The royal hat annual calendar leads each year to the pinnacle middle of June, where, after enjoying Trooping the Colour and the Order of the Garter, we gorge ourselves in the millinery fantasies and flops worn to Royal Ascot. One highlight on our yearly journey toward this zenith is the Cheltenham Festival, a five day racing event that ushers us from the end doldrums of winter toward spring. Today, the 2018 Cheltenham Festival began.
Princess Anne, who rarely misses these races, attended today in her repeated grey felt cloche with square crown trimmed with an overlapping triple pleated black hatband, side spray of feathers and overlapping feather overlay over the downward facing brim. It’s not my favourite hat in Anne’s wardrobe (it’s certainly into feather overload territory) but somehow, it works. And that’s not just because it looks wonderful in comparison to the utterly battered fedora worn by Andrew Parker-Bowles.
Previously Worn: Dec 25, 2017
Zara Tindall, who is expecting her second child, wore a sleek grey fedora embellished simply with layered turquoise and dark teal Petersham ribbon hatbands. It’s not the statement hat we often see Zara wear at this event but the hat makes a chic statement for this first day of racing. The two toned hatband is a particularly wonderful detail.
Previously Worn: This hat is new