Largest Flower?

As those of us in the Northern hemisphere enjoy watching our gardens come to life, our discussion this week follows a floral thread: Which royal hat hosts the largest flower? Jump over to this discussion on Queen Elizabeth’s largest hat flowers for inspiration.

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82 thoughts on “Largest Flower?

  1. Princess Beatrice at Ascot in 2012.

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  2. What about Queen Letizia? Do these count?

    She wore a black headband with netting and a large flower on the side for the Garter that Queen Maxi attended as well.

    Then there was a yellow hat for a UK state visit with flowers.

    And I think for a wedding a lilac hat that plastered her face and had the flower sitting on top of her head.

    • Do you mean these 3 in the slideshow?

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        • I think they’re more of a “spray” instead of one big flower. But, they are still allowed to be part of the fun IMO. 🙂

  3. Princesse Caroline
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  4. We can’t forget Princess Eugenie’s two hats with gigantic calla lilies. I don’t remember who made them but I always thought there were a bit funny.
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  5. I immediately thought of this one Q. Max wore to the recent enthronement festivities in Japan.

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    • She has other headpieces and hats of large flowers

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  6. Queen Mary with large flower and feather. Dated prior to her wedding:

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    • This photo inspired me to do some digging and I found this
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      • Empress Michiko in yellow, not gray!!
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        • And the Queen Mum
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  7. Princess Anne Trooping the Colour 1969

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    • That’s wonderful!

      Some of you will remember this John Boyd blue pillbox with giant ruffled flower around the back, originally worn for Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales in July 1969

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      • I think this is her largest current millinery flower
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    • yes there’s quite a number- here’s a few, all seem reserved for ascot or major weddings;

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      and this strangely placed one…

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      • The first hat is sensational. I wonder if the flowers add a lot of weight to the hat and she had to wear more hat pins for it to remain in place.

      • She also had a huge floral bloom headpiece for her son Frederick’s wedding
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      • And this one
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  8. I don’t think this is Camilla’s largest, but it’s still a lovely addition from 2019 Ascot:

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  9. I can’t recall the Duchess of Cambridge in a hat with bigger blooms than these, both by Philip Treacy
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    • Is the flower on her potato chip hat a little bigger?
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      • The felt bow flowers on her Lock & Co. perchers are also pretty big!
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        • Great catch on these two. You’ve reminded me that not all flowers are silk… which makes me wonder if this is actually Kate’s biggest flower on a hat?!

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      • These are also some of her bigger ones
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  10. I think this is Zara Tindall’s biggest
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    • Wait- this is bigger! Ascot 2008
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      • WAIT! An even bigger lily at Ascot in 2003
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          • It was 17 years ago! I remember the risque dress more than the percher hat, even with the huge lily!

            It’s not the only percher hat with huge lily we’ve seen on a royal head- here’s Princess Martha Louise with a lace and straw one in 2012
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    • Zara at Cheltenham 2012 & 2020

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      Royal Ascot 2019 and this gorgeous hat worn to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 2011:

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  11. A floral whopper on Lady Nicholas Windsor (daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Kent)
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  12. I find that I like many of these hats where the flower, though much larger than life, is a part of a carefully planned set of embellishments (leaves, net, feathers, etc), but the ones that look like the wearer just plopped a big flower onto her head, not so much.

    • I agree. Especially where the Flower is giant and plopped off to the side with a tiny base (or fascinator). It looks so precarious!

  13. In a category of its own, multiple ginormous flowers:
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    • Here’s another view
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  14. This isn’t the largest flower by far, but may be the largest worn by CP Victoria.
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    • This is a lovely hat and beautiful look for her. The flower is large but looks proportional with the rest of the hat and embellishments.

      • That is a great hat on her. I don’t think, however, it’s her largest millinery flower. Photo by Scanpix

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          • Indeed, a reproduction. She also had it made in white and wore it to Queen Margrethe’s 75th Birthday.

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    • Victoria’s sister, Princess Madeleine, has had some beautiful, large flowers:

      2017 – Victoria’s 40th birthday celebrations:

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      2016 – 70th birthday celebrations King Carl Gustaf

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      2016 christening of Prince Oscar:

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      2015 christening of Prince Nicolas (one of my favorite overall looks from Princess Madeleine):

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  15. What a fun post!! Sometimes more is more! Love them all. Well maybe not Haya’s – the flower is great; the brim not so much IMHO.

  16. Is it a flower.. or not…who can say? National Day 2010
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  17. Princess Laurentien 2005
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    • Here’s a closer view
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  18. you all knew there’d be at least one hat from Maxima, right?
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    • That one is amazing.

      Here’s one from Chile 2003:

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  19. Another Ascot appearance:
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  20. autumn phillips entries…

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  21. camilla’s largest??

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    • Hmmm… I think this one is larger
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      • I love this hat. I wonder if the trim at the center could be removed and a flower brooch inserted. On second thought, might just be best to leave well enough alone.

  22. And then I immediately thought of this belter. I reckon it’ll take some beating…
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    • She had a very similar design in white
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    • Here’s another Philip Treacy huge flower on Lady Gabriella Windsor… but I think Sophie’s still edges it out!
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  23. I suspect there’ll be a lot of Sophie and a lot of Treacy in this thread. Here’s this one to get us started…
    Thank heavens she streamlined her look a bit!!
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    • There are indeed, some huge Philip Treacy blooms on Sophie above! While Treacy’s designs are legendary, Sophie has hit a spectacular millinery stride with Jane Taylor. I think these are her Jane Taylor hats with biggest flowers

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