Ascot Day 3: Wrap Up

While the third day of Royal Ascot did not see many noble guests (that I’ve been able to identify, there were still lots of wonderful hats to share! Joining the Queen in her carriage for the opening procession was Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, son of Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, in a black silk top hat. The fourth rider, Sir Nicholas Bacon, wore a grey felt top hat.

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Lady Carolyn Warren wore what looks to be a round pink brimless hat trimmed in net tulle. Her daughter, Susanna repeated her round cream bumper percher with mass of feathers around the top.
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Ladies’ Day always sees wonderful hats in the crowd and these designs on non-royal heads stood out to me  at the races today:

Emily London’s black and white patterned wide bergère hat with pink roses
Gina Harding’s raspberry beret base Jane Taylor percher with triple berry hued crin ruffle
Heather Morris  in a white straw Yuan Li London Millinery inverted saucer with red lace applique
PR executive Nazer Bullen in a veiled Rachel Trevor Morgan mushroom brimmed hat with veil
Lizzie Hughes in a Guibert Millinery coral sidesweep with vibrant floral trim to match her Marc Cain dress
British milliner Alexandra Harper in a textured mint green boater of her own design
Gravity defying bow on this magenta metallic hat from Ana Bella Millinery. Love it with the green dress!
Steamstress Lauren Ritchie’s self made white mini boater with fantastic purple striped ribbon trim
Francesca Cumani in a Jane Taylor textured bandeau with beautiful pink feathers
Irish milliner Aoife Harrison in her own upswept design with vibrant floral trim
Sasha Evans in an almond straw vertical Rachel Trevor Morgan saucer with bow trim
Jackie Appel in Harvy Santo’s incredible structural black heapiece

And finally, two people we hear much about here at Royal Hats but seldom see- Rachel Trevor Morgan and Stephen Jones. The curve on the crown of Stephen’s hat is so dapper and the flowers on Rachel’s hat (clearly her own design) are stunning.

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What other hats jumped out at you today on Ladies’ Day? See you all back here tomorrow!
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Overview of Royal Ascot 2018

 Here is an index of each of the royal women’s hats we saw at Royal Ascot 2018

Day 3, Thursday June 21 “Ladies’ Day”

June 21, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats

Day 2, Wednesday June 20

June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats

Day 1, Tuesday June 19

June 19, 2018 in AK by SMcL | Royal Hats June 19, 2017 in PT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats June 19, 2017 in Emily London | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in John Boyd | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in | Royal Hats

 

 

Ascot Day 3: Kent Family

The Kent family was represented at the races today by Zenouska Mowatt and Lady Gabriella Windsor. Zenouska topped her printed black dress with a very smart black straw boater hat. The hat is trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband and a sprinkling of gold flowers with faux pearl centers. The medium sized hat is a perfect scale on petite Zenouska and made a perfect topper for her fun dress.

Two lil’ fillies on Ladies’ Day

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Flowers, froggies and fish for the FILLIES 🐎

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Temperly dress.
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Lady Gabriella Windsor topped her bright yellow dress with an unexpected, vibrant pink hat trimmed with exuberant pink straw and crin twists. The hat’s shape, with sideswept brim and angular crown with off-center peak, is one we’re becoming familiar with this season- Lady Gabriella has worn several similar designs that she always carries well. It’s the colour of this hat, however, that really stands out, especially in combination with her yellow dress. If any better photos are released, I’ll update this post (please share links in the comments!)


Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new
It’s always lovely to see younger members of the extended royal family at the race and these two hats are winners for me. What do you think of these two designs?
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Ascot Day 3: Duke & Duchess of Gloucester

For those of you craving colour, the Duchess of Gloucester delivered! Brigitte looked amazing today in an emerald green textured straw boater hat, trimmed simply with a wide green ribbon hatband.

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On its own, this hat is such a great colour, scale and style for the Duchess, who hasn’t worn a boater shape in a very long time. As much as I like the hat in isolation, it’s pairing today with with her coppery orange silk shirtwaist dress, emerald drop earrings and emerald and pearl necklace is SOOOO good. Colour blocked outfits can be difficult to balance but this one is fantastic!

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 19, 1991
UPDATE: It appears that in fashion, fashion keeps coming around! Thanks to reader George A who remember this hat from the early 1990s.  What do you think of this green boater on Brigitte today?
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Ascot Day 3: Earl & Countess of Snowdon

How lovely to see the Earl and Countess of Snowdon at the races today. While the Earl wore his black silk top hat, the Countess repeated her basket weave white hat with button crown and short, cartwheel brim, trimmed in a pair of black and grey ombre pheasant feathers. The streamlined hat pairs particularly well with Serena’s royal blue Asian printed dress, don’t you think?

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Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 21, 2017
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Ascot Day 3: Princess Royal & Vice Admiral Laurence

Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence rode in today’s royal carriage procession in the second carriage, joined by the York Princesses. Princess Anne repeated an embellished, vibrant turquoise trilby hat I don’t think we’ve seen since its debut six years ago.

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This straw design features a characteristic short trilby brim, upturned around the back and downward facing in the front, with a tall, pinched crown trimmed with a mass of different varieties of turquoise feathers at the front.

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The feather trim is a bit haphazard and madly off in all directions for my taste- I think it would benefit with a haircut and slight shift onto the side of the hat. Feather quibbles aside, the colour is glorious on Anne and I love the cheeky interplay between the hat’s short brim and the raised collar on her jacket.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 5, 2012
Vice Admiral Laurence looked very distinguished in his gleaming black silk top hat. I particularly like the hat’s contrast with his pale aqua tie.
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I call this hat a win for Princess Anne, simply based on colour and scale. What do you think?
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Ascot Day 3: Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex attended Ascot today for the third day running, in a third new hat! With a raised button crown, this muted grey-lavender straw hat is all about its brim, which is entirely covered in ostrich feathers.

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This is not the kind of hat that translates well for ‘regular’ royal engagements but for Ascot, makes a wonderful statement! The feathers, which cover a narrow spectrum of shades from a barely-there tinge of palest purple through to lavender and darker lilac, give an airy lightness to the piece and a sense of humour. I particularly like the styling of this design with this dress- it’s beautifully balanced with the pleated skirt and the grey shade, perhaps dull on its own, links so well with the grey undertones of soft purple in the hat.

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Designer: Jane Taylor. Suzannah ‘Eleanor’ Dress
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Thoughts on the hats aside, these additional photos of the Countess today show the full spectrum of emotions one experiences at the races. They were too fun not to share!
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Ostrich feathers and Ascot have a long association with many designs over the years that can best be described as over the top. I think this hat, while certainly a statement, is a soft, elegant and very fun take on ostrich feathers for Ascot and Sophie wears it well. What do you think of this feathered fantasy hat?
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