Grand National 2022

The annual three-day Grand National steeplechase took place over the weekend at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, attended by several royal spectators. On Thursday, Princess Anne repeated her burgundy velvet bucket hat with navy piping for a day out at the races.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2019;  Jan 27, 2019 
Zara Tindall attended the races on Friday in a beret percher covered in silver metallic paper straw trimmed with a sculptural twisted bow in orange paraisal. With her emerald jacket, the hat topped a vibrantly colour blocked ensemble.

Designer: Camilla Rose ‘Gala’ design. Blazer by Mango. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
On Saturday, the Duchess of Cornwall repeated her tan wool hat with ruched crown and faux fur brim.
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Designer: Lock & Co
Previously Worn:  Nov 20, 2021; Oct 2, 2019; Mar 13, 2019Nov 23, 2018;  Mar 14, 2018;  Nov 24, 2017;  Nov 26, 2016Mar 29, 2015Feb 13, 2015Dec 3, 2014Nov 30, 2014Mar 12, 2014

Also on Saturday, Zara Tindall wore a wide brimmed dark blue tweed covered boater with statement rose trim. Her suit and magenta blouse brilliantly picked up the colours of the hat, it’s wonderful dimensional texture making me wonder why we don’t see more royal hats covered in tweed!

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Designer: Justine Bradley Hill. Suit by Lalage, blouse by Monsoon. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Which hats here stood out most to you?

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8 thoughts on “Grand National 2022

  1. Love, love, love Zara’s boater! Such a great look on her and I love the tweed fabric on it. She always looks fabulous in brimmed hats, and I’m so glad she’s wearing them again.

  2. Zara mainly favours small percher hats, and although I often think they look wonderful on her close up, and they are also often super hats in themselves, I also often think it’s not the most flattering style for Zara in the context of a whole outfit. The larger scale of the blue boater really creates a great sense of balance for the whole outfit and it suits Zara so well, I hope she takes note and wears more hats with brims.

  3. In full agreement that Anne’s coat would look great with a burgundy fedora.

    Camilla’s hat is holding up well, and I’m sure was quite comfortable on what looked to be a chilly day, but I would think she might want to try a different hat just for variety. We’ve now got a baker’s dozen of appearances for this one!

    As for Zara, the blue boater is a great style for her, she should wear them more often, and the tweed is an unusual feature that I liked quite a bit, but as for the other hat… I’m a fan of unexpected color combinations, and the green with orange is interesting, but I’m sorry, with respect to Zara, Camilla Rose Millinery, and stylist Annie Miall, that hat, in my opinion, looks silly. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was just a little white hat and she was standing in front of something containing that big petal, but when I realized that the petal was part of the hat, no.

    • My grandmother used to wear a version of Camilla’s hat for gardening in the winter. I associate the style with deadheading and weeding and wish Camilla would follow my grandmother’s book – I’m so tired of seeing this style wheeled out for every winter occasion.

      Re Zara – the green blazer it’s so boxy and it just doesn’t work with the hat. There’s nothing that brings the two together. The hat isn’t a style I like so it’s on a hiding to nothing for me anyway. The tweed hat on the other hand I like very much – everything just works – one of her best looks in a long time.

  4. Yes, Zara’s navy blue boater is a real gem. I’m not a fan of Friday’s hat or outfit. Great to see lots of hats again.

  5. We rarely get royal hats at Aintree, so this was quite a group! Unlike Cheltenham, which largely stays in the fall/winter range for looks, Aintree hats and outfits were all over the place; it was giving me whiplash, and this feels somewhat reflected in the royal hats shown here.

    Considering it’s not as formal as Ascot or Cheltenham, Anne and Camilla’s looks are both fine, although I would upgrade Anne’s hat for a nice burgundy fur felt fedora; Camilla always wears these Lock & Co. hats well, but as we’ve seen them so often, they no longer make a statement.

    As for Zara, both of these hats look great on her. I wouldn’t say the outfit paired with the cocktail hat is my favorite, but I do love a good green and orange combo. This boater was a fantastic choice and a different style of hat I welcome for Zara; however, I wasn’t a fan of her outfit (although the colors were good) and think a trouser suit with full-length and fuller-shaped trousers would’ve been more flattering that her cropped ones she did wear.

    I wonder if we’ll get any Epsom appearances this year? It’s been a while since we’ve gotten some hats from that event.

  6. Zara’s blue boater is a stunner. I’m just not getting the relationship between her other outfit, the green hat and peach accented percher just don’t look like they’re part of the same outfit.

  7. Love the tweed hat on Zara. Unfortunately not a fan of the silver and orange hat however. But love that she has been pairing hats with trousers lately.

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