Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh: Extended Families

Today’s Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh was, as expected, well attended by members of the extended British Royal Family.

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Lade Sarah Chatto repeated her large navy straw saucer with ivory contrasting underbrim.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016

Margarita Armstrong-Jones wore a bandeau headpiece of exquisite black leather flowers.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan

The Duchess of Gloucester wore a blue sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim.

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Designer: unknown.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of St. Andrews wore a padded black headband.

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Designer: Yvette Jelfs

Lady Helen Taylor wore a black straw pyramid shaped hat overlayed in layers of crin.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Julia Ogilvy wore a brimmed hat with tall crown trimmed with a large spray of feathers.

Flora Vesterberg wore a black pillbox.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
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Zenouska Mowatt wore a brimless black hat.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her black felt Breton hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 4, 2017; Nov 28, 2016; Nov 8, 2015

Sophie, Lady Frederick Windsor, wore blue hat with shallow crown and wide cartwheel brim in windowpane sinamay. The hat is trimmed with a deeper inky blue silk abaca double bow.

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Designer: unknown

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a navy straw beret with streamlined, multi looped bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Catherine Walker coat. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Countess Mountbatten wore a  grey wool crepe pillbox with woven lattice detail on the back.

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Designer: Dillon Wallwork

India Hicks wore a streamlined black straw beret with statement feather trim.

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Designer: Philip Treacy

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the hats worn by royal guests.

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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
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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.” 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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.”
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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

Back on November 8, Crown Princess Kiko wore an ivory pillbox to relay a recorded message for a national convention.
Infanta Elena in her chocolate fedora with striped hatband on November 27 at Madrid Horse week
On November 30, Princess Nobuko wore a pale blue brimmed hat with double bow on the side for an anniversary celebration of the Nara Prefecture Red Cross.

The Duchess of Gloucester in a new navy hat with cuffed black faux fur brim last Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Princess Hisako wore a charcoal felt hat with pork pie crown and upturned brim with pompom flower and blue silk hatband for a national convention in Okayama today.

The Duke of Cambridge in a smart flat cap for promo shots for his episode of “Time to Walk” which will be released on Monday

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Burnt orange textured racing cap by American milliner Lisa McFadden
Stunning green silk turban with gold leather feather by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Exquisite black crin headpiece with applique flowers by London-based milliner Rafa Pienador
Two-toned felt fedora with stacked Petersham hatband by British milliner Louise Pocock
Fantastic headpiece of ombre blue silk feathers by Australian milliner Lauren J. Ritchie
Spanish milliner Nina Pawlowsky in a spectacular purple design of her own making, on St. Catherine’s Day
Black straw halo bandeau with applique lace and pearl trim by Irish milliner Ailish McElroy
Bright yellow velour felt cloche with ribbon cockade by Swiss milliner Michaela Temperli
Black trilby with pink ombre stitched hatband by British milliner Stephen Jones
Turquoise and dove grey colour blocked felt hat with slim hatband by German milliner Susanne Scheepers
Pink and ivory sinamay saucer with crin and sparkling bead trim by US brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
Blue straw stylised top hat with rolled brim and twist trim by East Village Hats in NYC
Burgundy felt trilby and fedora with scarlet hatband and gold star by British milliner Jess Collett
Electric blue felt boater with beaded fringe by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Leaf green boucle covered pillbox with beautiful autumnal hued silk flowers by Norwegian milliner Mon Strand

 

Congratulations to Flora Vesterberg on her new role with the Victoria & Albert Museum (Tatler)
Princess Aiko has come of age! I love that the tiara work for her presentation was borrowed from her aunt, Sayako Kuroda
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Remembrance Day

The Duchess of Cornwall attended the 93rd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey this morning.

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For this occasion, she repeated her black wool hat with slouchy crown and faux fur brim.

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I have been critical of this hat in the past but have come around to it for its practicality and durability. It looks as good as it did 17 outings ago and undoubtedly, is warm and comfortable. In the end, isn’t that what a winter hat is supposed to be?!

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Designer: Lock & Co. “Natalia” design in black
Previously Worn: Dec 7, 2020; Nov 15, 2020; Feb 11, 2020; Jan 27, 2019; Dec 14, 2017Mar 18, 2017; Feb 27, 2017;  Dec 16, 2017;  Nov 28, 2016Mar 16, 2016Mar 18, 2015; Mar 13, 2015Dec 10, 2013Feb 7, 2012;  Feb 6, 2012Jan 27, 2012

The Duke and Duchess Duchess of Gloucester attended a Service of Remembrance today at the National Memorial Arboretum. The duke wore a smart black felt bowler hat while the duchess wore a new black felt angled beret with spray of black feathers.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

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This Week’s Extras

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the Founder’s Day Parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday, the Duke in military uniform and the Duchess in her repeated pale grey straw beret.
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Queen Margrethe repeated her white straw hat with upturned brim on Friday for a visit to Skibelund Krat.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Headpiece of deep merlot silk feathers studded with crystals by Russian milliner  Anna Andrienko
Incredible texture on these feather covered hats in pink and turquoise by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson
Adorable straw flowers on this braid hat by Spanish milliner Felix de Martin
Love the couture folded pleats on this dotted silk tulle covered turban by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Whimsical green flying bow wired headpiece by Australian milliner Enza Geddes
Powder blue high crown bowler with silver silk binding and hatband by US brand Gannon Hat Company
Ecru fedora with pompoms and black crin extended brim by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Unique straw hat with split brim rolled into calla lilies by Dutch milliner Marilène De Zomer
Delightful natural straw braid hat with ribbon lily-of-the-valley by German milliner Anne Schneider
Red straw beret with fan and statement feather by British milliner Louise Pocock
Light and lovely lemon silk organza ruffled peach basket percher hat by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Magenta straw brimmed hat with vibrant handmade silk flowers by Scottish milliner Leanne Cairns
Blush leather bandeau with wonderfully balanced, sweeping jinsin bow by British milliner Rachael Nixon
Ethereal hat with tall crown and rounded brim in woven sea grass by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
Statement headpiece of flying feather birds by American brand Suzanne Couture Millinery
The most charming ivory and pale jade sisal boater hat with bow by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir

 

Interesting interview with Dame Frances Campbell-Preston, former lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother

Princess Delphine designed a Lamborghini which will race in the third stage of the DTM championships in Zolder, Belgium

And finally, lovely photos from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the UK’s Big Butterfly Count initiative.

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