Funeral of Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Members of the British royal family attended the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, today at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge. The Countess, who was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s third cousin and the Prince of Wales’ last surviving godparent, died June 13 at the age of 93.

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As one might expect, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Countess of Wessex all attended the funeral today in black hats.

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The funeral was attended by members of the Knatchbull family, many who wore black hats. Photos below are only of Penelope Knatchbull (until today, titled Lady Brabourne), who is familiar to readers here. You can see hats worn by the late Countess’ sister Pamela Hicks here and niece India Hicks here.

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Sunday Church For Queen And Duke

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were photographed this morning en route to and from St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, where they attended Sunday service. The Queen repeated her red wool hat with moulded, semi Pork Pie indented crown trimmed with silk roses and a beaded, double figure eight bow. It’s days short of a year since we last saw Her majesty in a red ensemble, a colour she wears so very well.

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Here is a much better view of this hat, taken at its last outing in 2015:

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Today’s trip to church marks the thirteenth public outing for this hat, making it one of Her Majesty’s most worn pieces in current rotation. While she clearly likes it, what do you think?
Update: The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Laurence and Lady Brabourne also attended church. Princess Anne repeated her dark green hourglass hat worn numerous times before while Lady Brabourne wore a smart brown and cream striped pillbox with velvet bow at the back.
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British and Greek Royals Attend British Society Wedding

A wedding On Saturday, the great-granddaughter of the late Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Alexandra Knatchbull, was married to Thomas Hooper at Romsey Abbey, near the bride’s family estate Broadlands, in Hampshire.

Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

The bride looked wonderfully elegant in a structured silk gown topped with a lace veil, anchored with the Mounbatten Star Tiara.

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The bride’s family has very close ties with the British royal family – she is a great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, her grandmother and the Duke of Edinburgh are first cousins, one of her godmothers was the late Princess of Wales, her mother and the Duke of Edinburgh are long-time carriage driving partners, her family’s estate played host to royal honeymoons of the Queen in 1947 and the Prince of Wales in 1981 –  and it was no surprise to see British royals attended the wedding. The Prince of Wales stepped in to escort the elegant bride into the church (her father Lord Brabourne is unwell and rumours are that relations are strained with his daughter following this scandal).

Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Alexandra Natchbull, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

The bride’s mother, Lady Brabourne, topped her silver silk dress with a pale grey straw picture hat with sweeping brim and squared, flat topped crown. The hat is trimmed with a hat band, side bow and wide brim piping all made of the same silk as Penny’s dress, bringing the two pieces together in a unified and very elegant ensemble. We have seen Lady Brabourne in several similar picture hats with upswept brims and the style and scale suits her very well.

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Designer: I believe it is Dillon Wallwork
Previously worn: This hat is new

The bride’s grandmother, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, wore a delphinium blue hat with upturned brim, edged in a wide stripe of silk. The same silk formed a ruched a pleated hatband around the base of the crown.

Countess Mountbatten of Burma, June 25, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth surprised not only by appearing at this event with the Duke of Edinburgh, but by also wearing a new hat. In a light coral straw, her hat features a short, sharply upswept brim on one side and a flat crown. The hat is embellished with silk edged ribbon bows on the side (the same ribbon looks to be used for overlapping hat bands around the base of the crown) and silk flowers. I think it’s a great hat for Her Majesty and really like the contrast between the hat’s crisp angles and it’s very soft, romantic trim.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
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As she is apt to do, Princess Anne wore a hat we’ve not seen on her in a while. With a pink silk ruched crown and slightly duller, thulian pink straw brim, the hat features a gently raised brim on one side and three straw calla lilies on the side. It’s nice to see Anne in some colour- I really like the shape of this brim and the straw flowers- but I’m not sold on the shiny silk crown. My favourite part of the ensemble is how the different shades and textures of pink combine to create a harmonious look that’s interesting and unified but not overly matchy.

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Designer: Walter Wright  
Previously worn: June 21, 2001 (and likely numerous others)

Princess Alexandra wore a cream straw hat with rounded crown and cartwheel brim embellished with a cream widely woven net veil, pale green silk roses and tiny curling feathers. It’s a great hat for her and I really like the height of the crown- slightly elevated but not as high as some of the other designs she wears.

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Designer: likely Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously worn: This hat is new

The wedding was also well attended by members of the Greek royal family (I didn’t realise until preparing this post that Alexandra Knatchbull was one of the bridesmaids at Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantall’s wedding back in 1995). Queen Sofia of Spain topped her grey suit with a headpiece made from grey silk leaves, beaded berry clusters and a swath of very fine grey net tulle. Her sister, Princess Irene of Greece, wore similar style headpiece of dotted navy net tulle, anchored with a simple navy bow.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece topped her navy lace dress with a simple pillbox hat, trimmed in a slim bow. Anne-Marie’s short hairstyle favours small hats and she wears this navy pillbox well.

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Previously worn: April 13, 2011; April 16, 2010

I thought there were some beautiful hats at this event- which ones stood out to you, most?

Photos from Rex Features and Rachel Adams via the Southern Daily Echo

Royal Hats Last Year: The Rest

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We have nearly come to the end of our review of all the hats, headpieces and feathery puffs we saw grace royal heads in 2014. Please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are the final royal hats we saw in 2014:

Austria- Archduchess Marie-Astrid (1-2), Archduchess Adelaide (3), Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este (4) and Archduchess Anna-Gabriele (5)

 1. 2014-07-05 Amadeo and Elisabetta 31 2. Archduchess Marie Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Archduchess Adelaide, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este , July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Romania- Princess Maria (6) and Crown Princess Margareta (7-8)

6. Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Crown Princess Margarita, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Italy- Duchess of Castro (9-10), Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (11) and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma (12)

9. Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats  10. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 12. Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Iran- Empress Farah and Greece- Princess Marie-Chantal

13. Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Marie-Chantal, June 7, 2014 in Philip Treacy |Royal Hats

British Nobility- Lady Brabourne (15-16), the Duchess of Devonshire (17-18) and the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough (19)

15. Baroness Brabourne, January 12, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 16. Baroness Brabourne, June 18, 2014 in Dillon Wallwork | Royal Hats 17. Duchess of Devonshire, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Duchess of Devonshire, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 19. Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, October 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

The next post will FINALLY invite you all, dear readers, to formally nominate your favourite hat, least favourite hat and best overall hat style from the royal hats we saw in 2014. Will any of these hats make your list?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

15th Anniversary of Wessex Wedding

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Last month during Ascot, the Earl and Countess of Wessex celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. Let’s belatedly celebrate their anniversary with a peek back at their wedding.

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When Prince Edward and Sophie married on June 19, 1999 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the couple had dated for eight years. Their wedding reflected the maturity that comes when marrying in one’s 30s and appeared to be a deliberate departure from the grand scale Windsor weddings of Edward’s elder siblings. Nowhere was this departure more evident than in the bride’s dress (no 1980s bow-covered meringue here!). Designed by Samantha Shaw, the gown was a medieval inspired dress coat with a deep v-neckline, long bell shaped sleeves and a slim silhouette. Made of hand-dyed ivory silk organza and silk crepe, the coat was embellished with several hundred thousand  pearl and cut-glass beads and swept into a modest train. For the private party following the ceremony, the coat was removed to reveal a simple silk dress.

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Sophie topped her dress with a long gossamer silk organza veil studded with seed pearls; the veil caught the wind when she exited St. George’s Chapel and its delicacy was shown to full effect. Her pearl earrings and necklace with cross pendant, also in a Medieval style, were a gift designed by Prince Edward. Her tiara was a surprise as it was a ‘new’ piece made of four separate Victorian pieces from Queen Elizabeth’s private collection (you can read more about it here).

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The four young bridesmaids and pages wore outfits inspired by the Knights of the Order of the Garter, complete with black velvet Tudor bonnet-inspired headpieces trimmed with a plume of white ostrich feathers on the young ladies. The unusual choice of attire for the children was a nice connection to the wedding chapel (St. George’s is the chapel of the Order of the Garter) and gave us one of the only royal weddings with hat-wearing attendants!

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While the vast majority of British royal weddings take place in the morning where morning suits, day dresses and hats are required, Edward and Sophie married in the late afternoon; the dress code for the wedding was full-length formal wear with no hats. Old habits die hard, however, as was evidenced by headgear sported on several of Prince Edward’s relatives. Queen Elizabeth wore a beaded 1920s flapper style headpiece with a spray of sweeping lavender feathers designed by Frederick Fox. A side multi looped slim silk bow studded with lavender seed pearls completes the piece. This remains one of the only times the Queen has stepped out in a fascinator and I think it was wonderfully sassy on her.

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The Queen Mother ignored the dress code (as is the prerogative of anyone 99 years of age) and wore a mauve hat trimmed in coordinating osprey feathers. I’m not a fan of the spiky feathers covering the entire hat but I’m a great fan of the Queen Mother’s unapologetic sense of both style and tradition so I’m not going to complain.

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The Duchess of Kent wore a feathered fascinator in white, tan and chocolate while Princess Anne topped her green ensemble with a spray of upright green feathers.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a small white camellia hairpiece. My favourite fascintor of the day, however, was the pale pink headpiece organza bow loops Lady Romsey tucked into the back of her elegant hairstyle. Feathers sticking out of the back of one’s head have a tendency to look like a rooster but Lady Romsey’s headpiece hit exactly the right note.

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While this was not a wedding of memorable hats, I am curious, dear readers – what did you think of the headpieces?

Photos from Rex Features;  Anwar Hussein via Getty 

June Poll: Best of Royal Ascot

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As we move on from glorious Ascot week, it is time to pick our favourite royal hat of this year’s races. This is no easy task as there are several hats that stood out brilliantly this year. So I turn to you, dearest readers, and ask which was your favourite royal hat of Ascot 2014?

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Queen Elizabeth in pink Angela Kelly, blue Rachel Trevor Morgan and green flowered Rachel Trevor Morgan

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The Duchess of Cornwall in cream pleated Philip Treacy and ice blue Philip Treacy

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Princess Beatrice blue Sarah Cant and gold Misa Harada

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 A trio of Philip Treacy: Zara Phillips Tindall in white; Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein in cream, and white with black lace

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Princess Eugnenie in cream and blush Nerida Fraiman; The Countess of St. Andrews in pink Yvette Jelfs

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Lady Brabourne in red Dillon Wallwork; The Countess of Wessex in white Jane Taylor and navy Jane Taylor

Voting will remain open until June 30, 2013 at midnight GMT and we will celebrate the results soon thereafter. As always, you are welcome to vote as many times as you wish.

**UPDATE: See results here

Photos from Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse, Press Association and Press Association via The Daily Mail; Stuart C. Wilson/Getty, Chris Jackson/Getty and Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio; Julian Parker, Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris Jackson, Stuart C. Wilson, Chris Jackson and Chris Jackson via Getty; Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse and Rex via The Daily Mail; Chris Jackson/Gettyvia Zimbio; and Mark Cuthbert via Getty

Sunday Morning at Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh went to Sunday morning service this morning at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church near Sandringham this morning. The Queen repeated her beautiful turquoise hat with black trim and side bloom. This is the seventh time we have seen the Queen wear this hat- I suspect she loves it as much as we do on her.

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Lady Brabourne walked with the Duke of Edinburgh to church. Penny wore a charcoal grey wool winter picture hat with maroon velvet sash around the crown and a mushroom-style brim. Her daughter, Alexandra Knatchbull, wore a simple black hat with rolled brim.

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