Royal Windsor Horse Show 2022

The four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show took place over the weekend. Lady Louise Windsor drove the carriage formerly belonging to her late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in Friday night’s  “A Gallop Through History” Platinum Jubilee celebration” and took part yesterday in the ‘Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of The British Driving Society,’ wearing in her loden green felt driving hat for both events. This lovely take on a top hat features an upturned brim on one side balanced by an exuberant spray of swirled striped pheasant and chocolate-burgundy biot feathers on the other side, finished with wide green silk hatband overlaid on the bottom with slim, scrolled green braid.

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I adore how the quirky brim shape and exuberant feathers giving an appropriately youthful lift to the design. It’s a great hat for Louise.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 4, 2021; May 9, 2019; May 13, 2018

On Saturday, Louise wore her mum’s navy felt fedora with stitched black leather hatband and feather spray held in a polished and hand-engineered cartridge.

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It’s an effortlessly stylish hat that Louise again carries so well, making it a perfect choice for a casual outing such as this. May this be the first of many hats Louise wears from her mum’s wardrobe!

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Designer: Hayfield England
Previously Worn by the Countess of Wessex: July 3, 2021

The Countess of Wessex joined her daughter yesterday, taking part in carriage driving in her navy blue velvet hat with straight-sided crown and downward sloped brim.

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The scale seems to overwhelm Sophie a little, although the colour and luxe texture of the velvet is wonderful.

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Designer: unknown. Laurie & Jules velvet coat. 
Previously Worn: July 4, 2021

Queen Elizabeth attended several events (one in a silk headscarf), her enjoyment clearly conveyed through a wide smile.

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It’s it wonderful to see these events back?!

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British Royals Attend Easter Sunday Service

Members of the British royal family gathered at Windsor Castle yesterday to attend Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel.

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The Duchess of Cambridge repeated a denim blue crepe pleated bandeau circle headpiece. The design is ruched around the back with waved bow tails. The pleated texture of the bandeau works so well in contrast with the smooth lines of the coat dress, as do the different shades of blue paired in the same ensemble.

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Designer: “Diamond Pleated Headband” by Jane Taylor. Coat dress by Emilia Wickstead. 
Previously Worn: Jan 6, 2019

Princess Eugenie repeated a blush veiled bandeau headpiece. The design is wrapped in stitched strips that lend subtle textural contrast and made a lovely counterpoint to her floral dress.

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Designer: “Galilea” headpiece by Emily London. Dress by Peter Pilotto
Previously Worn: Nov 21, 2021 

The Countess of Wessex repeated an electric blue straw ringed saucer percher trimmed with stiffened lace and curled quills. In the past, Sophie has paired this hat with a sold blue dress I think this vibrant patterned frock made a far more striking combination.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Soler London dress.
Previously Worn: July 1, 2016; July 2, 2013; June 18, 2013

Lady Louise Windsor repeated a stemmed ivory felt beret.

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Designer: “Ivory Felt Beret” by Jane Taylor. Hush dress. 
Previously Worn: Dec 25, 2021

Savannah Phillips repeated a navy ruched headband while her younger sister, Isla, repeated a navy floral knotted Joules headband.

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Previously Worn: Mar 29, 2022

Zara Tindall topped her dotted navy dress with a navy and white leather ringed pillbox percher hat. The design is trimmed with navy and white layered veil and a spray of white leather flowers. Her eldest daughter, Mia, wore a ruched navy headband.

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Designer: “Mrs. Misselthwaite Two Tone Button” from JBH Millinery. LK Bennett London dress. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This design is new. 

Margarita Armstrong-Jones repeated the dress and gold feather bandeau headpiece her mother wore to Princess Eugenie’s wedding five years ago. I love to see royal wardrobe shares and this is a great look for her.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan AW 2018
Previously Worn: by her mother on Oct 12, 2018

Lady Sarah Chatto repeated an ecru textured straw cloche with extended brim. Sarah alternates wearing this hat with the brim entirely facing downward or folding it up around the front, as she did yesterday.

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Designer: likely Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: May 18, 2019 ;  June 18, 2012June 15, 2006June 4, 2002June 10, 2001July 11, 2000

While the Queen’s presence was missed, it was lovely to see another group of hats for Easter this year. Which designs stood out most to you?

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Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh: Family

Members of the British royal family and guests from various European royal houses gathered today at Westminster Abbey in London for a Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of the Duke of Einburgh.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a coat and hat in deep forest green textured silk cloque fabric trimmed with claret velvet. The hat features a flat crown and upturned brim edged in the velvet, which is echoed on a cluster of leaves that trim the design on one side.

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Designer: I suspect it is Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her textured black beret trimmed with a dark green mottled feather.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat dress by Fiona Clare Couture.
Previously Worn: Nov 5, 2011; May 8, 2020May 1, 2019;  May 22, 2012Nov 20, 2010Nov 14, 2010May 5, 2010Dec 14, 2009Nov 5, 2009Oct 9, 2009Dec 2, 2008Dec 14, 2007

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black straw boater hat with woven straw braid brim trimmed with an ivory satin cord hatband and a spray of ivory and taupe feathers.

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Designer: Mayer Boater by Awon Golding for Lock and Co. Dress by Alessandra Rich.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Princess Beatrice wore a burgundy halo bandeau trimmed with monochrome silk flowers and leaves and a navy birdcage veil.

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Designer: Justine Bradley-Hill. Coat by Nonoo Lyons.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Princess Eugenie wore a black beaded bandeau headpiece with detachable black silk bow.

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Designer: Emily London. Dress by Erdem.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

The Countess of Wessex wore a new peaked bandeau with large back bow in black crepe.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the Oversized Black Bow Band. Suzannah London velvet coat. 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Lady Louise Windsor Lady Louise Windsor repeated her navy satin covered button percher trimmed with satin and beaded Rouleaux twists and velvet flowers.

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Designer: Emily London. Ralph Lauren dress and Sandro Paris jacket.
Previously Worn: Jun 8, 2019; Apr 21, 2019;  Oct 12, 2018

Princess Anne topped her dark green dress and coat with a flat fabric covered pillbox with ruffled bow.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 29, 2012; Nov 1992; Jul 31, 1998 and undoubtedly more

Savannah Phlips wore a navy ruched headband while her younger sister, Isla, wore a knotted one in a navy floral print from Joules.

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Zara Tindall paired an inky blue collared coat with a matching halo bandeau trimmed with rolled organdie leaves. Her eldest daughter Mia wore a headband wrapped in midnight blue velvet ribbon.

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Designer: Bee Smith. Coat by Laura Green London.
Previously Worn: Zara’s headpiece is new.

Hats are never the main story at events such as these; it is wonderful to see this family gathered to remember someone who clearly meant a great deal to them all.

See hats worn by members of the extended British royal family at this post
See hats worn by royal guests at this post

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British Royals Attend Christmas Day Services

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Wessex family and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended this morning’s service at St. George’s Chapel. For this occasion, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a new hat. The deep turquoise felt beret is trimmed with diamond-trimmed peacock feathers anchored with a quartet of turquoise felt layered squares.

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The colour is fantastic on Camilla as is the feather trim, its sweeping scale giving the hat greater presence. Many of wished for more vibrant additions to her millinery wardrobe and while I welcome this one, I’m less certain about her turquoise and denim blue patchwork coat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat. Her domed pillbox, in tan and chocolate cheetah printed felt, is simply trimmed with flat bow around the back.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Leopard Print Pillbox.” Loewe “Wool & Cashmere Double Breasted Coat.” 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor wore a streamlined ivory felt beret hat paired with a blush silk flower in her hair.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Ivory Felt Beret.”
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Gloucester was also in a pale felt beret, this one trimmed with a classic French stem. The ecru blocked design has a lovely drape to the side with just the right amount of ‘slouch’ while still looking elegantly refined.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Over in Norfolk, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Christmas morning service at the church of St. Mary Magdalene. Kate wore a new deep chocolate felt fedora with wide brim. The hat is trimmed with a quadruple layered hatband of overlapping feathers and a small metal bird on the side. It’s such a chic hat for Kate; I particularly like the fantastic feather hatband, which gives such great texture and contrast.

Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC814 from AW2020. BLAZÉ Milano “Anyway Checked Wool Blazer” 
Previously Worn: 

It’s lovely to see some hats on Christmas Day and five new ones, well that’s a wonderful surprise! Which designs stand out most to you?

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This Week’s Extras

Prince Albert, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques were all in hats to inaugurate the Port of “Cala Del Forte” in Ventimiglia on Friday
King Carl Gustaf in a natty straw fedora yesterday to open a garden exhibition at Solliden Castle.
Yesterday, the Countess of Wessex was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in a new navy felt fedora with feather trim from Hayfield England.
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Today, the Countess and Lady Louise both displayed their carriage driving skills, Sophie in a navy velvet hat with oversize crown and Louise in her olive top hat with curled brim and feather trim.

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye last week:
Spectacular feathers on this red beaded button percher inspired by volcanoes by British milliner Nora De la Quintana
Wonderful pink straw percher with ombre rings and feather starburst by Nigerian brand Coral Earth Finery
Elegant pale grey saucer with flowers and feathers by British milliner Beverley Edmondson
Whimsical rolled sinamay climbing vine headpiece by British brand Miss Ava’s Millinery
Very handsome blue graphic check newsboy cap by American brand Bailey Hats
A statement hat in natural straw with chartreuse and purple trim by New York brand Kokin
Exquisite sky blue textured saucer with crin extended brim by London-based Merve Bayindir Millinery
A charming lavender straw cloche with swirling hatband by French brand Mei Mei Chapeaux
Vibrant striped straw hat with looped bow trim by Japanese milliner Yumiko Kuroiwa
Oversized ivory straw pillbox with large black bow by Australian milliner Meghan Briton
Fantastic contrast on this blush wide brimmed hat with black velvet trim by Irish brand Millinery By Mairéad
Amazing woven hat in black cotton organdie with scarlet peek-a-boo underbrim by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
I love seeing recycled materials used creatively on hats- this percher by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit is so smart!

Lovely photos of Luxembourg’s Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess with Prince Charles yesterday at Ettelbruck Agricultural Fair

 

Ian Rank-Broadley’s statue of the late Princess of Wales was unveiled Thursday in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace.
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