Ascot Day 3: Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Laurence

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence rode in today’s royal carriage procession in the second carriage, joined by the York Princesses. Princess Anne repeated an embellished, vibrant turquoise trilby hat I don’t think we’ve seen since its debut six years ago.

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This straw design features a characteristic short trilby brim, upturned around the back and downward facing in the front, with a tall, pinched crown trimmed with a mass of different varieties of turquoise feathers at the front.

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The feather trim is a bit haphazard and madly off in all directions for my taste- I think it would benefit with a haircut and slight shift onto the side of the hat. Feather quibbles aside, the colour is glorious on Anne and I love the cheeky interplay between the hat’s short brim and the raised collar on her jacket.

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Designer: Walter Wright  
Previously Worn: June 5, 2012
Vice Admiral Laurence looked very distinguished in his gleaming black silk top hat. I particularly like the hat’s contrast with his pale aqua tie.
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I call this hat a win for Princess Anne, simply based on colour and scale. What do you think?
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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 3: The Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Sir Laurence

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Princess Anne pulled out the stops for Ladies’ Day today, pairing the wonderful green dress we saw her wear three week ago with a new, matching hat. The saddle shaped base, in emerald green straw, is embellished by a coordinating folded bow that spreads across the back of the hat.

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Designer: Amy Morris-Adams
Previously Worn: this hat is new!!

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence wore a black top hat.

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Remembrance Sunday

Members of the British Royal Family attended the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall yesterday. Queen Elizabeth led her family in a new black ‘bucket’ style hat. Made of the same fabric as her coat, the hat features a short brim and wide hatband, wrapped diagonally around the design and anchored with buttons. The small brim of the piece works beautifully with the shawl collar on Her Majesty’s coat.

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Designer: unconfirmed. Likely Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Duchess of Cornwall repeated her beautiful black felt hat with flyaway raised brim edged in a wide band of grosgrain ribbon.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: December 25, 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a classic new hat in black felt with rounded crown and gently upswept brim on one side. The use of  velvet on the wide hat band and brim underside provides lovely textural contrast without compromising the beautifully smooth lines of the design. It’s a great addition to Kate’s inventory of black hats.

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Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Countess of Wessex also wore a new hat. In black felt, the shaped saucer design is trimmed with curling organdie ribbon. Similar to the design she wore to this event in 2014, this new hat has an air of slightly greater refinement that works well for Sophie.

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Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Alexandra repeated her black wool hat with tall, domed crown. The hat is trimmed in a ruched hatband of crushed black velvet that is repeated on piping on the brim’s edge and on the collar of Alexandra’s coat.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Nov 8, 2015Nov 10, 2014March 2, 2005; 1996

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of York, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Duke of Gloucester were also in attendance. As in years past, these royal men (except for the Duke of Gloucester), dressed in military uniform.

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This ceremony is a beautifully poignant event that draws together royals, politicians, veterans, service personnel and civilians in remembrance. Without loosing sight of this reverence, I’m curious to hear which hats stood out to you most at yesterday’s ceremony.
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This Week’s Extras

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King Carl Gustaf in his trusty fedora for a forest walk in Vindeln (Swedish Monarchy). Queen Silvia wore traditional dress for  Pensioners’ Day at Ekebyhov’s Castle Park (Dana Press) and the couple donned baseball hats to stave off rain at the city of Borgholm’s 200th anniversary celebrations (Swedish Monarchy).

Mike Tindall in a natty woven trilbey last weekend enjoying Big Feastival in the Cotswolds with Zara and Mia

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Princess Kiko repeated a black pillbox for a memorial of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake (Imperial Family of Japan)

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence were in Russia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first WWII Arctic Convoy

 

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The Princess Royal honours the 3000 British troops and their comrades that perished during the first Arctic Convoys during the Second World War, 75 years ago. The first of the Arctic Convoys, codenamed ‘Dervish’, arrived in Arkhangelsk, Russia on 31 August 1941. Running the blockade by the German Navy and avoiding perils such as mines and U-boats the convoys were essential to the supply of the Soviet Union and played a part in supplying Leningrad (present day St Petersburg) during the siege. To this day the UK and Russia continue to honour the sacrifice of Royal Navy sailors and merchant seamen, including through the UK’s Arctic Star medal. Arctic Convoy veterans and The Band of HM Royal Marines will also participate in the commemorations.

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Wonderful photo released of three generations of Danish sailing princes on board the Danish royal yacht at the Dragon Gold Cup (Danish Monarchy)

Princes Henrik, Frederik and Christian, August 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Albert of Monaco participated in a round table discussion at Ohio State University- you can watch the entire event here.

Proud papa King Jigme Khesar of Bhutan shared this trio of snaps of his adorable son, Prince Jigme Namgyel

British Royals Kick Off Battle Of Jutland Commemorations

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attended a service at a war graves cemetery on Saturday to mark the Battle of Jutland. This event in Scotland began several days of commemoration that are leading up to the battle’s official anniversary tomorrow and Tuesday.  To remember this battle, the largest naval battle of World War I, the royal couple predictably attended in their naval uniforms.