Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving Part 3

Members of the Gloucester and Kent families were also in attendance today at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving.

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her blue sinamay hat with wide, upturned pleated brim.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: March 29, 2022

The Duchess’ daughters, Davina and Rose, both wore navy headband headpieces. The Countess of St. Andrews is also shown in the gallery below in a pink cloche with flat top crown trimmed with a tan hatband and spray of feathers.

The Countess of St. Andrews is also shown in the gallery below in a pink cloche with flat top crown trimmed with a tan hatband and spray of feathers.

Lady Helen Taylor wore an ivory sinamay pyramid shaped hat trimmed with layered waves of crin. Interestingly, she wore a black version of this same design in March this year to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Service of Thanksgiving.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Alexandra repeated her deep blue sinmay hat with ruched hatband and a spray of feathers on the side. The hair pairs so well with her embroidered tapestry coat.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Mar 14, 2022

Julia Ogilvy wore an ivory sinamay saucer with ivory feather flowers and a swirl of cut apricot feathers.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her arctic silver white silk covered pillbox hat with large ostrich feather plume around the back.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: June 19, 2019; May 18, 2019October 12, 2018June 13, 2015;  Oct 18, 2014Jun 16, 2014

Lady Frederick Windsor wore a crescent shaped padded bandeau covered in deep fuchsia silk, trimmed with a spray of deep purple and pink silk flowers on one side. It’s such a vibrant design that made a superb statement with her belted magenta dress.

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Designer: Laura Cathcart Millinery. Beulah London dress
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Lady Gabriella Kingson wore a light apricot sinamay beret percher. The design is trimmed with matching silk flowers and a pearl-studded birdcage veil.

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Designer: unknown. Catherine Walker dress. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

That wraps up today’s event! Which hats stood out most to you?

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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: 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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Royal Ascot Day 4: The Taylors

Royal Hats

It’s my pleasure to be joined today by Lauren Ritchie, creator of Melbourne-based Lauren J. Ritchie Millinery, to chat about today’s royal hats at Ascot!   

Lady Helen Taylor joined the Queen in her carriage for today’s arrival in a dusky pink teardrop percher with dramatic pleated pouf and birdcage in net veil.

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Lauren Ritchie: Contrasting bows have been a feature in Ascot outfits this year.  The contrasting and vibrant orange is the feature of this dress and it accessorised very well. The covered beret with draped tulle compliments the outfit and adds its own dramatic element of height without fighting for your eyes attention.  

Royal Hats: Agreed! This hat does  a great job of blending with the ensemble (and letting that orange bow sing!) while the tall tulle trim enables the design to hold its own.

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Royal Hats: Lauren, what can you tell us about working with veiling net, such as an amount like this, on a hat? Does it require stiffening? What challenges come with working with this material?

Lauren Ritchie: Veilings can naturally be quite stiff, natural silk veilings respond well to steam and will hold their shape.  Sometimes a veil can require a light stiffener such as hairspray and it is easy to spray once the veiling has been arranged.

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Royal Hats: Hairspray?! That’s a surprise but it makes sense!

Lauren Ritchie:The cuts to the veil on Helen’s hat are clever with the pointed edge, leaving the tip light so it does not fall under its own weight. Holding it in place requires the use of tie tacks which are done in either a matching or clear thread. 

Designer: Unconfirmed. Helen’s hats usually come from Stephen Jones.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Helen’s husband, Timothy Taylor, and Peter Phillips rounded out the first carriage. The men both wore black felt top hats- some of the better felt designs we’ve seen on royal heads, I think.

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What do you think of Lady Helen’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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