The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at Ascot Racecourse this week today.
The Duchess wore a new boater hat with shallow crown and extended brim in chocolate, trimmed with sprays of white handmade silk duchesse and wire flowers.
The colour is a surprise for Kate but works so well, the contrasting white silk flowers linking with the white and chocolate polka dot dress. It’s often difficult to balance proportions between a high-necked dress and a hat but the shallow almost bergère height crown on this design helps set superb balance. I love how the jaunty angle of the hat counterbalances the pleated ruffle on the dress. We’ve not seen Kate in a hat of this shape before and she carries it off so very well.
Designer: Sally-Ann Provan. Dress by Alessandra Rich.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Duke repeated his black antique silk top hat.
What do you think of the Duchess’ new hat today at Royal Ascot?
Images from Getty as indicated