Over the past three years, the Duchess of Cornwall has appeared numerous times in several versions of the same hat style. This particular straw hat follows the general shape of a cloche with a long brim that is extended down even further around the front of the hat- this extended brim is folded up in a gently rounded curve over the crown of the hat. Camilla has six iterations of this hat style- two in cream with lattice patterned brims; one in pink-tinged tan; one in straw printed with a snakeskin and trimmed with Lady Amhurst feathers; and a pair in blue and cream, each trimmed with a large ruched straw halos around the brim.
Enjoying the Melbourne Cup, November 6, 2012 and at Trooping the Colour, June 13, 2014
At the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving, June 5, 2012
In Wellington, New Zealand on November 14, 2012
At the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant, June 3, 2012; a Palace Garden Party on May 12, 2005
Camilla is able to carry large-footprint hats very well and this style provides a large hat with a brim that does not obstruct her face (it’s no coincidence each of the above hats was worn at a high profile event). It also seems to be a hat style designed to work well with Camilla’s feathered hairstyle, which provides balance to the strong upward movement of the hat. I just wonder if six versions of the same distinctive hat shape is too much of a good thing?
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