Milestone Birthday: Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall celebrates her 40th birthday on Saturday, a milestone that calls for a look back at some of her memorable hats:

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There’s much diversity here- colour, style, trimming, shape, scale and designs from more than fifteen different milliners. There are so many good looks, it’s worth reminding ourselves that Zara is not a working royal – thank goodness she allows public view into her private life that allow us opportunity to admire her fantastic hats!. Thinking ahead to the future… I’d love to see Zara experiment more with some larger scale pieces (saucers and slice hats maybe?) and designs with wider brims.

What do you notice about Zara’s hats? What styles would you like to see her try next?

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Opening of British Parliament 2021

One of Queen Elizabeth’s most important ceremonial functions as a constitutional monarch is to preside over the state opening of parliament She does this most years, travelling to the Palace of Westminster via coach to deliver a speech, looking most regal in the sparkling Imperial State Crown and ceremonial robes.

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This year’s ceremony was significantly scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, Instead of a white gown and diamonds, the Queen fulfilled this duty in a repeated grey hat with flared crown covered in silk cloque fabric and a mushroom shaped straw brim overlaid in pleated crin. The hat is finished with a grey goose feather mount and vine of gold silk flowers that wrap around the front that echo the floral applique around the neckline of her coat.

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The pleated brim gives great contrast to the piece, visually separating the hat crown and coat, which are in the same fabric. The colour is not my favourite on Her Majesty but was another masterful choice, standing out against the red and gold backdrop of the House of Lord’s Chamber.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: June 20, 2019

The Duchess of Cornwall used the occasion to debut a new hat. In ivory straw, the asymmetrical crown is balanced by a wide, gently sidesweeping brim. The sleek design is austerely trimmed with a padded oyster silk hatband.

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The hat is a more streamlined design than we usually see on Camilla but one that pairs beautifully with the white and oyster diamond patterned coat. Would I love to see her embrace colour in her summer wardrobe? Absolutely! But I also can’t argue about the subtle, restrained elegance of this look for her.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Bruce Oldfield. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think about these hats today?

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Princess Royal Marks Anzac Day

On Sunday, Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, took part in memorial services to commemorate Anzac Day. For the dawn service at at Wellington Arch and morning service at Westminster Abbey, the Princess Royal repeated her purple felt fedora hat trimmed with twisted bow and curling feathers on the side.

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The hat’s deeply creased crown and extended brim gives it a slightly retro vibe that suits Anne well and links with the large 70s-esque lapels on her coat. I particularly like this deep purple for memorial events such as these.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: Dec 25, 2019; Dec 30, 2018Aug 26, 2018March 16, 2018  

Any thoughts about Princess Anne’s fedora on this, its fifth outing?

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Milestone Birthday: Lady Gabriella Kingston

Lady Gabriella Kingston celebrates her 40th birthday today, a milestone marked here with a look back at her life in hats:

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For a minor royal who lives a private life, it’s an impressive collection. Gabriella does not shy away from a wide brim or a bold shape, which makes Philip Treacy a natural go-to milliner for her. That all being said… fashion experimentation is good and I’d love to see her branch out with some less familiar shapes.

What do you notice about Lady Gabriella’s hats?

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Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

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Members of the British royal family gathered today at St. George’s chapel to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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I’m sure you all join me extending our deepest sympathy to Queen Elizabeth and her family as they grieve his loss.

Commentary and discussion about hats feels unnecessary today. Comments are left open for messages of condolence.

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