Marriage Blessing of Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg: Royal Guests

We continue our look at Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg’s marriage blessing service yesterday with the hats worn by extended British royal family members.

The Countess of Wessex repeated her ecru lace covered beret based cocktail hat trimmed with peach-tinged trimming of silk rose, feathers, and curling slim quills. It’s a fun pairing, the pink dress bringing out the pink tones of the hat’s trim.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Previously Worn: Jun 9, 2018; May 12, 2015June 17, 2014May 17, 2014

Zenouska Mowatt topped a delicate blue floral dress with a waved sinamay disc hat trimmed with pleated blue crin.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Majestic Disc with Pleated Crin“. Dress by Carolina Herrera
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of St. Andrews wore a burgundy-brown textured straw hat with upturned brim trimmed with ruffled sinamay abstract flowers in the same colour. And do I see a few feathers tucked in?

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Lady Helen Taylor repeated a dusky pink straw teardrop beret percher trimmed in with dramatic net veil trim. Lady Helen’s daughter Eloise, just visible below in a beige dress with black dots, wore a floppy black crin hat trimmed with a large butterfly brooch.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: June 21, 2019

Princess Michael of Kent wore a large silk purple tinged rose headpiece.

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Lady Frederick Windsor topped her rose coatdress with a large, layered bow headpiece in blush pink sinamay.

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Designer: Catherine Walker “Heather statement bow fascinator in blush pink sinamay.” Dress by Catherine Walker.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a red sinamay hat with off-center peaked crown and wide, sidesweeping brim. The design is trimmed with a pleated silk hatband and oversize silk rose on the side.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Now that you’ve seen all the hats at this event, dearest readers, which ones stand out most to you?

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16 thoughts on “Marriage Blessing of Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg: Royal Guests

  1. Here’s a better photo of Eloise Taylor. I love her dress the hat not so much

  2. Three cheers for Lady Ella in picture hats. Like her great aunt Alexandra, with whom she shares those twinkling eyes, she wears large hats with aplomb. Thankfully not a Stetson (one of Ella’s apparent weaknesses) or one of Alexandra’s crown-too-large hats.

  3. The win for me was Gabriella, followed closely behind by Alexandra. I agree that Helen’s ensemble was a chromatic wash-out, and I don’t appreciate the dress/hat combo of Sophie Wessex. Now to be totally left of center and in the unpopular camp, the big bow headpiece on Sophie W. was silly at best.

  4. I liked Lady Gabriella’s outfit. The others did not stand out.

    Princess Alexandra’s outfit, among those in the bridal party, stood out as a non fussy play on textures within a pale pink color range. Julia Ogilvy’s outfit was somehow disappointing. It made her look washed out for one although the bride might have asked for her mother and grandmother to wear pink.

    I noticed the presence of Archduchess Sophie, Fuerstin zu Windisch-Graetz (in yellow , talking to Gabriella, her second cousin). I assume her son Maximilian zu Windisch-Graetz was the man in that photo. Sophie’s mother Helen nee zu Toerring-Jettenbach is/was first cousin to the Kents. She is a “foreign royal” or “European royal” present.

    Besides seeing Princess Alexandra, the best thing was seeing her Ogilvy tiara after so many years.

    I liked Flora’s first wedding dress by Emilia Wickstead so much. This one by Philippa Lesley is nice, classic but nothing special.

  5. Princess Alexandra is always lovely; I’ve never seen her look less than perfect. But I think Gabriella’s outfit stole the show.

    • Princess Alexandra is like my late grandmother, at her most beautiful in her 80s with creamy skin and sparkling eyes. I’ll bet neither of them worried about growing old.

    • I loved Gabriella’s hat and the fabric of the dress, but not those over-sized sleeves. I know they are very on trend, but they are hardly ever flattering, even on the sveldt Gabriella.

  6. A very pretty English wedding. Pink certainly had a moment didn’t it!

    I still don’t get the connection between Sophie W’s edgy, modern dress and the ultra feminine, Lacy percher.
    The other Sophie W has yet to meet a coat dress she doesn’t like! The bow is a bold move, I think I’m going towards a hurrah. Lady Helen wore this before to Ascot, I didn’t get the plonked red sash then and I still don’t! Everything else is fab though.
    Gabriella yet again looking fabulous, she’s got a great style and continues to rock it.
    Zenouska, Sylvana looking great too. Amelia clearly got a different memo…

  7. I absolutely love the red, navy, white color combination on Lady Gabriella. It’s so striking. She wears picture hats so well and looks dynamite. Zenouska’s hat is quite lovely. She has such a great sense of style. Any idea who the smartly dressed lady in the black checked coat and black headband talking to Zenouska and Gabriella is? Her outfit is stunning.
    I love both Sophie’s hats. Really complement the wearer.
    Lady Helen shines in that percher. It suits her so well. She looks so pleased to be at a wedding.

  8. 1. Princess Alexandra
    2.Lady Gabriella Kingston
    3. Lady Helen Taylor

    Sorry, but Sophie looked a bit frumpy to me. Dress is all wrong. And the hat looked like an afterthought

    That having been said, nice to see some events.

  9. Sophie Wessex has been working the repeats lately, and I find this hat more successful than the dress. While we loved the picture hat she originally wore with this dress at Ascot, the cocktail hat is more suitable for a wedding, and it suits her well.

    We don’t have enough views of Zenouska’s to judge fairly, but I think hers may be my favorite of the day: what lovely motion and color. And her shoes are so fun!

    I’m surprised by how much I like Sophie Windsor’s bow! The diagonal sweep works well with the lovely coatdress.

  10. I was clearly not a fan the last time Sophie wore this hat and dress combo, but now I like it a lot more. I still think the trim is a bit messy on this cocktail hat, but overall I thought she looked great and fit in well with the color scheme favored by many guests.

    Zenouska bringing her A-game again in this sky blue hat and patterned dress. Always a favorite of mine whenever she is in attendance.

    Sylvana looks nice in this ensemble, although compared to the hats she usually wears, this feels very sedate and safe. Disappointed Amelia didn’t wear a hat; I think a black leather beret would’ve paired great with her outfit. Still very much love this veiled cocktail percher hat for Helen, but this dress feels more odd than its premiere unfortunately.

    Marie-Christine was the big disappointment of the day for me. While I’ve not been the biggest fan of her favored neutral color palette over years, she did manage to wear some good hats and outfits, but this just feels dowdy and more like an afterthought. On the other hand, I’m so glad to see Sophie wear this oversized bow headpiece! I think her hair could’ve been a bit more refined, but this hat makes up for it since I’ve seen pieces like this in the past and have always wanted to see one on a royal head; I also really like her pink mauve dress with the rosette button/clasp detailing. And Gabriella brings some fun color to this wedding; the tomato red portrait hat paired with the navy patterned dress was a good choice, but the 80s oversized shoulders were not IMO.

    It was great to see so many royals at one event after so long! A couple misses along the way, but overall this was an excellent outing of hats.

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