Return of Buckingham Palace Garden Parties

After a two year pandemic hiatus, Buckingham Palace garden parties resumed this week! The first one, on Wednesday, was hosted by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and attended by Princess Anne who all braved less than ideal weather.

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At first glance, I thought the Duchess of Cornwall had finally granted your wishes and repeated the much admired blue hat worn to this same event back in 2015. A closer look below (new hat on the left, 2015 hat on the right) confirms these hats are a slightly different colour with different brim finishes and trimming:

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The hat making its debut this week follows the same shape with wide bias brim that grandly sweeps up over the design’s rounded crown. An extra wide stripe binding the brim accentuates its shape as does the streamlined trim- just a hatband that crosses over in an X on the back of the brim. The hat and embroidered coat are clearly custom designed to compliment each other, which they do. Yes, we’ve seen this shape many times on Camilla but it clearly works for her and the colour is magnificent.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Prince Charles repeated his antique black silk top hat.

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Princess Anne repeated her muted teal sinamay hat with rounded crown and high, sidesweeping brim embellished with a darker teal slim silk hatband and curling, multi-looped straw bow interspersed with trimmed feathers. If it doesn’t look familiar, don’t worry- Anne’s dark green umbrella casted a grassy- hue over it!  This time out, she paired it with a patterned red coat instead of the matching muted teal one we’ve always seen with it in the past.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: Apr 9, 2022; Jul 3, 2019June 20, 2019

On Thursday, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence hosted the annual Garden Party for The Not Forgotten charity, of which the Princess Royal is patron.

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For the event, she wore a new lilac sinamay hat with brim slightly raised around the back. The hat is trimmed with a ruched lavender silk hatband. The colour is pretty, as is the scale. The hatband falls short for me and I wish we could see the hat’s trim around the back.  I suspect this is a ready-to-wear produced piece, as it lacks the finesse of Anne’s other handmade hats, such as the one above.

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How wonderful is it to see garden party hats again?! What do you think of this quartet of hats worn this week?

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This Week’s Extras

On Thursday, the Prince of Wales visited the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth to preside over the Lord High Admiral’s Divisions.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Wonderful confetti woven fedora by American milliner Laura Hubka
Charming read bandeau with flying bows in felt and perspex by Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray
Very fun felt oversize rose and feathers on this green hat by Norwegian milliner Mona Strand
Charcoal pork pie hat with silk jacquard hatband and side bow by Danish brand Hornskov Hats
Gorgeous upcycled amber straw fedora with striped brim binding by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald
Fantastic sheen and matched stripes on this newsboy cap by Russian milliner Elena Ushakova
Lovely vintage straw braid bonnet made for Claire Foy to wear in an upcoming film by British milliner Jo Willis
Adore the streamlined drama from the cream stripe across this black fedora by Dutch milliner Koos van der Wal
A top hat… entirely in gingerbread! By London-based milliner Iona Ames
Jaunty red felt fedora with sparkling butterflies by American brand Kokin NY
Black beret with crystal-studded veil and beaded side tassel by British milliner Victoria Grant
Classic green felt fedora with peacock feather trim by Finish brand Brevetar Hats
Wonderful midnight blue veiled bandeau with cream silk abaca side bow by British milliner Ellie Vandenbrekel
Petrol blue felt fedora with jaunty sideswept brim and knotted hatband by American milliner Wayne Wichern
Dove grey stitched fez with flying bow by British milliner Sarah Cant
Acid green felt fedora with purple brim binding and fantastic layered hatband by British milliner Louise Pocock

The Duke of Cambridge took part in a charming Christmas conversation with Radio Marsden’s Barry Alston, during which he answered some questions from young patients of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and shared some of his favourite Christmas traditions. Listen to it here. 
Queen Jetsun visited her ancestral village, Tangsbji, with young Prince Jigme Namgyel and Prince Jigme Ugyen in tow

And we end this week with Christmas greetings from Clarence House, Her Majesty Margareta, and the royal families of Jordan, Spain,

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Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British royal family attended the annual Remembrance Day commemoration service at  The Cenotaph at Whitehall in London on Sunday. As in years past, the Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Kent, Earl of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence all attended in military uniform.

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The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her back straw picture hat with upswept brim and oversized black ostrich feather wrapped around the crown.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Nov 12, 2017; May 12, 2015Feb 4, 2015Nov 20, 2014Nov 9, 2014;  May 1, 2014Nov 11, 2012; Nov 12, 2011; Nov 9, 2008

Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat in black rabbit fur felt described by its designers as a “stunning, lipped drop-brim and wide Petersham band.” She has previously worn the same hat design in navy.

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Designer: The Tiffany Drop Brim hat by Lock and Company. Coat by Alexander McQueen. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated a black felt button percher wrapped in a large looping bow of silk abaca.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: June 15, 2015; March 26, 2015

Princess Alexandra repeated her black felt hat with domed crown with wide, ruched velvet hatband and bound brim.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Apr 17, 2021; Nov 18, 2016; Nov 13, 2016Nov 8, 2015Nov 10, 2014; Nov 10, 2013; Mar 2, 20051996

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the blocked black felt beret hat with side feather spray she debuted last week.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: Nov 11, 2021 

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth was not able to attend due to a back sprain. We wish her a complete recovery.

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Norwegian Royal Wedding 20 Years On: European Royals

We conclude our look back at Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s wedding today with the remaining royal guests and what a glittering group it was!

Queen Paola wore the elegant Queen Elisabeth’s Art Deco Bandeau. She and King Albert attended with Prince Phillippe, the men both in uniform with caps (Princess Mathilde was in the last trimester of her pregnancy with Princess Elisabeth and remained at home).

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Princess Kristine Bernadotte (3rd wife of Prince Carl Bernadotte who was born a Swedish prince/Duke of Östergötland but ended up a Belgian prince thanks to his mother’s lineage after relinquishing Swedish succession) wore a tiara of unknown origin which, following her death in 2014, remains a mystery.

Grand Duchess Josephine wore the Belgian Scroll Tiara.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore the Luxembourg Chaumet Choker Tiara with diamond lattice base and pearls

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Princess Sibylla of Luxembourg wore her diamond Art Deco Tiara.

Queen Sofia wore the exquisite Spanish Floral Tiara.

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The Countess of Wessex wore her wedding tiara, a piece rumored to be made from four alternative sections from Queen Victoria’s Regal Circlet.

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Princess Laurentien wore the Dutch Ears Of Wheat Tiara.

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Prince Willem-Alexander attended with fiancé Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti (they married a few months later on February 2, 2002) who wore the base of the Dutch royal collection’s Antique Pearl Tiara. While we’re used to seeing this tiara with the pearls, this was Máxima’s first tiara outing and the smaller scaled version made a great inaugural piece for her.

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And finally- a pair of bachelor prince heirs, both in military uniform with caps.

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One poignant comment yesterday wondered if we’d ever see such a glittering array of jewels at a single event. After all of the social distance and pared-down scale of events we’ve all experienced over the past year and a half, it seems impossible, doesn’t it? I have, however, hopeful that as the next generation of crown princesses enters adulthood, the weddings of these future queens will enthrall and delight just as those of their parents did.

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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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