Princess Beatrice returned for the third day of Royal Ascot today in a jaunty straw boater hat in dark cornflower blue and orange straw.
Fiona: Oh dear, where do I begin! I fear this hat is just not right with her outfit. The clean finish on the hat is such a difficult one to get right here and unfortunately it is not spot on but I do admire the designer for the effort. I also like the brave placement of the hat, totally horizontal, Beatrice can carry this well. The hat would have suited the queens outfit better – it certainly does not work with the dress. I do however love the French navy dress, but it is unfortunate that there are so many visible creases.
Jill: I distinctly remember how much I disliked this hat last year and I feel the exact opposite this year! The boater looks fresh and clean with her dress (which I love) and it is very youthful. The color blocking and wide edge on the brim is finished so perfectly. My only complaint is I think I would have liked to see her wear it with a bit more of a perch, rather than straight on. I am curious to see how everyone else feels about the hat this year!
Royal Hats: Jill- Beatrice wore a different orange and blue hat last year! I can’t imagine why one needs two blue and orange hats… but that’s another discussion. I like this design although it’s very linear and I’m not sure it’s the best shape for Beatrice. I do love the wide stripe of orange piping on the underside of the brim.
Christie: The Princess does love her blue and orange! From a technical perspective, it’s not easy to do a sinamay crown in one piece, and it’s finished beautifully so I commend the milliner that made this. As Princess Beatrice has a round face, I feel that angles compliment her much better than the round piece that she wore last year. In saying that though, I would like to see this hat angled and with a trim, particularly as there is not much texture in her outfit. This hat really doesn’t matche her outfit at all, so I’m guessing it was just a last minute purchase and not a custom designed piece. She could make it work if she pulled some fun orange and blue Sophia Webster’s shoes perhaps?
Designer: Laura Apsit Livens
Previously Worn: This hat is new
That makes two orange and blue straw hats for Princess Beatrice in two seasons of Royal Ascot! What do you think of this new design on her today?