Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

One of my favourite dresses in the Countess of Wessex’s closet is a vibrant green design from Suzannah with collared boatneck, black bow belt and full pleated skirt. Sophie has paired this stunning dress with three black Jane Taylor hats:

Look #1: With a black straw pillbox trimmed with vintage straw braid detail worn for a VE Day Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on May 10, 2015.

 Look #2:With a black felt button percher with silk abaca overlay and triple bow worn June 15, 2015 for the Order of the Garter Service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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Look #3: With a dramatic, wide waved disc straw hat with floral vine worn for Trooping the Colour on June 8, 2019
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Which hat do you think pairs best with this dress?

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Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex’s ivory lace covered beret-base percher is a delicately textured design with lovely dimension from its trimming- a silk rose, feathers and curling slim quills, all tinged in palest pink. Sophie has paired this exquisite Jane Jaylor design with four ensembles:

Look #1: With a blush Bruce Oldfield beaded bodice dress and crushed silk jacket worn May 17, 2014 for the annual General Assembly Meetings of The Church of Scotland

 

Look #2: With a cream silk belted dress with vanilla maribou colloar worn June 17, 2014 for the Order of the Garter

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Look #3: With a muted pink dress and streamlined cream coat worn  May 12, 2015 for a Buckingham Palace garden party

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Look #4: With a bubblegum pink Emilija Wickstead textured dress with high neck open around the back yoke worn for Trooping the Colour on June 09, 2018

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Which look do you think is best set off with this hat?

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Monaco Royal Wedding: Other Reigning Royal Houses

With lots more hats to still admire, we continue our look at the July 2, 2011 religious wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene with guests from The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Jordan, Thailand and Morocco.

Princess Máxima, as was her title at the time, debuted a hat at this wedding that has since become one of her most-worn pieces. In warm-hued caramel straw, the familiar ‘slice’ shape is sharply upturned on one side that curves back off the face to effectively highlight it. The hat is simply trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband in the same colour tied in a side bow. The combination of caramel hat and tangerine silk dress was a little out-of-the-box but worked well on Máxima, brilliantly playing of Willem-Alexander’s crisp white tropical dress military uniform.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne. Dress by Natan.

The Countess of Wessex topped her sleek slate grey pleated sheath dress with an exuberant hat. A large grey saucer, placed at a steep incline, the design’s focus was its trim- large sprays of cut feathers in varied shades of grey and finished with a sizable diamanté cluster on the outer side of the hat. The colour variation in the feather trim gave great depth and movement to the hat and while the overall look was monochrome, the sleek lines of the dress contrasted with the hat’s lavish trim to provide enough textural contrast that kept the look anything but flat.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Amanda Wakeley.

Princess Michael of Kent wore one of her characteristically wide brimmed hats, a finely woven white straw design with low crown and curved brim trimmed with an oversize beigey-blush silk rose under one side of the brim.  You’ll notice no seam at the base of this hat’s crown, its smooth lines flowing out to the brim, like a cloche. The seamless shape creates a downward front curve of the hat, pulling it down visually, and making me really wish the flower was above the brim in a more traditional placement to lift the look. As it is, almost touching Marie-Christine’s shoulder, the flower competes with her amazing necklace. Although, who, am I kidding, we’re all unable to divert our eyes from those sleeves.

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Princess Sara al Faisal of Jordan (second wife of Prince Faisal bin Hussein) brought some colour to this wedding’s fashion with a head to toe look in vibrant magenta. Her button percher, covered in what looks like the same silk as her dress and jacket, was trimmed with a large silk rose and deep burgundy curled cut feather. Different shades of deep pink in the rose trim gave the hat great dimension and saved the overall look from being one-note.

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While not in hats, Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand and  Lalla Meryem of Morocco and her daughter, Sharifa Lalla Soukaïna Filali, represented their respective countries in exquisitely beautiful national dress that deserves inclusion in our sartorial tour of this event.

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Well, what do you think, dearest readers? Which hats and ensembles stand out here are your favourites?

Jump to this post for an index of other royal hats that appeared at this wedding. 

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Monday Multiples: Countess of Wessex

Royal HatsOne of the most often worn hats in the Countess of Wessex’s millinery closet is a navy moulded straw percher with swirling cream and gold feather trim designed by Jane Taylor. For this hat’s seven outings, Sophie has paired it with four different ensembles:

Look 1: with a navy silk guipure lace-trimmed sheath dress and jacket by Bruce Oldfield worn June 5, 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee, September 15, 2012 during a visit to Canada, and for the Duke of Edinburgh awards on November 24, 2016

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Look 2: with a cream and navy pinstripe Emilia Wickstead silk coat dress for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day on August 16, 2015

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Look 3: with a navy wool Stella McCartney double breasted coat worn for a military homecoming November 24, 2016 and the Commonwealth Day service on March 12, 2018

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Look 4: with another navy double breasted wool coat (this one with pewter buttons) worn for a spot of carriage driving at the Royal Windsor Horse show on May 12, 2019

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Which look do you think compliments this hat best?

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Countess of Wessex’s Order Of The Garter Hats

With the annual Order of The Garter service cancelled today at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, let’s take this opportunity to look back at all the hats the Countess of Wessex has worn to this event in the past:

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Cream straw angular shaped Philip Treacy hats with feather trim in 2002 and 2006

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Wide blue saucer with bow in 2008 and lime straw percher with roses and burnt feathers in 2009, both by Philip Treacy

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White vertical straw saucer with black feathers in 2010 and repeated lime percher in 2011, both by Philip Treacy

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Tawny pink straw saucer with rose in 2012 and navy & silver waved disc with feathers in 2013, both by Jane Taylor

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Lace percher with palest pink rose & feathers in 2014; Black felt percher with silk abaca bow in 2015, both by Jane Taylor

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Black windowpane straw percher saucer with black feathers by Jane Taylor in 2016 

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Almond straw mushroom brimmed hat with ecru and black curling feathers in 2018; Natural woven straw saucer with coral feathers and tan organdie twists in 2019, both by Jane Taylor

Retrospectives such as this remind me that the Countess’ wonderful collaboration with British milliner Jane Taylor has been happening for less than a decade. While I appreciate the bold hat shapes and styles Sophie sported through the early 2000s for their bravery, I think she’s hit her stride in Jane Taylor’s designs.

What do you notice about Sophie’s hats at this event over the past 21 years?

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