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