Royal Ascot 2017 Day 2: Dubai Royals

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats For the second day of the races today, Princess Haya topped an oyster silk coat dress with waved black and white headpiece. In straw, the vertical black straw design is edged in a wide stripe of white straw and trimmed with a white silk rose under the raised brim and a cluster of feathers.

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Designer: Philip Treacy It looks like a bespoke version of OC 287 from SS 2017
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Sheikha Jalila continued her amazing debut of Ascot hats in a vertical white straw saucer with silk lily-of-the valley trim. Her father repeated his black silk top hat.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Jalilah in Philip Treacy, June 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy OC 263 from SS 2017
Previously Worn: this hat is new
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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 1: Dubai Royals

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Princess Haya bint Hussein attended the first day of Royal Ascot today with her daughter, Sheikha Jalila, both in eye catching hats. Princess Haya’s white picture hat with flat crown and wide, mushroom brim is trimmed with the same navy lace that adorns her dress and a dark blue silk hatband.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Sheikha Jalila made her Ascot debut in a hat described by the designer as a “Straw teardrop percher, trimmed with abaca silk bow with petersham ribbon edging”. While the hat photographs here as navy (thanks to bright sunshine at the races this year!), I believe it is actually black. Her father, Sheikh Mohammad, repeated his black silk top hat.
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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the Black & White Bow Teardrop from SS 2017
Previously Worn: this hat is new
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Derby Day At Epsom

Queen Elizabeth took in yesterday’s Derby Day races at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse. For this annual event, she repeated her yellow hat in textured straw with plain yellow straw hatband and pink and yellow silk blooms. The warm weather prompted Her Majesty to remove her coat, giving us an unusual look at the hat with its coordinating dress below. Seeing the full context of an ensemble is so valuable and makes me lament how seldom we get this opportunity.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: July 6, 2016June 19, 2015

The Queen was joined by her cousin, Princess Alexandra, who wore a natural straw hat with tall, domed crown and short cartwheel brim, swathed in a widely woven net tulle veil. This large crowned shape is such a familiar one for her (she has twins in ice blue, lilac, black and navy to name a few) that I initially assumed this piece was a repeat however, it is new. In the bright sun today, the hat looks white but it is actually natural straw (something confirmed at its next outing).

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Designer: likely Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn:  this hat is new

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein topped her pale yellow dress with a cream straw hat with shallow crown and large, oval brim. Trimmed with a large pale yellow silk rose and a twisted straw ribbon and worn slightly askew on her head, the look is soft but still high fashion (just as we expect with Haya).

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Designer: I suspect Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent and Lady Gabriella Windsor are often spotted at the Epsom races but I’ve not spotted any photographs of them this year- please share if you do! In the meantime, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about this trio of pastel royal hats.

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Day 4 Royal Ascot: Princess Haya

Royal Ascot Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, enjoyed the fourth day of Royal Ascot today in a fascinating black rose headpiece (likely handmade and constructed petal by petal) with black veil.

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Christie:  I just keep thinking how long this flower would have taken to make!  It’s quite incredible actually.  It’s a shame the veiling is the wrong way around (hanging vertically as opposed to horizontally), as I think this is a really striking look otherwise.  I’m not quite sure that the look works overall, but do love this flower.

Jill: Unfortunately, this hat screams a bit more bull fight than horse race to me. The construction on the flower is lovely, I love the depth of the layers and I am a big fan of black paired with the pale pink of her dress but the overall look feels a bit somber for the occasion. I know it is quite popular now to have this close to the face, unfinished veiling I just don’t think it is flattering and makes the hat feel unbalanced. I think no veiling and more of a tilt to the flower and this whole look would have been much better.

Fiona: I love this headpiece. The cabbage rose made from a satin fabric is impeccable and I adore the central placement. The raw edge on the light honeycomb veiling is a nice contrast to the dense rich satin of the rose – I really love this headpiece. Its a brave move putting the black head wear with an all neutral outfit – shoes, dress bag but its such a statement that it works for me. I feel the dress is a little heavy on ruching and gathering which is a soft contrast to the edgy statement headpiece, but I think I would have preferred a more structured dress here.

Royal Hats: I feel like we’ve gone from a hat shop to an art gallery with this piece- it is a wearable sculpture. It’s not pretty but it is beautiful (if that makes sense) and as others have already said, the mix of the edgy headpiece with the floaty dress is so unexpected, I can’t take my eyes away. I don’t use the word ‘masterpiece’ lightly but I think it may apply here.

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Previously Worn: This hat is new

I suspect that this black rose headpiece will garner mixed opinion and I’m curious, dearest readers, what specifically you like (or do not like) about this unique design.

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Day 3 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  Ladies’ Day at Ascot also saw a number of royal men in attendance! In addition to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor and the Duke of York, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Prince Nikolaos of Greece also attended the races in fine morning suits and top hats.

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While the cameras somehow missed her, Princess Alexandra also attended, arriving in the main carriage procession with princess Beatrice and the Duke and Duchess of Fife. Alexandra wore her teal blue straw hat with curled burnt feather trim, designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan (see a better photo of this design at its début last year).

Princess Alexandra, June 16, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Fife, who is new here to Royal Hats, wore a large navy saucer hat studded with seed pearls and trimmed with a feather quill.

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Lady Kitty Spencer wore a striking black cocktail hat from Philip Treacy with striped crin detail. Lady Laura Cathcart, a royal milliner in her own right, topped her yellow houndstooth dress with a beautifully whimsical white pillbox trimmed with yellow butterflies, presumably of her own design. Both hats are memorable pieces, in the best ways possible.

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That wraps up the royal hats worn today- there were some wonderful non-royal hats that are certainly worthy of discussing as well so please feel free to share them here!

UPDATE: The Countess of Snowdon and Zenouska Mowatt also attended the races today. The Countess repeated a white textured Rachel Trevor Morgan picture hat and Zenouska wore a black straw slice hat.

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