Reader Fiona wrote: Another royal blog (written by someone who knows a ton about royal hats) says that Princess Beatrice wore this gold hat to Ascot before but you say it is a new hat? I’m confused. Is it new or is it a repeat?
While I certainly make my share of errors in reporting royal hats, I am 100% certain that the gold percher hat Princess Beatrice wore on Day 5 of Ascot this year was a new hat. It was designed by Japanese milliner Misa Harada and is the first Harada design Beatrice has worn (hopefully, the first of many because it is such a lovely hat!). I think the confusion lies here:
Princess Beatrice at Ascot, June 20, 2013 in a Philip Treacy design
Princess Beatrice at Ascot, June 19, 2010 in the same Philip Treacy design
At a quick glance, these gold straw percher hats look awfully similar. Keeping royal hats straight is a challenging task (believe you me!), especially when a royal has multiple hats in their millinery wardrobe with the same features. I am not sure why Princess Beatrice might need two gold straw percher hats, both trimmed with chrysanthemum-type floral detail, but it certainly makes it interesting for us royal hat fans, doesn’t it? Thanks for the question, Fiona!