Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Noble & Notable Guests

Numerous noble and notable guests attended Monday’s state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II:

Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten and her daughter Lady Alexandra Hooper

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Designer: Dillon Wallwork made both

Lady Pamela Hicks and India Hicks

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Ms Maddison May Brudenell (granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten) in a hat by Nicola de Selincourt. In the third photo, you can see milliner Stella McLaren seated in front of the guard.

Designer: Nicola de Selincourt

Lady Susan Hussey

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Angela Kelly

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Earl and Countess of Spencer

Duchess of York

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Designer: Philip Treacy

Michael and Carole Middleton

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All living British Prime Ministers and their spouses

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Designer of Carrie Johnson’s hat: Ajgretton Millinery

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford. Jacinda’s hat is by New Zealand milliner Monika Neuhauser.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron and followed by Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and his wife Sanja Musić Milanović in a hat by Kobali.

Jill Biden in Philip Treacy

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What an extraordinary time and farewell this has been for an extraordinary woman. Thank you, Your Majesty, for your smiling steadfastness and your life of service. You and your beautiful hats will be deeply, deeply missed.

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Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Family Members

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Extended British Royal Family 

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Royal Guests

British Royals Attend Service of Thanksgiving

Members of the British royal family attended a Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of The Lady Elizabeth Shakerley CVO (also known as Lady Elizabeth Anson). Born at Windsor Castle to Thomas Anson, Viscount Anson (1913–1958), and his wife, Anne Bowes-Lyon, Lady Elizabeth was a grand-niece of the late Queen Mother and cousin to the current queen. She passed away in November 1, 2020 at the age of 79.

The Countess of Wessex repeated her black fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2020 

The Duchess of Gloucester (shown in the second photo in the gallery below) repeated her new black sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim trimmed with a slim double hatband.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Jun 14, 2022; May 25, 2022

Princess Alexandra wore a new hat in crisp navy and ivory straw. The domed navy crown sits atop an ivory crown sideband and brim with a wide navy hatband to create a blocks of graphic contrast. The hat is wrapped in navy net veil.

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Designer: likely Rachel Trevor Morgan. 
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent wore a grey felt angular brimless hat – let’s call it a beret variation –  paired with a looped lilac bow in the back of her hair.

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

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a wide brimmed hat in pale blue sinamay. The sloped crown shape is mirrored in the design’s sidesweeping brim and the hat is beautifully trimmed with a wide hatband, pleated fan bow and silk flowers.

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

The Duchess of York wore a padded black velvet headband

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While Princess Beatrix did not wear a hat to this event, it’s worth noting her friendship with Lady Elizabeth, who was one of the bridesmaids at her wedding! Lady Sarah Chatto and Lady Helen Taylor also attended, although not in hats.

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Duchess of York’s New Portraits

This month’s issue of Town and Country Magazine includes an article on the Duchess of York, “Inside the Reinvention of Sarah Ferguson, the Ultimate Royal Rebel” accompanied by a beautiful photo spread styled by Hannah Teare and photographed by Misan Harriman. We don’t often see royals styled in this way and the hats were just too good not to share:

Veiled black felt top hat with large silk bow at the back (the “Marlene Top Hat” design) by Emily London

Eggplant velour felt “Luis” matador hat with wide, flat brim and crystal chain by Emily London


Top hat in wrapped black crin with a curved Visca brim and white silk organza camellias by Lock and Co. It is the “Marlene Top Hat” design.


Black boater hat with bow and veil by Emily London (possibly the “Alcina” or  “Rochester” design)

What do you think of this quartet of hats on Sarah?
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This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of York repeated a bandeau covered in vibrant green, yellow and fuchsia feathers by Jess Collett to visit several charities last Wednesday
Tessy de Nassau, former wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg, was married Friday in Switzerland to Frank Floessel. She topped her ivory and black Max Azria dress with jeweled floral clips in her hair
Lady Kitty Spencer was married to Michael Lewis Saturday in Rome. Dolce and Gabbana, who she models for, created five couture ensembles for her, several with stunning headpieces. Her lace gown was designed as a nod to the gown her mother wore when her parents married (see more photos in the comments)
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Charming beret percher covered in paper flowers by Australian milliner Wendy Scully
Silver woven straw beret with fantastic fuchsia pleated silk abaca ruffle by British brand Camilla Robertson
Black sinamay picture hat wrapped in a swath of feathers ’round the brim by British milliner Piers Atkinson
Angular cloche in wonderful textured turquoise straw by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Striking purple applique flowers on this cream parasisal boater by German milliner Anne Schneider
Pink silk floral bandeau studded with… 35mm film! By Hawaiian milliner Anna Pasquale
From British milliner Bundle MacLaren, this design of fantastical stars and spheres
Darling navy and cream boucle covered boater with fringed edge and silk hatband by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Teal velvet bandeau studded with pearls and crystals by British brand Victoria Jane Millinery
Pink sinamay button with pleated butterfly fan by Irish milliner Stephanie Gallen
Colourful sinamay saucers with lovely trimmings by Nigerian brand Ovy Hats
Sky blue textured button percher with the loveliest silk avbaca fan and quill by London-based Merve Bayindir
Love the black and pink scheme on this dramatic percher with twists, veil and flower by Russian brand Anna Millinery
Incredible use of vintage silver zipper braid in this peach basket percher by Australian milliner Jill Humphries


This little nugget celebrated his eighth birthday last week

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This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of York in a pompom bedecked natural straw hat for today’s daily children’s story, The Wonky Donkey.

Milliner’s Guild USA is hosting a fun Royal Ascot challenge, inviting anyone to recreate one of their favourite Ascot royal fashion looks and share on Instagram. Details are on the example below- if any of you participate, please share with us here, too! You can follow all entries on Milliner’s Guild Instagram here.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Continuing this week’s hat’s with sparkle, this deep purple silk velvet pillbox hat studded with  iridescent cabouchon stones from British milliner Dillon Wallwork.
Headpiece of vibrant rainbow-hued interlocking crin rings by American milliner Amy Fowler
Royal blue straw crown boater with leopard print brim by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Statement saucer in layered sapphire and coral straw by British brand Lillibets Millinery
Wearable slate blue straw braid capulet with woven hatband by German brand Hutmanufaktur
Warm brown straw Dior brim with deep pink silk abaca swoosh by Dutch millinerMyra van de Korput
Ombre pink straw & lace percher with sinamay leaves and leather flowers by Aussie brand Ebbella Millinery

Amazing heapiece of blue feathers weightlessly floating over a blue silk organza petal bandea, made by New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Winter white felt cloche with freestyle side pleat by Australian milliner Christine Waring
Beautiful movement on this navy straw pleated brim design by London-based brand John Boyd Milliner
Adorable floral headpiece made entirely of recycled denim by British brand Angharad Rose Millinery
Prettiest vintage Japanese quilted silk saucer with cherry blossoms by Australian milliner Victoria Henderson

And finally, this fantastic purple faded sinamay wide brimmed hat with sweeping, wonderfully smooth lines by Dutch
milliner Myra van de Korput

Greetings from Princess Theodora this week on the day that her wedding was scheduled (Princess Beatrice’s wedding, as many recall, was also scheduled this week.
We started this post with a story- why not close with one as well? Here is a lovely excerpt of the Duchess of Cornwall reading from Roald Dahl’s  James and the Giant Peach.

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