This Week’s Extras

Prince Albert, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques were all in hats to inaugurate the Port of “Cala Del Forte” in Ventimiglia on Friday
King Carl Gustaf in a natty straw fedora yesterday to open a garden exhibition at Solliden Castle.
Yesterday, the Countess of Wessex was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in a new navy felt fedora with feather trim from Hayfield England.
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Today, the Countess and Lady Louise both displayed their carriage driving skills, Sophie in a navy velvet hat with oversize crown and Louise in her olive top hat with curled brim and feather trim.

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:
Spectacular feathers on this red beaded button percher inspired by volcanoes by British milliner Nora De la Quintana
Wonderful pink straw percher with ombre rings and feather starburst by Nigerian brand Coral Earth Finery
Elegant pale grey saucer with flowers and feathers by British milliner Beverley Edmondson
Whimsical rolled sinamay climbing vine headpiece by British brand Miss Ava’s Millinery
Very handsome blue graphic check newsboy cap by American brand Bailey Hats
A statement hat in natural straw with chartreuse and purple trim by New York brand Kokin
Exquisite sky blue textured saucer with crin extended brim by London-based Merve Bayindir Millinery
A charming lavender straw cloche with swirling hatband by French brand Mei Mei Chapeaux
Vibrant striped straw hat with looped bow trim by Japanese milliner Yumiko Kuroiwa
Oversized ivory straw pillbox with large black bow by Australian milliner Meghan Briton
Fantastic contrast on this blush wide brimmed hat with black velvet trim by Irish brand Millinery By Mairéad
Amazing woven hat in black cotton organdie with scarlet peek-a-boo underbrim by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
I love seeing recycled materials used creatively on hats- this percher by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit is so smart!

Lovely photos of Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess with Prince Charles yesterday at Ettelbruck Agricultural Fair

 

Ian Rank-Broadley’s statue of the late Princess of Wales was unveiled Thursday in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace.
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Multiples: Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex wore repeated hats to Ascot this year, a “Greatest Hits” tour that paired familiar designs with new ensembles. She began with this gorgeous beigey pink straw waved disk with quills and silk flower by Jane Taylor, a hat she has now paired with three different ensembles:

Look #1: With a beigey-pink shirred silk jacket and dress with fluted silk skirt in the same hue by Bruce Oldfied for Zara and Mike Tindall’s wedding on July 30, 2011

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Look #2: With a patterned white and rusty brown structured jacket and pleated skirt worn to a June 4, 2014 garden party at Buckingham Palace

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Look #3: With a beigey-blush belted dress by ARoss Girl x Soler worn June 15, 2021 to Royal Ascot

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Seeing these three pairings now side-by-side, which ensemble do you prefer most with this hat?

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Ascot 2021

Here are the 17 different royal hats we saw at the races this year. Click on any photo to jump back to a feature post on that hat.

Day 1: June 15



Day 2: June 16

 

Day 3: June 17

Day 5: June 19

Which hat stood out most to you?

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Ascot 2021 Day 3: Countess of Wessex

It’s Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot! The Countess of Wessex continued her streak of repeating hats at this year’s event, bringing back the hat she wore to the Cambridge’s wedding in April 2011.With a rose-beige straw beret percher base, the hat  is trimmed with silk roses, feathers and raw edge gold veil.

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The hat is a lovely scale on Sophie with perfectly balanced trim. Neutral hued hats seem to sink or swim… but this one soars thanks to its pairing today with this deep teal shirtwaist dress. The dress’ beige collar piping and gold embroidered palm trees on the skirt link beautifully with the hat, the two pieces elevating the other to create a stellar look for Sophie.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah. 
Previously Worn: April 29, 2011

What a great start to today’s racing! What do you think of Sophie’s Ladies’ Day look?

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Ascot 2021 Day 2: Earl & Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended Royal Ascot again today, Sophie in another fantastic repeated statement hat. In muted grey-lavender straw, this hat’s button crown is surrounded in a mushroom brim raised on one side, entirely overlaid in ostrich feathers.

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It’s wonderful to see this piece again! The feathers are a triumph, giving wonderful lightness and whimsey to the piece; I so adore the mix of different shades from palest grey-purple to lavender and darker lilac. The impact of this hat simply would not be the same without that dimensional colour mix.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Blouse by Soler, skirt by Suzannah. 
Previously Worn: Jun 21, 2018

Prince Edward was in his racing finest again today with his beautiful black silk antique top hat. Notice the racing horses on his tie!

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What are your thoughts on the Earl and Countess’ hats today at the races?

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