Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving Part 2

We continue coverage of today’s Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving with the Countess of Wessex, who wore a barely-blush sinamay teardrop beret percher. The hat is trimmed with a hand-rolled pleated organdy ruffle dyed in ombre shades of pink and curled pink quills.

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It’s a shape we’ve seen Sophie wear many times but what really works here is the subtle shades of blush and pink in both the sinamay of the hat and ruffle trim. At a quick glance, it’s not noticeable (especially in sunlit photos) but it’s certainly there. This custom dyeing gives such life and dimension to the piece.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah London. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor wore a bandeau headpiece with peaked center ridge entirely covered in seed beads, pearls and sequins in different shades of pink.

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The shape elevates this piece from basic headband to bandeau headpiece, as does this texture and colour from the beads, pearls and sequins! It’s a wonderfully light and youthful design that suits the occasion and its wearer, perfectly.

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Designer: bespoke Jane Taylor. Dress by Ghost London.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Princess Anne repeated her muted teal sinamay hat with rounded crown and high, sidesweeping brim embellished with a darker teal slim silk hatband and curling, multi-looped straw bow interspersed with trimmed feathers.

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It’s such a beautiful hat, the different shades of teal adding just the right contrast. Since its last outing, three deep burgundy feathers have been added, tying the hat to the burgundy threads woven into the silk shantung of her coat and dress.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams. Silk dress and coat by Shibumi.
Previously Worn: May 11, 2022; Apr 9, 2022; Jul 3, 2019June 20, 2019

Zara Tindall stood out in a bright pink shirt dress with pale mauve accessories and a purple hat. The parasisal beret is trimmed with a twisting bow in the same material, silk hydrangea blossoms and a tuft of purple veil.

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The hat, darling by itself, is elevated by the incredibly striking styling of the ensemble. The pink dress pulls these shades out of the hat’s flowers and while one might expect the hat and dress hues to compete, they balance beautifully. I think the overall look, with it’s unexpected combination of pieces, is absolutely brilliant.

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And it nearly looks as good on Mike Tindall as it did on his wife!

Designer: Hydrangea Bow Percher from Juliette Botterill. Dress by Laura Green London. Styled by Annie Miall. 
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Lady Sarah Chatto repeated an ecru textured straw hat with rounded, cloche style crown and extended brim.

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Designer:  Stephen Jones 
Previously Worn: Apr 17, 2021;  May 18, 2019;  June 18, 2012June 15, 2006June 4, 2002June 10, 2001July 11, 2000

Another great quintet of hats here, don’t you agree?!

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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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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 Royal Wedding: York & Wessex Families

Our tour of hats at today’s wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex continues with the ladies of the York and Wessex families. Princess Beatrice topped her teal chiffon beaded dress with a bandeau headpiece of layered arcs of satin, crin and grosgrain in differing shades of the same hue. The colour is beautiful on her and the airy headpiece is a great compliment to her focal statement dress.

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Designer: Stephen Jones. Dress by Roksanda
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Princess Eugenie topped her retro styled pale blue shift dress with a bespoke pillbox in silver lurex sinamay. I don’t believe we’ve seen her in a pillbox before and this one is not only an excellent scale, it had the most wonderful sparkle when hit with light. Yes, it has a slight ‘1960s air hostess’ vibe but no matter- it’s such a great look for Eugenie.

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Designer: Fiona Graham. Dress by Gainsbourg
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The Duchess of York was in attendance today in a charming percher cocktail hat with royal blue straw button base. The hat is trimmed with a large navy straw bow, navy and pink feathers and a generous swath of navy dotted tulle veil. A more whimsical piece, it paired very well with Sarah’s updo and pink and navy ensemble.

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Designer: Jess Collett
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The Countess of Wessex was characteristically fashionable in a steely blue straw saucer hat trimmed with a crescent of feathers. This is another one of those cases when a hat takes an ensemble that’s great on its own to “WOW”.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Dress by Suzannah
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This event saw Lady Louise Windsor in her first full (non riding) hat at a major, public event. Her black straw button percher is trimmed with a layered ruffle in black and white lattice printed straw and crin. The classic colour scheme makes this a great starter piece for Louise and the scale is just right.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It is the “Daria” from SS 2018
Previously Worn: This hat is new

I found it a bit frustrating to watch how many people were publicly hoping for some less successful hats on the York princesses today and I’m trilled that their looks knocked those suggestions silent. I think these are five strong hats- what do you think?
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Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family gathered today in the Cathedral Saints Michel et Gudule to bid farewell to Queen Fabiola. For this funeral, Queen Mathilde wore a new black fabric-covered headpiece that circled her head.

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Queen Paola wore a delicate veil in black Brussels lace.

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Princess Astrid wore a headband trimmed with a stacked, double silk bow topped with a swath of dotted net tulle.

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Princess Maria Laura wre a wide black felt headband while archduchess Elisabetta, wife of Prince Amadeo, wore a small black pillbox hat with rounded crown and grosgrain ribbon trim around the hat. Princess Luisa Maria was the only grandchild of King Albert and Queen Paola who did not attend the funeral (presumably, she was not able to leave her studies in England).

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Princess Claire wore a charcoal grey hat which was simply trimmed with a wide ribbon around the crown. The flat brim of this hat was slightly upturned around the edge and the straight sided crown was gently domed at the top.

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Princess Louise wore her first hat for this important family event. Her mottled grey felt cloche was trimmed with a petite bow at the back.

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Princess Léa, widow of King Albert’s late half-brother Prince Alexander, wore a beautiful black lace veil. Princes Marie-Esméralda (younger half-sister of King Albert) wore a Victorian inspired black hat with net tulle trim. The back of the hat, which folded upward, was trimmed with several black satin bows.

Princess Léa and Princes Marie-Esméralda, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

You can see hats worn by royal cousins from Luxembourg and Liechtenstein at this post and hats worn by representatives of other royal houses at this post.

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Belgian Royal Wedding

Royal HatsPrince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este married Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein at Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere today in Rome. Elisabetta looked luminously beautiful in a Valentino designed dress and matching veil. The dress featured a high illusion bodice and three quarter length sleeves made of ivory point d’esprit tulle trimmed with rebrodè lace, which continued over the bodice of the gown. This lace detail and point d’esprit tulle were repeated on the full skirt, which  flowed into a sweeping but light-as-air train.

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Elisabetta anchored her five meter long point d’esprit tulle veil (trimmed with beautiful Chantilly lace) with a surprise- Queen Elisabeth’s Diamond Bandeau on loan from Prince Amedeo’s grandmother, Queen Paola. This is the same tiara Queen Mathilde borrowed for her wedding in 1999 and the small scale suited Elisabetta very well. I particularly liked the contrast of the graphic art deco lines of this tiara with the scalloped lace edging Elisabetta’s veil. Perhaps this tiara will be used for future Belgian royal brides, as well (I would love to see such a tradition continue).

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The young couple emerged from the Basilica with a pair of the widest royal grins we have seen in a long while- such a heartwarming and delightful sight.

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The young bridesmaids wore white dresses with dark teal pleated collars, sashes, and silk slippers. Their high contrast ensembles were topped with lovely green and white floral wreaths.

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Prince Amedeo’s sister, Princess Laeticia (above, center) was joined by her cousins Princess Elisabeth (below, center) and Princess Louise (below, right).

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You can see photos of hats worn by the Belgian Royal Family at this post and by other royal guests, at this post. There were some beautiful (and bizarre) pieces you won’t want to miss.

Photos from AFP and Belga via LaVenir; RTLElisabetta Villa/Stringer, Elisabetta Villa/Stringer, Elisabetta Villa/Stringer, and Elizabetta Villa/Stringer via Getty