This Week’s Extras

Princess Anne was in full uniform with very smart hat to celebrate St John Ambulance Cadets’ centenary last week.

She also repeated a navy hat with striped hatband for a garden party at Hillsborough Castle

Wimbledon saw a few royal hats (and a royal visor!) this week.
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Lovely hats at the wedding of Stephanie Phillips yesterday (she is the younger sister of Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall). Zara wore a blue sinamay button with white windowpane sinamay flying bow by Camilla Rose. Princess Anne repeated an elegant ivory sinamay hat with sidesweeping brim, sloped crown, layered pleated hatband and feather spray. Lindsay Wallace wore a pink silk floral headpiece with swath of net veil and Autumn Phillips wore a lilac sinamay button percher with silk ruffle trim by Bee Smith. Savannah and Isla Phillips and Mia and Lena Tindall were all bridesmaids.

Have you seen the Liberty London silk scarf printed with drawings of 70 of her hats, released for her Platinum Jubilee? I’m not a scarf wearer but I might need this one… It’s for sale here. 

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):


Lovely photo of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester released for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sweet new snap of Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia and their sweet trio of princes

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Ascot 2022 Day 4: Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at Ascot Racecourse this week today.

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The Duchess wore a new boater hat with shallow crown and extended brim  in chocolate, trimmed with sprays of white handmade silk duchesse and wire flowers.

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The colour is a surprise for Kate but works so well, the contrasting white silk flowers linking with the white and chocolate polka dot dress. It’s often difficult to balance proportions between a high-necked dress and a hat but the shallow almost bergère height crown on this design helps set superb balance. I love how the jaunty angle of the hat counterbalances the pleated ruffle on the dress. We’ve not seen Kate in a hat of this shape before and she carries it off so very well.

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Designer: Sally-Ann Provan. Dress by Alessandra Rich. 
Previously Worn:  This hat is new

The Duke repeated his black antique silk top hat.

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What do you think of the Duchess’ new hat today at Royal Ascot?

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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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Designer: unknown
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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Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving Part 1

The British Royal Family attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen ‘s Platinum Jubilee today at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Sadly, the Queen was not well enough to attend the event. The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her ecru straw hat with angular crown and wide, sidesweeping brim. The hat is trimmed with a finely pleated cream and the most delicate lace applique cutout flowers

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 The juxtaposition of the hat’s angular crown with those exquisite lace flowers has always given this design such interest and its pairing today with Camilla’s ecru silk coat with detailed platinum embroidery works oh so well. Of course, the colour does not make a statement like other hats we’ll see today but it’s a beautifully layered ensemble.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Jun 8, 2019; June 20, 2018May 22, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale yellow straw saucer hat trimmed with large silk roses and jinsin twists.

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It’s a great design, the sleek and very smooth lines of the top of the hat contrasting so well with the trim beneath its raised side. The hat and dress also pair beautifully (brilliant move making the hat a shade lighter than the dress), although I think in this case, I’d have preferred Kate’s hair partially down to give a little contrast to the overall look.

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Designer: OC 908 from Philip Treacy SS 2022. Emilia Wickstead dress. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Duchess of Sussex wore a pale grey hat with curved brim and shallow crown. The hat looks to be made of crin braid which is also used for a slim hatband that ties in a side bow

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The hat falls a bit flat for me but leaves Meghan’s beautifully tailored coat the clear star of the ensemble.

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Designer: Stephen Jones. Coat by Dior
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Princess Beatrice wore a hat described by the designer as a “striking silk percher hat. Silk covered base, adorned with a double silk bow.”

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The periwinkle shade is glorious on Beatrice, as is the hat’s pairing with her dress in a slightly more denim shade of blue. The hat’s lines show off the sheen of the silk and the stitching on those bows sets them off so well. It’s such a great hat for Beatrice. Bravo!

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Designer: Silk Bow Percher by Juliette Botterill. Dress by Beulah London.  
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Eugenie topped a vibrant orange dress with a black sinamay button percher trimmed with a sculptural twisted bow that splays over the design.

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The pairing of orange dress and black accessories is a bold and brave one that Eugenie carries off well. It’s a modern look emphasized by the unique bow on the hat.

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Designer: bespoke Ophelia Pillbox by Emily London. Dress by Emilia Wickstead. 
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I think we’re off to a great start- what do you think of this first group of hats today in London?

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Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour Part 2

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Royal all took part in Trooping the Colour today.

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The Prince of Wales’ hat (traditionally made of bearskin, these hats are now made of synthetic faux fur) holds the green and white striped feather plume of the Welsh Guards, of which he is Colonel. Prince William’s blue plume relates to his role of Colonel of the Irish Guards. Princess Anne is Colonel of the Blues and Royals and wore the distinctive black bicorne hat of this regiment with upright red feather plume.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her pale aqua blue hat with parabuntal straw domed crown and sinamay sidesweeping brim. The hat is decorated with a padded silk hatband and knotted bow at the side, secured with a blue covered button.

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What to say- it’s a beautiful scale, shape and colour on Camilla, with just the right balance of embellishment, drama and presence. It also pairs so well with her ribbon coat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Ribbon trimmed coat and cream dress by Bruce Oldfield. 
Previously Worn: Sep 19, 2021; Jun 15, 2021

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a layered straw saucer hat in crisp navy and white straw. The hat is simply trimmed with a thick white cut quill that appears to hover over the design.

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We don’t often see such high contrast on Kate’s hats and it’s so great to see this bolder design on her today. The scale is spot on and with her coat dress, forms an overall look that is wonderfully chic.

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Designer: Philip Treacy OC 915 from SS2022. Dress by Alexander McQueen.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence wore his black silk antique top hat.

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What do you think about these hats today?

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