Royal Family Attend Commonwealth Day Service

Members of the British Royal Family attended the annual Commonwealth Day Service today at Westminster Abbey.

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her magnificent purple felt boater hat with raised brim on one side trimmed with two stacked rows of raw-edged pleated silk around the side of the crown and a spray of purple feathers.

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This has been a brilliant hat for Camilla for multiple reasons- the colour, scale, shape, contrasting textures are all fantastic on her.  The hat is elevated today with its pairing with a new coat-  the coat’s stripes give a lovely vertical line to the ensemble that pairs so well with the horizontal lines on the hat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy, Coat by Fiona Clare Couture.
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2018;  Mar 13, 2017;  Oct 27, 2016Mar 3, 2015Mar 21, 2013Dec 25, 2012Mar 26, 2012Mar 12, 2012Oct 26, 2010;  Mar 8, 2010Oct 27, 2009

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new pillbox covered in the more glorious sapphire blue velvet. The classic hat is trimmed with a large, flat bow at the back.

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The hat and coat link well thanks to their shared use of that beautiful velvet, the coat’s wool crepe body providing enough contrast for the monochrome ensemble not to fall flat- there’s no one note colour here! And what a fantastic colour and scale it is for Kate.

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Designer: Sean Barrett. Coat by Catherine Walker.
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Princess Alexandra also wore a new hat in deep inky blue sinamay with ruched hatband and a spray of feathers on the side. The slightly raised brim on one side gives a lovely lift to the piece and I really like how the hatband echoes the layered hem on the ensemble’s jacket. It’s lovely all around.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
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This trio of beautiful designs today is wonderful to see, especially after what has been a hat-starved few weeks for us royal hat fans!

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This Week’s Extras

Way back in December, Princess Hisako wore a black and white patterned hat with very interesting double brim trimmed with rust and black feathers.
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On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cornwall wore her black wool slouch crown hat with faux fur brim trim on a day trip to Southend.
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Multiples: Duchess of Cornwall

One of my favourite hats in the Duchess of Cornwall’s closet is a deep teal green straw design by Philip Treacy with flat crown and sideswept brim, trimmed with velvet looped swirls, brim binding and hatband. Camilla has paired this hat with multiple ensembles, sometimes changing the look with a subtle change or blouse or scarf:

Look #1: Teal coat with black velvet shawl collar worn December 15, 2006 at the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst and October 28, 2010 at visits the Battle of Britain National Memorial to The Few

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Look #2: With a second deep teal collared coat and coffee ruffle pleated blouse on a October 24, 2007 visit to the 7th Armoured Division Memorial, Thetford Forest.

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Look #3: With the deep teal collared coat and a teal petal collared blouse on a visit to Turkey on November 28, 2007.

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Look #4: Same deep teal collared coat, this time paired with a dove grey silk scarf (or blouse?) to attend Sunday morning services while on a visit to Canada on November 8, 2009.

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Look #5: Another pairing with the deep teal collared coat- an ivory and chocolate silk polka dot bow blouse worn March 3, 2010 to welcome South African President Jacob Zuma on state visit to the United Kingdom.

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Look #6: With a dark green collared coat,  teal dress and scarf for the November 1, 2016 start of a Columbian state visit. 

British Royals Welcome Colombian State Visit

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Look #7: With the same dark green collared coat paired with a green dress for an armed services memorial on March 9, 2017

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It’s a reminder to me how the most minor of tweaks can change the overall look of an ensemble! Which pairing do you think works best with this hat?

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British Royals Attend Christmas Day Services

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Wessex family and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended this morning’s service at St. George’s Chapel. For this occasion, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a new hat. The deep turquoise felt beret is trimmed with diamond-trimmed peacock feathers anchored with a quartet of turquoise felt layered squares.

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The colour is fantastic on Camilla as is the feather trim, its sweeping scale giving the hat greater presence. Many of wished for more vibrant additions to her millinery wardrobe and while I welcome this one, I’m less certain about her turquoise and denim blue patchwork coat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
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The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat. Her domed pillbox, in tan and chocolate cheetah printed felt, is simply trimmed with flat bow around the back.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Leopard Print Pillbox.” Loewe “Wool & Cashmere Double Breasted Coat.” 
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Lady Louise Windsor wore a streamlined ivory felt beret hat paired with a blush silk flower in her hair.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Ivory Felt Beret.”
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The Duchess of Gloucester was also in a pale felt beret, this one trimmed with a classic French stem. The ecru blocked design has a lovely drape to the side with just the right amount of ‘slouch’ while still looking elegantly refined.

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Over in Norfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christmas morning service at the church of St. Mary Magdalene. Kate wore a new deep chocolate felt fedora with wide brim. The hat is trimmed with a quadruple layered hatband of overlapping feathers and a small metal bird on the side. It’s such a chic hat for Kate; I particularly like the fantastic feather hatband, which gives such great texture and contrast.

Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC814 from AW2020. BLAZÉ Milano “Anyway Checked Wool Blazer” 
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It’s lovely to see some hats on Christmas Day and five new ones, well that’s a wonderful surprise! Which designs stand out most to you?

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This Week’s Extras

Rebecca Victoria Romanoff wore a veiled black felt beret with side bow for a funeral this week.
Princess Sophia of Romania in a black and grey veiled bandeau headpiece with feathers for a memorial on the fourth anniversary of King Michael’s death

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her tan wool ruched crown hat with faux fur brim by Lock and Co. yesterday at the November Racing Weekend at Ascot Racecourse
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This month, I’m turning to all of you to share new millinery designs catching your eyes. I can’t wait to see what you share from last week!

 

We wrap up with another beautiful landscape from James Ogilvy.

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