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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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King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora last weekend for a visit to Vilhelmina

The Belgian King and Queen with their four children, all in cozy hats while on a skiing holiday

Crown Prince Haakon has been spotted at numerous Winter Olympics events in Pyeong Chang this week in a navy wool hat with Norgwegian flag. On Wednesday, Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited the site for the future Cathedral of Hope, to be built with recycled plastic gathered from the ocean, in a floppy navy wool hat. (Royal House of Norway)

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi shared this throwback photo to a past visit to Carnival in Rio in a floral crown

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Oversize pale blue saucer with crin brim edge and pastel trim by UK milliner Merve Bayindir
Jewel toned trilbys with textural patterned hatbands by new UK brand Karasu London
Exquisite design in pleated pink crin from Munich based milliner Nicki Marquardt
Très chic rain hat in maroon water repellent cotton from Australian milliner Helen Kaminsky
Sculpted sky blue straw saucer percher with lace trim from UK brand Layla Leigh Millinery
Coral straw boater with bows and net overlay from Australian brand Millinery Jill
Striking tri-colour blocked oversize fedora with flying bow from UK milliner Lisa Tan
Teal leather pillbox base percher with giant spring bloom from Tasmanian Cessiah Alice Millinery
Lovely use of black net on this felt design with pork pie crown from Australian milliner Meg Rafter

I don’t imagine we’ll see these on royal heads but the saucer and percher designs trimmed with food by Israeli milliner Maor Zabar are most certainly memorable.

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Princess Märtha Louise, who is an accomplished equestrian, showed that talent for this sport has passed to a new generation of Norwegian royal family members with this video of her daughter Leah’s first international competition.

The entire Danish royal family joined Queen Margrethe to watch soldiers from the Royal Guard bring Prince Henrik’s remains to Parliament’s church in Copenhagen last night, where it will remain for members of the public to visit until Monday.

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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.
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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

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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 Grøtt / NTB scanpix via the Royal House of Norway

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Before we get into this week’s recap… I have had to moderate more comments than usual over the past week and sadly, was forced to ban two longtime participants. Please review The Comment Policy here at Royal Hats if you’re not familiar with it and my great thanks to the many of you who do a stellar job of keeping the conversation here a respectful one. Now- to the hats!

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Princess Kiko in a black mushroom hat last weekend to remember the East Japan earthquake in 2011 (Imperial Family Of Japan)

The Norwegian royal family enjoying the Holmenkollen ski festival in… you guessed it, ski hats (Royal House Of Norway)

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser in Sudan this week in an Eric Javits designed straw hat.

#مروي #البجراوية #السودان #الاهرام #pyramids #sudan

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Spectacular fresh floral crown on Tatiana Santo Domingo and her Muzungu Sisters fashion line partner, Dana Alikhani

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cornwall was at RAF Leeming to celebrate 100 Squadron’s centenary. She repeated her slouchy black wool hat with faux fur trim.

Princess Charlene taking part in the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 opening ceremony yesterday in a winter white knit hat. She was also photographed with Prince Albert and a shy Princess Gabriella yesterday at the International Rugby Tournament of Monaco.

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Just when we think Stephen Jones has taken millinery as far as it can go, he makes a bejewelled peanut butter sandwich fascinator. Words escape me for this one.

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British royal photographer Chris Jackson caught this stellar image of the Cambridges in the Musee D’Orsay in Paris yesterday morning. Kate looked great in Chanel and played a strong fashion game all weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t the only one in Chanel yesterday- Princess Caroline and her family hosted the annual Rose Ball in Monaco. They opted for a Chanel parade while Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies predictably went for a showstopper in pink.

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Photos from social media and Getty as indicated; Asahi

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Norwegian royals in warm winter hats for a rescue dog demonstration (Royal House of Norway)

Lots of cosy hatted photos of Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas and the other Swedish royals shared from their recent ski holiday in Verbier (Swedish Royal Court)

 

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Lovely photos of the entire von Vollenhoven family released for Princess Margriet and Peter von Vollenhoven’s 50th anniversary (Mode Koningin Maxima blog)

Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Luxembourg announced her engagement (Luxarazzi)

Sounds like a Japanese royal abdication is turning into more than just a suggestion (Japan Times)

News from Britain that The Earl of Snowdon, former husband of the late Princess Margaret, passed away yesterday (BBC)

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Empress Michiko wore a quintet of saucer hats during a visit to Kyoto last Sunday through Wednesday (Imperial Family of Japan blog). The first, second and fourth hats all appear to be new designs. I love the lattice under brim on #1, the sharpness of the black and gold contrast of #2 and the softly romantic cream flower trim on #4.

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Prince Takahito of Mikasa, the uncle of Emperor Akihito, passed away on Thursday at the age of 100. Members of the Imperial royal family visited his home later that day as well as for the first of several burial rituals on Friday (Imperial Family of Japan blog). You can read more about the late Prince and his interesting life at these articles from the Japan Times, Asahi Shimbun, Japan News, and The New York Times. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday next week.

Carina Axelsson shared this snap of an afternoon out choosing this year’s Christmas tree. She wears her chocolate wool fedora very well.

The Earl of Wessex looked very distinguished at the University of Bath’s 50th Anniversary (British Monarchy)

The Norwegian Crown Princely family was out in cozy hats last weekend, collecting support for the Norwegian Red Cross’ annual telethon fundraiser.

 

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Such a lovely photo shared by Queen Rania this week

And finally… British royal photographer extraordinaire Chris Jackson shared this snap of several vintage editions of Paris Match magazine. The resemblance between the subject and his very popular ginger grandson is remarkable.