Princess Anne attended the Betfair Weekend King George Day and Summer Garden Party at Ascot Racecourse today. She wore an interesting green straw picture hat that, at first glance, appeared to be trimmed with a yellow feather. If you look closely, however, you will see that the feather is actually painted on the hat:
This trompe l’oeil feather was my first clue that this was not a new hat so I dove back into my photo archives and look what I found:
Visiting an Experimental Farm in Ottawa on July 5, 1982 (with Canadian Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan)
It seems Princess Anne is rummaging deep into her closet again! Last week she recycled a hat from 1981; this hat cements her status as the Queen of Royal Hat Recycling. As for the hat… it’s a lovely colour on Anne and the classic shape saves it from looking dated. I’m just not a fan of the painted feather. I like my millinery trimmed with the real deal.
Designer: unknown. I suspect John Boyd
Previously Worn: July 5, 1982
Photos from Getty as indicated and Andy Clark/Canadian Press via the Windsor Star