Buckingham Palace Garden Party

A fourth garden party took place at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester braving rain to be in attendance.

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The Duchess of Cambridge used the occasion to debut a new hat. The mint sinamay double disc design features a high sidesweep pinch in which is nestled oversize mint silk handmade flowers. There’s a delicacy and lightness to the piece that feels so fresh, despite us knowing that Kate has twins of this style in different colours!

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Designer: Philip Treacy  OC 896 from SS 2022
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duke of Cambridge repeated his antique silk top hat.

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Princess Beatrice  wore a halo bandeau headpiece in a natural and black geometric woven print. The graphic pattern gives a great sharpness to the piece.

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Designer:  Dandelion design by Camilla Rose. Dress by Self Portrait. 
Previously Worn:  This headpiece is new

The Countess of Wessex repeated the electric blue straw ringed saucer percher trimmed with stiffened lace and curled quills we last saw her wear at Easter.  The Earl repeated his antique silk top hat.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Previously Worn: April 17, 2022; July 1, 2016July 2, 2013June 18, 2013

The Duchess of Gloucester is wearing a wide brimmed black hat. It looks like a darker twin to the blue lightweight sinamay hat she wore in March.

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 Don’t you wish these garden parties would continue all summer?!

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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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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice in a lovely green knotted velvet bandeau headpiece (it’s the “Rachel Knotted Velvet Headband by Jennifer Behr) for a charity event

King Willem-Alexander opened the National Holocast Names monument in Amsterdam today
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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Elegant ivory abaca straw cloth and folded vintage ribbon pillbox by Australian milliner Louise Macdonald
Sky blue bubble pillbox-turban covered in rosettes by British milliner Edwina Ibbotsen
Love the texture and pattern on this ivory crocheted bucket hat from British handmade accessory shop 2308store
Pearl trimmed stunner by Australian milliner Rebecca Share
Vibrant red and magenta felt hat with flexible shape by Dutch milliner Miriam Nuver
Adore all the texture on the braided flower trim on this bandeau by Australian brand Belle Folie Lifestyle
The prettiest pale aqua sinamay saucer with trailing bow by British milliner Sarah Cant

Vibrant green, blue and magenta boater with “splash” cutouts by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Natural straw Breton with leather flowers by Australian milliner Michelle Robinson
Fabulous red bonnet with shirred brim by Finish millinery brand Brevatar Hats
Black straw bandeau with feather studded veil and green bow by Australian brand Sassy Hats
Adore the gum flowers on this grey felt fedora with braided hatband by Australian milliner Lisette MarginIi
Black beaded vintage net halo headpiece
by Dutch milliner Joke Velema
Whimsical scarlet buntal button with rolled brim and veil by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Ice blue sinamay brimmed hat with sienna twists by British milliner Vesna Pesic
Fantastical take on a top hat in green sinamay with trimmed feathers by British milliner Nara Taylor

 

Handsome portrait of Prince Daniel released for his 48th birthday and a lovely shot of the Norwegian and Swedish heirs and their families on vacation together.

Princess Delphine designed the Pink Ribbon for this year’s Belgian campaign

Lovely new portrait of the Countess of Wessex

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Inventory: Princess Beatrice’s Black & White Hats

Princess Beatrice celebrated her 33rd birthday on Sunday, an event we mark here with a hat inventory! For the first time, we’re looking at black and white hats and while it’s not a colour combination that immediately comes to mind for this York princess, it should be- we’ve seen her in ten such designs so far! Here they are in the order of debut:

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Designer: all are Philip Treacy
Introduced: June 17, 2008; June 16, 2009; June 18, 2009; 

4.  5.  6.
Designer: Philip Treacy; Nerida Fraiman; Sarah Cant
Introduced: December 25, 2010; May 24, 2016; June 10, 2016

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Designer: Juliette Botterill; Nerida Fraiman
Introduced: December 25, 2016; June 22, 2017

9.  10.
Designer: Sally Ann Provan; Judy Bentinck
Introduced: June 21, 2018; June 9, 2019

Its an impressive and graphic millinery group that Beatrice wears really well. While the early, dramatic Philip Treacy perchers look a bit dated now, they were the height of fashion at the time- all of these hats reflect trends at the times they were worn. I’ve always adored the playful movement of #6 and think the most recent three hats, with their more sophisticated lines, suit this York princess so well. It was for very good reason that #9 was our favourite new hat of the year in 2018.

What does this collection of black and white hats say to you?

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Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh

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Members of the British royal family gathered today at St. George’s chapel to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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I’m sure you all join me extending our deepest sympathy to Queen Elizabeth and her family as they grieve his loss.

Commentary and discussion about hats feels unnecessary today. Comments are left open for messages of condolence.

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