The British Royal Family attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey this morning in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Queen Elizabeth wore a new hat for this special event, designed by her dresser, Angela Kelly and made by in-house milliner Stella McLaren. It was made of the same silvery white and blue flowered silk fabric as her coat. Her hat featured a diagonal upturned brim with side spray of blue silk flowers under the brim. It looked quite flat in film but in photographs, it seems much more attractive. I just thought the blue flowers were a little twee for the lady of honor.
On the topic of royal head wear, I also thought it was especially poignant that St. Edward’s crown, the crown used during the coronation, was brought out of the Tower of London for the first time in 60 years to be on the altar during the service.
The Duchess of Cornwall wore a large ice blue picture hat very similar to the hat she wore for her wedding. It’s a wonderful scale and shape hat for her and she looked beautiful. I just wonder… is the mix of lattice, lace, feathers and side curly cue explosion is too much for one blue hat? I’m thinking so.
The Duchess of Cambridge repeated Jane Taylor “Catherine” hat she wore last June for the Queen’s Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving. I thought it was a thoughtful nod back to the Jubilee celebrations last year and a successful second wearing for this blush pink embroidered and netted cocktail hat.
Princess Beatrice wore a navy saucer hat trimmed in feathers, designed by Sarah Cant. I thought it was beautiful on her and perfectly complimented her navy embellished coat. Princess Eugenie, on the other hand, wore another Robyn Coles Lily Beret. Yes- you read that correctly. I hope she was able to purchase these hats on a 2-for-1 special because I cannot imagine why she needs two giant calla lily hats. I suspect that both Beatrice and Eugenie’s hats were bespoke as neither is included in the designers’ collections this year.
The Countess of Wessex looked very summery in a lace shirtwaist dress and bespoke Jane Taylor hat. This hat, made of beige straw with a cartwheel brim, short crown and statement cream straw bow, was absolutely beautiful on Sophie.
Princess Anne and her daughter-in-law Autumn Phillips both wore elegant cream hats today trimmed in silk roses (a cute nod to the Queen’s rose trimmed hat although this was probably a coincidence!). Anne’s hat featured a wide ruched scarf around the crown and a mushroom shaped brim while Autumn chose a straw saucer beret. Both hats were lovely, I thought.
Zara Phillips Tindall wore a bespoke couture headpiece by Karen Henriksen featuring intricately folded black straw. It was a great hat for Zara (it had a lovely sense of flowing movement for a hat) although I’m still on the fence about her yellow and black patterned bumble bee dress.
The Duchess of Kent looked beautiful in a fuchsia straw pillbox with bow at the back. I loved the contrast between her hair and this bright hat and thought this hat was one of the best ones of the day. Doesn’t Katherine look bright, fresh and so beautiful?
Update** Eagle eyed reader Bella identified this as the “Tango” hat by Lock & Co. Thanks so much Bella!
The Duchess of Gloucester wore a navy straw beret. I love this hat with her haircut and thought its simple shape was an excellent pairing for her ruffled and more fussy coat dress. While Brigitte has worn a number of straw berets recently (here and here), I believe this navy one is a new hat for her – the last two time she wore this coat dress was with a much fussier hat. Today, I thought she looked quietly elegant.
Princess Michael of Kent was her characteristically glamorous self and wore a large brimmed saucer hat trimmed in white roses on the left side of the hat (she first wore it last June for the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial). At first glance, I just saw the flowers on top of the brim and thought this was a great hat. After seeing the flower explosion below the brim, this one seemed a little much. Since that’s totally in line with this princess’ usual very dramatic hat style, I suppose that’s all right.
All in all, it was a wonderful day of millinery for the British Royals. We’ll see everyone back again in their hat finery for the Trooping of the Colour (the official birthday celebration of the Queen) next week.
Which hat was your favourite today?