Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British royal family attended the annual Remembrance Day commemoration service at  The Cenotaph at Whitehall in London on Sunday. As in years past, the Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Kent, Earl of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence all attended in military uniform.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her back straw picture hat with upswept brim and oversized black ostrich feather wrapped around the crown.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 12, 2017; May 12, 2015Feb 4, 2015Nov 20, 2014Nov 9, 2014;  May 1, 2014Nov 11, 2012; Nov 12, 2011; Nov 9, 2008

Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat in black rabbit fur felt described by its designers as a “stunning, lipped drop-brim and wide Petersham band.” She has previously worn the same hat design in navy.

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Designer: The Tiffany Drop Brim hat by Lock and Company. Coat by Alexander McQueen. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated a black felt button percher wrapped in a large looping bow of silk abaca.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 15, 2015; March 26, 2015

Princess Alexandra repeated her black felt hat with domed crown with wide, ruched velvet hatband and bound brim.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Apr 17, 2021; Nov 18, 2016; Nov 13, 2016Nov 8, 2015Nov 10, 2014; Nov 10, 2013; Mar 2, 20051996

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blocked black felt beret hat with side feather spray she debuted last week.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2021 

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth was not able to attend due to a back sprain. We wish her a complete recovery.

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Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

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Members of the British royal family gathered today at St. George’s chapel to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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I’m sure you all join me extending our deepest sympathy to Queen Elizabeth and her family as they grieve his loss.

Commentary and discussion about hats feels unnecessary today. Comments are left open for messages of condolence.

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This Week’s Extras

Back on January 20, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia announced the engagement of her son, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia to Rebecca Virginia Bettarini. The couple’s official betrothal ceremony took place this week, the future bride in a deep claret beaded bandeau.
The Duchess of Cambridge shared an important message this morning in a cozy knit hat

 

Princess Charlene shared another photo of Princess Gabriella taken at the St. Devote celebration in that charming pink and white bucket hat.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Colourful felt scraps repurposed as trim on this black cloche by American milliner Jennifer Hoertz
Adore the unique shape on this ivory parasisal straw beret with rolled twists by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
How fun is this black steampunk bowler with goggles by British milliner Marie-anne Talbott
Pistachio green teardrop percher with straw lilies and peacock feathers by British milliner Kerry Kernan
Periwinkle felt fedora with pewter snakeskin leather hatband by French milliner Geneviève Parois
Ruby pink silk bandeau with statement silk flowers by British milliner Laura Cathcart
Beautiful texture on this bronze and blue woven straw casual brimmed hat  by Australian milliner Catherine Kelly
Navy felt trilby with patterned top stitching by Japanese brand Maxim
Simple but so, so pretty white feather headpiece by German milliner Antje Lücke
Pink button percher with teal pleated fan trim by British milliner Camilla Rose
Embroidered, pleated, plaid bucket hat by Spanish brand Diaz de Durana
Black lace covered bergere hat by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill

Little Maria-Alexandra of Romania was baptized last weekend
Queen Rania shared these sweet snaps of the king and Prince Hashem who celebrate their birthdays today

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Inventory: Duchess of Cambridge’s Grey Hats

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 39th birthday over the weekend. To mark this event, we’ve diving into her millinery closet to inventory her grey hats. Here they are, in order of introduction:

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan; Jane Corbett; Jane Corbett
Introduced: June 13, 2011; June 16, 2012, September 29, 2012

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Designer: Jane Taylor; John Boyd
Introduced: April 20, 2014; March 14, 2016

It’s a diverse group from a wide array of milliners that covers multiple shapes, scales and mixes of material. There’s something about each design here that makes it sing- the feathers and overlay trim on the first saucer, the lace applique on delicate #3, the wonderful bows on #2 and #4, and the sleek sweeping brim of #5. Grey is is not my favourite shade on Kate but these hats, thanks to their great design and excellent execution, each work very well for her.

What are your thoughts about this group of hats?

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Monday Multiples: Duchess of Cambridge

We recently looked at hats the Duchess of Cambridge has paired with her green Catherine Walker coat with velvet trim. Kate has a twin to this coat in deep cranberry red- and has paired two different millinery designs with it as well:

Look #1: With a burgundy felt bandeau headpiece with chocolate felt bows around the back by Jane Taylor, worn December 25, 2018

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Look #2: With a scarlet felt saucer with silk flowers and an oxblood felt bow  by Sally Ann Provan worn for the Commonwealth Day service on Mar 10, 2020

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Which hat do you prefer most with this coat? Between the red and green ensembles, which do you prefer?

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