Day 5 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  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:


Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter, Zenouska Mowatt, attended the races today in the same white pillbox with yellow butterflies that milliner Lady Laura Cathcart wore earlier in the week. I love this hat’s pairing with Zenouska’s floral dress:


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!
Photos from Getty as indicated

Day 4 Royal Ascot: Wrap Up

Royal Ascot  Royal Ascot is not just about the ladies and before we wrap up on this, the fourth day of the races, we need to peek at the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duke of York and Prince Michael of Kent in their handsome black silk top hats.


Also at the races today were the Earl and Countess of Hopetoun and John Warren and his wife, Lady Carolyn Warren. Skye, Countess of Hopetoun, wore an exaggerated black straw fedora with tall crown, trimmed with straw roses and soaring quills. Lady Carolyn Warren wore a large red straw picture hat with angled crown, trimmed with long straw twists. I believe both hats were made by Philip Treacy.

Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of Princess Alexandra, shared this photo from her day at the races. She looks to be wearing a black straw ‘slice’ hat with embellishment

That wraps up the royal hats worn today- if there are any non-royal hats that stood out to you, please feel free to share them in the comments. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final day of hats for Royal Ascot 2016.

Photos from Getty as indicated

British Royals Celebrate Order Of The Garter

As they do each year on the day before the start of Royal Ascot, members of the British royal family and distinguished guests gathered at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, for the annual Garter Service. This service, which celebrates The Order of the Garter (the highest order of chivalry and one of the most prestigious honours in the United Kingdom awarded at the Sovereign’s pleasure as a personal gift) dates back to 1348 and remains a highlight on the royal calendar each year. Unfortunately this year, inclement weather cancelled the Garter parade and carriage procession from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel, giving royal watchers a far reduced view of the Garter members in their elaborate robes and black velvet Tudor-style hats with white ostrich plumes and black heron feathers

The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Garter service today in her cream straw hat with up-swept brim in gold-threaded  windowpane lattice straw. The photos below give a good all-around view of the hat and its whimsical bow with flying, curled tails, a feature we don’t always see when Camilla wears this hat. It’s such a great scale and design for her.


Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: May 19, 2016; June 13, 2015;  June 19, 2013; June 14, 2011; April 29, 2011; June 16, 2009

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated a vibrant hat not seen since the Diamond Jubilee. In red felt, her saucer percher hat is trimmed with large daffodil flowers in red straw and felt with central cononas made from sliced felt (almost reminiscent of a pompom). This is a lighthearted design that Kate wears well- its mixed textures and playful feel give life to her unembellished dress and coat. While the shade of red photographs wildly different (as seen below!), the hat matches well with the rest of the ensemble.


Designer: Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.
Previously Worn: June 3, 2012

The Countess of Wessex wore a new hat today, a large black straw disk embellished with a tall straw twist. While we can’t see the detail of this piece, it looks to be a very flattering scale for Sophie.

Designer: Jane Taylor. It looks similar to the ‘Casanova’ design from SS 2016
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated the steel grey straw bumper hat with tulle net veil trim she debuted on Friday for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday service of thanksgiving. It’s a great new piece for her, particularly paired with her exquisitely cut blue-grey coat dress.

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 10, 2016

Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter Zenouska Mowatt also attended the Garter service in a black straw cocktail hat with ruffle trim and what looks to be red feather quills (and some blue jewells?) decorating the brim. It is lovely to see her included in British royal events such as this.

While the weather certainly dampened this event, there were some lovely millinery designs worn today by some of the British royal ladies. Which hats stood out most to you?
Photos from Getty as indicated

Trooping the Colour: Extended British Royal Family

Trooping the Colour is wonderful not only because it is Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday celebration but because it is attended by the many members of the extended British Royal Family who we seldom see throughout the year. While the Linley family did not attend this year (along with Princess Anne’s children and grandchildren), the Kent family was well represented. Princess Alexandra of Kent repeated a dove grey hat wrapped in wide ruched sash around the based of the crown and dotted net veil. With her tailored grey jacket, she looked most elegant.Lady Nicholas Windsor, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor and the Countess of St. Andrews, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

The Duke and Duchess of Kent’s daughter-in-law, Lady Nicholas Windsor, wore the most avant garde hat of the day, a brimless moulded piece in ecru straw trimmed with a large u-shaped embellishment. While some might think her hat sprouted horns, I liked the unusual trim and Paola wore the piece very well. The Countess of St. Andrews wore a large navy picture hat with square crown and cartwheel brim edged in a wide white stripe; her hat was trimmed with a large white.

Lady Helen Taylor wore a black beret-based percher hat lavishly trimmed with opalescent paillettes and widely woven black net veil.  You can see a detailed photo is creative hat here.

Designer: Stephen Jones. It is the “Nerve” design from SS 2015
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Princess Michael of Kent repeated her angular, pale grey pillbox with dramatic ostrich plume trim. This hat is an excellent pairing with her austere dress and coat and Marie-Christine looked fabulous.

Designer: John Boyd
Previously Worn: October 18, 2015June 18, 2014; June 16, 2014

Zenouska Mowatt,  Lady Gabriella Windsor and Julia Ogilvy, June 13, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Michael’s daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, wore a large picture hat in pale pink straw trimmed with three large curling sashes. If this hat is, as I suspect, the OC-875 design from Philip Treacy’s summer collection this year, it features a flat crown and large, cartwheel brim. Princess Alexandra’s daughter-in-law, Julia Ogilvy wore a pink beret trimmed with large flowers while Zenouska Mowatt (Princess Alexandra’s granddaughter) wore a dusty pink curved hat which appeared to be trimmed with silk flowers and a crin overlay on the brim.

The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her raspberry pink straw hat. It’s a fine hat that unfortunately, is not helped by the tulled scarf wrapped around it.

While not visible in photos from today, the Duchess of Gloucester’s daughter-in-law, the Countess of Ulster,  wore a navy percher hat. Lady Sarah Chatto repeated her black straw saucer hat. This draws today’s coverage of Trooping the Colour to a close. Which hat was your favourite on the Buckingham Palace balcony today?

Photos from WeirPhotos/Splash News and WeirPhotos/Splash News via Corbis; and Getty as indicated

Royal Hats this Year: Great Britain Part 1

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014The most prolific hat-wearing royal house (by far!) are the British Royals. As such, we need to break our review of their hats into three posts. First up are members of the extended British royal family. As with other 2014 Review posts, please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are all the hats worn by members of the extended British royal family in 2014:

The Duchess of Gloucester

1. Duchess of Gloucester, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Duchess of Gloucester, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Duchess of Gloucester, June 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Duchess of Gloucester, June 17, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Duchess of Gloucester, June 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 6. Duchess of Gloucester, November 9, 2014 | Royal Hats

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor

7. Lady Gabriella Windsor, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Lady Gabriella Windsor, September 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 9-10. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Michael of Kent

11. Princess Michael of Kent, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Princess Michael of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 13. Princess Michael of Kent, August 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Michael of Kent, September 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

15. Princess Michael of Kent, September 11, 2014 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats 16. Princess Michael of Kent, October 18, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. 2014-12-19 Ben Goldsmith wedding

 Lady Helen Taylor

18. Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats 19. Lady Helen Taylor, June 20, 2014 in Stephen Jones | Royal Hats

Countess of St. Andrews (20-21), Lady Marina Windsor (22) and Zenouska Mowatt (23)

20. 2014-06-14 Trooping 57 21. 2014-06-19 Ascot Day 4 14 22.Marina Windsor, June 14, 2014 in Yvette Jelfs| Royal Hats  23.Zenouska Mowatt, June 14, 2014 in Jane Taylor| Royal Hats

Princess Alexandra of Kent

24. Princess Alexandra of Kent, February 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 25. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

27. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Alexandra of Kent, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 29. Princess Alexandra of Kent, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats

30. Princess Alexandra of Kent, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Alexandra of Kent, November 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Alexandra of Kent, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make the cut for your nomination as favourite royal hat of 2014? Are any among your least favourite?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

British Royal Extended Family at Trooping the Colour

After looking at hats worn by the Queen’s children and grandchildren for Trooping the Colour, let’s close out coverage of this colourful event with a look at the hats worn by the extended British Royal Family.

Princess Alexandra wore a dove grey hat with high, moulded crown and wide brim. The crown was wrapped in a three braided cords which opened to tie into a multi-corded bow at the front. It’s an interesting that that falls a little flat for me, especially after seeing Alexandra in that beautiful sky blue picture hat last week. I think this Kent princess looks prettiest in millinery with a bit more colour.

Princess Alexandra, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: June 4, 2009June 19, 2006; this unknown event

There was no vibrancy missing in Lady Helen Taylor’s ensemble. She topped her modern magenta and raspberry suit with a matching stacked brimless hat trimmed in tulle net tails. While my description does this hat great injustice, I thought it was unusual, creative and exceptionally striking on fashion-forward Helen. This is not a hat I would pick to top most royal heads but I loved it all the same.

Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Lady Helen Taylor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: I believe this is a new hat

Princess Michael of Kent combined two of her favourite millinery looks in this ice blue giant pillbox trimmed with what appears to be a giant ostrich feather at the back. I thought the feather added some softness to the hat and made its scale work to greater success. With her caped coat, the whole look was very glamorous, dramatic and oh-so Marie Christine.

Princess Michael of Kent, June 14, 2014 in John Boyd | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. John Boyd
Previously Worn: I think this is a new hat

Princess Michael’s daughter and daughter-in-law wore a pair of beautiful picture hats. Lady Gabriella Windsor wore a pale picture hat with wide brim trimmed with spiky pale grey bow tails. It is a dramatic hat that worked well with Gabriella’s modern ensemble. Lady Frederick Windsor wore a white lampshade style hat trimmed with an oversize white bow. This hat has potential to look overly sweet but when paired with tSophie’s tailored pale blue coat dress, it provided a feminine contrast.

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Frederick Windsor, June 14, 2014

Designer of Lady Gabriella’s hat: Philip Treacy. I believe this is a new hat
Designer of Lady Frederick’s hat: unknown. I think this is also a new hat

Lady Sarah Chatto also joined the Royal Family for their appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Saturday. She repeated a cream saucer hat that looks simultaneously modern and classic on her. I particularly liked its pairing with her sunny patterned yellow skirt.

Lady Sarah Chatto in Stephen Jones and Lady Gabriella Windsor in Philip Treacy, June 14, 2014

Designer of Lady Sarah’s hat: Stephen Jones
Previously Worn: April 20, 2013June 5, 2012June 10, 2011

The Countess of St. Andrews (below, far right) repeated her navy straw beret topped with a large pouf of tulle and feathers. The Duchess of Gloucester repeated her navy straw beret (below, right) while the Countess of Ulster topped her navy dress with a magenta brimless cocktail hat. Zenouska Mowatt looked wonderful in Jane Taylor’s ‘Eliza’ hat, described by the designer as an “elegant straw upturn disc with angular lace printed feathers and delicate rolled organdy bow”.  And finally, Lady Marina Windsor wore a large pale pink saucer hat with rolled top rim and a spray of flowers under the top brim.

Duchess of Gloucester, Countess of Ulster, Zenouska Mowatt and Amelia Windsor, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats Countess of St. Andrews, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats

All in all, a fantastic day of British royal hats, don’t you think?

Photos from UK Press via The Daily MailMax Mumby, Max MumbyMax Mumby, Chris Jackson, and Mark CuthbertChris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio

Tying up Royal Ascot

Royal Hats
Royal Ascot 2013 brought another week of magical and marvelous hats! Here is an overview:

Royal Ascot: Day 1
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai
Queen Mesenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, The Duchess of Cornwall,
Princess Anne, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie
Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, Lady Helen Taylor, Princess Michael of Kent

Royal Ascot: Day 2
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai
The Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex, Lady Helen Taylor,
Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, The Duchess of Gloucester

Royal Ascot: Day 3
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Princess of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai
Princess Anne, Autumn Phillips, The Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie

Royal Ascot: Day 4
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan
The Countess of Wessex, Princess Michael of Kent

Royal Ascot: Day 5
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan

Who Wore it Best: Royal Ascot Hat Poll (see results here)
Queen Elizabeth, The Countess of Wessex, Autumn Phillips
Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie

Special thanks again to Katie Vale of Katie Vale Designs for joining us all week to share her thoughts on this year’s millinery. I officially sign off Ascot coverage with this photo  Zenouska Mowatt (grand-daughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent) graciously shares with us. Zenouska is seen here, in the middle, in a glorious Jane Taylor designed hat (The Betsy shown here) enjoying a glass of bubbly at the races with two friends. I think this captures the glamour, the excitement and the pure fun that is Royal Ascot. Thanks for sharing this lovely moment with us, Zenouska!

Zenouska Mowatt, June 22, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from Zenouska Mowatt