Favourite New Royal Hat: Ascot 2018

While there were some wonderful repeated royal hats at Ascot this year, this annual racing event brings us the most new designs seen in a single week each calendar year.This year was no exception with 26 royal hats (and several more noble ones!) making a debut during the races. Of these 26 new hats, 16 were received, based on your comments, as particularly successful.  We turn our attention now to these 16 hats for a second review to choose two favorites.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are the 16 new hats you admired most during Ascot this year, shown in the order they appeared:
1.June 19, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     2.June 19, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s yellow crepe & straw hat with blue hydrangeas by Angela Kelly worn Day 1
Countess of Wessex’s pale pink saucer with black windowpane crin by Jane Taylor worn on Day 1 
3.June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats      4.June 19, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats 
Duchess of Sussex’s white straw and black crin fluted Philip Treacy saucer hat worn on Day 1
Princess Beatrice’s blue straw Juliette Botterill saucer with straw & crin twists worn on Day 1

    5.June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats     6.June 19, 2018 in Emily London | Royal Hats
Princess Haya’s cream crin disc with oversize silk flower trim by Philip Treacy worn Day 1
Princess Eugenie’s ice blue Emily London wide brimmed hat with bergère crown & tassel worn Day 1
7.June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats      8.June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s pale blue straw hat with silk peony blooms by Rachel Trevor Morgan worn Day 2
Duchess of Gloucester’s gold straw picture hat with crin brim edge & blue flowers worn Day 2
9.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats        10.June 20, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats   
Autumn Philips in a blue straw Philip Treacy saucer with white cut feather trim worn on Day 2
Countess of Wessex’s aqua straw picture hat with pleated crin overlay by Jane Taylor worn on Day 2
11.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats     12.June 21, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats
Princess Haya’s cream straw calot with crystal studded veil by Philip Treacy worn Day 2
Queen Elizabeth’s bright pink Rachel Trevor Morgan sidesweep with flowers & feathers on Day 3
13.June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats     14.June 21, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats
Princess Beatrice’s black & white saucer with black roses & feathers by Sally Ann Provan on Day 3
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s fuchsia straw Philip Treacy picture hat with twists worn Day 3 

    15.June 22, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats     16.June 23, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats
Queen Elizabeth’s lime green crepe and straw hat with pink flowers & beads by Angela Kelly on Day 4
Queen Elizabeth’s grey & green snakeskin printed straw hat with green feathers by Angela Kelly worn Day 5
This poll will remain open until next Sunday, June 29  at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Happy voting!
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Favourite Repeated Royal Hat: Ascot

Tuesday’s great post from longtime reader ChicagoChuck about his new Ascot hat this year reminded me that we need to pick our favourite royal Ascot hats! While this week of racing sees many new millinery designs, there were some repeated hats which, based on your comments, stood out as well.

Eight designs were met with particular praise – two sidesweeps, two saucers, a trilby, a cocktail percher, a boater and a classic picture hat- and it’s now time to take a closer look at each to determine a favourite. The winner of this poll will be put forward as another semi-finalist for Readers’ Favourite Repeated Royal Hat of 2018.

Please click on each photo or caption to link back to original feature posts with additional views, information and discussion on each hat. Here are these eight repeated Ascot beaties, shown in the order they were worn:
1.      2.June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats
Princess Anne’s almond straw hat with sideswept brim, feathers and curling quills worn on Day 1
Duchess of Cornwall’s angular ecru straw sidesweep with lace trim by Philip Treacy worn Day 2
3.June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats      4.June 21, 2018 | Royal Hats   
Princess Alexandra’s Rachel Trevor Morgan cream straw hat with veil and mist green flowers worn Day 2
Princess Anne’s turquoise straw trilby with feather trim worn on Day 3
 
Countess of Snowdon’s textured cream straw Stephen Jones saucer with grey feathers worn Day 3
Duchess of Gloucester’s emerald green straw boater hat worn on Day 3
Duchess of York’s black straw Philip Treacy vertical saucer with royal blue roses & twists worn Day 4
Autumn Phillips’ magenta straw cocktail hat with rose & quill twists by Juliette Botterill worn Day 5
This poll will remain open until Sunday, July 29 at midnight GMT. As in the past, each computer or mobile device can vote twice per day for as many hats as you wish. Good luck!

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats While we are all recovering from the over-hat-stimulated, post-Ascot coma, I thought you’d all find this look back to what fashion looked like at Royal Ascot 110 years ago a remarkable one.

Overview of Royal Ascot 2018

 Here are all of the royal women’s hats we saw at Royal Ascot 2018. Click on each photograph to link to feature posts and animated discussion on each hat!

Day 1, Tuesday June 19

June 19, 2018 in AK by SMcL | Royal Hats June 19, 2017 in PT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats June 19, 2017 in Emily London | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in John Boyd | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats June 19, 2018 in | Royal Hats

Day 2, Wednesday June 20

June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 | Royal Hats June 20, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats

Day 3, Thursday June 21 “Ladies’ Day”

June 21, 2018 in RTM | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Sally Ann Provan | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in JT | Royal Hats June 21, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats

Day 4, Friday June 22

June 22, 2018 in AK | Royal Hats June 22,, 2018 in Sarah Cant | Royal Hats June 22, 2018 | Royal Hats June 22, 2018 | Royal Hats June 22, 2018 in PT | Royal Hats

Day 5, Saturday, June 23

June 23, 2017 | Royal Hats June 23, 2017 in Juliette Botterill | Royal Hats June 23, 2018 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

 

Ascot Day 5: Wrap Up

 I’ve waited all day for photos of today’s carriage procession to be released… no luck so far. If they become available, I’ll update this post! The only other noble head I spotted in a hat was Lady Alice Manners in a dramatic black straw wide brimmed bergère hat.

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And finally, the following non-royal hats caught my eye at the races today:
Helen Mirren’s pink veiled straw perching pillbox with floral trim, the “Haze” design from Lock & Co.
British milliner Edwina Ibbotson in an aqua straw saucer with wrapping vine trim of her own design
Valerie Stark’s dramatic black Yves Saint Laurent upswept disc hat paired with a yellow dress
Felicity Kendal’s grey straw Jane Taylor hat trimmed in feathers & a net veil (see the back here)
Hermione Norris’ sleek cream Jane Taylor saucer with twisted bow detail
Shelby Tribble’s wide white straw upswept saucer by Sophie Hunter with lavish floral trim
Lizzie Hughes in Justine Bradley-Hill’s graphic black percher with birdcage veil and oversize flower trim
Lisa Gregg’s oversize blue saucer by Merve Bayindir with crin edge and delicate floral trim
Kelly Brook’s Philip Treacy percher hat with burgundy velvet base, silk flowers and birdcage veil
ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins in a cream straw Edwina Ibbotson design with mesh disk brim, bows and peach roses
Australian milliner Felicity Northeast in her own striking headpiece of concentric blue sinamay circles
And finally, PR excecutive Nazer Bullen, whose hats and ensembles have been absolutely stunning all week, with a wonderfully colourful and Rachel Trevor Morgan floral headpiece. This design just makes me happy.

 

And so we wrap up Royal Ascot for another year. Thank you to all the milliners whose work has thrilled us this week- your creativity, mastery and artistry leaves us royal hat admirers in awe.
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Ascot Day 4: Chatto Family

Lady Sarah Chatto was at the races today along with her son, Arthur, and nephew, Charles, Viscount Linley. Lady Sarah repeated her cream straw saucer hat, pairing it with a characteristically classic and elegant cream pleated skirt, shell blouse and cardigan. Arthur and Charles looked very dapper in their black top hats.


Designer of Lady Sarah’s hat: Stephen Jones 
Previously Worn: April 7, 2017;  June 21, 2014June 14, 2014June 5, 2012June 13, 2011June 12, 2011
If and when better photos are released (perhaps Daniel Chatto also attended?), I will update the post. This, I believe, concludes all of the royal hats we saw this week- we’ll wrap up a number of other memorable hats seen today in the next post.
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Ascot Day 5: Peter & Autumn Phillips

Peter and Autumn Phillips attended the final day of racing today as well. Autumn stood out in the crowd in a bright pink dress and hat. With a teardrop shaped straw base, the design features a circular straw ruffle centered with a silk flower. A curling ostrich quill completes the design.

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The first time we saw Autumn in this hat, it was worn with a green dress- a combination met with widespread approval. Today’s pairing with this pink frock ups the graphic impact of the ensemble- perhaps not something to do at the all-family royal events Autumn usually attends but that works really well for Ascot. Combining a bright hat and dress can be tricky but this ensemble is beautifully balanced with a neutral purse and shoes and minimal jewelry, which allows the hat’s statement to stand. I think it’s a great look for her.

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Designer: Juliette Botterill. It is the Rose Quill Percher from SS 2017
Previously Worn: June 17, 2017
Peter Phillips wore a black top hat that looks to be made of felt.

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Thoughts about these hats on the final day of racing today?
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