Trooping The Colour: York, Wessex & Phillips Families

We jump back into our review of the hats at yesterday’s Trooping The Colour ceremony with those worn by the rest of the Queen’s immediate family. Princess Beatrice wore a bandeau headpiece described by the designer as “back silk dupion-covered sculpted headband with a white flourish, inspired by historical styles. Graceful and dramatic, this headband features a large blooming white silk flower.” Beatrice wears the kokoshnik-shape really well (it suits her hairstyle and face shape) and this piece was a great compliment to her pink and black dress.

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Designer:  Judy Bentinck. It is the ‘Kiyomi’ bandeau.  Dress from Emilia Wickstead
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Princess Eugenie topped a vibrantly printed dress with a black straw bergère hat embellished with a large white silk rose. The hat pairs so well with the dress- it’s scale is great to link with Eugenie’s black sash belt without overwhelming the ensemble and these black accessories give grounding and grandeur to the look. What really has me swooning for this hat is the perfect angle Eugenie placed it on her head. SO GOOD. Also making his millinery début at this event was Eugenie’s new husband, Jack Brooksbank, who sported a top hat in black felt.

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Designer:  Emily London. It is the ‘Varenna’ hat. Dress from Amanda Wakeley.
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The Countess of Wessex repeated a black straw statement hat, also in black straw. In a pointed ellipse shape, the design features a grandiose, sidesweeping wave which is built upon the base of a calot style cap. The hat is finished with a trailing branch of black silk blossoms.

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This is one of several hats Sophie has in this unique shape (see here and here) and it is wonderful to see it again, not only because it’s fantastic on her, but because it paired fantastically with her green silk dress. Sophie carries off such statement millinery pieces so successfully and this hat tops a terrific ensemble for her.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is a custom version of “Lady A” from SS 2013.  Dress by Suzannah
Previously Worn:  Mar 9, 2017; June 21, 2013

Lady Louise Windsor repeated the smart navy satin covered button percher trimmed with satin and beaded Rouleaux twists she first wore for Princess Eugenie’s wedding last fall. Not only does yesterday’s outing show a better view of the beaded detailing on the bows, it also reveals the hat to have a scattering of velvet flowers with pearl centers. It’s a youthful design in a classic colour that Louise wears very well (and it’s great to see her wear it several times).

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Designer: Emily London
Previously Worn: Apr 21, 2019Oct 12, 2018

Autumn Phillips wore a pale grey straw percher hat described by the designer as “a handblocked straw button trimmed with a crystal bow.” Autumn has embraced cocktail hats with button or beret bases for a long time and this one, with it’s slightly lilac undertone, makes a lovely pairing with her pink frock.

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Designer: Julian Garner. It is the “Jessica” design. Dress by Claire Mischevani
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I think there’s something significant to admire about each of these five hats- what are your thoughts?
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Wrapping Up The Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Royal Windsor Horse Show concluded over the weekend with a number of royal attended events and a quintet of royal hats. On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth presented the day’s awards in a repeated her pink felt hat with square crown and short, cartwheel brim. The hat is trimmed with slim hatband of braided chevron-edged felt, a wide blue quill and curled copper feathers. Her Majesty wears pink so well and while I’m still not a great fan of the bouclé fabric used for her coat, the hat coordinates well with it.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: Sep 2, 2017Feb 2, 2014Apr 21, 2017

Sunday, the final day of the show, saw The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society held in Home Park. Prince Michael of Kent was one of three members of the royal family to take part in carriage driving, looking dapper in a classic black felt bowler hat.

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The Countess of Wessex made her carriage driving debut in a hat that has become a workhorse in her millinery closet, her navy moulded straw percher with swirling cream and gold feather trim. On its own, the hat is great on Sophie- great scale, great colour, great placement- but here, it’s fantastic. Matching one’s riding crop to the feathers on one’s hat is a whole other level of chic.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Mar 12, 2018Nov 14, 2017Nov 24, 2016;  Aug 16, 2015Sep 15, 2012Jun 5, 2012

Lady Louise took part in this, her second event of this year’s show, with a repeated lichen green plaid top hat with caramel suede hatband and piping around the saddle brim. It’s a quintessential carriage driving hat but one Lady Louise wears well.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 14, 2017

Queen Elizabeth was on hand for the final day of the show yesterday to present winning awards in a vibrant new blue hat. In dark turquoise straw, the hat features a flat, straight-sided crown and upturned kettle brim edged in a wide band of the same silk crepe as Her Majesty’s matching coat. A slight sidesweep gives elegant movement to the shape, as does the tall straw ‘wrap’ around the crown; the hat is finished with a slim silk crepe hatband and silk roses on the side.

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The colour of this ensemble is perfection and it’s lovely to see a slightly wider brim on the Queen. I think I’d prefer the brim edge be a smidge narrower but that’s nitpicking- it’s a great new addition to the Queen’s hat wardrobe

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Designer: Looks like Angela Kelly
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It looks like a wonderful time was had here by all, in addition to these great hats. Which one stands out to you?

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Royal Windsor Horse Show

As in years past, The Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is taking part on the grounds of Windsor Castle this week, has seen both royal spectators and participants taking part. Today, Lady Louise placed third in a carriage driving competition, looking very smart in her repeated loden green felt driving hat. The design follows the basic shape of a top hat with quirky, 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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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 13, 2018

Lady Louise’s mum and grandparents were on hand to cheer her on. The Duke of Edinburgh, who also drove a carriage in the show, looked dapper in a khaki plaid wool flat cap. The Queen was all smiles in a daffodil printed silk headscarf.

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Easter at Windsor: Part 2

We continue our look at the royal hats on Sunday at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with the Countess of Wessex. Sophie topped her floral dress with a navy straw percher saucer hat trimmed with silver metallic leather flowers and leaves, burnt feathers and rough-edged crin. I understand the design is about making a statement of the edgy trim but it came off a bit messy for me.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Oscar de la Renta
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Lady Louise Windsor repeated her navy satin covered button percher with multi looped satin and beaded bows. It’s a great scale for this young royal hat wearer and the bit of sparkle makes it a wonderfully youthful choice. With her navy floral dress, the hat tops a great Easter look.

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Designer: Emily London. Dress by Reiss
Previously Worn: Oct 12, 2018

Princess Anne repeated her oyster straw hat with sideswept brim trimmed with layered cream curling quills. The hat used to also include feather trim in apricot/burnt orange hues that have now been removed- an interesting development that extends this hat’s ability to be paired with different ensembles such as the silver silk frock Anne paired with it here. For good views of this hat in its previously trimmed form, jump over here to its last outing, last June at Ascot.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 19, 2018June 4, 2018;  June 20, 2017May 20, 2017 

Autumn Phillips wore a new navy straw hugger percher design trimmed with cream silk flowers and a swath of ruffled widely woven tulle veil. The cream trim links well with the statement buttons on Autumn’s dress and the hat’s blocking creates a beautiful line to the design. It’s a lovely design by a designer we’ve not seen on a royal head before- a designer I can’t wait to see more of.


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Designer: bespoke Julian Garner.  Dress by Claire Mischevani.
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Zara Tindall topped her elegantly streamlined cream coat with a pink felt formed button percher trimmed with curving leaf trim in silver and pink and white gingham patterned leather. The hat’s interesting trim makes a wonderful statement that is tempered ever so slightly by its pale colour scheme- a scheme which Zara wears really well. It’s an interesting but pretty hat well suited to an event such as this.

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Designer: Sarah Cant. Coat by Goat Fashion.
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This wraps up the eight royal hats we saw at Windsor on Easter Sunday. This group included a few surprises and renovations which makes me curious, dearest readers- which designs stood out most to you?

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British Royal Family Celebrate Christmas- Part 2

Continuing our look at the hats worn yesterday to Christmas service in Norfolk, we jump to the York princesses.  Princess Beatrice repeated her wide brimmed fedora, a hat that doesn’t exactly stand out but that works on her very well nonetheless.

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Designer: unknown. Coat by Claire Mischevani.
Previously Worn: November 19, 2014

Princess Eugenie topped a stunning red and black coat with a black duchess silk hand-made bandeau headpiece with ruched center. The placement feels awkwardly too far forward toward her forehead- I think the piece would have worked much better worn over the crown of her head.

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Designer: Emily London; it is a bespoke version of the “Ellen” design. Coat by Andrew Gn.
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The Countess of Wessex wore a new hat, described by the designer as “bespoke wet look velvet cocktail hat with vintage veil.” Cocktail hats of this scale and style are a common choice for Sophie which is a shame, as the beautiful details of this one (the sheen of the velvet, the lovely molded shape of the base, the very finely woven veil) are lost a bit in the sense that we’ve seen this before on her.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Coat is by Suzannah.
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Lady Louise Windsor topped her streamlined ecru coat with an angled beret percher hat in animal print felt. The bold shape, which is elevated on one side, and the daring print are stand out from all the hats we’ve seen Louise wear to date, something that fills me with joy and happy claps. I adore watching this young royal hat wearer find her millinery style through experimenting with new shapes, styles and, in this case, prints and admire the confidence it took to choose and carry off this design.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
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Princess Anne repeated the turquoise felt fedora we first saw her wear this year at Easter. The fedora shape works so well on her (particularly when worn with a slight angle to the brim) and I really like how the two-toned, layered silk hatbands link with the ensemble’s matching coat turquoise with lighter blue collar. It’s a sharp and stylish hat that Anne wears well.
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Designer: unknown

Previously Worn: Apr 1, 2018

Autumn Phillips topped her forest green coat with a matching hand-blocked beret percher hat in peachbloom felt trimmed with a crystal pearl studded flying bow. I really like how this beret’s shape, with its gentle curves, becomes its focal point, magically making that bow appear to be a far more subtle detail than it actually is. The hat is so beautifully balanced and its very festive colour looks wonderful on Autumn.

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Designer: Sally Ann Provan. It is a bespoke version of the ‘Sora’ design. Coat by Claire Mischevani.
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Zara Tindall wore an eye-catching hat described by the designer as a “thistle purple felt mini sloped beret trimmed with deep purple felt and bronze leather leaves”. Zara wears such quirky statement percher hats so well and this design, with its punchy colour and strong sense of movement thanks to the leaf trim, does no overwhelm her. I love an unexpected colour pairing that works and on Zara, the navy and purple combination in this ensemble is great.

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Designer: Sarah Cant. It is the “Cyclamen” design from AW 2016. Coat by Hugo Boss. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

That wraps up this year’s British Royal Christmas hats. Which ones stood out to you most?
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York Royal Wedding: Cambridge, Sussex and Wessex Families

With the Duchess of Cornwall away in Scotland performing previously scheduled engagements, we continue our look at the royal hats at today’s wedding with a stunning design worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. In ruby velvet felt, the blocked beret design is trimmed with a handmade spray of roses and leaves and a deep pink net tulle veil. The colour is stunning on Kate and contrasts beautifully against the slightly different shade of deep pink of her dress.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Flowers on the hat by Anfisa Korelova. Dress by Alexander McQueen
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Duchess of Sussex added a new milliner to her growing list of hat suppliers with this blocked navy straw beret trimmed with knife-edged folded crin.  The trim gives a great sense of movement to the hat, although I wish it was more dimmensional- as it is, it’s a bit flat.

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Designer: Noel Stewart for Givenchy. Dress and coat by Givenchy.
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The Countess of Wessex wore a tall, curved navy disc hat backed in wide layers of pleated navy crin. While I really wish we had better views of this design, it looks to be a dramatic piece that Sophie carried well.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Azzedine Alaia.
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Lady Louise Windsor did a great job leading the young bridesmaids and pages in a smart navy satin covered button percher with slim satin looped bows, some of which are beaded. It’s a wonderful scale on young Louise and that little bit of sparkle is perfect on her. So lovely!

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Designer:  Emily London. Dress by Claudie Pierlot 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Four more lovely royal hats, don’t you agree?
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Trooping The Colour: York, Wessex & Phillips Families

We jump back into a review of the hats at Saturday’s Trooping The Colour ceremony with those worn by the rest of the Queen’s immediate family. Princess Beatrice topped her pale pink dress with a red straw variation on a pillbox hat. Trimmed with a looped figure-8 bow on the side, the hat stands out thanks to its unusual raised shape around the front. I’ve warmed to the shape over the weekend- while unusual and most interesting, it provides subtle framing to Beatrice’s face – and the unexpected pairing of red hat and pink dress feels very fresh and modern. This is the first red hat we’ve ever seen on Princess Beatrice and the colour is great on her.

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Designer: Sally Ann Provan. It is the “Lola” straw bow pillbox. Dress from The Fold London.
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Princess Eugenie topped her green dress with  a hat described by the designer as a “silver Kintab sinamay downturned brimmed hat, with acetate leaf pattern.” The mushroom brimmed shape is lovely on Eugenie and the leaf pattern brings an unexpected, surprise element to the hat the links wonderfully with her emerald dress. Bee Smith is a new milliner for Eugenie and this piece is a fantastic choice for her.

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Designer: Bee Smith. It is the “Leaf Brim” from SS 2018. Osman Studio dress.
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Countess of Wessex repeated her ecru lace covered beret based cocktail hat trimmed with a silk rose, feathers, and curling slim quills, all tinged in palest pink. It’s a lovely piece (shown so well by her hairstyle) that pairs, I think, just as well with her pink dress as the memorable hat she wore with it last year to Ascot. Sophie has some fantastic hats in her millinery closet and it’s great to see her bring them out in new, interesting pairings such as this.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead
Previously Worn: May 10, 2015June 17, 2014May 17, 2013

Lady Louise Windsor topped her navy dress with a smart navy straw button base percher cocktail hat trimmed with a large pleated ruffle rosette. The scale is just perfect on Louise and her hairstyle hosts the hat, perfectly.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
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Autumn Phillips contrasted her navy dress with a wonderful, bright pink hat. With a silk covered beret straw base, the hat is trimmed with several silk magenta roses, large slim, straw bow loops, tufts of net tulle veil, and gold leaves. The hat adds an exuberant pop of colour to the ensemble and the combination of neckline on the dress, scale of the hat and hairstyle is one that is beautifully balanced.

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Designer: Emily London. Dress by Suzannah.
Previously Worn: This hat is new 

I think there’s something significant to admire about each of these five hats- what are your thoughts?
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