Trooping the Colour was attended today, as in years past, by the Queen’s cousins and their families. The Duchess of Gloucester, who rode in a carriage with her husband and the Duke of Kent, repeated her grey straw cuffed bumper hat with net veil trim. The men wore in morning dress with top hats.
Previously Worn: June 1, 2017; July 1, 2016; June 12, 2016; June 10, 2016
Previously Worn: uncertain
The Duchess of Kent made a rare public appearance today in a denim blue percher hat trimmed with what looks to be lace on the hat and a spray o feather at the back. Princess Alexandra stood nearby in her large cream hat with high, domed crown, wide moulded hatband, net tulle covered brim and front feather pouf. .
Princess Alexandra’s hat was Previously Worn: May 15, 2015; July 16, 2012; here; here; here
The Countess of St. Andrews wore an interesting hat in what looks to be lattice printed straw (or hemp? or burlap?) with a cartwheel brim fanning out from a narrow, diagonal crown. There does not seem to be any further embellishment on the hat besides a slim navy ribbon hatband and fringed brim edge. Sylvanna’s daughter, Lady Amelia Windsor, repeated the distinctive navy ruched turban with lattice printed crin accent we saw Sylvanna wear last year to the Service of Thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
Lady Helen Windsor wore a stylised white Homberg hat with indented crown, short brim raised around one side and a navy bow at the front. This piece is from Stephen Jones’ Miss Jones SS 2017 collection. Helen’s sister-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor (Paola, who is peeking out from behind the Duke of Glouster, below right) wore what looks to be some sort of large cream saucer percher.
Previously Worn: I think both may be new.
Julia Ogilvy repeated her cream picture hat with square crown, cartwheel brim and flying bow on the side. In today’s sea of cream hats, I liked the styling of this one, with Julia’s sand and teal printed dress and her pearl necklace, best.
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016; June 11, 2011; April 30, 2011
Flora Ogilvy repeated her large cream straw picture hat with multi-looped side bow. Her cousin, Zenouska Mowatt, topped her olive dress with a cream straw teardrop shaped sidesweep lavishly trimmed with feathers. The trim on Zenouska’s hat makes it come to life and I love how her blue shoes at a hit of contrast and make her ensemble look very polished from head to toe.
Previously Worn: June 11, 2016
Designer of Zenouska’s hat: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: I believe this is new
Princess Michael of Kent repeated her white straw wide brimmed hat with ostrich feather boa wrap/overlay.
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016; June 17, 2015; June 6, 2015; June 7, 2014
Lady Frederick Windsor (Sophie) wore what is described by the designer as a “window sinamay coolie with a dip dyed silk rose”. There also appears to be light feathers trimming the underbrim of the raised side of this gently sloping pyramid shaped piece. It’s a pretty piece that I think might be showed to greater effect with a non-monochrome outfit.
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Lady Gabriella Windsor wore another cream hat, this one with an upswept brim and trimmed with a large multi-looped bow of lattice printed crin. This view shows the slightly oval shape of the brim- a view we don’t often get to see on hats with upswept brims.
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and the Earl of Wessex
Princess Anne and Autumn Philips
I thought Julia Ogilvy looked beautifully styled with the hat and dress. Princess Alexandra will always be one of my favorites. Princess Michael’s hat looks like a prop from a somewhat campy movie “The Three Musketeers” starring Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway and others from the 1970s.
In this group of hats my favorites are the large picture hats on Flora and Julia Ogilvy, Princess Michael, Princess Alexandra, and Lady Gabriella. The Duchess of Gloucester is in second place for me, while it is not new it looks good on her.
I think that when ladies reach a certain age they should leave the perchers and cocktails hats to the younger folk. Although it was nice to see the Duchess of Kent, and I love the blue color of her hat, I think a larger,brimmed hat would be more attractive on her. Love Lady Frederick Windor’s hat and wish we had a better view of the underbrim pink silk flowers, I’ll bet it looks amazing from the back and side. And finally I would like to add Princess Alexandra’s cream hat to my millinery closet. That’s a dead giveaway that let’s you know that I am a lady that’s ALMOST of a certain age!
I think perchers, cocktail hats or fascinators can be worn beautifully at any age. The Duchess of Kent has worn these hats for a decade now and I think they suit her so well. I honestly think she’s dwarfed in a larger brimmed hats in comparison.
I’m going in the opposite direction from others on this group. My favourite is the Duchess of Gloucester’s hat!
Otherwise, I quite like Gabriella’s and Sophie’s. I wish we could get a different view of the Duchess of Kent. She was always such a fashion icon and I may be giving her hat short shrift.
Quite a crowd this year, but we need better shots of several of these. HQ, I’m impressed that you can even ID this many. Agreed that we could have used more color. Maybe these lower-profile royals are looking for more neutral hats to get more mileage out of their wearings.
Lady Frederick’s is my favorite of this bunch for its beautiful open weave and the under-brim rose.
Birgitte, is this the only hat you’re going to wear for two Junes in a row? Why not repeat again the fabulous hat from William & Kate’s wedding?
Claire looks good, but this cocktail hat seems pretty standard for her. Rose’s cocktail hat is at a severe angle that would look weird on many people, but she manages to pull it off! A fun look in today’s sea of cream. Brava!
Wish we had a better view of her, but it’s so nice to see Katie Kent out for this! The cornflower blue is lovely for her. Another nice look for Alexandra, but it doesn’t stand out.
I think Sylvana’s hat works well for her, but not with this outfit, and I don’t think for this occasion; I think an orange dress and showing this hat off at Ascot would’ve been a much better choice. This turban headpiece could’ve worked better for Amelia if she had done her hair differently, but I think she looks too casual here.
Helen’s stylized fedora has potential, but the odd bow trim doesn’t work, and I think her unstructured blazer/jacket makes her look a bit dowdy. It’s easy to overlook, but one of Helen’s daughters (not certain which one she is though) wore a dusty pink loop fascinator, which seems to pair well with her dress and looks good on her. Paola’s hat is quite standard for her.
While this hat always looks good on Julia, I think it’s time to rotate another one or two into her closet. Flora wears her large-brimmed hat very well, but her all cream ensemble just makes it boring unfortunately. Zenouska’s hat is also cream, but with all the crazy trim it is more fun, and olive is a color we don’t often see, but I welcome it! I also like her shoes.
Ok, Marie-Christine is in need of new hats. I’m over this one. Gabriella always looks sophisticated, but all this white/cream washes her out, which is unfortunate since I think the hat looks so good. Sophie’s dark hair and the pink in the floral trim help save her from the same washed out fate, but I’m still underwhelmed by this look because I think a more colorful outfit would’ve helped the hat.
Jake, I had to look up Birgitte’s wedding hat after I saw your comment. What a dazzler! It is certainly worthy of another outing! And I agree with you about Marie-Christine!
Thank you HatQueen for this very comprehensive coverage. I normally choose my favorite hat based on it being part of a cohesive outfit, on this basis my favorites are Duchess of Cambridge, Julia Ogilvy Autumn Philips. However there are 2 others beautiful hats worn today, by Princess Eugiene and Lady Frederick Windsor that I would love to see worn again with more stylish and cohesive outfits. The overhead view of Princess Eugienes hat is particularly stunning.
Thanks for the complete hat survey! My favorite hats from this event are the Queen’s, Duchess Kate, and Autumn Philips, because of their striking colors and pretty designs. I like Princess Eugenie’s hat as well – a more subtle but elegant look. And you can never go wrong with a cream or white picture hat when standing in the sun on a hot day, such as the lovely hats of Duchess Camilla, Julia Ogilvy, Flora Ogilvy, and Lady Gabriella.
There are some quality hats here- but the hats I most want to see more of are the amazing blue turban worn by Lady Amelia, and the straw cartwheel worn by her mother Countess Sylvanna.
Wow!! Love Miss Mowatt’s Jane Taylor hat. She looks so much like her great-grandmother, HRH Princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent