Duchess of York’s New Portraits

This month’s issue of Town and Country Magazine includes an article on the Duchess of York, “Inside the Reinvention of Sarah Ferguson, the Ultimate Royal Rebel” accompanied by a beautiful photo spread styled by Hannah Teare and photographed by Misan Harriman. We don’t often see royals styled in this way and the hats were just too good not to share:

Veiled black felt top hat with large silk bow at the back (the “Marlene Top Hat” design) by Emily London

Eggplant velour felt “Luis” matador hat with wide, flat brim and crystal chain by Emily London

 

Top hat in wrapped black crin with a curved Visca brim and white silk organza camellias by Lock and Co. It is the “Marlene Top Hat” design.

 

Black boater hat with bow and veil by Emily London (possibly the “Alcina” or  “Rochester” design)

What do you think of this quartet of hats on Sarah?
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Queen Pops In For Polo and Carriage Driving

Queen Elizabeth was all smiles yesterday at the Guards Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn to attend the Royal Windsor Cup polo match and a carriage driving display by the British Driving Society.

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For these events, she repeated her lime straw hat with tall crown and short, sideswept brim. The hat is trimmed with a lime crepe silk hatband in the same fabric as her coat and a handmade straw flower.

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Despite its small sale, this hat’s unique crown and brim shapes, vibrant colour and oversize flower trim make a statement. The streamlined coat works so well to balance the hat and the delicate floral print on the dress sweetens ensemble’s overall impact (it’s a lot of lime!).  The overall look is a lighthearted one that the queen wears well.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 14, 2018; June 20, 2017June 6, 2014

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

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats fifty-one years to July 3, 1970 and the Women’s Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Princess Margaret presented awards to winner Billie Jean King and runner-up Margaret Court in a statement blue circle headpiece with large bow.

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Queen At Horse Show and Day In Manchester

Last Saturday, Queen Elizabeth attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the pink straw hat with gently sidesweeping brim and multiple bow trim she first wore last month to host President and Dr. Biden.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress and coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: June 13, 2021

On Sunday, she was back at the show in her blue hat with straw sidesweeping brim and fabric covered crown (which also binds the brim edge in a wide stripe) trimmed with a posy of blue and white silk flowers, blue seed pearls and slim white feathers, along with several looped blue blue wool silk bows.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: May 23, 2019

Today, Her Majesty was in Manchester where she paid visits to Manchester Cathedral and the set of Coronation Street.

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For these visits, she debuted a peacock blue textured wool covered hat with upturned kettle brim, slightly raised on one side. The hat is trimmed with a large ostrich feather and an unusual wrap of silver lurex threads around the hatband on the side (notice that the ensemble’s coat is embroidered with silver Celtic knots around the collar and on the buttons).

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The colour is so beautiful on the queen and while the ostrich feather doesn’t photograph well in every shot, it provides some textural contrast needed in an ensemble with hat and coat in the same textured fabric.

Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this trio of hats on Her Majesty?

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Queen Concludes Holyrood Week

Queen Elizabeth wrapped up her annual week in Scotland yesterday with a visit to the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

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For this event, she wore her third new hat of the week. Another one of Angela Kelly’s teardrop shaped crown designs, this piece in deep teal has a downturned brim bound with wide binding. The hat is finished with a trio of rolled teal straw lilies studded with black and white cut feathers.

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I’m not as keen on this hat as the other new ones we’ve seen this week. The colour is lovely and the black and white feathers provide wonderful contrast (my guess is they link with this ensemble’s dress, which we didn’t get a peek of today). It’s the teardrop crown that doesn’t work for me-  while I appreciate the creativity of the shape, its lines make this one appear awkwardly wobbly.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: this hat is new

This concluded the Queen’s week in Scotland- she jetted home in time to make an appearance yesterday afternoon at the Royal Windsor Horse Show!

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