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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Zenouska Mowatt wore a brimless black hat.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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

Images from social media as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended a memorial service yesterday marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The Empress repeated a streamlined grey bumper hat.
Flora Ogilvy and her fiance Timothy Versterberg in charming sun hats on vacation in Greece
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Pale pink sauce with lattice crown detail and floral trim by British milliner Lucy Bowler
Chic brimmed straw hat in warm shades of wheat and tan by Dutch milliner Myra van de Korput
Classic and charming blue chambray newsboy cap by Italian brand Borsaolino
Shallow palest grey straw pillbox with orbiting butterflies by British milliner Carrie Jenkinson
Interesting take on a black and natural look in this straw sun hat by Scottish milliner Sally Ann Provan
Green straw halo headpiece with silk flower and butterflies by British milliner Bundle MacLaren

Adore the printed silk hatband on this ivory parabuntal straw trilby by British brand John Boyd Hats 
Black straw disc with lace and red feathers
by French milliner Sylvia Martinez
White and navy paglina straw crushable fedoras by American milliner Jill Courtemanche
The sweetest handpainted straw wee bonnet by Spanish artist Lidya Diaz
Blue straw floral printed pyramid with crin overlay by London-based milliner Merve Bayindir
Charming straw boater with raised brim around the back, navy hatband and side bow by British milliner Jane Taylor

Lovely new portraits of Princess Anne to celebrate her 70th birthday along with a sweet gallery shared by her elder brother
The Danish monarchy shared this photo of Prince Frederik visiting Prince Joachim, who is continuing to recover in France
Arthur Chatto and teammates successfully completed their 2000 mile row around Great Britain this morning, becoming the youngest team to successfully do so. They were greeted back in London by Arthur’s family and celebrated this achievement by jumping into the Thames River. 
Wonderful conversations between Princess Anne and WWII veterans gathered and shared for the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory in Japan) Day.

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Trooping The Colour: Gloucester & Kent Families

We conclude our look at the hats seen Saturday for Trooping the Colour with those worn by members of the Gloucester and Kent families. With extremely limited photos (my sincere thanks to Paul Ratcliffe for again, providing the only available photos of these family members) to share, I’m going to try and avoid confusion (or excessive scrolling for photos) by reducing commentary to a minimum. Please click on the following galleries twice to open up larger size photos:

Gallery 1:

 

The Duchess of Gloucester: steel blue straw veiled pillbox
Previously Worn: May 29, 2019; May 23, 2019;  May 31, 2018

Lady Rose Gilman: muted slate blue straw beret with knotted straw sash
Previously Worn:  Jun 10, 2016 Previously worn by the Duchess of Gloucester: Nov 21, 2012; Jun 2, 2012

Lyla Gilman (Lady Rose’s young daughter, far right below): pink polka dotted bandeau

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Princess Michael of Kent: rounded, white fabric covered pillbox
Designer: I believe it is John Boyd 
Previously Worn: May 29, 2019, June 12, 2016; June 2, 2016; June 15, 2013June 11, 2011June 20, 2008

Countess of St. Andrews: white braided straw hat with turned down brim, trimmed with a tan jinsin fan around the top of the crown and knotted bow below the brim 
Designer: Celine Robert. It is the “Tuxia” design from SS 2016
Previously Worn: June 11, 2016

 

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Lady Helen Taylor: black straw beret percher with navy veil and triangle tufts of purple and royal blue crin
Previously Worn: May 18, 2019

Estella Taylor: tan fabric bow bandeau
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

Lady Frederick Windsor: pale blue sinamay dramatic sidesweep covered in feather flowers
Designer: Catherine Walker Millinery. I believe it is the “Trevi” hat.
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

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Lady Gabriella Kingston: blush sinamay hat with angled crown and sharply sideswept brim with jinsin hatband and twists
Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC 591 from SS 2019. Coral coat dress by Claire Mischevani
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

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Flora Ogilvy: ecru straw disc percher with a multi-looped bow and silk rose on the side
Previously Worn: May 18, 2019


Zenouska Mowatt : vibrant magenta silk bandeau with folded bow (love this with her blue lace dress and aqua shoes!)
Designer: Laura Cathcart Millinery. It is the “Arizona in fuchsia“. Carolina Herrera dress.

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Trooping the Colour is always a highlight in our royal hat watching calendar and this year’s celebration, which saw 28 hats, did not disappoint. We’ve seen some stellar hats (including a handful from designers we’ve not previously seen on royal hats) which makes me all the more excited for the Garter service and Royal Ascot next week. 
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Photos from Getty and social media (thanks to Paul Ratcliffe!) as indicated