This Week’s Extras

Lady Gabriella Kingston in a coral straw summery hat last weekend to debut singles from her first album
Leah Behn was confirmed yesterday at Jar church, in a traditional Norwegian folk ‘bunad’, with her extended family in attendance
We missed a smart black hat on Princess Nobuko back in January (love that jaunty brim curve!)
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderful pink straw top hat with silk bound brim, ruched hatband and veil trim by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
White leather hugger percher studded with organza flowers by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Jade, royal blue and turquoise silk abaca and crin bandeau headpiece by Australian milliner Melanie Atherinos
Raspberry straw bergère hat with silk ranunculus and ribbon ties by French brand Rose Cherie
Halo headpiece with fantastic ombre straw orchid by French milliner Sylvia Martinez

Chic variation on a newsboy cap in textured straw by Canadian milliner Jay Cheng
Red acrylic brimmed boater with metallic blooms by Australian brand Jettah & Till Design Millinery
Lovely lines on this royal blue felt brimless design by Belarussian milliner Olga Lumiere
Charming colour scheme on this charcoal and blush felt cloche by Austrian milliner Nadia Grubelnik
A classic black and white picture hat with great proportions by Dutch milliner Berry Rutjes
Fantastically vibrant feather trim on this jaunty number in purple velour felt by German brand Malinè

Wee Prince Gabriel of Sweden celebrated his third birthday with a visit to the Säterdalen nature reserve with his parents to inaugurate parts of if which were, as part of his Dalarna Duchy, gifted to him for his christening in December 2017gift he received in connection with his christening in December 2017

Photos from social media as indicated

Royal Ascot Day 3: The Kingstons

Royal Hats

I’m joined today by the lovely Ellie Vallerini, creator of Sussex-based Ellie Vallerini Hats, to chat about all the royal hats we see today at Royal Ascot!  

Lady Gabriella Kingston and her new husband Tom enjoyed the races today. Tom wore a grey felt top hat and Gabriella wore a cocktail hat with blush pink parasisal inflated teardrop base. The hat is trimmed with trimmed ostrich feathers and a diamond patterned veil.

Royal Hats: Lady Gabriella usually wears wide brimmed, sidesweeping picture hats so this is a departure for her!

Ellie Vallerini: Lady Gabriella looks effortless and chic in this outfit. I like that is has a fun element to it and feels a bit frivolous with the ruffles, stripes and ostrich feathers. I love the colour and style of this Philip Treacy hat however I’m not mad on the base shape, I feel it can look a bit severe and heavy on the face. Overall, she looks great in her outfit and is in the true spirit of Royal Ascot which is to have a bit of fun with what you are wearing!

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Royal Hats: I love that Gabriella has experimented with a new shape. I just can’t help nostalgically thinking that one of her dramatic, sweeping cream straw picture hats would have made a lovely pairing with this dress and balance out those romantic sleeves!

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Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC 549 from SS 2019. Dress by Luisa Beccaria. 
Previously Worn: Thia hat is new

What do you think of Gabriella’s hat today?

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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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Gallery 2:

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

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


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

Lady Gabriella Windsor was married to Mr. Thomas Kingston today at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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The bride looked radiantly beautiful in a lace dress by Italian designer Luisa Beccaria. Beccaria was quoted this morning, “In the very beginning, she didn’t even really want a white dress. Her requirements changed a little bit when they decided to marry at Windsor.”

The resulting gown was made from fine layers of tulle and organza- ivory layered with a few in blush pink to give the slightest kiss of colour- with an overlay of ivory embellished Valenciennes lace.

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The lace is appliqued with silk ribbon swirls and flowers with a row roses highlighting the waist. The shape follows a sheer bateau neckline and long sleeves with the A-line skirt that sweeps into a beautiful train.

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Lady Gabriella wore a tiara that has is becoming a Kent family bridal tradition. Gifted to her grandmother, Princess Marina on the occasion of her wedding to the Duke of Kent, the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara was worn by Princess Alexandra at her wedding in 1963 and by Gabriella’s mother, Princess Michael of Kent at her wedding ball in 1978.

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The spiky lines of the Kokoshnik shaped tiara were softened by a sweeping cathedral length silk tulle veil, edged around the front with the same Valenciennes lace that adorned the gown. Applique cutouts of the lace dotted the back of the veil with little blossoms and Gabriella’s hair was fixed in a romantic cascade of curls and looping braids.

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The couple were attended by pages and bridesmaids, including Gabriella’s nieces Maud and Isabella, in ivory silk organza dresses also by Luisa Beccaria. The same silk ribbon floral applique on the waist of the bride’s dress trimmed the waists and short sleeves of the bridesmaids’ frocks and wreaths of ivory and peach roses adorned their hair.

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From the couple’s radiant smiles, it appears the day was everything they had hoped and I’m sure you join me in wishing them congratulations and wishes for a wonderful life together.

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York Royal Wedding: Gloucesters and Kents

We turn our attention now to hats worn by members of the Gloucester and Kent families. First up is a millinery disguise of sorts from the Duchess of Gloucester who repeated her much worn straw taupe blocked beret hat (with stem). The hat is a familiar one and its outing today, wrapped in a swath of red net veil (I assume, to coordinate with her suit?) is unexpected and, dare I say, a bit odd. I love millinery experiments but in this case, I think this  would have been best left in its original form.


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Designer: Peter Jones
Previously Worn: Jul 10, 2018;  Mar 9, 2017Jun 18, 2015Jun 15, 2015Nov 6, 2013Jun 19, 2013Jun 5, 2012
Lady Helen Taylor topped her intricately embroidered frock with a blue bandeau headpiece
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Designer: unknown- likely Stephen Jones

Previously Worn: I believe this is new

Zenouska Mowatt topped her bright pink midi length dress with a dark purple felt hat trimmed with an organza ruffle in the same pink as her dress. The colour mix of this ensemble is unexpected but the more I see it, the more I really like it. It’s a brave combinations of colours and materials not usually put together and makes a bold and very brave look for Zenouska.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her angular, pale grey pillbox with dramatic ostrich feather plume around the back.

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

Lady Frederick, whose young daughter Maud was one of the wee bridesmaids, paired her elegant aqua dress and coat with a wide, white ‘slice’ saucer hat trimmed with aqua ostrich feathers and dotted white tulle wrapped around the central crown of the hat. 


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Designer: Hat, dress and coat all by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Gabriella Windsor was a vision in blue, topping her cereulean dress with a deep peacock(or cobalt?) felt hat with off-centered, peaked crown and gently sideswept brim. The shades of blue are not ones often paired together but, like Zenouska’s ensemble, work surprisingly really well. The turquoise earrings and pale blue clutch add other blue notes to the ensemble that contrast (rather than match), making for an interesting and unexpected ensemble that Gabriella wears, brilliantly. Hers is the next British royal wedding and I can’t wait to see her bridal style.



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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress by Claire Mischevani
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Some of my favourite royal millinery looks from today’s wedding are found within this group- do any of these hats stand out to you as well?
Photos from Getty as indicated