This animated evolution of hats Queen Elizabeth has worn to Ascot since 1952 has been making rounds around the internet this week. While I suspect the creators don’t understand the difference between Royal Ascot races in June and other races held at the Ascot Racecourse, it sill is an interesting record of some of the hats she has worn to races at the famous track, both in summer and in fall. Enjoy!
While there were some wonderful repeated royal hats at Ascot this year, this annual racing event brings us the most new designs seen in a single week each calendar year.This year was no exception with 26 royal hats (and several more noble ones!) making a debut during the races. Of these 26 new hats, 16 were received, based on your comments, as particularly successful. We turn our attention now to these 16 hats for a second review to choose two favorites.
Countess of Wessex’s pale pink saucer with black windowpane crin by Jane Taylor worn on Day 1
Princess Beatrice’s blue straw Juliette Botterill saucer with straw & crin twists worn on Day 1
Princess Eugenie’s ice blue Emily London wide brimmed hat with bergère crown & tassel worn Day 1
Countess of Wessex’s aqua straw picture hat with pleated crin overlay by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2
Queen Elizabeth’s bright pink Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & feathers on Day 3
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s fuchsia straw Philip Treacy picture hat with twists worn Day 3
Queen Elizabeth’s grey & green snakeskin printed straw hat with green feathers by Angela Kelly worn Day 5
Tuesday’s great post from longtime reader ChicagoChuck about his new Ascot hat this year reminded me that we need to pick our favourite royal Ascot hats! While this week of racing sees many new millinery designs, there were some repeated hats which, based on your comments, stood out as well.
Eight designs were met with particular praise – two sidesweeps, two saucers, a trilby, a cocktail percher, a boater and a classic picture hat- and it’s now time to take a closer look at each to determine a favourite. The winner of this poll will be put forward as another semi-finalist for Readers’ Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018.
Duchess of Cornwall’s angular ecru straw sidesweep with lace trim by Philip Treacy worn Day 2
Princess Anne’s turquoise straw trilby with feather trim worn on Day 3
Duchess of Gloucester’s emerald green straw boater hat worn on Day 3
Autumn Phillips’ magenta straw cocktail hat with rose & quill twists by Juliette Botterill worn Day 5
While we are all recovering from the over-hat-stimulated, post-Ascot coma, I thought you’d all find this look back to what fashion looked like at Royal Ascot 110 years ago a remarkable one.
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I’m taking the rest of the day off but will be back tomorrow with a look at the hats from Luxembourg National Day.
I’ve waited all day for photos of today’s carriage procession to be released… no luck so far. If they become available, I’ll update this post! The only other noble head I spotted in a hat was Lady Alice Manners in a dramatic black straw wide brimmed bergère hat.
British milliner Edwina Ibbotson in an aqua straw saucer with wrapping vine trim of her own design
Valerie Stark’s dramatic black Yves Saint Laurent upswept disc hat paired with a yellow dress
Felicity Kendal’s grey straw Jane Taylor hat trimmed in feathers & a net veil (see the back here)
Hermione Norris’ sleek cream Jane Taylor saucer with twisted bow detail
Shelby Tribble’s wide white straw upswept saucer by Sophie Hunter with lavish floral trim
Lizzie Hughes in Justine Bradley-Hill’s graphic black percher with birdcage veil and oversize flower trim
Lisa Gregg’s oversize blue saucer by Merve Bayindir with crin edge and delicate floral trim
Kelly Brook’s Philip Treacy percher hat with burgundy velvet base, silk flowers and birdcage veil
ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins in a cream straw Edwina Ibbotson design with mesh disk brim, bows and peach roses
Australian milliner Felicity Northeast in her own striking headpiece of concentric blue sinamay circles
Lady Sarah Chatto was at the races today along with her son, Arthur, and nephew, Charles, Viscount Linley. Lady Sarah repeated her cream straw saucer hat, pairing it with a characteristically classic and elegant cream pleated skirt, shell blouse and cardigan. Arthur and Charles looked very dapper in their black top hats.