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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Opening of Welsh Parliament

Queen Elizabeth, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Cardiff this morning to attend the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd.

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For this occasion, the Queen repeated her dusty pink cashmere covered hat with domed crown and downward facing brim, trimmed with layered black and pink hatbands and a side spray of handmade silk flowers.

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It’s amazing how much visual impact that slim black pinstripe of hatband brings to this design (along with the black buttons on the coat), adding punchy contrast amidst all the dusky pink. It’s another take on the stovepipe silhouette we often see on Her Majesty’s hats, this one set apart by the extended brim which is beautifully balanced by that slight dome on the top of the crown.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Cashmere coat and silk dress by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: Oct 15, 2020Mar 13, 2019Mar 27, 2018

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a new beret percher hat in red felt trimmed with a side spray of monochrome felt leaves and berries.

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The colour nod to the red Welsh dragon is a lovely touch and the different textures on hat and coat dress (note the tassels at the the back!) make the monochrome look work. This is a case when a large brimmed hat in the same colour would likely have been too much and while beret shapes are a secondary go-to silhouette for Camilla, the shape and scale of the fantastic trim on this design  make a striking, stand-alone statement.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Fiona Clare.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this pair of hats today in Cardiff?

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Queen & Princess Royal Mark Legion’s Centenary

Queen Elizabeth and the Princess Royal attended a service of Thanksgiving yesterday at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of The Royal British Legion. For the occasion, the Queen wore a new royal blue hat.

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Covered in the same brushed alpaca as her coat, the hat roughly follows a stovepipe shape with angular, sloped crown and downturned brim. The hat is trimmed with a folded hatband in the same fabric (adore the way it flares around the higher side of the crown) and a spray of blue and ivory silk flowers surrounded by navy leaves.

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The angular crown pairs so well with the sharp points on the coat’s collar and I like how the patterned brass buttons add a bit of lift, contrast and sparkle to the ensemble while linking to the yellow stamens on the hat. Yes, we’ve seen this hat shape on Her Majesty before but in this most royal of shades of blue, it’s a lovely addition to her wardrobe.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Anne repeated her deep purple felt fedora with deeply creased crown and extended brim, trimmed with a twisted bow and curling feathers on the side. The scale and colour of the hat remain so good for her, even as it remains out of balance with the supersized 70s lapels on her coat.

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

What do you think of this pair of jewel-toned hats yesterday in London?

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Queen Launches Commonwealth Baton Relay

Queen Elizabeth stepped outside Buckingham Palace today, joined by the Earl of Wessex, to officially launch the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay for the XXII Commonwealth Games.

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For this event, she repeated her orange fabric covered hat with sideswept brim and crown that flares at the top. The hat is trimmed with orange magnolia blossoms, twigs and chocolate sinamay leaves.

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No one wears vibrant colours like Her Majesty and this one feels perfect for the start of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere. The minimalist trim gives just the right amount of contrast and while we’ve talked in the past about it being a little ‘twiggy’ I appreciate how it stands out as a modern statement against all the other bows and flowers we see on hats. And when you see the whole ensemble, with that hit of turquoise peeking out from the dress, it all works.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: Mar 7, 2019;  Mar 20, 2018Dec 25, 2017

What do you think of this hat today on its fourth outing?

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Queen Opens Scottish Parliament

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attended the opening of the sixth session of Scottish Parliament on Saturday in Edinburgh. The queen officially opened new session of the devolved Scottish government in a ceremony that paid tribute to local heroes from across Scotland who have supported their communities throughout the pandemic.

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For this event, she wore a new hat. Covered in the same textured deep teal green wool crepe as the ensemble’s coat, the hat’s crown has molded sides and a domed top while the brim, covered with fabric on the underside only, follows a sharp sidesweep. The design is trimmed with a monochrome hatband and multi-looped bow in the same fabric and a pair of statement feathers.

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At first glance, its familiar shape (it has two twins) downplays this hat. But the detail in the fantastic statement feathers – bright turquoise spines and dyed blue and green barbs- and the contrasting bright green sinamay on the top of the brim, give this design more interest and dimension than it initially appears to have. I adore a hat that draws you in for a close look and this one certainly delivers.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Rothesay also wore a new hat in the loveliest shade of loden green. The rigid beret design is also covered the same crepe as her coat (notice the round seam around the crown) and is simply trimmed with a stunning spray of striped pheasant feathers.

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It is a great look for Camilla, the same fabric on coat and hat broken up by he coat’s red trim and Camilla’s ruffled cream blouse which provide enough contrast of colour and texture to keep the ensemble from falling flat. Like the queen’s hat, the feather trim on this design absolutely makes it.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this new pair of green hats in Scotland over the weekend?

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