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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.