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 straw disc with turned down edges and curl of taupe abacca around the crown
Previously Worn: June 11, 2016

Gallery 3:

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

Gallery 4:

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

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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.

Previously Worn: This hat is new

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; Gareth Fuller via Getty

Kent Wedding at Windsor: Kent Family

Today’s wedding at Windsor Castle of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston was clearly a family affair, with numerous members of Ella’s Kent family in attendance. Her mother, Princess Michael of Kent, topped her lilac ensemble with her repeated bumper hat covered in pearlescent light grey silk.  The hat, which until this outing appeared to be a pillbox, is dramatically trimmed with a streaming ostrich feather plume around the back.

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It’s a signature look for Marie-Christine and while I was a little surprised not to see her in a new hat today, this pale grey design coordinates well with her grey and lilac patterned jacket. And organza scarves. And multiple strands of beads. And brooch. It’s not a minimalist look, this one.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: October 12, 2018June 13, 2015;  Oct 18, 2014Jun 16, 2014

Lady Frederick Windsor paired her pale blue feather trimmed coat with a cream wide brimmed saucer hat adorned in pale blue dotted tulle, silk crepe bow loops and more feathers.

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Catherine Walker, the brand that designed the hat and coat, has recently ventured into the millinery world and I think some inexperience is visible here. The execution of the bow loops is a bit lumpy and lacks crisply turned corners and there are visible ripples in the silk covering the underside of the hat. While I really like the scale of this hat on Sophie, I’d like to see feathers on either the coat or the hat- but not both.

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Designer: both hat and coat are the “Bliss” designs by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Gabriella’s aunt, Princess Alexandra wore a new straw hat in beautiful teal straw, trimmed with burnt feathers anchored at the front with a jeweled button and slim bow. The Countess of St. Andrews (daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Kent) topped her pink suit with a wide brimmed straw hat in pale blue-grey with pleated crin in the same colour folded around the hat’s brim. The design is completed with pink sinamay ribbon loosely wound around the hat that finishes in a looping bow at the front, studded with two pink quills. I wish better views of Sylvanna’s hat were visible because it looks like a beaty.

Sylvanna’s elder daughter, Lady Marina Windsor, wore a wide folded disc hat in red straw. The hat is a brave one in terms of scale and simplicity but paired well with Marina’s floral dress. We’ve talked about finishing issues from this milliner several times recently and if you look at the lumpy brim edge, they’re present again. Disappointing.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Lady Amelia Windsor topped her puple daisy printed frock with a cream buntal straw teardrop percher, trimmed with a knotted buntal flying bow. The hat has beautiful balance and movement and it’s fantastic… but I think it could do much better paired with something other than this dress.

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Designer: Philip Treacy OC 470 from SS 2018. Dress by Gül Hürgel
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Helen Taylor wore a black straw beret percher trimmed with swathed navy veil and triangle tufts of puple and royal blue crin. A sparkling crescent hatpin completed the millinery look.

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Designer: Likely Stephen Jones. Dress by Amanda Wakely
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Helen’s younger daughter, Estella Taylor, was an attendant (or assistant), helping wrangle the young bridesmaids. She wore a black and white headpiece that looks to be made of silk flowers and straw leaves. As far as youthful headpieces go, this one is great.

 

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Julia Ogilvy topped her pink, blue and green lace dress with a pink straw button percher trimmed in a mass of circular pink ruffles. It’s a lighthearted hat that tops a very pastel ensemble but it’s great fun.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 13, 2015June 5, 2012

Flora Ogilvy wore an ecru straw disc percher trimmed with a multi-looped bow and silk rose on the side. A great hat on its own, this piece was elevated with its pairing today with Flora’s orchid purple dress. Such a great look for her.

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Zenouska Mowatt paired her red lace dress with a red straw vertical saucer hat, trimmed with wide ruffles of layered red and peach crin. The scale is fantastic on her and the playful crin ruffles add such life to the hat (as do her bright yellow accessories!).

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Mary Katrantzou
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The royal Kent relations can usually be counted on for some memorable millinery looks and today was no different. Which hats stand out here most to you?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Pool, Victoria Jones and Chris Jackson via Getty; Tim Rooke/Shutterstock; Stephen Lock/i Images;Stephen Lock/i Images;

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. It’s always wonderful to see the Duchess of Kent at this event and rather disappointing there is not a better view of her hat to share. It looks to be a lavender pillbox, likely in straw, trimmed with a large spray of face-framing feathers on the side.

June 9, 2018 | Royal Hats

UPDATE- thanks to avid royal watcher and photographer Paul Ratcliffe for sharing this photo of the Duchess, just for us! This view confirms her hat is a high lavender textured straw bandeau, with feather trim framing the right side of her face. The colour is lovely on Katharine and the bandeau style suits her bobbed haircut really well. It’s a fresh and modern headpiece that proves cutting edge style is possible at any age!


Designer: I believe it is Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Helen Taylor repeated the white homberg crowned ht with upswept brim and navy bow trim we saw her wear to this event last year, with an added red and fuchsia hued silk flower on the front of the hat. The addition of this flower transforms the hat (hiding the distinctive crown shape makes it appear to be a different style) and firmly ties the colour palate to Helen’s fuchsia printed dress. Seeing this transformation makes me wonder why we don’t see such minor millinery renovations on more royal hats! Helen’s sister-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor, wore a dusky pink straw button based percher hat trimmed with large silk roses and dotted net tulle veil.

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Designer of Helen’s hat: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn:  June 17, 2017
Designer of Paola’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

Lady Helen’s younger daughter, Estella Taylor, seen below on the far right, wore a button based cocktail hat in natural straw, trimmed with cream, ecru and grey fabric rosettes and a grey net tulle veil.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

While Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Gloucester were in attendance, they did not appear in any photographs.

UPDATE- Again, avid royal watcher and photographer Paul Ratcliffe comes to our rescue! My deepest thanks to Paul for posting these photos just for our benefit! Princess Alexandra repeated her dove grey straw with tall, flat crown and cartwheel brim trimmed with a large straw knotted bow and a swath of dotted net tulle overlaying the hat’s brim. The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her black pillbox with new addition of a black tulle veil.


Designer of Alexandra’s hat: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 6, 2009 and likely others
Designer of Brigitte’s hat: unknown. My guess is Lock and Co.
Previously Worn: March 19, 2013June 20, 2011Oct 9, 2009June 03, 2006

Lady Rose Gilham was also in attendance on the Buckingham Palace balcony this year in a slate blue-grey vertical saucer hat trimmed with a bow and feathers.

June 9, 2018 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

Julia Ogilvy, who recently graduated from the Harvard Divinity School, paired her dotted grey dress with a tall grey straw stovepipe hat with cartwheel brim trimmed with an exquisite spray of straw roses and leaves. Flora Ogilvy repeated the wide brimmed cream straw picture hat with square crown and large, layered side bow that she seems to have permanently appropriated from her mother’s millinery closet! And no wonder, as it’s a wonderful, classic and clearly versatile hat.

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Designer of Julia’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new
Designer of Flora’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: June 17, 2017June 11, 2016; originally worn by Julia June 15, 2006

Zenouska Mowatt topped her vibrant pink, lilac, orange and white patterned dress with a textured white straw beret percher hat trimmed with curling white feathers and a pink and orange straw knotted flying bow. There’s a lot of texture going on in this piece and while I really like its idiosyncratic creativity, I’m not convinced it complements or relates enough with the dress to work well together.

Designer:  Jane Taylor. Dress from Dhela

Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent used the occasion to début a new hat. In almond straw, the design features a flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim and is simply trimmed with a wide straw hatband. Marie-Christine favours dramatic millinery statements and this one feels surprisingly sedate and traditional for her. It’s another versatile piece I think we’ll see again many times in years to come. 

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:This hat is new

Lady Frederick Windsor topped her beautifully cut suit with an ecru straw vertical saucer hat trimmed with a cream feather lotus flower and slim, curling straw tails. The steep diagonal lines of the hat work so well with the similar line on the hem of Sophie’s jacket. This is not a hat I’d be drawn to on its own but with this suit, forms a really lovely ensemble.

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Designer: Siggi Hats. It is S18-459 from SS 2018. Suit from Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a cream straw hat with angular crown and gently sideswept brim, trimmed with straw twists and a handful of white silk sweet peas. It’s a style, scale and colour of hat we’ve seen often on Gabriella but one that she carries so well. The open neck of her blue coat dress is a particularly effective compliment to the lines of the hat and the two pieces join to create a beautifully balanced look.

Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC 475 from SS 2018. Coat by Claire Mischevani
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Trooping the Colour is always a highlight in our royal hat watching calendar and this year was no different! I’m curious, dear readers, which hats stood out most to you?
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Photos from Getty as indicated; James Devaney and James Devaney via Getty; Mark Stewart and Paul Ratcliffe via Twitter

This Week’s Extras

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Crown Princess Masako donned a grey pork pie hat back on November 1 in Myagi at a ceremony to commemorate victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. On Monday, she attended a tea party at the Imperial Palace in a white hat with silk jacquard printed hatband.

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On Tuesday, Princess Kiko attended an event celebrating the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Akita Branch of Japanese Red Cross Society. The lattice embroidery on her navy silk brimless hat matched the collar of her suit.

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Prince Harry in military dress on Thursday to open the 89th Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey and meet with some of the 2,000 veterans in attendance.

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Dramatic red rose headpiece on Flora Ogilvy for a Dolce and Gabbana show

Crown Princess Mary and Princess Isabella in cosy hats for the Hubertus Hunt last Sunday

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New designs that stood out to me this week:

Striking camel fedora with appliqué flower covered crown from UK based Layla Leigh Millinery
Statement boater with feather and crin trim
from Australian brand Peacock Millinery
Wide brimmed, flat crowned maroon felt hat with fuchsia hatband from Texan milliner Milli Starr
Wonderful purple leather floral headpiece from Hayley Bonomi of Polly and Peaches in Queensland
Lovely use of printed felt on this smart cloche variation from California based Jill Courtemanche Millinery
Very pretty pink picture hat with exquisite grey straw lily trim from Australian brand Emma Michelle Millinery

And these structural wonders in graphic black and white from Australia milliner Catherine Ellen of The Essential Hat


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Head of the Russian Imperial House, Grand Duchess Maria, made a statement on the centennial of the Russian Revolution

Lovely shot of Queen Mathilde at the Taj Mahal on Monday, taken by King Philippe

Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques attended their first formal dinner this week. Princess Charlene also shared a fun snap of the young prince piloting his first Maritime Police Boat.

Wonderful photographs shared by Prince Nikolaos here and here and another beautiful landscape shot shared by James Ogilvy here

How elegant Queen Elizabeth looked this evening, arriving at Royal Albert Hall for the annual Festival of Remembrance.

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And finally, some wonderful images of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall taken on various stops of their southeast Asian tour earlier this week

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 Photos from Getty and social media as indicated; The Asahi Shimbun and The Ashi Shimbun via Getty; Sankei

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

King Carl Gustaf attended a farm seminar on sustainable food production on Wednesday, appropriately attired in his favourite fedora (Swedish Monarchy)

On Thursday, Princess Anne attend a party in Hamburg, Germany, marking the 91st Birthday of the Queen. She repeated her navy crin headpiece for the event.

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On Wednesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the tomb of late Prince Tomohito at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo. Princess Akiko of Mikasa greeted them in a veiled black bumper hat.

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Princess Olympia of Greece has taken another step into the modelling world with this Dolce and Gabbana campaign shot, shared by her mother. Her large black headpiece/hairbow is….um…interesting. Lady Amelia Windsor also took part in the campaign in a more regal headpiece.

For those of you who will be in Massachusetts in August –  Flora Ogilvy shared this snap from her childhood and announced an exhibition of her father’s landscape photography  will open on Nantucket Island August 11. James and Julia Ogilvy lived in the USA during the past academic year while Julia studied at the Harvard Divinity School.

Several hats have caught my eye this week:

Bundle McLaren’s vibrant peacock and purple percher with flowers
Laura Apsit Livens’ red rimmed saucer with nautical navy and white trim
Sarah Cant’s artfully sculptural perchers
Lifted Millinery’s beautifully curved lattice brimmed percher  
Susanne Juul’s sleek picture hat with stunning embroidered hatband
Cara Meehan’s romantic and glowing gold veiled beret with silk flowers
Rachel Trevor Morgan’s shocking pink cocktail hat studded in feathers
And if you want to stand out at Ascot, try East Village Hats’  large black saucer working clock
or Philip Treacy’s triangular masterpiece (in glass?), shown here on display at the Ritz Hotel

Let’s take a minute to applaud milliners out there (without whom we would not have anything to oggle) who have been super busy over the past few weeks finishing creations for this year’s summer season. Rachel Trevor Morgan shared this photo, taken Friday in her studio, of new Ascot hats waiting for pickup, presumably all to be worn next week.

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Numerous tributes (Guardian, New York Times,  Telegraph, Kent Online) for Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 93.

Lovely shots shared by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of their 50th anniversary last weekend looking happy and relaxed aboard the royal yacht Dannesbrog.

Princess Charlene marked the Day of the African Child on Friday with a compelling statement on water safety.

The Swedish monarchy shared these sweet snaps of Prince Nicolas, who celebrated his second birthday.

And finally, Happy Fathers Day everyone! Clarence House and Kensington Palace posted these lovely images  in honour of today’s holiday.

Photo from Asahi

Last Week’s Extras Times Two

Royal Hats This weekly feature was interrupted last weekend for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration. Hang on to your hats- there’s much news to catch up! 

The Swedish monarchs arrived in Bhutan on June 8 for a short state visit. Queen Silvia wore a floral headpiece for a banquet the first evening that looked to be made of real flowers. Part of the visit was more casual and saw the King wearing his trusty old fedora (Swedish Monarchy), brought out again last week for an interview (Svenskdam)

Queen Silvia, June 8, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Akiko of Mikasa was uncharacteristically casually dressed (complete with floppy hat) to plant rice with students of Kokugakuin University. Also, several members of the Imperial Family attended a memorial service for the late Prince Katsura (Imperial Family Of Japan)

King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon partook their annual inspection of the King’s Guard (Royal House of Norway)

Flora Ogilvy celebrated Midsummer in a romantic and retro floral turban (Zenouska Mowatt Instagram)

Princess Mary was in head-to-toe camouflage two weekends ago for Home Guard Land Exercises and a parade in Jutland, reviewed by Queen Margrethe in her red straw hat (Danish Monarchy).

The Danish Monarchy also released this throw-back photo to the mid 1980s of Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim wearing the hats of their secondary school, Øregaard Gymnasium

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The Danish Royals released a handsome new family photo (Danish Monarchy)

The Swedish royals released beautiful photographs of Prince Nicolas on the occasion of his first birthday here and here (Princess Madeleine Facebook). They also shared this wonderful video of the King and Queen’s wedding which took place 40 years ago, yesterday.

In all of the Ascot madness this week, I’m sure I have forgotten other tidbits of royal news. Please feel free to share them in the comments. 

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Day 5 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  As the gates on Royal Ascot close for another year, we can’t bid farewell to these iconic races without a look at a few more royal hats. Here are the top hats worn today by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales:

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Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter, Zenouska Mowatt, attended the races today in the same white pillbox with yellow butterflies that milliner Lady Laura Cathcart wore earlier in the week. I love this hat’s pairing with Zenouska’s floral dress:

 

I know there are some non royal hats that caught your fancy today that you are waiting to share- please feel free to post them in the comments. I have a few to share of my own and will be back tomorrow with a final index of all the hats we saw at Ascot this year and a royal wedding!
Photos from Getty as indicated