British Royals Celebrate Order of the Garter

Members of the British Royal Family gathered yesterday to celebrate the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The Queen presided over the ceremony in a traditional velvet hat with white feather plume, worn by Garter members.

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Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, the Dukes of Cambridge, York and Kent and the Earl of Wessex have been awarded the Order of the Garter and attended the ceremony in the traditional velvet, plumed garter hat.

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The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a new hat in pale blue straw. This medium disk was raisedin the back and trimmed with a monochrome calla lily. It’s a larger hat than we usually see on Kate and I thought it was an interesting choice for her. I just can’t decide if it is boring or chic.

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Designer: Lock & Co. It is theSweet Delightdesign
Previously Worn: this is a new hat

The Countess of Wessex repeated her beaded lace beret trimmed with feather wings and a handmade silk rose. Yesterday’s outing gave us a much better look at this hat and its detail is exquisite. I’m afraid, however, some of the detail is lost next to that crazy maribou collar on her dress.

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Designer Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: May 17, 2014

The Duchess of Gloucester topped her tailored pale blue coat with a textured, square cloche style hat. This modern shape is a departure for Brigitte and while I want to love it, it’s just not my cup of tea.

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It was a rather subdued day for royal hats at the Order of the Garter yesterday, wasn’t it? I suppose that’s because everyone is saving their show stoppers for Ascot this week!

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5 thoughts on “British Royals Celebrate Order of the Garter

  1. I think this is one of The Duchess’s better hats, due in part to the size and also the simplicity. Does it have enough contrast to the gorgeous Christopher Kane coatdress. Yes, I think so, mainly due to the obvious difference in shine and texture. Overall a nice look.

  2. The asymmetrical brim on the Duchess of Gloucester’s hat is is very interesting, and makes me want to like it, as she usually goes for such safe hats. However, somehow I don’t like the proportions – maybe it would have worked better with a lower, rounder crown. Kate’s hat is attractively simple, and I’m glad she is wearing something a bit bigger than usual. Sophie’s is lovely, and thank goodness she stayed away from the unflattering hat hair of Saturday.

  3. Calla lilies as cut flowers are appreciated for their vivid colours (except for the white, naturally) – my niece-in-law even used black callas as flowers for her bridesmaids and button-holes for the men. But I digress. How much more effective this hat would be in another, stronger colour. Perhaps we’ll get to see that on a day when the colour code isn’t so formalised. I like the design and the shape, but I don’t think the colour does Catherine any favours. As for Sophie, well … I admire her clothes and hats tremendously, she always looks so chic and wears most things very well. But not this day, sadly.

  4. I really liked the Duchess of Cambridge’s hat. I liked the size and shape so much more than the hat she wore to the garden party a few days ago. Hate the feathers on the Countess of Wessex’s dress. I suspect it’s a perfectly nice dress under all that fluff. I did like her hat, though the placement of the flower is slightly wonky to me, as though it’s starting to fall off. Perhaps it needs to be a tad higher, with the rest of the embellishments. The Duchess of Gloucester’s hat is very nice…..if she weren’t wearing it sideways!!

    After the events of the last few days, including today’s Ascot Opening Day, I am SO tired of ice blue and beige!!!! Surely the royal ladies can come up with some other colors. We we will have to wait to see what the rest of the week brings.

    • You took the words right out from under my fingers. It certainly seems that the Duchess of Gloucester’s hat is sideways. Very strange if that is the correct way to wear it!

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