Hats From the Past

Royal Hats 72 years today to the christening of a future king, held at Buckingham Palace.

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British Royals Thank Essential Workers

Members of the British Royal Family gathered in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle this evening to thank essential workers for their work in helping others during the coronavirus pandemic, especially now over the Christmas season.

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For this event, Queen Elizabeth repeated her red crepe covered cloche hat with teardrop shaped crown trimmed with a double row of the same red and gold braid as adorns the collar of her coat and a side spray of black feathers. While the front point on this teardrop shaped crown is not a shape I find flattering, the red ensemble is so cheery and festive I can’t fault its choice this evening.

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Designer: Angela Kelly made by Stella McLaren.
Previously Worn: December 25, 2019

The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex appeared without millinery (not surprising as hats are usually worn only during the day) which allowed Her Majesty to stand out further. What do you think of the Queen’s hat today?

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to November 20, 1972 and brimless hat covered in robin’s egg blue feathers and a side ostrich plume worn by Queen Elizabeth to celebrate her and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 25th wedding anniversary. With her silk coat with mink collar and cuffs, the hat topped a wonderfully luxe ensemble that we’ve previously named as one of Her Majesty’s most iconic looks.

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

Members of the British royal family attended the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Westminster today. The Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Dukes of Cambridge and Kent, and Earl of Wessex took part in the ceremony, which was considerably scaled back from years past (26 former service men and women took part in stark contrast to the more than 10,000 veterans usually included in this event).

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The Queen, Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, and the Countess of Wessex looked on from balconies above the Cenotaph.

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Queen Elizabeth wore a new black hat with slightly angled stovepipe crown and cartwheel brim, edged in a wide stripe of black binding. The hat is trimmed with a spray of overlapping stitched leaves and a small side bow.

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Designer: unconfirmed
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Duchess of Cornwall repeated a black felt beret hugger percher wonderfully trimmed with black felt and jinsin twists sweeping over the hat, studded on the side with a large black silk bloom.

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Designer: Philip Treacy. Dress and Coat by Bruce Oldfield.
Previously Worn: Mar 13, 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a new percher hat with saddle shaped velvet felt base, embellished with a beautifully proportioned multi-looped silk bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy “OC 784” from AW 2020. Coat by Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Countess of Wessex was also in a new hat, her fur felt pillbox trimmed with a sweeping embroidered feather applique.

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Designer:  Jane Taylor “Felt Pillbox with Embroidered Feather Trim” from AW 2020. Cape by Zara.
Previously Worn: this hat is new

While the hats at such events are secondary, this quartet really is stellar.

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Mako and Princess Kako in cream silk covered bumper hats on Friday to worship at the Meiji Shrine for its 100th anniversary


Queen Elizabeth in a repeated black cloche with diagonal felt crown wrap, side bow and feather trim by Angela Kelly (made by Stella McLaren) at Westminster Abbey this week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Soldier.

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Chocolate straw brimmed hat with amazing leather interlooped crown overlay by Dutch milliner Mirjam van der Welle
Leopard print fur felt trilby with emerald velvet hatband and side bow by Italian brand Batog Couture Millinery
Black lace applique bandeau headpiece studded with Swarovski crystals by UK brand Maria Monica
Tan straw stylised top hat with rolled brim and ringed trim by Australian milliner Liza Stedman
Teal velour felt percher with bows and pink straw flower trimmed bandeau by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan
Raspberry felt hat with bumper brim and interesting off-the-face twist trim by Japanese brand Maxim
Wide brimmed saucer in black & white herringbone sinamay with fantastic bubble detail by British milliner Karen Geraghty

Scarlet beret percher with apricot veil overlay and velvet floral spray by UK-based milliner Guilia Mio
Charming vintage-inspired denim blue straw cloche with ribbon hatband by British brand Little Sister Millinery
Cream and magenta parasisal bumper hat with veil by Australian milliner Lisa Hughes
Statement turban in orange and purple silk abaca with cascade of flowers by Australian brand With Grace Millinery
From Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit, an exquisite white fantasy with striped silk chiffon bias brim, lace applique, sculpted bow, beads, sequinns and all kinds of incredible detail that took top prize at Palma Hat Week. See other entries here.

Did you see British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful speaking with the Prince of Wales about his style?!

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