Royal Ascot 2017 Day 4: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats  John and Lady Carolyn Warren were part of the royal carriage procession today, accompanied by horse breeder, The Hon. Peter Stanley,  and his wife, Frances. Lady Carolyn wore a beautiful icy grey-blue disk hat with button crown, trimmed with  a silk bow and spray of feathers in the same hue. Frances Stanley wore a large Philip Treacy hat with off centered crown, trimmed with a gold silk signature Treacy bow and spray of feathers.


Baroness Floella Benjamin presented several awards today in a strikingly avant garde black felt top hat with blue floral trim.


My “Nod To Milliners” pick today it is Rosie Olivia in an exuberant red, ruffled cocktail hat with grey floral trim.


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Finally, I sign off today with this charming photo share by millinery suppliers, Petershams. When it’s hot at Ascot, the tops and tails come off!

See you all here tomorrow for the final day of this year’s races
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Day 4 of Dutch State Visit To Italy

While we’re waiting for the last of the Ascot photos to become available, let’s jump over to Italy for the final day of the Dutch state visit. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were in Milan again today, where their programme included visits to a gallery, design museum and exhibition bringing together the work of Dutch designers with Italian weavers. For these events, Queen Máxima wore a new hat in textured, natural straw. The piece features a small, short crown and wide, brim with shallow pleats on either side, giving it a more organic shape. It is simply trimmed with a flat, multi-looped bow in caramel satin that lies over the brim pleats on either side of the hat with extending ribbon tails that extend to the edges of the brim.

Royal Ascot 2017 Day 4: Princess Eugenie

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Princess Eugenie wore her second navy straw saucer hat in as many days for Day 4 of Royal Ascot today. This design features anther upsweptbrim and is decorated with hand sewn yellow flowers around the front of the hat. And yes- it’s nearly a twin of the hat she wore yesterday.


Designer: Bundle McLaren. It looks to be a bespoke version of Giselle from SS 2017
Previously Worn: this hat is new
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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 4: Princess Beatrice & The Duchess of York

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice looked to be enjoying the fourth day of racing today, in the company of her mother and sister. She wore a new cream saucer hat with upswept brim studded with orange and pheasant feathers.


Designer: Vivien Sheriff. It is the “Ziggy Stardust” design from SS 2017. Coat by Claire Mischevani
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Sarah, Duchess of York borrowed a hat from her younger daughter’s millinery closet, an unstructured black straw beret wrapped in a widely woven net overlay and trimmed with wide, white stripped ribbon that ties with a loose bow at the side.


Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn (by Princess Eugenie): June 2, 2012
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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 4: Queen Elizabeth

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth was all smiles for the fourth day of Ascot, arriving in a beautiful new hat in a colour described by the designer as “muted jade”. The hat follows a familiar shape for the Queen with a domed, straight-sided crown and short cartwheel brim, and is trimmed with silk flowers and a straw twist.

Queen Elizabeth was accompanied this morning by her cousin, Captain David Bowes-Lyon, who wore a black rabbit fur felt top hat.

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Day 3 of Dutch State Visit to Italy

King Willem Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their tour of Italy back in Rome today, where the day’s events required the most contrasting of dress codes I can remember in a long time. The couple began the morning with a visit to the Vatican, where Queen Máxima predictably donned a lace veil for their audience with the Pope.


For afternoon events in Milan, Máxima changed into something…um… less formal and tucked large red silk poppies in her hair. With red tassel earrings, costume jewellery and platform shoes, it’s a LOT of look (something I say often where Máxima is concerned) and while I absolutely love her for it, the ensemble reads more Spanish flamenco than Italian chic.



Designer:unknown. Dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez

An interesting side note about this headpiece- back on March 19, 2003, during a visit to Chile, Máxima wore this picture hat with large silk poppies.  I think it’s safe to conclude the flowers no longer reside on this hat.

Previously Worn: March 19, 2003
Like I said- I wouldn’t have believed these two dress codes could fit in the same day had I not seen it.The flowers are really quite striking tucked around Máxima’s chignon- maybe a millinery idea that warrants more experimentation? It could be a preferable alternative to her open crowned hats.
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Crown Princess Mary Opens Garden Exhibition

On Tuesday, Crown Princess Mary opened a gardening exhibition in Copenhagen. For this event, which included her naming a new rose, she repeated her oatmeal straw picture hat with waved brim. A cream feather spray adorned the side of the hat- the same one we saw on its first outing (but not its second). I adore the use of detachable trim to give different endless possibilities to neutral hats such as this.

Beauty Queen ❤️ #crownprincessmary

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Congratulation to all students who have graduated, I wish you good luck in future 👩🏽‍🎓🎓👨🏼‍🎓❤️

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Designer: Susanne Juul
Previously Worn: June 13, 2016; April 16, 2010

Thoughts about this hat on its third outing?
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