Royal Ascot Day 1: Wrap Up

The Duke of Kent, Earl and Countess of St. Andrews also attended the races today. The Duke of Kent repeated his grey felt top hat and Princess Alexandra repeated her pale pink straw picture hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan with silk twists and masses of mini feathers. Sylvanna looks to have repeated the pale grey straw hat with pleated white crin overlay and pink trim she recently wore to Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding. I’ve not been able to locate any photos of George but he would have worn a top hat.


The only other royal guest at the races today was Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, in his black silk antique top hat (Princess Haya and the couple’s children did not attend)

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The first day of Royal Ascot also saw a few hatted noble heads:

Lady Carolyn Warren (daughter of the late Earl of Carnarvon, Queen Elizabeth’s former racing manager and wife of John Warren, the current one) in a monochrome blush pink straw disc hat with windowpane lattice brim, trimmed with straw twists, silk flowers and a windowpane lattice crin ruffle

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Lady Kitty Spencer in a white Philip Treacy percher with deep crease, trimmed with a black quill

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Lady Laura Cathcart in a pink vertical straw saucer with black bow and ostrich feathers of her own design

Joining today’s carriage procession were Master of the Horse Lord de Lauley (shown below with the Earl of Wessex), the Queen’s Private Secretary, Edward Young and Master of the Royal Household, Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, all in black top hats.

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The following additional hats caught the attention of our guest milliner, Jay Cheng:

Very interesting Victorian look
Lady Kitty Spencer’s eccentric beret
by Philip Treacy
Blue and gold hat with v
ery unusual back view
Flora Johnson in something different- a beach hat by Lock & Co.
Rosie Tapner’s whimsical pink crin hat by Stephen Jones 

And finally- all non-royal hats that caught my eye at the races today:

Jodie Kidd in a stack of colourful straw hats. Bonkers but such fun!
Nazer Bullen in a sidesweeping hat covered in pink ostrich feathers by William Chambers
Julia Lundin in a tall black straw brimless stovepipe with patent leather hatband
Valerie Stark in a white Philip Treacy percher with black crin veil
Milliner Lisa Tan in a purple triple brimmed hat of her own design
Yellow crin hat with burgundy flowers on an unidentified racegoer (see the back here)
Black cutwork disc hat with white bow by Australian milliner Danica Errard
Milliner Rachel Ellis Oates in a self made white straw halo bandeau with floral trim (see the back here)
Hatshop owner Lizzie Hughes in a deep green percher with lush trailing vine by Guibert Millinery
Unnamed racegoer in a bright pink saucer percher with roses
Bumble bee hat on an unidentified racegoer
Irish milliner Jennifer Wrynne in a classic black and white bergere boater of her own design

My sincere thanks to milliner Jay Cheng for joining us today to chat about all the royal hats at the first day of the races. Jay- it has been a long but very enjoyable day sharing all of these hats with you. THANK YOU!

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20 thoughts on “Royal Ascot Day 1: Wrap Up

    • Thanks Jay for your excellent commentary, and thank you for this terrific photo! It’s fun for us to see a milliner’s “war room.”

  1. A big round of applause and many thanks to HatQueen and Jay Cheng for providing us with such outstanding commentary and photos of Day 1! On to Day 2!

  2. Many thanks to Jay Cheng for your commentary on Day 1! Definitely some good looks today by other guests. Here’s one photo of a top hat I really liked:
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  3. Lady Carolyn Warren’s look is a standout. I love the pleated color blocked skirt paired with the really fabulous hat.

  4. I am so happy to have found your blog! I absolutely adore hats and wish they were a must have fashion accessory in the U.S. I am anxiously awaiting each new post from Royal Ascot! I loved seeing so many of the Royals in blue, my favorite color! 💙💙💙 Fy, some of the links Jay posted don’t seem taren’t working.

  5. That’s a great hat! I also like her male companion’s hat – chic update on a classic look!

    Very sad my fave Princess Haya did not attend!!

  6. HQ, you have done a mammoth job and it’s only Day 1- I hope you have been able to cut back your other duties this week to free up some time! Many thanks to Jay Cheng for sharing her thoughts here at RoyalHats..
    Lady Carolyn Warren’s outfit looks identical to the one she wore on Day 5 Ascot 2017, including the hat – only the shoes and the earrings appear to have been changed. It’s interesting that the skirt length now looks oddly short by current standards.
    I love the 3rd hat selected by Jay Cheng — thanks Jay — and I found some front views of it. It’s from Ascot 2018 but who cares? a great hat is a great hat.

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