Princess Beatrice’s Easter Hats

After enjoying Jimbo’s wonderful retrospective on Princess Anne’s Easter bonnets last week, let’s take a similar look back at those worn by Princess Beatrice. Here goes:

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Royal blue velvet Philip Treacy  in 2003; Fascinator in 2004; Ecrcu percher with feathers in 2010

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Philip Treacy gold metallic straw disk in 2011; Cream and navy Gina Foster percher for Maundy Thursday in 2012;
Yellow felt Rachel Black beret with ombre feather for Easter Sunday 2013

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Blue Philip Treacy button percher with flowers in 2015; Juliette Botterill saucer with pheasant feathers in 2016; Gold leather button percher with purple leather trim by Justine Bradley-Hill in 2017

UPDATE:

Apr 1, 2018 in Emily London | Royal Hats 

Textured pink tweed boater from Emily London in 2018

The 2012 hat technically did not appear on Easter Sunday (it was worn to a Maundy Thursday along with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh), it’s such a lovely piece I decided to include it here. Looking at the group as a whole, I find it the lack of brimmed designs particularly interesting- with the exception of the 2016 saucer and the 2004 fascinator, all are percher cocktail hats. This style certainly has been en vogue for the past decade and Princess Beatrice wears it well.

Thoughts about this group of hats? What would you like to see Princess Beatrice wear this Sunday for Easter?

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14 thoughts on “Princess Beatrice’s Easter Hats

  1. Catching up here, but I agree with most others here that the 2012 Maundy Thursday appearance is the best of this collection: fantastic hat, fantastic placement, fantastic hair! My other top choices are 2017, 2011, and 2010 (although the placement of this one could be done better). 2003 is definitely a fun hat, but think it was a bit bold for her then, although if I remember correctly, she wore that one pretty recently.

    Like JamesB said, she definitely has grown more visibly comfortable wearing hats over the years.

  2. The 2012 Gina Foster and the 2013 pale yellow might be my very favorite Bea hats ever. Her hair was also fab in 2012. I’d love it if she wore them again!

  3. The 2012 hat and her hair are a delight so hopefully the rest of the outfit was as good. Some misses there too which are becoming harder and harder to put down to youthful exuberance (2015 and 2017, I’m looking at you). I like Maja’s picks for repeats. Both great hats and very nice on Beatrice.

  4. I would love to see these two hats again:
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    • I agree, Maja, particularly the top one of the two you posted!

      I can’t help but wonder if the 2017 photo is reversed (the gold leather) — perchers seem so universally tipped to the wearer’s right that it seems unusual to see one tipped to the left.

  5. There are some lovely hats in this retrospective HQ.
    It seems that Beatrice is not convinced of the effect of a controlled hairstyle (like the hairstyles that royals with long hair like Queen Maxima and Duchess Kate usually choose these days when wearing perchers); consequently I feel we don’t often see Beatrice’s perchers worn to full advantage. I would like to see Beatrice wear her perchers with her hair lifting softly off one temple as we see in the pics for 2010, 2016 and especially 2012 — (I don’t think wearing her hair pulled flat across her forehead at an angle, or pushed straight back, suits her face); and also to get her long locks to make a more cohesive statement. Here’s an example of Beatrice wearing what I think is a very flattering semi-updo to show off a small percher : https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/event/royal-ascot-2014-day-three-497631331#princess-beatrice-of-york-attends-day-three-of-royal-ascot-at-ascot-picture-id450863218

  6. I feel she’s grown in confidence and knows what works for her much better recently (though she still makes some ‘interesting’ choices!) Her face shape has changed too. Consequently her more recent looks 2011/12/14/15 are more flattering on her, and she looks much more coordinated and ‘put tigether’. I’ve always particularly liked that 2012 outing – that’s how you do all
    Beige but make it interesting.

    I love Bea for her millinery boldness, though this collection is surprisingly uniform. She clearly saves her true bravery for Ascot (or weddings!)

  7. These are pretty percher hats in quite a range of styles. I prefer when they are worn a bit back and to the side instead of head on or too low over the eye, so my favorites are the 2012 and 2013 hats.

  8. Love the Gina Foster 2012 hat (very 1940s), but it would have looked better with an updo. I always think Beatrice suits vintage fashion much more than some of the fussy modern pieces she often ways.

  9. These are lovely. I’m loving the retrospectives and guests posts. Thanks for all your hard work Hat Queen!! I really like the 2016 hat, and several of the others are quite pretty, but buttony-perchers aren’t quite my favorites. I’d love to see her in something with a brim for Easter this year, though please not a boater. She looks lovely in those too, but they seem a bit off for Easter and aren’t a favorite shape of mine. If I were picking, something like the navy Gina Foster hat or the color blocked turquoise and orange. Maybe just a medium sized something with a slight mushroom brim. I’m actually surprised by how much I like the 2004 fascinator. Something about it feels almost like a flower crown and that feels very joyful-Easter-spring to me.

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