Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended the Epsom Derby today, one of the biggest days in the British racing calendar. The Queen repeated a pale blue hat designed by her dresser, Angela Kelly (she wore it previously for Trooping of the Colour in 2011, a visit to Norwich in May 2010, a visit to Derby in April 2010 and to host an Indian state visit in 2009). This hat, like most Angela Kelly hats, features a distinctly shaped crown (this one is another teardrop shape). I don’t like these shaped crowns but I do like the contrasting black upturned brim (at such a jaunty angle!), the feather trim and the whimsical curly cues made of the same polka dot fabric as is trimming her coat. If it weren’t for that funny shaped crown, I could really like this hat.
Prince Philip looked very distinguished in a black silk top hat. I thought it was rather cute he chose a blue necktie to compliment his wife’s ensemble.
The Queen and Duke were accompanied by their granddaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Both princesses created a fashionably retro vibe with their millinery choices.
Princess Beatrice wore a new burgundy wool cashmere cloche with ribbon trim designed by Karen Henriksen (see a photo from the designer’s workshop here).I think I might have liked this hat if she had tucked her hair behind her ears (that wing of hair on the left side of her face is driving me nuts) and paired it with a less graphic dress. The hat feels very vintage and the dress feels very modern and somehow, they aren’t working well together for me.
Princess Eugenie wore a new hat designed by Sarah Cant that I absolutely adore. The “Grey Blades Landscape” is a lovely shape on Eugenie and the soft feather trim beautifully complimented her blue and grey patterned 50s inspired day dress. It’s a great hat and I thought she had one of the best looks of the day.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended the races today. The Duchess wore my other favourite hat of the day- she repeated a slate blue straw beret we first saw on her here at Epsom last year (she also wore this hat in November 2012 at St. Paul’s Cathedral). I think this beret is a wonderful hat shape and colour on her that blends perfectly with her hairstyle. It is also fun and fresh while remaining unquestionably elegant. For a more mature royal, I think it’s a perfect hat.
All in all, it was a great day of hats for the British royals at Epsom. Which hat was your favourite?
Photos from Getty as indicated