Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 2

Rainy skies did not appear to dampen spirits today at the second day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Princess Anne attended the races one of her brimless fur hats, this one with a deepest brown-black bumper brim, a  cozy choice on such a blustery day.

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This hat, which dates back at least the late 1980s, has an interesting crown of pieced smooth and patterned suede.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 17, 2006Dec 25, 2002, Dec 25, 2001; Dec 25, 1999; Dec 25, 1996; Dec 25, 1992; Dec 25, 1989; Dec 25, 1988; and undoubtedly more! 

Zara Tidall wore a teardrop beret percher in the loveliest deep petrol blue trimmed with a vine of dark blue leather flowers atop a ruffle of veiling with large navy dots. The layered shades of dark blue work beautifully on this design and pair well with Zara’s woven coat.

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Designer: Justine Bradley-Hill “Clarity” design. Coat by Laura Green London. Ensemble styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Mike Tindall joined his wife again today what looks like a repeat of the newsboy cap he wore yesterday. These photos show the design is trimmed with a button on top of the crown.

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Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 1

The first day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival kicked off today with a trio of royal hats. Zara Tindall wore a beautiful plum button beret percher trimmed with a coordinating silk abaca swirl with hand painted gold stripe. Her husband Mike wore a black newsboy cap with curved visor brim.

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Zara’s hat is the standout here- the colour is magnificent and that gold stripe on the silk abaca is a simple touch that elevates the entire look. While this style of hat is one we’ve seen on her many times before, the scale, trim and colour of this one make it standout on its own. We don’t often see royal hats styled with trousers and this ensemble, which is so beautifully balanced, shows how fantastic the look can be when done just right.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill “Silk Abaca Twist Percher” design. Caped coat by Karen Millen. Ensemble styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Zara’s elder brother, Peter, wore a black newsboy cap with button at the top. The combination of cap, Black Watch tartan coat and purple tie works really well!

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Here’s to the return of royal hats at the races!

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Ascot 2021

Here are the 17 different royal hats we saw at the races this year. Click on any photo to jump back to a feature post on that hat.

Day 1: June 15

 

Day 2: June 16

 

Day 3: June 17

Day 5: June 19

Which hat stood out most to you?

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Ascot 2021 Day 1: Tindalls

Zara and Mike Tindall rounded up today’s royal attendance at the first day of racing at Ascot Racecourse. Zara topped her cream and black dotted dress with a cream straw beret percher hat trimmed with silk roses and black dotted veil. A slim straw box completed the piece at the back.

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 It’s a shape and scale we’ve seen often on Zara but one that combined beautifully with this charming dress, drop earrings and beautifully styled hair. The hat is beautifully balanced on its own and I adore how the dots on the dress were linked to the hat with the use of that dotted veil.

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Designer: bespoke Juliette Botterill. Dress is ME+EM (Polka-Dot Mini Dress in Cream/Black). Styled by Annie Miall.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Mike Tindall wore a beautifully shined black silk top hat. Some of you will remember a story we heard about this hat being accidentally sat upon at a past Ascot- it’s great to see all seems to have been repaired!

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What do you think of Zara and Mike’s hats today?

Stay tuned for a look at the nonroyal hats that caught our eyes today at Royal Ascot!

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Royal Ascot 2020 At Home: Day 1

A few weeks ago, it seemed that this year’s absence of spectators at the races would automatically mean an absence of millinery but thanks to Ascot Racecourse and The British Millinery Guild’s joint #StyledWithThanks campaign, Royal Ascot 2020 will include hats! Every day of this year’s races, join me here for a mid-day post to share the at home Ascot looks (royal and non-royal) that caught your eye.

To get today’s discussion started, here are a pair of hats on two familiar faces. Zara Tindall is in a navy straw beret percher with cascade of silk flowers while Mike looks dapper in a top hat. What Ascot hats at home stood out to you today?

Designer: Juliette Botterill. Dress from Beulah London. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

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