Marriage Blessing of Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg: Royal Guests

We continue our look at Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg’s marriage blessing service yesterday with the hats worn by extended British royal family members.

The Countess of Wessex repeated her ecru lace covered beret based cocktail hat trimmed with peach-tinged trimming of silk rose, feathers, and curling slim quills. It’s a fun pairing, the pink dress bringing out the pink tones of the hat’s trim.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Previously Worn: Jun 9, 2018; May 12, 2015June 17, 2014May 17, 2014

Zenouska Mowatt topped a delicate blue floral dress with a waved sinamay disc hat trimmed with pleated blue crin.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Majestic Disc with Pleated Crin“. Dress by Carolina Herrera
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of St. Andrews wore a burgundy-brown textured straw hat with upturned brim trimmed with ruffled sinamay abstract flowers in the same colour. And do I see a few feathers tucked in?

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Lady Helen Taylor repeated a dusky pink straw teardrop beret percher trimmed in with dramatic net veil trim. Lady Helen’s daughter Eloise, just visible below in a beige dress with black dots, wore a floppy black crin hat trimmed with a large butterfly brooch.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: June 21, 2019

Princess Michael of Kent wore a large silk purple tinged rose headpiece.

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Lady Frederick Windsor topped her rose coatdress with a large, layered bow headpiece in blush pink sinamay.

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Designer: Catherine Walker “Heather statement bow fascinator in blush pink sinamay.” Dress by Catherine Walker.
Previously Worn: this headpiece is new

Lady Gabriella Kingston wore a red sinamay hat with off-center peaked crown and wide, sidesweeping brim. The design is trimmed with a pleated silk hatband and oversize silk rose on the side.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Now that you’ve seen all the hats at this event, dearest readers, which ones stand out most to you?

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Milestone Birthday: Lady Gabriella Kingston

Lady Gabriella Kingston celebrates her 40th birthday today, a milestone marked here with a look back at her life in hats:

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For a minor royal who lives a private life, it’s an impressive collection. Gabriella does not shy away from a wide brim or a bold shape, which makes Philip Treacy a natural go-to milliner for her. That all being said… fashion experimentation is good and I’d love to see her branch out with some less familiar shapes.

What do you notice about Lady Gabriella’s hats?

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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

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Royal Ascot Day 3: The Kingstons

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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:

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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.

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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