A trio of British royal women attended Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday. The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her glorious St. Patrick’s Day themed hat in loden green velvet felt, a hat I was so pleased to see reappear. There’s so much to love about this hat- the luminous sheen of the felt, the cheeky shamrock trim, the saturated colour, the way the upfolded side of the brim balances the bold leaf trim, and the wonderful Celtic knot inspired hatband detail- all things that make it a great hat for Camilla. It was not, however, paired well with her aqua woven tweed dress and printed pink scarf. Slightly disappointing for a hat we’ve waited over a decade to see make its second appearance.
Previously Worn: Mar 17, 2006
Princess Anne repeated her hat in warm wheat-hued straw with feather covered under brim, wide ivory silk sash hatband, and feather spray held by a button at the side. The lighting in today’s photos show the brim of this hat to greater effect than we’ve seen before- I think the feathers on the underbrim give much more interesting texture and depth to this design than we previously gave them credit. It helps that Anne’s camel coat and caramel silk blouse are the perfect pairings with this hat. although I’d still like to take a scissors to some of the vertical side feathers and that horribly dated sash hatband.
Zara Tindall wore a royal purple felt almond shaped percher cocktail hat trimmed with three goose sword feathers anchored with sequin rosettes and black crin sculptural rings. It is a great topper for her black and white hounds tooth coat, giving the outfit a lovely pop of colour. Percher hats are easily over trimmed but Rosie Olivia, once again, gets the balance of embellishment just right. We see Zara in a lot of similarly shaped hats and while I hear some of your calls for this brave ha wearer to change it up a little, today’s ensemble shows just how well she wears this style.
Previously Worn: This hat is new