We can not conclude our look at the hats worn on the first day of Royal Ascot without including the fine toppers worn by the royal men:
Ascot is also a time to see some of the lovely hats worn by members of British nobility who we don’t usually follow. Lady Carolyn Warren (wife of John Warren, one of Queen Elizabeth’s racing bloodstock consultants, and daughter of the Queen’s longtime racing manager the 7th Earl of Carnarvon) wore a large cream hat with flat crown and exaggerated cartwheel brim, trimmed with large straw bow loops and worn ant the jauntiest of angles.
Viscountess Petersham and the Duchess of Argyll arrived in the final carriage in today’s opening procession. Viscountess Petersham (whose first name is Candida and is married to Viscountess Linley’s brother William) topped her pink boucle suit with an off white straw percher hat trimmed with large pale pink silk roses and a white net veil designed by legendary milliner John Boyd. Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll, wore a very pale grey straw beret cocktail hat with side straw twist which set off her purple suit.
And finally, the Duchess of Gloucester repeated her raspberry pink straw hat with gently curled brim and net tulle hatband, tied at the side. We have seen this hat several times at Ascot before and while it doesn’t hold a candle to the other British royal hats we saw today (or stand up to serious millinery review!), it was certainly worth a mention. I particularly like the angle she placed it.
That wraps up coverage from the first day of Royal Ascot! I know many of you would like space to discuss other, non-royal hats at the races- feel free to share them in the comments in this post. I’m curious- which was your favourite royal hat on Day 1?