Every year at the races, we see a numerous members of the British aristocracy we don’t usually follow here on the blog. Leading this group today are Baron and Baroness Fellowes- Robert was Queen Elizabeth’s private secretary for nine years and his wife Jane, is an elder sister of the late Princess of Wales. The couple rode in the royal carriage procession today with Peter and Autumn Philips; Jane wore a white lampshade hat with wide navy brim binding, navy ruched hatband and bow at the front while Robert wore a gleaming silk top hat.
Lady Laura Cathcart wore a large cream disc hat trimmed with huge silk blooms on the top and underbrim of the hat and slim, curling feather quills (likely her own design). Lady Alice Manners (daughter of the Duke of Rutland) wore a coral pink vertical straw saucer hat by Philip Treacy with domed centre, trimmed with silk roses and straw twists.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton were also photographed in the royal enclosure. Carol’s hat was the biggest surprise of the day for me- it’s the same pale blue, silk-rimmed straw saucer with ruffle trim that Carole wore to the Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. I can only imagine Michael’s black top hat was worn at the wedding as well.
Previously Worn: April 29, 2011
I’m going to wrap up each day with a “Nod to Milliners”- my favourite hat that day worn by the person who created it. Today, it was Lisa Tan in this white veiled pillbox. Such a light and lovely ensemble for a hot summer’s day at the races.
I think that wraps up Day 1 of Royal Ascot 2017- see you all again tomorrow!