Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British royal family attended the annual Remembrance Day commemoration service at  The Cenotaph at Whitehall in London on Sunday. As in years past, the Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Kent, Earl of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence all attended in military uniform.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her back straw picture hat with upswept brim and oversized black ostrich feather wrapped around the crown.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 12, 2017; May 12, 2015Feb 4, 2015Nov 20, 2014Nov 9, 2014;  May 1, 2014Nov 11, 2012; Nov 12, 2011; Nov 9, 2008

Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat in black rabbit fur felt described by its designers as a “stunning, lipped drop-brim and wide Petersham band.” She has previously worn the same hat design in navy.

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Designer: The Tiffany Drop Brim hat by Lock and Company. Coat by Alexander McQueen. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated a black felt button percher wrapped in a large looping bow of silk abaca.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 15, 2015; March 26, 2015

Princess Alexandra repeated her black felt hat with domed crown with wide, ruched velvet hatband and bound brim.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Apr 17, 2021; Nov 18, 2016; Nov 13, 2016Nov 8, 2015Nov 10, 2014; Nov 10, 2013; Mar 2, 20051996

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blocked black felt beret hat with side feather spray she debuted last week.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2021 

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth was not able to attend due to a back sprain. We wish her a complete recovery.

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Ascot 2021

Here are the 17 different royal hats we saw at the races this year. Click on any photo to jump back to a feature post on that hat.

Day 1: June 15

 

Day 2: June 16

 

Day 3: June 17

Day 5: June 19

Which hat stood out most to you?

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Ascot 2021 Day 2: Earl & Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended Royal Ascot again today, Sophie in another fantastic repeated statement hat. In muted grey-lavender straw, this hat’s button crown is surrounded in a mushroom brim raised on one side, entirely overlaid in ostrich feathers.

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It’s wonderful to see this piece again! The feathers are a triumph, giving wonderful lightness and whimsey to the piece; I so adore the mix of different shades from palest grey-purple to lavender and darker lilac. The impact of this hat simply would not be the same without that dimensional colour mix.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Blouse by Soler, skirt by Suzannah. 
Previously Worn: Jun 21, 2018

Prince Edward was in his racing finest again today with his beautiful black silk antique top hat. Notice the racing horses on his tie!

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What are your thoughts on the Earl and Countess’ hats today at the races?

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Ascot 2021 Day 1: Earl & Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended Royal Ascot today, the Countess in a beautiful hat first worn nearly a decade ago.

Described by the milliner as “a large petal disc,” the buff pink design follows an asymmetrical wave (or petal!) shape and is trimmed with a large silk rosette and curling quills. Many of you will remember its initialwearing at the Tindall’s wedding in July 2011.

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The design has beautiful scale, presence and movement, its neutral colour softening its statement just the right amount. I think it suits Sophie so well. As much as I adore seeing new hats at the races, it’s also great to see pieces, such as this, we haven’t seen as much as they deserve.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by ARoss Girl x Soler (Amanda belted silk crepe de chine maxi dress)
Previously Worn: June 3, 2014; July 30, 2011

Prince Edward repeated his black silk top hat which, as always, was gleaming. The hat’s proportion and height suits him so very well (and his printed tie adds that note of whimsey he often brings to the races!).

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What do you think of this pair of hats today at Ascot?

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This Week’s Extras

The Earl of Wessex in a handsome hat with patterned hatband yesterday to visit Newbury Market
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Coral straw button percher with gorgeous velvet pansies by British milliner Anne Tomlin
Chocolate and black felt fedora with all kinds of wonderful detail by Dutch milliner Mirjam van der Welle
Deep cranberry felt turban with side bow by London-based milliner Philip Treacy
Cloche/bucket melusine felt hybrid with layered hatband in the most gorgeous green by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Great shape and colour on this vibrant blue felt variation on a beret by Italian brand Origami Hats
Graphic black and white silk button percher with black crin by Maria Monica London
Lovely leaf covered bandeaux headpieces in jewel tones by British milliner Laura Cathcart
Beigey-pink felt fedora with smart double hatband from British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan’s new ready-to-wear line
Very Christmassy straw star fascinator by British milliner Bee Smith 

 

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa shared this adorable snap of her five grandchildren

 

Lovely photos of Nicholas and Alina Medforth-Mills (de Roumanie) and their new daughter, Maria-Alexandra

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