I am so honoured to have royal milliners Christie Murray, Fiona Mangan and Jill Courtemanche join me here to chat about the royal hats at Ascot today! Without further delay, we’re going to start with Queen Elizabeth, who kicked off the first day of the races in a mustard yellow straw hat. This design has a short, sweeping brim raised on one side and is trimmed with a multi-looped straw bow and silk flowers.
Christie: What a radiant way for Queen Elizabeth to open Royal Ascot! She has her go-to crown shape and I love the angles in her brim. It opens up her face and works well with the heavier material and neckline in her coat. Just gorgeous. I think the teal and blue accents in her silk flowers also works well as an additional colourway.
Fiona: This is a nice colour on the Queen, a subtle Canary yellow and not too pastel-ly. The asymmetrical brim shape of the hat suits her better than a symmetrical brim. It is very much the same style as that garish-neon coloured hat she wore a few days ago, but it’s a lot classier, colourwise! I think the mocha flowers or the blue could have been omitted – not sure both these colours work too well with the yellow, one or other would be my preference. The subtle pearl necklace is beautiful and I love the large bold buttons of her coat. Very Queeny, but very nice!
Royal Hats: I wonder if the brown flowers are meant to reference the brass buttons on the coat?
Jill: The yellow is so smart and fresh, I like the combination of the solid straw for the base with the open weave straw edging and trim. The colors in the flowers are a nice accent with her brooch but they feel a little tight and insignificant, I don’t like the brown leaves at all. I can’t fault the shape, although she repeats it often it suits her well and the profile is very nice.
Royal Hats: I agree with Christie that this hat’s brim shape goes beautifully with the neckline of this coat. It’s a good shade of mustard for Her Majesty but I’m with Fiona and Jill on the trim- the two colours of flowers don’t work together. Rachel Trevor Morgan usually does impeccable trimmings but something is off with these flowers.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: March 27, 2016
We missed a good view of this hat during its first outing so it’s good to see it at all angles today! Now that we have had a better look, what do you think of this hat?