Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving Part 1

The British Royal Family attended a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen ‘s Platinum Jubilee today at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Sadly, the Queen was not well enough to attend the event. The Duchess of Cornwall repeated her ecru straw hat with angular crown and wide, sidesweeping brim. The hat is trimmed with a finely pleated cream and the most delicate lace applique cutout flowers

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 The juxtaposition of the hat’s angular crown with those exquisite lace flowers has always given this design such interest and its pairing today with Camilla’s ecru silk coat with detailed platinum embroidery works oh so well. Of course, the colour does not make a statement like other hats we’ll see today but it’s a beautifully layered ensemble.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Jun 8, 2019; June 20, 2018May 22, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale yellow straw saucer hat trimmed with large silk roses and jinsin twists.

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It’s a great design, the sleek and very smooth lines of the top of the hat contrasting so well with the trim beneath its raised side. The hat and dress also pair beautifully (brilliant move making the hat a shade lighter than the dress), although I think in this case, I’d have preferred Kate’s hair partially down to give a little contrast to the overall look.

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Designer: OC 908 from Philip Treacy SS 2022. Emilia Wickstead dress. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Duchess of Sussex wore a pale grey hat with curved brim and shallow crown. The hat looks to be made of crin braid which is also used for a slim hatband that ties in a side bow

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The hat falls a bit flat for me but leaves Meghan’s beautifully tailored coat the clear star of the ensemble.

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Designer: Stephen Jones. Coat by Dior
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Beatrice wore a hat described by the designer as a “striking silk percher hat. Silk covered base, adorned with a double silk bow.”

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The periwinkle shade is glorious on Beatrice, as is the hat’s pairing with her dress in a slightly more denim shade of blue. The hat’s lines show off the sheen of the silk and the stitching on those bows sets them off so well. It’s such a great hat for Beatrice. Bravo!

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Designer: Silk Bow Percher by Juliette Botterill. Dress by Beulah London.  
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Eugenie topped a vibrant orange dress with a black sinamay button percher trimmed with a sculptural twisted bow that splays over the design.

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The pairing of orange dress and black accessories is a bold and brave one that Eugenie carries off well. It’s a modern look emphasized by the unique bow on the hat.

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Designer: bespoke Ophelia Pillbox by Emily London. Dress by Emilia Wickstead. 
Previously Worn: 

I think we’re off to a great start- what do you think of this first group of hats today in London?

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Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour Part 3

In addition to the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, the Queen was joined on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today by other working members of the Royal Family.

The Earl of Wessex wore the full ceremonial uniform of his role of Colonel of The London Guards, along with his Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals. The Countess of Wessex wore a new pink and ivory hat described by the designer as “a bespoke hand dyed, two tone style disc, trimmed with bows.”

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The saucer shape suits Sophie well and the transparent base of pink windowpane sinamay gives a lovely lightness to the design. It’s the bows that don’t work for me. I think they might be too haphazard on the otherwise streamlined design.

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Designer: Jane Taylor bespoke design. Coat dress by Suzannah London.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor wore a hat from her mother’s closet that Sophie wore to Trooping the Colour in 2009 (the fist year that Louise also appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony!). The natural straw cloche follows angular lines with a sloped crown and extended brim on one side and is trimmed with a blush sinamay upside-down bow with twisting tails.

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It’s a great hat for Louise, the modern shape and whimsically youthful trim feeling as contemporary as it did over a decade ago. I’m a fan of hats sharing hats between wearers and this was a lovely surprise today.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Reiss floral dress.
Previously Worn by the Countess of Wessex: June 13, 2009; April 23, 2006

Princess Alexandra repeated her teal felt picture hat. The design is trimmed with a wide hatband and purple and teal burnt feathers anchored with a jeweled multi-loop bow. I adore the unexpected addition of purple feathers to the trim, which give such lift and just enough contrast.

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Designer: Likely Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: May 18, 2019

The Duchess of Gloucester wore a new hat! Yes, it is another navy straw beret but the shape is slightly different than her other navy straw beret, and this design is overlaid in a navy net veil which gives it a slight variation in texture. She embellished the hat further with a rock crystal brooch on the side. The Duke repeated his black silk top hat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

A number of other members of the royal family were spectators at this event and were snapped or shared photos in hats.

Princess Beatrice looks to have repeated her “Quilted Pearly Headband” from Zara, adding the brand’s “Pearl Bead Headband” in front for added oomph. If so, it works!

Designer: Possibly Zara. Vampire’s Wife dress.
Previously Worn: January 2020

Princess Eugenie wore a beige felt beret with large monochrome leaf trim. Her young son August wore a tan cotton visored cap.

Designer: John Boyd bespoke version of the “Pink Leaf Beret” Self Portrait dress.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a white sinamay hat with wide oval brim and shallow crown with a wide navy grosgrain ribbon hatband and large multi-looped side bow with fringed ends. The shape is unique but it looks to suit Meghan very well.

Designer: Stephen Jones “Granville Hat” Dress by Roland Mouret.
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Zara Tindall wore a red sinamay beret percher trimmed with silk flowers and a sculpted silk abaca bow.

Designer: Juliette Botterill “Floral Blossom Percher. Dress by Beulah London. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new.

Mia Tindall wore a read headband trimmed with flowers

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Lena Tindall wore a pink headband with sweet bow. Savannah Phillips wore a ruched pink headband.

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her oversize white pillbox

I’ve only spotted one royal guest in attendance so far- Her Majesty Margareta of Romania in a navy sinamay hat with mushroom brim, shallow crown and patterned hatband.

Designer: Kristina Dragomir.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new.

This wraps up Trooping the Colour today!

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British Royals Attend Easter Sunday Service

Members of the British royal family gathered at Windsor Castle yesterday to attend Easter Sunday service at St. George’s Chapel.

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The Duchess of Cambridge repeated a denim blue crepe pleated bandeau circle headpiece. The design is ruched around the back with waved bow tails. The pleated texture of the bandeau works so well in contrast with the smooth lines of the coat dress, as do the different shades of blue paired in the same ensemble.

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Designer: “Diamond Pleated Headband” by Jane Taylor. Coat dress by Emilia Wickstead. 
Previously Worn: Jan 6, 2019

Princess Eugenie repeated a blush veiled bandeau headpiece. The design is wrapped in stitched strips that lend subtle textural contrast and made a lovely counterpoint to her floral dress.

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Designer: “Galilea” headpiece by Emily London. Dress by Peter Pilotto
Previously Worn: Nov 21, 2021 

The Countess of Wessex repeated an electric blue straw ringed saucer percher trimmed with stiffened lace and curled quills. In the past, Sophie has paired this hat with a sold blue dress I think this vibrant patterned frock made a far more striking combination.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Soler London dress.
Previously Worn: July 1, 2016; July 2, 2013; June 18, 2013

Lady Louise Windsor repeated a stemmed ivory felt beret.

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Designer: “Ivory Felt Beret” by Jane Taylor. Hush dress. 
Previously Worn: Dec 25, 2021

Savannah Phillips repeated a navy ruched headband while her younger sister, Isla, repeated a navy floral knotted Joules headband.

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Previously Worn: Mar 29, 2022

Zara Tindall topped her dotted navy dress with a navy and white leather ringed pillbox percher hat. The design is trimmed with navy and white layered veil and a spray of white leather flowers. Her eldest daughter, Mia, wore a ruched navy headband.

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Designer: “Mrs. Misselthwaite Two Tone Button” from JBH Millinery. LK Bennett London dress. Styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This design is new. 

Margarita Armstrong-Jones repeated the dress and gold feather bandeau headpiece her mother wore to Princess Eugenie’s wedding five years ago. I love to see royal wardrobe shares and this is a great look for her.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan AW 2018
Previously Worn: by her mother on Oct 12, 2018

Lady Sarah Chatto repeated an ecru textured straw cloche with extended brim. Sarah alternates wearing this hat with the brim entirely facing downward or folding it up around the front, as she did yesterday.

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Designer: likely Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: May 18, 2019 ;  June 18, 2012June 15, 2006June 4, 2002June 10, 2001July 11, 2000

While the Queen’s presence was missed, it was lovely to see another group of hats for Easter this year. Which designs stood out most to you?

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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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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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