Note About Royal Ascot 2020

As you all know, Royal Ascot is going to look a lot different this year than in years past. Don’t worry- despite no spectators at the races this year, we are still going to have much hat-related fun! Each day, Royal Hats will feature a retrospective of past Ascot hats worn by a royal woman whose millinery style has enthralled us at this event.

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The Ascot Racecourse also invites all of us to join in the races in a unique way:

Each day of the races, a midday post will go up here on the blog to share any of the ‘home’ Ascot hats that caught your eye. Share your at home Ascot look or follow others at #royalascot or #styledwiththanks on Instagram and please, tune in here each day to discuss your favourite hats.

Royal Ascot and the British Hat Guild, led by legendary milliner Stephen Jonees have collaborated on a campaign to celebrate milliner and raise funds for four British  frontline charities: The National Emergencies Trust Relief Fund, NHS Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation. British milliners were invited to create based on a rainbow, which will be auctioned throughout Royal Ascot week. Make sure to check out all of these brilliantly beautiful hats here– my favourites by Jess Collett, Lisa Tan, Juliette Botterill and Ian Bennett are below.

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🌈 It’s been SO much fun creating a beautiful rainbow piece for this years Royal Ascot 🌈 Milliners from The British Hat guild have come to together to create a series of beautiful rainbow hats to be auctioned off to raise funds for Royal Ascots charity fund ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 The fund will donate to 4 charities which are aimed at front line workers and the NHS 💙 Royal Ascot has already pledged £100,000 in the bucket! Ascot will be running from behind closed doors from 16th - 20th June and the auction will be running next Tuesday at 9am. Take a peek at the hats in the auction (link in bio) they’re all bloomin’ gorgeous!! Sketch by @shannon.n.brown #styledwiththanks #royalascot #royalascotathome #thebritishhatguild #rainbowhats #jesscollettmilliner

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Really proud to be taking part in @ascotracecourse's #StyledWithThanks campaign for #RoyalAscot 2020, which will look quite a bit different this year given it's being run behind closed doors. I'm one of 44 British milliners who were asked to create a hat with the theme of 'rainbows', which will then be auctioned off during Royal Ascot week (June 16-20) with all proceeds going to The National Emergencies Trust Relief Fund, NHS Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation. This hat was made entirely by hand and over about 50 hours, which is nothing really when you consider the incredible efforts of the frontline staff during these last few months. I'll keep updating my link in bio when I have more info on the auction, but stay tuned for more fun ways to celebrate Royal Ascot At Home. 🏇🏽👒

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Delighted to be part of @ascotracecourse #StyledWithThanks charity appeal with a £100,000 donation to be split between four frontline charities: The National Emergencies Trust Relief Fund, NHS Charities Together, The Care Workers Charity and the Berkshire Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund. As Royal Ascot 2020 will take place behind closed doors for the first time in the event’s history. Ascot in partnership with the millinery hat guild have invited British milliners to design and create a hat following a rainbow theme, in- line with the nation’s adoption of the rainbow image. The designs will be auctioned online during Royal Ascot with all money raised being added to the fund. The auction begins at 9am Tuesday 16th June 2020. #royalascot #styledwiththanks#juliettemillinery #juliettebotterill #millinery#hat #rainbow

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I’m so pleased to be able to announce #styledwiththanks a collaboration between the @britishhatguild & @ascotracecourse over 40 uk Milliner’s coming together to help raise money by an online auction of these fabulous pieces. All based on the theme of the RAINBOW as chosen by @stephenjonesmillinery here’s my piece, 20 hand dyed goose feathers trimmed & cut on a @swarovski scattered sparkling base with thanks to @beadsandcrystals1 . Worn with fabulous drama on a colour matched alice band . The auction will begin next week.. so grab yourself something truly one-off and stunningly fabulous . #fashionlover #styledwiththanks #feathers #millinery #handmade #millinerycouture #hats #fashionbloggers #londonfashion #nhs #bespoke #racewear #dubaiworldcup #saudicup #fotf #hatmaking #auction #oneoffpiece #rainbow #rainbowfeathers #sparkle #racingstyle #auctionedforcharity #thankyounhs #royalascot2020

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To kick off next week’s Ascot retrospectives, on Friday and and next Monday we’ll dive into the closets of two more royal women for a look at the hats they have worn to Trooping the Colour and The Order of The Garter. Stay tuned!

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12 thoughts on “Note About Royal Ascot 2020

  1. Fabulous collection of rainbow hats, and how wonderful that they are being auctioned off for these charities. In addition to HatQueen’s picks (especially Juliette Botterill’s), I love Beverly Edmonson’s — hoping that the Countess of Wessex bids on this one! I’m selecting Edwina Ibbotson’s for Max and RTM’s for someone — anyone!

  2. I think we’re going to host a Royal Ascot closing day breakfast watching party, full on with Royal Enclosure attire. Sadly, the only day being broadcast in the US is Saturday, closing day, unless you utilize a VPN. Champagne, nibblies – with formal morning attire, hat for the lady, and top hats for the men. Doubly sadly, it will be only four of us since we’re still being vigilant against Miss Covey. What a crazy year!

      • Yes, we were supposed to depart Chicago for London tomorrow evening. Plans for 3 days at Ascot (as well as attendance at the Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals baseball game). I guess the upside is the cancellation saved us some coin.

  3. Wow HatQueen, you have done the impossible. I’m now looking forward to Royal Ascot! These rainbow hats are so beautiful. I think my favorite is Rachel Trevor Morgan’s but I always love her hats!

    Thank you so much for Royal Hats. I was worried that after your mother died (may she rest in peace) you would throw in the towel, and I totally would have understood. This blog is one of the thing’s that I look forward to every day. HUGE THANK YOU for keeping it going!

  4. Several designers were also invited to create rainbow-themed Royal Ascot looks. Which one would you wear?!

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    Royal Ascot 2020 (Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th June) will take place behind closed doors for the first time in the event’s history. However, racegoers will still be able to enjoy the racing action at home and participate in what is traditionally recognised as the fashion event of the season, all while raising funds for charity. Ascot is inviting fans across the globe to dress up as part of the racecourse’s wider ‘Royal Ascot At Home’ campaign, and wear a hat – whether it is a ladies’ hat or a men’s top hat, panama, trilby or other racing hat – before sharing a photo on social media using the campaign hashtags #StyledWithThanks and #RoyalAscot. They will also be encouraged to make a £5 donation to Ascot’s charity fund, which will be donated to four charities aimed at frontline workers and the NHS. Photos posted using the hashtags will be turned into a giant rainbow mosaic image tribute which will become a permanent installation at Ascot Racecourse. To inspire racers at home when planning their #StyledWithThanks outfits, Ascot has partnered with several key British designers (including Amanda Wakeley, Suzannah, Stewart Parvin, Rixo, Lisou London, Gyunel to name a few) who have created illustrations of their dream Royal Ascot outfits with a rainbow theme. #styledwiththanks🌈 #ascot #royalascot2020 #royalaascotathome

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