British Royals Attend Church at Sandringham

Members of the British Royal Family attended church this morning at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene near the Sandringham Estate, joining the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh who regularly attend when they are in residence. For this outing, the Queen repeated her cream and gold split crown hat with black and gold feather trim (see a better view here). The wonderful texture of this piece has made it a reader favourite and and judging by the number of times she has worn it, Queen Elizabeth clearly agrees.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Coat designed by Karl Ludwig.
Previously Worn: March 9, 2015September 6, 2014May 6, 2014March 12, 2014; March 20, 2013October 31, 2012July 19, 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her black felt beret cocktail hat trimmed with felt leaves and chrysanthemum blooms. While Kate has worn this hat with a number of different outfits, I think its pairing today with her burgundy checked suit and tall black boots was one of its more successful outings.
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Designer: Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co. It is the “Fairy Tale” style.
Previously Worn: March 29, 2014November 11, 2013; Sept. 23, 2013March 17, 2013March 8, 2012

The Countess of Wessex has had another stellar year of hats and her choice today therefore, was a little surprising. She repeated her burgundy felt stovepipe hat with sharply indented crown and flying knotted side sash trim. The colour is wonderfully festive (and looks beautiful against her winter white Armani coat) but the shape feels dated and awkward. I do like to see hats worn multiple times but would prefer this particularly one move into retirement. Lady Louise, in contrast, looked lovely in her classic beret.

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Designer of Sophie’s hat: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: December 15, 2014January 1, 2012; December 2009; March 15, 2006December 25, 2006
Princess Anne repeated her red felt oversize beret trimmed in a navy-edged feather. It is a festive piece that belies its age (at least 27 years old) that Anne wears well.
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Designer: unknown. Perhaps John Boyd
Previously Worn: December 29, 2013December 23, 1990; April 3, 1988

Princess Beatrice repeated the black velvet beaded bumper brimmed hat she wore on Christmas Day. We don’t usually see her repeat hats so close together but as this one is a beauty, it’s not surprising to see it on the young princess again.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill 
Previously Worn: December 25, 2013

The stand out hat for me today was cocktail hat worn by Zara Phillips Tindall. In red felt, the beret base of the hat was trimmed with an upright knotted sash and curling feathers. With her checked black and white coat, the hat provided wonderful contrast and punch of vibrant colour.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Which hat on today’s outing to church stood out most to you?
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15 thoughts on “British Royals Attend Church at Sandringham

  1. I love Zara’s red hat. I’d generally much prefer a “proper” hat with a brim, but if you’re going to go for a cocktail hat, I think this is elegant with a touch of panache.

    Kate’s look in general and hat in particular would be very much improved if her hair were up in some way.

  2. HM is excellent, as always. The Countess of Wessex is borderline comical, and I appreciate Princess Anne’s digging in the back of the closet. The rest are not exciting.
    Question: is it protocol for the men to go hatless? I always think that they look out of balance, especially when wearing a long overcoat on an obviously chilly morning. Just my taste, I guess. HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY OUR WONDERFUL HATQUEEN!!

  3. It was a day of repeats, wasn’t it?

    HM always looks great in this hat, and I’m glad to see it out again.

    It’s interesting how sometimes this hat on Kate looks to have more height and volume to it, and other times it looks flatter and conforms more to her head. This is one of her classics and nice to see it repeated after some time.

    Really surprised to see Sophie bring this one back out again. I liked this hat on it’s very first outing 9 years ago, but since then Sophie has worn it where the crown of the hat seems to be heading in one direction off the side of her head, and it’s not a good look in my opinion. Looks like she might’ve gone back to the original placement, but still hard to tell in these photos.

    Again, Louise looks great in a beret. I just hope it’s not the only style of hat we see her in.

    Anne, ever so faithful at being the best in repeating a hat. I like this one, but I think you can tell it’s a bit dated.

    Surprised to see Beatrice repeat her hat so soon, but maybe she decided to travel light for the holidays?

    Zara’s hat was my favorite, and as @JamesB said, it makes up for her non-appearance at Christmas. The red is beautiful and a great contrast to her black and white outfit. Brava!

  4. Sophie must just like that hat, there’s no other reason for its repeated outings after so long! As does Kate – she doesn’t normally repeat so much.

    Zara looks fab, this makes up for her being absent at Christmas.

  5. Hmm, well, there you go. I said re the Christmas service hats that I generally give Anne a pass … ‘fraid not this time ma’am. Hat and jacket go together (okay, kind of), skirt doesn’t go with either – a pair of long boots *may* have helped. But the skirt, lordy, the skirt.

    Otherwise, all fairly ho-hum heads apart from Sophie and Zara. Love the colour of Sophie’s hat but not its style; love Zara’s hat through and through. Making people smile (in a good way) is a good thing and looking at that hat makes me smile. Also, she looks tremendous in it. Bit wacky, but she seems to veer in that direction so good for her.

    • As always, Princess Anne’s outfit is perfectly coordinated. There is a red check in her skirt that exactly matches the shade of her jacket, and both colours are combined in her hat. Her accessories are all navy blue, reflecting the shade in her skirt. She considered her jewellery with care, adding a brooch in the form of a gold knot, studded with rubies. Very festive and well thought out Ma’am!

      • From the photo above the outfit looks unbalanced (top-heavy in a strong block of red, while the red in the skirt is subtle) and doesn’t appear to be a very good fit, which is surprising for the Princess Royal. Having a red skirt would have been far too much so perhaps it’s the jacket that’s not quite right. I find her flat shoes an odd choice with a skirt that length because it ends up being unflattering. Long boots, with or without a heel, may have helped. Compare this mish-mash of an outfit with the smart green ensemble of Christmas Day and you’ll perhaps see why I feel so let down by this.

  6. Maybe they thought no photographers would one there today. (Ha.) I’m not too fond of any outfit, although I think Zara’a hat makes her whole outfit really stand out, even though it’s too theatrical for practical use.
    I’m surprised at the Queen’s choice. I like the hat well enough, rather fond the split crown idea, actually, but I had decided that it was this dress that she had worn for the Christmas message. I doubt she would have repeated to quickly, though. (Of course, with the alarming number of off-white dresses she just have, the Queen may have chosen something else.)
    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Queen+Elizabeth+II/Queen+Elizabeth+II+Christmas+Broadcast+2015/z0hNX3-j8JY

  7. Princess Beatrice looked the best of the group I think. I loved the cut and shade of blue of her coat, and although I do love this black velvet beaded bumper brimmed hat, and it teams well with the coat and her black boots, I think it is a bit soon to repeat this hat. Where was her sister?

    Lady Louise looked good in her classic beret and blue swing coat.

    The Countess of Wessex’s hat was a beautiful color which was perfectly festive and teamed well with the white coat, but the shape is horrible, and most unflattering to her, and I’m sick of seeing it!

    The Princess Royal made a good color choice in her festive red beret and jacket, but the skirt was an ugly length on her, and the large single feather in the hat made it very dated.

    I agree with HatQueen about how the Duchess of Cambridge’s black felt beret cocktail hat looked well paired with her burgundy checked suit and tall black boots, though I wish that she had put her hair in a chignon, for a neater look. I also wish she had brought out a new hat.

    The Queen’s cream and gold coat looked good, but I can’t stand those split crown hats and I don’t think they are flattering to anyone.

    I like the color and base of the hat worn by Zara Phillips Tindall, but the high curling feathers remind me of the Doctor Seuss Obsk character. I like her coat, but it needs a simpler hat given its very bold checks.

  8. Lady Louise does look attractive in the beret. The others are ho-hum. As an aside, I am wondering about the stiletto heels worn by so many of the younger royals and think back to my salad days when I wore stilleto heels half that height and they nearly did me in!

  9. I like Lady Louise’s hat. Not a fan of her mother’s hat. I love the Countess and she is normally very stylish and chic, but this hat has to go. It’s dreadful. Zara’s hat is not a favorite, although I do not mind the rest of her outifit. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh look cheerful and wonderfully healthy. I hope they have a delightful New Year filled with health and happiness.

  10. I am going to vote for Lady Louise. I agree that Zara’s hat ventures into the realm of cartoonish clothing, and Countess Sophie’s hat was never a favourite of mine. The proportions just don’t work for me. Duchess Catherine’s hat is also quite inoffensive, as is Princes Beatrice’s. But generally it is a lacklustre group. As for The Princess Royal, well it just beggars belief that she keeps trotting out those old clothes. It is almost embarrassing.

  11. I am not a fan of any of these hats today – except possibly Andy’s daughter’s hat which I liked on her on Christmas as well. – Maybe she only packed one hat?

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