All good things must come to and end and I’m afraid, today marks the final day of Royal Ascot 2013. True to the motto of this blog, we have seen bold, beautiful and truly bizarre hats worn by royals this week. I think that’s why I love Ascot so much- I’m not sure there is another single event that captures the highs and lows of royal millinery as well as Ascot does. While I’m sad to see Ascot end, I’m so happy to again welcome Katie Vale of Katie Vale Designs to share her opinions on this final day Royal Ascot hats. There was really only one royal hat today:
Queen Elizabeth in an Angela Kelly design
Katie Vale: Love the queens hat today. The soft pale blue with delicate detail matches her dress perfectly. The shape of the crown is different to the rest this week and I like it. Great to see this as the last one; possibly my favourite of hers this week.
Royal Hat Blog: It’s the Wedegewood hat!! After all my complaining about Angela Kelly hats this week, I must admit that I have always loved this hat (Queen Elizabeth first wore it in Ireland in last June). The rolled brim is lovely, the colour is beautiful on the Queen and the delicate lace trim gives just the right amount of embellishment. It is restrained, which makes it work. I usually prefer straw hats but this one, covered in the same silk as her coat, is beautiful.
Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
Katie Vale: I can’t really comment I don’t think. She’s got 2 marigolds in her hair. I’m sure they signify something from her national dress, but it means nothing to me!
Royal Hat Blog: As I mentioned yesterday, It is my understanding that persons who attend Ascot in national dress are exempt from the hat rules. From that perspective, it’s understandable she did not choose a big hat to go with her full-length national dress- it simply would not have worked. The yellow roses add a little festive note that works with her dress.
That concludes our Ascot coverage for 2013! I want to extend a gigantic thank-you to Katie Vale for joining us this week. It has been BRILLIANT to have you here with us!