Hats From the Past

Royal Hats 72 years today to the christening of a future king, held at Buckingham Palace.

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Wessexes Visit Army Music Corps

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Corps of Army Music for a renaming ceremony and short parade at Kneller Hall in Twickenham on Friday. The Countess took the salute as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment and inspected the parade before presenting the Scroll to commemorate the Corps receiving its Royal title.

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For this event, Sophie repeated her deep maroon felt stovepipe cloche with double humped crown and side, knotted flying bow. While the shape of this hat has not aged well, the styling of this ensemble, pairing the hat with beautiful green and creamy winter white, is brilliant.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Max Mara Custodi Coat
Previously Worn: Dec 27, 2015; Dec 15, 2014;  Jan 1, 2012; Dec 27, 2009;  Dec 25, 2006; Mar 15, 2006

I think the overall look here elevates the hat- what do you think of it?

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British Royals Thank Essential Workers

Members of the British Royal Family gathered in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle this evening to thank essential workers for their work in helping others during the coronavirus pandemic, especially now over the Christmas season.

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For this event, Queen Elizabeth repeated her red crepe covered cloche hat with teardrop shaped crown trimmed with a double row of the same red and gold braid as adorns the collar of her coat and a side spray of black feathers. While the front point on this teardrop shaped crown is not a shape I find flattering, the red ensemble is so cheery and festive I can’t fault its choice this evening.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren.
Previously Worn: December 25, 2019

The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex appeared without millinery (not surprising as hats are usually worn only during the day) which allowed Her Majesty to stand out further. What do you think of the Queen’s hat today?

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British Royals Mark Armistice Day

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a service at Westminster Abbey today marking  Armistice Day and the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior.

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For this event, Camilla she repeated her large black black felt hat with flyaway raised brim. The smooth lines of the hat are punctuated with a wide band of bias-woven ribbon binding the brim edge. It’s such a great hat for events such as these, its scale and sleek lines connoting a sense of solemn dignity.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Fiona Clare. 
Previously Worn: Feb 1, 2019; Nov 11, 2018Dec 25, 2016Nov 13, 2016Dec 25, 2015

Over in Stafford, The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended an outdoor commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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The Countess repeated her navy felt pillbox wrapped in a swath of dotted veil. The classic shape pairs so well with Sophie’s wide collared coat and its militaristic styling, creating another overall look that feels very fitting for this event.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Mar 10, 2020

As I said on Sunday, hats are secondary at events like these but this pair is, again, outstanding.

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

Members of the British royal family attended the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster today. The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Dukes of Cambridge and Kent, and Earl of Wessex took part in the ceremony, which was considerably scaled back from years past (26 former service men and women took part in stark contrast to the more than 10,000 veterans usually included in this event).

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The Queen, Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, and the Countess of Wessex looked on from balconies above the Cenotaph.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a new black hat with slightly angled stovepipe crown and cartwheel brim, edged in a wide stripe of black binding. The hat is trimmed with a spray of overlapping stitched leaves and a small side bow.

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Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated a black felt beret hugger percher wonderfully trimmed with black felt and jinsin twists sweeping over the hat, studded on the side with a large black silk bloom.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Bruce Oldfield.
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new percher hat with saddle shaped velvet felt base, embellished with a beautifully proportioned multi-looped silk bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy “OC 784” from AW 2020. Coat by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat, her fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

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Designer:  Jane Taylor “Felt Pillbox with Embroidered Feather Trim” from AW 2020. Cape by Zara.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

While the hats at such events are secondary, this quartet really is stellar.

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