Milestone Birthday: Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 40th birthday yesterday. We mark this milestone with a look back at some of her hats and headpieces:

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Gallery 1 designs by Viven Sheriff, Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co. Jane Corbett, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.
Gallery 2 designs by Gina Foster, Jane Corbett, Jane Corbett, Lock & Co., Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.

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Gallery 3 designs by Jane Corbett, Jane Taylor, Jane Corbett, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Jane Taylor

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Gallery 4 designs by Whiteley, Vivien Sheriff, Jane Corbett, Lock & Co., Whiteley
Gallery 5 designs by Gina Foster, Jane Taylor, Jane Taylor, Jonathan Howard, Lock & Co.

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Gallery 6 designs by Jane Taylor, Jane Taylor, Jane Taylor, Jane Taylor, Lock & Co., Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.
Gallery 7 designs by Lock & Co., Lock & Co., John Boyd, Philip Treacy, Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.

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Gallery 8 designs by Jane Taylor, unknown, Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co., Jane Taylor, unknown

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Gallery 9 designs by Jane Taylor, Lock & Co., Lock & Co., Lacorine, Gina Foster
Gallery 10 designs by Lock & Co., Juliette Botterill, Jane Taylor, Sean Barrett, Jane Taylor

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Gallery 11 designs by Philip Treacy, Lock & Co., Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co., Rosie Olivia, Juliette Botterill
Gallery 12 designs by Philip Treacy, Philip Treacy, Hicks & Brown, Sally Ann Provan, Philip Treacy

It’s a fascinating evolution of millinery styles that sees go-to shapes following millinery trends of the time (hello beret perchers and halo bandeaux!). A mix of designs from different milliners brings diverse trims and slightly varied scale into Kate’s millinery wardrobe, as does a growing confidence in personal style that naturally happens as one moves through the first two decades of adulthood. Kate and her stylist have an excellent ability to choose hats well suited to the occasion to which they are worn and this keeps us all excited to see what new hat she will debut next.

There are some sentimental favourites in Kate’s millinery past- the cream Gina Foster ‘potato chip’ and mulberry Jane Corbet ruffled trilby in Gallery 2, the pink swirled Jane Taylor in Gallery 9 and the pale blue Philip Tracy saucer in Gallery 12. Which hats from Kate’s past stand out most to you?

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British Royals Attend Christmas Day Services

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Wessex family and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended this morning’s service at St. George’s Chapel. For this occasion, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a new hat. The deep turquoise felt beret is trimmed with diamond-trimmed peacock feathers anchored with a quartet of turquoise felt layered squares.

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The colour is fantastic on Camilla as is the feather trim, its sweeping scale giving the hat greater presence. Many of wished for more vibrant additions to her millinery wardrobe and while I welcome this one, I’m less certain about her turquoise and denim blue patchwork coat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat. Her domed pillbox, in tan and chocolate cheetah printed felt, is simply trimmed with flat bow around the back.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Leopard Print Pillbox.” Loewe “Wool & Cashmere Double Breasted Coat.” 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor wore a streamlined ivory felt beret hat paired with a blush silk flower in her hair.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Ivory Felt Beret.”
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Gloucester was also in a pale felt beret, this one trimmed with a classic French stem. The ecru blocked design has a lovely drape to the side with just the right amount of ‘slouch’ while still looking elegantly refined.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Over in Norfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christmas morning service at the church of St. Mary Magdalene. Kate wore a new deep chocolate felt fedora with wide brim. The hat is trimmed with a quadruple layered hatband of overlapping feathers and a small metal bird on the side. It’s such a chic hat for Kate; I particularly like the fantastic feather hatband, which gives such great texture and contrast.

Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC814 from AW2020. BLAZÉ Milano “Anyway Checked Wool Blazer” 
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It’s lovely to see some hats on Christmas Day and five new ones, well that’s a wonderful surprise! Which designs stand out most to you?

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Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British royal family attended the annual Remembrance Day commemoration service at  The Cenotaph at Whitehall in London on Sunday. As in years past, the Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Kent, Earl of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence all attended in military uniform.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her back straw picture hat with upswept brim and oversized black ostrich feather wrapped around the crown.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 12, 2017; May 12, 2015Feb 4, 2015Nov 20, 2014Nov 9, 2014;  May 1, 2014Nov 11, 2012; Nov 12, 2011; Nov 9, 2008

Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat in black rabbit fur felt described by its designers as a “stunning, lipped drop-brim and wide Petersham band.” She has previously worn the same hat design in navy.

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Designer: The Tiffany Drop Brim hat by Lock and Company. Coat by Alexander McQueen. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated a black felt button percher wrapped in a large looping bow of silk abaca.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 15, 2015; March 26, 2015

Princess Alexandra repeated her black felt hat with domed crown with wide, ruched velvet hatband and bound brim.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Apr 17, 2021; Nov 18, 2016; Nov 13, 2016Nov 8, 2015Nov 10, 2014; Nov 10, 2013; Mar 2, 20051996

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blocked black felt beret hat with side feather spray she debuted last week.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2021 

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth was not able to attend due to a back sprain. We wish her a complete recovery.

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Remembrance Day

The Duchess of Cornwall attended the 93rd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey this morning.

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For this occasion, she repeated her black wool hat with slouchy crown and faux fur brim.

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I have been critical of this hat in the past but have come around to it for its practicality and durability. It looks as good as it did 17 outings ago and undoubtedly, is warm and comfortable. In the end, isn’t that what a winter hat is supposed to be?!

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Designer: Lock & Co. “Natalia” design in black
Previously Worn: Dec 7, 2020; Nov 15, 2020; Feb 11, 2020; Jan 27, 2019; Dec 14, 2017Mar 18, 2017; Feb 27, 2017;  Dec 16, 2017;  Nov 28, 2016Mar 16, 2016Mar 18, 2015; Mar 13, 2015Dec 10, 2013Feb 7, 2012;  Feb 6, 2012Jan 27, 2012

The Duke and Duchess Duchess of Gloucester attended a Service of Remembrance today at the National Memorial Arboretum. The duke wore a smart black felt bowler hat while the duchess wore a new black felt angled beret with spray of black feathers.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

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Queen Elizabeth Attends Races

Queen Elizabeth was spotted today enjoying Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse in her repeated royal blue silk cloque fabric covered hat with flared crown, slim hatband and downward sloped brim with kettle edge wrapped in black faux fur.

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There’s still much to like about this design, beginning with its brilliant colour and contrast. Interestingly, the first two outings of this ensemble included a blue and white floral printed dress that was replaced today by an unprinted on in just barely a shade darker royal blue than the hat and coat. The resulting look is more streamlined and increases the impact of the faux fur trim, which works so well for an autumn or winter look.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: Feb 22, 2019;  March 29, 2018

What do you think- does this hat pair better with the floral dress or this solid blue one?

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