York Royal Wedding: Phillips and Armstrong-Jones Families

We continue our look at the hats at today’s wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank with those worn by members of the Phillips family. Princess Anne repeated her emerald green straw blocked beret base hat trimmed with wide bow in the same fabric as her suit. While the hat base isn’t as refined as it could be, the colour is absolutely stellar on Anne.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 22, 2017

Autumn Phillips topped her emerald floral dress with a straw button percher hat trimmed with large straw bow, curling green quills, green open weave net veil and small, trimmed feathers in black, pink and green.

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Designer: Edwina Ibbotson. Dress by Suzannah
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Zara Tindall wore a grey silk covered button percher trimmed with a lavish spray of silver roses, grey feathers and leaves. The hat is a go-to shape and style for Zara- it works beautifully on her and made a great compliment to her bright blue coat.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill Coat by Claire Mischevani
Previously Worn: This hat is new

 There are extremely limited photos available of the Armstrong-Jones family- most visible is the wide cartwheel brimmed picture hat in pale pink felt worn by Lady Sarah Chatto. Sarah favours classic shapes such as this and while she often leans to neutral colours, this pink is so lovely on her. The Countess of Snowdon topped her bohemian printed dress with a delicate gold headpiece. It’s an unexpected pairing of dress and headpiece and I wish we had a better view. 
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Designer: Sarah’s hat is Stephen Jones. Serena’s hat is Rachel Trevor Morgan AW 2018
Previously Worn: Both hats are new
Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones wore a in a navy button percher with veil printed with large dots. It’s a youthful hat that suits her well- the pompoms on the veil are charming!
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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan AW 2018
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of these six hats today at Princess Eugenie’s wedding?
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British Royal Wedding: Snowdon and Chatto Families

We still have a lot of hats to look at so let’s get to it! The Countess of Snowdon repeated a wonderful textured white straw hat with curved mushroom brim, simply trimmed with a ruched white hatband. While I might have preferred to see the hat with a more vibrant pairing than the ecru silk shirtwaist dress Serena wore it with yesterday,  the look references the Dior New Look silhouette of the 1950s which will always make me swoon.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 5, 2012

Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones topped her black piped white dress and jacket with a white percher hat trimmed with black feathers. It’s a fresh look for the teenager (who has matured considerably since acting as bridesmaid for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011!) and the black feathers give a bit of drama to the hat, keeping it from looking bridal.

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Designer: Nicola de Selincourt
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Sarah Chatto wore my favourite hat of the day. In navy blue open-weave lattice textured straw, her hat features a shallow, slightly domed crown with wide, navy Petersham ribbon hatband and an oversize mushroom brim. Sarah’s hats tend toward the subdued but this one makes a statement with its wonderful patterned brim. I thought it was magnificent on her.

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Designer: Stephen Jones. Dress by Jasper Conran

Previously Worn: This hat is new

I thought this was a fantastic trio of hats. What do you think of them?
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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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Service of Thanksgiving For Lord Snowdon

Members of the British royal family gathered at St. Margaret’s Church this morning to celebrate the life of Lord Snowdon who died in January. Queen Elizabeth led the delegation paying tribute to her late former brother-in-law in the royal purple felt hat with straight sided crown, cuff style upfolded brim, and silk iris trim we first saw her wear last November.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: November 24, 2016

Countess Snowdon wore an ecru straw bumper style hat with ruched brim topped with a widely woven net veil and large spiky feather dahlia flower on the side (click on the twitter photo below to open a larger view of the piece).

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Designer: Nicola de Selincourt
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones wore a beret-based percher hat in ecru straw printed with grey polka dots and trimmed with a large black looped bow printed with a gold lattice pattern. While I think I might have preferred the hat to be placed over her left eye (as perchers are usually worn) instead of as a calot on the crown of her head, it’s great to see Margarita experimenting with different and more substantial millinery designs.

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Designer: Nicola de Selincourt
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Sarah Chatto repeated her cream straw saucer hat. Her half-sister, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal, wore a black velvet  turban trimmed with black net tulle veil.

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Designer: Lady Sarah’s hat was made by Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 21, 2014June 14, 2014; June 5, 2012June 13, 2011June 12, 2011

The event was also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Kent, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, Viscount Linley (Charles Armstrong-Jones), Daniel Chatto, Samuel Chatto and Arthur Chatto.

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 Any thoughts about these hats today in Westminster?
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90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving: Linleys and Chattos

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While Princess Eugenie’s fashion was very 1950s today, Viscountess Linley jumped forward to the swinging 60s with her ensemble. Her hat is an eye catching rounded pillbox in textured cornflower blue straw, trimmed with a flat bow at the front. With her plaid coat from the same era, it’s a LOT of look but Serena carries off the exaggerated hat and I think it’s rather fun on her.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Margarita Armstrong-Jones looked very grown up in a green silk covered percher cocktail hat trimmed with looped green bows and white silk flowers. This shade of green is lovely on Margarita and the scale is perfect for her. We have another budding royal hat wearer here, dear readers!

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Designer: I suspect Rachel Trevor Morgan as well
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Sarah Chatto topped her navy and white ensemble with a new saucer hat in the same colours. The white straw underbrim on this piece livens it up and while I’d love to see Sarah try out a few other shapes, I really like the colour contrast and sale of this piece on her. It looks like a hat most of us could integrate into our own wardrobes and this practicality makes me adore Sarah’s millinery choices all the more.

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Another three new hats for the British royals today! What do you think of these three very different designs?

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