Let’s wrap up coverage of Day 1 of Royal Ascot yesterday with a look at some wonderful hats worn by members of the extended royal family (you can see hats worn by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai as well as the immediate British royal family). I am so honoured to be joined by guest commenters British Milliner Katie Vale and American milliner Jill Courtemanche for this conversation.
Viscountess Linley in a bespoke hat by Laura Cathcart
KV: LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!! 🙂 The flow of the flowers is elegant and delicate, whilst still being very striking. And seriously gorgeous coat too btw! My favourite of the day.
JC: I love this hat! So modern and so fresh yet still completely ladylike. Paired with her jacket it’s gorgeous for spring and really a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t have the harsh angles that a lot of modern designs have it’s just simple and refined, truly a lovely look with a lot of impact.
RH: On its own, this hat is pretty simple- a white fabric beret covered in a branch of white apple blossoms. Often, simple is perfect and that’s certainly the case today. I love the placement of the flowers, which is a little unexpected. The pairing of this hat with the amazing coat and dress is truly a ‘wow’ moment.
Duchess of Gloucester
JC: This hat, although perfectly lovely and well suited for her face is completely inappropriate for the occasion. This is a casual straw hat more fitted for a day of shopping than Royal Ascot. I am even having a hard time with the color paring as it is much too harsh. Glorious but all wrong!
KV: A standard upturned straw brim hat. It looks like it has a veiling band and bow on it too in a paler pink. I don’t see this going with her outfit at all, but a fairly pleasant, non-offensive hat.
Royal Hats: I agree that the shape is great for Brigitte. I just don’t understand how the pink hat goes with her blue suit. I agree with Jill- this is too casual for Ascot.
Princess Michaelof Kent
KV: I like the floral design, but I don’t like the upturned brim. It reminds me a lot of one we’ve seen Autumn Kelly in before. I like up turned brims usually, but it doesn’t suit this design, I think.
JC: I am on the fence with this hat. The colors are lovely and very flattering and I love the flowers hugging her face, very soft and eye catching. I think if she gave it a tilt down on the left and a bit forward so the flowers really framed the eye it would be more pleasing to me (and you would be able to see more of the lovely detail work of the flowers on top). As it is sitting now it feels a bit too flying disk like for me, almost like a bumper.
Royal Hats: I have always found this hat a little weird. It seems flat as a pancake, which makes the flower detail (which by itself, is really pretty) look like a garden plonked on her head. Marie-Christine wears some dramatic and flamboyant hats but this one falls flat (literally) for me.
I hope you all enjoyed our conversation about the hats worn fir the first day of Ascot! We are so curious to hear which ones were your favourites!
Photos from Getty as indicated