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

Ascot 2022 Day 2: Kent Family

Princess Alexandra was included in today’s carriage procession at Royal Ascot. She repeated a hat in pale wheat hued sinamay, the brimmed design is overlaid in windowpane sinamay that gives a subtle lattice pattern to the piece. It is trimmed with a layered hatband, vibrant green sinamay flower and bows in the two colours. The green flower and bows is a new addition today.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn:   Sep 24, 2019July 19, 2019; Jul 12, 2019;  Jun 26, 2019; May 19, 2019

Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter, Flora Vesterberg, wore an ivory button percher trimmed with a silk rose and swath of ivory net veil. Her husband, Timothy Versterberg, wore a black top hat.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress by Philippa Lepley
Previously Worn:  This hat is new

Zenouska Mowatt wore a pale slate silvery blue hand dyed parasisal straw beret percher with flying bow trim.

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Designer: “Dolly” by Laura Cathcart. Dress by Luisa Beccaria.
Previously Worn:  This hat is new

What do you think of this quartet of hats?

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Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh: Extended Families

Today’s Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh was, as expected, well attended by members of the extended British Royal Family.

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Lade Sarah Chatto repeated her large navy straw saucer with ivory contrasting underbrim.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016

Margarita Armstrong-Jones wore a bandeau headpiece of exquisite black leather flowers.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan

The Duchess of Gloucester wore a blue sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim.

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Designer: unknown.
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The Countess of St. Andrews wore a padded black headband.

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Designer: Yvette Jelfs

Lady Helen Taylor wore a black straw pyramid shaped hat overlayed in layers of crin.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
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Julia Ogilvy wore a brimmed hat with tall crown trimmed with a large spray of feathers.

Flora Vesterberg wore a black pillbox.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
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Zenouska Mowatt wore a brimless black hat.

Designer: Jane Taylor
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Princess Michael of Kent repeated her black felt Breton hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Oct 4, 2017; Nov 28, 2016; Nov 8, 2015

Sophie, Lady Frederick Windsor, wore blue hat with shallow crown and wide cartwheel brim in windowpane sinamay. The hat is trimmed with a deeper inky blue silk abaca double bow.

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Designer: unknown

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a navy straw beret with streamlined, multi looped bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Catherine Walker coat. 
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Countess Mountbatten wore a  grey wool crepe pillbox with woven lattice detail on the back.

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Designer: Dillon Wallwork

India Hicks wore a streamlined black straw beret with statement feather trim.

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Designer: Philip Treacy

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the hats worn by royal guests.

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Marriage Blessing of Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg

Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg were joined by family and friends today at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, for a marriage blessing service.

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Like so many other couples over the past year and a half, Flora and Timothy’s wedding plans last year were derailed by the pandemic; they were married in a small, private ceremony at Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace on September 26, 2021. You might recall, Flora wore an elegantly streamlined Emilia Wickstead dress.

For her gown today, Flora turned to society bridal designer Phillipa Lepley. The result was a gown in ivory silk crepe  overlaid in hand embroidered tulle with V-neckline, hidden corseted waist and softly flowing skirt with sweep train. The classic silhouette is made wonderfully light and romantic with the exquisitely hand embroidered tulle, shown to such effect on the dress’ neckline and sleeves. There’s an ethereal elegance to this bridal look that is so very beautiful.

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The hand embroidered, delicate floral motif on the gown and silk tulle veil were inspired by the Ogilvy pearl and diamond tiara on loan from Flora’s grandmother, Princess Alexandra. What a pairing these elements make in combination, the floral patterns of the tiara and airy dress singing in such harmony and the tiara’s scale elevating the whole look. And for a royal bride named Flora…. well, a floral tiara is always the right choice and when the tiara inspires the gown, well, that’s magic.

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Flora was attended by her cousin, Lady Marina Windsor, who topped a lilac silk dress with matching saucer hat.

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A trio of young bridesmaids, Maud and Isabella Windsor (daughters of Lord and Lady Frederick) and Victoria Litchfield, wore headbands of fresh white flowers.

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Julia Ogilvy paired a beautiful pink and white screen printed etched satin and gorgette dress with a white button based hat trimmed with a large silk rose and organdie bow. Timothy’s mother wore a pale beige sinamay brimmed hat with bow and net veil.

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Designer: unknown. Dress by Beulah London
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Alexandra repeated her pale pink straw picture hat with silk multi-looped bows and masses of small, trimmed feathers. The brim on this hat has a lovely, subtle sidesweep on one side, giving the most wonderfully elegant line to the brim. It’s such a lovely ensemble on Alexandra, the pattern of the skirt and the texture of the jacket giving just enough contrast to keep the overall look from being one-note

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

This Week’s Extras

Back on June 30, Queen Margrethe repeated her orange straw hat with navy hatband to officially open the new Hans Christian Andersen House in Odense.
Flora Vesterberg (née Ogilvy) graduated with a Masters Degree in the History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Unbearably chic lilac straw trilby with layered hatband by British milliner Louise Pocock
Red triangular percher with stunning silk roses by UK-based Italian milliner Guilia Mio
Fantastic texture on this wide brimmed ruffled straw hat by American milliner Anna de Pasquale
“Hang on to your hat!” whimsical and very creative design by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
Amazing hourglass hat of hand rolled, ombré dyed cotton organdie by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Ivory felt angular fedora with stunning black applique lace and sequin trim by Russian milliner Anna Andrienko
Pink headpiece with maribou, coque, pheasant and nagoir feather explosions by British milliner Ian Bennett
Black Kokoshnik headpiece with exquisite floral silhouette cutout trim by Australian milliner Belinda Osborne
Dusky pink velvet top hat with wonderfully curved brim by British milliner Justin Smith
Slate blue felt pillbox with unexpected lime ombre dyed feathers by Aussie brand Brea Melissa Millinery
Black pillbox with vine of blush anemone blossoms by British brand The Harrogate Hatter
The most charming headpiece of floating crin balloons by Australian milliner Enza Geddes

 

Lovely summer family portrait shared by Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
Sweet photos taken over the past few weeks as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie have visited numerous care facilities, often with Prince Charles in tow

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