Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Extended British Royal Family

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral yesterday was attended by the extended British royal family. The following family members wore hats:

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

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Countess of Ulster

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Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman

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Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent

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Countess of St. Andrews

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Lady Marina Windsor and Lady Amelia Windsor

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Lady Helen Taylor, Eloise Taylor and Estella Taylor

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Designer of Lady Helen’s hat: Stephen Jones

Princess Alexandra and Marina Ogilvy

Julia Ogilvy

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Flora Vesterberg

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Zenouska Mowatt

Princess Michael of Kent

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Lady Frederick Windsor

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Lady Gabriella Kingston

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

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

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Noble and Notable Guests

Mourning Millinery

Numerous hats have been worn over the past 11 days of mourning since Queen Elizabeth’s passing:

September 10: Princess Beatrice in an embellished headband to admire flowers and tributes left outside Balmoral Castle.

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September 11:  Princess Anne wore a repeated black beret with net veil overlay and feather trim by Amy Morris-Adams for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin at Holyrood House in Edinburgh from Balmoral

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September 12: The King, The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and the Earl of Wessex were in military uniform for the procession of The Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse along the Royal Mile to St Giles’ Cathedral.

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They were joined by Queen Camilla and the Countess of Wessex.

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Queen Camilla: Repeated black straw hat with feather wrap by Philip Treacy
Countess of Wessex: Repeated black felt button percher with draped silk abacca bow by Jane Taylor. 

September 13: Princess Anne attended a prayer service at  St Giles Church and accompanied her mother’s coffin from Scotland to RAF Northolt.

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Princess Anne: Repeated silk covered pillbox with ruffled bow at the back 

Queen Camilla accompanied the King on a visit to Northern Ireland.

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Queen Camilla: Repeated straw brimmed hat with side bow by Lock & Co. 

September 14: King Charles, The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Gloucester  and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence wore military uniform to follow the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. They were joined by the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Snowdon, Peter Philips, Duke of York and members of Queen Elizabeth’s staff.

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At the Palace of Westminster, the group was joined by the British royal family.

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Queen Camilla: New black straw hat with wrapped hatband by Philip Treacy
Princess of Wales: New Black Pillbox Halo in Crepe by Jane Taylor
Duchess of Sussex: New Black Veiled Beret Fascinator with ribbon trim by Stephen Jones
Princess Beatrice: New Waterfall Bow Band by Justine Bradley-Hill
Princess Eugenie: New ‘Galilea’ Headpiece in Black by Emily London
Countess of Wessex: New ‘Aphrodite’ Headpiece in Black Crepe by Jane Taylor
Lady Louise Windsor: New Felt Beret with Quill in Black by Whitely
Zara Tindall: New bespoke by Juliette Botterill

September 16: King Charles, The Princess Royal, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of York stood vigil at their mother’s coffin in the Palace of Westminster.

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They were joined by members of the Royal family, the York Princesses, Duchess of Gloucester, Lady Rose Gilman, Princess Alexandra, the Countess of St. Andrews, Lady Helen Taylor and her daughters, Lady Frederick Windsor, and the Tindall and Philips families in hats/headpieces.

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Queen Camilla repeated her new black straw hat with wrapped hatband on a visit to Wales with the King.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales visited to Army Training Centre Pirbright in Guilford.

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Princess of Wales: Repeated black felt saucer with raised brim and curled trim by Lock & Co.

September 17: The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall stand vigil at their grandmother’s coffin in the Palace of Westminster.

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Princess Beatrice: Repeated Waterfall Bow Band by Justine Bradley-Hill
Zara Tindall: New ‘Darcey’ Black Velvet Veiled Headband (without the embellishments) by Bee Smith

Empress Masako wore bumper hats departing for and arriving in London

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September 18: Queen Silvia of Sweden and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal at the Palace of Westminster.

 

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Ascot 2022 Day 1: Gloucesters & Kents

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Lady Frederick Windsor also attended the first day of Royal Ascot races today. The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her new black sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim. The hat is trimmed with a slim double hatband.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:  May 25, 2022

Princess Michael Princess Michael of Kent repeated her arctic silver white silk covered pillbox hat with large ostrich feather plume on the back.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: Jun 3, 2022; June 19, 2019May 18, 2019October 12, 2018June 13, 2015;  Oct 18, 2014Jun 16, 2014

Prince Michael and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester wore black silk and grey felt top hats.

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Lady Frederick Windsor (who goes by her maiden name, Sophie Winkleman, professionally) wore a natural hue dotted straw beret percher with large bow. The hat is trimmed with a spray of beaded strawberries. It’s a charming hat but I would have preferred it be paired with something less obvious than a strawberry printed dress!

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Designer:  Strawberries and Cream hat by Laura Cathcart. Strawberry print dress by Beulah London  @beulahlondon
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What do you think of this group of hats?

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Order of the Garter Service 2022

Today saw the return of the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony at St. George’s Chapel. Held every year on the Monday before Royal Ascot, the The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago as a personal gift of thanks from the sovereign for those who have held public office, made a significant contribution to national life or been of personal service. After lunch at Windsor Castle, the twenty-four Knights and Ladies of the order process down the hill to St. George’s Chapel, each dressed in elaborate regalia, velvet robes and Tudor-style hats with tall white ostrich plumes. It’s quite a spectacle.

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The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Earl of Wessex, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of York, Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra are all royal members of the order.

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They were joined for the first time by the Duchess of Cornwall, who was appointed to the order today.

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Several royal spouses attended the service as well. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat described by the designer as a “Beautiful teardrop hat. Woven straw base. Adorned with an array of silk roses, rosebuds, leaves, and silk abaca bow.”

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The beret has a lovely shape and this periwinkle blue shade is just splendid. Kate often uses the coat dress + percher hat formula and while I’m always up for experimentation, I can’t argue that it remains a great look on her.

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Designer: Floral Leaf Teardrop by Juliette Botterill. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated an ecru straw, oval saucer hat with sharp sidesweep trimmed with white, cream and ecru feathers placed on both sides of the raised brim.

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Photos today hint at a lovely sparkling sheen in the straw, which I suspect brings the hat to life when seen in person. I’m still on the fence about the feather placement, which has never seemed quite right to me.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Jul 5, 2018; June 22, 2017

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blue sinamay hat with wide pleated brim she has worn several times recently. Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence repeated his black silk top hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:  Jun 3, 2022;  March 29, 2022

This is always a lovely kick-off to Ascot week and after a two-year hiatus, it’s so great to see the full event return. What do you think of the hats today at Windsor?

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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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