Day 2 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  As we wrap up Day 2 of Royal Ascot, we can’t end without a look at the hats worn by royal men, with a special mention to Crown Prince Frederick. I think this is the first top hat we’ve seen on him!

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I know a number of you have mentioned non-royal hats at Ascot that you have enjoyed as much as the royal ones- please feel free to share them in the comments of this post. I have a few I plan to add to your discussion!

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36 thoughts on “Day 2 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

  1. Philip looks great again, but he almost never disappoints. Not quite as taken with Charles’ ensemble today, but he still looks sharp as ever. Sheikh Mohammed really needs a tailor, and a slightly smaller top hat; he just always looks to be swimming in his clothes (I know his traditional Arab garb certainly fits looser, but it just doesn’t work the same way with a jacket and trousers unfortunately). William looked very nice, but again something about the proportions (not the fit) of his top hat seem a bit off. I agree with what others said that Frederik’s hat looks much more western and too large for him; and it looks like a much cheaper wool felt than a fur felt, and I especially find the lack of proper binding around the brim edge cheapens the look of this hat. Would’ve really liked Frederik to have brought back out that beautiful red and gold patterned waistcoat from Albert and Charlene’s wedding (same as Mary did with her hat today).
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  2. Do the people in the royal enclosure have to wear name tags? It looks like nametags are on most of the royals, although not on some of the people others have shared pictures of. At the risk of sounding silly, what do they say? Do they have titles? I mean, presumably our favorites say things like The Duchess of Cambridge etc., but is that correct? And what about non-British royals? Do their nametags have nationalities with titles? Why do they have to wear nametags at all?

    • We’ll have to wait and get the full details from Charles but as I understand, the name badges act as one’s ticket in to Ascot and are colour coded based on what area that person has access to visit. Kate’s badge yesterday showed her name (title), the date and that she was in the Royal Box (as opposed to just the Royal Enclosure).

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      Here is the name badge used a few years ago for an owner, who has access to other areas.

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  3. Your Ascot posts have been brilliant! I loved the Queen’s hat yesterday best with Princess Haya and Princess Mary right behind. The photos you find are so much better than other royal blogs I read and I can really see the detail that the milliners are talking about. I’m learning so much about hats!

  4. I thought these two ensembles were also wonderfully elegant. The blue hat is Dior

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    • I also really liked these hats/ensembles:

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      The coral hat above is worn by Zoe Warren, a close friend of the Cambridges. Her husband Jake is the son of John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock racing advisor.

      And finally- I loved this navy Philip Treacy on this elegant owner! She looks fantastic in the winner’s circle

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    • Some other even bigger showstoppers from yesterday

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  5. Somehow, Fred’s hat makes me think of a cowboy hat rather than a top hat. That pic of him with Mary looks like he could almost be in the old west (if a very fancy old west).

      • I think it’s the brim curve that adds the cowboy vibe. It’s also a big hat (and looks clunky next to the Earl of Wessex’s refined silk hat)
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  6. Could Prince Fredrick’s top hat be a more modern style (shorter and rounder) than the ones the others are wearing, that are taller and seem to go in and then out again? It seems more pleasing to my eye as a person with modern day tastes, although it does lack that antique allure.

  7. The hat on Ms. Blading looks like something Sophie would choose. Mrs. Pelly’s hat looks like it came from “My Fair Lady” movie. All the gentlemen seem so happy. They must enjoy the special dress occasion as much as we do.

  8. For me it is all about the perceived fit of the gentleman’s hat. Fred’s hat (and Gok’s, for that matter) just don’t fit as well as the others. Of course one would expect the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales to have impeccably fitting top hats. After all, they are always at Ascot as well as other events where such hats are de rigeur.

  9. Fred’s hat appears to me to be made of another fabric other than the traditional silk. If his hat is compared to Edward’s hat the two are very different in their shape. I feel that Fred’s hat is not as sleek and stylish as Edward’s.

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