chocolaterie (Luxarazzi)

Crown Prince Haakon greeting volunteers at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer (Royal House of Norway)

Reader Sandra shared this interesting article about a Welsh milliner finding success in China (Telegraph)

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Great photos and video (here and here) of celebrations for Grand Duke Jean’s 95th birthday last weekend (Luxarazzi)

Beautiful new photos of the Norwegian royal family (see here and here) released on the occasion of the King and Queen’s Silver Jubilee (Royal House of Norway and Vorsten)

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Photo from  Jorgen Gomnæs via The Royal House of Norway