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

1.  2.  
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

Images from social media as indicated; Lord Litchfield; REX/Shutterstock

This Week’s Extras

Princess Gabriella in a sweet floral headpiece on Wednesday for the Fete de la Saint Jean
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Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence took part in Armed Forces Day commemoration yesterday at the National Memorial Arboretum

Princess Flaminia of Hohenzollern and Baron Károly von Stipsicz de Ternova were married yesterday at Schloss Sigmaringen


The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Dramatic Dior brimmed hat covered in scarlet feathers by Australian milliner Carole Maher
Parasisal ruffled trimmed bandeau in punchy lemon and orange by UK milliner Karen Geraghty
Eucalyptus green rabbit felt fedora with silk brim binding and hatband by Australian milliner Catherine Kelly
Knotted halo bandeau in vibrant purple, red and coral silk abaca stripe by British milliner Margaret Woodliff-Wright
Pink straw saucer with silk brim binding, bow, flowers and gold quill by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Wonderfully whimsical top hat with fuchsia blooms by British milliner Joy Scott


Exuberant turban with knotted pouf, all made of tubular crin by British milliner Sarah Blackmore
Beautiful crown shape on this dove grey merino wool fedora by Australian milliner Meghan Briton
Red sinamay hat with interesting double brim by Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
White sinamay percher with statement emerald silk abaca & turquoise braid trim by Australian milliner Pamela O’Brien
Pink brocade covered bumper pillbox with classic back bow by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Hand woven straw bandeau by German milliner Antje Lücke


A wonderful portrait of the late Duke of Edinburgh, painted by Ralph Heiman in 2017, went on display at Windsor Castle

Images from social media as indicated 

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 3: The Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Laurence

Princess Anne attended the third day of Royal Ascot today in another new hat!

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In cream straw, this classic pillbox design is wrapped in cream trimmed feathers and finished with a looping cream straw bow and yellow feathers on the side.

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It’s a great scale on Princess Anne and the shape pairs so well with her silk collared coat, another new addition to her wardrobe. The balance of trimming is also good, the cream feathers giving such subtle texture as they wrap around the pillbox.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams. Coat by Shibumi
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence accompanied his wife to the races today in a handsome black silk top hat.

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It has been such a great week of fashion for the Princess Royal this week. What do you think of this new hat for her?

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