Continuing our countdown to Ascot next week, we look back today at all the hats we have seen Princess Beatrice wear to the races:
2008: First Ascot appearances in Philip Treacy embellished perchers worn on June 17 and 19
2009: Another pair of black and white perchers from Philip Treacy worn on June 16 and 18
2010: Navy straw percher with wired and beaded tulle brim on June 17 and a metallic gold percher with feathers on June 19, both by Philip Treacy
2011: Classic taupe cartwheel brimmed hat by American milliner Patricia Underwood on June 14 (one of my favourites of all time on Princess Beatrice and an embellished navy beret percher of unknown design on June 16
2012: White and red flowered cap of unknown design June 21 and a pink straw Philip Treacy piece on June 23
2016: Navy metallic saucer with crin trim from Sarah Cant straw on June 14; blue and orange Laura Apsit Livens boater on June 16; repeat of Sarah Cant’s teal & navy wide brim on June 17; navy Gina Foster oversized saucer with silk poppies on June 18
2017: Pink leather percher with silk hydrangea trim by Goldust Millinery on June 20; black straw Nerida Fraiman wide upsweep with lace flower applique on June 22; cream straw saucer with orange and pheasant feather trim from Vivien Sheriff on June 23; black straw Emily London beret on June 24
Looking at these retrospectives so far, I’ve been surprised at the consistent colour palates. With the exception of pink and red in 2012 and those four black and white designs in 2008 and 2009, Beatrice’s Ascot millinery is pretty much all navy/blue and gold, with those three hits of orange thrown in for contrast. I can’t think of many redheads willing to wear an orange hat and I greatly admire Beatrice for this bravery. She is often associated with a single hat (we all know the one!) but this group shows she is willing to try different shapes from different milliners- something I also admire.
I’ll always have a soft spot for that beautiful, unembellished gold picture hat with cartwheel brim worn in 2011 and the teal and the navy embroidered Sarah Cant wide brimmed design worn in 2014 with that wonderful lace dress. What are your favourites? And what do you notice about Princess Beatrice’s Ascot hat style evolution so far?