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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Ascot 2022 Day 1: Earl & Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex attended Royal Ascot today in a hat many of you have been hoping to see again! Her magnificent burgundy straw braid bergère with shallow, flat crown and wide brim made its second appearance at the races, this time trimmed with burgundy and pink jinsin interwoven twists.

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The retrim is clearly a move to match the hat to Sophie’s pink dress and the pieces combine well…. better, I think, than its previous pairing. I miss the rose trim originally on the hat but see why it would not have worked with this ensemble. It’s fantastic to see hats reworked and not relegated to the back of a wardrobe after just one outing. The photo on the right below shows the hat in its original iteration.

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Designer:  Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah London.
Previously Worn: June 21, 2017 

The Earl of Wessex attended as well (see him handing out prizes below!), presumably in his black antique silk top hat. I’ll update the post when photos become available.

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What do you think of the Countess’ retrimmed hat today?!

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Order of the Garter Service 2022

Today saw the return of the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony at St. George’s Chapel. Held every year on the Monday before Royal Ascot, the The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago as a personal gift of thanks from the sovereign for those who have held public office, made a significant contribution to national life or been of personal service. After lunch at Windsor Castle, the twenty-four Knights and Ladies of the order process down the hill to St. George’s Chapel, each dressed in elaborate regalia, velvet robes and Tudor-style hats with tall white ostrich plumes. It’s quite a spectacle.

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The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Earl of Wessex, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of York, Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra are all royal members of the order.

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They were joined for the first time by the Duchess of Cornwall, who was appointed to the order today.

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Several royal spouses attended the service as well. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat described by the designer as a “Beautiful teardrop hat. Woven straw base. Adorned with an array of silk roses, rosebuds, leaves, and silk abaca bow.”

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The beret has a lovely shape and this periwinkle blue shade is just splendid. Kate often uses the coat dress + percher hat formula and while I’m always up for experimentation, I can’t argue that it remains a great look on her.

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Designer: Floral Leaf Teardrop by Juliette Botterill. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated an ecru straw, oval saucer hat with sharp sidesweep trimmed with white, cream and ecru feathers placed on both sides of the raised brim.

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Photos today hint at a lovely sparkling sheen in the straw, which I suspect brings the hat to life when seen in person. I’m still on the fence about the feather placement, which has never seemed quite right to me.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Jul 5, 2018; June 22, 2017

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blue sinamay hat with wide pleated brim she has worn several times recently. Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence repeated his black silk top hat.

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Previously Worn:  Jun 3, 2022;  March 29, 2022

This is always a lovely kick-off to Ascot week and after a two-year hiatus, it’s so great to see the full event return. What do you think of the hats today at Windsor?

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This Week’s Extras

We met a new royal hat wearer this week, young Lilibet, who made her debut in the  ‘Lily’ Lace Bow Headband by Village Baby

On Monday, Members of the Mikasa and Takamado families attended a memorial on the 10th anniversary of Prince Tomohito’s passing.

On Tuesday, Princess Hisako repeated a pale silvery blue brocade bumper hat with calla lily trim on the side for an award ceremony

On Wednesday, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence presided over the annual  Founder’s Day Parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea.
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On Thursday, the Countess of Wessex repeated her ecru straw hat with mushroom brim trimmed with ecru and black feathers by Jane Taylor while on a visit to Gibraltar
Yesterday, Crown Princess Kiko wore a grey brimmed hat for a memorial in Hiroshima

Queen Mathilde and Queen Sonja wore new hats last week that we’ll look at in greater depth tomorrow.

Did you see Sarah Cant’s beautiful hat, modelled by Zara Tindall? See the comments for more hats that caught my eye this week.

Lovely photos shared by Princess Märtha Louise and Durek Verrett for the announcement of their engagement. Fashion styled by Maggie Alava.

Are you ready?!

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