Royal Hats this Year: Great Britain Part 1

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014The most prolific hat-wearing royal house (by far!) are the British Royals. As such, we need to break our review of their hats into three posts. First up are members of the extended British royal family. As with other 2014 Review posts, please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are all the hats worn by members of the extended British royal family in 2014:

The Duchess of Gloucester

1. Duchess of Gloucester, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Duchess of Gloucester, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Duchess of Gloucester, June 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Duchess of Gloucester, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Duchess of Gloucester, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 6. Duchess of Gloucester, November 9, 2014 | Royal Hats

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor

7. Lady Gabriella Windsor, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Lady Gabriella Windsor, September 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 9-10. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Michael of Kent

11. Princess Michael of Kent, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Princess Michael of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Princess Michael of Kent, August 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Michael of Kent, September 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

15. Princess Michael of Kent, September 11, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 16. Princess Michael of Kent, October 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. 2014-12-19 Ben Goldsmith wedding

 Lady Helen Taylor

18. Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats 19. Lady Helen Taylor, June 20, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

Countess of St. Andrews (20-21), Lady Marina Windsor (22) and Zenouska Mowatt (23)

20. 2014-06-14 Trooping 57 21. 2014-06-19 Ascot Day 4 14 22.Marina Windsor, June 14, 2014 in Yvette Jelfs| Royal Hats  23.Zenouska Mowatt, June 14, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats

Princess Alexandra of Kent

24. Princess Alexandra of Kent, February 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

27. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Princess Alexandra of Kent, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

30. Princess Alexandra of Kent, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Alexandra of Kent, November 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Alexandra of Kent, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make the cut for your nomination as favourite royal hat of 2014? Are any among your least favourite?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

June Poll: Best of Royal Ascot

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While numerous royal hats stood out at Ascot this year, the results of our June poll showed that you, dear readers, had five very clear favourites:

5 Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein in a cream Philip Treacy cocktail hat on Day 4

 Princess Haya, June 20, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

4Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein in a white statement hat with black lace and feather trim by Philip Treacy for Ladies’ day on Day 3

 Princess Haya, June 19, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

3 The Countess of Wessex in a white straw disk with crin cutout and silk rose detail by Jane Taylor on Day 2

Countess of Wessex, June 18, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats

2 The Countess of Wessex in a bespoke Jane Taylor black boater hat with silk bow detail on Day 3

  Countess of Wessex, June 19, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats

And your 1  favourite hat of Ascot 2014? The Countess of St. Andrews in Yvette Jelfs’ side slant picture hat with lip detail on the brim and silk rose trim, worn on Day 4

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Thanks to all who voted! Stay tuned for the first of two July regular polls later this week.

 Photos from Chris Jackson, Stuart C. Wilson via Getty; Chris Jackson/Gettyvia Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; Chris Jackson via Getty; and  Press Association and Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse via The Daily Mail 

June Poll: Best of Royal Ascot

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As we move on from glorious Ascot week, it is time to pick our favourite royal hat of this year’s races. This is no easy task as there are several hats that stood out brilliantly this year. So I turn to you, dearest readers, and ask which was your favourite royal hat of Ascot 2014?

Queen Elizabeth, June 21, 2014 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 19, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats  Queen Elizabeth, June 18, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth in pink Angela Kelly, blue Rachel Trevor Morgan and green flowered Rachel Trevor Morgan

 Duchess of Cornwall, June 18, 2014 in Philip Treacy| Royal Hats Duchess of Cornwall, June 17, 2014 in Philip Treacy| Royal Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall in cream pleated Philip Treacy and ice blue Philip Treacy

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Princess Beatrice blue Sarah Cant and gold Misa Harada

Zara Phillips Tinall, June 17, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Haya, June 20, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Haya, June 19, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

 A trio of Philip Treacy: Zara Phillips Tindall in white; Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein in cream, and white with black lace

Princess Eugenie, June 17, 2014 in Nerida Fraiman | Royal Hats  Countess of St. Andrews, June 20, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess of St. Andrews, June 20, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Eugnenie in cream and blush Nerida Fraiman; The Countess of St. Andrews in pink Yvette Jelfs

Lady Brabourne, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess of Wessex, June 18, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats Countess of Wessex, June 19, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats

Lady Brabourne in red Dillon Wallwork; The Countess of Wessex in white Jane Taylor and navy Jane Taylor

Voting will remain open until June 30, 2013 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the results soon thereafter. As always, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish.

**UPDATE: See results here

Photos from Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse, Press Association and Press Association via The Daily Mail; Stuart C. Wilson/Getty, Chris Jackson/Getty and Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio; Julian Parker, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Stuart C. Wilson, Chris Jackson and Chris Jackson via Getty; Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse and Rex via The Daily Mail; Chris Jackson/Gettyvia Zimbio; and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Ascot Day 4

Royal Hats Yesterday turned out to be a vibrant day of royal hats for Day 4 of Ascot. I am so pleased to welcome American milliner Jill Courtemanche and British Milliner Katie Vale back to share their insights and opinions of the hats we saw.

Queen Elizabeth in Angela Kelly

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KV: By far my favourite hat that we’ve seen the Queen in so far this Ascot. The colour is glorious. And the flower decoration is pretty. I like this so much on the Queen because the crown is actually smaller than she usually wears and that’s a good thing in my book.

JC: This is not my favorite, I think it all looks a little heavy. The brim with the sheer straw and fabric bumper is very flattering on the queen but I find the crown a touch too tall and the trim too much in the center of the hat. The trim itself looks like a bit of a jumble of whatever was in the drawer, I think it weighs the hat down instead of adding a hint of whimsy.

RH: I like the mix of textures and the straw brim on this fabric hat does lighten it a little. I also love the fabric ‘bumper’ edging the brim. The colour is glorious and the shape is wonderful but there is something about the mix of sweet pink flowers and racy animal print feathers that has the trim on this hat headed off madly in different directions.

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai in Philip Treacy

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RH: Now THIS is a cocktail hat! I adore the movement, the lightness of the crin and straw ribbon tails (similar to the ones that adorned Camilla’s hat back on Day 1) and the scale of the decoration. This hat has drama and much personality but is not entirely over the top. I love it!

KV: This is quite different from what we’ve seen from her this week. It’s a lot smaller and more subtle. But I’m a big fan. The delicate material and flowing decoration echo her top well. Being in cream it’s difficult to see the full detail, but overall I like it. She looks elegant and classy in this.

JC: Glorious! This is truly a stunning hat and it completely makes the outfit. All of her hats this week have been very feminine and this one is no exception. I love how it appears so effortless like it just landed softly on her head. This is definitely one of my favorites of the week so far.

 Lady Sarah Chatto in Stephen Jones

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JC: Very simple, clean and modern but really a bit boring for the Ascot. I would like to have seen a bit more trim going on especially since she wore this same silhouette last week. This could have easily had some gorgeous flowers or a feather trim added on to give it some flare for the event. That said it is a lovely shape on her and she has it tilted perfectly to create a nice line

KV: As you can see, the asymmetrical discs are at the height of fashion this year. They give a large hat feel, but only a small part is actually touching the head, therefore they aren’t too hot to wear and allow various different hair styles. Unfortunately Sarah looks very drained in this cream hat. It’s quite a basic design and is in just a bland cream colour. I think the size and shape is lovely but it needs some decoration on it. It also needs to be a different colour!

RH: To be fair, the photos released today don’t show this hat to greatest effect. Lady Sarah wore this hat also for Trooping the Colour this year- a better view can be seen here. Her aesthetic is usually clean and modern, and I love the shape on her. It looks like she embellished this hat with a pair of diamond brooches- a hat with diamonds seems like a wonderful idea!

Lady Helen Taylor in Stephen Jones

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JC: I am not sure what this is but it reminds me of a crumpled hanky on a headband. I think if maybe it was tilted a bit more forwards towards the right eye it would help but as it is now I am not a fan. The scattered rhinestone trim doesn’t add much interest either.

KV: I like that she is wearing something unique, however I feel that the placement is wrong. It needs to be further to the side, at present it looks more like a squashed mortar board. I can see what she’s trying to achieve here, but I don’t think it has worked if I’m honest.

RH: I just don’t understand this hat, nor why it was paired with this particular dress. Scratching my head with this one. And I take back my previous comment- hats with diamonds aren’t always a good idea (!).

The Countess of St. Andrews in Yvette Jelfs

Countess of St. Andrews, June 20, 2014 | Royal Hats

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JC:I think this is a great color tone for her, the mocha color really flatters her skin tone. I am not sure I would paired with a black suit but the hat itself is lively on her and I really love the flower next to her face. We have seen a lot of that this week and really adds a nice softness to these more modern saucer shapes.

KV: Oh this is amazing! It’s dramatic yet isn’t too fussy! The nude colour is very elegant and not over powering at all. The shape is beautiful with the large lip, and I like that the flower is hidden.

RH: Sylvana’s daughter Lady Marina wore this hat to Trooping the Colour last week. Like Katie and Jill, I love the subtle colour, the flower spray under the brim and the overall shape of the hat. It is dramatic indeed, but with a gentleness to it that is oh-so pretty.

The hats yesterday were completely different from the hats we saw on days one, two and three. I’m curious, dear readers- what did you think of yesterday’s Ascot hats?

Photos from Getty as indicated and Getty for Ascot Racecourse via The Daily Mail

British Royal Extended Family at Trooping the Colour

After looking at hats worn by the Queen’s children and grandchildren for Trooping the Colour, let’s close out coverage of this colourful event with a look at the hats worn by the extended British Royal Family.

Princess Alexandra wore a dove grey hat with high, moulded crown and wide brim. The crown was wrapped in a three braided cords which opened to tie into a multi-corded bow at the front. It’s an interesting that that falls a little flat for me, especially after seeing Alexandra in that beautiful sky blue picture hat last week. I think this Kent princess looks prettiest in millinery with a bit more colour.

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Designer: I suspect Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 4, 2009June 19, 2006; this unknown event

The Countess of St. Andrews (below, far right) repeated her navy straw beret topped with a large pouf of tulle and feathers.

Countess of St. Andrews, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her navy straw beret (below, right) while the Countess of Ulster topped her navy dress with a magenta brimless cocktail hat. Zenouska Mowatt looked wonderful in Jane Taylor’s ‘Eliza’ hat, described by the designer as an “elegant straw upturn disc with angular lace printed feathers and delicate rolled organdy bow”.  Lady Marina Windsor wore a large pale pink saucer hat with rolled top rim and a spray of flowers under the top brim.

Duchess of Gloucester, Countess of Ulster, Zenouska Mowatt and Amelia Windsor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

There was no vibrancy missing in Lady Helen Taylor’s ensemble. She topped her modern magenta and raspberry suit with a matching stacked brimless hat trimmed in tulle net tails. While my description does this hat great injustice, I thought it was unusual, creative and exceptionally striking on fashion-forward Helen. This is not a hat I would pick to top most royal heads but I loved it all the same.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Princess Michael of Kent combined two of her favourite millinery looks in this ice blue giant pillbox trimmed with what appears to be a giant ostrich feather at the back. I thought the feather added some softness to the hat and made its scale work to greater success. With her caped coat, the whole look was very glamorous, dramatic and oh-so Marie Christine.

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Designer: unknown. John Boyd
Previously Worn: I think this is a new hat

Princess Michael’s daughter and daughter-in-law wore a pair of beautiful picture hats. Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a pale picture hat with wide brim trimmed with spiky pale grey bow tails. It is a dramatic hat that worked well with Gabriella’s modern ensemble. Lady Frederick Windsor wore a white lampshade style hat trimmed with an oversize white bow. This hat has potential to look overly sweet but when paired with tSophie’s tailored pale blue coat dress, it provided a feminine contrast.

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Designer of Lady Gabriella’s hat: Philip Treacy. I believe this is a new hat
Designer of Lady Frederick’s hat: unknown. I think this is also a new hat

Lady Sarah Chatto also joined the Royal Family for their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Saturday. She repeated a cream saucer hat that looks simultaneously modern and classic on her. I particularly liked its pairing with her sunny patterned yellow skirt.

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Designer of Lady Sarah’s hat: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: April 20, 2013June 5, 2012June 10, 2011

All in all, a fantastic day of British royal hats, don’t you think?

Photos Getty as indicated

Trooping the Colour Continued

The extended British Royal Family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today for Trooping the Colour (check here for a review of hats worn by the Queen’s immediate family). This is quite a fine, hatted bunch, isn’t it?!

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The Duchess of Kent wore a white pillbox hat trimmed with purple roses and a white tulle veil.

The Duchess of Kent, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Her hat was a little fussy for my taste and I thought the colour washed her out a little but it was a much better hat than her daughter Lady Helen Taylor wore (to the right of the Duchess, below). Helen wore what looked like grey feathered antlers stuck on a white skull cap. I can only imagine we need a close look at this Stephen Jones creation to fully appreciate it. The Countess of St. Andrews (Helen’s sister-in-law on the far right) wore a navy blue straw beret topped with an explosion of feathers. I think this hat looks rather circus-y with Sylvana’s lime green lace dress and… dare I say… looks too young for her? Sylvnna’s two daughters, Lady Amelia and Lady Marina, looked much more appropriate and fashionable than their mother and aunt. Amelia wore an apricot vagabond hat while Marina chose a wide white picture hat with flat crown and dramatically raised brim designed by Yvette Jelfs. I’m not usually a fan of orange hued hats but I really liked Amelia’s chapeau.

Lady Amelia Windsor, The Duchess of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor, Lady Marina Windsor and the Countess of St. Andrews, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The Duchess of Kent’s other daughter-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor (second from right below)) wore a large cream lacy fascinator trimmed with a peach coloured rose. It looks a little odd to me, especially with the slim feather sticking straight up out of it. Princess Alexandra of Kent is unwell so she did not attend today’s festivities but her granddaughter, Zenouska Mowatt did her proud in a large black straw Jane Taylor picture hat (right). This hat, which appears similar to the “Florence”  or “Lady A” shape, was one of my favourites of the day. Zenouska shared a marvelous picture of his hat on her Twitter feed, here.  I also thought the Countess of Ulster (daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on the far left) looked great in her small turquoise blue button percher with quill trim. It’s the “Nicolette” design from Bundle MacLaren.

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Princess Michael of Kent wore a large white pillbox. I love a simple pillbox hat but this one seems gigantic. Marie-Christine obviously does not think so as this is the third time she has worn this hat to this event (see her at the Trooping the Colour in 2011 and again in 2008).

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Lady Gabriella Windsor wore one of my favourite hats of the day- a pale lilac picture hat with diagonal, upturned brim and large side looped bow. The bow looks like a signature embellishment of Philip Treacy so I’m betting this is another one of his designs. This is a new hat for Gabriella and I think it looks stunningly beautiful on her.

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The extended British Royal Family hat a few hits and a few more misses with their hats today but all in all, it was a great day for royal millinery.

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We will see a few more British Royal hats on Monday at the Order of the Garter service and then we have the hat event of the year, Royal Ascot! Let the hat craziness commence!

Photos from Mark Cuthbert via The TelegraphPacific Coast News via ZimbioChris Jackson via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert via Getty and The Royal Kents Blog