This Week’s Extras

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While a certain wedding took much royal focus over the past week, there were a few other events (and hats!) we need to catch up on! First up is Queen Elizabeth headed to church yesterday in her sage cloche hat with tall yellow crown wrap and feather trim.

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While we usually see a hats on the Norwegian queen and crown princess for their country’s National Day celebrations, Thursday’s festivities only saw hats on the men. King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both stepped out for the annual balcony appearance in top hats.

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An informal garden party was held last Thursday afternoon at Buckingham Palace for recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. While The Duke of York, Countess of Wessex and Princess Royal did not wear hats, the Earl of Wessex donned a natty straw summer Panama design.


If you will be in London on June 21, you’ll want to take in Clair Hughes’ lecture “Uneasy Heads: Royalty And Their Hats) at the Fashion and Textile Museum and pick up her recently released book.¬†

The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:

Multi hued pink “Polaris” cocktail hat from London-based Australian milliner Lisa Tan
Large saucer with creative black & white bubble cutouts from British millinery brand Mind Your Bonce
Black wide brimmed hat with dented crown and white flowers from Canadian brand The Saucy Milliner
Straw hat with brilliant green shantung silk binding and trim from British milliner Dillon Walwork
Merlot silk covered button percher with stunning feathers from London-based Bundle McLaren
Exquisitely trimmed smaller scale hats in pastel hues from British milliner Sarah Cant

And from Dutch milliner Myra Van de Korput, this vibrant pleated jinsin disc hat with red bound edge.

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Beautiful new portraits of Princess Charlene taken for Rooi Rose magazine.

Adorable set of pictures released by the Swedish Monarchy of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar enjoying spring

And we head into the new week with this photo of Queen Elizabeth at the Chelsea Flower Show today.

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Norwegian Royals Celebrate National Day

Members of the Norwegian royal family celebrated Constitution Day today with¬†an annual appearance on the palace balcony¬†for the Oslo children’s parade.

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Queen Sonja wore a striking hat in cream straw with a square crown and and wide brim raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with a navy hatband and brim piping, a classic combination that gives high contrast punch to the design. I think it’s a fantastic piece for Sonja.¬†As in years past, King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon both wore morning suits with black silk top hats. I’ll wait for our top hat experts to weigh in but it seems to me that King Harald could do with a¬†slightly larger size.
Queen Sonja, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:  May 20, 2003; May 30, 2001 
Crown Princess Mette-Marit stuck to national colours, topping her navy coat with a red beret hat worn on the back of her head. While not my favourite piece, it’s a great colour choice for today’s national holiday.
Princess Mette-Marit, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown. Possibly Mona Strand.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Märtha Louise dressed in traditional folk costume for her own, private celebrations and shared this snap.

Gratulerer med dagen! #17.mai #grunnlovsdagen #hurra

A post shared by Märtha Louise (@martha_louise123) on

It looks like a great day was enjoyed by all. What do you think of this quartet of hats?
Norwegian Royal Family, May 17, 2017 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and¬†Vegard Wivestad Gr√łtt / NTB scanpix via the Royal House of Norway

This Week’s Extras

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King Harald visited the Norwegian royal yacht on Wednesday in preparation for next week’s 80th birthday celebrations for he and Queen Sonja which will bring a number of royal guests. He always looks natty in his nautical hat.

Some fun snaps of King Carl Gustaf taken April 28 at the opening of the new Viking Museum in Stockholm

Quick but very interesting demo from Rachel Trevor Morgan

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So lovely to see the Duchess of Kent at an event this week.

¬†Esquire’s list of the 40 Best Dressed Men included one royal- Prince Michael of Kent. Does that surprise you as much as it surprised me?

Adorable family photo shared by the King of Bhutan

From Sweden, a sweet moment captured between Princess Estelle and the King last Sunday on his birthday

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And finally, news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement caught many by surprise this week. Fittingly, the last word on this subject goes to him:

 

This Week’s Extras

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King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora cheering on his son at the racetrack last weekend (Svenskdam)

A pair of nautical and rain hats for the Norwegian monarchs last weekend as they closed the 2016 royal yacht tour

Queen Silvia in a simple black hat for the funeral of Countess Gunnila Bernadotte on Thursday (Swedish Royal Court)

Great article about the designer and story behind the hat worn by Sophie Gregoire Trudeau for last weekend’s royal welcome (Ottawa Citizen)

Even the royals do standard ‘baby in pumpkin patch with cozy¬†hat’ poses. Here is adorable Prince Oscar.

Wonderful conclusion last weekend to the Countess of Wessex’s cycle from Edinburgh to London in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Daily Mail)

Interesting interview with Crown Prince Leka of Albania (who was raised in exile in South Africa) as lead up to his October 8 wedding, Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here and Part 5 here (Noblesse et Royautes blog)

Speaking of weddings- huge thanks to our friends at Luxarazzi for translating RTL’s interview this week with Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on the occasion of their tenth wedding anniversary.

Sculptures made by Prince Henrik of Denmark are featured in a Spanish exhibition (El Diario)

Great interview with Queen Margrethe released yesterday, sharing the story behind an embroidered tapestry she designed and will be presenting to Schlosskirche in Wittenberg next week. Her stance on Danish succession and smoking is also made rather clear (Der Spiegel)

While we will always shy away from politics here at Royal Hats, this interview with King Abdullah of Jordan is insightful (60 Minutes)

Princess Beatrice became the first member of the British Royal Family to complete a triathlon this week, all in support of charity (Daily Mail)

And to close out the week with something to warm your heart- ¬†wonderful¬†moments captured on Thursday (all by British photographer extraordinaire Chris Jackson) when a number of Canadian military families joined the Cambridges in Victoria for an outdoor children’s party. Charlotte’s hair bow is by Amaia Kids. So sweet

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King Harald is participating in the World Sailing Championships in Toronto (Royal House of Norway)

Crown Princess Mary took part in the Baltic Sea Challenge (Daily Mail)

Have you heard that the Countess of Wessex is taking up a Duke of Edinburgh challenge (raising funds for charity in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s 60th anniversary) that involves many, many hours wearing¬†a bike helmet?

While not exactly a sport… Princess Camilla of of Bourbon Two Sicilies was spotted hat shopping in St. Tropez back in early July¬†(Pure People)

Princess Camilla, July 2, 2016 | Royal Hats

In early August, she was also spotted out on the town in some snazzy headpieces (Pure People)

Princess Camilla, August 2016 | Royal Hats

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Lovely new photo of Prince Carl Philip, Princes Sofia and Prince Alexander (Svenskdam)

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats¬†to a quintet of hats worn 68 years ago today to the opening of the 1948 London Olympics. From left to right are¬†Prince Olav of Norway, Princess Ragnhild, Princess M√§rtha, a smiling and very young Prince Harald, ¬†and Princess Astrid. Princess M√§rtha’s hat follows a particularly aerodynamic shape.

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Last Week’s Extras Times Two

Royal Hats¬†This weekly feature was interrupted last weekend for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Hang on to your hats- there’s much news to catch up!¬†

The Swedish monarchs arrived in Bhutan on June 8 for a short state visit. Queen Silvia wore a floral headpiece for a banquet the first evening that looked to be made of real flowers. Part of the visit was more casual and saw the King wearing his trusty old fedora (Swedish Monarchy), brought out again last week for an interview (Svenskdam)

Queen Silvia, June 8, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Akiko of Mikasa was uncharacteristically casually dressed (complete with floppy hat) to plant rice with students of Kokugakuin University. Also, several members of the Imperial Family attended a memorial service for the late Prince Katsura (Imperial Family Of Japan)

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon partook their annual inspection of the King’s Guard (Royal House of Norway)

Flora Ogilvy celebrated Midsummer in a romantic and retro floral turban (Zenouska Mowatt Instagram)

Princess Mary was in head-to-toe camouflage two weekends ago for Home Guard Land Exercises and a parade in Jutland, reviewed by Queen Margrethe in her red straw hat (Danish Monarchy).

The Danish Monarchy also released this throw-back photo to the mid 1980s of Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim¬†wearing¬†the hats of their secondary school,¬†√ėregaard Gymnasium

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The Danish Royals released a handsome new family photo (Danish Monarchy)

The Swedish royals released beautiful photographs of Prince Nicolas on the occasion of his first birthday here and here (Princess Madeleine Facebook). They also shared this wonderful video of the King and Queen’s wedding which took place 40 years ago, yesterday.

In all of the Ascot madness this week, I’m sure I have forgotten other tidbits of royal news. Please feel free to share them in the comments.¬†

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