Members of the British royal family attended Easter Sunday service this morning at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth led her family in her repeated mulberry straw hat with stepped crown and gently sideswept brim.
The magenta and gold floral trim, which links with Her Majesty’s silk dress, is wonderfully suited to the occasion; the deep but vibrant hue of the hat is such a great herald for spring. We’ve seen the shape before on the Queen but it’s not a repetition to complain about- the scale, the colour and the balance of trim is so lovely on her.
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her brown felt brimless hat with pork pie indented crown and large bow on the side. The hat has been a versatile workhorse for Kate; the scale suits her well and I particularly like how today’s hairstyle and button earrings set it off. I’m less excited about the hat’s repeated pairing with this Catherine Walker coat- two pieces that are great on their own but thanks to a slightly clashing shade of brown, don’t pair well together. In this instance, I think Kate’s golden brown straw Whitely beret would have been a better (and less somber) match.
Previously Worn: Feb 18, 2016; Mar 17, 2015; December 25, 2014; March 15, 2013; March 2, 2013; March 17, 2012
Princess Beatrice stepped out in a new hat, a prim boater design covered in pale pink textured boucle tweed. The hat is simply trimmed with a matching hatband, bound on one side. There’s much to like about this sweet hat- it’s again so well suited to this event, the scale is great on Beatrice and I adore the angle she has worn it. I think, however, I’d like a slightly deeper shade of pink to bring more contrast between the hat and coat. What perplexes me most about this hat is how so close it is to the pale blue one from the same designer that Princess Beatrice wore last June– a hat that would have been an equally good match with this coat. That makes the pink hat an odd acquisition from my perspective.
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Eugenie, who brought her fiance Jack Brooksbank to the service for the first time, repeated her cerise pink brimless hat. Described by the designer as ”a wool felt pillbox with knot detailing,” the small hat is anything but boring thanks to its bright hue and that unique and attractive knotted trim. It’s a great hat that paired fantastically with Eugenie’s coat. Pairing two statement pieces often creates a loud clash but this coat and hat balance and compliment so very, very well. It’s such a wonderful look for Eugenie.
Previously Worn: Jan 24, 2016; Dec 25, 2014