The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday. Some of you noticed the lack of specific birthday post marking this- this year, instead of birthday posts, I want to continue building the millinery wardrobe inventories we started last fall. This month, we’re going to focus on all things blue.
Blue is a colour that I easily associate with Kate’s wardrobe and when it comes to hats, we have seen the Duchess in eight different blue pieces:
Designers: Jane Taylor, Rachel Trevor Morgan and Hatmaker by Jonathan Howard
First Appeared: March 13, 2015; June 25, 2011; April 25, 2014
While hats #1 and #3 have only been worn once, #2 had a second outing on June 13, 2012 (shown above)
Designer: #4 is Jane Taylor; #5 and #6 are Jane Corbett
First appeared: April 12, 2014; June 10, 2011; and August 14, 2009. Each of these hats has been worn just once.
Kate has another navy blue hats that have been worn to just private events so far- This Rachel Trevor Morgan designed cocktail hat with silk rose and tulle net trim was worn to the wedding of friends in April 2012. On February 7, 2016, she brought another navy hat previously worn at private events into public service:
Designer: Lock and Co.
First appeared: March 26, 2015 at a private memorial service
What’s interesting to me is the similarity in style between several of these pieces. While all could be considered a percher hat, four of them (#2, #3 and the two linked in the above paragraph) are beret based cocktail hats in similar shades of navy. Kate is not the most prolific of royal hat wearers so it remains a little curious to me that she has four pieces so close in colour and style. I suppose the different materials account for some of this (silk, velvet felt and straw) but this inventory illustrates how much Kate favours this particular type of hat. While some might see this kind of commitment as admirable, I’d love to see her experiment with different styles and shapes. What do you think of Kate’s blue hats?