It has been a busy weekend of royal hats! Before peeking at the Queen’s pink choice for the Patron’s lunch today, I want to step back and finish our look at the designs worn for Trooping the Colour yesterday by the Gloucester and Kent families. The Duchess of Gloucester repeated a navy hat with squared crown and wide brim. This picture, taken during a previous outing, gives a much better look at the hat’s shape and interesting leaf trim. The Countess of Ulster topped her turquoise dress with a matching vertical saucer hat, trimmed with what looks to be coral feathers. I would really like a closer view of this piece because it looks like it could be a show stopper! Lady Rose Gilman borrowed a second hat from her mother’s closet in as many days, a grey straw beret that topped her pink floral dress.
The Kent family was well represented for the second day in a row. The Duke of Kent was joined by his daughter, Lady Helen Taylor, in a folded white headpiece anchored with a navy ribbon. Lady Nicholas Windsor wore a cream disk saucer hat trimmed in feathers. Princess Alexandra of Kent repeated her grey hat with rounded crown, embellished with net tulle and floating feathers around the hat’s pleated hat band.
UPDATE- The Countess of St. Andrews and Lady Marina Windsor were in attendance as well. Sylvanna wore an white braided straw hat with turned down brim, trimmed with a tan jinsin fan around the top of the crown and knotted bow below the brim. The design, Tuxia, is from this year’s summer collection from French millinery brand Celine Robert. Marina looked to be wearing a black or navy disc saucer hat.
Princess Alexandra’s daughter-in-law Julia Ogilvy (below, center) wore a tall crowned, cream picture hat with spiral quill trim while her daughter, Flora, wore a larger design in the same colour. Flora’s hat is lavishly trimmed with folded silk bows at the side. Her cousin, Zenouska Mowatt, topped her navy dress with the ‘Moselle’ headpiece from Jane Taylor, described by the designer as an “elegant transparent linear crin disc on straw base with angular feather detail.” It’s a lovely piece that Zenouska wears well.
Princess Michael of Kent to wore a new cocktail hat by John Boyd with white, bumper-style base trimmed with tall black feathers shaped as a gliding swan. The black swan feathers are anchored by a jewelled button and the hat is finished with swath of black net veil. Her daughter-in-law, Lady Frederick, wore a new pale blue percher beret trimmed with curled organdie ribbons and ecru feathers.
One of my favourite hats of the day draws our coverage of Trooping the Colour to a close and was worn Lady Gabriella Windsor. Her picture hat in oyster straw featured an angular crown and wide, gently upswept brim trimmed with wide curls of straw ribbon. On its own, the hat is outstanding but it is elevated to magnificence with Gabriella’s sleek Catherine Walker suit. We saw some fantastic royal fashion today and for me, this ensemble ranks near the very top.
Designer: Philip Treacy OC179 from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
This completes our look at Trooping the Colour. Are there any hats here that stood out in particular to you?
Photos from Luca Teuchmann and WireImage via Getty; AFP via Zimbio; BBC TV1; Getty as indicated
I find it rather odd that Lady Helen wore the same dress two days in a row.
While Princess Michael has always had a flair for the dramatic, lately Lady Gabriella seems to be exhibiting a flair for perfection!
I agree with you, HatQueen, Gabriella’s hat in first place, but a good showing overall.
Who is the little boy in the sailor suit,please?
Albert Windsor, Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor’s eldest son.
Ugh, Birgitte wears a brimmed hat for the first time in a long time, and THIS is the view I get of it? Come on royal photographers! Would love to see this one out again. Also, we almost never see Claire, and she wore two stunners this weekend (based on what I can see of this one). Brava! Unfortunately Rose did not look good in this beret.
It’s looking like we may never again see Katie Kent, which makes me sad. As for Helen, this hat has much potential based on these photos, but I want to see more before I make a final judgment.
Pretty standard hat for Alexandra. Looks like Julia Ogilvy’s hat this time is a Treacy piece; while overall I like it for her, I think the crown looks to narrow. I like the dramatic big bow on Flora’s hat, but why all white? Zenouska was another personal favorite of mine for this event, and the color works very well for her.
So great to see Marie-Christine in something new, but seriously, when will she give up her black and white phase? I’m not certain how I feel about Sophie’s hat, but I definitely think it’s not as good as Friday’s hat at St. Paul’s. In the first photo, I thought Gabriella’s ensemble aged her a bit, but I quite changed my opinion in the second photo. Always well-put-together, I also think this last photo really demonstrates the family resemblance between Gabriella and her Aunt Alexandra.
Loving the coverage! For those interested at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb9hrWbb2NI the complete BBC Trouping the Colour coverage is to be found.
Concerning Lady Helen’s hat, at 2:48:41 is a side view of her hat while at 2:55:33 is an excellent view of the back of the hat. In fact, some nice views of hats as the Balcony Party exits just prior to Lady Helen’s exit.
Lady Gabriella’s lovely picture hat and the Countess of Ulster’s coral & turquoise fascinator earn my vote!
Lovely all of them. I cannot take my eyes off Princess Charlotte though.
I echo your love for Lady Gabby’s hat – it’s a stunner!