For yesterday’s Trooping the Colour festivities, the Duchess of Cornwall was an elegant vision in blue. She repeated her ice blue straw picture hat with inverted brim edging, straw and crin wrapped crown base and a mass of flying straw and crin curled bow loops on the side. While we’ve seen this hat several times before, praise for its beauty is again due- the shape and scale are wonderful on Camilla and the exquisite trimming gives it just the right amount of movement and life. It’s such a great hat for this kind of event.
The Duchess of Cambridge topped her pale aqua silk dress with a matching hat in woven straw. The sidesweep saucer is trimmed with abaca silk bows and net tulle veil in the same barely-there-blue along with cream silk flowers.
Kate has worn a few vertical saucers over the past year and this one’s exquisite trim and gentle hue is among my favourites. While subtle, the colour is lovely against Kate’s colouring and dark hair and the hat’s lavish trim is a great counterpoint to the simple lines of her dress. It’s so great to see Kate experimenting with different hat shapes and working with new milliners.
Designer: Juliette Botterill. Dress by Alexander McQueen
Previously Worn: this hat is new
The Duke of Sussex wore the uniform and cap in his rank as Captain of The Blues and Royals.
The Duchess of Sussex débuted a sideswept saucer hat in dusky pink straw. Featuring an oval, slightly upturned brim, the design is sleekly void of usual embellishments.
Meghan has favoured very streamlined millinery designs so far and this one certainly continues along this vein. It’s a good look for her- the combination of this hat’s shape with the open, portrait neckline of this suit and Meghan’s flowing tresses is a beautifully balanced and elegant one that doesn’t need further trimming on the hat.
Designer: Philip Treacy. Suit by Carolina Herrera
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Now before we all get speculating this hat is a repeat of the one Meghan wore to the Prince of Wales’ birthday garden party, here’s a side by side comparison showing that the shape, the brim and the shades of pink are all different. Between the two designs, I think the warmer shade of pink on yesterday’s hat is particularly stunning on Meghan’s colouring.