On Wednesday, members of the British royal family attended a garden party in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House.
The Duke of Rothesay, as the Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, carried his black silk top hat.
The Countess of Wessex surprised in a hat she wore to Ascot back in 2004 (see below left). The shape is very much of that time with a tall, sloped crown in biscuit straw and a wide, sidesweeping brim in windowpane sinamay. The hat is trimmed with pink cut feathers, feather flowers and a pink silk slim hatband and signature Treacy looped bow.
The pink feather trim has faded over the past almost two decades and I can’t argue that the shape has aged well- that crown shape firmly places it “in the naughts.” That all being said, I’m so enjoying Sophie bringing out statement hats from the past that so deserve more than the single or few outings they’ve had.
Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Jun 16, 2004
The Earl of Wessex wore his very dapper black silk top hat.
Princess Anne repeated a pale blue sinamay hat with split crown and short sidesweeping brim trimmed in beige sinamay brim binding, a ruched hatband, and several flat rosettes centered with pale blue faux pearls. It looks like a mass produced piece that doesn’t measure up to many of the lovely other hats Anne has in her wardrobe.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth attended the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland (also known as the Royal Company of Archers) Reddendo Parade, also held in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
She wore another new ensemble and hat in periwinkle wool blend bouclé fabric. The hat’s slightly flared crown with flat top is softened by an upturned Bretton style brim that frames Her Majesty’s face. The hat is trimmed in the same periwinkle silk interlocking trim as wraps around the neckline, cuffs and pockets of the matching coat.
The textured lines of the fabric on this ensemble are highlighted by its bias placement on the hat brim, which beautifully fans out around her face. The colour is just wonderful on Her Majesty and while I’m not always a fan of her collarless coats, this one works thanks to its trim and that fantastic hat brim.
Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new
It’s been so wonderful to see the Queen participate at several events this week. What do you think of this group of British royal hats in Scotland?
Images from Getty as indicated