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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British Royals Mark Armistice Day

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended a service at Westminster Abbey today marking  Armistice Day and the centenary of the burial of the unknown warrior.

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For this event, Camilla she repeated her large black black felt hat with flyaway raised brim. The smooth lines of the hat are punctuated with a wide band of bias-woven ribbon binding the brim edge. It’s such a great hat for events such as these, its scale and sleek lines connoting a sense of solemn dignity.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Fiona Clare. 
Previously Worn: Feb 1, 2019; Nov 11, 2018Dec 25, 2016Nov 13, 2016Dec 25, 2015

Over in Stafford, The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended an outdoor commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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The Countess repeated her navy felt pillbox wrapped in a swath of dotted veil. The classic shape pairs so well with Sophie’s wide collared coat and its militaristic styling, creating another overall look that feels very fitting for this event.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Mar 10, 2020

As I said on Sunday, hats are secondary at events like these but this pair is, again, outstanding.

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