Royal Ascot 2017 Day 3: Earl & Countess of Snowdon

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats The Earl and Countess of Snowdon returned for the third day of races at Royal Ascot today. Serena topped her white and black dress in a basket weave white hat with button crown and short, cartwheel brim, trimmed in a pair of black and white pheasant feathers


Designer: unknown. Maybe Stephen Jones?!
Previously Worn: this hat is new

David Armstrong-Jones repeated his black silk top hat.


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Royal Ascot 2017 Day 1: Earl & Countess Snowdon

Royal Ascot | Royal Hats Late released photos of the first day of the races show that the Earl and Countess of Snowdon were also in attendance. Serena looked to be wearing a picture hat of sorts with rounded, very tall hat (there looks to be some sort of diagonal fold or overlay on the crown) and cartwheel brim. David repeated his black silk to hat.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
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Service of Thanksgiving For Lord Snowdon

Members of the British royal family gathered at St. Margaret’s Church this morning to celebrate the life of Lord Snowdon who died in January. Queen Elizabeth led the delegation paying tribute to her late former brother-in-law in the royal purple felt hat with straight sided crown, cuff style upfolded brim, and silk iris trim we first saw her wear last November.


Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: November 24, 2016

Countess Snowdon wore an ecru straw bumper style hat with ruched brim topped with a widely woven net veil and large spiky feather dahlia flower on the side (click on the twitter photo below to open a larger view of the piece).

Designer: Nicola de Selincourt
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones wore a beret-based percher hat in ecru straw printed with grey polka dots and trimmed with a large black looped bow printed with a gold lattice pattern. While I think I might have preferred the hat to be placed over her left eye (as perchers are usually worn) instead of as a calot on the crown of her head, it’s great to see Margarita experimenting with different and more substantial millinery designs.


Designer: Nicola de Selincourt
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Sarah Chatto repeated her cream straw saucer hat. Her half-sister, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal, wore a black velvet  turban trimmed with black net tulle veil.


Designer: Lady Sarah’s hat was made by Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: June 21, 2014June 14, 2014; June 5, 2012June 13, 2011June 12, 2011

The event was also attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Kent, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, Viscount Linley (Charles Armstrong-Jones), Daniel Chatto, Samuel Chatto and Arthur Chatto.

 Any thoughts about these hats today in Westminster?
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British Royals Attend Sunday Service

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Sunday service this morning at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Flitcham on the edge of their Sandringham estate. The Queen repeated her royal purple felt homberg style hat trimmed with black velvet oak leaves at the side. The shape remains a rather masculine one for Her Majesty but it works, thanks to its marvellous shade of purple and its great compliment to her Stewart Parvin coat. The comments here often mention overly fussy trimmings on some of the Queen’s hats and this design provides a welcome contrast.


Designer:  Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Dec 21, 2014Nov 21, 2013May 13, 2013; Feb 3, 2013; Nov 26, 2012; Oct 25, 2012; Nov 11, 2009 

The Queen and Duke were joined by Viscount and Viscountess Linley (who will not assume their new titles of Earl and Countess of Snowdown until after Lord Snowdon’s funeral). Serena wore a wonderful pillbox hat trimmed in rows of pleated silk ribbon. This brilliant use of trim gives such lovely texture to the pillbox (a hat shape that can easily fall a little flat) and paired with Serena’s streamlined wool coat, mades for an elegantly modern ensemble.


Rachel Trevor Morgan AW 2016 R16W27

Designer:  Rachel Trevor Morgan design R16W27 from AW 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new
What do you think of this pair of winter hats today in Norfolk?
Photos from Getty as indicated and Rachel Trevor Morgan

90th Birthday Service of Thanksgiving: Linleys and Chattos

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While Princess Eugenie’s fashion was very 1950s today, Viscountess Linley jumped forward to the swinging 60s with her ensemble. Her hat is an eye catching rounded pillbox in textured cornflower blue straw, trimmed with a flat bow at the front. With her plaid coat from the same era, it’s a LOT of look but Serena carries off the exaggerated hat and I think it’s rather fun on her.


Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Margarita Armstrong-Jones looked very grown up in a green silk covered percher cocktail hat trimmed with looped green bows and white silk flowers. This shade of green is lovely on Margarita and the scale is perfect for her. We have another budding royal hat wearer here, dear readers!

Margarita Armstrong-Jones, June 10, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Rachel Trevor Morgan as well
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Sarah Chatto topped her navy and white ensemble with a new saucer hat in the same colours. The white straw underbrim on this piece livens it up and while I’d love to see Sarah try out a few other shapes, I really like the colour contrast and sale of this piece on her. It looks like a hat most of us could integrate into our own wardrobes and this practicality makes me adore Sarah’s millinery choices all the more.


Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Another three new hats for the British royals today! What do you think of these three very different designs?

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Sunday Service at Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were all smiles in the sunshine yesterday as they attended Sunday service at Hillington Church near their Sandringham Estate. For the occasion, the Queen repeated her sloped crown hat covered in peach bouclé with a coordinating straw brim and layered bow, fabric disk and feather trim. I often feel that when hats and clothes are constructed from the same fabric, the resulting ensemble can be rather flat  or one note. This hat’s mix of texture proves that does not have to be the case. With the number of times this hat has been worn, the Queen seems to agree.

Queen Elizabeth, January 17, 2016 in Rachel Trevor Morgan | Royal Hats

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. Coat by Stewart Parvin.
Previously Worn: October 17, 2015March 10, 2015July 18, 2012March 14, 2011November 23, 2010September 14, 2010; November 19, 2009

The couple were joined by family members Viscount and Viscountess Linley. Serena topper her country tweed jacket with a black beret based cocktail hat trimmed with a mass of black feathers. We’ve seen this style of millinery often on British royals but I think the volume and placement of feathers on this piece makes it a winner.

Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan. It’s design R15W28 from the AW 2015 collection
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
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British Royals Celebrate Christmas

As they do each year on Christmas Day, members of the British Royal Family attended church this morning at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene near the Sandringham Estate. Queen Elizabeth led her family in a new bright red hat and coat with grey and black mottled faux fur trim. The hat, with a flat crown covered in red fabric, features a matching faux fur brim.

Designer: I suspect Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Duchess of Cornwall topped her grey and black embellished coat with a black felt hat with flyaway raised brim. The hat is simply but effectively trimmed in a wide stripe of silk around the brim. Camilla’s hats are often lavishly embellished and this more streamlined piece is a nice contrast for her.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Duchess of Cambridge wore a new hat in hunter green felt. The perching saucer shape on this piece is supported by a large poinsettia-like flower at the back which that gives much texture and interest to the hat. The colour is lovely on Kate and the hat was showed off to great effect by her chignon.

Designer: Looks like Lock & Co.
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Countess of Wessex looked wonderfully elegant in a grey tweed coat with matching hat. The cocktail hat, with a beret base, features a tall rim at the top of the hat. The small hat is given further visual punch with trimmings of a large twist of coordinating grey straw and a swath of black net tulle (see the hat in greater detail here). Dove grey is an unexpectedly lovely colour on Sophie and I thought she wore the piece well.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Lady Louise Windsor stepped out in a simple black tam trimmed with a small bow at the side. This piece seems to mark Louise’s entry into the realm of hat wearing which, excitingly, gives us royal hat fans one more hat wearer to watch.

Designer: Jane Taylor
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Anne repeated the feather trimmed cream straw hat we first saw her wear at Ascot earlier this year. This outing, she turned the feather encrusted, raised brim to the side (instead of at the front, as she wore last time) and this small change makes a vast improvement for this hat. It is still not my favourite piece although I thought Anne looked very well put together in her green tweed coat and chocolate accessories.
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 16, 2015

Princess Beatrice wore a new bespoke piece in black velvet.(see a better view here). The bumper brimmed hat is trimmed with beaded detail around the crown and a flat bow with beaded centre on the side of the brim. Placed at a jaunty angle on her head, the colour and scale of the hat made it a beautiful piece for the young princess.

Designer: Juliette Botterill 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Eugenie repeated the dark teal straw cocktail hat with black crin swirling trim we saw her debut at Ascot this year. The hat’s beaded brooch trim at the top its base adds a festive touch that makes it a great choice for Christmas and I was happy to see it worn again today.
Designer: Nerida Fraiman
Previously Worn: June 19, 2015
Lady Sarah Chatto wore a simple black straw hat with simple rolled brim. Sarah’s personal style tends toward the simple and streamlined and while not as memorable as other hats worn today, it fits well with Sarah’s aesthetic.
And finally, Viscountess Linley wore a chic fedora while her daughter, Margarita, wore a relaxed Garbo hat. Both pieces were in fashionable navy blue. This brings the total number of hats seen today to eleven- which ones stood out most to you?
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