Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 17

 

On May 1, 2002 began her Golden Jubilee tour in southwest England at the National Maritime Museum in this Philip Somerville designed fuchsia felt take on a top hat with distinctive brim.

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 2022

The four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show took place over the weekend. Lady Louise Windsor drove the carriage formerly belonging to her late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Friday night’s  “A Gallop Through History” Platinum Jubilee celebration” and took part yesterday in the ‘Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of The British Driving Society,’ wearing in her loden green felt driving hat for both events. This lovely take on a top hat features an upturned brim on one side balanced by an exuberant spray of swirled striped pheasant and chocolate-burgundy biot feathers on the other side, finished with wide green silk hatband overlaid on the bottom with slim, scrolled green braid.

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I adore how the quirky brim shape and exuberant feathers giving an appropriately youthful lift to the design. It’s a great hat for Louise.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 4, 2021; May 9, 2019; May 13, 2018

On Saturday, Louise wore her mum’s navy felt fedora with stitched black leather hatband and feather spray held in a polished and hand-engineered cartridge.

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It’s an effortlessly stylish hat that Louise again carries so well, making it a perfect choice for a casual outing such as this. May this be the first of many hats Louise wears from her mum’s wardrobe!

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Designer: Hayfield England
Previously Worn by the Countess of Wessex: July 3, 2021

The Countess of Wessex joined her daughter yesterday, taking part in carriage driving in her navy blue velvet hat with straight-sided crown and downward sloped brim.

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The scale seems to overwhelm Sophie a little, although the colour and luxe texture of the velvet is wonderful.

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Designer: unknown. Laurie & Jules velvet coat. 
Previously Worn: July 4, 2021

Queen Elizabeth attended several events (one in a silk headscarf), her enjoyment clearly conveyed through a wide smile.

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It’s it wonderful to see these events back?!

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Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 18

Queen Elizabeth wore a unique pink and purple hourglass cloche shaped hat by Frederick Fox on visits to Norway in 2001, Jamaica in 2002,

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Platinum Jubilee Countdown: 19

Speaking of whimsical hats… is there any more so than the green marble run?! It was worn in October 2000 on a state visit to Italy and in November that same year for the Inauguration Of The General Synod Of The Church Of England.

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Interestingly… this was not the only statement green hat Her Majesty wore around the turn of the new millennium!

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Return of Buckingham Palace Garden Parties

After a two year pandemic hiatus, Buckingham Palace garden parties resumed this week! The first one, on Wednesday, was hosted by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and attended by Princess Anne who all braved less than ideal weather.

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At first glance, I thought the Duchess of Cornwall had finally granted your wishes and repeated the much admired blue hat worn to this same event back in 2015. A closer look below (new hat on the left, 2015 hat on the right) confirms these hats are a slightly different colour with different brim finishes and trimming:

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The hat making its debut this week follows the same shape with wide bias brim that grandly sweeps up over the design’s rounded crown. An extra wide stripe binding the brim accentuates its shape as does the streamlined trim- just a hatband that crosses over in an X on the back of the brim. The hat and embroidered coat are clearly custom designed to compliment each other, which they do. Yes, we’ve seen this shape many times on Camilla but it clearly works for her and the colour is magnificent.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Charles repeated his antique black silk top hat.

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Princess Anne repeated her muted teal sinamay hat with rounded crown and high, sidesweeping brim embellished with a darker teal slim silk hatband and curling, multi-looped straw bow interspersed with trimmed feathers. If it doesn’t look familiar, don’t worry- Anne’s dark green umbrella casted a grassy- hue over it!  This time out, she paired it with a patterned red coat instead of the matching muted teal one we’ve always seen with it in the past.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: This hat is new

On Thursday, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence hosted the annual Garden Party for The Not Forgotten charity, of which the Princess Royal is patron.

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For the event, she wore a new lilac sinamay hat with brim slightly raised around the back. The hat is trimmed with a ruched lavender silk hatband. The colour is pretty, as is the scale. The hatband falls short for me and I wish we could see the hat’s trim around the back.  I suspect this is a ready-to-wear produced piece, as it lacks the finesse of Anne’s other handmade hats, such as the one above.

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How wonderful is it to see garden party hats again?! What do you think of this quartet of hats worn this week?

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