Ascot Day 2: Dubai Royals

Members of Dubai’s royal family attended the races again today to watch horses from their stables run. Princess Haya topped her textured cream dress with a close-fitting straw Juliette cap embellished with a dotted net veil. The hat’s unique take on this style, worn on the side of the head as almost a percher, suits Haya well, and the contrast with her dark hair makes the cream ensemble work.

Sheikha Al Jalila topped her pink dress with a headpiece covered in silk flowers. It’s a sweet and very age appropriate design for the ten and a half year old, whose nervous expression with her mother, above, was caught during a race when one of her own ponies was running.

Designer: I’m guessing Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Sheikh Mohammad, captured in a sweet moment above with his daughter, repeated his black silk top hat. Sheikh Hamdan, the Crown Prince who is shown in the top photograph, wore a grey felt top hat. 
Photos from Getty as indicated

8 thoughts on “Ascot Day 2: Dubai Royals

  1. Sorry, but I’m not feeling this hat for Haya. Honestly, I just see a lunch lady hairnet, especially when viewed directly from the front. A more flowy and voluminous veiling would make a lot of difference. Jalila’s fascinator is a good choice for her, although it’s not as exciting as some of her past hats.

    • Oh no, Jake! I thought I liked this hat when I first saw it, but now that you’ve said lunch lady hairnet, I can’t get that image out of my mind!

  2. I, too was surprised by Princess Haya’s ensemble today. It is a very different look than she usually favors, but she pulls it off beautifully. The open net on her veil allows us to see her beautiful face still. The different textures keep the entire look from being matchy matchy. The little Sheikha looks very age appropriate albeit a little matchy matcy.

  3. Gosh, for a moment I thought I was looking at the Duchess of Sussex. Pale neutral, minimalist, classic, low key. etc etc…Well, Princess Haya has certainly taken me surprise with this hat. But I must say that this is indeed an elegant and flattering ensemble. The sharp angling of the cap and the modern bucket shape of the veil make me long to see this in close-up.

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