Princess Anne and Zara Phillips attended the Cheltenham Festival for the third consective day yesterday to take in the Gold Cup races. Princess Anne repeated a hat we have not seen on her for at least a decade- a black Homberg style hat with a studded band around the crown and slightly upturned brim on one side. One of our eagle eyed readers spotted this hat on Princess Anne back in 1969. That makes it at least 45 years old and cements Princess Anne as THE most enthusiastic royal fashion recycler. Hat recycling aside, I think this piece doesn’t translate well to current day and would have been best left back in the 1970s.
Thankfully, Zara’s hat was more successful. She looked lovely in a dove grey “elegant velour felt circular dish with delicate hand dyed lace detailing”. While I prefer Zara in more saturated colours, the shape and detailing of this hat is exquisite.
Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Greta” design
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Photos from Getty as indicated