Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Family

The State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was held yesterday with services at Westminster Abbey and St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress by Fiona Clare Couture. 

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence

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The Earl and Countess of Wessex

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Coat by Suzannah London.
The Prince and Princess of Wales

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Designer: unconfirmed. Coatdress by Alexander McQueen.

Princess Charlotte

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Designer: Child Classic Boater in Black by Jane Taylor. Black Wool Coat by Ancar. 

The Duchess of Sussex

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Designer: Stephen Jones. Dress by Stella McCartney.

Princess Beatrice

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Designer: Mesh Pillbox Hat by Sarah Cant. Louis Vuitton dress and The Kooples jacket. 

Princess Eugenie

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Designer: ‘Alvaro’ boater by Emily London. Dress by Day Birger et Mikkelsen.

Lady Louise Windsor

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Designer: Diana Headband in Black Crepe by Jane Taylor. Dress by Theory.

Zara Tindall

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. Coat by Laura Green London.

Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall

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Lady Sarah Chatto

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Designer: Stephen Jones

Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan

 

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Extended British Royal Family 

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Royal Guests

Hats worn to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth: Noble and Notable Guests

Ascot 2022 Day 4: Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first appearance at Ascot Racecourse this week today.

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The Duchess wore a new boater hat with shallow crown and extended brim  in chocolate, trimmed with sprays of white handmade silk duchesse and wire flowers.

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The colour is a surprise for Kate but works so well, the contrasting white silk flowers linking with the white and chocolate polka dot dress. It’s often difficult to balance proportions between a high-necked dress and a hat but the shallow almost bergère height crown on this design helps set superb balance. I love how the jaunty angle of the hat counterbalances the pleated ruffle on the dress. We’ve not seen Kate in a hat of this shape before and she carries it off so very well.

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Designer: Sally-Ann Provan. Dress by Alessandra Rich. 
Previously Worn:  This hat is new

The Duke repeated his black antique silk top hat.

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What do you think of the Duchess’ new hat today at Royal Ascot?

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Order of the Garter Service 2022

Today saw the return of the Most Noble Order of the Garter Ceremony at St. George’s Chapel. Held every year on the Monday before Royal Ascot, the The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago as a personal gift of thanks from the sovereign for those who have held public office, made a significant contribution to national life or been of personal service. After lunch at Windsor Castle, the twenty-four Knights and Ladies of the order process down the hill to St. George’s Chapel, each dressed in elaborate regalia, velvet robes and Tudor-style hats with tall white ostrich plumes. It’s quite a spectacle.

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The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Earl of Wessex, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of York, Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra are all royal members of the order.

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They were joined for the first time by the Duchess of Cornwall, who was appointed to the order today.

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Several royal spouses attended the service as well. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat described by the designer as a “Beautiful teardrop hat. Woven straw base. Adorned with an array of silk roses, rosebuds, leaves, and silk abaca bow.”

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The beret has a lovely shape and this periwinkle blue shade is just splendid. Kate often uses the coat dress + percher hat formula and while I’m always up for experimentation, I can’t argue that it remains a great look on her.

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Designer: Floral Leaf Teardrop by Juliette Botterill. 
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The Countess of Wessex repeated an ecru straw, oval saucer hat with sharp sidesweep trimmed with white, cream and ecru feathers placed on both sides of the raised brim.

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Photos today hint at a lovely sparkling sheen in the straw, which I suspect brings the hat to life when seen in person. I’m still on the fence about the feather placement, which has never seemed quite right to me.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: Jul 5, 2018; June 22, 2017

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blue sinamay hat with wide pleated brim she has worn several times recently. Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence repeated his black silk top hat.

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Previously Worn:  Jun 3, 2022;  March 29, 2022

This is always a lovely kick-off to Ascot week and after a two-year hiatus, it’s so great to see the full event return. What do you think of the hats today at Windsor?

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Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour Part 2

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Royal all took part in Trooping the Colour today.

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The Prince of Wales’ hat (traditionally made of bearskin, these hats are now made of synthetic faux fur) holds the green and white striped feather plume of the Welsh Guards, of which he is Colonel. Prince William’s blue plume relates to his role of Colonel of the Irish Guards. Princess Anne is Colonel of the Blues and Royals and wore the distinctive black bicorne hat of this regiment with upright red feather plume.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her pale aqua blue hat with parabuntal straw domed crown and sinamay sidesweeping brim. The hat is decorated with a padded silk hatband and knotted bow at the side, secured with a blue covered button.

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What to say- it’s a beautiful scale, shape and colour on Camilla, with just the right balance of embellishment, drama and presence. It also pairs so well with her ribbon coat.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Ribbon trimmed coat and cream dress by Bruce Oldfield. 
Previously Worn: Sep 19, 2021; Jun 15, 2021

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a layered straw saucer hat in crisp navy and white straw. The hat is simply trimmed with a thick white cut quill that appears to hover over the design.

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We don’t often see such high contrast on Kate’s hats and it’s so great to see this bolder design on her today. The scale is spot on and with her coat dress, forms an overall look that is wonderfully chic.

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Designer: Philip Treacy OC 915 from SS2022. Dress by Alexander McQueen.
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Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence wore his black silk antique top hat.

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What do you think about these hats today?

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This Week’s Extras

Last weekend, the Duchess of Sussex wore a wide brimmed hat to a polo match. I believe the design, with crin brim, was a ready-to-wear mass produced piece.
Princess Beatrice wore a black hairbow Monday at the Chelsea Flower Show and Princess Michael of Kent wore a chic tan leather newsboy cap to the same event.
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Queen Sonja repeated her taupe leather pillbox Thursday at the opening of the Bergen Festival.
The Duke of Cambridge was spotted yesterday rehearsing for next Thursday’s Trooping the Colour. This year, it will be the Irish Guards Trooping their Colour and Prince William is the regiment’s Colonel.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):


Such a lovely snap shared by Princess Charlene to mark Princess Gabriella’s first official event. Mother and daughter both wore gowns by Terrence Bray.
The Swedish King and Queen at the launch of the ABBA Voyage concert in London. How fun is Queen Silvia’s suit?!

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