Seeing Decuple: The Duchess of Cornwall

Royal Hats

Last week, the Duchess of Cornwall appeared at the Cheltenham Festival in a lovely taupe glen plaid version of the “Frost” hat by Lock and Co. Hatters. Previously known as the “Natalia” style, the maker of this hat describes it as ” a ruched crown showerproof tweed hat with faux-fur cuff”.

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Duchess of Cornwall at the Cheltenham Festival, March 11, 2015 and the “Frost” design by Lock and Co.

The Duchess of Cornwall is a great fan of this design. Amazingly, I believe this is the tenth version of this style we have seen her wear since 2008.

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2. On a  January 27, 2012 visit to Portsmouth (in the same hat she wore this week in the USA )
and 3. a March 21, 2010 trip to Prague

Embed from Getty Images Duchess of Cornwall, February 17, 2012 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

4. November 2008 visit to Wiltshire and 5. At the Sandown Racecourse, February 17, 2012

Embed from Getty Images  Duchess of Cornwall, February 26, 2013 in Lock & Co. | Royal Hats

6. At the Cheltenham Festival on March 14, 2012 and 7. On a February 26, 2013 visit to Devon

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8. At the Cheltenham Festival  March 12, 2014  and 9.March 25, 2012 while on state visit to Denmark

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10. Christmas Day, 2017

I think the key for this incredible number of hat repeats is the word showerproof. This is clearly a working hat that I suspect, is used in lieu of an umbrella on drizzly days and ‘works’ as much in Camilla’s private life as it does her royal life (did you see #7 on the CNN interview last weekend?). This makes it a tough hat to critique. For country walks on rainy days, I think this hat is perfect. But for royal engagements? The ruched crown in this design can easily look slouchy and sloppy. Even the versions with more structure (like #2, which Camilla wore this week) seem overly informal for a royal hat.

Informality aside, this hat has obviously become a staple in Camilla’s millinery wardrobe and shows her practical approach to fashion. The basics of a royal hat wardrobe include numerous pieces which cover multiple shades of the black/grey/taupe/brown spectrum and it seems that Camilla found this style, liked it, and ordered nine more of the same. It’s not a terribly creative or style-concious approach to filling the contents of one’s millinery closet but it gets the job done.

What do you think of the Duchess of Cornwall’s much loved slouchy faux fur hat? Which version do you like best?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Lock and Co. Hatters; Bauer Griffin, Flynet Pictures and Bauer Griffin via Zimbio

20 thoughts on “Seeing Decuple: The Duchess of Cornwall

  1. I think #’s 1, 2, 6 & 8 are the most successful, mostly because the fur brim is larger which is a better fit with Camilla’s hairdo. Also I think the closeness of the color of the crown and the fur on these make it more flattering as well. Perhaps the fact that they are worn so much out of doors and potentially in the rain means that they get worn out faster. Or take longer to dry out? I’m going with those excuses as to why she has so many of the same. LOL

  2. I really like these hats as outdoor hats, not so much going to church in. The places she has worn them, particularly the photos you have used above, they are often cold places in winter. Being outdoors, I know I would want to keep warm, and these sure look like they would do the job. I love when it gets cool enough to pull out my winter hats. Given the number that Camilla owns, I rather think she enjoys and likes the practicality of these when out on a whole variety of engagements.

  3. This hat is attractive. Since it is casual, however, it looks out of place at some wearings, but it’s flattering to the Duchess. I don’t know who’s helping the Duchess select clothing. Picture 1 shows a hat and coat that go beautifully with each other; some of the other combinations look rather haphazard. When haphazardness intersects with a casual style, it just looks sloppy. While, I really do like the hat, if I were going to have 10 copies of one hat, this would not be the hat to copy 10 times.

  4. Numbers 1, 4, and 8 seem too large for her head. I like this style hat for casual outings, but feel she’s gone a lee-tle bit overboard on buying copies of it. But it’s not my money or my wardrobe.

  5. I’m wondering why the Duchess is often wearing the same grey brown polkadot scarf. Not only with these type of hats.

  6. Ten versions of this hat! Wow. 🙂
    I never thought of it as a hat for rainy days, I also said to myself that it must have been very cold on that day and she certainly did keep her head warm! My favourite is number 8, I think the beige colour compliments her really well. Then number 2 and number 6. I like this hat so much more in one colour, plus I like the fur better on these 3 hats (8 – 2 – 8) than on 4, 5, and 7 when it looks as if it came straight from the poor animal.

  7. Ahh dear old Paddington. Why would anyone ever think that ‘showerproof’ is a selling point for fashion?!

    Now I’m not convinced there are actually 10 I’m afraid. For instance 5 and 6 look like the same hat to me. No matter, Cams LOVES this! Where it’s bigger and wider (ie last week at Cheltenham) I don’t mind it at all, it frames her face (and that hair!) rather well. And the other thing is that was at the races – ie, in the country, informal. When she trots it out to a commemoration service or a state visit, it just feels too informal – I guess the equivalent would be Kate wearing a beanie.

    Well, she loves it and I suppose that’s the point. Some of them are v versatile (the black one has had a lot of use for instance), but I guess we’re all just going to agree to disagree here Camilla!

  8. A workhorse hat as said. Not particularly elegant, but practical – a real granny-hat. To me the success depends of the quality of the fake fur used. Nr. 3 and 7 looks like the milliners re-used the fur of well-loved teddybear, but the darker versions nr 2 and 10 are more succesfull. Nr. 8 with the domed crown and the real? mink brim is the one i like the least.

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