I am pleased to welcome British Milliner Katie Vale and American milliner Jill Courtemanche to Ascot week here on Royal hats! With no further adieu, let’s chat about the many royal hats we saw yesterday at the first day of Royal Ascot (stay tuned because there are two more posts to come).
Queen Elizabeth in Rachel Trevor Morgan
KV: Queen Elizabeth: The crown shape is her favourite and she’s used to that. I like an asymmetrical brim, but I think the upturn is too large. It looks like two different brims, one on the left and one on the right! I’m not a fan.
JC: The color on the queen’s hat is absolutely lovely on her. The soft blue is really a nice tone and the trim has a beautiful variation of texture to really give it a rich, full look as well as adding some width to the hat. My only criticism is that the profiled brim is a bit sharp but I love that she continues to vary her shapes rather than sticking to the same ho hum looks.
RH: When the Queen debuted this hat for Easter this year, the angle of the brim looked so different. I agree with Katie and Jill that the upturn is too a little too severe. I usually prefer the Queen in brighter colours but agree with Jill- this pale blue is so pretty!
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai in Nerida Fraiman
JC: I really like everything about this hat! The shape suits her and the trim is fun and whimsical while still being refined and contained. It’s lovely how the feather work of the trim has many tones so it picks up the color of her dress but is still a strong contrast to the overall look. This is my favorite look of the day!
KV: I really like the one block colour of navy blue. There’s lots of blue around at the moment. I think the base seems a little flat. It’s interesting that she’s wearing it on the left, traditionally fascinators are worn on the right. Now people wear them any side but usually they are placed right unless the hair styles suggests otherwise.
RH: Interesting that you both like this hat so much because I don’t!! I feel like we’ve seen this hat (cocktail hat with feather/flower explosion on top) a few times before on Princess Haya. What doesn’t work for me is the combination of this dress, which feels ultra floaty and feminine, and the hat, which is a carnival on her head. Put this hat with a well-tailored cream suit and I would like it so much more.
Photos from Getty as indicated