Holyrood Palace Garden Party and Parade

On Wednesday, members of the British royal family attended a garden party in the grounds of the Palace of Holyrood House.

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The Duke of Rothesay, as the Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, carried his black silk top hat.

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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.

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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.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Jun 16, 2004

The Earl of Wessex wore his very dapper black silk top hat.

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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.

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Designer: unknown. Dress and coat by Shibumi. 
Previously Worn: Apr 5, 2015; June 20, 2013June 19, 2007

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Queen Embarks on Scottish Residency

Queen Elizabeth arrived in Scotland yesterday to embark on a week of engagements known as “Holyrood Week” in reference the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official Scottish residence. For her arrival yesterday and the traditional Ceremony of the Keys, she repeated a pale blue sinamay hat with tall, domed, straight-sided crown and a short, downward facing cartwheel brim with hatband and silk blossoms in shades of purple and blue.

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The flowers on this hat have been substantially trimmed since its first outing at Ascot in 2019:

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It’s an interesting way to make an Ascot hat more suited to every-day events! I was going to lament the loss of exuberance to the hat until I saw the ensemble complete with peek of the patterned dress, which adds that lightness and fun. It’s lovely.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress and coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: June 19, 2019

The Earl and Countess of Wessex also attended the  Ceremony of the Keys, the Countess in a natural textured straw hat with slightly indented crown wrapped several times with a green scarf hatband and a flat boater-style brim.

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The classic shape suits Sophie well, her green dress pairing well with the natural straw and other cognac accessories. My issue is with the hatband, which looks like a hastily applied last minute addition. It’s a good example of how not all shades of green coordinate well together.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Today, the Queen attended an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty Parade at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She wore a new hat covered in lilac crepe with a diagonally sloped crown with point on one side and a reverse mushroom brim. The hat is trimmed with a hatband that vertically crosses at the front and two faceted burgundy buttons also used on the matching coat.

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The hat is impeccably made, with not a pucker or even visible stitch in sight. While the colour is lovely, I think the combination of side pointed crown and flying hatband put the design off balance. It feels like another design with just too much going on.

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Designer: Angela Kelly. Made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What a treat to see Her Majesty looking so well in this pair of hats in Scotland!

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British Royals Attend Service of Thanksgiving

Members of the British royal family attended a Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of The Lady Elizabeth Shakerley CVO (also known as Lady Elizabeth Anson). Born at Windsor Castle to Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson (1913–1958), and his wife, Anne Bowes-Lyon, Lady Elizabeth was a grand-niece of the late Queen Mother and cousin to the current queen. She passed away in November 1, 2020 at the age of 79.

The Countess of Wessex repeated her black fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2020 

The Duchess of Gloucester (shown in the second photo in the gallery below) repeated her new black sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim trimmed with a slim double hatband.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Jun 14, 2022; May 25, 2022

Princess Alexandra wore a new hat in crisp navy and ivory straw. The domed navy crown sits atop an ivory crown sideband and brim with a wide navy hatband to create a blocks of graphic contrast. The hat is wrapped in navy net veil.

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Designer: likely Rachel Trevor Morgan. 
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent wore a grey felt angular brimless hat – let’s call it a beret variation –  paired with a looped lilac bow in the back of her hair.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a wide brimmed hat in pale blue sinamay. The sloped crown shape is mirrored in the design’s sidesweeping brim and the hat is beautifully trimmed with a wide hatband, pleated fan bow and silk flowers.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

The Duchess of York wore a padded black velvet headband

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While Princess Beatrix did not wear a hat to this event, it’s worth noting her friendship with Lady Elizabeth, who was one of the bridesmaids at her wedding! Lady Sarah Chatto and Lady Helen Taylor also attended, although not in hats.

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Ascot 2022 Day 3: Countess of Wessex

It’s Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot! We start coverage of today’s royal hats at the races with the Countess of Wessex who wore a blush sinamay statement waved saucer trimmed with ombre dyed pleated crin.

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There’s a lovely airiness to the design and such wonderful movement from the shape. My only quibble is wondering of the crin binding might have worked better around the full perimeter of the hat instead of just around the top as an anchor for the pleated trim?

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah London.
Previously Worn:  This hat is new

What do you think of Sophie’s hat today?

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Ascot 2022 Day 2: Earl & Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex took in the second day of racing at Royal Ascot today. Sophie wore a new denim blue sinamay saucer hat with matching inverted crin binding, crin ruffle and silk flowers.

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It’s such a great hat with wonderful balance of shape and trim. I think it’s also a great pairing for Sophie’s broderie anglaise dress, the monochrome colour creating harmony between the different textures. Yes, there is a lot of textures happening at once but I think it still works.

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Designer: Likely Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah London
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Earl repeated his black antique silk top hat.

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What do you think of Sophie’s new hat today?

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