Opening of Welsh Parliament

Queen Elizabeth, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Cardiff this morning to attend the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd.

Embed from Getty Images

For this occasion, the Queen repeated her dusty pink cashmere covered hat with domed crown and downward facing brim, trimmed with layered black and pink hatbands and a side spray of handmade silk flowers.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

It’s amazing how much visual impact that slim black pinstripe of hatband brings to this design (along with the black buttons on the coat), adding punchy contrast amidst all the dusky pink. It’s another take on the stovepipe silhouette we often see on Her Majesty’s hats, this one set apart by the extended brim which is beautifully balanced by that slight dome on the top of the crown.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Cashmere coat and silk dress by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: Oct 15, 2020Mar 13, 2019Mar 27, 2018

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a new beret percher hat in red felt trimmed with a side spray of monochrome felt leaves and berries.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

The colour nod to the red Welsh dragon is a lovely touch and the different textures on hat and coat dress (note the tassels at the the back!) make the monochrome look work. This is a case when a large brimmed hat in the same colour would likely have been too much and while beret shapes are a secondary go-to silhouette for Camilla, the shape and scale of the fantastic trim on this design  make a striking, stand-alone statement.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat by Fiona Clare.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this pair of hats today in Cardiff?

Images from Getty as indicated  

Queen Opens Scottish Parliament

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attended the opening of the sixth session of Scottish Parliament on Saturday in Edinburgh. The queen officially opened new session of the devolved Scottish government in a ceremony that paid tribute to local heroes from across Scotland who have supported their communities throughout the pandemic.

Embed from Getty Images

For this event, she wore a new hat. Covered in the same textured deep teal green wool crepe as the ensemble’s coat, the hat’s crown has molded sides and a domed top while the brim, covered with fabric on the underside only, follows a sharp sidesweep. The design is trimmed with a monochrome hatband and multi-looped bow in the same fabric and a pair of statement feathers.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

At first glance, its familiar shape (it has two twins) downplays this hat. But the detail in the fantastic statement feathers – bright turquoise spines and dyed blue and green barbs- and the contrasting bright green sinamay on the top of the brim, give this design more interest and dimension than it initially appears to have. I adore a hat that draws you in for a close look and this one certainly delivers.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Rothesay also wore a new hat in the loveliest shade of loden green. The rigid beret design is also covered the same crepe as her coat (notice the round seam around the crown) and is simply trimmed with a stunning spray of striped pheasant feathers.

Embed from Getty Images

It is a great look for Camilla, the same fabric on coat and hat broken up by he coat’s red trim and Camilla’s ruffled cream blouse which provide enough contrast of colour and texture to keep the ensemble from falling flat. Like the queen’s hat, the feather trim on this design absolutely makes it.

Embed from Getty Images

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

What do you think of this new pair of green hats in Scotland over the weekend?

Images from Getty as indicated  

Battle Of Britain Anniversary Service

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication at Westminster Abbey yesterday on the 81st anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

For this event, the Duchess repeated the pale aqua blue hat with parabuntal straw domed crown and sinamay sidesweeping wide brim she debuted at Ascot in June. The design is trimmed with a padded silk hatband and knotted bow at the side, secured with a blue covered button.

Embed from Getty Images

It’s a scale and style of hat we’ve seen often on Camilla and while it makes a beautifully proportioned statement of its own, it does not compete with the star of the ensemble (that coat!).

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

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

What do you think of this hat on its second outing?

Images from Getty as indicated  

Duchess of Cornwall’s Pink Hats

The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated her birthday on July 17, an occasion we belatedly celebrate with another inventory of her hats. This time we’re looking at all of the pink designs in her wardrobe, shown below in order of debut:

1.  2.
Designer: Both Philip Treacy
Introduced: July 22, 2008; June 17, 2009

3.  4.
Designer: Both Philip Treacy
Introduced: June 14, 2016; June 17, 2016

5.  6.
Designer: Both Philip Treacy
Introduced: May 19, 2018; June 18, 2019

It’s a lot of barely-there blush! Camilla clearly prefers pastel hues, especially for her summer wardrobe, and she wears pink well. There are a few surprises here- I don’t recall seeing hat #1 before and it’s lovely! The other surprise for me was aside from the feather pinwheel of #5, these hats are one of two shapes- either the chunky crown/gentle sidesweep of #2 and #3 or the sharp slice sidesweep of #1, #4 and #6. They are wonderfully dramatic shapes that suit Camilla but I’d like to see a little more variation.

What do you notice about these blush beauties? Which hats stand out here most to you?

Images from Getty as indicated; POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson, Gareth Fuller/AFP and Mark Cuthbert/UK Press all via Getty

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?

Images from Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images, James Veysey/​Shutterstock, Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images, Samir Hussein/WireImage, Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images, Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images, Antony Jones/Getty Images for Royal Ascot, Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images and Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images