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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Multiples: Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie has paired her green floral Erdem ‘Bernette’ dress with two different hats. As we offer belated wishes for her 31st birthday last week, let’s peek back at the hats paired with this frock:

Look #1:  With a black panama straw boater hat with vented brim trimmed with white silk duchesse origami flowers by Sally Ann Provan worn June 21, 2018 to Ascot

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Look #2: With a Juliette Botterill designed navy straw pillbox hat wrapped with a silk abaca plait worn for Maundy Thursday service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on  April 18, 2019 

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While high, ruffled necklines can be tricky to pair with a hat, the open vent on this boater and brimless nature of the pillbox make them both work. Which hat do you prefer most with this dress?

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This Week’s Extras

Queen Mathilde repeated her black felt Fabienne Delvigne fedora on Wednesday for the annual Memorial Mass for the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family, held with just family members this year in the Royal Crypt of the Church of Our Lady of Laeken
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Princess Eugenie wore a mustard velvet Jennifer Behr ‘Thada’ halo bandeau to introduce her son, August, who made his public debut in a handsome blue cuffed cap.
Interesting conversation between fashion writer Suzy Menkes and Philip Treacy you can listen to here.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Coral straw statement bandeau with lush floral, feather twist trim by Australian milliner Anita Marshall
Charcoal felt trilby with stacked teal, yellow and grey hatbands by Italian milliner Marianna Sanua
Purple felt cloche with fantastic crown shape and Art Deco brooch by American milliner Laura Del Villaggio
Sunny yellow hat with wide, raw-edged Dior brim by Australian milliner Marilyn Van Den Berg
Beautifully embellished pale blue wool beret by French brand Katoushti
Adore the shape on this periwinkle straw hugger bumper with freeform bow by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Graphic layered stripe teardrop percher with ivory silk shantung bow by British milliner Kerry Kernan
Sky blue straw saucer brim hat with large feather flower by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Sleek oh-so wearable cream and grey visored hat with black stripe by Australian milliner Lauren Ritchie
Deep mulberry felt feldora with black silk paisley hatband by Danish brand Hornskov København
Blush sisal button percher with sisal and silk abaca folded ruffle by British brand Camilla Rose Millinery
Beautiful designs with orange draped felt crown and merlot feather flowers by Australian milliner Melanie Atherinos
Wrapped tan turban with statement flourish by German milliner Ulrike Strelow
Creative blue straw design by Australian milliner Souri Sengdara that’s captivating from all sides (see the front here)

Charming photos of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and wee Prince Charles released this week for her birthday

Princess Madeleine shared these sweet snaps taken for Princess Leonore’s 7th birthday

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