On Sunday, Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, took part in memorial services to commemorate Anzac Day. For the dawn service at at Wellington Arch and morning service at Westminster Abbey, the Princess Royal repeated her purple felt fedora hat trimmed with twisted bow and curling feathers on the side.
The hat’s deeply creased crown and extended brim gives it a slightly retro vibe that suits Anne well and links with the large 70s-esque lapels on her coat. I particularly like this deep purple for memorial events such as these.
to this day in 1984 that saw a fresh-faced Princess Anne watching an Independence Day parade in Banjul, Gambia in a cream straw brimmed picture hat with floral silk covered crown and hatband. Charming, isn’t it?!
3. 4. Designer: unknown Introduced: June 18, 1996; Jan 27, 2019
What’s most interesting to me here is not so much the styles, as the few number of hats in this hue. Maybe the Princess Royal is not such a fan of red? While the first two are well into their third decades of wear, they continue to make public appearances, usually around Christmas. The first design has not aged particularly well (as one may expect for a pyramid of pompoms) while the second has nearly fit in with the beret percher styles that have been fashionable over the past decade. The most recent acquisition, a deep scarlet velvet bucket hat, feels less stylish than the beret and while the third hat has not been seen in a long while… it wouldn’t surprise me if it magically appeared at Ascot next year.
What do you notice about this group of hats? If you were to add a red hat to Princess Anne’s wardrobe, what style would you choose?
Look #2: In April of 2014, the Princess Royal chose a new hat for the coat, this time a large navy hat with a huge feathers adorning it. Note the fabric covering the upper side of the brim. Now THAT’S a hat!
Royal Hats’ January 6, 2015 post included this hat in a poll which listed the least favourite Royal Hats of 2014. Princess Anne’s exotic chapeau received 119 votes (4.16%); Queen Maxima’s “antennae” fascinator took the 2014 prize with 390 votes!
Thanks for this fun comparison, Jimbo. I’m curious which hat others prefer most with this coat?