Inventory: Princess Beatrice’s Blue Hats

Princess Beatrice celebrated her 32nd birthday on Saturday. To celebrate this, I thought it was high time we dove into her millinery closet for an inventory. Surprisingly, she has publicly worn 20 different blue designs:

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Designer: All are Philip Treacy
Introduced: December 25, 2002; June 12, 2010; June 17, 2010

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Designer: unknown; Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren); Stephen Jones
Introduced: June 16, 2011; July 30, 2011; June 5, 2012

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Designer: Sarah Cant; unknown; Sarah Cant
Introduced: June 4, 2013; August 11, 2013; June 17, 2014

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Designer: unknown; Laura Apsit Livens
Introduced: November 19, 2014; June 18, 2015

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Designer: Juliette Botterill; unknown; Laura Apsit Livens
Introduced: June 19, 2015; May 26, 2016; June 16, 2016

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Designer: Gina Foster; Emily London; Juliette Botterill
Introduced:  June 18, 2016; June 17, 2017; December 25, 2017;

 18. 19. 20.
Designer: Stephen Jones;Juliette Botterill; Bundle MacLaren
Introduced: May 19, 2018; June 19, 2018, June 18, 2019

There’s considerable diversity of shade and shape here- saucers, boaters, fedora, bandeau, pillbox, teardrop and button perchers and brims of all sizes. Seeing this collection reminds me how well Beatrice wears hats, how much we underestimate her millinery sophistication and how wearing the work of numerous milliners (at least nine here) pushes her style and saves her from falling into a single signature look. The wide brimmed Sarah Cant and Gina Foster designs (#9 and #15) remain long held favourites for me because they are just so beautiful, along with the wonderful blue embroidered Bundle MacLaren Matador (#20). I also have a soft spot for the pair of blue and orange Laura Apsit Livens designs (#11 and #14) that were punchy, bold, and very unexpected choices that certainly stood out in the crowd. And you know, I love a hat that stands out!

Which blue hats in Princess Beatrice’s hat closet are your favourites?

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Monday Multiples: Princess Beatrice

One of my favourite hats in Princess Beatrice’s closet is an architectural, wide brimmed green straw design with navy starburst stitching on the brim and a navy hatband and bow. She has paired this eye-catching hat with two ensembles:

Look #1: With a teal A-line lace dress with three quarter length sleeves worn at Royal Ascot on June 17, 2014

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Look #2: With a pale green beaded collar silk dress and navy tuxedo jacket worn two years later on June 17, 2016 also to Royal Ascot

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Which outfit pairs best with this hat?

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York Wedding

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married yesterday morning in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

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Princess Beatrice wore an gown of  ivory peau de soie taffeta with silver and diamanté motif beaded on the bodice and upper ballgown skirt made by legendary designer Norman Hartnell in the earlier 1960s. Silk puffed sleeves were added by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly and fashion designer Stewart Parvin, who also replaced the gown’s balloon hem with a wide stripe of duchesse satin for a sleeker silhouette (and, I suspect, to make the gown long enough for Princess Beatrice, who is taller than her grandmother). It was reported that these adjustments were all reversible.

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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What a lovely photo! Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi posted this on his social media account. So happy for them! Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi released photos from their wedding yesterday and today as a thank you for the well wishes. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Beatrice topped the dress with an ivory silk veil, anchored with Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara. Also borrowed from her grandmother, the fringed tiara was also worn for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947 and Princess Anne’s in 1973. The tiara choice was a surprise but its linear lines echoed the beading on the vintage gown and the pieces paired beautifully together. The warm tone of ivory is exquisite with Beatrice’s colouring and auburn hair and the personal connection to her grandmother through the dress- no doubt, a choice the Queen was actively involved in- is charming and sentimental and all kinds of perfect.

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More photos were released today as a thank you for the well wishes they received following their marriage. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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Guests were limited to immediate family only- the only hat we’ve seen was the pale aqua wool crêpe covered design with pink straw flowers worn by the Queen. 

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Like many couples, Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding plans were impacted by the pandemic. I’m sure you join me in wishing them the very best for the future.

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Beatrice rang in Chinese New Year in a pearl trimmed Zara bandeau
Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Sofia in streamlined black hats (and headpiece) on Tuesday for the funeral of Dagmar von Arbin


On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth wore a silk headscarf for an engagement- something we don’t often see her do. She officially opened the new Wolferton Pumping Station 72 years after father, King George VI, opened the original station on February 2, 1948.
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On Thursday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia were in warm winter hats for the Jokkmokk Fair in northern Sweden
Queen Margrethe repeated her smart navy wool covered hat with tartan hatband by Mathilde Thoe Førster yesterday to open the new Copenhagen Museum
The following new millinery designs caught my (and my mum’s !) eyes this week:
Fantastical floral wire vine headpiece made of recycled plastic by Australian milliner Brea Moreland
Ochre straw retro mushroom brimmed hat with blue silk bowed hatband by UK brand Gillys MIllinery
Red straw beret percher with feather flowers and wired crin loops by British milliner Rosie Olivia

And two to highlight- the first, from British milliner Marissa Groom, is a cream straw button percher with pastel sinamay flames and rows of cream ruffles. The second, from Japanese brand Maxim, is a brown felt design with cut felt feather hatband and woven chain detail around the brim edge.


The Danish monarchy released new portraits of Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie to celebrate their respective birthdays this week


Sweet new family portrait of Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel and family (I think Princess Estelle’s hairbow is from Livly)

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British Royals Celebrate Christmas- Part I

Members of the British Royal Family joined the Queen today, as they do each year, for Christmas Day Service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene near Sandringham.

The Queen wore a new ensemble today in brilliant red, topped with a felt hat . The teardrop shape of this hat’s crown is one we’ve seen on previous hats; the design is completed with a side spray of black feathers and hatband of the same fine braid as is trimming her coat. .

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Several readers guessed the queen would be in red this year and you were spot on! The look is festive and the coat’s open collar, edged with that lovely braid, frames the hat and Her Majesty’s face really well. What’s less successful for me is the crown shape- its height and flared silhouette creates an awkward proportion that feels a bit clunky. While the colour is great, I’m not sure the shape flatters.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her royal purple felt brimless hat in a gently rounded helmet shape, trimmed with a large spray of  purple goose biot feathers. It’s a bold shape that she carries off well despite it’s clunky (again!) mushroom shape – the colour is divine, the spiky feathers play down the helmet vibe well and Camilla’s soft hairstyle lightens the look. The modern hat pairs really well with Camilla’s traditionally cut velvet coat, the two pieces combining to create a rather regal statement.

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Designer: Philip Treacy Bruce Oldfield dress and coat.
Previously Worn: March 11, 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her dark green percher saucer hat trimmed with large, pleated flower on the back raised side of the design.

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Today is the first time we’ve seen this hat not worn with a green coat and despite its small scale, holds its own. The styling here, coordinated with a purse and shoes in the same colour against the neutral coat, allows the hat to stand out more than we’ve seen it before. Coordinating Charlotte’s green coat makes a particularly sweet connection.

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Designer: Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co. Coat by Catherine Walker. 
Previously Worn: Mar 17, 2017Dec 25, 2015

Princess Beatrice, who was joined for the first time by her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, wore a bandeau in forest green peachbloom felt accented with a beautiful pleated swirl motif. The design is a beautiful colour on her and the pleated detail gives such interest to the piece, making it much more special than a simple bandeau.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the Knotted Felt Band from AW 2019. Coat by The Fold London
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Eugenie wore a navy blue headpiece described by the designer as a “silk covered headband, adorned with cut feathers and a silk bow.” The colour is lovely on her and the layered cut feathers give some beautiful dimension, height and movement to the design.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the Silk Feather Bow Band from AW 2019
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

It’s a lovely parade of jewel-toned designs so far (we’ll look at remaining hats worn by the Wessex ladies, Princess Anne, the Countess of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto tomorrow). For now, what are your thoughts on these first five designs? Enjoy the Queen’s Christmas message below.

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