Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, hosted the second summer garden party of the 2013 season at Buckingham Palace today (the first one can be seen here in case you missed it last week). They were joined today by their daughter, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and their granddaughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The Queen repeated another Angela Kelly designed pink hat (she seems to have pink on the brain this month, no?!). I am not usually a fan of Angela Kelly’s hats but this one, with a flat crown and mushroom brim which appears to be ‘gathered up’ at the base of the crown, is rather sweet. The Queen unveiled this hat at Ascot last year and I expect we’ll see if another time or two before this summer is over.
Princess Anne wore a new hat! This one, in turquoise blue, features a ruched flat crown and sweeping upturned brim at the back. The bottom of the up-swept brim is covered in black lace and holds a flourish of navy and turquoise feathers. This hat is a complete departure for The Princess Royal and it’s wonderful to see her experiment with fashion. I think I would prefer this hat without the black lace… it’s still hard to tell without a closeup photo.
This was the first ever Buckingham Palace Garden Party for Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Princess Beatrice wore a dove grey silk beret with large side rose designed by Stephen Jones- a twin of the same hat she has in bright fuchsia pink.
Princess Eugenie also wore a new hat- the Lily Beret designed by Robyn Coles. I’m not entirely sold on a hat which places a giant calla lily smack on top of one’s head but I suppose if there’s ever an occasion to wear this hat, it’s to a garden party
Next Tuesday, the British Royal family will attend a Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Tomorrow, British millinery Rachel Drewer will offer a guest post featuring her ideas and design sketches for what hats she would like to see on the royals. It’s going to be a great post!
Photos from Getty as indicated; Robyn Coles Millinery