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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Designer: unconfirmed
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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Duchess Visits Field of Remembrance

The Duchess of Cornwall visited the 92nd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey yesterday. For this visit, as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles and Patron of the Poppy Factory, Camilla repeated her textured black beret hat with deep green feather trim.

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This hat has become one of Camilla’s go-tos for military events where it’s styling, particularly in combination with this coat, fits right in. The smaller scale, beret shape of this piece suits her well, integrating (and contrasting well) with her signature hairstyle. And that feather- one that came up in our discussion yesterday- really is a marvel.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Mr. Roy.
Previously Worn: May 8, 2020; May 1, 2019;  May 22, 2012Nov 20, 2010Nov 14, 2010May 5, 2010Dec 14, 2009Nov 5, 2009Oct 9, 2009; Dec 2, 2008; Dec 14, 2007

We’ve seen Camilla in this hat many times- have your thoughts changed about it at all over the years?

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Queen And Duke of Cambridge Visit Science Lab

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down Science Park near Salisbury yesterday. To view counter intelligence tactics, a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and open the new Energetics Analysis Centre, the queen repeated her dusty pink coat and hat with domed crown and downward facing brim, trimmed with black and pink hatbands and a side spray of handmade silk flowers.

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While the hat is covered in the same brushed wool as the Queen’s coat, the overall ensemble does not suffer from ‘one note syndrome’ thanks to contrast provided by the slim black hatband and lovely silk flowers adding some dimension and colour to the design. It remains an impeccably finished and beautifully balanced design.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2019Mar 27, 2018

What do you think of this hat on its third outing?

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to September 5, 1932, 88 years ago, and a very sweet tam-sporting Princess Elizabeth returning to Balmoral Castle from attending Sunday morning service at nearby Crathie Kirk with her grandparents. Queen Mary’s pleated toque hat is embellished with fabric leaves and a diamond brooch, an addition that also seems to be on her granddaughter’s tam, in mini version.

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