Royals Gather to Celebrate Bicentenary of Royal Yacht Squadron

The Duke of Edinburgh marked the bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron with a Fleet Review of more than 180 ships gathered at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Prince Philip, who is Admiral of the Squadron and wore a cap related to this rank, presided over the day’s events aboard a Royal Navy patrol boat.

Sailing is a popular sport among European royals; accomplished royal sailors King Harald of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco, King Constantine of Greece, Prince Pavlos of Greece, Viscount Linley and Prince Henrik of Denmark were in attendance for the naval celebration, all sporting natty nautical caps.

Prince Pavlos and Viscount Linley, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats

Prince Philip was further accompanied by the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Prince Michael of Kent. While Princess Anne sported a headscarf, the royal men (except for the Vice Admiral) wore hats related to their roles with the squadron.

 It looks like an enjoyable day was had by all, doesn’t it?!
Prince Michael of Kent, June 5, 2015 | Royal Hats
Photos from Getty as indicated and Prince Pavlos of Greece

17 thoughts on “Royals Gather to Celebrate Bicentenary of Royal Yacht Squadron

  1. It is amazing what a beautiful beard can do for a man. Prince Michael is the only one who looks good in his cap – probably because of the dignity the beard gives him. The others are so-so, and prince Edward really does look like he is a boy who borrowed his fathers cap and sut. Maybe he should try a beard.

  2. It was good to see the blokes in their uniform hats, but I was disappointed that the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex didn’t wear hats.

  3. Princess Anne is just so beautiful, that suit is perfect on her and a nice cream/blue hat would of been perfect. The men look okay as far as hats go and some jackets do not fit properly. CS also looked nice in her dress and jacket but missing that hat……….

  4. Could the men looks more dapper? I think not! Also I think this is the best Prince Albert has looked in ages! This uniform in so much better on him than the one he wore at his wedding. Also, Prince Michael looks like a 007 agent enjoying his retirement. Love it!

    Sophie’s ensemble is fab and Princess Anne’s looks like it might have been made in the last decade. Style points all around!

  5. I don’t know if I’ve ever realized just how much Prince Michael looks like his grandfather George V; it is very obvious in this sailing uniform and the Prince knows how to wear a tailored outfit. Henrik always looks like he’s having a good time, and good for him considering he’s had some rough days in his role as Prince Consort. Glad to see all these men get some representation on this blog.

    • Melly, I was going to ask what the protocol is regarding when/where the women wear hats. I’m so new in following this web site (which I thoroughly enjoy) that I’m sometimes hesitant to question, but I’m learning something new virtually every time.

      • You ask a great question, Peggy. Each royal house seems to have their own rules for when to wear hats. For example, Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde wear a hat any time they do an official opening (a building, a program, exhibition, a social enterprise etc.), attend an event in a church, and on foreign visits. This is in contrast to the more mature queens, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrix and Queen Margrethe who tend to wear hats for nearly every daytime royal engagement. In contrast, Queen Letizia only wears hats when forced to by dress code at a foreign event (she has not yet worn a hat in Spain).

        In Britain, hat wearing has relaxed considerably over the past 20 years. If the event happens in a church (commemoration, service of thanksgiving etc.), hats will be worn. Hats are also always worn to garden parties; horse racing events; welcoming state visitors; military parades/events/memorials; daytime weddings; and for Trooping the Colour. While Queen Elizabeth and Princess Alexandra wear hats for most of their other regular daytime engagements, the other British royal women do not. A great example of this occurred when Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge paid a joint visit to Fortnum & Mason during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in March 2012– despite it being a joint engagement, the Queen was the only one who wore a hat. This relaxed approach among the younger royals seems to be spreading to foreign tours as well- it seems that the same criteria for hat wearing applies when abroad.

        As today’s event does not fit into the list of ‘must-wear-hat-events’ and celebrated a private yacht club (and not the actual Royal Navy!), hat wearing for the women was not expected.

        I hope my ramblings have answered your question, Peggy. You have given me an idea to look closer at this very question later over the summer. It is certainly an interesting question to explore as there are such different approaches to hat wearing between the different royal houses.

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