Members of the British Royal Family officially kicked off the summer racing season today with attendance at the Epsom Derby Festival in Surrey. For these races, the Queen repeated one of my least favourite pieces in her millinery closet, a hat in white textured straw trimmed with piping and a hat band made of the same blue fabric as her coat. While my initial response to this piece might be a little strong, I still think the shape and embellishment on this piece doesn’t work toether and leaves the piece several steps short of being elegant or attractive.
Princess Alexandra repeated her palest grey-blue hat with tall crown, tulle wrap trim and short mushroom shaped brim. While we saw it just a few weeks ago, it remains such an elegant design for her.
Princess Michael of Kent was also in pale grey, repeating her silk covered pillbox with white feather plume trim. Even in a neutral colour, Marie-Christine has a knack for standing out and the plume on this hat always makes me smile. It’s such a great hat for raceday. Like Prince Philip, Prince Michael chose a grey top hat with black hatband. It’s a handsome hat on him but I would have preferred it paired with a grey waistcoat instead of the beige one he wore today.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
UPDATE- Viscountess Linley also attended in her angular black textured straw cocktail hat with black feather trim.
With the exception of the Queen’s hat, the royal millinery at Epsom today leaned more toward the demure and refined than the bold and dramatic. What do you think of the pieces we saw today?
Photos from Getty as indicated