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 2: Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall

And we’re off to the races for the second day of Royal Ascot, today’s royal contingent led again by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Camilla repeated her white straw hat with asymmetrically peaked crown and a wide, sideswept brim trimmed in multiple layers of sand coloured jinsin ribbon wrapped around the base of the crown and looped into an open knot at the side.

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As far as neutral hats go, it’s a good one thanks to the quirky crown shape and layered jinsin trim, which gives much needed movement to the piece.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress by Fiona Clare Couture.
Previously Worn: July 10, 2018;  June 17, 2017; June 15, 2016June 17, 2015June 6, 2014

Prince Charles repeated his antique black silk top hat. I adore how he matched his lilac tie and pocket square with a purple cornflower in his buttonhole!

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Thoughts about this pair of hats today at Royal Ascot?

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Ascot 2021 Day 1: Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall

After not seeing a royal hat at Ascot Racecourse for an unthinkable two years (last year’s only royal hat at the races was worn at home), it was fantastic to see several royal hats at the races today! We’ll kick things off with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla debuted a new hat today in pale aqua blue with parabuntal straw domed crown and sinamay sidesweeping wide brim. The design is finished with a padded silk hatband and knotted bow at the side, secured with a blue covered button.

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It’s another beautifully proportioned piece, the bow balanced with the raised brim on the opposite side. I particularly admire how the different materials on crown and brim give respective weight and lightness to these elements.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Ribbon trimmed coat and cream dress by Bruce Oldfield. 
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Prince Charles repeated his antique black silk top hat.

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What do you think of the Duchess’ new hat today?!

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

Members of the British royal family attended the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster today. The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Dukes of Cambridge and Kent, and Earl of Wessex took part in the ceremony, which was considerably scaled back from years past (26 former service men and women took part in stark contrast to the more than 10,000 veterans usually included in this event).

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The Queen, Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, and the Countess of Wessex looked on from balconies above the Cenotaph.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a new black hat with slightly angled stovepipe crown and cartwheel brim, edged in a wide stripe of black binding. The hat is trimmed with a spray of overlapping stitched leaves and a small side bow.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated a black felt beret hugger percher wonderfully trimmed with black felt and jinsin twists sweeping over the hat, studded on the side with a large black silk bloom.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Bruce Oldfield.
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new percher hat with saddle shaped velvet felt base, embellished with a beautifully proportioned multi-looped silk bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy “OC 784” from AW 2020. Coat by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat, her fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

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Designer:  Jane Taylor “Felt Pillbox with Embroidered Feather Trim” from AW 2020. Cape by Zara.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

While the hats at such events are secondary, this quartet really is stellar.

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This Week’s Extras

The Prince of Wales attended the Graduation Ceremony of the Queen’s Squadron as the Reviewing Officer at RAFC Cranwell on Thursday in his role of Marshal of The Royal Air Force.
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Two housekeeping items- The Index of Royal Milliners has been reorganized by country (the country each milliner currently works from). The Retrospectives page has been updated with all of our recent Ascot posts- I suspect Queen Mathilde will debut a new hat on Tuesday for Belgian National Day and some of you might want to look back at all of her past National Day looks in anticipation of this. 
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Fun pink straw hat with grey-bound split brim and explosion of curled biot feathers by British milliner Katie Vale

For our dear gents, a beaver felt trilby in the most handsome deep teal by Danish brand Hornskov København
Statement wide brimmed hat in vibrant woven buntal and crin with fringes by US milliner Amy Fowler
Romantic straw picture hat covered in layered rings of pastel crin by British brand Lomax & Skinner
Wonderful 1940s inspired natural straw bandeau with crimson feather flowers by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Black fabric-covered mushroom brimmed statement hat trimmed with handmade wire sculptures adorned with lace by Australian milliner Souri Sengdara

Stephen Jones’ characteristically out-of-the-box take on a classic ecru boater hat
Oversize scarlet straw disc with looped bows, feathers and magenta roses by French brand A Hat at Auteuil
Charming grey straw cloche with black ribbon binding and lace applique by German brand Maliné
A very whimsical and sunny green and yellow daffodil headpiece by UK milliner Marie-anne Talbott
Pyramid-peaked pillbox in black parasisal straw by Russian milliner Lia Gureeva
Ivory straw brimmed hat with the most fantastic woven ribbon trim by British milliner Bundle MacLaren

Such a fun headpiece of magenta, turquoise and yellow silk ranunculus flowers by British milliner Anne Tomlin
Shallow-crowned bridal hat with ethereal overlay of white crin and silver veil by London-based milliner Elena Shvab
Chic black and white woven straw hat with slim hatband by French milliner Béatrice de Beauvoir
Parasisal button percher with soaring jinsin trim in the loveliest shade of lilac by UK brand Rebecca Couture Millinery
Oversize vibrant yellow straw saucer with flying silk abaca bow and jeweled trim by Irish milliner Caithriona King
Textured mini top hat percher in woven grosgrain and rubber by British milliner Stephen Jones

Two new photos of wee Prince Charles and his doting parents released by the Cour grand-ducale Luxembourg
Arthur Chatto is part of a 4-man rookie rowing team attempting to row non-stop unsupported around the UK (breaking 4 world records in the process) to raise money and awareness for JustOneOcean and the Red Cross. Off to a rough start, they seem to be back on track- read more info and track their progress here or at Arthur’s instagram page.
Queen Elizabeth enjoyed a lively Zoom conversation with those serving in the armed forces, including Able Rate Sophie Levy on RFA Argus and Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens.
Lovely, relaxed photos of the Princess Royal, taken for her 70th birthday
The Dutch royal family welcomed photographers to Palace Huis ten Bosch yesterday for their annual summer photocall; Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit did the same with their family while at their summer vacation home on the island of Dvergsoya near Kristiansand.

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