Princess Astrid Unveils Statue

Princess Astrid of Norway unveiled a statue of her grandfather yesterday in London at Sjømannskirken i London (The Norwegian Church and Seamen’s Mission), the church attended by the late king and his son, Crown Prince Olaf, during their WWII London residency. For this event, Princess Astrid wore a small navy textured straw hat with bubble brim, trimmed with two straw leaves in lighter blue sinamay straw. The colour is so lovely on Astrid and while the scale doesn’t seem quite right, the quirky shape suits her surprisingly well.

Princess Astrid, Sep 17, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid, Sep 17, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I think this hat is new
Photos from Sven Gjeruldsen/ The Royal Courtand social media as indicated
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Queen Repeats Paris Hat for Balmoral Arrival

Queen Elizabeth took up summer residency at Balmoral Castle yesterday, where she was officially welcomed by The Royal Regiment of Scotland Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and their mascot Cruachan (the same pony who attempted to snack on Her Majesty’s bouquet several weeks back). It appears that our reader’s guest posts over recent weeks inspired a reach into the depths of the Queen’s closet as she wore an ensemble yesterday we’ve only seen once, three years ago for her arrival in Paris. The hat, another one of Angela Kelly’s “Square Crown and Rolled Brim” designs, is covered in the same embroidered pink fabric as the suit and while it makes for a very coordinated ensemble, it’s a bit too much of the same colour and texture for my liking. These qualms aside, it’s nice to see the hat make a second appearance.

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 5, 2014
Thoughts on this hat’s second appearance?
Photos from social media as indicated

New Hat For Queen Margrethe

Queen Margrethe arrived aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog at Aabenraa Port on Saturday morning, en route to her summer residence at Gråsten Palace. Her official visit was short (long enough to greet the mayor and listen to a brass band) and she surprised with the debut of a new hat for the occasion. In pale pink straw, the hat features a tapered crown and medium length brim, gently upswept on one side. The brim is edged in slightly darker pink fabric with a slim stripe of white piping repeated from the Queen’s jacket that also peeks out atop a pink hatband. White silk flowers on the right side of the hat complete it. It’s a less vibrant look than we’re used to seeing on the Danish queen but a decidedly refined one. That simple use of white piping gives such a polished look to both the whole ensemble.

Queen Margrethe, July 15, 2017 | Royal Hats   Queen Margrethe, July 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Margrethe, July 15, 2017 | Royal Hats   Queen Margrethe, July 15, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
What do you think of Queen Margrethe’s new hat?
Photos from Claus Thorsted via Scanpix

Queen Elizabeth Spends Birthday At Races

Queen Elizabeth spent her 91st birthday today enjoying the spring trials meeting at Newbury Racecourse. For this day at the races, she repeated her pink felt hat with flat crown and short cartwheel brim. While the pale blue and copper feather trim on this piece is obviously meant to coordinate with the plaid in Her Majesty’s bouclé, I’ve always thought they brought little to this hat. There’s something about the lightness of these feathers that just doesn’t work here, I think.

     

Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Feb 2, 2014
Thoughts about this hat today?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Belgian Monarchs Wrap Up State Visit To Japan

On Thursday, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde continued their state visit to Japan with a day of engagements that took the pair to Tokugawa Museum, a Nagoya exhibition of Belgian products, Matsuzakaya Department Store and an elementary school. Queen Mathilde used these events to debut a new cocktail hat, described by the designer as “made out of abaca and red silk, adorned with an accompanying feather.”

Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

The silk covered straw takes on a wonderful iridescent sheen in natural light. While the wrapped design of the hat makes it slightly unkempt for my taste, the combination of hat with red gloves, clutch and shoes, embroidered rose detail on Mathilde’s grey dress, a fantastic hairstyle and classic jewels makes for a truly lovely ensemble.

Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats   Queen Mathilde, Oct 13, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The couple’s final day yesterday took them to Osaka where they visited Kobe University, lunched with leaders from the local chemical industry and viewed traditional Japanese theatre. Queen Mathilde repeated a beige velvet felthat with indented crown and folded hatband bow at the front.This fedora variation is a more informal piece but one I think was a chic and effortless match with her orange dress.

Queen Mathilde, Oct 15, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Queen Mathilde, Oct 15, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: October 11, 2013
While these state visits are about far more than fashion, I think Queen Mathilde’s wardrobe this week was a great success. What do you think about these final two hats in Japan?

Princess Eugenie Supports End of Slavery

On Wednesday, Princess Eugenie joined Prime Minister Theresa May at a Westminster Abbey service to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce and mark the United Kingdom’s commitment to combat modern slavery. For this event, she wore a new pillbox with braided sides in vibrant blue velour felt. It is a great colour on the young princess- one that gave a great pop of colour to her black and white ensemble- and I adore the use of the braided detail on the sides of the hat to give it some visual interest. Hats for such solemn events can be tricky but this one hits just the right balance of current style and respectful decorum.

    

Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the “Pleated Pillbox” design from AW 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this punchy new pillbox?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Belgian Royals on State Visit To Japan

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde embarked on a state visit to Japan earlier this week. They were officially welcomed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday where, as expected, the occasion saw a number of new hats.

Queen Mathilde stood out in a new brown wool casque style headpiece covered in red-orange and brown maple leaves. There’s no doubt this is a unique and daring design that requires considerable millinery bravery to carry off but I wonder if it’s a little TOO far out there to be considered attractive. I’m just not sure a leaf covered helmet, no matter how creative or beautifully executed, can be flattering.
Queen Mathilde, Oct 11, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Mathilde, Oct 11, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats
Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Empress Michiko topped a charcoal suit with a small matching saucer hat. While this follows the same shape and scale of many of Michiko’s other hats, it is set apart with a double underbrim in silver lattice straw and a simple ribbon twist trim in a lighter shade of grey.

Empress Michiko, Oct 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Empress Michiko, October 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Crown Princess Masako topped her pale pink suit with a matching hat. While the shape of this design- with a domed, straight sided crown and primly upturned brim- is neither memorable nor flattering on Masako (from the front view, the hat looks too big for her), I think it may be partially redeemed with that lovely, pleated hat band.

Crown Princess Misako, October 11, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
These three hats cover completely different ends of the royal millinery style spectrum and while it doesn’t seem fair to compare them, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on each design. Let’s chat!
Photos from Getty as indicated; PhotonewsAFP, PhotonewsPhotonews and Photonews via Getty