Princess Eugenie’s pale pink lattice picture hat with feathersby Jess Collett worn on Day 3 Zara Tindall’s electric blue percher with yellow quills by Rosie Oliviaworn on Day 1 Princess Beatrice’s navy saucer disc hat with silk orchids by Gina Foster worn on Day 5 Princess Eugenie’s black mushroom picture hat with pearls by Nerida Fraiman worn on Day 5
Each of these five hats will be put forward into our poll for best new and repeated hats of 2016 at the end of the year. Jump over to the bottom of the original poll posts (new hats here and repeated hats here) to look at the results in greater detail.
Stay tuned later this week where we’ll face off our favourite designs worn during Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations last month. There are some beauties and I suspect we’ll have another close race!
Royal Ascot always brings us a parade of new royal hats and this year was no exception. With so many beautiful designs at the races this year, we are going to narrow down our favourites to two (yes, two!) winners to put through to our year-end contest for favourite royal hat of 2016.
Based on your comments, fourteen new millinery designs caught your eye at Royal Ascot this year. They cover the gamut of design from picture hats to perchers, lattice to lace, feathers to fabulously large flowers. Click on any of the photos to jump back to their original feature posts (complete with reviews from our expert panel of royal milliners). Here are these fourteen beauties, in the order that they were worn:
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Princess Haya’s black and white feathered picture hat by Philip Treacy worn on Day 1 Zara Tindall’s electric blue percher with yellow quills by Rosie Oliviaworn on Day 1 Duchess of Cornwall’s pink hat with raised brim and giant flower by Philip Treacyworn on Day 1
With such an amazing lineup of millinery, we’re going to choose two winners this month so please vote for more than one hat! This poll will remain open until Friday, July 8 at midnight GMT and each computer or mobile device may vote once every 12 hours for as many hats as you wish. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Also, don’t forget to vote for your favourite repeated millinery design, over at this post. Now get voting!
With so many fantastic royal hats seen during the month of June, we’re going to break up our favourites polls into a few more manageable groups. First up, we’re going to choose our favourite repeated royal hats worn at Royal Ascot.
The races this year saw nine repeated designs on five different royal heads that, based on your comments, were worn to particular success. It’s now time to choose one winner. Click on any of the photos to jump back to their original feature posts (complete with reviews from our expert panel of royal milliners). Here are these nine finalists, in the order that they were worn:
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Queen Elizabeth’s yellow hat with raised brim, blue flowers and brown leaves by Rachel Trevor Morganworn on Day 1 Princess Beatrice’s navy percher saucer with brown burnt feather trim by Sarah Cantworn on Day 1 Crown Princess Mary in a vertical gold straw disc saucer with silk flower and feather trim by Jane Taylorworn on Day 2
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The Duchess of Cornwall’s cream straw hat with taupe twist trim by Philip Treacyworn on Day 2 Princess Michael of Kent in a Philip Treacy slate blue slice hat with crin ruffles and feathersworn on Day 3 Princess Beatrice’s aqua blue sedge hat with navy bow and embroidery by Sarah Cantworn on Day 4
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Princess Michael of Kent’s cream hat with ostrich feather boa by John Boydworn on Day 4 Queen Elizabeth in an Angela Kelly designed turquoise straw hat with pleated crin crown wrapworn on Day 5 The Duchess of Cornwall’s Philip Treacy cream and navy straw picture hat with featherworn on Day 5
This poll will remain open until Friday, July 8. Each computer or mobile device may vote once every 12 hours for as many hats as strike your fancy although there will be only one winner. To avoid unnecessary influence, results will remain hidden until the poll closes. Happy voting!
My deepest thanks again to Irish milliner Fiona Mangan, American millinerJill Courtemancheand Australian millinerChristie Murrayfor joining us for Ascot week again this year. Their millinery expertise has added so much to the conversation and given us a comprehensive review of all the hats. These milliners are each as lovely as they are talented and it has been my great honour to have them join us.
As the gates on Royal Ascot close for another year, we can’t bid farewell to these iconic races without a look at a few more royal hats. Here are the top hats worn today by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales:
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I know there are some non royal hats that caught your fancy today that you are waiting to share- please feel free to post them in the comments. I have a few to share of my own and will be back tomorrow with a final index of all the hats we saw at Ascot this year and a royal wedding!
Christie: I actually quite love this hat – the shape and the pearl trim are just beautiful in their minimalism and placement. She looks incredibly elegant in this! However, I just don’t feel like the outfit lives up to the level of class that the hat brings to the look.
Fiona: Another classic look today from Eugenie. I do like the collar and cuffs of the top, but I don’t know that the black stitching is to my liking- it was a huge trend a few years ago and I always feel it is a little dated. The obvious here would be to put flowers in the hat to create a cohesive look but I am glad she didn’t – the pearls dotted randomly on this dome shaped hat are girlish and quirky, and it makes for a little of the unexpected. So overall a rather nice look.
Royal Hats: I love that Princess Eugenie has been experimenting with different (and larger) shapes and this hat is a success. The pearl trim is so effective and unexpected- we’ve seen a lot of royal hats over the past week and it is wonderful to end with one that has an air of myster and surprise. The York sisters receive so much criticism for their fashion and while not everyone likes the sartorial risks they take, I applaud them for it. They have had some of my favourite hats at Ascot this year.
Jill: I very much like the clean line of this hat and although not an easy shape to wear, it suits Princess Eugenie nicely. The pearl detail is minimal and fun with the print of her skirt. My only real issue is that I feel she is a little hidden under the brim and I wish it sat up a bit higher on her head. Her outfit is very fresh and I adore the top stitching on the collar and cuffs. Side by side, the sisters look quite lovely and modern, well done!
The York Princesses also attended the final day of Royal Ascot today and, in a sweet moment, Princess Beatrice stepped in to present her grandmother with the Hardwicke Stakes cup. She wore a navy ‘slice’ brimmed hat described by the designer as a “straw coulis base with silk poppy trim.”
Jill: This entire look is wonderful! The dress is youthful and fashion forward and the hat is divine. The Princess looks lovely in navy and the clean simple line of this hat with the minimal trim looks effortless. I have been saying it all week but this is another fine example of the trim both above and below the platter adding a nice softness around the face. An absolutely wonderful look for Ascot!
Royal Hats: Talk about saving best until last! Great colour, great shape, great scale, great embellishment. It’s such a beautiful hat on Beatrice and one of my favourites of the week.
Fiona: This is also a great look today – a beautiful floaty print dress and classic courts, you can’t go wrong. Navy seems to be a really big colour this year! I nearly think her hat from yesterday may have worked with this outfit too – perhaps that will come out another day!!! The hat is very simple, nothing extraordinary, but compliments the dress beautifully. What I like about this hat is that it appears there is one enormous flower, split in two by the hat.
Christie: This is my favourite hat on the Princess all week! How gorgeous. I love how the detailing of the orchid petals works with the ruching in her dress. The hat seems to throw green somehow in the light. How intriguing! I would just love the Princess to have burgundy lips with this – what a knock out look it would be then! I just love it.