Catching Up With the British Royals in Scotland

Some of you have been patiently waiting for photos of Queen Elizabeth and her family members venturing out to church in Scotland this summer. Finally, there are some to share!

Backing up to September 4, the Queen was spotted en route to Sunday Service with the Duke of Edinburgh in a new chapeau. This looks to be a design in white straw with a domed, straight sided crown and gently raised brim on one side. Embellished with a white net veil with purple spots, two purple feather quills and a multi-looped purple straw bow, the hat is clearly designed to coordinate with the Queen’s purple coat and dotted dress. We’ll have to wait for a better view to offer a final verdict on this hat but the ensemble looks promising.

Queen Elizabeth, Sep 4, 2016 | Royal Hats   Queen Elizabeth, Sep 4, 2016 | Royal Hats

Queen Elizabeth, Sep 4, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown 
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

On September 11, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied to church by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Rothesay (Camilla’s Scottish title), the Earl and Countess of Strathearn (William and Kate’s Scottish titles), the and members of the Middleton family (see photos of everyone here).  The Queen repeated this silk embroidered wool hat with diagonal crown and wired sequin flower trim by Angela Kelly while Camilla repeated her Philip Treacy feather trimmed red beret. Kate was the only member of the party in a new hat that, unfortunately, was obscured in the car as she drove past. In burgundy wool, we’ll have to wait for this piece’s next outing to see it completely.

This weekend saw the Queen head off to church in a hat we have not seen on her in over a decade  In cream straw, this hat features a stovepipe crown and short brim and is trimmed with a wide twisted hatband in caramel straw and curling feather quills.

Designer: unknown 
Previously Worn: February 10, 2005; July 27, 2004; June 2002

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were joined again by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Rothesay. Camilla looked to be wearing a twin to the red beret with double feathers she wore the week before, this one in grey. It’s hard to tell with this view but this I think this hat has great potential to look wonderfully chic on her

Designer: likely Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie also joined their grandparents for Sunday Service. Princess Eugenie (who arrived at Aberdeen airport en route to Balmoral accompanied by her boyfriendJack Brooksbank and set rumours of an impending royal engagement into overdrive) repeated a compact calot hat covered in grey and taupe mixed feathers.
Designer: I suspect Stephen Jones
Previously Worn:June 16, 2012
We often see Queen Elizabeth debut new hats at high profile events and it’s fun to see her trot out new pieces while on vacation. Do any of these hats stand out to you in particular?

11 thoughts on “Catching Up With the British Royals in Scotland

  1. I think that this past Sunday’s hat is the same as the one spotted a decade ago with this suit. The color of the trim is way off, but the twisted design looks the same. That suit has been worn a lot at audiences and receptions over the years (hatless).
    I don’t remember ever seeing the white and purple hat before this summer, but I also don’t remember the Queen’s debuting new outfits at Balmoral church services. I suspect that the polka-dotted dress shown under the purple is this one:

    I know I’ve seen a better close-up of the dress but can’t find one right now.
    My point in bringing all this up has to do with the comments about the hat’s being white as well as the dotted effect on the hat. I suspect that the purple jacket is short — meaning that one would see primarily a white dotted dress with a white dotted hat while looking at the Queen standing up.
    I hope the white/purple hat is worn again. It looks good and shouldn’t be relegated to a few second of car pictures.

  2. I like the shape of the Queen’s purple and white hat (no slanted crown!), and the ribbon and brim edging are very nice. I am not a fan of netting, but it is a way of getting some of those polka dots in. However, I don’t think it was necessary to do that here, since the colors are enough of a tie in with the outfit.
    I love the Queen’s gold hat. It might be a tad tall, but is a striking impressive hat with the swoop of ribbon and flourish of quills. Very nice design.
    And I do like Camilla in her berets. I think they look great with her hairstyle, they look comfortable to wear and are perfect for a fall outing.

  3. The purple hat is lovely but ordinary looking (for HM) to me. For some reason the caramel/gold one really jumped out though. So lovely and warm! Perfect for incipient fall.

  4. I really like what I can see of this new purple and white hat for HM, although it does seem a bit odd to wear a mostly-white hat this far into September when the others look to be wearing felts (if the colors were reversed it would make more sense for this time of year). Hope to see it come out in the spring, maybe for Maundy Thursday?

    Sad we can’t get better views of Kate’s cocktail hat or Carole Middleton’s grey pillbox/calot. I’ve always been a bit undecided about these structured berets on Camilla; on one hand, I think they look good, but as I’m so used to her in large brims (which I love), I also feel a bit underwhelmed by them. C’est la vie haha. Finally, I don’t care for Eugenie’s hat since it’s just too many random feathers covering the base a la Countess of Wessex’s Easter hat 2015/2014; unfortunately it looks more like a bird exploded rather than it being intentional.

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