Seeing Triplets: Duchess of Cornwall

Royal HatsIt’s that time of year to think about packing away one’s straw hats until next year, and bringing out the felt designs. The Duchess of Cornwall seems to already have made the switch, appearing for church in Scotland a few weeks ago in a taupe percher beret trimmed with pheasant feathers (a hat that made its debut last summer, pictured below). This is not Camilla’s only hat in this style- she also has twins in electric blue and red.

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The design is simple and classic enough that multiples are understandable, especially for a royal with a practical approach to dressing. I find the very similar trim a little surprising and wonder if the hat was specifically designed to wear with tartan outfits in Scotland? My favourite is the red version- a colour that Camilla hardly ever wears yet looks stunning on her. In this trio, which hat do you think suits her best?

Feel free to use the comments to share any hats worn today- Queen Elizabeth is scheduled to pay a visit to the Army and Navy Club in London to celebrate the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. 

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33 thoughts on “Seeing Triplets: Duchess of Cornwall

    • Ooh, I need to find more photos of this hat ASAP! Hisako looks great in this bright green.

      I think the beret is a nice alternative for Camilla, and of course I love the pheasant feathers added for flair. Also, if this is a way to get Camilla to wear more colorful hats, then I’m all for it haha.

      And thanks @maja for all the great photos of the Dutch state visit to Portugal. I’ve been watching it on Patrick van Katwijk’s Instagram, but it’s nice to see larger and closer up photos of the hats. I liked all of her looks, but of course my favorite was seeing the return of the 2016 Prinsjesdag hat.

  1. Queen Maxima in Portugal on October 12th:

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  2. King Felipe VI on October 12th:
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  3. Princess Astrid of Belgium at the New Zealand national commemoration for the Battle of Passchendaele at Tyne Cot Cemetery on October 12:

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  4. While I love the blue color, I think my favorite is the red. Not everyone looks good in a beret but Camilla sure can pull the look off. Jimbo, thanks for the additional picture. For the life of me, I could not figure out how that feather was attached!

  5. I love all the berets on Duchess Camilla. A traditional and complementary look with the plaids. They are soft and neat, yet striking with the sharp feather accents. And they do look great with her hairstyle.

  6. I love all these hats, the hat itself looks very good on the DoCornwall and the crisp bold trim is fabulous! I’ve often wondered though, how these hats are stored? Anyone know? It seems like the feather might be hard to protect, yet even the slightest feather rumpling would be extremely detrimental to the look of the hat.

    • Funny, I was wondering the same thing myself. I thought maybe, looking at the way the feathers are attached, that they could actually be removed and stored flat, and put back on again as needed.

    • Shannon Conley: That was also my question out loud while looking at the Duchess’s feathered hats. The hats are gorgeous, but the storage may be tricky.

  7. November 14, 2010, Remembrance Sunday
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  8. The Duchess looks fabulous in berets.
    I wish we could see the taupe one in better light – it’s an unusual colour choice to select for a green outfit. The red beret looks burgundy to me in today’s pic– but in other pics online it is a fabulous bright red, which does indeed suit Camilla very well.
    I am transfixed by the way the single pheasant feather of the blue beret appears to hover. The sharper angle of placement of the hat, combined with the unexpected touch of the pearl necklace, wins my vote.

  9. I am from Nova Scotia and that blue tartan is “my tartan”, so I would love to see her wear this outfit again! I do love Camilla in a smaller hat from time to time,

  10. I agree with Kaki, the wine colored hat and its feathers coordinate perfectly with the plaid on her collar – it could just be the angle of the photo, but the multi-color of the feathers look almost plaid in themselves. The bright blue matches that coat very nicely, but I’m less fond of the coloration of those feathers. Can’t really tell much about the full outfit in the top photo, but I agree that having multiples of this particular hat for use in Scotland is practical but also attractive.

  11. THIS is the angle that I’m more interested in viewing, of the gravity-defying feather. I also prefer the red one.
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    • Thanks for this extra photo, Jimbo, it’s interesting to see how that feather is attached, whereas on the red hat it looks more like their sharp points are poked right through the felt.

    • Well done Jimbo, this is what i wanted to see!
      I do think that travelling in a car, let alone getting in and out of it, without bumping this particularly tall feather, must require a great deal of forethought and care. I well remember Princess Beatrice pulling up at the cathedral for William and Kate’s wedding in THAT hat, the notorious Treacy topper. Beatrice was bent double in the back seat of the limo, because the hat, no doubt very firmly affixed to her head before she got in, was too tall to allow her to sit upright.

  12. I rather like all of these. The electric blue is a surprising one, but I think it works. And she’s been sporting the for a good while now, the red number was worn on honeymoon in 2005! Although I love her most of all in a wide brim, these work on her, and seem to balance out her hairdo.

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