Ascot Hats: Princess Beatrice

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 

Princess Beatrice, June 17, 2010 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Princess Beatrice, June 19, 2010 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

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 hombre straw Philip Treacy piece on June 23

 

2013: Grey striped crin by Nerida Fraiman on June 19 and the repeated gold Philip Treacy percher on June 21

 

2014: Teal and navy wide brimmed hat and orange felt percher, both by Sarah Cant on June 17 and 19;
gold straw percher from Misa Hirada on June 21

Princess Beatrice, June 17, 2014 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats  Princess Beatrice, June 21, 2014 in Misa Hirada | Royal Hats

2015: Black metallic straw and crin saucer by Nerida Fraiman on June 16; orange and turquoise straw hat by Laura Apsit Livens on June 18; navy teardrop beret percher hat with feather pompoms and silk roses by Juliette Botterill on June 19

  

2016:  Navy Sarah Cant straw pyramid percher on June 14; blue and orange Laura Apsit Livens boater on June 16; repeat of Sarah Can’ts teal & navy wide brim on June 17; navy Gina Foster oversized saucer with silk poppies on June 18

 

 

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?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Bauer Griffin via Zimbio; Max Mumby/Indigo, Chris JacksonChris Jackson and Julian Parker via Getty
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14 thoughts on “Ascot Hats: Princess Beatrice

  1. Overall I think that Princess Beatrice gets it right with her hats. I also think that she looks best in the wide brimmed ones and the taupe cartwheel hat with no embellishments by the American milliner is divine. My very favorite hat and outfit is the repeated teal and navy wide brim by Cant on June 17. The hat, the dress,the hair! Soft and romantic and a lovely overall princessy look that I love! I can’t wait to see what she’ll wear next week. I’m hoping for an updo, too!

  2. I really like her hats in general, it is hard to pick a favorite, especially among the perchers. The blue and orange Laura Livens boater in 2015 stands out among the non-percher hats. I think the hats she wears are also well suited to her face and hairstyle.

    • I love that cheese curl/nacho chip! It’s so unexpected and she wears it so well. I think I might even prefer its second outing (with a sleek navy dress) last year for Trooping the Colour.

  3. I think Princess Beatrice looks better in the brimmed hats. But it might be that she hasn’t always figured out the perfect positioning for the smaller hats; so often they seem to be off somehow–too far forward, too far back, too far on one side, too squarely in the front… The wider hats may also look better with her lovely flowing curls.

  4. She certainly tries lots of different looks, I love her for that. I much prefer her in the wide brimmed hats, the gold one and the draped blue number are my favourites, and she clearly likes the blue one as it was repeated. I also love the orange potato crisp one and the blue percher with the net disc.

    They’re not all successful, she often goes for too much look and needs to follow Coco Chanel’s advice and remove one last accessory, but she clearly has fun with her fashion, and I think gets much maligned for her fashion sense.

    • I agree with the maligned for her fashion sense comment. On the whole, she wears some rather nice stuff. The old adage though that when she gets it wrong it can be very wrong. I hated that boater from 2016 but really liked the first percher from 2009. Her hair is such a beautiful feature and she is a very pretty girl. Thanx.

  5. I tend to think of Bea as always wearing small hats, so I was surprised at the number of larger ones in this selection. I must say, that I think for the most part, the larger ones do her more justice. I’m not surprised that she has a few gold ones; that color looks great on her. My favorites (entire outfits) are the navy from last year with the boater–I would not have chosen those colors and probably not that style of hat, but it worked and it was my fave out of EVERYONE’S Ascot outfits from last year. My other fave is the white dress and blue/orange hat from 2015. I thought that was one of her best looks ever. It all worked. She’s had some other partial successes, but most of the time there seems to be something off–proportion, style, colors–that holds the entire look back from being anything more than just okay.

  6. Loving these posts! I second the desire for a best of Ascot and best for each wearer poll if the Hat Queen has time!

    P. Bea is really an excellent hat wearer, and much like the countess of Wessex, there are a lot of really fabulous pieces of millinery here, and I love seeing her. I love her style. I also love that she wears orange, such a fun change. I think Navy is really a color that suits her (she obviously thinks so too), and I tent to prefer it to the paler colors. There’s not a single one of these that I really dislike, although stylistically my least favorite are the large brim pyramid hats and the teardrop hats.

    My favorites include:
    June 17, 2010 (Nave percher with wired tulle). This just makes me swoon- so fabulous.
    June 18, 2015 (orange and turquoise straw). This sophisticated and grown up shape is made so fun and interesting and fitting by its fabulous color scheme.
    June 14, 2016 Navy pyramid percher with brown feathers. The combination of shape, color and exuberant-yet-not-crazy trim make this a standout in my eyes. So flattering.

  7. I’m a big fan of the percher cocktail style, so this was a fun retrospective for me! There are definitely hats that were more flattering than others, but I don’t dislike any of them! It’s nice to see Beatrice bring color into play, and I hope she continues to do so this year.

    Personal favorites include: 2008 black and white Treacy, 2010 navy saucer, 2014 teal wide brim Cant, and the 2015 teal and orange Livens.

  8. My first thought as I scrolled through was there seem to be quite a lot of percher styles. I actually think she looks best in the larger brimmed hats…my favorites are the teal and navy that was worn in 2014 and 16, and the taupe in 2011. I even like the boater worn in 2016, a classic yet a style not seen much.

  9. I am sure I say this because my purse is not bottomless, but I am always surprised at how many similar hats some of the Royals own.

  10. Thanks so much for all these retrospectives. Could I suggest a poll for best hat for each wearer and a final best ascot hat between all the wearers?

    Really love that metallic gold peaches by Philip treacy. I think P.Bea looks good in those hats considering that infamous hat. I think she looks best in a wide brim hat thats not worn straight / flat on her head like the blue & orange Laura Apsit Livens boater on June 16. Much prefer the repeat of Sarah Can’ts teal & navy wide brim.

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