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. Here they are in the order they were introduced:
Kate has one more navy blue design that has yet to be worn publicly- a Rachel Trevor Morgan designed cocktail hat with silk rose and tulle net trim worn to the wedding of friends in April 2012. And finally, before her royal life, Kate appeared publicly at a 2009 society wedding in a pale straw blue Jane Corbett designed saucer with silk floral trim. She has not worn this hat since becoming a Duchess, making many suspect it is no longer part of her hat wardrobe (a guess strengthened by this photo of her mother wearing the piece in 2010)
Looking at Kate’s blue hats, I’m struck by the similarity in style between several of these pieces. Four of them (#2, #4, #6 and the one above yet to make its public debut) are round base percher 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, tulle, felt) along with different trimmings but this inventory illustrates how much Kate favours this particular type of hat.
UPDATE: It was a lovely surprise in March 2017 when Kate introduced in the Lock and Co. Tiffany hat with wide mushroom brim (#8) into her wardrobe. It’s wonderful to see her start to experiment with different millinery shapes!
What do you think of Kate’s blue hats?