After looking at the hats Princess Beatrice has worn to Ascot so far, it seems only natural that we turn our focus today to her sister, Princess Eugenie:
2008: Making her Ascot debut in feather trimmed, Philip Treacy cocktail hats on June 17 and 19
2009: An eye catching lime green satellite saucer and dotted black trilby on Jun 18 and 19, both by Philip Treacy
2010: A pair of Philip Treacy perchers in bright pink and white feathers on June 17 and 19
2011: An emerald straw calot with flower trim by Stephen Jones on June 14; A black straw vertical saucer with silk roses and straw twists by Philip Treacy on June 17; a black silk percher with beaded veil of unknown design on June 18
2012: Returning to Stephen Jones for pleated fabric covered pieces on June 19 and 21
2013: A pair of pale perchers with an inverted crin brim and large rose from Nerida Fraiman on June 18 and 20
2014: Rose trimmed perchers from Nerida Fraiman and Robyn Coles on June 17 and 19; red felt angular crowned hat with grey striped brim from Sarah Cant on June 21
2015: Teal percher on June 18 and a repeated cream one June 19, both with black crin and from Nerida Fraiman
2016: A pale pink open weaved pyramid from Jess Colletton June 15 and a pearl studded black straw hat with mushroom brim from Nerida Fraiman on June 16
Looking at this group of hats, I see an eclectic mix with some very bold choices at the beginning tapering off to a trio of years 2012-2014 where things turn toward the more quiet and sedate (with the exception of that wide brimmed red and grey Sarah Cant design). There are a lot of percher hats here- understandably reflective of the massive popularity this shape has enjoyed over the past decade- which makes me more appreciative of the larger brimmed pieces Princess Eugenie wore last year. This recent change in shape makes me curious about what she’ll wear this year.
If forced to choose a favourite, my picks would be the Stephen Jones emerald calot from 2011 (the colour is sublime on Eugenie) and the exquisite pink and white feathered piece from Jess Collett last year. Which hats here are your top picks? And, what do you notice about Eugenie’s millinery style evolution based on what we see here?