I admire the matchiness of this ensemble, but the hat appears to be approximately two sizes too big. Hm. Has your head been shrinking, Your Majesty?
Archive for July, 2009
I was really happy to see a royal representative at the memorial service for the last Great War veteran in Britain, Henry Allingham, and it's always good to see Birgitte out and about. Reportedly she had met Allingham on a number of occasions, so it's pretty fitting that she would attend -- and it gives Charles and Camilla a break on the memorial service duties, too.
I can't figure out quite why I don't love her hat, though. It's like a ... pillbox/beret? And I think she has both a bow on the hat and one tied in her hair. What do all the rest of you think? I'm going to have to ponder for a bit.
What a coincidence! Our first Dutch princess, and our first orange construction-style safety helmet, all in the same post!
Princess Máxima is the wife of Prince Willem-Alexander, the heir to the throne of The Netherlands. They're in her native country of Argentina with their three pint-sized blonde princesses, visiting Máxima's parents, and it seems that she and her royal hubs decided to partake in some sort of Argentine winter outdoor activity involving harnesses and helmets while there. ¡Olé!
Máxima seems like she's a ton of fun, and I can't wait to see what she whips out next in the hattery department. Welcome to the blog, Your Royal Highness!
Okay, now this is just getting a bit ridiculous.
Really, Your Royal Highness. You repeated the wilted plant again? And this time, instead of trying to distract us with sumo wrestlers, you're getting playful with your sixty-year-old prince?
It's a small picture, so it's a little difficult to see, but yes, my dear mad hatters, this is Princess Michael of Kent in a baseball cap.
Holy bajoles. I ... I think I may need to go lie down.
Today's theme, apparently, is "royals on boats." Here's Sophie Wessex greeting sailors on board the HMS Daring, wearing a hat we saw at Royal Ascot and an inexplicably gigantic jacket. I guess she was trying to balance out the ridiculous height of the hat with the ridiculous weight of the jacket? Or maybe she just wanted to give silly bloggers like me the chance to make jokes about how she's swimming in her coat on a boat?
Let me blow your minds for a second: this woman gave birth to a child less than three months ago. I know! She should bottle her secret and become a millionaire.
Of course, it's not like she's hurting for money -- she's already a princess. This is Princess Marie of Denmark, who married Prince Joachim a little over a year ago. And I love her hat! It's summery with a vintage flair, like she could step right off the royal yacht and into a '50s film. Leave it to a French-born princess to have a truly chic chapeau like this one in her traveling wardrobe.
Marie and Joachim's son is going to be christened on Sunday. I can't wait to hear what the little prince's name is and to see what kind of hats his mother and aunts wear!
Another new queen for the blog! Margrethe II of Denmark is quite the renaissance queen -- she's not only the head of state of Denmark but also reportedly quite a good artist. She even illustrated a Danish edition of Lord of the Rings. Not too shabby.
Margrethe's artistic flair apparently also extends to her wardrobe; she apparently also designs some of her clothes. I don't know if that includes nautical themed blouses or red hats, but that's what we've got today aboard the royal yacht.
The only major beef that I have with the hat is that it sort of makes her look bald. Other than that, ahoy, matey!
Okay, dear readers, I must admit that I'm perplexed by this one.
Of course, my first thought was, "Hot dog! Sophie's finally repeated that ridiculous mess of an Easter hat she wore earlier this year!"
But then, I looked again, and it seems like there's more complicated hattery going on here. The embellishment looks the same as the Easter feather conglomeration, but it's not affixed to the same leopard-print hat (shudder). See -- same feathers, different hat:
Apparently, then, we've either got a case of recycling of feathers from one hat to another, or Sophie actually liked those crazy things enough to buy not one but two hats adorned with them. What a quandary...