British Royal Wedding Four Years On: Linleys, Chattos and Gloucesters

Royal Hats Some of my favourite royal hats worn at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge four years ago were worn by extended members of the British Royal family. Here is the first of two posts devoted to looking back at these hats.

Viscountess Linley kicks off our review in a straw based cocktail hat covered in small rectangles of silk. These rectangles were placed to form the petals for structured flowers, anchored with pearl button centres. These most unusual flowers were not only striking, but created the most wonderfully layered and textured effect on the hat. With her streamlined cream Roland Mouret coat, the Stephen Jones designed hat made for a modern and very chic ensemble.

Lady Sarah Chatto also turned to Stephen Jones for her grey straw saucer hat. I adore the juxtaposition between the modern shape of the hat and Sarah’s 1950s inspired Jasper Conran dress. Lady Sarah has cream and black versions of this same hat that she wears frequently, sometimes with the addition of a brooch on the top of the hat. If you start the wedding video at 38:00, you’ll see the brooch sparkling on the hat during her arrival at the Abbey.

Viscountess Linley, Countess of Ulster and Lady Sarah Chatto, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

The Countess of Ulster (pictured above in front of Lady Sarah, wore a small black straw percher hat. Her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Gloucester (below), wore a dramatic navy and white hat. With a small white straw crown and large navy saddle brim, the hat was trimmed with curled ribbons around two sweeping navy feathers. This hat is much bolder than what we’re used to seeing on the Duchess and I thought it was smashing on her.

 The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s two daughters, Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman, also attended the wedding. Lady Rose’s headpiece consisted of a a large white headband topped with a large, muti-layered pinwheel flower. The pinwheel, in a slightly darker shade of grey than her coat dress, looked to be centered with faux pearls.

Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

While difficult to see here, Lady Davina’s hat was made of the same navy satin as her dress. Built on top of the cocktail hat’s round base was a tall slope of folded silk in high waves. The bottom of this trim was made in magenta silk, revealing a shock of pink contrast at the back of the hat. It is a rather avant garde piece that you might need to see on video for a better look (you can see the Gloucester family’s arrival at Westminster Abbey here at 37:00).

Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman, April 29, 2011 | Royal Hats

This group of hats shows great creativity and style, don’t you think? Stay tuned later tomorrow morning for some beautiful hats worn by the Kent cousins.
Photos from Getty as indicated and BBC TV via The British Monarchy

7 thoughts on “British Royal Wedding Four Years On: Linleys, Chattos and Gloucesters

  1. I didn’t mind Serena’s fascinator, especially with her short hair, but it just doesn’t have the wow factor I expected for this event. Lady Sarah, on the other hand, looked stunning in all dove grey, something I normally wouldn’t expect when dressing in only this color. I also love Birgitte’s hat and was glad to see it at Ascot one year, but want to see if repeated more often. Davina and Rose were rather underwhelming, but luckily nothing was as bad as their sister-in-law’s wannabe headpiece; Claire, it’s so small and blends in with your hair! Bring back the fascinator you wore to Rose’s wedding!

  2. Serena- Sort of a space-age futuristic royal hat. It’s super cool and I love it.
    Sarah- I thought it was boring until I watched the video. A girl who puts diamonds on her hat gets 2 thumbs up from me.
    Countess of Ulster- she’s wearing a hat? I don’t believe you
    Duchess of Glouwhatever- OK. The hat’s great but the coat is 1980s BAD.
    Lady Grey Pinwheel- cute. Her dress needed something interesting and this does the trick.
    Lady Navy in Front Pink in the Back- LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Love the shape. LOVE the unexpected hit of pink. LOVE.

  3. A lovely selection. I particularly like the Duchess’s more dramatic hat, a nice change for her. I think Serena’s hat would have been better if everything about it was about twenty per cent bigger. In contrast to the last post, there isn’t much more to say, really!

    • I also love Brigitte’s hat. 2 tone hats don’t always look good but hers is lovely.

      I don’t usually like modern, abstract hats but there’s something about Serena’s hat that’s really beautiful. Sarah’s hat is also a perfect classic.

  4. All lovely. Lady Sarah is so graceful. Serena Linley looked wonderful and I don’t usually like little hat-type things stuck randomly on one’s head. But on her, it worked. Duchess of Gloucester wore a perfectly good hat with that dated looking dress. Those stand up ruffles must go! I can barely see The Countess of Ulster’s black hat, so have no opinion other than it blended in well with the back jacket photographed behind it.

    • We have seen the Duchess of Gloucester’s dress many many times, usually with her little “gumnut cap” – so it is a treat to see her pair it with a new, proper hat!!

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