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The Royal Round Up: What the monarchy wore to Ascot last week

The Royal Ascot ran for four days from the 16th to the 20th June with some 300,000 attending in total. The Queen and other members of the royal family attended to support the royal horses. Royal Ascot is the very essence of long-held tradition in Britain.

Modern-day horseracing enthusiasts can thank Queen Anne for her foresight. In 1711, she envisioned the ideal spot near Windsor Castle. The first race was entitled Her Majesty’s Plate. The Queen Anne Stakes are held each year to commemorate her. The Gold Cup Race began in 1807 and is held on the third day of racing each year, bringing in large crowds for what has been dubbed ‘Ladies’ Day.’

Royal Ascot is a feast for millinery fashion. Here is a round up of what the royals wore. Get inspired for Spring Carnival.


Queen Elizabeth in a repeated hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan

In peach sinamay, it’s a warm shade with a structured brim and angled crown which are perfectly in balance. The subtle coloration in the wispy feather trim offsets her paisley sheath dress and heavier tweed coat. A modern hat without making too strong of a statement.

Lady Helen Taylor in a new hat by Stephen Jones

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Stephen Jones  always likes to have a bit of fun and his pieces always have a story! The angles and the colours don’t match exactly to her jacket, which indicates Lady Helen has bought a ready-to-wear design vs having a bespoke headpiece made. I am not sure what is happening with the ball trim on the edge or the dragonfly tucked in between the two disks.
Her hair between the two layers looks like she must be wearing it incorrectly.

Princess Beatrice in a new hat by Juliette Botterill

Princess Eugenie in a repeated hat by Nerida Fraiman

Sarah, Duchess of York in a new hat by Philip Treacy

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The texture, height and finish of Princess Beatrice’s hat compliments her modern outfit but the exaggerated angle on her face feels harsh. It’s a little edgy.

Nerida Fraiman’s hat on Princess Eugenie is a gorgeous statement. It looks like a wisp of her dress has been swept up to her head in the wind.  Beautifully colour balanced and works well with the sweet patterns in her dress.

Sarah Ferguson chose a classic black and blue dress and hat ensemble for her rare invitation to mingle with the royals. This masterful Philip Treacy hat is flawless and the soft rolled trim works well as a fascinator.

Queen Elizabeth in a new hat by Rachel Trevor MorganQueen Elizabeth, June 19, 2015 in Rachel Trevor Morgan

The colour and texture are beautiful with her suit and the simple but realistic silk flower trim is elegant.  The less severe flatter brim highlights the detail in the trimming and the layering over the parasissal on this hat. Paired with the necklace and earrings, it’s all just right.  An incredible milliner.

Zara Phillips Tindall in a new hat by Rosie Olivia

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Zara Phillips looks just gorgeous in those heels and in French Navy! Her headpiece is eautifully finished with a crisp sisal base, and the flow of the trim from the side of the piece is smooth. The feather trim works well texturally with her tweed jacket, whilst the clean lines keep it modern and elegant.

Countess of Wessex in a revised hat by Jane Taylor

Countess of Wessex, June 18, 2015 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats  Countess of Wessex, June 18, 2015 in Jane Taylor | Royal Hats

The Countess’ Jane Taylor hat has a lovely bias, mesh sinamay brim.  The patterning works beautifully with her outfit, as well as the colours and  textures of the vintage-style veiling. A beautiful, classic, ladylike outfit topped with a gorgeous hat.

Princess Beatrice in Laura Apsit Livens


The contrast between the traditional shape and the modern unembellished colour blocking is perfect! Hats at Ladies’ Day are famous for being trimmed into complete eyesores and Princess Beatrice has caught everyone’s attention with this very streamlined piece.

Royal Princess Eugenie in Nerida Fraiman


Princess Eugenie’s hat is youthful and fun. The deep green is flattering and the lightness and movement of the crin trim is very pretty with her eyes.

Queen Elizabeth in a repeated hat designed by Angela Kelly

Queen Elizabeth, June 18, 2015 in Angela Kelly | Royal Hats

 The Queen’s color mint combination is as light as air with a  textured straw crown and cheerful feathers.

Princess Marie Chantal of Greece in Philip Treacy. Coat by Chanel

18 Jun 2015, Ascot, Berkshire, England, UK --- Ladies Day at Royal Ascot at the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire, UK on June 18, 2015. Pictured: Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece --- Image by © James Whatling/Splash News/Corbis    Ladies Day at Royal Ascot

The princesses hat is very signature Philip Treacy. The colour, shape, swirls and silk flowers are sculptural and perfect.

Autumn Phillips in a new hat by Emily London

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The pistachio green colour, proportions and size of Autumn’s hat with the little bow at the back matches her outfit perfectly. The wispy feathers which are a cute detail add an airiness to the hat. Perky and fun! The whole ensemble is balanced, young and fresh.

Princess Alexandra of Kent in a new hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan

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There’s a real sense of fun about this whole ensemble. Her psychedelic coat is beautiful and particularly vibrant. The hat, whilst has all the bright colours incorporated, is cleverly trimmed by mixing the neutral colour through the bright colours. Very clever indeed. It is a good shape on her.

Thankyou to the royalhats blog, American milliner Fiona Mangan, American milloner Jill Courtemanche and Australian milliner Christie Murray for inspiration.
Get this cute dress that Princess Eugenie wore during Ascot at the link below:

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