Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 2

Rainy skies did not appear to dampen spirits today at the second day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Princess Anne attended the races one of her brimless fur hats, this one with a deepest brown-black bumper brim, a  cozy choice on such a blustery day.

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This hat, which dates back at least the late 1980s, has an interesting crown of pieced smooth and patterned suede.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: Mar 17, 2006Dec 25, 2002, Dec 25, 2001; Dec 25, 1999; Dec 25, 1996; Dec 25, 1992; Dec 25, 1989; Dec 25, 1988; and undoubtedly more! 

Zara Tidall wore a teardrop beret percher in the loveliest deep petrol blue trimmed with a vine of dark blue leather flowers atop a ruffle of veiling with large navy dots. The layered shades of dark blue work beautifully on this design and pair well with Zara’s woven coat.

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Designer: Justine Bradley-Hill “Clarity” design. Coat by Laura Green London. Ensemble styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Mike Tindall joined his wife again today what looks like a repeat of the newsboy cap he wore yesterday. These photos show the design is trimmed with a button on top of the crown.

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Cheltenham Festival 2022 Day 1

The first day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival kicked off today with a trio of royal hats. Zara Tindall wore a beautiful plum button beret percher trimmed with a coordinating silk abaca swirl with hand painted gold stripe. Her husband Mike wore a black newsboy cap with curved visor brim.

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Zara’s hat is the standout here- the colour is magnificent and that gold stripe on the silk abaca is a simple touch that elevates the entire look. While this style of hat is one we’ve seen on her many times before, the scale, trim and colour of this one make it standout on its own. We don’t often see royal hats styled with trousers and this ensemble, which is so beautifully balanced, shows how fantastic the look can be when done just right.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill “Silk Abaca Twist Percher” design. Caped coat by Karen Millen. Ensemble styled by Annie Miall. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Zara’s elder brother, Peter, wore a black newsboy cap with button at the top. The combination of cap, Black Watch tartan coat and purple tie works really well!

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Here’s to the return of royal hats at the races!

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This Week’s Extras

Yesterday, Zara Tindall attended Cheltenham’s Festival Trial day in Julian Garner’s ‘Voyage’ hat, a black felt blocked beret with iridescent film looped bow. She was joined by her eldest daughter Mia who sported a darling dark bandeau with tan ruffled flower.

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Also yesterday, Crown Princess Kiko wore a black felt brimmed hat with upturned brim and pinstriped ribbon hatband for Team Japan’s scaled down Olympic Union Ceremony.

Princess Victoria Romanovna wore a luxe fur hat while in Moscow this week.

Eye-popping jewels worn by Princess Fadzilah Lubabul of Brunei at her wedding to Abdullah Nabil Mahmoud Al-Hashimi celebrated this week

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week (see the comments for more):

This Week’s Extras

On Wednesday, Princess Beatrix repeated a deep claret straw brimmed hat to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Noordbrabantse Christelijke Boerenbond in Gemert.

On Thursday, Princess Nobuko wore a red silk covered pillbox with side feather pompom trim for a Red Cross Convention in Oita City.

Queen Margrethe continued her state visit to Germany today with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. For this, she repeated her blue plaid trilby.
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Yesterday, Zara Tindall wore a navy felt Justine Bradley-Hill designed trilby with leather flower and cut feather trim (she has worn a very similar design before but this one was new). Today, she wore a cranberry wrapped bandeau headpiece by Camilla Rose Millinery. Both looks styled by Annie Miall.

During the month of November,  I’m turning the weekly “Caught My Eye” feature over to you! What millinery designs have caught your eyes over the past week?

 

Lovely new photos released for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s 40th birthday.

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Ascot 2021

Here are the 17 different royal hats we saw at the races this year. Click on any photo to jump back to a feature post on that hat.

Day 1: June 15

 

Day 2: June 16

 

Day 3: June 17

Day 5: June 19

Which hat stood out most to you?

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