Our first hat-filled priority: selected foreign royalty and the beginnings of the extended Windsor clan.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of NorwayWhat better way to get us started than a hat that comes complete with its own tiny limb sticking right out the side, ready to punch when needed? (Watch out, Haakon.) If there's a time for a hat with froof to spare, that time is a British royal wedding, and Mette-Marit knows what's up.
Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the NetherlandsI want to call Laurentien's black and white a fun take on a Chanel-esque classic, but I can never decide if it's too flippy or just flippy enough.
King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of GreeceGreece's ex-royals, friends and relatives both, can always be counted on for an appearance. This is a seriously lovely suit for Anne-Marie, no? The lace trim is perfection.
Princess Alexandra of Kent and Princess Michael of KentNow we're on to the extended branches of the British royal family, and we have a supremely Edwardian Princess Alexandra (in my favorite color, bless) and an exuberant Princess Michael. I probably would have gone with one flower embellishment or the other on that jacket, but she's clearly digging her choice of accessories.
Viscount and Viscountess Linley, Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel ChattoWe've got one with a floral arrangement for the skull in another shade of my favorite color and another whose style I am a sucker for in any color, so this group gets a happy pass from me.
The Duchesses of Kent and Gloucester (and others)Here in this group, which also includes the Countess of Wessex (more on her in Part 2) and a full-length view of Queen Anne-Marie, we've got a double duchess treat: the Duchess of Kent, in a lovely spring floral, and the Duchess of Gloucester, in a light blue outfit that I believe is still in use today. Which is sort of the perfect summary of her style, really, classics and basics built to stand the test of time. And why not, really?
Coming up in Part 2: Windsors, the completed set! To be continued...
Photos: via Getty Images as indicated