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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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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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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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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Royal Windsor Horse Show

Yesterday saw the close of the Royal Windsor Horse show, an annual five day event held in Windsor Great Park.  The Queen attended several events this year and on Saturday, was on hand to award show prizes in her repeated pale blue bouclé hat trimmed with navy silk roses tucked inside the upturned brim.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: Sep 29, 2017Mar 16, 2017Nov 27, 2015

Lady Louise took part in carriage driving events yesterday, joined by her mother. Both women sported new hats- Louise’s dark loden felt top hat features a sharply upturned brim and is trimmed with a silk ribbon and braid hatband and an exuberant spray of swirled pheasant feathers at the side. The Countess of Wessex’s felt fedora is trimmed with an overlapping band of pheasant feathers as a hatband. Both designs are a great scale for their wearer and fit the bill of ‘country riding chic’.

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Designer of Sophie’s hat: Hicks & Brown. It is the Suffolk Fedora in Camel
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Michael of Kent also drove a carriage yesterday, with his wife as passanger. Michael sported a traditional black bowler hat while Marie-Christine wore a camel felt design with flat crown and saddle shaped brim.

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Queen Elizabeth was all smiles yesterday for the final awards presentation in her bright pink and grey straw cloche hat. While I’m still not a fan of the sloped crown on this design, the wonderful straw flowers and high contrast grey trim on the brim and hatband keep this hat in the winner’s circle for me. And of course- matching one’s lipstick to one’s hat is always a good thing.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Oct 19, 2017July 5, 2017
This event is clearly one enjoyed by the royal family (and also saw the first appearances of the Duke of Edinburgh since his hip operation, seen here yesterday watching his granddaughter’s carriage driving event). What do you think of the hats at Windsor this weekend?
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Easter Sunday Service At Windsor: Part 2

Members of the Wessex and Phillips families were also in attendance today to Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel. The Countess of Wessex topped her navy coat with a new waved saucer hat in a navy and cream chevron woven straw, trimmed with navy silk twists. It’s always great to see her experiment with new millinery shapes and I think this is a success- it’s a light, summery piece that Sophie wears well.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Fernanda” design from SS 2018. Coat by Roland Mouret
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor topped her dark cordovan hued coat win a layered straw and crin leaf and petal shaped headpiece in the loveliest shade of orchid purple. Louise’s hats have been growing in size and complexity with her maturity, an approach that has worked so beautifully for her. The headpiece isn’t the same shade as her coat- an intentional detail that lightens the overall ensemble.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Coat from Hobbs.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Anne surprised in her second new hat in as many weeks. A close cousin to the purple fedora she debuted at the Cheltenham races, this turquoise design features a characteristic pinched crown and saucy angled brim that slightly raises around the back. The hat is lavishly trimmed with a generous side feather spray and a double hatband in two slightly lighter shades. I adore how the larger, lighter hatband links with the collar on Annes coat- a sharp detail that sets off the ensemble. Anne has raised her hat game this year, something I wildly applaud. This is such a great look for her.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Autumn Philips topped her ice blue coat with a coordinating percher cocktail hat. The hat’s button base supports the most beautiful multi looped abacca bow. I’m not usually a great fan of bows but this bow sets the hat and coat off so perfectly, providing the little bit of textural contrast needed against the sleek ensemble to make it sing.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. Coat by Suzannah.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Zara Tindall wore a navy straw teardrop shaped design with elevated, peaked top trimmed with spiky handcut feathers and silk twists. It’s a lovely hat but I think a larger scale or larger brimmed piece might have worked better for Zara at this stage in her pregnancy.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It looks like a navy version of “Adelsia” from SS 2018. Coat from Seraphine.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
II thought today’s millinery from the British royal family was exceptional (jump over to this post to see hats worn by the Queen, Duchess of Cambridge and York princesses) with several knock out designs and Princess Anne looking better than ever. Which hats stood out to you most?
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British Royals Celebrate Christmas: Part 2

Continuing our preliminary look at yesterday’s parade of British royal hats for Christmas Day, we come to the York Princesses. Princess Beatrice wore a cocktail hat with oval button base covered in electric blue velvet, trimmed with a silk rose and pleated silk abaca bow twist. On Christmas Eve, Beatrice wore another percher from this same brand- both hats have beautiful detail and trimming and are a scale that Beatrice wears very well. I’m less enamoured with the styling of this ensemble- perhaps with a black coat, the blue velvet would have been a lovely pop of colour. With this combination of black base, grey coat, awkwardly open neckline and blue hat, everything just looks haphazardly thrown together. It’s a shame because this is such a beautiful hat and this ensemble does nothing to show it off.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the “Velvet Rose Oval Mini” design
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Eugenie wore a black felt rounded hat with wide, cuff bumper brim, trimmed with a large bow on one side. The simple hat balanced her graphically colour blocked coat, making an interesting and eye catching ensemble. I’m not sure I actually like the coat… but it’s absolutely the right hat to pair with it.

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Designer: Whiteley
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
The Countess of Wessex topped her Erdem floral coat with a bespoke calot style headpiece circle of leaves in navy and pink felt. It’s great to see Sophie experimenting with new hat shapes and on its own, this one is a unique and pretty design (the midnight blue velvet is a beautiful contrast with her hair) but it is completely overshadowed by the floral coat. I think this coat needed a larger brimmed hat with strong lines and presence to balance the ensemble. I also think some patterns are best left to the drapery…

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new
Lady Louise Windsor topped her burgundy collarless coat with a small black and burgundy cocktail hat. The visible, flat base on this piece officially disqualifies it from consideration as a fascinator even though it is anchored to Louise’s head on a headband. Embellished with burgundy and black (or navy?) crin twists, the piece remains light and airy despite its dark hues; it is a great compliment to Louise’s coat and looks very smart on her.

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Designer: my guess is custom Jane Taylor but this remains unconfirmed
Previously Worn: This piece is new
Princess Anne wore what I think is a new hat… but with Anne, our favourite royal hat recycler, one can never be entirely certain. A square crowned cloche in grey felt, the hat is trimmed with a triple pleated black hatband, sidespray of feathers and cascade of overlapping feathers over the downward facing brim. Anne has introduced several feather-covered hats into her wardrobe over the past few years and the colour scheme, scale and feather placement on this one makes it more successful than some others. The hat showed especially well on this outing against Anne’s streamlined navy coat and black boots.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Autumn Phillips topped her red-piped navy military styled coat with a red velvet cocktail hat featuring a large, round button base, multi looped bow and jewelled picks. The starburst pleating on the velvet which covers the base adds a beautiful background pattern to the piece and the colour, which  looks great on Autumn, paired perfectly with her coat. We don’t see many red hats at extended British royal family events (presumably, not to take focus away from the Queen) which is a shame because this one is fantastic.

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Designer: Emily London
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The Countess of Snowdon wore a black (or navy?) hat with flat, linear crown and brim encircled in overlapping feathers. Lady Sarah Chatto ventured away from her go-to saucer shape to a new hat in midnight blue felt with wide, downward facing brim trimmed with a slim navy hatband and flat center bow. Both are statement pieces I wish we could see from multiple angles for a better view. I fear Lady Sarah’s hat is slightly too large a scale on her but will wait for its next outing to make a final assessment. I like the unique brim shape, which is visibly wider in front than in back.

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Designer: unknown. My guess is Stephen Jones made both pieces. 
Previously Worn: I believe both hats are new  
Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones rounded out the royal delegation in a classic Italian made fedora in slate blue felt. The hat is trimmed with a classic navy ribbon hatband and side bow. I wish Margarita’s coat better matched the hat but custom hats for minor royals (who we see wear hats once or twice a year) isn’t a realistic proposition and the different blues do coordinate fairly well. The scale of this piece is great on Margarita, who suddenly looks so grown up in it.

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Designer: Borsalino
Previously Worn: This hat is new
There are not many royal events which see nine new hats (not including the additional four new pieces we already reviewed in this post!). I’m curious dear readers- which hats here have caught your eye? Which hats do you think work particularly well for their royal wearer?
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Royal Windsor Horse Show

Two new British royal hats made their debut over the weekend at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth presented the Best Turned out Trooper award in a new hat made to match her pale blue flying ribbon collared coat.

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With a very similar white plume to the triangular beret hat previously worn with this coat, this design features an angular, flared crown and short, gently upturned brim edged. The hat is again entirely covered in the same fabric as the coat and the pieces again combine to make a very unified outfit. That, however, is where the similarities between the old hat and this new hat end. The triangular beret was a unique and unusual piece that brought some drama, interest and sass to the ensemble – all things that elevated it way beyond just being a pale blue coat and hat. Is it me or does the new hat feel a little bland in comparison?

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor took part yesterday in The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society, taking over from her grandfather as lead in the carriage driving procession in a recently restored carriage used by Queen Elizabeth in 1943.

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Lady Louise looked very smart in a loden green plaid wool riding hat with brown suede leather hatband and piping around the brim edge. We don’t often see hats worn with snoods and while this look is well into costume territory (appropriately so!), it’s a wonderful look for her.

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

Finally, Queen Elizabeth was spotted enjoying the show yesterday in her repeated sky blue wool hat with chrysanthemum feather flowers. While some may find it sweet that she wore a hat trimmed with mums (albeit feathered ones) for Mother’s Day, the UK celebrates this holiday in March and I think this was purely a coincidence.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren. Coat designed by Stewart Parvin
Previously Worn: Oct 27, 2016;  March 14, 2016November 12, 2015; June 11, 2015April 5, 2015October 24, 2014April 8, 2014; October 23, 2013
What do you think of the new hats worn over the weekend?
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