The Princess Royal attended the first day of racing today in a new hat with sloped crown and contoured brim, trimmed with a fan of pleated crin, a spray of pearls and a ruched navy silk hatband. The hat is made of layered navy and purple straw which give lovely dimension to its colour.
Interestingly, Princess Anne has another hat in the same, distinctive shape, shown below at Ascot in 2016.
I’m not keen on the angular crown and find the brim contour a bit awkward; I think a gentle sidesweep would work better. I also think the ruched hatband is a dated touch – how much crisper and more refined would a sleek silk ribbon hatband be? That all being said, it’s lovely to see Princess Anne in a new hat and I applaud her navy column dress, printed jacket and matching pashmina. These new pieces are fantastic on her.
Designer: unknown. Dress, jacket and shawl by Shibumi
Previously Worn: this hat is new
What do you think of Princess Anne’s new hat?
Images from Getty as indicated