Thirteen years ago today, the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in the most wonderful Philip Treacy designed headpiece in gold burnt and arrow trimmed feathers studded in Swarovski crystals.
Interestingly, this is not the only headpiece Philip Treacy made in this style for the Duchess:
Ice blue arrow trimmed feathers Sep 10, 2005 at her son Tom’s wedding and April 30, 2013 for the Dutch inauguration
Black and white feathers attached to a black straw calot base for The Garter Service, June 13, 2005
Sea foam green feathers with beaded flowers for Trooping the Colour on June 14, 2008
(repeated for Zara Tindall’s wedding on July 30, 2011)
There’s no denying this style of feather headpiece makes a significant statement. The first three all debuted in mid 2005 and I’m still surprised that such similar pieces would appear so closely together. I can’t imagine these are easy pieces to carry off but Camilla manages to do just that, greatly aided by her fluffy hairstyle. It’s been several years since we’ve seen any of these designs, leading me to sadly suspect their retirements. Looking back, which version of this style do you like best?
Photos from Getty as indicated