This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats
A number of you have recently mentioned several of Queen Elizabeth’s hats that have been seldom worn but that you’d love to see repeated. If you would like to write a short guest post about the hats you’re eagerly awaiting to see again, please let me know. I’d like to feature these posts in coming weeks. 

Queen Margrethe repeated her red bumper hat on Monday to open a special exhibit on Vikings at the Vikings Danish Castle Center in Vordingborg (Danish Monarchy)

Queen Silvia attended the wedding of her niece, Helena Sommerlath, last weekend in Bonn, Germany. She repeated the purple flowered hat she wore to Prince Alexander’s christening last summer.

The Prince of Wales presented the Army Air Corps with a new Guidon in celebration of their 60th anniversary while The Duke of Kent  presented awards to soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Rifles yesterday.

Princess Olympia shared a self portrait in a leather beret while in Spain on Thursday. On Friday, she donned a bejewelled headpiece with flowers to walk in a Dolce and Gabanna runway show in Palermo. Lady Amelia Windsor also modelled in the show, in a large red floral headpiece.

On June 30th, Princess Kako was the Imperial family’s representative for the biannual ritual “Ceremony of Oharashi” at the Imperial Palace. She wore a cream bumper hat with bow at the back.

And the hats that caught my eye this week:

Stunning feather work on this Susanne Juul cocktail hat with textured straw base
Australian brand Fox Millinery’s red leather hat with laser cut black looping perspex brim
Classic and chic straw fedora from Emily London
Also from Australia, Felicity Northeast’s statement hat with amazing hand embroidery (back view here)
‘Falling Kitty’ wonderfully embellished beret perchers from Anya Caliendo. Such fun!

Some of you have also noticed a surge this season in boater hats- check out the final moments of the Chanel runway show in Paris on Tuesday.

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Flora Ogilvy shared this candid photo of her father preparing for his upcoming exhibition of landscape photography on Nantucket Island. His work looks beautiful.


Lovely, nautical family photos of the Belgian and Dutch royal families were released this week.

And finally, Princess Märtha Louise shared the loveliest tribute to her mother on Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday


This Week’s Extras

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Queen Silvia in black straw hat with lovely twisted hat band detail at yesterday’s funeral of Carl Adam “Noppe” Lewenhaupt, a very close friend of the King since childhood (Svenskdam)

Queen Silvia, Mar 30, 2017 | Royal Hats

On March 22, members of the Imperial family joined the Emperor and Empress a concert by music college graduates at the Imperial Palace. Princess Kiko wore a blue bumper hat, Princess Kako a white bowler, Princess Nobuko a large white toque and Princess Akiko, a white trilby with sea foam green hatband. The same day, Princess Hanako attended the 75th Award Ceremony of All Japan Youth Invention and Innovation Exhibition. She wore a pale blue felt hat with jauntily upturned short brim. (Imperial Family Of Japan)

Princess Kiko, Mar 22, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Kako, Mar 22, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Nobuko, Mar 22, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Akiko, Mar 22, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Hanako, Mar 22, 2017 | Royal Hats

On March 29, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko offered prayers for Emperors Showa and Kojun at the Imperial Musashi Mausoleum in Hachiōji, Tokyo. The Empress wore a grey saucer with raised rim around the back and a folded bow at the side. 

 King Carl Gustaf opened a ski resort on Monday in his trusty brown fedora.

I absolutely adore these very happy, bouncing pink polka dots on this John Boyd design. If I was going to Ascot, this would be my pick because I can’t imagine a happier hat to wear.

Don’t worry- I haven’t forgotten Prince Felix’s confirmation in Denmark yesterday. We’ll look at the hat and headpieces from this event in a full feature post tomorrow.

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Adorable snap of wee Prince Jigme Namgyel of Bhutan enjoying the snow with his father King Jigme Khesar and grandfather King Jigme Singye

We enjoyed the hats from this week’s two state visits- here’s a peek at the formal fashion

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Photos from IBL; The Asahi Shimbun and The Asahi Shimbun via Getty; Biglobe

Wrapping Up Imperial Royal Tour

In the midst of a busy schedule of royal events over the past two weeks, I completely forgot to wrap up the Imperial visit to Thailand. My apologies!

On Sunday, March 5, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Thailand (see their departure from Vietnam earlier that day at this post). The Empress disembarked the flight in a new grey saucer hat with flat bow across the front, trimmed with a dotted black net tulle veil. The addition of the net veil is a trimming departure for the empress, one that gives a bit of textural contrast to the hat.

Empress Michiko, Mar 5, 2017 | Royal Hats

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After a quick 24-hour visit, the Imperial couple departed on Monday, March 6 to return home. For their departure, Empress Michiko wore her ninth new hat of the tour. The pale grey rimmed saucer hat is trimmed with a double looped half bow in the same darker grey silk as her dress. This design is not a departure from anything else we’ve seen on the Empress, although the balance between the saucer brim and the side bow is particularly pretty in this piece.

Empress Michiko, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

The royal couple arrived home on the evening of Monday, March 6. The Empress disembarked the Japan airways jet in a repeated saucer hat in the same tiny black and white check as her coat, trimmed with a large curved bow.

Empress Michiko, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

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Empress Michiko, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:March 18, 2016January 19, 2015

Most of the extended Imperial royal family greeted the Emperor and Empress at the airport. Crown Princess Masako wore a new black (or navy?) hat with upfolded velvet brim, edged in braid trim. Some of you may recall that she wore a green version of this same for the Emperor and Empress’ departure.

 Crown Princess Masako, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Masako, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Kiko,  Princess Kako both wore variations on bowler hats while Princess Mako repeated a navy cloche with upturned, short trim trimmed with a bow on the side. 

Imperial Royal Family, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

Imperial Royal Family, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Hanako repeated a white cloche variation with short mushroom brim and wide grey ruched hatband. Princess Nobuko looked to be wearing a large navy saucer hat (worn at a wonderfully jaunty angle) while her daughters Princess Akiko wore a grey trilby with navy hatband and Princess Yoko sported a white design with short brim and tall crown. Princess Tsuguko of Takamado looked to be wearing her navy indented pillbox with back bow and Princess Ayako topped her camel coat with a matching hat that appears to be trimmed in a Lady Amherst pheasant feather.

Imperial Royal Family, Mar 6, 2017 | Royal Hats

Several of you have commented about the tradition for extended Imperial family members to greet the Emperor and Empress at their departure and arrivals home- it is a lovely tradition and one that allows us to see lots of hats! Which designs here stand out most to you?

The Imperial Household Agency announced last week that the gruelling pace of this tour caused sickness for the Empress, who has now suspended engagements in order to recover. We wish her the very best in her return to health.

Imperial Royals Set Off For Vietnam

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed Japan yesterday en route to Vietnam where they will take part in a six-day visit. The royal couple were seen off at the airport for this historic visit (Akihito is the first emperor to visit Vietnam) by members of their extended family. Empress Michiko looked very smart in her repeated black saucer hat trimmed in origami folded bow, backed in the same black and white hound’s tooth check as her skirt.

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Empress Michiko, Feb 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

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Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: Mar 16, 2015

Crown Princess Masako topped her emerald coat with a matching hat in velvet felt. The flat crown and upturned brim shape of this hat is one we’ve seen on Masako before but in a saturated colour and with the addition of braid around the brim edge, the familiar shape is transformed into something special.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Kiko wore a cloche variation in camel felt with diagonally upturned brim. The brim shape is an unexpectedly pert departure for Kiko that works well for her.

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Princess Kiko and Princess Masako, Feb 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Mako and Princess Kako both sported bowler variations with rolled brims and squared crowns in chocolate brown felt. This side-by-side view of these two very similar pieces shows the significant difference that subtle changes in crown height or tightness of brim roll can make to the overall look of a hat.

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Designer: unknown
Princess Mako’s hat was worn Jan 30, 2016 and Nov 29, 2013
Princess Kako’s hat was worn Jan 30, 2016. I believe it was also worn by her mother, Princess Kiko on Nov 29, 2013 

Princess Nobuko and Princess Hanako both sported navy and white hats (far left, below). Princess Nobuko’s winter white felt ddesign (a fedora variation maybe?) featured an upturned brim and navy hatband while Princess Hanako’s hat contrasted a cream brim against a navy crown. Both hats are sharp, stylish pieces that I wish we could see up close.

Princess Nobuko and Princess Hanako, Feb 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe both hats are new

Princess Akiko repeated her winter white cloche hat with an upturned cuff brim while her sister, Princess Yoko topped her yellow coat with a matching bowler variation with yellow squared crown and rolled ivory brim. Princess Tsuguko of Takamado wore what looks like an ecru bumper hat with large bow trim at the side.

Princess Tsuguko, Princess Yoko and Princess Akiko, Feb 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Tsuguko, Princess Yoko and Princess Akiko, Feb 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: all are unknown 
Previously Worn: Princess Akiko’s hat was worn Jan 26, 2016. I believe Princess Yoko and Princes Tsuguko’s hats are new. 

When the royal couple touched down in Hanoi, Empress Michiko embarked in a mushroom grey hued suit with coordinating hat. One of her larger saucer shapes, the hat is simply trimmed with a curling ribbon in the same two shades of grey as her silk suit. It’s a simple hat but one that works really well with this ensemble.

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Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
There are some nice surprises in this group of hats- which designs stand out to you?
Photos from Getty as indicated; Shizou Kambayashi via Associated Press; Kazuhiro Nogi via Getty; REUTERS/Issei Kato

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Numerous Imperial black hats yesterday at  the memorial service to commemorate the 100 days anniversary of the death of late Prince Takahito (Imperial Family of Japan)

King Carl Gustaf donned his trusty fedora during a visit to Lund last weekend (PPE)

King Carl Gustaf, Jan 28, 2017 | Royal Hats

More ethereal headdresses (see here, herehere, here and here) from Stephen Jones at the Dior show in Paris

Some excellent millinery options for upcoming winter races- this straw hat with silk blooms and feathers from Jess Collett and this leather percher with handmade leather flowers from Bundle MacLaren

Sheikha Moza shared this throwback photo from an education conference in Paris in 2012. Her teal velvet turban is fabulous… as is this small section of the speech she delivered then. (Moza bint Nasser)

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The Belgian King had some strong words to say about recent political developments in the UK and USA (Wort)

Another pair of beautiful new photos released by The Swedish Royal Court of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar. So sweet.

H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria med familj. H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victoria / HRH Crown Princess Victoria / H.K.H. Prins Daniel / HRH Prince Daniel / H.K.H. Prinsessan Estelle / HRH Princess Estelle / H.K.H. Prins Oscar / HRH Prince Oscar

H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Victorias barn: Prinsessan Estelle, och Prins Oscar H.K.H. Prinsessan Estelle / HRH Princess Estelle; H.K.H. Prins Oscar / HRH Prince Oscar

In honor of his son’s first birthday tomorrow, proud papa King Jigme shared this adorable snap

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Excellent coverage of the Prince Mikasa’s funeral over at The Imperial Family Of Japan blog along with detail and photos of related events (enshrinement of the spirit and grave rites after the funeral). 

Princess Mako in a smart grey flannel bumper hat on Friday to honour this year’s recipients of the Order of Culture and the Persons of Cultural Merit.

Tatiana Santo Domingo Casiraghi wore an elaborate black feathered headpiece for her brother’s Halloween wedding this week

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg also shared a photo of their elaborate Halloween headwear. Yesterday, Princess Tessy snapped herself in a cozy winter hat.

Prince Henrik in a dapper fedora enjoying the Hubertus Hunt this weekend with his dachshund and grandchildren (Svenskdam)

The Swedish royal court shared a lovely new portrait of Prince Oscar in a knit cap (don’t miss this side by side comparison of a similar photo taken of his elder sister at about the same age).

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Such a lovely photo of King Philippe and Princess Elisabeth released on the occasion of her 15th birthday


News broke this week about a new relationship for Prince Harry. If you read one thing about American actress Meghan Markle, let it be this post on her blog, in her own words. Impressive.

And finally… the much anticipated Netflix series “The Crown” was released this weekend. If you’re able to overlooking some glaring historical inaccuracies (the addition of Wallis Simpson’s presence at the abdication of King Edward VIII, for example), the scale of production is impressive and the costumes are glorious. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Conclusion of Imperial Visit to Philippines

After a successful 3-day visit to the Philippines, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned home to Japan on Saturday. For their departure, the Empress repeated a grey saucer hat with bow trim. While a nice enough hat, it pales in comparison to the other pieces we saw her wear during the Philippine visit.

Designer: Likely Akio Hirata
Previously Worn: June 10, 2015May 16, 2015

The royal couple were met by family members at Tokyo airport. Princess Kiko wore a simple black felt hat with upturned brim while Princess Mako repeated a chocolate bowler hat. Princess Kako topped her military-style beige coat in a dark felt hat with flat brim, straight-sided crown and simple ribbon trim while Princess Nobuko wore a stylish navy felt cloche variation with asymmetrical upturned brim and cream sash around the base of the crown. Crown Princess Masako wore a more traditionally shaped cloche in the same winter white as her coat, trimmed with a wide ribbon and side bow.

Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, Princess Kako and Princess Nobuko, January 30, 2016 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Masako, January 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Yoko repeated a black bowler with jade green bow trim (see a clearer view here during a previous outing) while Princess Hisako topped her rust coat with a flat crowned black felt hat that looks to have feather trim on the side. I strongly suspect that Princess Tsuguko repeated the chic winter white wool fedora that wowed many of us at the Emperor and Empress’ departure last week (see it here).

Imperial Royal Family, January 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

That wraps up a successful Philippine visit for the Imperial couple. My favourite hat worn on this tour was the white saucer with pale blue flowers that Empress Michiko wore on the second day. Which hat on this foreign visit stood out most to you?

Photos from Getty as indicated; EPA/Francis R. Malasig; Asahi; NNN News and ANN News