Hat Mystery: Princess Beatrice’s Gold Hats

Royal Hats  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? 

2014-06-21 Ascot Day 5 9  Royal Ascot - Day 5

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, June 20, 2013 in Philip Treacy |Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 20, 2013 in Philip Treacy |Royal Hats

Princess Beatrice at Ascot, June 20, 2013 in a Philip Treacy design

Princess Beatrice, June 19, 2010 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 19, 2010 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

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!

Photos from Julian Parker, Julian ParkerMax Mumby/Indigo, Chris JacksonMax Mumby/Indigo and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty

8 thoughts on “Hat Mystery: Princess Beatrice’s Gold Hats

  1. All very interesting stuff and well done Hat Queen for researching this! I did not like this year’s Ascot hat (too busy, too small and blending in with B’s hair)….but I DID love the Treacy hat when I first saw it on B last year. Didn’t t realise that she had worn it before that. I just love the simplicity of design plus I think it is worn at a really flattering angle. It really popped against the dark outfit and with her beautiful mane tucked away a bit it didn’t blend with her hair, allowing us to see more of her lovely complexion and facial features. I thought she looked really smashing last year. P.S. Thanks for the query Fiona.

  2. Glad to see I’m not the only one who was pondering this grave matter. I also thought it was the same hat to start with, but the shape is different as is the embellishment. I too cannot quite work out why she has two, but the progression in how she wears them is interesting – fewer accessories, she’s pared the style down a bit and it’s working. I feel Bea is hitting her stride style wise at the moment, now… Let’s hope it’s contagious!

  3. Well, thank you for your research . I enjoy the fruit of your labor! Those hats do look lovely on her and the gold color is very flattering to her hair and skin tone.

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