Since her marriage and the start of her royal life in 2005, the Duchess of Cornwall has attended Ascot every year except in 2010. During these eleven years, she has made 19 appearance at the races in 16 different hats, all made by Philip Treacy. Here are all of the hats she has worn to Ascot during her royal life:
2005 & 2006: Streamlined oatmeal straw raised brim with signature Treacy bow on June 14 2005 and a wide cartwheel brim with long, curved feathers on both sides for June 20, 2006
2007: A high, upswept lattice brim trimmed with white flowers and navy arrow trimmed feathers on June 19 and a light natural straw hat with tall, deeply pinched crown on June 20
2008: Wide brimmed cream straw picture hat trimmed with mint vines on June 17; aqua straw hat with gentle upsweep and spiky grey feather trim on 18
2009: June 16 & 17, 2009 in a cream straw rounded upsweep and lavishly trimmed pink straw picture hat
2011: Repeat of the rounded upsweep with flying straw twists from 2009 on June 14
2012: Another cream straw design on June 19, 2012 with rounded upsweep rimmed in a wide stripe of silk
2016: Blush pink hat with giant silk flower on June 14; Repeated cream hat with looped bow on June 15, 2016; Sleek white upswept brim with pink floweron June 17, 2016; cream hat with navy straw hatband on June 18, 2016
Of the Ascot reviews we’ve seen so far, The Duchess of Cornwall’s hats have the least variation. It’s not a surprise- they all come from the same millinery studio and the consistency of style we see here extends to the rest of Camilla’s hat closet. She has found a style that works and is sticking to it- something many women of her age (and younger!) do with their wardrobes. I think it’s better we appreciate these hats for what they are – brilliant large pieces that are beautifully balanced and wonderfully trimmed. I can’t think of another royal who consistently does picture hats as well as Camilla does and I for one, would love to claim a few of these beauties for myself.
It’s safe to assume we’ll see the Duchess in a Treacy creation this year- I’d love to see her in more vibrant colours. In the meantime, what do you think of the hats Camilla has worn so far to Ascot?