Today we’re diving into the millinery closet of Lady Frederick Windsor. Sophie is not a high profile royal hat wearer but she has appeared in seven blue hats at royal and public events and the diversity of shapes and styles might surprise you:
Designer: Philip Treacy; unknown
Introduced: April 29, 2011; June 11, 2016
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Designer: Siggi Hats; Catherine Walker; Catherine Walker
Introduced: March 16, 2018; July 15, 2018; October 12, 2018
Designer: Both are Catherine Walker
Introduced: May 18, 2019; June 8, 2019
Sophie is, arguably, a minor royal and yet, there’s more variation of style in this group of blue hats than in those of some major royals! I appreciate her willingness to experiment with bold shapes – Catherine Walker’s new millinery line has some dramatic looks and I hope Sophie continues working with the brand as it develops.
What do you think of Sophie’s blue hats?
Photos from Chris Jackson and Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty; Catherine Walker; James Gourley via Shutterstock; WPA Pool and Pool/Max Mumby via Getty; Paul Ratcliffe via Twitter, used with permission
It is fascinating to see these all together. I’d have said I felt vaguely that Lady Frederick was someone who wore hats well and generally hats I like, but I hadn’t really appreciated her properly as a hat-wearer! This is a really good selection, worn beautifully.
I am quite surprised that there’s so much variety too. I always think she has a very signature style of wide brims with Catherine Walker coat dresses but not so much actually.
Perplexed by the two so very similar pale blue feathered numbers, they’re practically identical. And not so sure on the angle of the last one. But overall a group of very classic, very lovely hats.
Hat Queen, when you do your weekly roundup and add the latest millinery designs that have caught your eye, I usually pick a few that would look great on royal heads. I have never suggested Lady Frederick for anything and that is a gross oversight on my part because she wears hats so well. I always enjoy seeing her at the momentous events like weddings and Trooping the Color. What’s interesting about these blue hats is that she has so many and they vary in style so much.
– I remember her hat and outfit from William and Catherine’s wedding in 2011. She looked dynamite.
– The March 2018 hat is gorgeous and I’ve never seen it! It reminds me of the high crowned hats the Countess of Wessex wore in the early 2000’s. It’s lovely on her.
– The hat she wore to Princess Eugenie’s wedding in Oct 2018 is my favorite. It is fun and pretty and sophisticated all in one.
– The one hat I would tweak would be the 2019 hat. I don’t like the sharp upward turned brim, but I love the flowers and ribbon accents on top. If the brim was down, similar to the 2018 hat with all that flourish on it, it would be striking IMHO.
I loved Sophie’s feathered outfit that she wore for Gabriella’s wedding, including the big hat!
The first hat is fabulous from every angle except straight on, where it appears to be floating above her head!
My gosh, I love the first hat so much!