Today was the much anticipated Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot. The absolute highlight of the day was when Queen Elizabeth’s horse Estimate unexpectedly won Ascot’s prestigious Gold Cup. The four-year-old dark bay thoroughbred filly was the 7-2 favourite and won by a length – much to the Queen’s delight, who became the first reigning monarch ever to win the trophy. She was undisputedly THE Lady of honor on this Ladies’ Day! Katie Vale of Katie Vale Designs graciously joins us again today for a review of today’s Royal Ascot hats.
Queen Elizabeth in an Angela Kelly design
Katie Vale: I much prefer this to yesterday’s! And it’s unusual in the sense that the crown is straight but the brim is asymmetrical, this allowing for the flowers to be both above and under the brim. Very pretty flowers. Thumbs up 🙂
Royal Hats Blog: With her amazing win of the Gold Cup today, the Queen could have worn anything and it would not have mattered! Readers here know that I am not usually a fan of Angela Kelly’s hats but I must admit that this one has a sweet charm. I also like the shape and the tilted brim and Her Majesty looks lovely in this shade of purple. I am afraid, however, that the stark royal blue satin bow loops take away from the softness of this hat and the flowers under the brim make this a little cutesy but what can I say? The Queen realized her longtime dream of winning at Ascot! That eclipsed any quirks related to her hat.
Katie Vale: The crown is too big & the brim is too small. This is two different hats, somehow joined together and not successfully. I do like the pleat of the crown though.
Royal Hats Blog: I think this is much improved from Day 1 earlier this week. I really like the upturned brim on Anne and while I would love to see her in more colour, this pale blue is a good hue for her. It’s not the most exciting hat I’ve ever seen but it’s lovely. I just wish she would have borrowed one of Zara’s signature hats and shocked us all…!
Katie Vale: Possibly my favourite hat we’ve seen so far. I love the slight lip in the disc & the large bulbous bow. The bow isn’t over powering, but actually very delicate. And I really like the one colour of it; if it had another colour incorporated I’m just not sure it would work. Well done Autumn.
Royal Hats Blog: This is how to do an exciting neutral coloured hat! There is a lot of bow going on here but I love it. Love the shape, love the tilted brim, love the flourish under and over the top brim, love the angle Autumn is wearing this at and LOVE the pairing of this hat with the clean-lined jade green day dress. Did I say that I love this hat?! I agree Katie- this is the best hat we’ve seen this week so far.
Princess Eugenie in a Nerida Fraiman design
Katie Vale: Yesterday was so lovely! And today we are presented with this! Urm…..the colour is dull, the flower is flat. I love the aqua of her dress though. Not sure what else to say, but this doesn’t work for me.
Royal Hats Blog: Eugenie wears textured berets very well. I think the cool grey colour is surprisingly good on her and contrasts nicely with her hair. I like the hat quite well but think it would be better worn at more of an angle instead of right on top of her head.
Princess Beatrice in a Philip Treacy design
Katie Vale: Yes! Love!!! Beautiful golden tone to match the beading on her dress. I love the central placing & the perfectly round disc. And the splay of feathers is eye catching, but not over powering! The colour also goes so well with her colouring. I really like this fascinator.
Royal Hats Blog: I also adore this hat – it goes so beautifully with Beatrice’s auburn hair and green eyes. She wore it three years ago at Ascot and I like it better this time around (you’re right Katie- it beautifully compliments and coordinates with this dress). The feather/flower spray is interesting without taking over the hat. This is a big winner for me as well!
Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai in a Stephen Jones design
Katie Vale: As you may have been able to tell I’m a fan of disc hats and fascinators (both peaked in places or completely flat) and thus I like the base of this. The crin material makes sure it is lightweight and delicate. But I’m not a fan of the loops of ribbon in the centre. They have no purpose or reason to be there. So I’m 50/50 for this one.
Royal Hats Blog: I agree that this hat would be much better without the ribbon bows in the middle but I like the shape and the striped effect of the concentric circles of crin. It’s quite sedate and the third black hat in as many days for Haya which disappointed me. One of my favourite Ascot hats of all time was this breathtakingly beautiful pink statement hat she wore last year for Ladies’ Day. That hat still gives me goosebumps and this one is flat in comparison
Other notable hats worn today included: Emma Spencer; Mary Berry; Lady Cecil; Victoria Pendleton; Mrs. Max McNeil; The Royal Baby hat; The Golden Umbrella hat; The Leftover Bits from the Chelsea Flower Show hat and a whole lot of other wild, wonderful and utterly bizarre hats seen here.
All in all, it was a great day of hats. Katie and I will be back tomorrow with another review. To sign off, I just can’t resist posting these photos of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during the Gold Cup Race. How utterly adorable are these two, cheering for their granny’s horse?!)
Photos from Getty as indicated