Mapping A Hat Trend

Royal Hats In doing some hat research last week, I noticed a subtle but interesting design trend in some hats Rachel Trevor Morgan has recently created for Queen Elizabeth.

Hats with upfolded brims made by Rachel Trevor Morgan between 2007 and 2012:

Queen Elizabeth, June 28, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, October 26, 2011 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, June 26, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Hats with upfolded brims made by Rachel Trevor Morgan in 2014:

Queen Elizabeth, June 19, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, June 6, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats Queen Elizabeth, June 17, 2014 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

The brims on the more recent designs have decreased in size and created a more compact ‘upfold’ on the brim, closer to the hat’s crown. This change makes the raised side of the brim appear to sit at higher, more dramatic angles than the brims of the earlier designed hats. The wonderful floral trims are used in very similar ways but the change to the brim gives a different overall feel to the hat. I suppose this is a very natural design evolution and we’ll have to keep our eyes open to see if it continues with new designs worn by the Queen this summer.

Has anyone else noticed this slight change in Rachel Trevor Morgan’s designs?

Photos by Stuart C. Wilson/Stringer, Scott Barbour/Stringer and WPA Pool via Getty; Press Association via The Daily Mail; Chris Jackson via Getty and Press Association via The Express

This Week’s Extras

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The Norwegian Royal Family in patriotic hats to watch skiing finals (Svenskdam)

Pauline Decruet in a navy fedora in New York last weekend (Royalista)

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It’s official- Prince Harry’s military career will end in June (BBC)

Details about the upcoming Swedish Royal Wedding were released this week (Hello)

And finally… Ladbrokes held a corgi race to predict the name of the soon-to-arrive new royal baby. If you need a giggle today, this will provide one.

This Week’s Extras

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Princess Kiko in a demure black pillbox hat on Tuesday for a memorial for victims of the Great Tokyo Air Raid, 70 years ago (Imperial Family of Japan)

Autumn Phillips at the final day of the Cheltenham Festival (The Daily Mail)

Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand in a pearl headpiece for the Chanel show in Paris  (Royalista)

Princess Beatrice of York in a pair of jewelled hair clips for the opening of the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Getty)

Ever wonder what the inside of a royal hat looks like? An inside view of the hat Kerstin Carlefalk made for Queen Silvia’s state visit to Finland (Hatteljen Facebook Page)

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April will be a busy month of horse related events for the Tindalls- Mike Tindall’s horse is a contender for the Grand National and Zara Phillips is set to compete in Kentucky (Royal Central)

Day 2 of Cheltenham Festival

Ladies’ Day at the Cheltenham Festival was attended by two of our favourite hat-wearing members of the British Royal Family. The Duchess of Cornwall wore a new hat and matching coat in taupe Glen Urquhart plaid. The hat, with a ruched plaid crown, is trimmed with a wide faux fur cuff brim. Camilla has numerous other hats in this style (something we’ll look at more tomorrow), and often, the ruched crown of this design looks sloppy. The crown of this hat appears to be more structured, which benefits the overall appearance of the hat. It’s not my favourite hat design but this version looks great on Camilla and compliments her coat very well.

Duchess of Cornwall, March 11, 2015 in Lock and Co. | Royal Hats  Duchess of Cornwall, March 11, 2015 in Lock and Co. | Royal Hats

Camilla was joined by her children, Tom and Laura, and their spouses. Tom and Laura both sported hats and looked to be having a marvellous time with their mum.

Designer: Lock and Co. It looks like a bespoke version of the “Frost” design
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Zara Phillips Tindall also attended the races today- I will post about her hat (another Rosie Olivia design) as soon as photos are available.

Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Rare glimpse into the close relationship between a Queen and her milliner (The Daily Mail)

Prince Philip looked so very distinguished in uniform at RAF Norfolk this week (The Daily Mail)

King Carl Gustaf wore a dashing fedora hat on the final day of the state visit to Finland (Svenskdam)

Charlotte Casiraghi left LAX in a floppy black Garbo hat (Svenskdam)

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Great lecture by Canadian royal historian Carolyn Harris on King John and the making of the Magna Carta

The Countess of Wessex and the Mexican First Lady visited the set of Downton Abbey (British Monarchy Twitter)

Amazing royal discovery uncovered during a cottage renovation (The Telegraph)

Prince William met Shaun the Sheep in China (New China TV). Unfortunately, his successful Asian visit hit a blip on the last day (Independent)

I love it when royals are friends. The Swedish and Norwegian young royals enjoying dinner together (

Seeing Quadruple: The Duchess of Cornwall

Royal HatsThe Duchess of Cornwall and her milliner, Philip Treacy, have developed her millinery wardrobe around two main styles of hats: large, embellished picture hats and smaller embellished berets. Don’t let the word ‘smaller’ deceive you – these are still substantial hats that make a significant style statement. Interestingly, four of these beret hats share the same trimming of sweeping, looped ribbons and large, silk cabbage roses:

  Duchess of Cornwall, November 19, 2007 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats  Duches of Cornwall, November 4, 2009 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

  At a Service of Thanksgiving in November 2007 and a November 2009 visit to Canada

Duchess of Cornwall, May 2, 2012 in Philiop Treacy | Royal Hats  Duches of Cornwall, March 13, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Receiving the Freedom of Thame Award, May 2, 2012; at a Service of Thanksgiving in March 2014

While the character of each hat above is distinguished by a different colour and slightly different takes on the embellishment, their design is pretty much the same (along with a fifth variation without the ribbons). We have seen over the past decade that Camilla takes a no-nonsense approach to her hats and wardrobe, repeating shapes and styles that work for her. I suppose that is the reason between this group of quadruplets- they work and she obviously likes them- but doesn’t it seem a little curious to have four hats that are so similar?

Photos from Tim Graham and Chris Jackson via Getty; Bauer Griffin via Zimbio and Chris Jackson via Getty

This Week’s Extras

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The Swedish and Norwegian royals hanging out together at the Nordic World Ski Championships (Getty). It seems, the Norwegian royals had cause to celebrate (Twitter feed of Kjell Arne Totland)

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Overviews of the Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Japan and China by ITV News and The Telegraph. In coordination with this tour, Getty put together a gallery of past British Royal visits to the land of the rising sun (Getty)

Lovely photos of the Dutch Royal Family on their annual ski holiday (Getty). I adore the shots of Princess Beatrix with her granddaughters.

Part two of the BBC documentary, Reinventing The Royals

Check out the preview of “A Royal Night”, a new movie about one of our favourite royals at the end of WWII