The wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall two years ago was not a royal wedding but instead, an intimate family affair where the family just happened to be royal! After looking back at the bride and her immediately family earlier today, here are the marvelous hats Zara’s extended family wore to her wedding.
Zara’s aunt, The Duchess of Cornwall, wore this dramatic Philip Treacy feathered headpiece trimmed with beaded pink and green flowers. It’s a LOT of feathers and while I applaud Camilla for carrying off such a statement headpiece, I think I would have preferred one of her picture hats with her tailored coat dress. This one seems slightly over the top for this wedding.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore the infamous “potato chip hat” designed by Gina Foster. The large cream straw oval hat was trimmed with a large bow and flower behind the top brim. I thought it looked great on Kate and it remains one of the largest and most dramatic hats she has ever worn. Brilliant.
After the international backlash to the hats they wore to Prince William’s wedding three months earlier, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attended this wedding in outfits and hats designed by the Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly (a choice I can not imagine was a coincidence). Beatrice wore a stacked saucer hat in teal blue silk trimmed with the same fabric petals that decorated her skirt. The colour was beautiful on her but I thought the odd shape of this hat looked haphazard and unpolished.
Princess Eugenie wore a cream hat with a diagonal chocolate brown straw brim and large cream feathers. I liked the colour with her chestnut hair but something about this hat was off for me. I think the cream base was too boxy and I would have preferred wispier, lighter feathers.
The Countess of Wessex wore a spectacular beigey-pink asymmetrical waved straw hat with a rosette and long feathers. This hat, designed by Jane Taylor, was fun, light and lovely. I thought it was a beautiful compliment to her Bruce Oldfield dress and jacket and perfect for a summer wedding.
Lady Sarah Chatto was her characteristically elegant self in this black straw hat with domed crown and mushroom brim designed by Stephen Jones. I am always a sucker for the classic combination of black and white and I thought Sarah looked fabulously stylish in this hat.
All in all, I think the British Royal Family looked lovely for this summer wedding in Scotland. Beyond the gorgeous millinery, everyone looked relaxed and very happy to celebrate with Zara and Mike. Which was your favourite hat at this un-royal family wedding?
Photos from Getty as indicated