Royal Ascot Day 3: Wrap Up

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.

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Prince Michael looked characteristically stylish in his black silk antique top hat- a hat that makes Lord Frederick’s shorter, felt version look rather squat and dowdly in comparison!

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This day of the races also saw a few hats atop noble and notable heads:

Lady Carolyn Warren’s wide brimmed, pink pyramid with silk floral trim beneath the brim

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Viscountess Brookeborough in a wide brimmed cerulean blue hat with feather trim

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Lady Alice Manners, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, in a Philip Treacy percher

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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!”

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Awon Golding’s hat topped my list as well. Here are some of the other hats that caught my eye today:

Lizzie’s Hat owner Elizabeth Hughes in an oversize black straw saucer with vibrant flowers by Guibert Millinery
British milliners Ian Bennett in a scarlet silk top hat and Viv Jenner in a pink percher, both by Ian Bennett
Milliner Vivien Sheriff in a blush sidesweep saucer with explosion of patel feathers of her own design
Emma Winter in an ink blue straw beret with incredible, sculptural silk abaca trim by Ana Bella Millinery
Racing journalist Liz Price in fabulous feathers from Rachel Trevor Morgan
Natalie Dormer’s
blush straw waved disc with pleated crin trim by Jane Taylor
Jax Meehan in a turquoise funnel hat with feathers from Lizzie’s Hats
British milliner Yuan Li in a dramatic red hat with feather pinwheel of her own design
Francesca Cumani’s orange and pink feathered bandeau by Vivien Sheriff
Anika Livesley
in a large-petalled Stephen Jones design (with the milliner himself on her arm!)
Heather Morris’ hat with giant pink maribou pompom trim by Yuan LI
Ana Bella Millinery owner/designer Ana Pribylova in a dandelion hat of her own design
Alexa Holman’s
pouring floral teapot

My sincere thanks to British milliner Ellie Vallerini for taking the time from a very busy week of hatmaking to join us today. It has been our great honour to have you our conversation!

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British Royals At Wimbledon Final

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.

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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.
Designer: Catherine Walker Millinery. It is the Emilia rose fascinator. Dress is Catherine Walker silk “Cloud”. 
Previously Worn: Sophie’s headpiece is new
I love it when a royal couple both wear hats, especially as stylish ones as this. Thoughts?
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This Week’s Extras

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.

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The Earl of Wessex in a summery Panama hat on Thursday to meet with recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh award at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh

Lady Kitty Spencer in a spectacular gold sunburst headpiece to open Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda Fashion Show in Lake Como today

Pauline Ducruet shared a picture of herself wearing an Dior denim coogan style cap with interesting net veil.

The Order of the Thistle yesterday in Edinburgh saw Queen Elizabeth, The Earl of Strathearn and the Princess Royal in full regalia with velvet, Tudor style plumed hats.

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I updated this post on the square crown, kettle brimmed hats Angela Kelly has made for Queen Elizabeth– there have been four new iterations over the past year!

A handful of new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Stunning picture hat with a classic shape and colour scheme from Australian milliner Marilyn Van den Berg
From Dublin-based Martha Lynn Millinery, a red straw button percher with large perspex bow printed with triangles
Easy breezy straw fedora with raspberry crown, cream brim and striped hatband from Bundle McLaren
Phenomenal red floral, lace and veil trimmed percher from Ghanan milliner Velma Owusu-Bempah
Unexpected, graphic wide brimmed hat in orange, cream & black from Melbourne based Murley & Co Millinery
Chic boater with pork pie crown, layered straw & velvet hatband and dotted veil from Dutch milliner Wies Maduit

And from Australian milliner Catherine Ellen, this cheeky and very sweet design that I’d just LOVE to be able to wear to high tea. Such fun!

 

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Lighthearted interview with Mike Tindall about current charity work, adjusting to baby Lena’s arrival and his new, very handsome nose (Hello)

Lovely new photos released by the Belgian monarchy of the King, Queen and their family. I adore the bottom snap of them cheering on the Belgian soccer team.


Royal Ascot 2017 Day 1: The Kents

 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.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: June 17, 2017;  June 10, 2016June 17, 2015;  June 6, 2015; June 7, 2014

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.

Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the ‘Clusia Rosea‘ from SS 2017
Previously Worn:  June 17, 2017

Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a hat very similar in shape to the one the Duchess of Cornwall wore today, with upswept brim and off-center peaked crown. Gabriella’s hat is trimmed with Treacy’s signature flying bow loops and twists (I think, here they are in silk).

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new
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Day 3 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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That wraps up the royal hats worn today- there were some wonderful non-royal hats that are certainly worthy of discussing as well so please feel free to share them here!

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British Royals Celebrate Queen’s Birthday

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.

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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.

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Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: July 5, 2015June 20, 2015

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.

Queen Elizabeth, May 15, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 4, 2015June 17, 2014; April 20, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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