Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and his junior wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, also attended the Epsom Derby today. These two are certainly horsey types – Princess Haya is President of the International Equestrian Federation and Sheikh Mohammed owns numerous stable operations and is a major (and sometimes controversial) player in international thoroughbred horse racing and breeding. For the races today, Sheikh Mohammed wore the customary black silk top hat and Princess Haya wore a dramatic picture hat with wide black and white stripes.
It’s a fantastic hat, although it might have overwhelmed her petite frame a little.
These two usually stay in England for Ascot so I expect we’ll see a few more hats (and more couture fashion!) from them later this month.
UPDATE: I’m told this incredible hat is the work of British milliner Philip Treacy.
Photos from Getty as indicated