Ascot Day 4: Queen Elizabeth

For the second day in a row, we have successfully predicted the Queen’s hat colour! Her Majesty attended the fourth day of races today in her fourth new hat, this one in vibrant lime green. It follows a very familiar Angela Kelly shape with fluted, domed crown covered in the same silk wool crepe as the accompanying coat. The straw brim follows a gentle sidesweep and is bound in a wide stripe of the same fabric covering the crown; the hat is finished with a posy of pink silk rose blooms studded with leaves and pink glass bead floral blossoms.

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I like the creative use of the pink glass beads, nestled in with the silk flower trim, which lend a slight sparkle and lightness to the design. I’ve always found this style of crown to be a bit clunky, particularly when covered in fabric. The more open, straw brim also lightens up the design and in bright sunshine, illuminates the Queen’s face. The bright colour scheme is one we’ve seen on the Queen before and while not my favourite interpretation (I’m more partial to this one), enables her to stand out successfully in a crowd!

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Her Majesty was accompanied this morning by her nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, in his very smart black silk top hat. Of all the royal men’s top hats we’ve seen this week, this one excels in terms of both shape and state of repair. It’s such a handsome hat.

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Thoughts about this new lime hat for the Queen?
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Ascot Day 3: Earl & Countess of Snowdon

How lovely to see the Earl and Countess of Snowdon at the races today. While the Earl wore his black silk top hat, the Countess repeated her basket weave white hat with button crown and short, cartwheel brim, trimmed in a pair of black and grey ombre pheasant feathers. The streamlined hat pairs particularly well with Serena’s royal blue Asian printed dress, don’t you think?

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 21, 2017
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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 3: Earl & Countess of Snowdon

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats The Earl and Countess of Snowdon returned for the third day of races at Royal Ascot today. Serena topped her white and black dress in a basket weave white hat with button crown and short, cartwheel brim, trimmed in a pair of black and white pheasant feathers

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Designer: unknown. Maybe Stephen Jones?!
Previously Worn: this hat is new

David Armstrong-Jones repeated his black silk top hat.

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