Photos released very late in the day (long after bedtime in the UK!) show a few more members of the royal family attended the races today. Princess Michael of Kent wore a new, John Boyd wide brimmed hat with mushroom bound in a black stripe, trimmed with a flat black bow.
Our guest milliner Ellie Vallerini’s pick for top non-royal hat and favourite outfit of the day is: British milliner Awon Golding in a self-made magenta boater hat with black ruffled flowers. Ellie writes, “She looked amazing! Modern, chic and elegant, the outfit was fun and daring and a real statement while still letting Awon shine out. She definitely wore that hat and it didn’t wear her!”
The men’s singles final played at Wimbledon yesterday drew several royal spectators. While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess and Princess Michael did not wear hats, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor did.
Frederick repeated his white straw Panama hat with relaxed brim while Sophie wore a patterned silk rose fascinator on a navy headband in the same blue hues as her dress. As far as fascinators go, the scale of this one is great, the colour is lovely against Sophie’s dark hair and the abstract pattern gives the piece a touch of modernity and interest.
Princess Michael of Kent in a chic, floppy brimmed white canvas hat at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Photographers also taught her daughter, Lady Gabriella, taking a snap of her brother Frederick, in a casual panama hat.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent enjoyed the races today along with their children. Prince Michael repeated his hourglass shaped black top hat while Marie Christine repeated her white straw picture hat with voluminous feather boa wrap.
Lady Frederick Windsor (Sophie) granted our weekend wish and repeated the window-weave straw pyramid hat with dip dyed rose and feathers that she wore to Trooping the Colour with a more colourful dress. Lord Frederick repeated the short crowned grey top hat with black hatband we’ve seen him sport at this event in years past.
Ladies’ Day at Ascot also saw a number of royal men in attendance! In addition to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor and the Duke of York, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Prince Nikolaos of Greece also attended the races in fine morning suits and top hats.
While the cameras somehow missed her, Princess Alexandra also attended, arriving in the main carriage procession with princess Beatrice and the Duke and Duchess of Fife. Alexandra wore her teal blue straw hat with curled burnt feather trim, designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan (see a better photo of this design at its début last year).
The Duchess of Fife, who is new here to Royal Hats, wore a large navy saucer hat studded with seed pearls and trimmed with a feather quill.
Lady Kitty Spencer wore a striking black cocktail hat from Philip Treacy with striped crin detail. Lady Laura Cathcart, a royal milliner in her own right, topped her yellow houndstooth dress with a beautifully whimsical white pillbox trimmed with yellow butterflies, presumably of her own design. Both hats are memorable pieces, in the best ways possible.
Members of the British Royal Family gathered this weekend at Windsor for a jam-packed weekend of events that combined two favourites- the Queen and the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Over the weekend, Her Majesty was spotted enjoying the show as a kerchiefed spectator.
To present the day’s awards, she popped back to the palace to change. On Saturday, she repeated her magenta hat with silk crepe crown and edging around the straw brim, trimmed with flowers and striped feathers.
For yesterday’s awards, Queen Elizabeth repeated her pale blue straw hat with domed crown, asymmetrical upturned brim, and silk flower and ribbon trim. While the photo here does neither the hat nor the wearer justice (jump over here to see much better views during its last outing), it remains a beautiful piece and it was nice to see the Queen in it again.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who is an accomplished carriage driver, took part in the show throughout the weekend. He looked dapper and relaxed in a white straw fedora with curved brim along with two wool plaid flat caps.
Prince Michael of Kent also joined in some carriage driving, looking most distinguished in a cream straw fedora. The high crown and exaggerated pinches on this piece give it an interesting shape and the pleated navy band adds a refined touch.
Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella Windsor joined their father. Ella’s take on a fedora in dark green featured a tall crown, wide brim and simple bow at the side in coordinating grosgrain ribbon. Freddie’s straw fedora featured a cowboy-hat shaped brim that I’m not fond of. Thankfully, the smart grey and red trim added some polish to the piece.
The weekend’s climax was a variety show set up in an arena in Windsor Great Park that featured more than 1200 performers, 900 horses and numerous other animals (cows, dogs and a goat). While the Queen did not wear a hat for this evening event, the Princess Royal, Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Zara Tindall, who all took part in the pageant riding horses belonging to the Queen, did.
So many of the hats we see here lean toward the formal side and it’s a fun change to see more informal pieces. There will be more celebrating (with lots of hats) on the Queen’s official birthday celebration on June 11.
Photos from Getty as indicated; Press Association and NS News Agency Ltd.