Princess Michael of Kent has many of her hats made by legendary milliner John Boyd. Mr. Boyd has made a two domed pillbox hats for Marie-Christine- one in black felt and one white silk- each trimmed with a pair of sweeping Lady Amherst feathers. I find this pair of millinery twins particularly interesting because of the near identical use of feather trim and because of the yin-yang relationship between the two hats. Not only opposite in colour, they are opposite in material (felt for winter, silk for summer). These subtle differences between the two hats give them each a distinct look- I didn’t initially notice they were twins. Perhaps the Princess liked one so much, she ordered a twin to wear in the off season? I think most of us have done that in our own wardrobes from time to time!
Princess Michael of Kent on October 3, 2012 and May 17, 2012
Photos from Getty as indicated; Press Association