Royal Windsor Horse Show

Two new British royal hats made their debut over the weekend at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth presented the Best Turned out Trooper award in a new hat made to match her pale blue flying ribbon collared coat.

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With a very similar white plume to the triangular beret hat previously worn with this coat, this design features an angular, flared crown and short, gently upturned brim edged. The hat is again entirely covered in the same fabric as the coat and the pieces again combine to make a very unified outfit. That, however, is where the similarities between the old hat and this new hat end. The triangular beret was a unique and unusual piece that brought some drama, interest and sass to the ensemble – all things that elevated it way beyond just being a pale blue coat and hat. Is it me or does the new hat feel a little bland in comparison?

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor took part yesterday in The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society, taking over from her grandfather as lead in the carriage driving procession in a recently restored carriage used by Queen Elizabeth in 1943.

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Lady Louise looked very smart in a loden green plaid wool riding hat with brown suede leather hatband and piping around the brim edge. We don’t often see hats worn with snoods and while this look is well into costume territory (appropriately so!), it’s a wonderful look for her.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I imagine this hat is new

Finally, Queen Elizabeth was spotted enjoying the show yesterday in her repeated sky blue wool hat with chrysanthemum feather flowers. While some may find it sweet that she wore a hat trimmed with mums (albeit feathered ones) for Mother’s Day, the UK celebrates this holiday in March and I think this was purely a coincidence.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren. Coat designed by Stewart Parvin
Previously Worn: Oct 27, 2016;  March 14, 2016November 12, 2015; June 11, 2015April 5, 2015October 24, 2014April 8, 2014; October 23, 2013
What do you think of the new hats worn over the weekend?
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13 thoughts on “Royal Windsor Horse Show

  1. I am pleased to see a new hat with the blue flyaway collar coat because I thought the other one was absolutely terrible!! There I’ve said it! Much better choice; yes a bit like many of the others HM wears but much better. Phew, sanity prevails. Thanks.

  2. I liked the structured beret from before; it wasn’t my favorite hat, but I enjoyed it for something different. We have seen this shape many times, and in this color, there is nothing special about this hat; in fact, I think it washes HM out more. Also, I think the width on the hat emphasizes (and parallels with) the fly-away collar, and not in a good way. So many hats that could come out of hiding to replace this and the much loved blue hat.

    Overall I like Louise’s hat and ensemble. But as others have commented, the hat seems too large for her head, and her coat could use some tailoring too (there is a sizable gap between her shirt collar and the coat’s collar). At any rate, however, she did look to be having a lot of fun.

  3. Oh, the crown just looks too tall for the Queen. Adding height to the top of the hats does not equal a taller Queen. Wish someone would tell Angela that.

  4. I like Her Maj’s new hat, but the one previously worn with this coat was a unique shape, and something of a tribute to her Grandmother’s famous toques.

    Is Lady Louise’s hat slightly too big? If she is of an age that she might still be growing, I could understand that, but as it is, it has a bit of a ‘Mad Hatter’ feel to it. The color, shape, and plaid fabric look well on her though.

  5. I liked the distinctive look of the triangular beret, even if it did look a little costume-y, better with this ensemble. The blue hat with the mums isn’t exciting, but it’s a great color for HM.

    Lady Louise is adorable in what I assume is a traditional look, but doesn’t the hat seem too big for her?

  6. I like HM’s new hat well enough, it’s simple, elegant and the trim is refined. It’s either the same feather or from its twin ostrich, which makes me wonder if the old hat was damaged and this is a replacement? Anyway, it’s nice, but I doubt we’ll see that much of it.

    And she does like that blue outfit doesn’t she. I’m really over that one now!

    Louise looks lovely. I think she’ll be more in the mould of her Aunt Anne as an adult…

  7. Lady Louise looks delightful!

    The gentleman in the blue blazer and ghutra and iqal (traditional Gulf state head-dress; ghutra is the cloth) pictured standing and sitting next to the Queen is the King of Bahrain, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. When he took over after his father’s sudden death in 1999 he took the title Emir, as his father and the rulers of Bahrain had usually been titled. However, in 2002 he declared himself ‘King’, the first King of Bahrain.

    I like how the King has chosen a red tie to complement his red ghutra.

  8. I was so surprised to see this new blue-gray hat for the Queen. The old beret was so distinctive, atypical for the Queen and went nicely with the unique yoke/collar on the coat and dress. I like the shape of this new hat and think its unevenly rolled brim goes well with the yoke/collar on the coat too, though. I do wonder whether it’s the exact same feather in this new hat — meaning whether the old hat was destroyed to make this new hat or whether the original beret may been worn or shown again sometime. This new hat is less distinctive but probably much more appropriate for a wearing at a horse show.
    This new hat reminds me of this recent black model:
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    Good pictures of Lady Louise!

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