Princess Anne attended Ladies’ Day today in her second new hat this week, a design in pale blue straw with diagonal crown and mushroom brim. The hat is trimmed with blue and cream feathers (including a blue maribou boa hatband!) and silk flowers and leaves.
Christie: This is a different colour on Princess Anne. How lovely! The Milliner has done a great job matching the sinamay colour to that really subtle colour in her gorgeous jacket. How elegant and beautiful is the material in it! It also looks as if the brim and crown have some interesting contours in their blocks. I’d love to see what they look like! The only thing I’d say is that I’m not a fan off fluff and pearls – I would just stick with a colour matched sinamay bind and let the trim and shape of the hat speak for itself.
Jill: This really is a lovely color on Princess Anne and the overall lightness is quite nice with her suit. I am not a huge fan of the maribou feathers around the crown and that flower definitely has too many leaves but overall I think it’s really great on her. It’s so nice to see her in some new pieces and embracing something a bit more modern.
Fiona: I love the style of her coat today and again a beautiful collar detail. But I think Anne is a little washed out in the pale blue/mint green. I like that she is wearing a wider brim hat today, but an upturn would have been more elegant. The colour of the trimming detail in the hat – though it is matching the cream and beige threads running though the coat, are not entirely to my liking, would have preferred something a little more structured in the trimming rather than this mishmash of flower, marabou, stripped coque and God knows what else is in there!
Royal Hats: Two new hats for Princess Anne within a week won’t see me complaining! It’s a pretty colour and I echo Jill that it’s SO nice to see her in a more modern shape. Is it overtrimmed? Of course! The maribou does leave me speechless. It’s not what comes to mind when I think of Princess Anne and if I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe it.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
So far, all of Princess Anne’s Ascot hats this year have been pieces less than five years old- quite astonishing from our favourite royal hat recycler! What do you think of this new design?