Easter at Windsor: Part 2

We continue our look at the royal hats on Sunday at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with the Countess of Wessex. Sophie topped her floral dress with a navy straw percher saucer hat trimmed with silver metallic leather flowers and leaves, burnt feathers and rough-edged crin. I understand the design is about making a statement of the edgy trim but it came off a bit messy for me.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Oscar de la Renta
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor repeated her navy satin covered button percher with multi looped satin and beaded bows. It’s a great scale for this young royal hat wearer and the bit of sparkle makes it a wonderfully youthful choice. With her navy floral dress, the hat tops a great Easter look.

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Designer: Emily London. Dress by Reiss
Previously Worn: Oct 12, 2018

Princess Anne repeated her oyster straw hat with sideswept brim trimmed with layered cream curling quills. The hat used to also include feather trim in apricot/burnt orange hues that have now been removed- an interesting development that extends this hat’s ability to be paired with different ensembles such as the silver silk frock Anne paired with it here. For good views of this hat in its previously trimmed form, jump over here to its last outing, last June at Ascot.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: June 19, 2018June 4, 2018;  June 20, 2017May 20, 2017 

Autumn Phillips wore a new navy straw hugger percher design trimmed with cream silk flowers and a swath of ruffled widely woven tulle veil. The cream trim links well with the statement buttons on Autumn’s dress and the hat’s blocking creates a beautiful line to the design. It’s a lovely design by a designer we’ve not seen on a royal head before- a designer I can’t wait to see more of.

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Designer: bespoke Julian Garner.  Dress by Claire Mischevani.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Zara Tindall topped her elegantly streamlined cream coat with a pink felt formed button percher trimmed with curving leaf trim in silver and pink and white gingham patterned leather. The hat’s interesting trim makes a wonderful statement that is tempered ever so slightly by its pale colour scheme- a scheme which Zara wears really well. It’s an interesting but pretty hat well suited to an event such as this.

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Designer: Sarah Cant. Coat by Goat Fashion.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

This wraps up the eight royal hats we saw at Windsor on Easter Sunday. This group included a few surprises and renovations which makes me curious, dearest readers- which designs stood out most to you?

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10 thoughts on “Easter at Windsor: Part 2

  1. I was surprised how many people wore dark colours to the service considering Easter is supposed to be the most joyous ceremony of the year and it was a beautiful sunny day. Sophie’s hat trim just looked messy and I didn’t like the print on either hers or Louise’s dresses. The dresses looked too dark and busy at the same time

    Autumn is my favourite in this batch. The hat has a delightful vintage feel and the large white flowers and netting stop the overall outfit looking too dour.

    Zara’s hat trim is interesting and a nice colour but I don’t like the loop above her left ear and the coat is just unflattering. I do like her purse.

  2. I love the trim on Autumn and Zara’s hats, they’re different but not so unusual as to be show stealing, if that makes any sense. And both coordinate well with the rest of the outfits. Sophie’s hat is nice, but I wish she had picked up the green from the dress somewhere in the hat, or elsewhere in her accessories. Otherwise this is all so dark for Easter. Louise’s hat is perfect for her age and makes sense that she would reuse for awhile since she doesn’t have many hat wearing occasions yet. Anne’s hat is servicable, nothing to write home about.

  3. I like Autumn’s hat and overall look best. Not just from this group, also relative to the first one. It feels fresh, open minded and elegant Not too fussy. She is becoming the best dressed royal lately.

    Zara’s hat is interesting. But that is about it. Whilst streamlined, her coat is both unflattering and somewhat boring. Zara’s looks last month were so much better.

    Sophie’s hat/dress aren’t bad, but she has done much better so many times. Dress would work better with a navy or light grey streamlined hat.

    I have to admit I am not a fan of how Sophie is dressing Louise. Best part is the hat. I quite dislike the choice of navy stockings with black ugly shoes and a dress that isn’t quite fitting well, nor is it for her age.

    I sound a little negative… but I feel the royals can do better. And they certainly have done that before. Overall, Autumn and Bea are my favourites, Kate is alright and her Majesty is always a ray of sunshine.

  4. Sophie looks good overall and I’m glad to see some more-patterned outfits on royal women, but this hat feels like a variant of so many others she’s worn, and some of her JT hats have had really messy trim, this being no exception. Again, good overall, but could be better.

    Louise’s cocktail hat is perfect for the occasion and her age, although I hope we’ll get to see some larger hats on her in the next few years.

    Anne was definitely my least favorite of the day. This is a good hat for her, and I like the idea of navy gloves and shoes, but this dress is all kinds of terrible, and it makes me want her to bring back the apricot dress this hat originally went with.

    Autumn’s hat is my favorite of this group, but it feels like the trim is about to fall off it! Having some netting coming out the upper side of the floral trim would help to balance it, but otherwise another solid look from her, even in sedate navy.

    Zara’s hat has potential, but with it sitting straight on her forehead with this particular trim, in some photos I felt it looked like bunny ears on her (unfortunately, although cheesily appropriate?). Also, I don’t find the boxy and very plain coat does anything for her or adds to the look. Disappointing after so many good ensembles from her in March.

  5. I love Autumn’s hat especially in that close up picture. I like the asymmetric trim. Lady Louise’s hat looks great with her dress and is perfect for her age. However, I am not sure about Zara’s hat. I don’t like the trim from the back while ignoring the loopy thing. But, I like it more from the front and I like the muted colors with the cream coat.

  6. Hmmm, I’m willing to believe that Sophie’s hat looks better in person. But I wonder whether an all-navy hat would work better with the printed dress. The navy hat she wore for the York wedding was so sophisticated.

    Autumn’s percher looks so fresh — what a great pairing with the dress.

  7. I like Autumn’s hat very much, and her dress is lovely. She’s really quite stylish! I do wish the dress was a lighter color as the navy tends to be too harsh.
    Zara looked incredible. Her perchers are always so lovely.

  8. I love the way Sophie and Louise are sort of coordinated, but agree that the trim on Sophie’s hat is somewhat messy, at least in the sense that it doesn’t seem to be organized with any particular plan in mind. Lady Louise’s hat is appropriately youthful and fun, and I’m happy to see it again.

    I like Princess Anne’s hat — the removal of the colored trim does make it more versatile — but don’t like this dress at all. Maybe only because all the photos show her walking, but it really doesn’t seem to fit her very well.

    Zara’s is very interesting — I like it a lot but with one exception. That last photo of her from the rear, where there is a loop above her left ear. I know it’s actually part of the leaf trim, but from this angle, I’m seeing a string or elastic meant to hold the price tag! I know, that’s not what it is, but once that thought popped into my head, I couldn’t get rid of it.

    Autumn definitely gets the prize from me in this group — what an interesting and unusual hat with the veiling going only to one side! It does indeed go well with the buttons, but I think would be wonderful even if the dress had ordinary buttons.

  9. This is all okay, but doesn’t excite me too much.

    Sophie’s hat looks lovely, but I’m not sure about the pairing with the dress. Perhaps the photos aren’t doing it justice. Louise looks nice. Anne’s dress is not doing her any favours and I’m not on board with its hat pairing. So Zara and Autumn do best here; Zara’s hat has interesting trim and Autumn has the best whole ensemble I think, I like the hat shape a lot, but I can’t get too thrilled about a full navy ensemble!

    Thank heavens Bea and the Queen brought some colour!

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