Monday Multiples: Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall has worn her summery blue suit with three different natural hued straw hats:

Look #1: With an ecru straw sharply angled sidesweeping picture hat with large figure eight knotted bow worn to Royal Ascot on June 14, 2005

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Look #2: With a wide brimmed tan straw hat with gentle sidesweep brim, silk knotted bow and large pair of tan ombre feathers worn for Service of Remembrance and Dedication for former holders of the Victoria Cross on September 13, 2005

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Look #3: With a worn textured straw hat with vertical folded bow worn on July 19, 2012 during a Diamond Jubilee visit to the Channel Islands

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Which hat do you think pairs best with this suit?

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Duchess of Cornwall Visits Chelsea Pensioners

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Royal Hospital Chelsea this morning where she met with some of the home’s 300 pensioners (all retired members of the British Army) in their distinctive scarlet coats and smart gold piped black tricorn hats. For this event, in place of the annual Founder’s Day parade in May that was closed to external visitors during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, she repeated a lovely hat in natural straw with upswept brim, simply trimmed with a straw hatband knotted at the side.

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We’ve seen Camilla in numerous other hats of similar shape (the brim sweep above her face suits her so well) and what makes this one distinctive is the texture of this woven straw. It’s downright delicious, giving movement and interest to the piece while keeping the overall design effortlessly light and so summery.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 18, 2019; Jul 9, 2018Nov 9, 2012

What do you think of Camilla’s straw hat today?

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This Week’s Extras

Empress Masako, Princess Mako and Princess Kako in demure hats on June 16 to mark the 20th anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death

On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe wore her apricot straw hat with navy hatband to open the recreation of an early Viking era 61 meter long great hall/building for a king or chieftain
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Gennem de seneste år har fagfolk og eksperter i Sagnlandet Lejre arbejdet på at genskabe Lejrekongernes hovedsæde, der er Danmarks største hus fra oldtiden. ⁣ ⁣ I dag kunne Hendes Majestæt Dronningen indvie den 61 meter lange rekonstruerede vikingehal, som er bygget af mere end 1000 tons dansk egetømmer, og som er genskabt på baggrund af arkæologiske fund. Kongehallen er en del af Sagnlandet Lejres vikingeprojekt ”Sagnkongernes Verden”. Med projektet sætter forsøgscentret fokus på, at området omkring Lejre for over 1000 år siden var et vigtigt centrum for de danske vikinger. ⁣ ⁣ I forbindelse med indvielsen overrakte Majestæten Amalienborgmedaljen til Sagnlandet Lejre. Prisen påskønner genskabelsen og formidlingen af Kongehallen, og med prisen følger 300.000 kroner til fortsat formidling af Danmarks fortid fra jægerstenalderen til landbotiden.

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On Thursday, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall received French President Emmanuel Macron for a visit to commemorating the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ speech which sparked the start of French Resistance. For this visit, Camilla repeated her ivory straw sidesweeping picture hat with navy straw crown cuff and ivory silk knotted bow.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Silver straw pyramid with cream and red Japanese silk flowers by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Denim blue straw beret percher with rainbow trim by London-based milliner Vesna Pesic
Guipure lace stylised top hat with cerise silk flying bow by Australian milliner Neil Grigg
Retro striped straw bucket hat with veil and bow by Australian brand That Millinery
Lilac straw bandeau with rolled edge flower by France-based brand Elegance Ahead
Navy extended brim straw cloche by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Pale pink sculptural headpiece based on a rose by British milliner Awon Golding
Striking royal blue lace halo bandeau by Australian brand Get Racy
Vintage lilac and cream straw hat with striking teal and purple hatband by Italian milliner Marianna Sanua
Navy extended brim straw cloche by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Pale purple hat with webbed brim and pink roses by Hong Kong brand Noeleen Millinery
For our dear gents, a charcoal felt fedora with taupe hatband and brim stitching from Hornskov København

Fantastic shape and dimensional, striped hatband on this impeccably finished design from Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit

King Willem Alexander his usually good-natured self, adapting to social reality with an elbow greeting
New photos of the next generation of Luxembourg royals, taken from a Paris Match interview with the Grand Duchess
Wonderful photos of the Duke of Cambridge with his father and children, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge and shared today on William’s birthday

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Ascot Hats: Duchess of Cornwall

We kick off the first day of Royal Ascot 2020 with a look back at all the hats the Duchess of Cornwall has worn to the races over the years, all from the studio of master milliner Philip Treacy:


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Ecru straw sharp sidesweep with silk figure-8 bow


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Pale oyster straw cartwheel brimmed hat with burnt feathers


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Ivory windowpane straw slice with flowers & navy feathers June 19; Ecru straw creased-crown sidesweep June 20


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Ivory straw sidesweep with mint feather vine June 17; Turquoise straw sidesweep with goose feather pinwheels June 18


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Pale gold woven straw upsweep with flying bow June 16; Pink straw picture hat with feathers, silk loops& roses June 17

2011 and 2012:

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Repeat of the pale gold woven upsweep with flying bow from 2009; Almond straw upsweep with silk abacca brim wrap


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Ivory straw angled crown hat with ecru jinsin hatband and knot June 18; repeated pale gold woven upsweep June 19


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Ice blue straw sidesweep with crin & jinsin twists June 17; Ecru straw sidesweep with jinsin hatband & twist June 18


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Mint straw sharply raised brim with jinsin twists June 15


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Soft pink sidesweep with oversize flower June 14; Repeated ivory hat with ecru jinsin knot June 15
White straw slice with pink rose June 17; cream and navy straw sidesweep with bow and feather June 18 

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Cream straw hat with angular crown and feather spray on June 20; blue straw slice with silk flower June 21
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Pair of ecru straw hats with angled crowns and sidesweep brims with floral trim June 19 and lace trim June 20
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Blush straw slice with silk flower June 18; Pale aqua sidesweep with jinsin twists June 19
It’s an impressive parade of picture hats with sweeping brims, is it not?! The Duchess has developed a specific, signature millinery style that suits her well.
Now…while there are variations in crown and brim shape that indicate an evolution of this look (albeit subtle!) and incredibly beautiful trimmings, I’d love to see more saturated colour and the introduction of some different silhouettes. Philip Treacy’s 2020 summer collection includes this deep purple windowpane edged saucer and this seafoam straw and crin waved disc with silk flowers, both which would push Camilla’s millinery style but make stunning looks for her.  And what about introducing the occasional hat from a new milliner?! I can see designs from Dillon Wallwork, Merve Bayindir, Vivien Sheriff, William Chambers and Joaquina Pereira suiting Camilla’s style.

What do you notice about this evolution of the Duchess’ Royal Ascot hats?

For another retrospective of Royal Ascot hats, jump over to this previously published post featuring Princess Beatrice. 

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This Week’s Extras

On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day at the Balmoral War Memorial near Crathie, Scotland. Camilla repeated her textured black beret with large green feather.

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Exquisite pink satin, lace and sinamay layered saucer hat by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Bright yellow straw mushroom brimmed hat with contrasting textured bow by Aussie brand Rachi Rach Hattery
Slate blue textured felt fedora with slim cork hatband by Australian milliner Felicity Northeast
Fantastic new take on a cloche in burgundy felt with black beaded trim and veil by Ukrainian milliner Alina Iv
Ecru straw pillbox with beaded in a wonderful leopard print from Australian brand Maker Millinery

From Australian milliner Christine Waring, a black felt beret percher with stunning scarlet vertical bow with black stripe
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Emerald silk bandeau sewn in a diamond pattern trimmed with navy feather spray by UK brand Guibert Millinery
Fuchsia straw braided boater hat with patent leather hatband and bow by Australian milliner Fiona Cooper
Sculpted black felt turban with vertical panache, trimmed with cherries by British brand John Boyd Hats
Lilac straw button percher with triple swirl anchored with pearsl by Irish brand Marc Millinery
Red felt wide brimmed fedora with black diamond hatband by Australian milliner Delphine Nicholson
Cream and emerald fluted sinamay disc trimmed with silk peonies by French brand Les Chapeaux de Pernette

A fuchsia straw halo bandeau headpiece trimmed with spray of leather leaves by British milliner Beverley Edmondson
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Black straw button percher with silk abaca bow, veil and silver shibori silk flower by UK brand Lady Dilly Dally
For our dear gents, a black stitched brim fedora with yellow hatband and flowers by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
and a fantastic paisley velvet top hat with grey brim binding and hatband by British milliner Jo Peterson
Burgundy velvet teardrop percher with amazing swirled twist by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Fuchsia and orange silk abaca gravity-defying spiral headpiece with fringe by Australian milliner Chris Mullane

And from Canadian milliner Truly Carmichael, a layered navy and turquoise sinamay picture hat with sidesweeping brim and twisted straw hatband with side curls


Sweet new photos of Prince Henrik of Denmark released in celebration of his 11th birthday, taken by his little sister.
The Duchess of Sussex supported Save The Children UK and celebrated Archie’s first birthday by sharing a story.
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"Duck! Rabbit!" with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex (and Harry, The Duke of Sussex behind the camera), read to their son Archie for his 1st birthday. Happy Birthday, Archie! . Thank you #DuchessMeghan for helping us to raise urgent funds for our coronavirus appeal by reading "Duck! Rabbit" by @akrfoundation, illustrated by @tlichtenheld (published by @chroniclekidsbooks). . As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, children’s lives are being turned upside down. By donating to Save with Stories, you can support the most vulnerable families in the UK and around the world by helping to provide early learning packs, supermarket vouchers, essential household items and virus protection. . Please donate today by visiting our website. Link in bio. . Or you can text STORIES to 70008 to give a one-off donation of £5. . Together, we can help families get through this. . You can only donate via text from a UK mobile. You’ll be billed £5 plus standard rate text message. We receive 100% of your donation. By texting STORIES you agree to calls about fundraising appeals, campaigns, events and other ways to support. Include NO PHONE to opt out of calls. Queries? 02070126400. Read our Privacy Policy The Save the Children Fund is a charity registered in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570) . #SaveWithStoriesUK #SaveWithStories #GrowingThroughThis

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On Friday’s 75th anniversary of VE Day, Queen Elizabeth shared another poignant address (she is the only head of state in the world to have served during WWII) along with her memories of VE Day celebrations, recorded in the 1970s. The Prince of Wales also read an extract from his grandfather’s diary.

And finally, we end this week with happy news- a son arrived this morning for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. Welcome Prince Charles!

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