We have come to the last post in our review of the fantastic hats worn at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge four years ago this week. We conclude coverage with a look at the hats worn by royal guests from non-reigning royal families.
The Greek Royal family have close ties to the British Royals (Prince Philip is a Greek Prince by birth) so it was not surprising to see five members in attendance. Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wore a cream pillbox hat designed by Philip Treacy. The straw was woven with gold threads which gave a shimmering quality to the hat which was trimmed by another signature Treacy bows.
Princess Marie-Chantal topped her pale blue and grey embroidered Chanel dress with a statement hat, also by Philip Treacy. The moulded saucer hat was edged in a wide band of silk piping around the brim and was trimmed with large dove grey silk roses that balanced the underside of the vertical brim. This is not a hat for the faint of heart and together with the dress, made for an edgy and extremely haute couture ensemble. While there is every reason for me to dislike the oddly shaped hat, I adore it as part of this ensemble.
Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians, pictured behind Princess Victoria in the orange hat below, wore a simple black hat with flat crown and mushroom brim. The hat was trimmed with a wide ruched band around the crown and a large bow at the side.
Crown Princess Margareta of Romania wore a most perplexing open-crowned hat by Romanian milliner Kristina Dragomir. Built on a gold ring base, the headpiece consists of swirling loops of pleated crin in three shades of pink. While the photo above shows the headpiece as a soaring swan of sorts, the close-up view here looks like a giant pink slinky on steroids circling her head. Neither look is optimal.
Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a simple cream hat made in the same oyster lace as her dress. The fold-back halo brim of the hat was edged in the same ecru satin as her shawled coat and the hat was trimmed with a bow at the back. While it’s not the most modern of royal hats, the shape and scale suited Katherine beautifully and it added the right touch to her ensemble.
That draws our week-long royal hat tour at this wedding to a close! If you haven’t already watched the nuptials on video, I suggest you pour a tall glass of your favourite tipple and settle into your comfiest chair. The camera work inside Westminster Abbey is breathtaking and the hats are thrilling. You can watch the entire day’s events here.
Queen Anne-Marie of Greece’s cream pillbox is the best hat of this group. Her outfit was also quite nicely tailored. It was the most appropriate of these hats for a royal wedding. While I loved Princess Marie-Chantal’s stunning pale blue and grey embroidered Chanel dress with a statement hat, I thought the look was a bit too high fashion, and some people may think she was trying to upstage the bride and other guests. Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians, has her hat and outfit obscured, so it is hard to judge it. Crown Princess Margarita of Romania’s hat was awful, and I hate open-crowned hats anyhow, but this looked like a slinky as HatQueen stated. It has no real connection to the rest of her outfit either. Princess Katherine of Serbia’s simple cream hat was boring, and her shiny coat looked wrong for a day wedding, and the fabric looked more suited to an evening gown.
I forgot to mention Marie-Chantal on my Best Dressed List.
Marie Chantal’s hat and dress are SO couture. I love it! The hat is bat crazy but it’s fantastic. Can’t say the same thing about the pink slinky.