British Royal Extended Family at Trooping the Colour

After looking at hats worn by the Queen’s children and grandchildren for Trooping the Colour, let’s close out coverage of this colourful event with a look at the hats worn by the extended British Royal Family.

Princess Alexandra wore a dove grey hat with high, moulded crown and wide brim. The crown was wrapped in a three braided cords which opened to tie into a multi-corded bow at the front. It’s an interesting that that falls a little flat for me, especially after seeing Alexandra in that beautiful sky blue picture hat last week. I think this Kent princess looks prettiest in millinery with a bit more colour.

Princess Alexandra, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 4, 2009June 19, 2006; this unknown event

There was no vibrancy missing in Lady Helen Taylor’s ensemble. She topped her modern magenta and raspberry suit with a matching stacked brimless hat trimmed in tulle net tails. While my description does this hat great injustice, I thought it was unusual, creative and exceptionally striking on fashion-forward Helen. This is not a hat I would pick to top most royal heads but I loved it all the same.

Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Princess Michael of Kent combined two of her favourite millinery looks in this ice blue giant pillbox trimmed with what appears to be a giant ostrich feather at the back. I thought the feather added some softness to the hat and made its scale work to greater success. With her caped coat, the whole look was very glamorous, dramatic and oh-so Marie Christine.

Princess Michael of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. My guess is John Boyd
Previously Worn: I think this is a new hat

Princess Michael’s daughter and daughter-in-law wore a pair of beautiful picture hats. Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a pale picture hat with wide brim trimmed with spiky pale grey bow tails. It is a dramatic hat that worked well with Gabriella’s modern ensemble. Lady Frederick Windsor wore a white lampshade style hat trimmed with an oversize white bow. This hat has potential to look overly sweet but when paired with tSophie’s tailored pale blue coat dress, it provided a feminine contrast.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor, June 14, 2014

Designer of Lady Gabriella’s hat: Philip Treacy. I believe this is a new hat
Designer of Lady Frederick’s hat: unknown. I think this is also a new hat

Lady Sarah Chatto also joined the Royal Family for their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Saturday. She repeated a cream saucer hat that looks simultaneously modern and classic on her. I particularly liked its pairing with her sunny patterned yellow skirt.

Lady Sarah Chatto in Stephen Jones and Lady Gabriella Windsor in Philip Treacy, June 14, 2014

Designer of Lady Sarah’s hat: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: April 20, 2013June 5, 2012June 10, 2011

The Countess of St. Andrews (below, far right) repeated her navy straw beret topped with a large pouf of tulle and feathers. The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her navy straw beret (below, right) while the Countess of Ulster topped her navy dress with a magenta brimless cocktail hat. Zenouska Mowatt looked wonderful in Jane Taylor’s ‘Eliza’ hat, described by the designer as an “elegant straw upturn disc with angular lace printed feathers and delicate rolled organdy bow”.  And finally, Lady Marina Windsor wore a large pale pink saucer hat with rolled top rim and a spray of flowers under the top brim.

Duchess of Gloucester, Countess of Ulster, Zenouska Mowatt and Amelia Windsor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess of St. Andrews, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

All in all, a fantastic day of British royal hats, don’t you think?

Photos from UK Press via The Daily MailMax Mumby, Max MumbyMax Mumby, Chris Jackson, and Mark CuthbertChris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio

Tying up Royal Ascot

A Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot 2013 brought another week of magical and marvelous hats! Here is an overview:

Royal Ascot: Day 1
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai
Queen Mesenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, The Duchess of Cornwall,
Princess Anne, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie
Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, Lady Helen Taylor, Princess Michael of Kent

Royal Ascot: Day 2
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai
The Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex, Lady Helen Taylor,
Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, The Duchess of Gloucester

Royal Ascot: Day 3
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai
Princess Anne, Autumn Phillips, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie

Royal Ascot: Day 4
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
The Countess of Wessex, Princess Michael of Kent

Royal Ascot: Day 5
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan

Who Wore it Best: Royal Ascot Hat Poll
Queen Elizabeth, The Countess of Wessex, Autumn Phillips
Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie

Special thanks again to Katie Vale of Katie Vale Designs for joining us all week to share her thoughts on this year’s millinery. I officially sign off Ascot coverage with this photo  Zenouska Mowatt (grand-daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent) graciously shares with us. Zenouska is seen here, in the middle, in a glorious Jane Taylor designed hat (The Betsy shown here) enjoying a glass of bubbly at the races with two friends. I think this captures the glamour, the excitement and the pure fun that is Royal Ascot. Thanks for sharing this lovely moment with us, Zenouska!

Zenouska Mowatt, June 22, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from Zenouska Mowatt

Trooping the Colour Continued

The extended British Royal Family appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today for Trooping the Colour (check here for a review of hats worn by the Queen’s immediate family). This is quite a fine, hatted bunch, isn’t it?!

June 15, 2013, Trooping the Colour | The Royal Hats Blog

The Duchess of Kent wore a white pillbox hat trimmed with purple roses and a white tulle veil.

The Duchess of Kent,  June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Her hat was a little fussy for my taste and I thought the colour washed her out a little but it was a much better hat than her daughter Lady Helen Taylor wore (to the right of the Duchess, below). Helen wore what looked like grey feathered antlers stuck on a white skull cap. I can only imagine we need a close look at this Stephen Jones creation to fully appreciate it. The Countess of St. Andrews (Helen’s sister-in-law on the far right) wore a navy blue straw beret topped with an explosion of feathers. I think this hat looks rather circus-y with Sylvana’s lime green lace dress and… dare I say… looks too young for her? Sylvnna’s two daughters, Lady Amelia and Lady Marina, looked much more appropriate and fashionable than their mother and aunt. Amelia wore an apricot vagabond hat while Marina chose a wide white picture hat with flat crown and dramatically raised brim designed by Yvette Jelfs. I’m not usually a fan of orange hued hats but I really liked Amelia’s chapeau.

Lady Amelia Windsor, The Duchess of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor, Lady Marina Windsor and the Countess of St. Andrews, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The Duchess of Kent’s other daughter-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor (second from right below)) wore a large cream lacy fascinator trimmed with a peach coloured rose. It looks a little odd to me, especially with the slim feather sticking straight up out of it. Princess Alexandra of Kent is unwell so she did not attend today’s festivities but her granddaughter, Zenouska Mowatt did her proud in a large black straw Jane Taylor picture hat (right). This hat, which appears similar to the “Florence”  or “Lady A” shape, was one of my favourites of the day. Zenouska shared a marvelous picture of his hat on her Twitter feed, here.  I also thought the Countess of Ulster (daughter-in-law of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on the far left) looked great in her small turquoise blue beret.

The Countess of Ulster, Lady Nicholas Windsor and Zenouska Mowatt, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Michael of Kent wore a large white pillbox. I love a simple pillbox hat but this one seems gigantic. Marie-Christine obviously does not think so as this is the third time she has worn this hat to this event (see her at the Trooping the Colour in 2011 and again in 2008).

Princess Michael of Kent, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Lady Gabriella Windsor and Princess Michael of Kent, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Lady Gabriella Windsor wore one of my favourite hats of the day- a pale lilac picture hat with diagonal, upturned brim and large side looped bow. The bow looks like a signature embellishment of Philip Treacy so I’m betting this is another one of his designs. This is a new hat for Gabriella and I think it looks stunningly beautiful on her.

Lady Gabriella Windsor, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The extended British Royal Family hat a few hits and a few more misses with their hats today but all in all, it was a great day for royal millinery.

British Royal Family, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

British Royal Family, June 15, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

We will see a few more British Royal hats on Monday at the Order of the Garter service and then we have the hat event of the year, Royal Ascot! Let the hat craziness commence!

Photos from Mark Cuthbert via The TelegraphPacific Coast News via ZimbioChris Jackson via Zimbio; Mark Cuthbert via Getty and The Royal Kents Blog

Birthday of Zenouska Mowatt

The Royal ForumsZenouska Mowatt celebrates her 23rd birthday today. Zenouska, who is grand-daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, lives in London where she works as the Assistant PR Manager for luxe (and gorgeous) shoe brand French Sole. We don’t see her at many royal events but when we do, she always looks most fashionable. Last year for the Trooping of the Colour, she appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in a hat designed by Jane Taylor (Zenouska is second on the left). Jane Taylor, in a most gracious gesture, named the hat “Zenouska” after her. I think that’s just lovely.

Lady Helen Taylor, Zenouska Mowatt, Lady Lady Amelia Windsor, Lady Nicholas Windsor and The Duchess of Kent, June 2012  | The Royal Hats Blog

Lady Helen Taylor, Zenouska Mowatt, Lady Lady Amelia Windsor,
Lady Nicholas Windsor and The Duchess of Kent, June 2012

"Zenouska" by Jane Taylor Millinery  | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Camera Press via the Royal Kents and Jane Taylor Millinery