Trooping The Colour: Gloucester & Kent Families

We conclude our look at the hats seen Saturday for Trooping the Colour with those worn by members of the Gloucester and Kent families. It’s always wonderful to see the Duchess of Kent at this event and rather disappointing there is not a better view of her hat to share. It looks to be a lavender pillbox, likely in straw, trimmed with a large spray of face-framing feathers on the side.

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UPDATE- thanks to avid royal watcher and photographer Paul Ratcliffe for sharing this photo of the Duchess, just for us! This view confirms her hat is a high lavender textured straw bandeau, with feather trim framing the right side of her face. The colour is lovely on Katharine and the bandeau style suits her bobbed haircut really well. It’s a fresh and modern headpiece that proves cutting edge style is possible at any age!

Designer: I believe it is Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Helen Taylor repeated the white homberg crowned ht with upswept brim and navy bow trim we saw her wear to this event last year, with an added red and fuchsia hued silk flower on the front of the hat. The addition of this flower transforms the hat (hiding the distinctive crown shape makes it appear to be a different style) and firmly ties the colour palate to Helen’s fuchsia printed dress. Seeing this transformation makes me wonder why we don’t see such minor millinery renovations on more royal hats! Helen’s sister-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor, wore a dusky pink straw button based percher hat trimmed with large silk roses and dotted net tulle veil.

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Designer of Helen’s hat: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn:  June 17, 2017
Designer of Paola’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

Lady Helen’s younger daughter, Estella Taylor, seen below on the far right, wore a button based cocktail hat in natural straw, trimmed with cream, ecru and grey fabric rosettes and a grey net tulle veil.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

While Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Gloucester were in attendance, they did not appear in any photographs.

UPDATE- Again, avid royal watcher and photographer Paul Ratcliffe comes to our rescue! My deepest thanks to Paul for posting these photos just for our benefit! Princess Alexandra repeated her dove grey straw with tall, flat crown and cartwheel brim trimmed with a large straw knotted bow and a swath of dotted net tulle overlaying the hat’s brim. The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her black pillbox with new addition of a black tulle veil.

Designer of Alexandra’s hat: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 6, 2009 and likely others
Designer of Brigitte’s hat: unknown. My guess is Lock and Co.
Previously Worn: March 19, 2013June 20, 2011Oct 9, 2009June 03, 2006

Lady Rose Gilham was also in attendance on the Buckingham Palace balcony this year in a slate blue-grey vertical saucer hat trimmed with a bow and feathers.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new

Julia Ogilvy, who recently graduated from the Harvard Divinity School, paired her dotted grey dress with a tall grey straw stovepipe hat with cartwheel brim trimmed with an exquisite spray of straw roses and leaves. Flora Ogilvy repeated the wide brimmed cream straw picture hat with square crown and large, layered side bow that she seems to have permanently appropriated from her mother’s millinery closet! And no wonder, as it’s a wonderful, classic and clearly versatile hat.

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Designer of Julia’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this is new
Designer of Flora’s hat: unknown
Previously Worn: June 17, 2017June 11, 2016; originally worn by Julia June 15, 2006

Zenouska Mowatt topped her vibrant pink, lilac, orange and white patterned dress with a textured white straw beret percher hat trimmed with curling white feathers and a pink and orange straw knotted flying bow. There’s a lot of texture going on in this piece and while I really like its idiosyncratic creativity, I’m not convinced it complements or relates enough with the dress to work well together.

Designer:  Jane Taylor. Dress from Dhela

Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent used the occasion to début a new hat. In almond straw, the design features a flat crown and wide, cartwheel brim and is simply trimmed with a wide straw hatband. Marie-Christine favours dramatic millinery statements and this one feels surprisingly sedate and traditional for her. It’s another versatile piece I think we’ll see again many times in years to come. 

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:This hat is new

Lady Frederick Windsor topped her beautifully cut suit with an ecru straw vertical saucer hat trimmed with a cream feather lotus flower and slim, curling straw tails. The steep diagonal lines of the hat work so well with the similar line on the hem of Sophie’s jacket. This is not a hat I’d be drawn to on its own but with this suit, forms a really lovely ensemble.

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Designer: Siggi Hats. It is S18-459 from SS 2018. Suit from Catherine Walker
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a cream straw hat with angular crown and gently sideswept brim, trimmed with straw twists and a handful of white silk sweet peas. It’s a style, scale and colour of hat we’ve seen often on Gabriella but one that she carries so well. The open neck of her blue coat dress is a particularly effective compliment to the lines of the hat and the two pieces join to create a beautifully balanced look.

Designer: Philip Treacy. It is OC 475 from SS 2018. Coat by Claire Mischevani
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Trooping the Colour is always a highlight in our royal hat watching calendar and this year was no different! I’m curious, dear readers, which hats stood out most to you?
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Photos from Getty as indicated; James Devaney and James Devaney via Getty; Mark Stewart and Paul Ratcliffe via Twitter

Royal Ascot 2017 Day 5: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter Zenouska Mowatt took in the final day of racing today in a Jane Taylor saddle hat in natural straw.

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Several of you have asked me what non royal hats caught my eye at Ascot this week- instead of a “Nod To Milliners” pick today, here are a few of the MANY hat at Ascot that stood out to me:

Rachel Trevor Morgan black saucer
Philip Treacy grass green picture hat
Juliette Botterill burgundy mesh brim picture hat
Martha Lynn Millinery black striped teardrop
Vivien Sheriff black and white feathered saucer
Harvey Santos colourful percher
Rachel Trevor Morgan black and white upsweep
Jane Taylor grey double brimmed hat
Edwina Ibbotson pink and orange upsweep
Rachel Trevor Morgan fuchsia flower-covered upsweep
Philip Treacy red flowered percher
Camilla Rose  navy straw percher
ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins in an orange and pink Cara Meehan percher, a pink Juliette Botterill percher, a grey Rachel Black feathered headpiece and a red Emma Ryans saucer
Buncle McLaren pink feathered cocktail hat
Jane Taylor red mesh headpiece
Edwina Ibbotson textured natural straw fedora
With Grace Millinery black lace halo with burgundy flower
John Boyd architectural pink percher
Bundle McLaren cheeky spaghetti hat (with Dolce & Gabbana’s pasta dress, of course)

This concludes our Ascot coverage for this year. Stay tuned for polls next week to choose our favourite Ascot hats. Until then, hats off to all of you!

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Day 5 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  As the gates on Royal Ascot close for another year, we can’t bid farewell to these iconic races without a look at a few more royal hats. Here are the top hats worn today by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales:

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Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter, Zenouska Mowatt, attended the races today in the same white pillbox with yellow butterflies that milliner Lady Laura Cathcart wore earlier in the week. I love this hat’s pairing with Zenouska’s floral dress:


I know there are some non royal hats that caught your fancy today that you are waiting to share- please feel free to post them in the comments. I have a few to share of my own and will be back tomorrow with a final index of all the hats we saw at Ascot this year and a royal wedding!
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Day 4 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  Royal Ascot is not just about the ladies and before we wrap up on this, the fourth day of the races, we need to peek at the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke of York and Prince Michael of Kent in their handsome black silk top hats.

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Also at the races today were the Earl and Countess of Hopetoun and John Warren and his wife, Lady Carolyn Warren. Skye, Countess of Hopetoun, wore an exaggerated black straw fedora with tall crown, trimmed with straw roses and soaring quills. Lady Carolyn Warren wore a large red straw picture hat with angled crown, trimmed with long straw twists. I believe both hats were made by Philip Treacy.

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Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of Princess Alexandra, shared this photo from her day at the races. She looks to be wearing a black straw ‘slice’ hat with embellishment

That wraps up the royal hats worn today- if there are any non-royal hats that stood out to you, please feel free to share them in the comments. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final day of hats for Royal Ascot 2016.

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British Royals Celebrate Order Of The Garter

As they do each year on the day before the start of Royal Ascot, members of the British royal family and distinguished guests gathered at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, for the annual Garter Service. This service, which celebrates The Order of the Garter (the highest order of chivalry and one of the most prestigious honours in the United Kingdom awarded at the Sovereign’s pleasure as a personal gift) dates back to 1348 and remains a highlight on the royal calendar each year. Unfortunately this year, inclement weather cancelled the Garter parade and carriage procession from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel, giving royal watchers a far reduced view of the Garter members in their elaborate robes and black velvet Tudor-style hats with white ostrich plumes and black heron feathers

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The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Garter service today in her cream straw hat with up-swept brim in gold-threaded  windowpane lattice straw. The photos below give a good all-around view of the hat and its whimsical bow with flying, curled tails, a feature we don’t always see when Camilla wears this hat. It’s such a great scale and design for her.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: May 19, 2016; June 13, 2015;  June 19, 2013; June 14, 2011; April 29, 2011; June 16, 2009

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated a vibrant hat not seen since the Diamond Jubilee. In red felt, her saucer percher hat is trimmed with large daffodil flowers in red straw and felt with central cononas made from sliced felt (almost reminiscent of a pompom). This is a lighthearted design that Kate wears well- its mixed textures and playful feel give life to her unembellished dress and coat. While the shade of red photographs wildly different (as seen below!), the hat matches well with the rest of the ensemble.

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Designer: Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.
Previously Worn: June 3, 2012

The Countess of Wessex wore a new hat today, a large black straw disk embellished with a tall straw twist. While we can’t see the detail of this piece, it looks to be a very flattering scale for Sophie.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. It looks similar to the ‘Casanova’ design from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the steel grey straw bumper hat with tulle net veil trim she debuted on Friday for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday service of thanksgiving. It’s a great new piece for her, particularly paired with her exquisitely cut blue-grey coat dress.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016

Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter Zenouska Mowatt also attended the Garter service in a black straw cocktail hat with ruffle trim and what looks to be red feather quills (and some blue jewells?) decorating the brim. It is lovely to see her included in British royal events such as this.

While the weather certainly dampened this event, there were some lovely millinery designs worn today by some of the British royal ladies. Which hats stood out most to you?
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Trooping the Colour: Extended British Royal Family

Trooping the Colour is wonderful not only because it is Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday celebration but because it is attended by the many members of the extended British Royal Family who we seldom see throughout the year. While the Linley family did not attend this year (along with Princess Anne’s children and grandchildren), the Kent family was well represented. Princess Alexandra of Kent repeated a dove grey hat wrapped in wide ruched sash around the based of the crown and dotted net veil. With her tailored grey jacket, she looked most elegant.Lady Nicholas Windsor, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor and the Countess of St. Andrews, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

The Duke and Duchess of Kent’s daughter-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor, wore the most avant garde hat of the day, a brimless moulded piece in ecru straw trimmed with a large u-shaped embellishment. While some might think her hat sprouted horns, I liked the unusual trim and Paola wore the piece very well. The Countess of St. Andrews wore a large navy picture hat with square crown and cartwheel brim edged in a wide white stripe; her hat was trimmed with a large white.

Lady Helen Taylor wore a black beret-based percher hat lavishly trimmed with opalescent paillettes and widely woven black net veil.  You can see a detailed photo is creative hat here.

Designer: Stephen Jones. It is the “Nerve” design from SS 2015
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her angular, pale grey pillbox with dramatic ostrich plume trim. This hat is an excellent pairing with her austere dress and coat and Marie-Christine looked fabulous.

Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: October 18, 2015June 18, 2014; June 16, 2014

Zenouska Mowatt,  Lady Gabriella Windsor and Julia Ogilvy, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Michael’s daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, wore a large picture hat in pale pink straw trimmed with three large curling sashes. If this hat is, as I suspect, the OC-875 design from Philip Treacy’s summer collection this year, it features a flat crown and large, cartwheel brim. Princess Alexandra’s daughter-in-law, Julia Ogilvy wore a pink beret trimmed with large flowers while Zenouska Mowatt (Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter) wore a dusty pink curved hat which appeared to be trimmed with silk flowers and a crin overlay on the brim.

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her raspberry pink straw hat. It’s a fine hat that unfortunately, is not helped by the tulled scarf wrapped around it.

While not visible in photos from today, the Duchess of Gloucester’s daughter-in-law, the Countess of Ulster,  wore a navy percher hat. Lady Sarah Chatto repeated her black straw saucer hat. This draws today’s coverage of Trooping the Colour to a close. Which hat was your favourite on the Buckingham Palace balcony today?

Photos from WeirPhotos/Splash News and WeirPhotos/Splash News via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

Royal Hats this Year: Great Britain Part 1

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014The most prolific hat-wearing royal house (by far!) are the British Royals. As such, we need to break our review of their hats into three posts. First up are members of the extended British royal family. As with other 2014 Review posts, please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are all the hats worn by members of the extended British royal family in 2014:

The Duchess of Gloucester

1. Duchess of Gloucester, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Duchess of Gloucester, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Duchess of Gloucester, June 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Duchess of Gloucester, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Duchess of Gloucester, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 6. Duchess of Gloucester, November 9, 2014 | Royal Hats

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor

7. Lady Gabriella Windsor, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Lady Gabriella Windsor, September 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 9-10. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Michael of Kent

11. Princess Michael of Kent, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Princess Michael of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Princess Michael of Kent, August 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Michael of Kent, September 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

15. Princess Michael of Kent, September 11, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 16. Princess Michael of Kent, October 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. 2014-12-19 Ben Goldsmith wedding

 Lady Helen Taylor

18. Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats 19. Lady Helen Taylor, June 20, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

Countess of St. Andrews (20-21), Lady Marina Windsor (22) and Zenouska Mowatt (23)

20. 2014-06-14 Trooping 57 21. 2014-06-19 Ascot Day 4 14 22.Marina Windsor, June 14, 2014 in Yvette Jelfs| Royal Hats  23.Zenouska Mowatt, June 14, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats

Princess Alexandra of Kent

24. Princess Alexandra of Kent, February 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

27. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Princess Alexandra of Kent, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

30. Princess Alexandra of Kent, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Alexandra of Kent, November 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Alexandra of Kent, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make the cut for your nomination as favourite royal hat of 2014? Are any among your least favourite?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources