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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Hat From the Past

Royal Hatsto this day 50 years ago, and a cream halo hat with silk-bound brim worn by Princess Anne during a visit to Hong Kong. The combination of hat and lace-trimmed coat made a most lovely ensemble.

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Queen & Princess Royal Mark Legion’s Centenary

Queen Elizabeth and the Princess Royal attended a service of Thanksgiving yesterday at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of The Royal British Legion. For the occasion, the Queen wore a new royal blue hat.

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Covered in the same brushed alpaca as her coat, the hat roughly follows a stovepipe shape with angular, sloped crown and downturned brim. The hat is trimmed with a folded hatband in the same fabric (adore the way it flares around the higher side of the crown) and a spray of blue and ivory silk flowers surrounded by navy leaves.

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The angular crown pairs so well with the sharp points on the coat’s collar and I like how the patterned brass buttons add a bit of lift, contrast and sparkle to the ensemble while linking to the yellow stamens on the hat. Yes, we’ve seen this hat shape on Her Majesty before but in this most royal of shades of blue, it’s a lovely addition to her wardrobe.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Anne repeated her deep purple felt fedora with deeply creased crown and extended brim, trimmed with a twisted bow and curling feathers on the side. The scale and colour of the hat remain so good for her, even as it remains out of balance with the supersized 70s lapels on her coat.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: Dec 25, 2019Dec 30, 2018Aug 26, 2018March 16, 2018  

What do you think of this pair of jewel-toned hats yesterday in London?

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Inventory: Princess Anne’s Pink Hats

Princess Anne celebrated her birthday Sunday, an event we mark with a look into her hat closet. Today we’re looking at her pink hats, an inventory that would not be complete without the boater with silk flowers and trailing back bow she wore for 21st birthday portraits in 1971:

And this wide brimmed blush Garbo hat with pink, green and white hatbands, shown below in 1974:

 Since 2000, The Princess Royal has added just four pink designs – two hats and two headpieces- into her wardrobe

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Designer: Walter Wright; unknown
Introduced: June 21, 2001; June 16, 2010  

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Designer: unknown Snoxell Gwyther
Introduced: July 30, 2011, June 19, 2014

It’s an eclectic mix. Anne’s approach to fashion is a pragmatic one most of the time yet just the first hat fits this- the other three designs have only made one appearance! The fuchsia stovepipe cloche is a hat that warrants discussion, not only because it topped what I think is her best-ever Ascot ensemble, but because it makes such a confidently fantastic stand-out statement and we don’t see many of those from the Princess Royal. The shape is, arguably, a bit dated now but that aside, how I’d love to see it step out again.

What do you think of these pink hats?

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Hats From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1981 when Zara Tindall was christened at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth matched her purple and blue printed silk dress with wore an oversize rounded pillbox hat. Pleated fabric covered the hat and it was trimmed on top with similar ruffles to those on the neckline of her dress. Zara’s pateral grandmother, Anne Phillips, wore a pale green dupioni silk turban trimmed with bias stripes of the grey floral on her dress. The Queen Mother wore one of her signature veiled capulet hats covered in the same spring green floral as her caped frock and trimmed with a matching ostrich plume around the back.

True to form, Princess Anne’s finely woven yellow straw hat with curved brim, simply trimmed with a rolled silk hatband tied in a side bow (likely made by John Boyd), is still worn from time to time.

Princess Anne on July 27, 1981 and on a visit to Cumbria on July 17, 2013

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