Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats almost thirty-three years to June 17, 1986. Sarah Ferguson was a month away from becoming the Duchess of York and appeared at Ascot, with Prince Andrew, in a wonderfully graphic white, navy and green linen dress topped with a classic navy pillbox hat anchored on one of her dramatic 1980s updos.

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Sarah was photographed that day speaking with the Queen Mother, whose bright pink capulet hat with silk hatband tied at the side and veil captures the quintessential millinery style she adopted for the final two decades of her life.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to 2002 and our final duet of foreign royals that joined in Ascot fun that year. The late Grand Duchess Josephine wore a classic ecru straw hat with a beautifully curved brim, trimmed simply with a silk organza hatband and side rosette (and I can’t omit mentioning Princess Anne’s ice blue straw hat with mushroom brim and ruched straw crown wrap). Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her blue suit with a matching straw hat with wide, upturned brim trimmed with a wide hatband and large flower. Unfortunately, Maria Teresa’s hat was a touch large for her, leaving it to sit unusually (and unflatteringly) low on her forehead.

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Thanks for sharing any hats worn today (likely a few to church at Sandringham) in the comments below.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats twenty-two years back to the carriage procession into Royal Ascot on June 17, 1997. The late Princess Margaret wore a ruched toque hat overlaid in the same blue and white silk as her scarf while the Duchess of Gloucester sported some Puritan vibes in this peach straw hat with wide, flat brim and tall crown.

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I don’t expect there will be many (or any?!) royal hats worn today but please do share and chat about any do make an appearance in the comments here.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats almost 83 years to the week June 1936 that saw Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, wear these two ostrich plumed beauties to the races.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats nearly thirty years to June 20, 1989 and Zara Tindall’s first Ascot appearance, with her mum. Zara’s natural straw hat, trimmed with a posy of flowers, is the perfect choice for an eight-year-old at the races and Princess Anne’s cream straw design with vented, raised brim at the back- well, it’s a stunner. The Princess Royal is well known for her fashion repeats across multiple decades and this is one hat I’d like to see trotted out again.

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Thanks for sharing and discussing any royal hats that make an appearance around the world today in the comments as well.

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Ascot Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to June 2002, the year that saw numerous foreign monarchs join their British royal cousins for Ascot. Queen Silvia’s magenta straw square crowned hat with sideswept brim suited her so well in terms of colour and shape while Queen Margrethe’s watermelon pink straw picture hat with double brim trimmed with orange and paler pink straw twists remains one of my all-time favourites for her.

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I’m trusting you not to miss any new royal hats that happen to be worn today- please share and discuss any in the comments as well.

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Ascot Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsnearly 53 years to June 15, 1966 when Princess Grace of Monaco wore a green and white silk floral trimmed turban to Ascot. Don’t you love the hat with those orange sunglasses?! SO mid 1960s!

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I don’t expect there will be many hats paired with sunglasses today but will trust you’ll share and discuss them in my absence here in the comments!

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