Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour Part 3

In addition to the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Queen was joined on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today by other working members of the Royal Family.

The Earl of Wessex wore the full ceremonial uniform of his role of Colonel of The London Guards, along with his Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals. The Countess of Wessex wore a new pink and ivory hat described by the designer as “a bespoke hand dyed, two tone style disc, trimmed with bows.”

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The saucer shape suits Sophie well and the transparent base of pink windowpane sinamay gives a lovely lightness to the design. It’s the bows that don’t work for me. I think they might be too haphazard on the otherwise streamlined design.

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Designer: Jane Taylor bespoke design. Coat dress by Suzannah London.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor wore a hat from her mother’s closet that Sophie wore to Trooping the Colour in 2009 (the fist year that Louise also appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony!). The natural straw cloche follows angular lines with a sloped crown and extended brim on one side and is trimmed with a blush sinamay upside-down bow with twisting tails.

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It’s a great hat for Louise, the modern shape and whimsically youthful trim feeling as contemporary as it did over a decade ago. I’m a fan of hats sharing hats between wearers and this was a lovely surprise today.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Reiss floral dress.
Previously Worn by the Countess of Wessex: June 13, 2009; April 23, 2006

Princess Alexandra repeated her teal felt picture hat. The design is trimmed with a wide hatband and purple and teal burnt feathers anchored with a jeweled multi-loop bow. I adore the unexpected addition of purple feathers to the trim, which give such lift and just enough contrast.

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Designer: Likely Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: May 18, 2019

The Duchess of Gloucester wore a new hat! Yes, it is another navy straw beret but the shape is slightly different than her other navy straw beret, and this design is overlaid in a navy net veil which gives it a slight variation in texture. She embellished the hat further with a rock crystal brooch on the side. The Duke repeated his black silk top hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

A number of other members of the royal family were spectators at this event and were snapped or shared photos in hats.

Princess Beatrice looks to have repeated her “Quilted Pearly Headband” from Zara, adding the brand’s “Pearl Bead Headband” in front for added oomph. If so, it works!

Designer: Possibly Zara. Vampire’s Wife dress.
Previously Worn: January 2020

Princess Eugenie wore a beige felt beret with large monochrome leaf trim. Her young son August wore a tan cotton visored cap.

Designer: John Boyd bespoke version of the “Pink Leaf Beret” Self Portrait dress.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a white sinamay hat with wide oval brim and shallow crown with a wide navy grosgrain ribbon hatband and large multi-looped side bow with fringed ends. The shape is unique but it looks to suit Meghan very well.

Designer: Stephen Jones “Granville Hat” Dress by Roland Mouret.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Zara Tindall wore a red sinamay beret percher trimmed with silk flowers and a sculpted silk abaca bow.

Designer: Juliette Botterill “Floral Blossom Percher. Dress by Beulah London. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Mia Tindall wore a read headband trimmed with flowers

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Lena Tindall wore a pink headband with sweet bow. Savannah Phillips wore a ruched pink headband.

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her oversize white pillbox

I’ve only spotted one royal guest in attendance so far- Her Majesty Margareta of Romania in a navy sinamay hat with mushroom brim, shallow crown and patterned hatband.

Designer: Kristina Dragomir.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new.

This wraps up Trooping the Colour today!

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Buckingham Palace Garden Party

A fourth garden party took place at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester braving rain to be in attendance.

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The Duchess of Cambridge used the occasion to debut a new hat. The mint sinamay double disc design features a high sidesweep pinch in which is nestled oversize mint silk handmade flowers. There’s a delicacy and lightness to the piece that feels so fresh, despite us knowing that Kate has twins of this style in different colours!

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Designer: Philip Treacy  OC 896 from SS 2022
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duke of Cambridge repeated his antique silk top hat.

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Princess Beatrice  wore a halo bandeau headpiece in a natural and black geometric woven print. The graphic pattern gives a great sharpness to the piece.

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Designer:  Dandelion design by Camilla Rose. Dress by Self Portrait. 
Previously Worn:  This headpiece is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated the electric blue straw ringed saucer percher trimmed with stiffened lace and curled quills we last saw her wear at Easter.  The Earl repeated his antique silk top hat.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Previously Worn: April 17, 2022; July 1, 2016July 2, 2013June 18, 2013

The Duchess of Gloucester is wearing a wide brimmed black hat. It looks like a darker twin to the blue lightweight sinamay hat she wore in March.

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 Don’t you wish these garden parties would continue all summer?!

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Buckingham Palace Garden Party

A third garden party took place at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, attended by the Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Alexandra.

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The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her coral straw beret percher with layered crin ruffle in three shades of pink. Many of us have been waiting for a second wearing of this design and it’s pairing with a new coral coat dress was spot-on.

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Designer: Jane Taylor bespoke version of the ‘Seriatoporah’ from SS 2017. Coat dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Previously Worn: June 17, 2017

The countess of Wessex repeated her cream striped crin hat. Built on a straw button base, this variation on a saucer shape features a wide fold that flutes the left side of the design. The hat is trimmed with grey and cream twists and a pair of black feathers.  With her pale floral dress, the hat topped a wonderfully airy summer look. Prince Edward repeated his gleaming black antique silk top hat.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Erdem
Previously Worn: Jul 10, 2018; Feb 4, 2018May 10, 2016;  June 17, 2015

Princess Alexandra repeated her pale pink sinamay hat with wide brim trimmed with slim silk bow and feathers. It’s all kinds of lovely.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Sep 9, 2021;  June 18, 2019May 20, 2018

I give a solid two thumbs up to each of these four hats. What do you think?

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This Week’s Extras

On Monday, Princess Hisako wore this pink pillbox with beaded trim to plant a tree at the Pakistani Embassy in Tokyo

Sheikha Raya Al Khalifa of Bahrain wore a burgundy felt beret by Emily London Millinery this week for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.
On Thursday, the Earl of Wessex presented new colours to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):


Beautiful new portraits from the Swedish royal family.

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This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, Queen Margrethe reviewed a parade of the Life Guards and presented a military honor in her lovely blue hat with tartan hatband by Mathilde Førster.
Also on Wednesday, the Earl of Wessex donned a hat during his visit to Kenya for the Duke of Einburgh’s International Award

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):