Since her marriage and the start of her royal life in 2005, the Duchess of Cornwall has attended Ascot every year except in 2010. During these eleven years, she has made 19 appearance at the races in 16 different hats, all made by Philip Treacy. Here are all
2005 & 2006: Streamlined oatmeal straw raised brim with signature Treacy bow on June 14 2005; Wide cartwheel brim with long, curved feathers on both sides for June 20, 2006
2007: A high, upswept lattice brim trimmed with white flowers and navy arrow trimmed feathers on June 19 and a cream hat with tall, deeply pinched crown on June 20
2008: Cream hat with mint vines and an aqua hat with spiky grey feathers worn on June 17 and 18
2009: June 16 and 17 in a cream straw hat with rounded, upswept brim and pink hat trimmed with the works
2011: Repeat of the rounded upsweep with flying straw twists from 2009 on June 14
2012: Another hat on June 19 with gently rounded upswept brim, this one rimmed in a wide stripes of silk
2016: Blush pink hat with giant silk flower on June 14, repeated cream hat from 2013 with looped bow trim June 15; Sleek white upswept ‘slice’ brim with pink flower trim on June 17; cream hat with wide navy straw hatband on June 18
Of the Ascot reviews we’ve seen so far, The Duchess of Cornwall’s hats have the least variation. It’s not a surprise- they all come from the same millinery studio and the consistency of style we see here extends to the rest of Camilla’s hat closet. She has found a style that works and is sticking to it- something many women of her age (and younger!) do with their wardrobes. I think it’s better we appreciate these hats for what they are – brilliant large pieces that are beautifully balanced and wonderfully trimmed. I can’t think of another royal who consistently does picture hats as well as Camilla does and I for one, would love to claim a few of these beauties for myself.
It’s safe to assume we’ll see the Duchess in a Treacy creation this year- I’d love to see her in more vibrant colours. In the meantime, what do you think of the hats Camilla has worn so far to Ascot?