Members of the British Royal Family attended church this morning at St. Mary Magdalene near their Sandringham Estate. The Queen chose a hat we have not seen in a number of years, this purple squared hat with small brim and spray of purple and pink feathers. This hat features a unique diagonally wrapped crown that you can see better in this photo and this photo from February 2011. I have always liked this hat very much from a distance; from close up, however, the finer details (stitching, flowered fabric on the diagonal crown, spines of the feathers sticking out on the brim) seem a little sloppy.
Designer: unconfirmed. The shape and details look similar to some of Angela Kelly’s other work.
Previously Worn: December 9, 2011; February 6, 2011; December 8, 2010; October 21, 2010; March 11, 2010; March 15, 2006
Princess Anne wore what I originally reported was a new hat…. I should know better by now! Our favourite hat recycler unearthed a lovely red wool beret was trimmed in a matching navy-edged feather. It is a different shape and style of hat than we have seen on Anne in recent years and I thought it was rather fun. While I have found proof of two previous outings for this hat, I suspect Princess Anne has worn it numerous times.
The Countess of Wessex also looked fashionably fun in a jaunty navy trilby hat. The shape is quite a departure from other hats Sophie wore in 2013 and I welcomed the change. You’ve got to love the way she has experimented with her millinery this year- let’s hope this continues in 2014!
Designer: Jane Taylor. It’s a custom version of the “Chloe” hat”
Photos from James Whatling via Corbis and Getty as indicated