This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Tatiana Santo Domingo’s fair trade fashion line “Muzungu Sisters” showed a collection at Monaco Fashion Week 2017 yesterday. She wore an interesting headpiece from the collection to a related event Thursday night where she was joined by her husband and sisters-in-law Beatrice Borromeo and Princess Alexandra. Bohemian royal tiara, anyone?

Tatiana Santo Domingo, June 2, 2017 | Royal Hats

 Tatiana Santo Domingo, June 2, 2017 | Royal Hats

Infanta Elena in a pair of straw fedoras last week at the Global Champions Tour tournament in Madrid. She repeated these hats at bullfights on May 30 in Aranjuez with her children and June 1in Madrid with her father.

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 King Albert and Queen Paola in casual hats for their recent visit to the Basilica of Avioth in French Lorraine. We’ve not seen Queen Paola much this year following her back injury and it’s great to see her up and around.

Great snap of King Juan Carlos and King Felipe taken yesterday at the 300th anniversary of the Marine Guard Company in Marín. Both kings are former graduates of the naval academy and looked quite dapper in their summer naval whites.

Rachel Trevor Morgan at Epsom today in a very fun, floral trimmed saucer hat of her own design. Vibrant statement hat + impeccably tailored monochrome coat = perfect ensemble for the races

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The Countess of Wessex published a piece about her work to eliminate trachoma (Huffington Post)

Very interesting interview with Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (Tatler)

Buckingham Palace released this short behind the scenes look at the preparations royal gardeners complete before each Garden Party.

Princess Mako is visiting Bhutan this week- her meeting with the King and Queen yesterday yielded some lovely photographs (traditional dress is always so beautiful) and her vibrant blue outfit to open Japan week made me smile.

Beautiful portraits of Crown Princess Victoria were released yesterday for her upcoming 40th birthday.

And finally, stunning shots of Queen Elizabeth taken this week by royal photographer extraordinaire, Chris Jackson

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1960 and the christening of King Philippe. Princess Paola (as she was at the time) wore an oddly proportioned hat with tall, pleated crown and wide brim.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to 50 years ago today, a visit to Toronto, and a young Princess Paola of Belgium in a tall crowned hat with cuffed brim.

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Hats From The Past

Royal Hats to a grand event that took place 55 years ago today. With Princess Margaret of Great Britain in a feathered helmet and Princess Paola (as was her title then) of Belgium in a luxe fur pillbox, the glamour at the wedding of King Baudouin and Fabiola de Mora y Aragón was palpable.

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Poll: Least Favourite Royal Hat of 2014

Royal HatsYou have made your nominations, dear readers, and now it is time to choose your least favourite royal hat of 2014. Please click on each of the following photos to link back to the original post with larger photos and information about each hat. Your finalists, in random order, are:

Queen Margrethe, March 9, 2014 | Royal Hats   Crown Princess Victoria, March 2, 2014 | Royal Hats   Queen Máxima, May 6, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

1.Queen Margrethe’s blue bowl hat   2.Crown Princess Victoria’s white fascinator   3.Queen Máxima’s beige headwrap

Queen Máxima, June 25, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Paola, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 23, 2014 | Royal Hats

4.Queen Máxima’s black fascinator  5.Queen Paola’s navy sparkle cap
6. Pink headpiece of Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg  

Queen Mathilde, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Countess of Wessex, December 5, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Lady Helen Taylor, June 20, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

7.Queen Mathilde’s brown headwrap  8.Countess of Wessex’s burgundy stovepipe hat  9.Lady Helen Taylor’s black bow

Queen Máxima, May 16, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Princess Anne, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, December 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 

10. Queen Máxima’s rose straw leaf   11.Princess Anne’s navy feathered picture hat  12.Queen Máxima’s oyster turban

The poll will remain open until next Friday, January 16 at midnight GMT and you are able to vote once every 24 hours. Stay tuned tomorrow for polls for favourite hat and best overall millinery style in 2014.

 Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family gathered today in the Cathedral Saints Michel et Gudule to bid farewell to Queen Fabiola. For this funeral, Queen Mathilde wore a new black fabric-covered headpiece that circled her head.

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Queen Paola wore a delicate veil in black Brussels lace.

Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Queen Paola, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Astrid wore a headband trimmed with a stacked, double silk bow topped with a swath of dotted net tulle.

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Princess Maria Laura wre a wide black felt headband while archduchess Elisabetta, wife of Prince Amadeo, wore a small black pillbox hat with rounded crown and grosgrain ribbon trim around the hat. Princess Luisa Maria was the only grandchild of King Albert and Queen Paola who did not attend the funeral (presumably, she was not able to leave her studies in England).

Princess Maria Laura, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Elisabetta, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire wore a charcoal grey hat which was simply trimmed with a wide ribbon around the crown. The flat brim of this hat was slightly upturned around the edge and the straight sided crown was gently domed at the top.

Princess Claire, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Louise wore her first hat for this important family event. Her mottled grey felt cloche was trimmed with a petite bow at the back.

Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Léa, widow of King Albert’s late half-brother Prince Alexander, wore a beautiful black lace veil. Princes Marie-Esméralda (younger half-sister of King Albert) wore a Victorian inspired black hat with net tulle trim. The back of the hat, which folded upward, was trimmed with several black satin bows.

Princess Léa and Princes Marie-Esméralda, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see hats worn by royal cousins from Luxembourg and Liechtenstein at this post and hats worn by representatives of other royal houses at this post.

Photos from Patrick van KatwijkPatrick van KatwijkOlivier PoletPool/Luc ClaessenPatrick van Katwijk, Christophe Licoppe, Pool/Luc Claessen, Didier Lebrun, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van KatwijkDidier Lebrun, Christophe LicoppePieter Jan Vanstockstraeten, Didier Lebrun, Didier Lebrun, and Didier Lebrun, all via Corbis 

Royal Hats this Year: Belgium

Year in Review 2014Here are all of the Belgian royal hats we saw this year (click on each photo to link its original post with larger views of each hat):

Princess Léa and Princess Marie-Esmeralda (#2 and 3)

1. Princess Léa, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  2. Princess Marie-Esmeralda, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  3. Princess Marie-Esmeralda, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Maria-Laura (#4 and 5), Archduchess Elisabetta (#6) and Princess Astrid

4. Princess Maria-Laura, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  5. Princess Maria Laura, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats  6. Princess Elisabetta, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Princess Astrid, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  8. Princess Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Paola

 9. Queen Paola, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  10. Queen Paola, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire and Princess Louise (#15)

11. Princess Claire, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 12. Princess Claire, July 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Princess Claire, November 15, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Claire, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 15. Princess Louise, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Queen Mathilde

16. Queen Mathilde, February 6, 2014 in Dior | The Royal Hats Blog 17. Queen Mathilde, February 17, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog 18. Queen Mathilde, February 18, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 19. Queen Mathilde, February 19, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

20. Queen Mathilde, March 13, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog 21.  Queen Mathilde, March 30, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 22. Queen Mathilde, April 1, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | The Royal Hats Blog 23. Queen Mathilde, June 3, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

24. Queen Mathilde, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Queen Matilde, July 5, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 26. Queen Mathilde, July 10, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 27. Queen Mathilde, July 21, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

28. Queen Mathilde, August 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Queen Mathilde, October 28, 2014 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats 30. Queen Mathilde, Novemer 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Queen Mathilde, Decmeber 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Queen Mathilde, Decmeber 13, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list of favourite royal hats this year? Is there one you want to nominate for your least favourite hat of 2014?

*Update: Belgian royal hats worn on December 12 and December 13 have been added to this list.