One of the more interesting pairs of ‘hat twins’ can be found inside the millinery closet of the Duchess of Cornwall. When Camilla married the Prince of Wales on April 9, 2005, she was one of the few royal brides who wore a hat. And WHAT a hat it was! Made of cream straw in a delicately woven lattice pattern, the flat crowned hat featured a wide mushroom brim covered in lace and trimmed with a dramatic sweep feathers. I always thought that Philip Treacy knocked it out of the proverbial royal park with this design and that Camilla looked beautiful in it.
Camilla has worn this hat a number of times since her wedding, giving us a chance to see the amazing detail in closer view.
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At the Order of the Garter Service, June 15, 2009
Last June when the Royal family arrived for the Service commemorating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, numerous royal watchers assumed Camilla had again repeated her wedding hat. If you look closely, however, you will see it was not the same hat. In palest blue, the feathers on this hat are slightly different and the lace trimming the brim is in a scalloped pattern. While the shape is the same, the pattern of the straw is the same , the approach to the feather and lace trim is the same, and the designer, Philip Treacy, is the same, this is certainly a different hat.
I am always intrigued when royals choose a ‘twin’ to a hat they already own and wear. This pair of twins is even more interesting as it involves one of the most famous and recognizable hats Camilla has ever worn- it seems odd to me that she chose to ‘twin’ her wedding hat. I suppose it’s a sign of her affection for this hat and that is a factor I can’t argue against. Individually, these are both magnificent hats.
Incidentally, Camilla has not worn her wedding hat since unveiling this pale blue ‘twin’- perhaps it has been retired to the royal dress archives and this new hat was commissioned as a replacement. We will simply have to wait and see. In the meantime, dear readers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about this pair of hat twins.