Concluding our look at the British royal hats seen at Sandringham yesterday for Christmas, we have hats worn by the ladies in the Phillips, Linley and Chatto families. I’m afraid photos of these hats are very sparse- as soon as better ones are released (if indeed that happens), I will update these ones.
It is said that good things happen in threes… Princess Anne ended 2013 with her third hat unearthed from the early 1980s (here is the first hat, originally from 1981 and the second, originally from 1982). For Christmas yesterday, Princess Anne wore a lilac rounded pillbox hat I believe she originally wore for Queen Beatrix’s state visit to London in November 1982. The classic pillbox shape wears well, although the felt dot detail on the back of the veil feels a bit dated. Earlier in the day, Princess Anne was spotted in a brown fur hat, seen below on the right.
Zara Phillips Tindall, who is expecting her first child in January, looked striking in a new red cocktail hat. Trimmed with pheasant feathers and a double red wool bow, this hat fit with Zara’s penchant for avant garde millinery and still looked quite polished with her coordinating red coat. It was one of my favourite hats at Sandringham yesterday.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan “R13W2”
Princess Anne’s daughter in law, Autumn Phillips, wore a navy wool brimless oval hat with a pork pie style crown and bow loop trim on the side. It is a rather austere hat but paired with Autumn’s long blonde hair, the overall look was softened and she looked very smart.
Viscountess Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto also joined their royal relatives for Christmas at Sandringham. Lady Sarah wore a plain black hat we have seen on her numerous times before (see list of previous wearings below). What is most interesting about this hat is that its brim is pliable. Here, Lady Sarah has it folded up in front and down at the back (as she did for did for her mother, Princess Margaret’s funeral in 2002). We have also seen this hat’s brim rolled both down and rolled up all the way around. Lady Linley repeated the fuchsia feathered calot hat she wore to Ascot earlier this year. It remains one of my favourite hats of 2013.
Designer of Lady Serena’s hat: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 18, 2013
So that concludes Christmas at Sandringham! If you had to pick one or two favourite hats, which ones would they be?
Photos from Geoffry Robinson via Shutterstock; Press Association