Seeing Double: Princess Beatrice

Royal HatsWhen Princess Beatrice arrived for the Thames River Pageant celebrating her grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee on June 3, 2012, she wore an interesting grey calot hat that flowed in a wave over her head, ending in a swirled rosette over her ear. It was a hat that did not get much attention amid all the other royal hats that day but the shape certainly was memorable. After the rainy water pageant, I thought this wave-shaped hat would disappear into the back of her closet, ne’er to be seen again.

Princess Beatrice, June 3, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 3, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

Two weeks later, however, Princess Beatrice arrived at  Trooping the Colour in this hat’s magenta twin.

Princess Beatrice, June 16, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 16, 2012 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

While there are slight variations between these two Stephen Jones hats, the distinct shapes are undoubtedly related. These hats are such a unique shape, I wonder what made Princess Beatrice decide to buy two?

Photos from AFP/Stringer, Leon Neal, Max Mumby/Indigo and Dan Kitwood via Getty

15 thoughts on “Seeing Double: Princess Beatrice

  1. I find her taste in clothing and hats unusual most of the time. While I don’t care for either of these hats, she seems to stick to what she likes and has fun with her fashion.

  2. The hats are boldy different than the norm and are very distinctive. I give them thumbs up for that. Is this a new style of hat in the making? It would be interesting to see how this shape is used in future hats.

  3. A number of comments about how British royals are raised, inherited levels of personal taste etc. have all been deleted. Please refer to the commenting policy here.

    There’s not a lot of love for this hat (!!)- fair to be sure but let’s treat the wearer with respect.

  4. I actually kind of like the grey one; it’s a little different and goes well with her coloring. The pink one however is too big, slouchy and I agree it is not a good color for Bea, at least in pics

  5. The grey hat while I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. The pink one I really don’t like, it looks like it just collapsed, and I’m not sold on the color of the hat with the color of her hair.

  6. in response to your rhetorical question “I wonder what made Princess Beatrice decide to buy two” i can only say: “either bad taste or poor eyesight”.


    none of which is good for an otherwise lovely young lady.

  7. Eh. She’s done better. The grey is ok with the grey dress, and it is a bit different than the hats I’ve seen here in before. Don’t love it, though. I actively dislike the magenta/fuchsia one, though.

  8. I agree with James. The grey one is not so bad, but the magenta mess really bothers me. It looks as if the hat “lost control” over her right ear and spewed fabric all over the place. Not sure I really like the colour with her hair either. No, I really don’t care for it at all.

  9. I don’t mind the grey one, and it goes well with the dress, but that magenta one’s doing her no favours. I do like Bea’s fearlessness but she does need to be pulled back from the brink sometimes. When she’s well put together (Ascot this year…) she’s amazing, but sometimes the link between the component pieces can e hard to spot.

  10. Better yet, I wonder what ever made her buy one – let alone 2 of them! I really dislike this shape – it’s too slouchy or something that makes it look not at all haute – it’s not even a good throw-back to anything from the 30s or 40s!

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