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: This hat is new

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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Princess Royal Visits Australia

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence spent several days in Australia and Papua New Guinea on a short tour for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this week. On Saturday, the couple attended the Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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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. The scale and shape of this design is wonderful on her and the darker teal hatband and bow piping add some welcome contrast that link’s so well with the ensemble’s teal silk dress.

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

The same day, the couple officially opened the show (officially named “Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show”). Princess Anne wore a twin to the hat above, this one in oyster sinamay, and  trimmed with cream feathers and apricot and cream curling quills. It’s another great design with excellent proportions of  scale, shape, and such well balanced trim. I’d just have preferred a second hat on the same day to be a little more different than the first! Vice Admiral Laurence wore a pale canvas fedora.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: Jun 19, 2018;  June 4, 2018;  June 20, 2017May 20, 2017 

Timothy wore the same hat yesterday in Papua New Guinea. It’s clearly a comfortable and well-worn one.

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Thoughts about the hats on this Platinum Jubilee visit?

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This Week’s Extras

On Tuesday, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attended a Service of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. Tomorrow, we’ll look at hats Princess Anne has worn on her visit to Australia.
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):


Lovely to hear the Duchess of Cornwall’s passion for reading

Easter greetings from Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, along with encouragement for us all to do our bit in making a positive contribution in our community

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Grand National 2022

The annual three-day Grand National steeplechase took place over the weekend at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, attended by several royal spectators. On Thursday, Princess Anne repeated her burgundy velvet bucket hat with navy piping for a day out at the races.
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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2019;  Jan 27, 2019 
Zara Tindall attended the races on Friday in a beret percher covered in silver metallic paper straw trimmed with a sculptural twisted bow in orange paraisal. With her emerald jacket, the hat topped a vibrantly colour blocked ensemble.

Designer: Camilla Rose ‘Gala’ design. Blazer by Mango. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
On Saturday, the Duchess of Cornwall repeated her tan wool hat with ruched crown and faux fur brim.
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Designer: Lock & Co
Previously Worn:  Nov 20, 2021; Oct 2, 2019; Mar 13, 2019Nov 23, 2018;  Mar 14, 2018;  Nov 24, 2017;  Nov 26, 2016Mar 29, 2015Feb 13, 2015Dec 3, 2014Nov 30, 2014Mar 12, 2014

Also on Saturday, Zara Tindall wore a wide brimmed dark blue tweed covered boater with statement rose trim. Her suit and magenta blouse brilliantly picked up the colours of the hat, it’s wonderful dimensional texture making me wonder why we don’t see more royal hats covered in tweed!

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Designer: Justine Bradley Hill. Suit by Lalage, blouse by Monsoon. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Which hats here stood out most to you?

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Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh: Family

Members of the British royal family and guests from various European royal houses gathered today at Westminster Abbey in London for a Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of the Duke of Einburgh.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a coat and hat in deep forest green textured silk cloque fabric trimmed with claret velvet. The hat features a flat crown and upturned brim edged in the velvet, which is echoed on a cluster of leaves that trim the design on one side.

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Designer: I suspect it is Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her textured black beret trimmed with a dark green mottled feather.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Coat dress by Fiona Clare Couture.
Previously Worn: Nov 5, 2011; May 8, 2020May 1, 2019;  May 22, 2012Nov 20, 2010Nov 14, 2010May 5, 2010Dec 14, 2009Nov 5, 2009Oct 9, 2009Dec 2, 2008Dec 14, 2007

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a black straw boater hat with woven straw braid brim trimmed with an ivory satin cord hatband and a spray of ivory and taupe feathers.

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Designer: Mayer Boater by Awon Golding for Lock and Co. Dress by Alessandra Rich.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Princess Beatrice wore a burgundy halo bandeau trimmed with monochrome silk flowers and leaves and a navy birdcage veil.

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Designer: Justine Bradley-Hill. Coat by Nonoo Lyons.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Princess Eugenie wore a black beaded bandeau headpiece with detachable black silk bow.

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Designer: Emily London. Dress by Erdem.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

The Countess of Wessex wore a new peaked bandeau with large back bow in black crepe.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the Oversized Black Bow Band. Suzannah London velvet coat. 
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Lady Louise Windsor Lady Louise Windsor repeated her navy satin covered button percher trimmed with satin and beaded Rouleaux twists and velvet flowers.

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Designer: Emily London. Ralph Lauren dress and Sandro Paris jacket.
Previously Worn: Jun 8, 2019; Apr 21, 2019;  Oct 12, 2018

Princess Anne topped her dark green dress and coat with a flat fabric covered pillbox with ruffled bow.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 29, 2012; Nov 1992; Jul 31, 1998 and undoubtedly more

Savannah Phlips wore a navy ruched headband while her younger sister, Isla, wore a knotted one in a navy floral print from Joules.

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Zara Tindall paired an inky blue collared coat with a matching halo bandeau trimmed with rolled organdie leaves. Her eldest daughter Mia wore a headband wrapped in midnight blue velvet ribbon.

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Designer: Bee Smith. Coat by Laura Green London.
Previously Worn: Zara’s headpiece is new.

Hats are never the main story at events such as these; it is wonderful to see this family gathered to remember someone who clearly meant a great deal to them all.

See hats worn by members of the extended British royal family at this post
See hats worn by royal guests at this post

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